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The skinny: Going from a billion to a few pennies

IT'S ONLY MONEY

Going from a billion to a few pennies

Where did all that money go? A Briton who won a reported $1 billion in one of the biggest divorce settlements in history has filed for bankruptcy in Virginia, London's Daily Telegraph reports. When Patricia Kluge, above, divorced billionaire media mogul John W. Kluge in 1990, she won an estimated $1 billion comprising cash, their mansion Albemarle House and its grounds in Charlottesville, Va., according to the newspaper. In U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the socialite and her current husband, William Moses, listed business obligations as their chief debts. Even after selling the estate and other assets worth millions, the filing estimates their assets between $1 million and $10 million, compared with liabilities up to $50 million. Asked where her money had gone, the 62-year-old told the paper: "That's a very long story."

saying I do, Part 1

Wedding beats chasing bad guys

A couple in Switzerland have police to thank for their impromptu marriage. The 32-year-old Swiss groom and his 33-year-old Spanish bride turned up for their wedding ceremony in Zurich on Tuesday without the required two witnesses. Fortunately, two officers were on foot patrol nearby. The Police Department says its officers did their duty and the couple were married shortly afterward.

saying I do, Part 2

Gauze and hospital gown get job done

When a ruptured appendix got in the way, Claris Hart and Christopher Berrey pushed it aside long enough to keep a promise they had made to each other: getting married on Tuesday. Hart, 36, started having severe abdominal pains and had to go to the hospital, the website annarbor.com reported. "She was very upset," Berrey said. "She said, 'I want to be married today, no matter what.' " Before Hart went into surgery, she was. The bride wore a blue hospital gown and the emergency room staff made a veil of gauze. It's June, after all.

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE

Poodle is no more after jealous fit

How it all began and who said what is unclear. This much is known: A jealous husband in southern Brazil hit his wife in the head with a pet poodle. Police Inspector Thais Norah Sartori Postiglione says the man picked up the dog and swung it into his wife's head twice because he suspected she was having an affair. The 4-pound dog died. The inspector says Carla de Camargo Oliveira suffered minor bruises. Postiglione says she cannot release the name of the alleged assailant because he was not arrested. Officers decided the attack was not highly dangerous to the woman and he was not caught in the act. But Postiglione said Wednesday that police are urging prosecutors to charge him with assault and battery and cruelty to animals.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources

The skinny: Going from a billion to a few pennies

06/22/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:28pm]

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