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High school students' invention solves the watery ketchup problem

"I love when my French fries get doused in that watery liquid that squirts from the unshaken ketchup bottle" ... said no one,…

  • Sri Lanka deports British tourist for her Buddha tattoo 47 minutes ago

    By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Thursday deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the … More »Sri Lanka deports British tourist for her Buddha tattoo

    By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Thursday deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the island's main religion. Legally, there is no ban on a Buddha tattoo in Sri Lanka, but the predominantly Buddhist nation is very sensitive about its religion. …

  • Supporters of Sriracha hot sauce attend a rally at Irwindale City Hall, in Irwindale, California
    California city delays vote on Sriracha sauce factory 7 hours ago

    By Tori Richards IRWINDALE, California (Reuters) - A Southern California city council put off voting on Wednesday on whether to declare a popular hot sauce maker's factory … More »California city delays vote on Sriracha sauce factory

    Supporters of Sriracha hot sauce attend a rally at Irwindale City Hall, in Irwindale, California

    By Tori Richards IRWINDALE, California (Reuters) - A Southern California city council put off voting on Wednesday on whether to declare a popular hot sauce maker's factory a public nuisance, as the two sides sought a settlement over residents' complaints of tear-inducing fumes. Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda told dozens …

  • Ship that sank in 1888 found near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge 13 hours ago

    By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The wreckage of a passenger steamship that sank in the 19th century after a collision in the San Francisco Bay has been found … More »Ship that sank in 1888 found near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

    By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The wreckage of a passenger steamship that sank in the 19th century after a collision in the San Francisco Bay has been found near the Golden Gate Bridge, officials said on Wednesday. The steamship City of Chester was discovered by researchers using sonar in waters about 216 …

  • Two 10-year-olds caught selling grandparents' pot at Colorado school 14 hours ago

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two 10-year-old boys in Colorado were caught selling and swapping marijuana that they pilfered from their grandparents' supplies … More »Two 10-year-olds caught selling grandparents' pot at Colorado school

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two 10-year-old boys in Colorado were caught selling and swapping marijuana that they pilfered from their grandparents' supplies of legally purchased pot in separate incidents at the same school, a district official said on Wednesday. John Gates, director of safety and security for …

  • Bottles of Sriracha hot chili sauce, made by Huy Fong Foods, are seen on a supermarket shelf in San Gabriel
    Sriracha hot sauce makers head for next showdown in California 14 hours ago

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Southern California makers of the popular Sriracha brand of hot sauce faced another potential showdown on Wednesday with … More »Sriracha hot sauce makers head for next showdown in California

    Bottles of Sriracha hot chili sauce, made by Huy Fong Foods, are seen on a supermarket shelf in San Gabriel

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Southern California makers of the popular Sriracha brand of hot sauce faced another potential showdown on Wednesday with the city of Irwindale over a peppery smell emitted from the company's chili-processing factory in town. The city council was expected to vote on a resolution …

  • A man looks at the Lorraine Motel, which is now a part of the National Civil Rights Museum, where Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis
    Tennessee man breaks into civil rights museum, then falls asleep 14 hours ago

    A Tennessee man looking for a place to sleep found a bed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where the Rev. Martin Luther King was shot and killed in 1968. But the motel … More »Tennessee man breaks into civil rights museum, then falls asleep

    A man looks at the Lorraine Motel, which is now a part of the National Civil Rights Museum, where Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis

    A Tennessee man looking for a place to sleep found a bed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where the Rev. Martin Luther King was shot and killed in 1968. But the motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum, and Dexter Anderson, 33, was arrested as he slept Tuesday night in room 308 after a security officer called …

  • A 16-year-old boy is carried on a stretcher in Maui
    Stowaway slept in wheel well of plane at California airport, FBI says 16 hours ago

    A teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet's cramped compartment … More »Stowaway slept in wheel well of plane at California airport, FBI says

    A 16-year-old boy is carried on a stretcher in Maui

    A teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet's cramped compartment at a California airport before the flight took off, an FBI official said. The 15-year-old boy from the Northern California city of Santa Clara, whose …

  • NYPD graduate Lormel polishes her badge backstage before her induction ceremony in New York

    By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Wednesday he would …

  • WATERVILLE, Maine - Bring on the ketchup: A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot in the Maine city of Waterville.

  • The cows, it turns out, are perfectly capable of deciding when they need to be milked. A new trend in farm-based robotics has dramatically changed the way cows are cared for and milked at farms in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and New York, according to a report from the New York Times.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Police say a man used a potato to pretend he had a gun while trying to rob a Rhode Island business.

  • By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state authorities have euthanized scores of steroid-filled roosters after raiding a farm and arresting a man on suspicion of raising the birds for cockfighting, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Victor Hugo Gallegos Chavez, 35, the lone defendant in the case, …

  • By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man whose hoax distress call triggered a massive U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue mission on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 in restitution, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday. Danik Kumar, a licensed pilot, told authorities in March 2012 he saw what he thought was a distress flare …

  • By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former New York police officer accused of performing on tour with his heavy metal band "Cousin Sleaze" during the two years he claimed disability benefits pleaded guilty on Tuesday to mail fraud, a federal prosecutor said. Christopher Inserra, 32, who served for five years with …

  • By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A woman visiting her mother in Oregon is suing her neighbor, seeking $275,000 for pain, suffering and other damages she says were inflicted when a pet duck ambushed her for no apparent reason. Cynthia Ruddell, 62, of Washougal, Washington, was on her mother's property …

  • A 16-year-old boy is carried on a stretcher in Maui

    A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific Ocean, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is "resting comfortably" …

  • Earth Day turns 44 on Tuesday, and it's more popular than ever. One might suspect the holiday was created by eco-warriors in tie-dyed shirts and leather-fringe vests. Not so. Read on for a collection of facts you (probably) didn't know about Earth Day.

  • These red-sided garter snakes, as seen on the CBC-TV series Wild Canada, are from the Narcisse snake pits. The reptiles have started appearing in a number of homes in the province's Westman region, prompting a spike in calls to pest control companies.

    TORONTO - A woman in the city’s east end had quite a scare early Tuesday when she discovered a snake wriggling around her bathroom. The woman doesn’t own any snakes and police believe it may have been in the apartment building’s drainage system and came up in her bathroom. Police retrieved the snake and it’s now in the …