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  • Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI
    Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning.

  • Khan donates 30,000 pounds shorts to Peshawar school

    LONDON (Reuters) - Boxer Amir Khan will donate a pair of 30,000 pounds ($47,007) shorts to the Peshawar school in Pakistan where 132 children were killed by Taliban gunmen earlier this week. Khan wore the shorts, featuring a waistband made from 24-carat gold thread, in a unanimous points victory over American Devon Alexander in Las Vegas which helped him retain the WBC silver welterweight title at the weekend. "It was just very sad to see innocent kids being killed," the Briton told BBC radio on Thursday. "I can only imagine what the parents are going through. ...

  • Too many skiers, not enough snow: French resort turns to quotas

    With no chill in the air and very little snow around, one French ski resort that has been blessed with snowfall has been forced to impose quotas to prevent a run on its slopes. As we are nearly the only station open in the Haute-Savoie region, we are expecting serious crowds," said Stephane Lerendu, director of the tourism office at the Avoriaz ski station in eastern France. The ski station has a maximum capacity of 12,000 skiers per day, but a snow drought in the neighbourhood has the resort fearing many more may descend on their slopes. Meteo France, the country's meteorological service, said there has not been such a dearth of snow since 2006, particularly in the northern Alps.

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