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Shakespeare’s skull missing from grave

LONDON—Archeologists who scanned the grave of William Shakespeare say they have made a startling discovery: His skull appears to be missing.

The researchers used ground-penetrating radar to explore beneath the playwright’s tomb in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Holy Trinity Church. Kevin Colls, who led the study, said the team found “an odd disturbance at the head end.”

Raptors clinch playoff spot

BOSTON—The Toronto Raptors lost a game but clinched a playoff spot anyway.

Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points, Evan Turner added 17 and the Boston Celtics beat the Raptors 91-79 last night. Toronto clinched its third consecutive post-season berth moments later thanks to a 115-107 loss by Chicago to the New York Knicks.

That was little consolation for Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

Scientists say Shakespeare’s skull may be missing from grave

LONDON — Archeologists who scanned the grave of William Shakespeare say they have made a startling discovery: His skull appears to be missing.

The researchers used ground-penetrating radar to explore beneath the playwright’s tomb in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Holy Trinity Church. Kevin Colls, who led the study, said the team found “an odd disturbance at the head end.”

Panama to inaugurate expanded canal in June

PANAMA CITY — Panama has set a June 26 date to inaugurate an expanded canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans following a multibillion-dollar expansion.

The $5.2 billion expansion was initially slated to be concluded in October 2014. But a string of work stoppages and disputes with the Italian conglomerate behind the expansion over cost overruns has led to repeated delays.

Ford succumbs to cancer

TORONTO—Rob Ford, the pugnacious, populist former mayor of Toronto whose career crashed in a drug-driven, obscenity-laced debacle, died today after fighting cancer, his family says.

He was 46.

Ford rode into office on a backlash against urban elites. He cast an image sharply at odds with Canada’s reputation for sedate, unpretentious politics.

Boy causes police chase

DODGE CENTER, Minn.—Authorities in Minnesota say an 11-year-old boy is in custody after stealing a cement truck from a contractor and leading officers on a chase.

Sheriff’s officials say the chase started about 3 p.m. Sunday in Dodge Center when the boy drove the truck onto Highway 14 toward Byron.

A State Patrol helicopter tracked the truck by air.