British Woman Earned 20 Years of Welfare for 'Shoe Allergy'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_a95ba29819.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- A British mother, who claims her allergy to wearing shoes kept her out of work and on the welfare rolls for two decades, has been ordered back to work. The Mirror reports 45-year-old Tracy Kenny -- who claims she can't get a job because she must remain barefoot lest her contact dermatitis acts up -- has collected more than $200,000 in welfare over the years.

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Performance-Enhancing Pigeons: Racing Birds Flunking Drug Tests

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_0c919eb0c2.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Six racing pigeons in Belgium are being called out for using performance-enhancing drugs before races. According to the BBC, the Belgian pigeon racing federation recently sent to a lab samples from 20 just-raced birds, and what they found surprised them: "Cocaine in one, painkillers and anti-fever drugs for another," according to a Flemish newspaper.

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Mating Fish Could Be Keeping UK Residents Up at Night

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_cb055c2a4a.jpgErik Snyder/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- Some residents of Hampshire in the U.K. have had trouble sleeping recently, all thanks to fish that want to go all night. The Telegraph reports the residents have thought the throbbing thrum to be machinery, or even the hearing condition tinnitus, but scientists are pretty sure it's male midshipman fish.

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White House: US 'Not Monitoring' Merkel's Communications

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_781293c5cb.jpgAdam Berry/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Wednesday assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States "is not monitoring and will not monitor" her communications, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. Carney, however, said nothing in the past tense, leaving open the possibility that the U.S. could have monitored her communications in the past.

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Indonesia's Mount Sinabung Erupts Again

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_96dd0af0ca.jpgADE SINUHAJI/AFP/Getty Images (BEIJING) -- Mount Sinabung in western Indonesia erupted again on Thursday, a month after the volcano came out of dormancy and prompted thousands to evacuate. The explosion Thursday resulted in no lava or debris, however, leaving residents safe for the time being. Instead, it sent black ash shooting into the air and covering surrounding areas in a thick, gray film.

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