Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Pastor Dies Watching 'Passion of Christ'   (Reuters)
  • A Brazilian pastor died of an apparent heart attack while watching the Mel Gibson film "The Passion of the Christ," witnesses say.


  •   U.S. County Bans All Marriages   (Reuters)
  • In a new twist in the battle over same-sex marriage roiling the United States, a county in Oregon has banned all marriages — gay and heterosexual — until the state decides who can and who cannot wed.


  •   Village All Shook Up Over Presley Roots   (Reuters)
  • Elvis fans have a new shrine to their hero — a remote Scottish hamlet named as the ancestral home of the king of rock 'n' roll.


  •   Man Charged in Daughter's ID Theft   (Associated Press)
  • A man was charged with fraudulently using the identity of his 8-year-old daughter to get telephone service.


  •   Olympia Wants Its Name Back   (Reuters)
  • As Olympia prepares for its latest role in the history of the Olympics with a torch lighting ceremony for the homecoming of the Games, the city's mayor voiced a threat to strip the showpiece of the word "Olympic" if his community did not get a bigger role.


  •   Monkey King Steps Up to Bat for Chinese League   (Reuters)
  • China's mythical Monkey King will swing his magical staff for baseball in a bid to help a fledgling league take root in a country besotted with soccer and basketball.


  •   Dentist Traded Drugs for Favors   (Associated Press)
  • A dentist has been charged with illegally dispensing prescription drugs, which police say he traded for sex, marijuana and labor.


  •   WW2 Pilots Smuggled Perfume and Bubbly   (Reuters)
  • U.S. airmen smuggled perfume and hundreds of bottles of champagne across the English Channel after France was liberated in World War II, according to secret files recently made public.


  •   Journalist's Arrest Sparks Cage Protest   (Reuters)
  • Polish journalists locked themselves in a tiger cage rented from Warsaw Zoo and placed outside the parliament building to protest against the jailing of a colleague convicted of libel.


  •   Man Catches 73-Pound Buffalo Head Fish   (Associated Press)
  • It only took 45 minutes for Dave Tilton to set an unofficial world record. He caught a 73-pound, 1 ounce buffalo head — 3 pounds, 1 ounce more than the world record.


  •   Germany Axes Lederhosen Subsidies   (Reuters)
  • Germany can no longer afford state aid to help its yodellers buy Lederhosen, the Bavarian government says, in a sign of how drastically public finances have deteriorated in Europe's largest economy.


  •   Catching Flamingos for Food   (Reuters)
  • Poor rural Venezuelans are using nets and hooks slung under kites to catch endangered flamingos to eat or sell their meat as they try to ward off hunger.


  •   Five-Year-Old Brings Marijuana to School   (Associated Press)
  • A 5-year-old boy took a bag of marijuana to school and was sprinkling it over a friend's lasagna like oregano when a monitor intervened.


  •   Health Fears Over Chicken Tikka Masala   (Reuters)
  • One favourite British food could be slowly poisoning diners who love its distinctive red hue and spicy, creamy taste.


  •   Does Daily Drink Ease Risk of Heart Disease?   (Reuters)
  • The protection against heart disease from moderate drinking extends to men with high blood pressure, suggesting current advice for such patients to avoid alcohol is wrong.


  •   19 Couples Live in Cable Car for a Week   (Associated Press)
  • A marathon competition to see who could live for a week in a cable car plying the skies over Singapore has been won by a couple who said they used meditation to overcome urges to use the restroom.


  •   Fresh Corpse Wanted for Starring Role   (Reuters)
  • Two performance artists are searching for a corpse for their newest production — and have put the word out at hospices in hope of a volunteer.


  •   Hospitals Report Crop of Ahmed Yassin Babies   (Reuters)
  • To many Palestinians the frail cleric Sheikh Ahmed Yassin symbolized resistance to Israel's grip on occupied territories, and hospitals reported a flurry of newborn Ahmed Yassins after his assassination.


  •   German Violinists Sue for a Pay Raise   (Associated Press)
  • Violinists at a German orchestra are suing for a pay raise on the grounds that they play many more notes per concert than their colleagues do — litigation that the orchestra's director called "absurd."


  •   Here Comes the Thought-Controlled Robot Arm   (Reuters)
  • Scientists who trained a monkey to move a mechanical arm using thought alone say that experiments in Parkinson's disease patients show the technique may work in humans, too.


  •   School Trains Girls to Be Good Wives   (Reuters)
  • Once a week after school, a group of girls from well-to-do Mexican families troops to a meticulously kept house in the south of the capital for a class in how to become the perfect wife.


  •   Attorney Punched by Defendant Permitted to Withdraw, Second Lawyer Held in Contempt   (Associated Press)
  • An attorney punched in the face by his client was permitted to withdraw from the case, while a second lawyer who refused to take it over was held in contempt and temporarily locked up.
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