MADRID — A small Spanish town is considering fining a medieval church 16,000 euros ($17,500) because its bells are “too noisy.”
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London Zoo said Friday that a silverback gorilla’s escape from its enclosure was a “minor incident” that posed no danger to the public ‚Äî but animal rights activists are demanding an official, independent investigation.
A wildlife advocacy group said the incident, which ended without injuries to visitors or the animal, could have had a more tragic outcome.
HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines executives had a dilemma: Their planes were burning more fuel than projected on their regular 2,600-mile route between Honolulu and American Samoa.
Various factors for increased fuel use, like winds, were ruled out. So the carrier asked passengers on the twice weekly flights if they wouldn’t mind being weighed before boarding.
BRUSSELS — A Belgian region on Friday rejected a wide-ranging trade deal between the European Union and Canada, threatening the agreement which is supposed to be signed in two weeks and requires unanimous approval.
NABATIYEH, Lebanon — Shiite Muslims world over are observing the Ashoura, a holy day of mourning and the sect’s most important religious ceremony commemorating the death in 680 AD of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein.
WARREN, R.I. — A Rhode Island man has squashed a record set by his son by taking first prize in a pumpkin contest with a 2,261.5-pound gourd.
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — An annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California has a new winner: a third-grade teacher in Washington state who raised a giant one weighing 1,910 pounds.
LES CAYES, Haiti — Haitians braced for a grim, rising death toll Friday as help slowly trickled into marooned areas of the country’s southwestern peninsula that was pummeled by Hurricane Matthew, the first Category 4 storm to hit Haiti in decades.
JUBA, South Sudan — President Barack Obama has issued waivers that continue U.S. military assistance for troubled South Sudan and six other nations where child soldiers have been used, disappointing advocates who say his administration hasn’t made curbing the use of children in combat a higher priority.
WASHINGTON — Seven years ago this week, when a young American president learned he’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize barely nine months into his first term arguably before he’d made any peace a somewhat embarrassed Barack Obama asked his aides to write an acceptance speech that addressed the awkwardness of the award.