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Bum steer: Freedom has a price for NYC bull saved by Jon Stewart

A bull that bolted on its death march to a New York City slaughterhouse and was rescued with the help of comedian Jon Stewart will find out soon there is a price for freedom. The Angus bull that escaped on Friday, and whose life was spared when animal lover Stewart …

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Drug-sniffing rabbit, cannon-firing kittens mark U.S. April Fools’

Kittens firing a cannon, a rabbit sniffing for drugs, attempts at humor on the fraught presidential campaign trail and a failed prank by Google competed for attention in the United States on Friday. As ever, the trick for April Fools’ Day hoaxes was to try to be outlandish, yet faintly …

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Historic Texas Alamo to undergo first renovation in a century

The Alamo, the highly recognizable monument to Texas independence, will have its first major renovation in a century in a project overseen by a Philadelphia firm, officials said on Thursday. The San Antonio landmark, which began life as a Spanish colonial mission in the 1700s, was the site of the …

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U.S. fills in the blanks as coloring books sweep market

Coloring books, once seen only as a pastime for children, have become a growing craze for American adults looking to unwind or test their creativity with coloring pencils. The trend has spawned coloring parties and clubs where grown-ups get together to color and socialize. “You feel creative and you’re like, …

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Sleep tight and don’t let the sharks bite at Paris aquarium

The house rules are clear: No swimming at night, keep your head and feet in the bedroom at all times, and avoid watching “Jaws” beforehand. It might put you off the sharks circling your bed. A room with a very special view — 35 of the much feared creatures — …

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Beyonce, Easter Bunny highlight Obama’s final egg roll

Rain clouds auspiciously parted, A-list guests including the Easter Bunny and Beyonce were on hand and first dogs Sunny and Bo obliged for selfies as U.S. President Barack Obama celebrated his final Easter egg roll at the White House on Monday. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted 35,000 guests …

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Beijing extends leave for new parents as China hopes for more children

Authorities in China’s capital will extend leave from work for new mothers and fathers, state media reported on Friday, in what appeared to be the latest incentive to encourage families to have more children. The world’s largest economy faces a shrinking labor force and aging population, meaning it could be …

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Jews of world’s first ghetto reflect on Europe’s migrant crisis

The Jews of the world’s first ghetto, which marks its 500th anniversary this month, have two words of advice for Europe as it struggles to deal with mass migration: patience and integration. More than a million people, mostly Muslims, streamed into Europe last year from the Middle East and Africa. …

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U.S. general Lori Robinson to become first woman to lead combatant command

President Barack Obama will name the first woman to head a U.S. combatant command, selecting Air Force General Lori Robinson as the next head of the military’s Northern Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday. The position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is one of the most senior …

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