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She may be oldest, but can't prove it

At age 119, Arbelia Wood may be the oldest living person in the world _ but she can't prove it. There is no documentation of her birth, and the only known tangible evidence is the inscription of her birth date _ April 6, 1885 _ in a family Bible that is older than she is. That doesn't cut it for the record books, though. If Wood had proof, she would qualify as the oldest living person in the Guinness Book of World Records. For now, a woman who hails from the Netherlands holds the title at age 114.

African Union to try

to stabilize Somalia

The African Union agreed Wednesday to send troops to Somalia to help its new government set up operations, train new Somali security forces and stabilize the Horn of Africa nation, officials said. The government, elected last year in Kenya after peace talks, is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, because Mogadishu, the Somali capital, is considered too dangerous.

THE UNUSUAL

If U.S. attacks, don't

forget Kim's head

North Korea has ordered its citizens to be ready for a protracted war against the United States, issuing guidelines on evacuating to underground bunkers with weapons, food and portraits of leader Kim Jong Il. The 33-page "Detailed Wartime Guidelines," published in South Korea's Kyunghyang newspaper on Wednesday and verified by Seoul, was issued April 7, 2004. When North Koreans evacuate to underground facilities, they should take the portraits, plaster busts and bronze statues of Kim and his parents so that they can "protect" them in a special room, the guidelines say.

He killed, AND dealt cheese sandwiches

A man serving a life sentence for murder was sentenced to three additional years in prison for passing out cheese sandwiches while in jail. Douglas Eugene Wilson, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to possession of contraband. Prosecutors said Wilson had the sandwiches while in jail awaiting trial on the murder charge and he tried to give them to other inmates, which is a violation of jail rules. A sheriff's deputy testified at a hearing in May that they warned Wilson not to pass food to other inmate then shocked him with a stun gun when he ignored them.

"He's got long ears, and keeps jumping'

A kangaroo that went on a hopping spree in frigid Wisconsin was captured Wednesday. But where the marsupial came from remained a mystery. Sheriff's deputies cornered the 150-pound kangaroo in a barn after receiving calls for days from shocked residents who had seen it. Jim Hubing, director at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, said the kangaroo would not have survived long in the Wisconsin winter. Temperatures in the animal's native Australia generally do not drop below the 30s.

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