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Tiny deer among 350 new species found in Himalayas

Study: Women underrate their boss' opinion

A new study shows female managers are more than three times as likely as their male counterparts to underrate their bosses' opinions of their job performance. Scott Taylor, an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management, says the women studied rated themselves highly, so they didn't lack confidence.

Lenin statue crushes drunk

A massive statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Uvarovichi, Belarus, collapsed on a man who was hanging from it Monday, killing him on the spot, authorities said. The 21-year-old man was drunk when he climbed onto the 16-foot-high plaster monument and hung from its arm, the Emergency Situations ministry said. It then broke into pieces and he was crushed. The statue in the southeastern Belarus town of Uvarovichi was built in 1939. The man was crushed by the statue's head, according to reports from witnesses.

Continental offers apology, vouchers

The 47 passengers who were trapped on a Continental Airlines regional airliner in Rochester, Minn., for nine hours over the weekend were to receive an apology Monday to go with a refund and vouchers for future travel. The flight from Houston to Minneapolis was diverted to Rochester, Minn., due to thunderstorms. ExpressJet told the passengers they could not leave the plane because the security screeners had left for the night. Airport officials say the passengers could have spent the night in the secure side of the terminal.

Clinton: Bill isn't secretary of state

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's temper flared on Monday when a Congolese university student asked for her husband's thinking on an international matter. "My husband is not secretary of state. I am," an obviously annoyed Clinton replied sharply. A week after former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea to secure the release of two American journalists, Clinton was clearly nettled by the question at a forum in Kinshasa. "You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" she replied incredulously when the student asked her what "Mr. Clinton" thought of World Bank concerns about a multibillion-dollar Chinese loan offer to the Democratic Republic of Congo. "If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband," she said. The question was left unanswered as the moderator quickly moved on. The student approached Clinton after the event and said he meant to ask what President Barack Obama thought of the loan.

In the Himalayas, still finding new creatures

More than 350 species have been discovered over the past decade in the Himalayas, making it one of the world's most biologically rich regions, the World Wildlife Fund said Monday.

The group found that almost three-quarters of the discoveries between 1998 and 2008 were plants, including 21 new orchid species. But it also listed 16 amphibians, 16 reptiles, 14 fish, two birds, two mammals and at least 60 new invertebrates.

Most of the discoveries have already been reported in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Some of the more interesting findings:

• A miniature muntjac, the world's smallest deer species — standing just 25-30 inches tall and weighing about 24 pounds.

• Rhacophorus suffry, a bright green frog in northeast India that uses its long, webbed feet to glide in the air.

• Chocolate-brown catfish that have evolved unique adhesive undersides to stick to rocks in fast-moving streams.

Researchers warn that the effects of climate change, as well as development, threaten the diverse habitat that supports these species.

Clinton's day in Congo

• Clinton called for Congolese youth to lead nationwide protests against corruption and rampant sexual violence in the country's violence-torn east. Clinton said she would press officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to address the issues.

• Toured a hospital with former NBA star Dikembe Mutomo. Mutombo, once a medical student, contributed $19 million to build the hospital, which bears his mother's name.

Tiny deer among 350 new species found in Himalayas 08/10/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 10, 2009 9:31pm]

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