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A pigeon wrongfully suspected of spying for China has been released by police after eight months' detention. The bird was caught by police in Mumbai in May 2023 and found to have metal rings around its legs and a "Chinese-like script" on the underside of its wings, The Hindu reports.

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A judge has posted a defiant response on Facebook after landing in hot water over her social media posts, including a racy photo in a hot tub with criminal defence lawyers. Judge Erika Ballou, a district judge in Las Vegas, is facing a formal investigation by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discip

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The dying ex-mobster who stole Judy Garland's ruby-red slippers from The Wizard of Oz will not go to prison, a court has ruled. Lawyers for Terry Jon Martin, 76, told a court in Minneapolis that their client had been tempted to make "one last score" before retirement, 6abc reports.

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A government minister who took students to court for 'plagiarising' their own work has resigned after it emerged she plagiarised parts of her master's thesis. Sandra Borch, Norway’s minister for research and higher education, left government immediately following the revelations.

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A new rule would allow politicians in the Missouri Senate to challenge one another to a duel. Senator Nick Schroer's proposed amendment was posted on X by Missouri Senate Democrats.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a bank just three days after being acquitted of robbing a different bank. Chicago man Mohamed Worku, 31, was acquitted of bank robbery on Friday after a jury found that his alleged actions were not intimidating enough to meet the definition of robbery.

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A pastor who admitted pocketing more than $1 million from his followers says the Lord told him to. Colorado pastor Eli Regalado and his wife Kaitlyn are facing civil fraud charges in connection with a cryptocurrency fraud scheme which raised nearly $3.2m (£2.5m) from 300 people.

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A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of taping dead fish to more than a dozen ATMs over a two-month period. Police believe the 17-year-old is the prankster responsible for running an Instagram account named "fish_bandit84", which shared photos of the bizarre deeds with tens of thousands of foll

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Pop star Madonna is being sued by two concertgoers because she started her show two hours late. New York City men Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden bought tickets for Madonna's show last month. It was due to begin at 8:30 p.m., but Madonna did not take to the stage until after 10:45pm

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Arnold Schwarzenegger spent several hours being detained by German customs officials in a row over a luxury watch. The action movie star turned climate change campaigner allegedly failed to declare a custom-made watch by Audemars Piguet, which he intended to auction to raise funds for The Schwarzene

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An attempted theft went cartoonishly wrong after the alleged offender slipped on ice and sent the stolen cash flying into the air, police have said. The incident unfolded on a Vancouver street where two men agreed to meet after making arrangements online for the sale of an iPhone 15 for $1,200 CAD (

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A man who escaped police custody in the middle of a snowstorm apparently turned himself in less than an hour later to escape the cold weather. Demarkus Davis, 20, allegedly escaped from a police car on the way to a jail in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday night, when temperatures were as low as -10°

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A conspiracy theorist who accused the government of setting forest fires to make people believe in climate change has admitted setting more than a dozen forest fires. Brian Paré, 38, forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and destroyed hundreds of hectares of forest by setting the

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Blanket bans on guns in post offices are incompatible with the US Constitution, a federal judge has ruled. Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, who was controversially nominated by President Trump as a judge for life at the age of just 33, said a "blanket restriction on firearms possession in post offices

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Dictionaries have been removed from Florida school libraries to comply with a new law on children's access to descriptions of "sexual conduct". Five dictionaries are on a list of more than 1,600 books removed from school library shelves in the Escambia County district in December pending a deeper in

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