Man Sues to Get Leg Back

After being shot five times, a western Nebraska man had to go to court to get his prosthetic leg back from prosecutors.

The Box Butte County Attorney's office gave Val McCabe's leg back Wednesday after a judge ordered it returned.

McCabe's prosthetic left leg had been held since Friday's shooting because prosecutors wanted to run tests on it and a bullet lodged inside.

The 58-year-old McCabe, who lost his leg below the knee in a railroad accident roughly 30 years ago, filed his lawsuit Tuesday.

McCabe lawyer argued it wasn't practical for him to replace the specially built, $28,000 prosthesis. (AP)


A debate is raging in Australia over whether playing the long, hollow didgeridoo can lead to female infertility.

The Australian edition of "The Daring Book for Girls" recommends, and advises girls how to play the traditionally Aboriginal musical instrument. But the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association says the instructions to girls are not only culturally insensitive, they’re putting girls’ health at risk.

"We know very clearly that there's a range of consequences for a female touching a didgeridoo -- infertility would be the start of it,” the Aboriginal association’s manager says. "I won't even let my daughter touch one."

He said the didgeridoo, an integral part of many Aboriginal rituals, was "definitely a men's business ceremonial tool,” and added that a book teaching girls how to play it should be “pulped.”

Read more: Daily Telegraph

Nude Hiker Vows to Hike On

A German hiker has vowed to carry on strolling in the nude despite spending 10 days in jail for breaking public nudity laws.

Thomas Kranig, a spokesman for the administrative court in Ansbach, said Siegfried Grawert went to jail because he "refused to pay a fine of [$718] assessed for violating the public nudity code."

Grawert, a janitor, said he planned to continue campaigning for the right to partake in organized walks in the buff despite his troubles with the law.

Naked hiking has gained a following since the German Society of Nudists joined the German Sports Association.

While nude bathing is generally accepted in Germany, nude joggers have been fined in the past for running through forests wearing nothing but socks and shoes.

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'Biggest Waste of Space Ever'

Months after the English national team was humiliated in the Euro Cup, the soccer squad has been dismissed by their own countrymen as “Biggest Waste of Space Ever.”

A poll of 3,000 Britons, taken by storage product company BiGDUG, gave the team the embarrassing distinction ahead of troubled rocker Pete Doherty and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

"As storage product specialists we try to minimize the floor space wasted by businesses across the UK — but there's not a lot we can do about the England team or Gordon Brown,'' a BiGDUG spokesman said.

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Cat Survives 70-Mile Journey

A cat survived a 2 1/2-hour trip on a spare tire under her owner's truck. Gil Smith recently drove from his Gilbert home 70 miles away for a business meeting in Kearny. When he got out of the truck, he heard a cat in distress and realized it was his.

Smith said the cat, Bella, was hysterical, shaky and tired, but was smart enough to know not to jump off the tire as the truck was moving.

Smith and his wife have adopted three indoor cats, three goats and three chickens. But Smith said Bella, an outdoor cat the couple adopted years ago, has a special place in his wife's heart.

Smith said he canceled his meeting with a state Department of Economic Security official who had driven 50 miles to get to Kearny so he could get Bella home.

It was either that, or, he jokes, get a divorce. (AP)

Bikini Goal Falls Short

It was no day at the beach for bikini-clad world record seekers in the U.K., or maybe it was.

Some 250 women gathered on the sands of the Jubilee beach in Southend, England, until rain ended the effort.

Unfortunately for the women, who were bearing all for the Southend Hospital Breast Unit, they fell short of the world record mark of 1,010 women set last year on Bondi beach in Australia.

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello could not be reached for comment.

Read More: The Sun

One-Dog Town

Officials in a Peruvian neighborhood are so fed up with a multitude of noisy dogs that it has decided to take matters into their own hands.

The town of Jesus Maria, a neighborhood in Lima, has issued an order barring households from having more than one dog. Families in violation of the order face fines of up to $237.

"Neighbors have complained they cannot live in peace, harmony, or good physical and mental health because ... noisy dogs disturb the peace," the order, printed in the neighborhood newspaper, says.

Read more: Reuters

Chili Achievement

A man nicknamed "Humble Bob" stuffed himself with 11.5 pounds of a local specialty called chili-spaghetti in only about 10 minutes to claim victory in an Ohio holiday eating contest.

Bob Shoudt won $2,500 at the inaugural Skyline Chili Spaghetti eat-off Monday at Kings Island amusement park. Shoudt narrowly defeated Coney Island hot dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut in the contest.

Shoudt, of Philadelphia, is ranked No. 5 by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. (AP)

Haunted Spice Rack for Sale

It’s a spooky spice holder — and it can be yours if the price is right.

Fed up with strange happenings around his kitchen, a New Hampshire man has decided to unload an antique spice rack he claims is haunted on eBay.

“The first strange thing that occurred was the sound of an elderly woman humming in the kitchen as if to entertain herself while baking, banging of pots and pans have also been heard. Spices I had set on the spice rack have rearranged themselves overnight as if the individual haunting this spice rack didn't like how I had them placed,” the seller said in the eBay item description.

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Compiled by's Tom Durante and Rita Cant.

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