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January was officially Australia’s hottest month on record

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the January record on Friday as parts of the northern hemisphere had record cold.

Kooiker-huh? An intro to Westminster dog show’s new breeds

NEW YORK — Two new breeds. Sixteen new syllables.

The grand basset griffon Vendeen and the Nederlandse kooikerhondje make their debuts at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show next month, each getting a nationally televised turn among the more than 200 breeds and varieties on the green carpet at the nation’s premier canine contest.

’Don’t feel the fatberg’: Huge fat mass blocks English sewer

LONDON — Officials say a giant “fatberg” a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 metres (210 feet) long ‚Äî has been found blocking a sewer in a southwestern English town.

Andrew Roantree, of South West Water, says it will “take our sewer team around eight weeks to dissect this monster in exceptionally challenging work conditions.”