'Priceless' violin stolen at concert
A 300-year-old "priceless" Stradivarius violin was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster during an armed robbery after a performance at a local Lutheran college, police said Tuesday. The rare violin was on loan to concertmaster Frank Almond from its anonymous owners. The robber used a stun gun on Almond and took the instrument from him Monday night in a parking lot in the rear of Wisconsin Lutheran College, where Almond had just preformed, Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn said. In a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2008, Chicago violin dealer Stefan Hersh said the violin's value could be comparable to another Stradivarius that sold for more than $3.5 million in 2006.
U.N. chief visits Fidel Castro
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon met with Fidel Castro in Havana on Tuesday for a conversation that ranged from climate change to the civil war in Syria, and said he criticized Cuba's human rights problems. Ban, who is in Cuba for a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, met with the former Cuban leader for 55 minutes, Ban's office said. It was Ban's first visit to the island. Castro met with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff on Monday and with Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez on Sunday.
Divorces rise as economy recovers
Married couples promise to stick together for better or worse. But as the U.S. economy started to rebound, so did the divorce rate, according to a new study. Divorces plunged when the recession struck and slowly started to rise as the recovery began, says the study to be published in Population Research and Policy Review. From 2009 to 2011, about 150,000 fewer divorces occurred than would otherwise have been expected, University of Maryland sociologist Philip Cohen estimated. Across the country, the divorce rate among married women dropped from 2.09 percent to 1.95 percent from 2008 to 2009, then crept back up to 1.98 percent in both 2010 and 2011.