Pope accepts cardinal's resignation
February 25th, 2013
06:37 AM ET

Pope accepts cardinal's resignation

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Scotland's Roman Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, according to a statement released Monday by the Vatican. O'Brien has been dogged by allegations he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980s.

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Convicted Lockerbie bomber says truth will come out
Abdelbesset al Megrahi told Reuters that he hoped the whole truth about the Lockerbie bombing would be revealed soon.
October 3rd, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Convicted Lockerbie bomber says truth will come out

The truth about the bombing of a PanAm airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 will come out "one day, and hopefully in the near future," the only man convicted the bombing told Reuters in an interview aired Monday.

"In a few months from now, you will see new facts that will be announced," Abdelbeset al-Megrahi told Reuters. "I don't want to speak about that because there are people who are looking after that themselves."

Al-Megrahi's comments come about five weeks after CNN's Nic Roberston visited al-Megrahi's home, where his family said he was in a coma and near death from terminal prostate cancer.

At the time of his late August visit, Robertson found al-Megrahi in a metal hospital bed, attached to an IV drip and cared for by an elderly woman that the family said was his mother. He was, Robertson said, "paper-thin, his face sallow and sunken."

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Bottle of whisky sells for $200,000
The Dalmore 62 whisky is displayed in Singapore's Changi Airport.
September 20th, 2011
08:08 AM ET

Bottle of whisky sells for $200,000

It may be the most expensive drink ever.

A Chinese businessman has put down a deposit of $79,400 ($100,000 Singapore) on a bottle of Scotch whisky that goes for $200,000 ($250,000 Singapore). The 62-year-old bottle of Dalmore single malt is one of only 12 produced, according to a report on ChannelNewsAsia.com.

The $200,000 bottle price amounts to about $12,000 per serving, the report said.

The bottle of whisky is still on display at a duty-free shop in Singapore's Changi Airport. The businessman put down the deposit with a bank transfer, an airport spokesman told ChannelNewsAsia.

The price breaks the retail record set by another bottle of the same brand three months ago, according to the Moodie Report. That bottle of Dalmore 64 sold in London for $188,000.

Vijay Mallya , chairman of Whyte & Mackay and United Spirits, which owns the Dalmore brand, told the Moodie Report that whisky is a good investment.

“The record breaking Dalmore 62 is an absolute bargain in my mind. The owner of this fabulous bottle now owns one of the rarest and most exclusive whiskies in the world. It’s a fantastic investment, rising in value by £100,000 ($157,000)  in 10 years. How much will it be worth in another 10 years?" Mallya is quoted as saying.

The Dalmore 62 was first offered for sale in 2002 at $39,000, according to the Moodie report.

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Slang could be your "thang" for Scrabble
Blingy, Facebook among new words added to Scrabble's official word book.
May 10th, 2011
06:55 AM ET

Slang could be your "thang" for Scrabble

Innit. Thang. Grrl. Fiqh.

Incorporate those words into your Scrabble arsenal because they are fair game to win at the word game.

Game staffers based in Glasgow, Scotland, have compiled 3,000 extra words that are now officially allowed, according to the Scotsman. Webzine, Facebook and blingy were added, the paper reports.

Oh, and for players who always wind up with that impossible 'Q' and want to spell Fiqh, know that the word means an expansion of Islamic law and involves the observance of Islamic rituals and customs.

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November 15th, 2010
04:38 PM ET

Web Pulse: Kilts vs. TSA, Jessica Simpson, Phelps

Here's a look at some of the stories that are popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites.

While the backlash continues to grow over the  TSA's airport screening procedures, suggestions for a grassroots opt-out campaign have taken a decidedly Scottish twist.

"If you're a male, and you want to bollix-up the nonsensical airport security-industrial complex, one way to do so would be to wear a kilt," says one national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine. Things. Just. Might. Get. Dicey.

November is a time for lovers … or is that spring? Who knows, who cares, because everyone on the Web is talking about two epic love stories. First, Jessica Simpson has gotten engaged (ruby ring, y'all!) to former NFL pro Eric Johnson.

And, gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps was seen getting coffee in L.A. with reality star Brittny Gastineau. Please read the last name again. Ms. Gastineau, of the E! show "The Gastineau Girls,” was captured by TMZ sucking on a frothy beverage, jumping into a white SUV with Phelps at the wheel and speeding off. Clearly, “Phelpineau” is going to be the next hot couple to get hitched. WebPulse is calling it now!

What is it with athletes? Do women find them attractive?

October 5th, 2010
12:54 PM ET

Seaweed, wool make traditional bricks tougher

Wool bricks are 37 percent stronger than regular bricks, researchers say.

You’ve got more wool, clay and seaweed than you know what to do with. Here’s a solution: Make really strong bricks.

Researchers in Spain and Scotland say they’ve done just that.

In experiments conducted at the University of Seville in Spain and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, researchers added wool fibers to the claylike soil used to make bricks, then threw in alginate conglomerate, a polymer made from seaweed, according to a study published in the journal Construction and Building Materials.
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