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Pratidnya Bhat

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Study: Few newborns test positive for marijuana

Chapel Hill - Baby soaps may cause infants to test positive for marijuana, according to a recent study carried out at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, published this month in the journal Clinical Biochemistry.

'Sleeping Beauty' Stacey Comerford slept in April woke up in June

Telford - Stacey Comerford, 15, from Telford, England, suffers from a rare neurological disorder which makes her sleep for months at a time. This time round it was her longest event, when she slept through two months, missing nine exams and also her birthday.

Texan billionaire Allen Stanford gets 110-year jail term

Houston - This Thursday witnessed the ex-tycoon and one-time cricket mogul Allen Stanford’s stunning fall from grace, when he was sentenced to 110 years in jail for a $7 billion swindle.

Tech-savvy orangutans at Miami Zoo use iPad to communicate

Miami - An orangutan clan at the Miami Zoo shows amazing interest in iPad and the family's teenagers just can't have enough of it, while the elders show no interest at all.

Ultrasound for commercial fetal entertainment business

Ultrasound, which is usually done for checking the health and growth of fetus inside the womb, is now popularly marketed as a way to bond with the baby before its birth.

Mumbai ACP Vasant Dhoble goes berserk over city’s nightlife

Mumbai - Assistant Commissioner of Police of Mumbai city in India, Vasant Dhoble is famous for busting sex rackets; but his current zeal to suppress moral code violations has not gone down well with party animals as well as many celebrities.

Maryland high schools recalled 8000 Diplomas over spelling error

Maryland Line - The importance of proofreading reached a new zenith when as many as 8000 diplomas issued in Maryland high schools were recalled last week, after it was found that a word was misspelt.

Leh landslides: Army helped rescue 400 trapped tourists

Srinagar - 400 people, trapped at the Khardung La pass – the world’s highest motor-able road, were rescued by the Army and the police in Ladakh on Friday.

Sania- Bhupathi duo wins the French Open mixed doubles

Paris - India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza won their second mixed doubles Grand Slam title together by defeating their challengers Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland by 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 in the French Open finals on Thursday.

Rectangular and gum-filled Oreos for China

Kraft Foods "biscuit research lab" in China is a place where all sorts of ideas are executed pertaining to unusual snacks. The outcome of two such ideas was the Rectangular Oreo and the Oreo filled with cucumber gum.

Dead toddler rises from coffin; parents baffled and furious

Belem - Kelvin Santos, a two-year old boy in Brazil, breathed his last in the hospital and his family was mourning over his dead body lying in an open coffin. Suddenly he sat up in the coffin and asked his dad for water before lying back down again, lifeless.

Miley Cyrus engaged to Liam Hemsworth

Miley Cyrus, the former Disney channel child star is engaged to “Hunger Games” actor Liam Hemsworth. Hemsworth, 22 met Cyrus, 19 when they costarred in 'The Last Song' in 2009. He proposed her on May 31 with a 3.5-carat diamond ring.

Nicole Anderson downs 12 dogs in 10 minutes to win Canadian title

Calgary - Calgary woman Nicole Anderson is off to the Big Apple to take a bite out of an international hot dog eating contest after winning the women's side of the Canadian Hotdog Eating Championships by gulping down 12 hotdogs in 10 minutes.

Titanic locket owner may have been identified

Pennsylvania Furnace - After long years of search, the Hempfield family finally declares to have found the mystery owner of a gold locket from Titanic and believe the item originally belonged to Annie Moore Ward of Philadelphia.

Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo crowned the new Miss USA 2012

Las Vegas - Beating all the Latin beauties, Olivia emerged as the final winner to wear the much coveted ‘Miss USA 2012’ crown last night during the pageant held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The king of 64 squares- Viswanathan Anand reigns

Moscow - Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand, the Indian-born, five times world chess champion, retained his crown on Wednesday when he narrowly beat Boris Gelfand in a series of rapid-play games in Moscow.

Live songbird seized during flight from Taiwan to LA

Los Angeles - Taiwan to California flight passengers witnessed a surprising escapee- a live songbird, traveling along-with them. It hopped around in the plane, down the aisle, until a flight attendant had captured it and handed it over to the custom agents.

Pole dancing as Olympic Sport?

Pole dancers get some new leverage as their area of expertise could soon be fetching them gold at the Olympics. From erotic to athletic, pole dancing is now staking its claim as Olympic caliber.

Reebok India alleges $157 million fraud by sacked MD, COO

New Delhi - Reebok India has alleged over $157 million fraud by its former Managing Director Subhinder Singh Prem and former Chief Operating Officer Vishnu Bhagat.

Taliban poisons 120 school girls in classroom attack

Taloqan - Taliban poisoned over 120 school girls and three teachers in a school in northern Afghanistan. An unidentified toxic powder was used to contaminate the air in the classrooms.
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