Paris is most 'liked' city on Facebook
PARIS, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Paris city officials printed a large thank you in front of City Hall after learning the city had more "likes" on Facebook than any other municipality.
The "Merci" message -- French for "thank you" -- was printed with a Facebook-style thumbs-up outside Paris City Hall Wednesday after the city's official page surpassed 2 million "likes," the first time a city has reached the milestone, Radio France Internationale reported Thursday.
Officials said only about 335,000 of the Facebook fans are from France.
Paris is the most-visited city in the world, counting 29 million tourists in 2011.
Hip hop artist ordered to pay $1M reward
NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A New York hip hop artist was ordered to follow through on a promise to pay a $1 million reward for the return of his stolen laptop.
A New York jury ruled Wednesday to force Ryan Leslie to pay the $1 million reward to Armin Augstein, an auto shop owner who found the computer while walking his dog in Pulheim, Germany, and turned it over to police in November 2010, the New York Post reported Thursday.
Leslie had accused Augstein of being involved in the theft, which took place in Cologne, about 15 miles from Augstein's hometown.
"I'm very happy ... that the American judicial system, which is so totally different from ours, functioned so well with a jury that are not professionals and are laymen," Augstein said in German through lawyer Steven Thal.
Pro-reading 'Beat It' parody back online
LANSDOWNE, Pa., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A pro-reading video created by Pennsylvania teens using the tune of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" has been restored to YouTube eight days after it was blocked.
The Lansdowne Public Library said the video, a parody of Jackson's song titled "Read It," was blocked on YouTube Nov. 19, just three days after it was uploaded, on a request from Sony-ATV, ABC News reported Thursday.
However, the library said they received word Tuesday that the copyright owner had released its claim on the video, the Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times reported.
"A request was made to post the parody video 'Read It' on the Internet. While it is not our common practice to do so, we made an exception for the Lansdowne students, waiving all fees, because it is a well-intentioned effort by students to motivate kids to read. Their video can now be viewed by anyone with Internet access," Sony-ATV spokesman Jimmy Asci said in a statement.
Woman collects 1,030 jigsaw puzzles
MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records confirmed a retired woman in the Philippines collected 1,030 jigsaw puzzles to break the world record.
The record keeping organization said Gina Gil Lacuna, 61, of Manila, amassed her collection at her family's bed and breakfast, The Puzzle Mansion, and shattered the record of 238 puzzles set by Luiza Figuereido of Brazil, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Thursday.
Lacuna said she has spent three to four hours per day assembling the puzzles during the past 26 years. She said her collection is still growing and she is planning to donate some of the puzzles to cancer patients.
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