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Norwegian plane aborts landing to avoid paying workers overtime

OSLO — A Norwegian plane carrying 40 passengers turned around and returned to an airport hundreds of kilometres away — despite having already started its descent — just so the crew would not have to work overtime. The plane was about to land in the small northern town of Mosjoen…

Man to test bionic leg by climbing skyscraper

Man to Test Bionic Leg by Climbing Skyscraper (via NewsLook) Three years ago, doctors had to amputate Zac Vawters right leg from above the knee after a motorcycle accident.…

Britain’s PM David Cameron ‘humiliated’ by EU budget defeat

Prime Minister David Cameron was battling to reclaim authority on Thursday, after Conservative party rebels delivered his first major parliamentary defeat by defying him over the EU budget. MPs passed a motion late Wednesday urging Cameron to insist on a real-terms cut in the European Union’s trillion-euro 2014-2020 budget at…

Daylight Savings messes with sleep schedule, study finds

Daylight Savings Messes With Sleep Schedule, Study Finds (via NewsLook) A study conducted in England says that the extra hour of sleep that comes with setting the clocks back for Daylight Savings is the beginning of poor sleep through the winter. According to the study, we’re not able to rebound…

Japanese construction workers find skeleton in closet

Construction workers in Japan uncovered secrets hidden in an old apartment they were demolishing when they found a skeleton in the closet, reports said Thursday. The skeleton, with its head resting neatly on a pillow and covered with a blanket, was in a cupboard in a building in northeast Tokyo,…

Hobbits take to the air in Air New Zealand safety video

Air New Zealand has set out to take passengers on a flight of fantasy in its latest in-flight safety video, enlisting hobbits, orcs and elves to urge passengers to fasten their seatbelts. The video, a tie-in with Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, features special effects from…

Britons abandon thousands of pets amid economic pain

Nearly 16,000 more animals were abandoned last year than in 2007 as pet owners struggled with tough economic conditions, the RSPCA said Thursday. The charity reported that 40,595 animals were abandoned in 2011, a 65 percent increase on 2007 when the figure was 24,638. It also said convictions for animal…

Three women killed in Madrid Halloween stampede

Three young women were crushed to death in a stampede at a Halloween celebration in Madrid apparently sparked when a partygoer threw a firework, police said Thursday. “Three victims were trampled to death and two others were injured,” a police spokesman told AFP. The disaster struck some time before 4…

Hurricane Sandy freeze on politics impacts key races for Congress

Hurricane Sandy: Freeze on politics affects key races for Congress, too The presidential campaigns aren’t the only political operations trying to decide what to do after hurricane Sandy swept aside the final-week playbook of this election. The superstorm has upended some tight congressional races as well – putting a weather-related…

Four wounded in USC campus shooting: police

At least four people were wounded overnight in a shooting on the campus of the University of Southern California, police said early Thursday. An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed there had been a shooting on campus and said four people had been taken to hospital, but could…

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