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Connie chosen for "Sound of Music" role
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - A 23-year-old Welsh call centre worker won a television contest on Saturday to star in a revival of the musical "The Sound of Music" on the London stage. Connie Fisher was chosen by viewers to play the lead role of Maria in London's West End and landed a six-month contract. The contest, entitled "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?", was launched by composer and producer An ...

Hurricane Lane thrashes Mexico
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tomas Sarmiento CULIACAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Powerful Hurricane Lane thrashed western Mexico with fierce winds and torrential rain on Saturday after a rampage along the Pacific coast that killed a child and flooded towns. The storm, a dangerous Category 3 hurricane, slammed into the coast in a rural area between the northwestern city of Culiacan and the tourist resort of Mazatlan. Rain fell in Culiacan, capital of Sinaloa state, and shopkeepers rushed to tape up store windows to stop them  ...

Hargreaves suffers suspected broken leg
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BERLIN (Reuters) - Owen Hargreaves suffered a suspected broken leg in Bayern Munich's 2-1 defeat by Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday, the German champions said. The England midfielder was taken off midway through the first half of the Bundesliga clash following a challenge from Thorben Marx. Hargreaves has a suspected fracture of the left fibula, said Bayern. He will need tests back in Munich befor ...

Portsmouth keep another clean sheet to go top
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Portsmouth went top of the English Premier League after winning 1-0 at Charlton Athletic on Saturday with substitute Lomana Lua Lua scoring the only goal after 74 minutes. Portsmouth, whose match kicked off at lunchtime, retained top spot after Everton failed to build on last week's 3-0 derby win over Liverpool and were held to a 2-2 draw by Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park after twice leading. Pompey's victory moved them ahead of Manchester United, who will  ...

Six die in Swiss bus crash
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

GENEVA (Reuters) - At least six people were killed when a bus carrying an ice hockey team crashed and caught fire in a tunnel in eastern Switzerland on Saturday, police said. The accident occurred in the Viamala road tunnel on the A13 motorway, near the Swiss border with Italy and Austria, when a car swerved to avoid a wheel lost by another vehicle, local media reported. The bus and car caught f ...

Veteran journalist puts royals under microscope
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Paul Majendie ALDINGTON, England (Reuters Life!) - Prince Charles tarnished the monarchy's image by going public over his crumbling marriage to Princess Diana, says a veteran journalist who has covered the House of Windsor for 70 years. In sharp contrast, his longtime lover and now second wife Camilla deserved a medal for her discretion, argues former Daily Telegraph editor and Conservative c ...

Pope sorry his Islam speech found offensive
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Stephen Brown VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican said on Saturday the Pope was sorry Muslims had been offended by a speech whose meaning had been misconstrued, but Morocco withdrew its ambassador as anger at his words flared on. "The Holy Father thus sincerely regrets that certain passages of his address could have sounded offensive to the sensitivities of the Muslim faithful," Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said in a statement. Pope Benedict's first big crisis sinc ...

Hurricane Lane targets Mexico's Pacific coast
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tomas Sarmiento LOS MOCHIS, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Lane turned sharply east on a collision course with Mexico's Pacific coast as it strengthened to a Category 3 storm on Saturday after killing a child in Acapulco. The storm, whipping up howling winds of 125 mph (205 kph) was due to make landfall later in the day south of the city of Culiacan, avoiding a direct hit on an exclusive tourist resort on the tip of the Baja California peninsula. The storm had been expected to move up throug ...

Astronauts see good start to station's next phase
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shuttle Atlantis astronauts said on Saturday that, despite a few glitches, they had gotten NASA off to a good start in its push to complete construction of the half-finished International Space Station by 2010. They lost a couple of bolts, struggled to remove another, overcame a software problem and had a brief spacesuit issue during three spacewalks, but still ...

At least 6 killed in Swiss bus crash - police
16 Sep 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

GENEVA (Reuters) - At least six people were killed when a bus and a car collided in a road tunnel in Switzerland on Saturday, police said. The crash occurred in the Viamala tunnel on the A13 motorway in the eastern canton of Grisons near the border with Italy and Austria. Both the bus and car caught fire after the collision, local media reported. Cantonal police said one person was seriously inj ...

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