Jun 27, 2011, 10:11 a.m.
And the most sedentary U.S. city is..
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Although it's known for its beautiful horse farms and as the "Thoroughbred Capital of the World," Lexington, Kentucky has gained a new distinction -- as the most sedentary city in the United States. Along with Indianapolis in Indiana and Jackson, Mississippi it ranked among the most exercise-phobic cities in the nation, according to a new ranking by Men's Health magazine.
China to use droppings to count endangered pandas
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will use analysis of panda droppings as it embarks upon a once-in-a-decade census of the endangered animal, state media said on Monday. Authorities are training some 70 trackers in southwestern China who will begin their work this week and end the survey by late July, Xinhua news agency said.
Seven arrested after Joburg's police chief burgled
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Police arrested seven people in connection with a weekend break-in at Johannesburg's police chief's home, sparking criticism over such swift action compared with that experienced by ordinary South Africans. South Africa is one of the world's most dangerous countries outside war zones. Frequent government campaigns over the last decade and pledges to put more police on the street have done little to control high rates of murder, theft and other crimes.
Alaskans irked after midnight solstice game halted
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Baseball fans in Alaska were fuming after a traditional midnight game, held every year without lights during the twilight hours of the summer solstice, was postponed for the first time because a visiting California team complained it was too dark. Umpires suspended the Alaska Baseball League amateur game with the score tied 1-1 in the 10th inning at about 1:30 a.m. local time (0930 GMT) Wednesday, about three hours into the contest.
Zoos attract visitors with sleepovers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - For wild animal lovers not content with watching tigers and gorillas during the day, a growing number of zoos are offering a more thrilling after-dark experience -- overnight stays. From Philadelphia to Denver nocturnal visitors are learning what happens when the gates slam shut, the sun goes down and the moon rises over some of America's most well-known zoos.
Team pays for rights to own nickname
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Football Association (SAFA) will pay five million rand ($732,332.479) for the rights to the popular nickname of the country's soccer team, Bafana Bafana, ending a long running dispute with a licensing company who first registered it. The sum will be paid over 12 months to Johannesburg-based licensing company Stanton Woodrush, who had registered the nickname almost 20 years ago, SAFA said Friday.
Intimate piercing earns Melbourne player red card
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An amateur soccer player fell foul of the referee, and could incur the wrath of his mother, after failing to prove he had removed a piece of jewelry from an intimate body piercing during a match in Melbourne. Aaron Eccleston, who turned out for Old Hill Wanderers against Swinburne University reserves, was handed a second yellow card for the offence in the first half of last Sunday's match.
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