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Marker to honour historic African American tennis club

DURHAM, N.C.—A tennis club for African American players that hosted International Tennis Hall of Famers Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe is being honoured with a historic marker.

The North Carolina Highway Historical Marker was dedicated today at the site of the Algonquin Tennis Club, which was created in 1922 by the American Tennis Association.

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.

From D-Day to Nazi defeat: Marking World War II milestones

PARIS — For Allied troops in Europe, D-Day was just the beginning of a long and bloody push toward victory over the Nazis.

Ten weeks after commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France is paying tribute this week to Allied troops involved in another major, but often overlooked, military operation: landings on the Mediterranean coast.

Angry wasps help German police nab fleeing fugitive

BERLIN—A fugitive in Germany has been nabbed thanks to the help of angry wasps.

Oldenburg police said the unusual sting operation took place today after officers tried to arrest a 32-year-old man to serve an outstanding 11-month custodial sentence.

The suspect, whose name wasn't released, fled from police and jumped from a balcony straight into a wasps' nest.

Angry wasps help German police nab fleeing fugitive

BERLIN — A fugitive in Germany has been nabbed thanks to the help of angry wasps.

Oldenburg police said the unusual sting operation took place Monday after officers tried to arrest a 32-year-old man to serve an outstanding 11-month custodial sentence.

The suspect, whose name wasn’t released, fled from police and jumped from a balcony straight into a wasps’ nest.

Viennese against scented subway air

BERLIN—Vienna subway travellers have decided that they don't want their train rides to be scented.

The Austrian capital's transport authority tried out four scents, including hints of green tea, grapefruit, sandalwood and melon, in the ventilation systems of four trains on two of the network's five lines last month.

It asked subway users to deliver their verdict online.

Toilet explodes after being struck by lightning

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.—A Florida woman says lightning destroyed her septic tank and caused a toilet in her house to explode.

Marylou Ward tells television station WINK News that the sole toilet in her Port Charlotte home was shattered into hundreds of pieces on Sunday.

Ward says the explosion was the loudest sound she's ever heard, and that she also smelled smoke.