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Polaris plans to drop unprofitable Victory Motorcycle brand

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — Polaris Industries will stop making its Victory motorcycles so it can focus on its Indian Motorcycle brand and other products.

Polaris announced Monday that it is shutting down the unprofitable Victory brand after 18 years. The motorcycles were produced at the Minneapolis-based company’s Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Spearfish, South Dakota, plants.

Annual No Pants Subway Ride hits cities around the world

NEW YORK — Subway riders in New York City and other places around the world should be ready for an eyeful when their fellow transit users strip down to their underwear.

The annual No Pants Subway Ride is taking place Sunday.

The event is organized by the Improv Everywhere comedy collective. It started in 2002 in New York with seven participants.

Friendly ghosts haunt Swedish royal palace, queen says

STOCKHOLM — Queen Silvia says one of the Swedish royal family’s palaces is haunted ‚Äî but the phantoms are “pretty friendly.”

“There are ghosts, many,” Silvia says of the Drottningholm Palace in a documentary to be aired Thursday on public television channel SVT. “You feel you get a little excited” when talking about them, she adds, smilingly.

Bluefin tuna goes for $632,000 in 1st Tsukiji auction of ‘17

TOKYO — A Japanese sushi chain boss has bid a winning 74.2 million yen ($632,000) for a 212 kilogram (466 pound) bluefin tuna in what may be the last auction at the current site of Tokyo’s Tsukiji market.

The winning bid Thursday for the prized but imperiled species was the second highest ever after a record 155.4 million yen bid in 2013.

Insurer: 2016 saw highest natural disaster losses in 4 years

BERLIN — Last year saw the highest costs from natural disasters since 2012, with a pair of earthquakes in Japan in April accounting for the heaviest losses, a leading insurer said Wednesday.

Losses from natural disasters worldwide totalled $175 billion last year, some $50 billion of which was covered by insurance, Munich Re said in an annual survey .