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Toy 'arms race' turning Lego violent: Study

Wellington - Lego products are becoming increasingly violent as toymakers engage in an "arms race" to retain children's attention in the digital age, New Zealand researchers said Monday.

Op-Ed: Obama should not apologize for atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Many in Japan, and the world, believe U.S. President Barack Obama should apologize for the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW2. The U.S., however, has said that when Obama visits Hiroshima next week there will be no apology.

Texas woman in Chewbacca mask laughs madly, sets Facebook record

Much like the movie Star Wars set box office records a woman from Texas has set a Facebook record - for views. How? Simply by donning a Chewbacca mask, laughing hysterically, and we really mean hysterically, and then posting it on to Facebook.

Popular Vancouver actor Michael Roberds dies suddenly, age 52

Vancouver - The Vancouver acting and TV and film community is in a state of mourning after the death of one of its favorite sons, Michael Roberds. An actor, writer, producer, and by his own account, "wise-ass," the affable Roberds died suddenly on Sunday night.

New Zealand fisheries study denounced as nonfactual

Seafood New Zealand's chief executive is denouncing a marine fisheries report published in January that claims the country's marine fisheries catch over the past 60 years was double what was reported, saying it lacked credibility.

Rainwater trigger earthquakes in New Zealand

Wellington - A new study has found that along New Zealand fault, rainfall can contribute to plates slipping and sliding, thereby triggering earthquakes.

Groups petitioning Canada's government to ban asbestos

While asbestos has been banned in several countries, some for decades, it is not banned in many others, including Canada. A group of national union officials held a press conference in Ottawa this week to seek a ban.

U.K. republicans want vote to abolish monarchy after Queen dies

A group in England called the Republic is calling for a referendum on abolishing the monarchy. The Queen is still very much alive but when she dies the group wants the vote to be held before a new monarch can be crowned.

Maritime disaster: Real-time recreation of RMS Titanic going down

A company that is creating a high-tech video game based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 has put out a minute-by-minute recreation of the massive ship going down. It is in real time and lasts a full two hours and 40 minutes.

Naked dining: London restaurant where you eat in the nude

Many of us have experienced eating at home while naked, perhaps you have gobbled a piece of toast on your way to the shower. But at a new restaurant in London, England you will be able to eat a full meal while naked. With naked diners all around you.

Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster holds first legal wedding

Akaroa - The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster otherwise known as Pastafarianism.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight: under 500,000 PPVs

In last year's Fight of the Century with Floyd 'Money' Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao was part of a bout that brought in more money than any other. It also had a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys. His fight with Timothy Bradley? Not so popular.

Led Zeppelin facing plagiarizing suit over Stairway to Heaven

The iconic British rock band Led Zeppelin must go to court over its most well-known song. The band is being sued by the estate of the late American guitarist, Randy Wolfe, the suit alleging that Led Zep stole some of the music for "Stairway to Heaven."

A Mayweather- Pacquiao rematch better than '50-50' chance

Their bout last May 2 was called the Fight of the Century and despite each boxer retiring it looks like they'll meet again. Promoter Bob Arum said today there's better than "a 50-50 chance" Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will stage a rematch.

NZ pupils' throats cut for real in Sweeney Todd play mishap

Wellington - Two pupils at an exclusive New Zealand school were hospitalised with neck wounds when a production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" became all too real, officials said Thursday.

Prof. has way for Earth to cloak itself, hide from alien planets

A professor at Columbia University has found a simple way for the Earth to hide from other planets who may not have nice intentions should they discover us. It's a bit cloak without the dagger but he feels we should consider it.

Study: Fate of Monarch butterfly may end up as 'quasi-extinction'

For some time scientists have raised alarm bells over the beautiful Monarch butterfly. Those bells just got a little louder with the release of a study that suggests the Monarch could actually become "quasi-extinct" in the not-too-distant future.

Asteroid or comet smashes into Jupiter, captured on video

An asteroid or comet, scientists aren't sure which, crashed into Jupiter recently and it was captured on video. Two amateur astronomers, one Irish, the other Austrian, managed to film the event for our viewing pleasure.

Man builds life-like robot, looks just like Scarlett Johansson

A product and graphic designer has fulfilled what he said was a lifelong dream to build a human-like robot. And he didn't just build any robot, he built a replica of American movie star Scarlett Johansson.

Study finds Statins work, prevent heart disease by 25 percent

A study on drug treatment and heart disease out of McMaster University has been released and the results are encouraging, especially on statins. The cholesterol-lowering drug was shown to be of great benefit in preventing cardiovascular disease.
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