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Sketch drawn by Donald Trump showing iconic Empire State Building sold for USD 16,000 at auction, part of proceeds will be donated to local radio station WHDD-FM 

Inmate sues Oklahoma as he didn't receive medical help with severe erection that he received after ingesting pill from another inmate, at hospital the staff think the inmate should go see an urologist, but is sent back to prison and released for medical reasons 

First issue of men's magazine Playboy after passing of founder Hugh Hefner features transgender playmate 

Eternal Olympic flame from the '64 games went out four years ago, was hastily re-lit by staff at museum where it's kept, cover-up was initiated to not crush the dreams of the people 

World Medical Association approves new physicians' pledge, now also encompasses respect for patient autonomy, colleagues and students, as well as requiring doctors to share their knowledge and take care of their own health 

Finnair flight AY666 flies last time to HEL on Friday 13th before changing code to AY954 

Icelandic ram Einhyrningur famous for fused-together horns to be sold at auction to raise funds for local charities, said to be loner within herd despite internet fame 

German term for "homeland", Heimat, again used by politicians across spectrum after period where it was thought of as regressive and associated with Nazi era, professor says people may think world's become a village they don't want to live in 

Chat service AOL Instant Messenger shuts down 20 years after launch, lost dominating position to SMS and competitors 

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 is awarded to the English author Kazuo Ishiguro who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world 

Tom Petty lead singer for rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers dies at 66, finished tour to mark 40-year anniversary with the band just last month 

Tom Petty lead singer for rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers dies at 66, finished tour to mark 40-year anniversary with the band just last month 

Nearly 1% of world's polar bears gather on Wrangel Island off northern Siberian coast where bowhead whale carcass washed ashore 

Crowdfunding close to goal to finance 111-year-old WWII-veteran Richard Overton's care at his Austin, Texas home, enjoys 12 cigars per day on his porch, prefers whiskey from Tennessee  

Italian woman marries herself, sologamy trend on the rise in countries around the world 

Underwear of Adolf Hitler sold at auction for GBP 5,000, found at the Parkhotel Graz in Austria 1938 

Barry Casselman: John Ashbery's death removed last of truly significant living American poets, had ability to convey complex philosophical insights without excess academicism and contemporary political attitudes which is even harder for talented poets of today 

Legendary middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta dead at 95 due to pneumonia complications, was portrayed by Robert de Niro in Oscar-winning role in memoir-based movie Raging Bull 

Fugitive murderer captured after posting a video of himself and his arsenal on Instagram, supplying GPS-coordinates  

Over 5,000 disqualified in Mexico City Marathon of which the majority jumped in at various points along the course, no evidence of widespread or systematic timing error causing anomaly according to Marathon Investigation 

Actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91, known for roles in Twin Peaks and Big Love 

Well-preserved 1,100-year-old Viking sword found by reindeer hunter in southern Norway, cold and dry conditions on mountain as well as excellent quality of iron has enabled preservation 

Science fiction author Jerry Pournelle dead at 84 after sudden illness, was credited with writing world's first novel entirely on computer and helped popularize conservative flair to science fiction genre, often described his political beliefs as "somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan" 

Delta Airlines sends airplane to help evacuate people from San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma hits the island, uses gap between outer band and core of hurricane to navigate safely 

German Oliver Strümpfel beats own beer-carrying world record after carrying 29 steins weighing 70 kg 40 meters, says he trained 200 hours leading up to contest and plans on beating record again next year 

Jordan Peterson: Knowledge of archetypes necessary to give meaning and order to life, ignorance leads to rise of extreme and simplistic political ideologies [audio] 

Villa Sellgren from 1913 by Finnish architect Uno Ullberg is believed to be Putin's new summer residence - 1,500 square meters have been furnished with a sauna, billiard room and underground spa, located in the Vyborg Bay  

Restoration of famous monkey statues at world heritage site Nikko, Japan, causes emotions to flare as the eyes are considered too round and large, expert called in to asses size, shape and faithfulness to the original, states that the enlargement is problematic, government agency that funded the restoration claims it's within the margin of error for manual work 

Park on outskirts of eastern Paris opens area for nudists as part of temporary experiment, shows city's open-minded vision for use of public spaces according to deputy mayor 

The face of A-bomb surviors, Sumiteru Taniguchi, passes away at age 88, dedicated his life to abolishment of nuclear weapons as spokesperson and leader for the Japanese Hibakusha-movement 

Walter Devereux: Oral tradition of folktales sign of healthy society as it maintains connexion between era of origin and contemporary life, today's indifferent and industrial treatment of books sign of decay 

Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis dead at 91 

German town Staufen with 8,100 inhabitants falling apart after 2007 investment in green geothermal energy, more than 270 buildings fractured after up to 62 centimeter ground rising and more than 45 centimeter sideways moving 

Canadian woman loses diamond ring in connection with weed cleaning on family farm in Alberta in 2004, the ring is found 13 years later around a carrot picked by the woman's daughter-in-law 

Conservationists find 106-year-old fruitcake in the building in Antarctica, relic of Terra Nova Expedition in the early 1900s, some rancid butter smell but otherwise ok 

Minority of post-millennial youth are progressive leftists, born since 1995 most conservative generation in 70 years 

Giant inflatable chicken with Trump hairstyle placed outside the White House, similar actions have been taken in the past when protesters demanded the President release tax return details 

Singer and guitarist Glen Campbell dead at 81, known for songs such as Rhinestone Cowboy and By the Time I Get to Phoenix 

44-year-old Indian man fails running 10,000 km in Mumbai in 100 days as last day's 114 km run was 36 too short – man plagued by infections, fever and fractures and lost 16 kg during project, is already mapping out 40,000 km challenge 

Nova Scotia farmer offers two kilograms of bacon as reward for tips leading to culprit who stole USD 1,000 worth of power tools from property this summer, also offers thief opportunity to work around farm in order to make money in an honest way 

Man trapped between train and station platform doors in Beijing rescued after commuters rally together to push and tilt train away from platform – train services resumed 20 minutes after incident, according to Beijing Subway 

The Malta Heritage Trust will after an eight year long renovation open the British built tunnel system under Valletta, was used to spy on Soviet submarines during the Cold War but was abandoned in 1979 and has been closed since 

Two brothers from Turin caught robbing dozens of cash machines dressed up in Trump masks, claim to be inspired by film classic The Jackal  

Kosovan soccer player recently signed with Macedonian FC Skopje leaves club as logo contains cross, states his Muslim faith very important to him 

Squirrel attacks at least five people in Prospect Park, New York, could be infected with rabies due to its aggressiveness even though rabid squirrels are very rare 

Yokozuna Hakuhō wins his 39th Grand Basho, also breaks the all time record of 1047 won matches, now looks forward towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where he hopes to perform dohyo-iri at the opening ceremony 

Development and support for legendary Paint to end as Microsoft releases update of Windows 10, is replaced by Paint 3D which will be released in April 

Five-year-old girl in London fined GBP 150 for selling lemonade to festival goers without the required license, later receives official apology and fine is withdrawn 

Nielsen Music finds that hip-hop is for the first time listened to more than rock in the US, the former subculture now accounts for 25 percent of all US music consumption 

Djibouti dissolves national football team after 5-1 loss to Ethiopia due to "never-ending series of bad results", switches focus to youth teams according to new federation policy 

Chester Bennington dies at the age of 41, was lead singer of Linkin Park 

Citizenship test debate in Switzerland after 25-year-old woman born in country flunks for lacking recycling knowledge as well as neither knowing baseball-golf hybrid hornussen, folk wrestling style schwingen nor any local shops 

Winnie the Pooh censored on Chinese social media Sina Weibo, no official reason given but the bear has frequently been compared to president Xi Jinping and the autumn Communist party conference is seen as test of his grip of power 

Filmmaker George Romero dead at 77 of lung cancer, director of cult classic "Night of the Living Dead", considered a catalyst for the film's genre 

Surgeons who were to perform cataract surgery found 27 contact lenses in woman's eye, the patient thought the discomfort was due to dry eyes and her age 

Iranian mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani dies at 40 of breast cancer, was in 2014 first woman to win prestigious Fields medal and won two gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad as a teenager 

Chinese Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo dead at 61 from liver cancer, served four prison sentences in total for his calls for political reforms and the end of communist single-party rule, died serving 11 year sentence for subversion 

London Underground to swap "ladies and gentlemen" greeting for "hello everyone" to become more gender-neutral and inclusive, mayor Khan says "inclusive transport service is at the heart of TfL's purpose" 

"See you again" passes Gangnam Style as most viewed Youtube video, has been played over 2.9 billion times 

NASA Juno spacecraft takes images of Jupiter's Great red spot from height of 9,000 kilometers 

Melinda Gates optimistic that Pope Francis will change the Church's attitude towards contraception, claiming they share the same basic view of social justice and that it's only a matter of time 

Spamusment park to be opened in Japanese city of Beppu, will become reality after successful viral video and crowd sourcing campaign, will have nine ridable attractions, among them a bubble-bath roller-coaster and an onsen merry-go-round 

Nine people saved from drowning after Florida beachgoers form 80-person human chain to beat the rip currents 

German Spelling Council officially adds capital Eszett to language, ẞ can now be used instead of SS in German passports, conservatives said to refuse to accept the letter due to its unwieldy girth 

26-year-old Italian wanted by Interpol since 2011 after disappearing in Palermo found barefoot and disoriented in Madrid, has not been interrogated since he only communicates with hand gestures and incoherent phrases 

Florida woman arrested for leaving child for 30 minutes in hot car, complains about high temperature in police car 

Bread used to celebrate Eucharist in Catholic church must not be gluten-free according to ruling by prefect of Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Robert Sarah, question investigated at request of Pope Francis 

More than 50% of Irish have not eaten ready-made burgers at restaurants according to survey by Safefoods with 1,000 participants, burgers should be cooked well done to be safe according to company representative 

Norwegian 12 ton rock formation "The Troll's Penis" that was knocked down in end of June restored, operation funded by crowdfunding campaign raising about USD 27,000 from 1,000 donors 

Unions protest workers being replaced by goats as Western Michigan University tries environmentally friendly way of removing poison ivy from campus 

Ashutosh Maharaj will continue to be frozen sitting in meditation pose after guru's followers win in Indian court, is according to spokesperson not dead but rather medical science does not understand yogic science 

Increasing demand for exorcisms in UK, partly driven by immigrant communities, Christian think tank warns trend puts mental health of Christians at risk 

India PM Modi plays Imperial March from Star Wars at end of speech, has previously ended speech by wishing for the Force to be with audience 

Vatican police raids apartment, discovers ongoing homosexual orgy and drugs at home of priest and secretary of cardinal close to Pope Francis 

Karl Lagerfeld celebrated in Paris, receives city's highest honor in form of medal, Mayor Anne Hidalgo says foreign-born fashion tycoon's genius has made Paris even more magical 

Indian man hospitalized with perforated ulcer after drinking liquid nitrogen in bar, life saved at private hospital in Gurgaon 

Pope fires Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller from important position as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, interpreted as part of theological power struggle where Francis wants church to be more tolerant and open 

More than 650 human skulls found beneath Mexico City, researchers surprised over bones of women and children as they previously thought Aztecs only collected skulls of captured warriors 

Mallards seen eating smaller birds in Romania, have previously been observed to eat meat, but not bigger vertebrates 

Archeologists find collection of human skulls with carvings at 9,000-year-old megalith site in Göbekli Tepe, Turkey 

R2-D2 droid used on multiple Star Wars sets sold for USD 2.76 million at Los Angeles auction, Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and Darth Vader's helmet sold for USD 450,000 and USD 86,000 respectively 

Praised local Czech brewer hosts party for Liberbeer, official beer of Liberland 

Republican Jason Chaffetz says legislators need additional USD 2,500 housing allowance, claims he cannot afford to live in Washington on current 193,400 USD salary 

150 forced to leave plane at Shanghai airport as 80-year-old woman throws coins at engine as part of prayer for safety 

78% increase in sovereign grant for British Crown Estate, now USD 97 million in total, additional funds to be used for renovating Buckingham Palace 

Stalin voted most outstanding person in Russian history, held in higher regard than Pushkin and Putin who share second place followed by Lenin and Peter the Great 

Body of Salvador Dali to be exhumed for paternity test, Spanish soothsayer claims her mother had affair with legendary artist, emphasizes physical likeness, may get 25% of assets 

Head of Japan Sports Agency surprised by lukewarm response to five year plan to get youth to enjoy physical education, campaign may have opposite effect according to critics who say spontaneous sport activities outside state supervision is more beneficial 

Number of Siberian tigers increased from 3,200 in 2010 to 3,900 in 2016, protected habitats and anti-poaching patrol contributing factors 

Neapolitan mastiff Martha crowned World's ugliest dog, the contest in Petaluma, California celebrates the kind of dogs that never win beauty pageants  

Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, elects pitbull Brynneth Pawltro as mayor, fourth dog to be elected mayor in town, USD 1 charged per vote with unlimited voting where money usually goes toward town improvements 

CIA contractors steal potato chips and chocolate bars worth USD 3,300 by breaking connection to payment system on vending machines 

Exeter boys protest school uniform's ban on shorts by wearing skirts as UK experiences record heatwave 

Unique sword from late middle ages found in excavation of Polish peat bog, completely intact except hilt which has decomposed 

Powerful miniature crossbow adapted for firing of toothpicks new popular toy in China, concerns about damage causes bans in several cities 

Rod Dreher: Genuinely unmodern Venice fantastic city that no one would plan, similar to Orthodox Christianity with rich Byzantine beauty  

Sota Fujii wins 28th straight shogi match, now tied for the all time record, already holds the record for youngest professional player, says mainly he's just been lucky 

Aggressive orcas harass, rob and pursue fishing boats in Bering Sea, compared to motorcycle gangs by fishers, reports indicate related financial losses amount to USD 500 per day 

Josh Herring: Greek and Nordic mythology milestones of essential knowledge but inferiority to Christianity evident in views of tragedy, while Greeks placed it in mythical past and Northerners in the far future, Christianity makes it both present and hopeful 

Acrobat Erendira Wallenda beats world record hanging by her teeth from helicopter 91 meters above Niagara falls