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Singles sniff out a potential partner

Singles in California are trying to find love -- using the sense of smell.

An art gallery in Los Angeles is holding so-called pheromone parties, in which guests bring along a slept-in T-shirt for others to smell. They then pick a partner based on the scent. The idea has its roots in science. Researchers say humans can use scent to sort out genetic combinations that could lead to weaker offspring.

Raccoon feels just grate after rescue

A baby raccoon that got stuck head-first in a sewer grate is free thanks to the quick and slippery work of city workers in Detroit.

Dearborn Heights Department of Public Works director Bill Zimmer spotted the animal in trouble. He called for help and the rescuers used vegetable oil and soap to free the raccoon.

Washington book sells for $10m

A book once owned by George Washington, containing his annotated copy of the US Constitution, has sold for nearly $10m (€7.9m) at a New York auction.

A spokesman for Christie's auction house said the price sets a new world record for a historical document.

Ugly Mugly is show's top dog

A British rescue dog named Mugly has won the annual World's Ugliest Dog contest.

The eight-year-old Chinese crested from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, won $1,000 (€795) and a year's worth of dog biscuits at the contest in California. "I couldn't speak when they announced Mugly's name," said Bev Nicholson, the dog's owner.

Hungry drivers risk prosecution

Motorists in the UK who eat and drive risk more than just having egg on their faces.

As many as 20pc of motorists eat in their cars, leaving them liable to possible prosecution, a survey by Britain's Co-Operative Motor Group found. While it is not unlawful to eat in a car, they can be charged with careless driving or not being in proper control of their vehicle.

Fast-food fight leads to stabbing

Authorities say an employee at a fast-food drive-thru window in California stabbed a customer in a fight over his order.

The man complained to 28-year-old Gabriel Villalba at Del Taco. The confrontation escalated until Mr Villalba stabbed the customer in the abdomen with a knife. The customer's injury is serious but not considered fatal. Mr Villalba was arrested.

Irish Independent