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AGENCIES

Classic tunes rev up drivers

Want to stay safe on the roads? Then avoid listening to Guns N`Roses' Paradise City, Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell and Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run behind the wheel. The trio are among the artists featured on a top 10 of tracks that get people's blood pumping and in the mood to drive aggressively. Some 1,700 voters have so far responded to an online poll run by Electronic Arts and AOL to mark the launch of a new racing videogame, Burnout Dominator. The resultant shortlist of tracks that get people revved up spans more than 30 years of chart favorites, although none of them actually reached No. 1.

■ CROATIA

Former PM near death

Former prime minister Ivica Racan, hospitalized and suffering from cancer that has spread to his brain, was close to death, a political aide said yesterday. Racan, 63, who headed Croatia's first staunchly pro-Western government from 2000 to 2003 and afterward led the country's strongest political opposition, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his shoulder two months ago. Doctors said the cancer had spread from his kidney and recently reached his brain. Racan, who resigned as the head of the Social Democratic Party on Wednesday saying he was stepping down "to continue the battle for my life," was apparently falling in and out of consciousness throughout the night.

■ CYPRUS

Fight erupts at convent

Two people were stabbed and two arrested in scuffles at a convent on Thursday in a power struggle between rival factions, police said. Witnesses said priests and nuns were involved in the night-time fracas at the Metamorphosis tou Sotiros convent, some 35 km southeast of Nicosia. Disputes there have been simmering for months over control of its speculated vast wealth. The people injured and those arrested were laymen, police said. "Two required stitches for head injuries inflicted by sharp implements and two were detained for obstructing police," a police source said.

■ UNITED STATES

Toilet death brings lawsuit

An American Airlines passenger died in a restroom during an April 2005 flight from Tokyo and was not found until the cleaning crew boarded the plane after it landed, a federal lawsuit contends. Taisuke Matsuo, 66, apparently had a heart attack on the flight to Chicago -- the first leg of a trip home to Indianapolis, Indiana, according to the lawsuit filed on Monday by his wife, Carolyn Watts. The lawsuit accuses the airline of negligence and seeks about US$150,000 in damages.

■ UNITED STATES

Governor critically injured

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine was critically injured when his motorcade crashed on a highway, a doctor said. Doctors inserted a breathing tube because injuries to his chest left him unable to breathe on his own. Corzine, 60, suffered numerous broken bones but his injuries from Thursday's crash were not considered life-threatening, officials said. He was recuperating yesterday at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, after two hours of surgery to repair a seriously damaged leg and other injuries.

■ UNITED STATES

Sheriff writes himself ticket

Dennis Kocken, the sheriff of Brown County, Wisconsin, said on Wednesday that he truly believed that no one was above the law -- not even the sheriff. He wrote himself a ticket last month after he was involved in an accident in the village of Howard, outside Green Bay. Kocken said the accident occurred after he started following a driver who had sped past him. As he moved into the lane behind her car, his attention was briefly drawn to a snowblower near the edge of the road. "I was picking up speed," he said, "and wouldn't you know it, she slowed down to turn left, and I hit her." There were no injuries.

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