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Mayor back to office; rare stamp breaks record; woman killed

Toronto mayor returning to office

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford plans to return to work June 30 after a two-month stay in rehab. In a letter to the city clerk released Tuesday, Ford wrote he will resume his duties as mayor "in the later portion of the afternoon." Ford is in rehab to treat alcohol addiction after announcing in April he was seeking treatment. He made the decision after another video surfaced that apparently showed him smoking crack cocaine. After reports of a similar video last year, Ford admitted, after months of denials, that he had smoked crack in a "drunken stupor." The mayor of Canada's largest city has not abandoned his bid to seek a second term in October.

Rare British stamp breaks sale record

A 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has become the world's most valuable stamp — again. Sotheby's said the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta sold Tuesday at auction in New York for $9.5 million. Measuring 1 by 1¼ inches, it hasn't been on public view since 1986 and is the only major stamp absent from the British royal family's private Royal Philatelic Collection. "You're not going to find anything rarer than this," said Allen Kane, director of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. It's the fourth time the stamp has broken the auction record for a single stamp in its long history. Sotheby's said the buyer wished to remain anonymous. The stamp had last sold for $935,000 in 1980. An 1855 Swedish stamp previously held the auction record for a single stamp. It sold for $2.3 million in 1996.

Greek woman killed in Satanist ritual

A self-described Satanist was arrested Monday in Greece on suspicion of killing a homeless woman in a public square in Glyfada, an Athens suburb, and planning a second murder for this weekend's summer solstice, police said Tuesday. Police said the 22-year-old suspect confessed to killing the woman with a stone during a predawn "ritual Satanist ceremony." The 41-year-old woman was found April 20, Orthodox Easter Sunday. A nearby bench had been daubed in blood with Satanist insignia.

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Mayor back to office; rare stamp breaks record; woman killed 06/17/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:08am]
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