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Man dies after eating roaches

The winner of a cockroach-eating contest in Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms.

About 30 contestants ate the insects during the contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.

Edward Archbold (32) became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed in front of the store. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

New US low

for Protestants

For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority.

The percentage of Protestant adults in the US has reached a low of 48pc, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the first time the number has dropped below 50pc.

Among the reasons for the change are the growth in non-denominational Christians, and a spike in the number of American adults who say they have no religion.

Kid Rock leads

Romney rally

Kid Rock hasn't been shy about supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan, even if it costs him some fans.

The rock musician and rapper introduced Ryan during a rally in the Detroit suburb of Rochester.

Rock told the raucous crowd gathered at Oakland University that he believes "you have to stand for something", even if it may alienate a few fans.

'Bright object'

found on Mars

Mars rover Curiosity has made its first scoop of the surface of the planet and has detected a bright object on the ground, Nasa says.

Officials said they suspect the object might be a part of the six-wheeled rover, but they will not sample or scoop anymore until they figure out what it is.

Curiosity has already beamed back pictures of bedrock which suggest a fast-moving stream once flowed on the Red Planet.

The rover is on a two-year, $2.5bn (e1.9bn) mission to study whether microbial life could have existed on Mars.