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Queen May Have to Move for Buckingham Palace Repairs

Queen Elizabeth II may have to move out of Buckingham Palace to allow for much-needed repairs including taking out asbestos, replacing ageing boilers and rewiring, royal officials said on Wednesday.

"One option is for the palace to be vacated," a royal source said, giving one estimate for the refurbishment of the 18th-century building at £150 million (211 million euros, $237 million).

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California Hospital Sees Trio of Triplets Born in June

A trio of triplets have been born this month alone at a California hospital and the streak is expected to continue.

The Fresno Bee newspaper reported Monday that one set of triplets was born the week of June 7, followed by another set June 18 and the third set three days later.

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Fan Makes Great Catch over Tarp while Holding Baby

A man holding a baby made a great barehanded catch over the glove of Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Tuesday night, prompting a replay review.

With two out and none on base in the second inning at Wrigley Field, Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel fouled off a pitch from Zack Greinke. Gonzalez chased the popup and reached over the rolled-up tarp while trying to make a play, but the man reached out and grabbed the ball with his right hand while carrying a baby sucking on a bottle in his left arm.

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Winnipeg Police Accidentally Broadcast Sex Talk

The crew of a Winnipeg police helicopter was red-faced Tuesday after accidentally broadcasting their sexually explicit conversation during a routine patrol over the Canadian city to shocked and amused citizens below.

According to a police statement, at around 9:30 pm Monday (0200 GMT) the officers had "inadvertently activated the aircraft's public address system."

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World Trade Center Jumpers Convicted at NY Trial

Three Americans were convicted at trial Monday with base jumping and reckless endangerment after skydiving off the World Trade Center in the middle of the night nearly two years ago.

New York residents James Brady, 33, Marko Markovich, 28, and Andrew Rossig, 34, were convicted on three counts and face up to one year in prison when they are sentenced in August, prosecutors said.

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French Pensioner Scales Power Line, Electricity to Spain Cut

A 73-year-old man climbed up a high-voltage electricity pylon in southern France and unfurled a banner calling for Charles De Gaulle to be president, forcing authorities to cut the power that supplies Spain, officials said Tuesday.

He took two hours to scale the 50-metre (160-foot) pylon and was sitting only 10 metres away from the 400,000 volt lines that usually export power to Spain.

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Decrepit Philippine Trains Start Issuing Delay Certificates

The Philippine capital's decrepit train network will start issuing certificates of delay to tens of thousands who are late for work because of daily breakdowns, the government said Tuesday.

With only seven trains for half a million passengers, Manila's Metro Rail Transit (MRT) is a commuter's nightmare, and creaking locomotives stop mid-track increasingly frequently.

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Yoga Event Draws Thousands, Including U.N. Chief, to Times Square

About 17,000 people set out their mats and stretched into yoga exercises in New York's Times Square Sunday, including the United Nations' leader, to celebrate the first International Day of Yoga.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, dressed in white, joined the yoga gathering late in the morning in one of the most recognizable squares in the world.

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O Brother, it's Melzer v Melzer at Wimbledon

Austrian brothers Jurgen and Gerald Melzer were drawn against each other in the opening round of qualifying for Wimbledon on Sunday in what will be the siblings' first professional clash.

Jurgen, 34, is a former world number eight and made the French Open semi-finals in 2010 and whose best performance at Wimbledon was a run to the last 16 in 2010 and 2013.

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Bicyclist Attacked with Machete during Attempted Robbery

Los Angeles police say a man's thumb was severed after being attacked with a machete as four men tried to steal his bicycle.

Sgt. John Marroquin said the suspects got out of a green sedan and tried to pull the man off his bicycle early Sunday in the Pico-Union neighborhood.

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