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Starsky And Hutch Busted In France For Driving Under Influence

Starsky And Hutch Busted In France For Driving Under Influence

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Yes, they are both French. Yes, those are their real names. No, they weren't driving a Ford Gran Torino.

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Skiing Across Sweden-Norway Border To Slip Past COVID Lockdown

Skiing Across Sweden-Norway Border To Slip Past COVID Lockdown

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There was only one problem: the weather.

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It's Raining Fish, Hallelujah! Mysterious Lluvia de Peces Lands Again In Honduras

It's Raining Fish, Hallelujah! Mysterious Lluvia de Peces Lands Again In Honduras

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Residents near the Caribbean coast of Honduras have been witness to an unlikely, and much welcome, event: fish that seem to arrive from the skies. Or maybe from somewhere else?

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Author Of Italian Thrillers Arrested For Staging Parents’ Murder-Suicide

Author Of Italian Thrillers Arrested For Staging Parents’ Murder-Suicide

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Police say the published novelist killed his father with a hammer and slit his mother’s wrists to make it look like the wife killed her husband and then herself. The mother is clinging to life.

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In Skinny Japan, New Company Offers Plus-Sized People 'For Rent'

In Skinny Japan, New Company Offers Plus-Sized People 'For Rent'

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It's an economic dictum that virtually anything that is rare is bound to create a valuable market: diamonds, limited edition clothing and, in Japan, obese people.

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Budapest or Bucharest? A Tale Of Very Lost French Soccer Fans

Budapest or Bucharest? A Tale Of Very Lost French Soccer Fans

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Let's be honest, as European capital names go, Budapest (Hungary) and Bucharest (Romania) are pretty similar. It's even slightly closer in French.

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Fart At Famous Thermal Spa Sparks 12-Person Brawl, Three Arrested

Fart At Famous Thermal Spa Sparks 12-Person Brawl, Three Arrested

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Close your eyes. You've arrived in the lush and peaceful microstate of Andorra, known around the world for its natural spas. You've spent the day relaxing with that special someone in the 70°C thermal waters. Maybe you've just gotten a nice massage... And then someone farts.

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Asparagus Recipe Baked Into Belgian Legal Decree

Asparagus Recipe Baked Into Belgian Legal Decree

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"Preheat oven to 250 °C, add three teaspoons of salt into water, rinse and peel the asparagus and wait 30 minutes before cooking…"

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Plane Struck By Lightning Exorcized After Landing

Plane Struck By Lightning Exorcized After Landing

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What happens when lightning strikes a plane? First, thanks to modern safety features, it flies on and lands without incident. But in Togo, airport staff last week made sure one such plane was thoroughly *explored and inspected.

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Parents Call Cops On Teen Son For Refusing To Clear The Table

Parents Call Cops On Teen Son For Refusing To Clear The Table

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Parenting can be a tricky thing.

Who can safely say they've never, in the heat of the moment, brandished over-the-top threats to try to get unruly offspring to comply? And who ever follows through?

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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