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Wild boar wreaks havoc in French shop
POITIERS, France
It was no bull in a china shop, but a wild boar rampaged through a clothes shop in western France on Saturday before being felled by bullets, police said.
Christmas shoppers and employees were evacuated from the store and the 90-kilogram boar began charging at police, before falling in a hail of bullets early in the afternoon.
Just how the animal entered the shop, located in a commercial area near the city of Poitiers, remains a mystery. But three boars were spotted during the day in the region bordering the countryside, a police statement said.
The other two apparently returned to their usual habitat.
Christmas in space
MOSCOW, Russia
A Russian Progress spacecraft blasted off yesterday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan delivering presents and goodies for Christmas and New Year's to the International Space Station.
The Progress M-62 carried by a Soyuz rocket took off at 0712 GMT, a spokesman for ground control outside Moscow told Agence France-Presse.
"It is now en route to entering orbit," the spokesman said.
The Progress was packed with fuel, food and technical gear for the ISS, as well as Christmas presents for U.S. commander Peggy Whitson and NASA flight engineer Dan Tani, Interfax news agency reported.
The third crew member, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko, will get not only traditional Russian New Year's presents, but something for his 46th birthday on Saturday, Interfax reported.
Queen on YouTube
LONDON, England
Queen Elizabeth II is posting her traditional Christmas message on YouTube for the first time through a special royal channel on the video-sharing Web site which was scheduled to launch yesterday.
The festive broadcast will appear at around 1500 GMT on December 25, but before then, viewers will be able watch past Christmas messages as well as archive and contemporary footage of Britain's royal family.
The royal channel - www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel - features a regal homepage illustrated with a photograph of Buckingham Palace in London flanked by guards in bearskin hats and red tunics.
"This will make the Christmas message more accessible to younger people and those in other countries," a royal spokesman said.
"Mr. Bean" blunder
ASPEN, Colorado
British comedian Rowan Atkinson, known for playing the bumbling television and movie character Mr. Bean, made a mistake of his own when he backed an SUV into an Aspen woman's car.
Atkinson was moving from a metered spot Thursday when he struck the Volkswagen Jetta, police said.
"He was backing out of a parking spot and didn't see the car behind him," said police Sgt. Dan Davis. "There was a little bit of damage to the car. He put a ding in it."
Davis said the accident was minor, and no citations were issued.
Lofty dining
PARIS, France
French top chef Alain Ducasse takes his cooking to new heights on Saturday as he opens a restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, at 125 meters above ground.
The Jules Verne restaurant was refurbished over four months by architect Patrick Jouin. Special glass was used to enable diners to see the view even when dark and the lights were on in the room.
Ducasse, who heads a range of restaurants around the world and has garnered a record 14 Michelin stars, created an underground 偀ooking laboratory' nearby to prepare some of the dishes and keep a large wine cellar because the 45 square meter tower kitchen was too small to serve 120 guests.
But the dishes are completed by a team of 17 headed by Pascal Feraud in the tower.