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Jul 26, 2011, 8:05 a.m.

Maharaja's tiger hunting Rolls may fetch $1 million

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Auction house Bonhams will put under the hammer a rare Rolls Royce Phantom modified for tiger hunting by an Indian maharaja during the days of the British Raj, featuring a mounted machine gun and a cannon, that may fetch up to $1 million. The custom-made 1925 Rolls Royce was originally commissioned by Umed Singh II, the maharaja of Kotah in the 1920s at a time when tiger hunting was hugely popular in India.

Two suspended for "unspeakable behavior"

PARIS (Reuters) - French team mates Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad have been provisionally suspended after trading blows in an extraordinary incident after the 1,500 meters at the Monaco Diamond League. Baala finished ninth in Friday's race while Mekhissi, the Olympic 3,000 steeplechase silver medalist, came in 11th but an attempt to console each other went badly wrong.

Mystery prisoner has authorities stumped

PROVO, Utah (Reuters) - A mystery man arrested on minor charges more than three weeks ago remains behind bars in Utah while law enforcement officials try to determine his true identity, which he refuses to reveal. "This is really a strange case," said Lt. Dennis Harris with the Utah County Sheriff's Office. "He just doesn't want to be found."

When life gives you lemons..

CONWAY, Mass (Reuters) - A man angry that a car dealership refused to take back a "lemon" van he had purchased, intentionally crashed it into seven parked vehicles, police said on Thursday. The dispute began when David Cross, 42, of Salisbury, Massachusetts, and his wife on Monday bought a van at the Portsmouth Used Car Superstore, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, said Portsmouth Police Lieutenant Russell Russo.

Sheriff blasts "Dog" bounty hunter's tactics

DENVER (Reuters) - Celebrity bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman received a scathing public rebuke from a western Colorado sheriff, who accused the flamboyant reality TV star of reckless showmanship in bringing his latest bail-jumper to justice. Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Chapman engaged in "profit-driven peacockery" and disregarded public safety when he delivered the injured, pepper-sprayed 29-year-old fugitive to the county jail on Wednesday while TV cameras rolled.

Symbol in Syriac may be world's first question mark

LONDON (Reuters) - What could be the world's earliest example of a question mark has been identified in Classical Syriac manuscripts dating from the 5th Century. The symbol, a double dot resembling the modern colon, is known as the "zagwa elaya," or "upper pair." Its function as a question mark was pinned down by Chip Coakley, a manuscript specialist at Cambridge University.

Fake Apple Store even fools staff

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese counterfeiters have had a field-day pumping out knockoffs of Apple Inc's best-selling iPhones and iPads but one appears to have gone a step further -- a near flawless fake Apple Store that even employees believe is the real deal. The store in Kunming was stumbled upon by a 27-year-old American blogger living in the city, the capital of China's mountainous southwestern Yunnan province.

Hotel snore controls aim to banish sleepless nights

LONDON (Reuters) - Guests at an international hotel chain may sleep more soundly after the introduction of "snore patrols" and "snore absorption rooms" at a number of sites worldwide. Crowne Plaza is trialing the first "snore absorption" rooms at 10 hotels in Europe and the Middle East, whilst six branches in Britain have implemented "snore patrols" this month in a bid to combat noisy sleepers.

Smackdown? Humble Pie? Not in Murdoch's NY Post

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Now it's Rupert Murdoch's New York tabloid that has pie in the face. The New York Post, which usually reports the humiliation of the powerful with gleefully pun-filled headlines and outlandish photo montages, whiffed on the chance to make a splash with the News Corp chairman's testimony on Tuesday before the British parliament.

Dog bites shark and goes viral

SYDNEY (Reuters) - It's got a big yellow dog, sharks, a dead dugong, attracted millions of viewers on YouTube and you couldn't make it up. Video footage of a dog attacking a shark under water on the Australian coast has "gone viral," becoming a top Internet hit.

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