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Miss Universe host’s mistake initially gives crown to Colombia, not Philippines

LAS VEGAS The Miss Universe contestant from the Philippines is this year’s winner but for one brief moment Sunday evening, it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia.

Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as this year’s Miss Universe winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize.

Christian college professor wearing headscarf in solidarity with Muslims placed on leave

CHICAGO A professor at a suburban Chicago Christian college who has been placed on administrative leave after donning a headscarf to demonstrate solidarity with Muslims said Wednesday that her actions are demonstrations of her own faith.

Anonymous donor pays off over $106K in shoppers’ layaways at 2 Wal-Mart stores in Ohio

CLEVELAND A man has paid off more than $106,000 in shoppers’ layaways at two Wal-Mart stores in northeast Ohio.

WEWS-TV in Cleveland says the man told Wal-Mart employees that he liked to do something special on his birthday every year. They say he insisted on remaining anonymous.

Iron Lady is auction gold: Thatcher possessions fetch high prices in London

LONDON The Iron Lady is auction gold.

Speeches, books and outfits belonging to late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — including her wedding dress — have soared above their estimated prices at a London auction.

Christie’s is selling 150 lots Tuesday, and a further 200 in an online auction that ends Wednesday.

The cost of power: Presidents, prime ministers may age quicker and die sooner, new study says

LONDON Leading a country comes with extraordinary privileges but also, apparently, a price: new research suggests that heads of state age faster than normal and that the stress of the job may shave almost three years off their life expectancy.