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Police are on the hunt for an unusual serial thief who has stolen metal grates from dozens of urinals in public parks. At least 37 urinals across 16 parks in the Japanese city of Sapporo have been hit by the thief, whose motivation is unclear, TV station UHB reports.

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A law enforcement department has been caught allegedly handing out badges and credentials in exchange for bribes. Sheriff Scott Howard Jenkins, 51, of Culpeper County, Virginia – an elected official – is accused of appointing various men as auxiliary deputy sheriffs in exchange for cash

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A man has been jailed for more than six years over his green energy ponzi scheme, which claimed to transform cow manure into energy, defrauding investors of over $8.7 million (£6.9m). From March 2014 through December 2019, Ray Brewer stole the $8,750,000 from investors by claiming to build ana

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Around 30 kilograms of a suspicious white powder rained down on the French countryside after a tourist plane was intercepted by a fighter jet. The fighter jet was dramatically mobilised after the plane entered restricted airspace in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant, CBS reports.

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South Koreans grew younger yesterday after a new law came into effect that uses the internationally recognised system of age calculation. The law supersedes one of the country's traditional methods, where individuals are considered a year old at birth, accounting for the time spent in the womb.

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An Italian teacher who was dismissed after being absent for 20 out of 24 years of her service at schools around Venice has pledged to share her version of events. Cinzia Paolina De Lio was terminated from her position in 2017 after returning to work for four months, prompting a flurry of complaints.

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A janitor at a laboratory who was irritated by a beeping alarm on a fridge is alleged to have switched it off and caused the destruction of decades of scientific research. The mega fridge at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, stored cell cultures and other samples at minu

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A prominent academic who researches honesty has been accused of falsifying research results. Dr Francesco Gino, a behavioural scientist at Harvard Business School, has been placed on administrative leave following the allegations, which first emerged in The Chronicle of Higher Education, reports FT.

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Two lawyers and a law firm who cited fake court cases generated by ChatGPT have been fined $5,000 (around €4,600 or £3,900). Judge P. Kevin Castel, in Manhattan, said there was nothing "inherently improper" about using AI to help write a legal filing, but lawyers have a responsibility to

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Bosses who tried to use a fake priest to trick workers into making "confessions" of wrongdoing have been ordered to pay nearly €130,000 in back wages and damages. Employees at the Taqueria Garibaldi restaurant in Sacramento, California said they were introduced by the owner to a priest who woul

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Swiss fruit farmers are facing a trade mark battle with Apple as the tech giant seeks a monopoly on the use of images of apples. The 111-year-old Fruit-Union Suisse uses a red apple with a white cross – a reference to the Swiss flag – as its logo.

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Seven wealthy Persian cats are going up for adoption less than a year after they became the largest 'benefactors' of their owner's passing. Nancy Sauer, who passed away last November at the age of 84, wanted her cats to continue living alone in her $2.5 million Florida home after she died, the Tampa

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Half of UK lawyers say legal TV dramas influenced their decision to enter the law, according to a new survey. London-based commercial law firm EM Law surveyed 500 legal employees to understand what influence TV shows had on their career decision.

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A crooked police officer was hospitalised after swallowing a stack of banknotes to avoid being caught extorting a businessperson. The officer, in Colombia's capital Bogotá, allegedly teamed up with a colleague to threaten the business owner with false sexual allegations, The Guardian reports.

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A man plagued with years of parking fines for his two vans alarmed his neighbours and local officials after hoisting them off the road and onto his roof. Photos circulating on Taiwanese social media show the two vans on the roof, one of which appeared to be precariously balanced over the edge, Taiwa

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