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Thai couple smooch to new world record of two and a half days

A kiss lasting nearly two-and-a-half days propelled one determined Thai couple to a new record for the world’s longest smooch on Valentine’s Day. Hospital security guard Ekkachai Tiranarat, 44, and 33-year-old housewife Laksana locked lips for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds, smashing last year’s Guinness World Record by…

Experts tell farting flyers: Let it rip!

A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced flyers since the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903 — is it okay to fart mid-flight? The experts’ recommendation is an emphatic yes to airline passengers — but a warning to cockpit crews…

U.S. regulators approve bionic eye

U.S. regulators approved a so-called bionic eye, giving hope to people with a rare genetic disease. Developed by California-based Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is the first retinal implant for adults with advanced retinitis pigmentosa that results in the gradual loss of vision and…

LA Lakers owner in hospital for cancer

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who has been in failing health for the past year, has been hospitalized in intensive care for cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 79-year-old was taken to hospital in July for “dehydration” and underwent surgery a month later for an undisclosed illness. The…

Mass rally in Pyongyang celebrates North Korea nuclear test

More than 100,000 troops and civilians staged a mass rally in Pyongyang to celebrate North Korea’s nuclear test and praise the “matchless” bravery of leader Kim Jong-Un, state media said. The rally in the capital’s sprawling Kim Il-Sung square on Thursday was attended by top party and military officials, as…

Over 250 injured in meteor strike above central Russia

Over 250 people were injured when a meteor burned up above the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk, unleashing a shock wave that shattered panes of glass, the interior ministry said. “Over 250 people were injured, three of them seriously,” the interior ministry said in a statement to Russian news agencies,…

Buffett Rule included in Senate Democrat’s plan to avert looming sequester

Senate Democrats unveiled a plan Thursday to avert billions of dollars in looming budget cuts, but Republicans are opposed to raising new revenue amid pessimism over meeting a March 1 deadline. The plan aims to raise half of the $110 billion needed this year to replace the mandated cuts to…

Charred remains confirmed to be Christopher Dorner

Human remains found in a burnt-out mountain cabin in California have been confirmed as those of alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner, the local sheriff and coroner’s office said. The 33-year-old was cornered Tuesday after a six-day manhunt in the cabin near the Big Bear ski resort, two hours east of Los…

GAO report: Obama acting too slowly on climate change

The US government is exposed to high risk from climate change, and Barack Obama has not moved fast enough to manage those new dangers, the government auditor said on Thursday. The report from the Government Accountability Office said the government had “significant” financial exposure to climate change. The GAO review,…

One in five reptile species in danger of extinction

Almost one in five of the world’s reptile species are in danger of extinction as their habitats are cleared away for farming and logging, a report said Friday. An assessment by more than 200 experts of 1,500 randomly-selected species of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and other reptiles, found that 19…

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