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Naked chocolate Jesus rises again in New York

A life-size chocolate sculpture of a naked Jesus will finally be displayed in New York starting in late October, seven months after an outcry by Roman Catholics forced a different gallery to cancel its exhibition.

The chocolate Jesus will be joined by sculptures of several fully clothed saints, but the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said it will not protest because, unlike before, there are no plans to put the "anatomically correct" Jesus in public view during Holy Week.


Israeli Father of 67 Kids Seeks 9th Wife

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Israeli Bedouin Shahadeh Abu Arar stands with some of his 67 children outside his home in the town of Emek Hefer, Israel.

EMEK HEFER, Israel - With eight wives and 67 children, Shahadeh Abu Arrar has given new meaning to the term "family man." Abu Arrar, 58, is a member of Israel's impoverished Bedouin Arab community. But even in a traditional society where men commonly have several wives and many children, Abu Arrar is exceptional.


Great news! They're stealing our books!

The Frankfurt Book Fair has an indicator to help publishers gauge public interest in the new offerings presented at the annual exhibition -- the unofficial "most stolen book" index.

Bild am Sonntag and Germany's ZDF television have come up with lists of titles most stolen from 15 leading German publishers' stands set up in the Frankfurt trade fair grounds.

"The most-stolen books are usually the most-sold later on," Claudia Hanssen of the Goldmann Verlag publishing house told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which published a list of the 10 most stolen German-language books this year.


UK: Fined for putting rubbish in bin

A Lincolnshire pensioner was fined £75 for putting a bag of rubbish - in a bin.

John Richards, 84, left a neatly parcelled carrier bag in a lamp-post bin rather than wait ten days for his fortnightly waste collection.

But council officials tracked him down and accused him of fly-tipping, reports The Sun.


Oh, he's walking the plank in his undies again..

An Australian man, clad only in underwear, fell nine stories while trying to build a makeshift plank bridge into a neighbor's flat, but lived to tell the tale.

The bridge collapsed just after midnight Tuesday sending the 35-year-old man plummeting into a building structure below, police in Western Australia state said.


Woman, 81, Shoots Homeless 'Washer'

MOBILE, Ala. - An 81-year-old woman shot a homeless man Monday morning after finding him washing his clothes in her laundry room, police said.


Indian authorities offer cash for rat tails

Authorities in Mizoram, northeast India, are offering villagers a 5-cent cash reward for every rat tail they bring to local authorities, the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) said Monday.

"We are motivating villagers to kill rats and bring the tail as evidence to local authorities," IANS quoted James Lalsianliana, a deputy director in charge of plant protection and head of the state's rodent control cell, as saying.


St. Albert woman wins $1 million after instinct told her to return to store

ST. ALBERT, Alta. - Thank goodness for women's intuition.

Shirley Dochuk, 61, just about didn't play her regular Western 649 lottery numbers for the Oct. 10 draw, but something inside her told her to go back and get the tickets.

On Friday, Dochuk was revealed to be Alberta's latest millionaire by the Western Canada Lottery Corp. in a news release.


Woman builds 5ft tower from unwanted junk mail

An artist from Newcastle has created an unusual exhibit in her garden out of her unwanted junk mail.

Anne Cohen, 54, from Fenham, has been placing all the junk mail delivered to her by hand - but not by postal service - on a metal spike outside her front door. Started on January 1, the artwork is now more than 5ft tall.


Drunken priest punches cop, goes to jail

A Mexican priest briefly ended up behind bars after punching a policemen who caught him driving drunkenly through the streets of the northern city of Monterrey.

Priest Manuel Raul Ortega, who was not wearing clerical dress but was clutching a prayer book when captured, launched himself at the traffic cop who pulled him over earlier this week.