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Hiker injured in movie 'tribute'

A man crawled four days across the Utah desert after breaking his leg on a solo hike, inspired by a Hollywood film about a man who cut off his own arm to save himself after being trapped by a boulder in the same canyon.

Amos Wayne Richards (64), of Concord, North Carolina, is now recovering at home.

He said he was inspired to hike Little Blue John Canyon after he saw the Oscar-nominated movie 127 Hours but fell 10 feet during his trek on September 8.

Gaga helps out Obama

Lady Gaga was among the guests at a Silicon Valley fundraiser for US President Barack Obama.

The intimate gathering was held under a tent in the yard of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Gaga wore a black, sleeveless gown and high heels, and with her hair piled up she towered over the Silicon Valley elites who were paying up to $35,800 per couple to attend.

Birds show off nesting skills

Birds are far from feather-brained when building nests, new research shows.

Scientists said nest-building is not just instinctive or haphazard, but is a skill that birds learn from experience.

Male Southern Masked Weaver birds were filmed in Botswana as they built multiple nests out of grass during a breeding season.

The researchers found that individual birds varied their technique from one nest to the next. They also saw that some birds build their nests from left to right, and others from right to left.

Naked fury at

Mormon rule

Thousands of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City to protest what they called the "uptight" laws of Utah.

Undie Run organiser Nate Porter said the goal of the event was to organise people frustrated by the conservative nature of state politics. Salt Lake City is the home of the Mormon church, which is a vocal opponent of gay marriage.

Mr Porter estimates 3,000 people participated in the run, which began in central Salt Lake City.