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Pasaban scales Annapurna

Spanish climber Edurne Pasaban scaled one of the deadliest Himalayan peaks, Annapurna, on Saturday, leaving her with just one more mountain to climb to become the first woman to scale the world’s 14 highest peaks. Pasaban, 36, reached the top of the 8,091m mountain along with several other Spanish climbers at around 2pm, a spokesman for her team said. She now has just the 8,027m Shisha Pangma to scale in her bid to be the first female to reach the summit of every mountain over 8,000m, but her chief rival, South Korea’s Oh Eun-sun, is also on the slopes of Annapurna, which would be her 14th and last summit. Annapurna is particularly dangerous because it is both technically difficult and avalanche-prone, and it has a much higher death rate than Everest, the world’s highest peak. Pasaban had been defeated by Annapurna once before, in 2007, when she and her team turned back about 1,000m from the summit in bad weather.


Black pepper, not people

A publisher is reprinting 7,000 cookbooks over a recipe for pasta with “salt and freshly ground black people.” Penguin Group Australia’s head of publishing, Bob Sessions, acknowledged the proofreader for the Pasta Bible should have picked up the error, but called it nothing more than a “silly mistake.” The Pasta Bible recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto was supposed to call for black pepper. The reprint will cost Penguin A$20,000 (US$18,500), but books already in stores will not be recalled because doing so would be “extremely hard,” Sessions said. There was no answer at Penguin’s offices yesterday.


Stranded couple wed online

A British-Australian couple’s wedding guests watched them take their vows over the Internet on Saturday after the volcanic ash cloud disrupting European flights left them stranded in Dubai. Sean Murtagh, 24, from west London, and his new wife Natalie, a 30-year-old Australian, were married at a civil wedding in Brisbane three weeks ago, but they also planned a ceremony for family and friends in Ealing, west London. Flying back from their home in the Queensland capital for the ceremony, however, they found themselves stuck when they changed planes in Dubai on Thursday. Staff at their airport hotel helped them take their vows over the Web. “They have decorated the lobby of the hotel. They made us a three-tier wedding cake, set up a laptop with Skype and a projector,” Sean Murtagh said. The groom even borrowed his smart shirt and trousers while the bride wore a dress she had in her luggage. Caroline Black, who conducted the online ceremony from London, said: “It was just like any other wedding, except the bride and groom weren’t there.”


First president’s fines unpaid

If George Washington were alive today, he might face a hefty overdue library fine. New York City’s oldest library says one of its ledgers shows that the first US president has racked up 220 years’ worth of late fees on two books he borrowed, but never returned, the Daily News newspaper reported. One of the books was the Law of Nations, which deals with international relations. The other was a volume of debates from Britain’s House of Commons. Both books were due on Nov. 2, 1789. New York Society Library head librarian Mark Bartlett says the institution isn’t seeking payment of the fines, but would love to get the books back.

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