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Hollywood sign face-lift, post election exodus, high court high, cooking on the eternal flame and one seriously rad dad

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The Hollywood Sign Is Getting a Face-Lift

It overlooks the world capital of plastic surgery, so is it any wonder Los Angeles' famous Hollywood sign is getting in on the action too?

Get me out of here

On November 6th, America will elect the next US president. Airline jetBlue is offering the chance of escape for anyone who finds themself disappointed with the election result. Participate in their election poll to win. At time of writing the results are 53 per cent in favour of a Democrat win.

Crash Test Dummies

They do it with new car models as routine, but purposefully crashing plans to test safety procedures is a lot more costly and therefore, a lot more rare. Until now.

High Court

A New Orleans city attorney was arrested for possession of marijuana and suspended from his job after a joint tumbled from his pocket in front of police in court.

Say what?

Scottish man dies, taking town's dialect with him In a remote fishing town on the tip of Scotland's Black Isle, the last native speaker of the Cromarty dialect has passed away, taking with him a little fragment of the English linguistic mosaic.

Geek War

World of Warcraft, the gaming hobby of a political candidate has become an issue in a state senate race in New England.

Rad dad

When German father Nils Pickert donned a skirt out of support for his 5-year-old cross-dressing son, it sparked a debate. He talks to Jeesoo Park about why he did it.

Cooking on eternal flame

A Ukrainian court has handed down a suspended three-year prison sentence to a student who fried eggs over the eternal flame at a World War Two memorial to protest against government

UFOs: Declassified

The National Archives has recently published never-before-seen schematics and details of a 1950s military venture, called Project 1794, which aimed to build a supersonic flying saucer.


Since August, beekeepers around the town of Ribeauville in the region of Alsace have seen bees returning to their hives carrying unidentified colourful substances that have turned their honey unnatural shades.

Booze Britain sobers up

The British love affair with the bottle appears to be ending. Since 2004 alcohol consumption has dropped by one-eighth, to 8.3 litres per person per year, according to an official survey. Tax receipts tell a similar story.

Follow up

Sacha Baron Cohen and his Four By Two Films will develop a feature for Paramount Pictures inspired by Cecil Chao, the Hong Kong billionaire who offered $65 million to any man who succeeded in marrying his lesbian daughter.

Food fight

A western Nebraska man has been jailed after assaulting his wife with a sandwich.