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  • Feds chase treasure hunter turned fugitive
    Feds chase treasure hunter turned fugitive

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye glasses, leather shoes, socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild.

  • Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America
    Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.

  • Israel intelligence hits back over refuseniks' letter
    Israel intelligence hits back over refuseniks' letter

    Scores of veterans of elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200 rallied to its defence Sunday after 43 comrades said they would no longer take part in its "injustices" against millions of Palestinians. The open letter, which was sent to Israel's political and military leadership last week, was one of the most high-profile expressions of conscientious objection in years. The signatories -- reservists and former members of 8200 -- said the intelligence collected by the unit "was an integral part of Israel's military occupation", and that they would refuse to continue to serve. They charged that information gathered by Unit 8200 was used by civilian intelligence agencies to coerce Palestinians uninvolved in militant activity, and urged other members of the intelligence corps "to speak out against these injustices and to take action to bring them to an end".

  • Tired finish for McIlroy to end stellar PGA Tour season

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes ATLANTA (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's bid to add several exclamation points to his brilliant PGA Tour season was derailed at the Tour Championship on Sunday as the world number one succumbed to mental fatigue after a hectic 10-week run. Competing in his eighth tournament during that time, McIlroy had to settle for a share of second place after his title challenge was effectively scuppered by a double at the sixth, followed by three consecutive bogeys from the ninth. McIlroy, who has two major titles among his four wins worldwide this year, began the final round at East Lake Golf Club tied for the lead with eventual winner Billy Horschel but fell off the pace as he closed with a one-over-par 71. PLAYOFF PRICE McIlroy, who said his fatigue had been mental and not physical, felt he had paid a price for competing in all four FedExcup playoff events, which were held in back-to-back weeks to conclude the 2013-14 PGA Tour season.

  • Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study
    Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study

    By Alistair Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed. Evolution is usually omitted in scientific projections of how global warming will affect the planet in coming decades because genetic changes happen too slowly to help larger creatures such as cod, tuna or whales. Sunday's study found that a type of microscopic algae that can produce 500 generations a year - or more than one a day - can still thrive when exposed to warmer temperatures and levels of ocean acidification predicted for the mid-2100s. The Emiliania huxleyi phytoplankton studied are a main source of food for fish and other ocean life and also absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, as they grow.

  • US accuses British Airways of hazardous shipment

    DALLAS (AP) — Regulators say that British Airways violated safety rules by shipping an oxygen generator on an American Airlines flight from London to Dallas, and they are seeking to fine BA $195,000.

  • Sweden votes for minority left government, far right surges

    By Simon Johnson and Johan Sennero STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's centre-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven emerged as victor in Sunday's general election after a voter backlash against tax cuts and trimmed welfare by a centre-right government, but faced challenges forming a strong coalition as he fell short of a parliamentary majority. The Nordic region's biggest economy and one of the few star performers in Europe now faces a weak minority government with a possible political impasse as the anti-immigrant far right emerged as the third biggest party to hold the balance of power. Lofven's Social Democrats and two other opposition parties, the Greens and Left, garnered 43.7 percent of the vote, against 39.3 percent for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's coalition. Now Sweden has answered that we need a change." After all but two of 5,837 voting districts had been counted, the three centre-left parties - who have not as yet created a formal bloc - won 158 parliamentary seats, short of the 175 needed for a majority.

  • Scottish independence could mean messy divorce
    Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

    LONDON (AP) — How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline.

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