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AGENCIES

■UNITED STATES

Dentist sued for tool misuse

A Florida dentist is being sued for allegedly dropping tools down the throat of an elderly patient — twice. Relatives of 90-year-old Charles Gaal recently filed the suit in circuit court accusing Wesley Meyers of negligence. An answering message at Meyers’ office in Winter Park said on Saturday that he was on vacation. He did not reply to a message from reporters seeking comment. The lawsuit says the doctor dropped an “implant screwdriver tool” in 2006 and a “mini-wrench” in 2007. The suit also says Gaal underwent several medical procedures to remove the tools but never fully recovered. He died in 2007.

■UNITED STATES

Gay penguins break up

After six years together, the relationship between a pair of gay male penguins at San Francisco zoo is apparently over, with Harry leaving Pepper for another penguin — Linda. The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday that the relationship between Harry and Pepper, who lived side-by-side, protecting eggs abandoned by other penguins, came to a shocking end when Harry moved into a neighboring nest with recently widowed Linda. The development has sparked a variety of reactions in the blogosphere, where Linda has been called a “home wrecker” who “lives for her own happiness, no matter who gets hurt.”

■UNITED STATES

Birthday card thief jailed

A Northern California postal worker has been sentenced to five months in federal prison for stealing money from children’s birthday cards. Twenty-nine-year-old Dean Hudson, of East Linda, was ordered to serve five months of home detention after his release from prison. He also must pay nearly US$3,000 in restitution. Hudson pleaded guilty in May to opening mail at the US Postal Service facility in Olivehurst and taking money that was included in children’s birthday cards.

■UNITED STATES

Space commode backs up

The bathroom lines at the already crowded space shuttle and space station complex got a lot longer on Sunday because of a flooded toilet. One of two commodes aboard the international space station broke down, right in the middle of complicated robotic work being conducted by the two crews. The pump separator apparently flooded. Mission Control advised the astronauts to hang an “out of service” sign on the toilet until it could be fixed. In the meantime, the six space station residents had to get in line to use their one good toilet.

■UNITED STATES

Authorities launch probe

Authorities on Sunday expressed sadness over the deaths of two employees of a security company and the wounding of two others in a helicopter crash in Iraq, and said an investigation had been launched. Xe Consulting is the new name for the controversial private military security firm Blackwater, which renamed itself after the Iraq government banned it in January over killings in a Baghdad square on Sept. 16, 2007.

■UNITED STATES

Frank McCourt dies

Frank McCourt, the Irish-American author best known for his dark depiction in Angela’s Ashes of a childhood in 1930s Ireland has died in New York, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The cause of death was metastatic melanoma, according to Susan Moldow, executive vice president and publisher of Scribner, McCourt’s publisher.

■GERMANY

Hitler enemies honored

Leaders on Monday will honor the plotters of a celebrated army attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, 65 years after they were executed. In ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the July 20, 1944, coup attempt, officials will lay wreaths at the Bendlerblock building, now the Defense Ministry, where Colonel Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg and three others were executed shortly after their plan to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb failed. There will also be an hour of commemoration at the Berlin Ploetzensee Memorial Center for the victims of the Nazis.

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