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The skinny: 'Spiderman' arrested for scaling Sydney skyscraper

sky's the limit

'spiderman' is at the top of his game again

A French skyscraper climber nicknamed "Spiderman" was arrested Monday after scaling a 57-story building in Sydney, Australia. Alain Robert, known for climbing some of the world's tallest and best-known buildings without ropes or other equipment, was arrested at the top of the Lumiere building, which he climbed in about 20 minutes. Robert, 48, was charged with risking the safety of another by climbing a building and entering enclosed land, police said. He was released from custody and ordered to appear in court on Friday. Last year, Robert was fined $676 for climbing the 41-story Royal Bank of Scotland building in Sydney.

icy discovery

Maine climber frozen for 21 years

The body of a mountain climber from Maine has been discovered in a melting glacier more than two decades after the man fell 1,000 feet to his death in the Canadian Rockies. The remains of William Holland, 38, of Gorham were found in Jasper National Park in Alberta this month by a pair of hikers, said Garth Lemke, public safety expert with Parks Canada. Lemke said glacial ice preserved the body, which had a mummified appearance. "If you look at where he was, he was basically in a deep freeze for the last 21 years," he said. Holland had reached the top of the Slipstream on Snow Dome Mountain on the Columbia Icefields in 1989 when an outcropping gave way, sending him tumbling.

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It's Tarzan … of the chameleons

Scientists have named a newly discovered chameleon in Madagascar after the fictional jungle hero Tarzan, in a bid to draw attention to and protect the region's biodiversity. The Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany said the animal, about 5 inches long, had been named Calumma tarzan as a "flagship species" to draw attention to the biodiversity of central-eastern Madagascar and encourage the creation of areas free of logging.

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Legal challenge is push-up challenge

The owner of an RV dealership sued by Taylor Lautner, 18, over a customized vehicle challenged the Twilight star Monday to use his muscles instead of his lawyers to resolve the case. Brent McMahon, who owns McMahon's RV in Irvine, Calif., offered to compete in a push-up contest to settle the breach of contract lawsuit that Lautner filed Aug. 23 claiming the dealership failed to deliver a $300,000 RV on time for use as a dressing room on the set of the actor's latest film. The 47-year-old businessman said if he won the contest, he would donate the $40,000 settlement sought to resolve the case to Children's Hospital of Orange County.

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