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Titanic II's maiden voyage pushed back to 2018

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MELBOURNE (UPI) -- A replica of the infamous Titanic cruise ship is set to sail in 2018.

The ship known as "Titanic II" was originally planned to set sail in 2016, but a spokesman for Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, who owns the company developing the ship, said its maiden voyage has been delayed.

Palmer and the shipping company Blue Star...Read more

Spanish man skipped work for six years unnoticed

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CADIZ, Spain (UPI) -- A Spanish man was fined after his employer discovered that he had been absent from work for six years without notifying anyone.

Joaquin Garcia, a 69-year-old engineer at a municipal water company in Cadiz, was fined more than $30,300 after his employer discovered that he hadn't reported for work for six years while ...Read more

Rare wild lynx caught on camera in Sweden

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BLEKINGE, Sweden (UPI) -- Hidden cameras in Sweden captured footage of two wild lynx roaming a local woodland.

The video shared to Facebook shows the typically reclusive animals wandering about in the open as one takes a perch upon a rock.

According to The Local, county authorities set up hidden cameras in order to track the lynx population in...Read more

Kim Jong Un emojis parody Kim Kardashian's app on iTunes

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HOUSTON (UPI) -- A Houston-based web designer has created a set of emojis that poke fun at the Kim Jong Un regime, while mocking Kim Kardashian's set of Internet icons that include the reality TV star's breasts and buttocks.

Designer Ben Gillin said he made the "Kimunji" series as a parody of the terrible Kimoji series – Kardashian's ...Read more

Obama to 6-year-old: No 'direct contact with aliens yet'

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BURBANK, Calif. (UPI) -- President Barack Obama answered a 6-year-old's hard-hitting question at an Ellen taping: "We haven't actually made direct contact with aliens yet."

Obama was questioned during Thursday night's taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show by 6-year-old "presidential expert" Macey Hensley, and she asked the president about the ...Read more

Mouse spotted inside water vending machine at Cyprus hospital

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus (UPI) -- A video purportedly recorded at a hospital in Cyprus captured the moment a mouse emerged to scurry among the water bottles in a vending machine.

The video shows the rodent examining its surroundings and running between bottles of water inside a vending machine.

The uploader said the vending machine was installed near ...Read more

Poll: Some borrowers would cut off pinkies, take punch to dump student loans

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- How far would you go to pay off your student loans? Cut off a pinky finger? Take a punch from former professional boxer Mike Tyson? Give up social media for life?

A new poll shows some graduated student loan borrowers would willingly go to extremes to pay off outstanding student debt. That includes pain, suffering and, ...Read more

Geese march in formation with musicians in Belgium

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GHENT, Belgium (UPI) -- A gaggle of geese were caught on camera lining up in formation to march with a band parading through a Belgian street.

The video shows the geese marching through a street in Ghent along with a small group of musicians celebrating the city's annual festival.

Many of the geese appeared to be marching in time with the ...Read more

Bottle of McDonald's Big Mac Sauce sells for $95,394 on eBay

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LONDON (UPI) -- The British wing of fast food chain McDonald's sold a bottle of its famously secretive Big Mac Sauce on eBay for nearly $100,000.

The chain, which has kept the recipe of the sauce under wraps for decades, placed a single bottle of Big Mac Sauce up for auction on the British version of eBay and the auction ended with a high bid ...Read more

MIT student creates snow day calculator

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BOSTON (UPI) -- A student at MIT has developed a calculator that can predict the amount of snow days that will occur in a given year.

David Sukhin's "Snow Day Calculator" uses factors such as zip code, number of previous snow days and type of school to determine when schools will cancel classes due to snow.

Sukhin came up with the program for ...Read more

Floating Library brings books to Los Angeles boaters

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LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- A Minnesota-based artist teamed up with a Los Angeles group to install a temporary "Floating Library" on the waters of a lake in the California city.

Sarah Peters, who has previously installed the temporary book depositories on Minnesota lakes, teamed with Los Angeles' Machine Project to install a raft on Echo Park Lake ...Read more

Microsoft matches human faces to dogs with What-Dog.net

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Microsoft has launched a new application that allows users to upload a photo of themselves to determine what kind of dog they are.

The Fetch app and accompanying What-Dog.net can use photos to identify and classify dogs while also describing their personality and matching them with photos of humans.

"If you want to take ...Read more

Charges dropped against woman who took in baby squirrels

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HOWELL, N.J. (UPI) -- A New Jersey judge dismissed charges against a woman facing up to $500 in fines for taking care of two abandoned baby squirrels.

Municipal Court Judge James Newman dismissed charges Wednesday against Howell resident Maria Vaccarella, saying the summons she was issued did not match the statute she was accused of violating. ...Read more

Service dog gets excited after meeting Pluto

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) -- A service dog got the opportunity to meet his hero, Pluto, during a socialization visit to Disney World.

Video shared to Facebook shows Ace, the ecstatic guide dog in training, jumping with excitement at the opportunity to meet the fellow canine character in person.

He attempts to get as close to Pluto as possible before...Read more

Woman named Loving opens Valentine's kissing booth in front yard

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GLEN ALLEN, Va. (UPI) -- A Virginia woman with the appropriate last name Loving is operating a kissing booth in her front yard to celebrate her favorite holiday, St. Valentine's Day.

Stephanie Loving of Glen Allen said she and her family decorate their home for Valentine's Day every year, and this year's display includes light-up hearts and a ...Read more

'AARP Ninja' uses cane to fend off street attacker in Washington state

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LAKE STEVENS, Wash. (UPI) -- A Washington state senior was dubbed "the AARP Ninja" after using his cane to fend off an attacker on the street.

Buzz Biechler, 66, said he was walking home from the Walgreens store in Lake Stevens about three months ago when a suspicious man on a bicycle nearly collided with him and alerted him to a second man ...Read more

Acrobatic goats climb branches of Argan tree in Morocco

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RABAT, Morocco (UPI) -- A photographer traveling through Morocco captured video of a most unusual sight: a tree filled with acrobatic climbing goats.

Michael Chinnici, who posted his footage to YouTube, said he was traveling through Morocco when he had his first experience with Argan goats, the tree-climbing goats named for the Argan trees they...Read more

Lonely horse forms close bond with rescue dog

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A man with only one horse said he brought home a foster rescue dog and the equine and canine soon struck up a close friendship.

A video posted to YouTube by user whitehorseben shows Rocky the horse sharing his bucket of water with his favorite companion, Callie the dog.

The pair then playfully chase one another around a ...Read more

Ted Cruz campaign pulls ad featuring adult film actress

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (UPI) -- The Ted Cruz campaign quickly pulled a TV ad Thursday after just a few hours when they found out one of the stars of the commercial had appeared in softcore porn films.

The ad targeted Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and was called "Conservatives Anonymous" with a therapy group talking about how they were fooled by Rubio. ...Read more

Reno elects dog as mayor for a day

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RENO, Nev. (UPI) -- A shake-up occurred in Reno's government on Monday as the city named a rescue dog its mayor for the day.

Everett, a Newfoundland/Lab mix who was adopted from SPCA of Northern Nevada was sworn in as mayor of Reno on Feb. 11 and served as mayor of the Nevada city throughout the day.

"We would like to thank our Mayor Hillary ...Read more