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CHINA

Building fire arrests made

Thirteen people have been arrested over the high-rise apartment block fire that killed 58 people in Shanghai this month, local media said yesterday. At least 12 people were already reported to be in custody, but they have only now been formally arrested by Shanghai prosecutors, media reports said. The suspects include the former CEO of a Jingan district construction company and the former head of Shanghai Jiayi, a construction and interior design firm, the local Dongfang Zaobao reported. Officials from a company overseeing the 28-story building’s management and renovation have also been placed under arrest, the Xinhua news agency said.

SPAIN

Woman acquires the Sun

After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from the soggy region of Galicia said on Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property. Angeles Duran, 49, told the online edition of daily El Mundo she took the step in September after reading about a US man who had registered himself as the owner of the moon and most planets in our Solar System. There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added. The document issued by the notary public declares Duran to be the “owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the center of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000km.”

SWEDEN

Man turns tummy into stereo

A man broadcast music from his stomach for several hours via a mini audio system, but said he was disappointed by the sound quality. The sound was “bad, bad. It was a very bad sound, but that was not the important thing, I just wanted to show that it worked,” said Fredrik Hjelmqvist, 45, owner of a hi-fi equipment shop in Stockholm. Hjelmqvist hopes to sell his invention for around 12,800 euros (US17,000). The plastic capsule containing the device is about 3cm long and 1.5cm in diameter and contains a miniature battery-powered audio device. The music was heard by using a stethoscope connected to an amplifier, however, the music faded after about three hours. “The operation shouldn’t in any case last beyond this weekend, for natural reasons,” Hjelmqvist added.

THE NETHERLANDS

Unplanned concert sold out

Tickets for a Dutch rock festival sold out in hours on Friday, even though it’s nearly nine months away and not a single act has yet been announced. The lure? Buy now, sock it to the man, and avoid higher ticket taxes. Lowlands Festival organizers put tickets on sale months ahead of schedule to protest a government plan to increase taxes on live performances from 6 percent to 19 percent on Jan. 1. The result: Fans snapped up all 45,000 tickets in hours, even though the festival won’t take place until Aug. 19-21 next year.

UNITED STATES

Thief underestimates police

Police didn’t have to go far to find a bank robbery suspect in Oregon. They say 23-year-old Nathan Alan Bramlage was spotted after walking into the Eugene police station on Wednesday to use a public phone in the lobby. The Register-Guard reports an officer recognized the man from surveillance video of the bank robbery the day before. Detectives followed and arrested him about two blocks away. Detective Ralph Burks says Bramlage apparently assumed police wouldn’t recognize him.

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