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By Kirsten Grieshaber The Associated Press

9-year-old girl sues German boys choir over gender bias

BERLIN — A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender.

The State and Cathedral Choir is one of the most renowned boys choirs in Germany, founded in 1465 by Fredrick II of Brandenburg. Over its 554 years, it has never admitted any girls.

New Year’s resolutions? German couch potatoes say forget it

BERLIN — It’s that time of the year to fulfil those ambitious New Year’s resolutions again: More vegetables, less alcohol, sign up for the gym.

But not for Torben Bertram. Fed up with colleagues who kept pressuring him to join workout sessions during his lunch break, the 39-year-old Berliner founded Germany’s first couch potato club.