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World news in brief: 'Onionhead' firm sued

A federal agency sued a New York customer service provider after allegations the company forced employees to pray, thank God for their jobs and say "I love you" to managers and colleagues at work, and fired those who protested.

The New York-based United Health Programs of America and its parent company, Cost Containment Group, required workers to practice a spiritual belief system called Onionhead while on the job.

Man fired gun at moon

A marijuana smoker was arrested in Arizona after shooting at the moon with a handgun and wrestling with officers who were called by his girlfriend to subdue him, authorities in Phoenix, Arizona, said.

Police went to a home in Prescott Valley, about 85 miles north of Phoenix, where he had fired several shots into the air after telling the woman and her teenage son he had seen Halley's Comet.

Awesome new name

A woman in Alaska wants to give her daughter an awesome middle name – literally.

Lisa Flores, from Juneau, is seeking court approval to legally change her daughter's middle name to Awesome, which would replace the given middle name of Contea for Viviana Flores (two). Her mother allowed her 11-year-old brother to pick out his sister's name and they settled on Awesome.

Road blocked for toads

Volunteers have set up a "toad detour" in Philadelphia to ensure the safety of thousands of baby toads as they hop across a busy street.

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They are trying to get to woods on the other side during their annual migration through dense vegetation from an abandoned reservoir where they were born.

Dad joins the game?

Keith Allen could be joining his son Alfie Allen, who plays Reek, in fantasy drama 'Game Of Thrones' after auditioning for a role in the bloodthirsty show.

The actor told 'The Times' he has gone for the role of a slave who leads a rebellion "like Spartacus". He said: "Every scene is a bloodbath. Frankly I think I'm cut out for that."

Star's 'stalker' in court

A man arrested for allegedly breaking into actress Sandra Bullock's Los Angeles home pleaded not guilty earlier this week to charges of burglary, stalking and possession of a machine gun.

Joshua Corbett (39) from Los Angeles was arrested on Sunday morning after allegedly breaking into her home near Beverly Hills at 1am.


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