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Quadriplegic Swims Across English Channel
Philippe Croizon lost both arms and both legs in a horrific accident in 1994. In 2010, he swam across the English Channel.

Floodwaters Still Crippling Pakistan
Pakistan continues to be inundated by flooding and suffering. In the third month of the worst flooding in the country's history, nearly 17 million acres of prime agricultural land still lie underwater, their potential for producing food growing dimmer with each passing day.

Rubble Constant Reminder of Haiti Quake
Eight months after a devastating earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of people, Haiti's capital area remains inundated with rubble. Only 2 percent of the rubble created by the quake has been cleared, according to international officials.

Huge Chocolate Bar Sets World Record
The world's largest chocolate bar measures 224 inches long, 110 inches wide, and 10 inches thick. (For those of you who deal in metrics, that's 560 centimeters by 275 centimeters by 25 centimeters.) That's a lot of chocolate.

Toughest Word in Hangman: Jazz
Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald or certainly Wynton and Branford Marsalis would certainly have something to say about this: the hardest word to solve in the age-old game of Hangman is JAZZ.

Aid Pouring in to Waterlogged Pakistan
Aid has begun to pour in to Pakistan, which is still reeling in the wake of staggering amounts of rain and homelessness in the wake of the worst monsoon precipitation in nearly a century.

Pakistan: Rains Let Up, Aid Still Lagging
The rains have eased across Pakistan, but aid is still slow in coming, according to the Pakistani government and international authorities.

Computers Add Up All Possible Solutions for Rubik's Cube
Now comes word that a team including researchers from more than one country has put Google's computers to work on the problem and come up with every single way that the Rubik's Cube can be solved.

Monsoon Flooding Overruns Relief Efforts in Pakistan
The rain keeps falling on Pakistan, as the country reels from some of the worst monsoons in nearly a century. Millions of people have been left homeless, hundreds of thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed, and the death toll has topped 1,600.

Massive Ice Island Breaks from Greenland
A gigantic piece of island, four times as big as the island of Manhattan, has broken off from an iceberg in northwestern Greenland.

Cross-country Trek to Test Driverless Vans
Vehicles driving themselves? It could happen, in the not too distant future, especially if more events like this take place: Engineers are off to road-test driverless vehicles on an 8,000-mile journey from Italy to China.

Graphic Novel to Tell Anne Frank's Story
The Anne Frank House Museum, in Amsterdam, has announced plans to publish a graphic novel version of the biography of Anne Frank.

Cosmonauts Sealed in Mars Simulation Facility for 500 Days
Six men — three from Russia, one from China, one from France, and one from Italy — are now sealed in a facility at a medical institute in Russia for an experiment designed to simulate a manned mission to Mars.

Teen, 13, Youngest Atop Mount Everest
A boy from California stood on top of the world and called his mother on a satellite phone.

2012 London Olympics Reveal Mascots
They are metallic, one-eyed creatures designed to emphasize the host country's role in the emergence of the modern Olympic Games.

Huge Snake Lab Goes Up in Smoke
What is believed to be the world's largest collection of snakes (housing 80,000) has gone up in flames.

Girl, 16, Sails Around World
Jessica Watson, 16, returned to her home in Sydney during the weekend, after becoming the youngest person to sail nonstop, unassisted around the world.

Gold-dispensing ATM Opens in Abu Dhabi
Yes, you can put paper money in and get gold back out.

Palestinian Teens' Invention Helps the Blind
An obstacle-finding walking stick that will be on display at the world's largest science fair in San Jose, Calif., is the brainchild of three teenage Palestinian girls.

Britons Can't Do Without Their Red Phone Boxes
Many Britons are seeing red about British Telecom's decision to destroy the red telephone-box structures that dot the landscape all over the country.

Mexico City Embraces Bike Sharing
Mexico City has begun a bike-sharing initiative, offering more than 1,000 free red bikes and passing traffic laws that favor cyclists over the city's 4 million drivers.

10 Million Bathe in Ganges
It is Kumbh Mela, or "Pitcher Festival," one of the biggest celebrations of all for Hindus in India. A full 10 million people bathed on one day, in the river Ganges, to mark the 104-day event.

Step on It: Pedestrians to Generate Electricity
Engineers in Toulouse, France, have installed a series of specially designed paving slabs containing micro-sensors. When people walk on the slabs, the micro-sensors absorb the energy created and store it in a battery. The energy is then transferred to the main power grid.

Score! Scrabble Update Targets Younger Players
The makers of Scrabble have announced an update of the popular board game aimed at younger players: you can enter the names of celebrities, for one thing.

Help with Road Repair, Get a Reward
Officials in a German town have begun a program that offers a bit of a legacy for people who give the town money to help cover a pothole: their name on the road.

Flooded Town Rises from the Depths
Potosi, a Venezuelan town that was flooded intentionally in 1985 so the resulting reservoir could power a hydroelectric dam and provide electricity to the surrounding countryside, is back on the map, after a drought erased the reservoir.

The 2010 Winter Olympics
Find out more about the Games, in Vancouver, Canada.

15 Trapped in Tallest Building
The bang that 15 people heard recently trapped them in an elevator 124 floors about the ground floor of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for a full 45 minutes before they were rescued.

Dubai Opens World's Tallest Building
t rises 2,717 feet (828 meters) into the sky. It is the new tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and it now graces the skyline of Dubai.

World's Tallest Building Soars into Sky
It rises 2,717 feet (828 meters) into the sky. It is the new tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and it now graces the skyline of Dubai.

U.K. Unveils Supreme Court
On October 5, the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court began its new term, the U.K. Supreme Court heard its first case.

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