Offbeat | California care home operators face abuse charges

Owners of a Northern California care home accused of abandoning patients in a case that garnered national attention were charged Monday with elder abuse. California Attorney General Kamala Harris charged owner

Offbeat | Agents find stowaway Chihuahua in checked bag at US airport

This Chihuahua could be headed to the dog house. Transportation Security Administration officers say a woman’s 7-year-old Chihuahua sneaked into her suitcase and triggered a luggage screening alert at New York’s

Offbeat | Rooms going fast at Hungary’s village for rent

Pajer said Thursday that tourists are coming from as far away as Australia, South Africa, Sweden and the U.S. and the village “is booked solid in August and most of

Offbeat | Honey, we shrank the SUV – and Europe loves it

In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrinking Utility Vehicle. An array of ever-smaller sport utility vehicles and SUV car-like crossovers is going on display this week at the Geneva International

Offbeat | Hungarian village for rent, comes with deputy mayor’s post

The village of Megyer, population 18, has put itself up for rent to companies and tourists. For 210,000 forints (USD750) a day, a prospective renter gets seven guesthouses that sleep 39

Offbeat | Next Google Maps adventure: Soaring through Amazon jungle

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it’s like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released yesterday are the latest addition to the diverse

Offbeat | 2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok in Arizona

Television footage showed a large white llama and a smaller black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and golf carts stopped in their

Offbeat | Bofa agrees to pay USD300m to settle Vegas casino suit

Bank of America Corp. agreed to pay USD300 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the bank improperly disbursed funds to a Las Vegas casino development that went bust following

Offbeat | Poland: Roman Polanski appears in court in extradition hearing

Judge Dariusz Mazur was not expected to make a ruling yesterday and scheduled another hearing, buying time to study documents that arrived this week from Switzerland, which in 2010 refused

Offbeat | ‘Fifty Shades’ dominates box office again with USD22.2 million

Universal’s erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned USD22.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office. The total domestic haul for the adaptation

Offbeat | India insists: Obama’s tree is not dead

It just looks dead. The peepal tree was awash in leaves when Obama planted it at the New Delhi memorial to Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi. By Thursday, though, it

Offbeat | Rudy Giuliani backs off assertion that Obama doesn’t love America

It may be as close as Rudy Giuliani will come to a retraction.  The former New York City Mayor called into Bloomberg Politics’ With All Due Respect on Thursday to

Offbeat | Party Animals: Dogs also celebrate Carnival in Rio

More than 100 festive pet owners dressed their dogs in flashy costumes of superheroes and princesses last weekend for a parade to celebrate animal life in Brazil’s most joyful season. “Carnival

Offbeat | Gaffe: Romania’s foreign ministry summons diplomat after rude notes

Romanian foreign ministry has summoned a diplomat to Bucharest after its embassy in Paris sent out invitations to a reception containing rude remarks about the guests. The embassy had emailed invitations

Offbeat | Rare monkey eaten by otters in accident at British zoo

A British zoo says an endangered monkey that accidentally fell into a pond was eaten by otters. Bristol Zoo Gardens say the rare golden lion tamarin monkey, a squirrel-sized species native

Offbeat | Australian V8 champ Jamie Whincup bitten by snake

Australian motor racing champion Jamie Whincup has been bitten by a snake at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo during a pre-season photo shoot for the domestic V8 Supercars series. Whincup, a six-time V8

Offbeat | The Ross brothers redefine the Western

Documentary directors and brothers Bill and Turner Ross have made a career out of examining microcosms in the modern American landscape, from their first film, “45365,” about their middle-class hometown

Offbeat | Virgin Galactic gets back on track toward space tourism

The only thing interrupting the creosote and mesquite that makes up one of New Mexico’s most remote stretches of desert is a pristine runway where Virgin Galactic plans one day

Offbeat | Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave

Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa, Florida. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor

Offbeat | Dinosaur no more: UK museum’s Dippy to be retired in 2017

The museum announced Thursday that the 26-meter plaster skeleton, which has been on display for more than a century, will be replaced in the main hall by the skeleton of

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