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Swede claims to be first man wheelchair to reach South Pole

COPENHAGEN — A Swedish man is claiming to be the first person in the world to have reached the South Pole in a wheelchair.

Aron Anderson said he accomplished the feat on Wednesday after a 21-day journey in a wheelchair on skis.

He told Swedish public radio Thursday that temperatures averaged -30 degrees Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) during his 640- kilometre (400-miles) trek.

Police: Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief strikes again

ATLANTA — Police just outside Atlanta say a notorious 86-year-old jewel thief has struck again.

Doris Payne was arrested Tuesday at a Von Maur department store after she put a $1,995 diamond necklace in her back pocket and tried to leave the store, Dunwoody police spokesman Mark Stevens said in an email. She faces a shoplifting charge.

Next on Michelle Obama’s journey: Figuring out next steps

WASHINGTON — After eight years as first lady, what Michelle Obama does next will be one of the most talked-about questions when the Obamas leave the White House.

She’ll have a variety of options after being a high-profile advocate against childhood obesity, a sought-after talk-show guest, a Democratic power player and a fashion maven.

Buzz Aldrin recovers in New Zealand after polar evacuation

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was recovering on Friday in a New Zealand hospital and was in stable condition after a “grueling” medical evacuation from the South Pole.

Aldrin, 86, was visiting Antarctica as a tourist when he fell ill. He was flown to Christchurch from McMurdo Station, a U.S. research centre on the Antarctic coast.