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■UNITED STATES

Santa helps find molester

A Texas man has been arrested after a nine-year-old girl wrote to Santa Claus asking that a relative stop touching her and her sister. The Monitor of McAllen reports that a man from the town of Pharr was arrested on Friday and is in the Hidalgo County jail. A criminal complaint says the girl turned the letter in at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Authorities interviewed the girl after a school counselor reported the letter. The complaint says investigators believe the molestation occurred over a period of four years. The man is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child and could face as many as 99 years in prison if convicted.

■UNITED STATES

Burger King sells perfume

Still can’t think what to get him for Christmas? Socks don’t seem to cut it any more? Fret no longer because Burger King is here to help. The mass purveyor of grilled meat is offering, for a limited time, something even better than their usual piles of beef patties. This week, men were given the chance to smell like their favorite meat snack with the launch of Flame, Burger King’s contribution to the perfume market. The company describes Flame as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.” Astonishingly, this elixir costs a mere US$3.99. By contrast, one of its competitors, Chanel No 5, costs more than US$80.

■UNITED STATES

Web mogul pleads guilty

A cofounder of an Internet gambling company who ranks among the world’s richest people pleaded guilty on Tuesday to violating the Federal Wire Act and agreed to forfeit US$300 million as part of a cooperation deal. A smiling Anurag Dikshit, of Gibraltar, entered the plea in US District Court in Manhattan to charges that he used the Internet to transmit interstate and foreign wagering information. The charge carries a potential prison term of up to two years. The 37-year-old citizen of India is the cofounder of PartyGaming, a Gibraltar online gambling company that offered casino and poker games and catered to a US audience.

■UNITED STATES

Adolf Hitler denied cake

The father of three-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child’s full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance. Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only with the decision made by the nearby ShopRite, but also with an outpouring of angry Internet postings in response to a local newspaper article about the cake. “They need to accept a name. A name’s a name. The kid isn’t going to grow up and do what [Hitler] did,” Heath Campbell said. Deborah Campbell, 25, said she phoned in her order last week to the ShopRite. When she told the bakery department she wanted her son’s name spelled out, she was told to talk to a supervisor, who denied the request.

■UNITED STATES

Face transplant successful

A woman so horribly disfigured she was willing to risk her life to do something about it has undergone the first near-total face transplant in the country, the Cleveland Clinic announced on Tuesday. Reconstructive surgeon Dr Maria Siemionow and a team of other specialists replaced 80 percent of the woman’s face with that of a female cadaver a couple of weeks ago in a bold and controversial operation certain to stoke the debate over the ethics of such surgery. The hospital was planning a news conference yesterday and would not give details until then.

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