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Lead thieves use Google Earth to target churches

LONDON - Thieves in Britain are using Google Earth to target lead roofs on Church of England buildings to sell on the lucrative metals market, a Church spokesman said.

Squirrel with the shakes warns Russians off drinking

MOSCOW - An animated squirrel slurs his words and bursts into song in a Russian ad campaign to cut alcoholism that has become an unexpected hit, viewed more than one million times on the Internet.

Statue made of panda dung sold for $45,000 in China

BEIJING - A former Swiss ambassador to China turned art collector has forked out 300,000 yuan ($45,000) for a replica of the famed Venus de Milo statue -- made from panda dung.

Aussie bloke 'marries' best mate -- his dog

SYDNEY - An Australian man has surprised friends by getting married -- to his pet dog of five years, a golden labrador called Honey.

US woman @theashes becomes Twitter celebrity

SYDNEY - A US woman with the Twitter name @theashes who was bombarded by messages about cricket was offered a free flight to Australia and started selling her own commemorative T-shirt Monday.

Delhi men in female-only metro forced to do sit-ups: reports

NEW DELHI - A group of male passengers traveling in a female-only carriage on New Delhi's new metro system were ordered to do sit-ups on the platform by the furious women, according to reports.

Indian elephant gets root canal for tusk ache

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Dentists in southern India have performed root canal surgery on a giant scale to rid a 27-year-old elephant of chronic tusk ache, officials said Friday.

Spanish woman claims ownership of the sun

MADRID - After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner. A woman from Spain's soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property.

Swede broadcasts music from his stomach

STOCKHOLM - A Swedish man broadcast music from his stomach for several hours via a mini audio system, but said he was disappointed by the sound quality.

German pensioner bricks himself into his own cellar

BERLIN - A German pensioner who wanted to seal off the entrance to his cellar ended up bricking himself into it, a police spokesman told Reuters on Thursday.