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September 6, 2018


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have recovered a 2,000-year-old statue of Aphrodite, the ancient goddess of love, which was among a batch of antiquities stolen from a museum storeroom on the island of Santorini.

Police say a man who had allegedly been trying to sell the 80-centimeter (31-inch) marble work was arrested Tuesday in the southern seaside town of Loutraki. Another two Greek men have been identified as suspected accomplices.

A police statement yesterday said the director of the Santorini museum confirmed the artifact was stolen from the storeroom.

Earlier this year, a museum watchman and another suspect were arrested for allegedly stealing antiquities from the storage area, and about 20 pottery and stone artifacts were recovered.

No inventory of other missing artifacts was published, and it was unclear how many were stolen.


BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge is ordering the Food and Drug Administration to quickly finish writing a rule requiring graphic warnings on cigarette packages and advertisements.

Judge Indira Talwani in Boston said yesterday that the FDA hasn’t worked fast enough to issue new requirements after previous graphic warnings were struck down in 2012 when challenged by tobacco companies.

She’s giving the FDA until later this month to provide an expedited schedule for finalizing the graphic warnings rule.

Her ruling came in a case brought by several public health and medical groups in 2016.

Graphic warning labels with color images were mandated a law passed in 2009.

An FDA spokesman said the agency continues “to move forward on the work to support a new rulemaking.” He says the FDA is analyzing the judge’s decision and will comply with the court.


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company goop has agreed to pay $145,000 in civil penalties over products including egg-shaped stones that are meant to be inserted into the vagina to improve health.

Prosecutors in eight California counties jointly announced the settlement on Tuesday after a task-force investigation found some of goop’s health claims were unfounded.

The settlement involves advertisements saying goop’s Jade Egg and Rose Quartz Egg could balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles and improve bladder control.

In addition to the penalty, the company will provide refunds to customers who ask.

A goop statement says the settlement acknowledges no liability on the company’s part and addresses only advertising, not the products themselves. The statement says there is honest disagreement between the sides, but goop wanted to settle the matter quickly and amicably.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Inspectors have issued a violation to management of a sinking condominium building after a large crack formed in a 36th-floor window of the building that has been dubbed the Leaning Tower of San Francisco.

KNTV of San Jose reported Tuesday that Millennium Tower residents heard creaking sounds, then a popping noise around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. A homeowner found the crack in a window of his unit at the corner of the 58-story high-rise.

City officials have blocked off part of the sidewalk as a precaution and ordered management to report back on the extent of the problem and soundness of the building’s facade.

The downtown tower has settled about 16 inches into landfill and is tilting. Homeowners have filed multiple lawsuits against the developer and the city.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Amish couple with 13 children is suing the federal government, accusing officials of violating their constitutional rights by insisting that they provide photographs of themselves before the Canadian wife’s request to become a permanent U.S. resident can be approved.

The federal lawsuit filed yesterday in Indianapolis says the southern Indiana couple won’t allow themselves to be photographed, in keeping with their Old Order Amish beliefs that photos of people are “graven images” prohibited by the Second Commandment.

The couple’s suit states that it was filed as a “last resort” after officials repeatedly refused to accommodate “their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

The suit names the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security and Citizenship and Immigration Services. Both agencies said Wednesday that they don’t comment on pending litigation.


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Diamonds are a Goodwill’s best friend.

News outlets cite a news release from Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina as saying a Greensboro resident recently donated an 18-karat, white gold necklace featuring 176 diamonds. Appraised at $6,480, the necklace has attracted 10 bids on Goodwill’s online auction .

The necklace’s price rose from $1,650.99 on Aug. 31 to $5,002.01, as of yesterday morning. The bids jumped Tuesday, as news outlets began to report on the find.

Vice President of Retail Operations Celeste MacMurdo said in a release that putting the necklace up for online auction attracts more bidders. The Goodwill organization plans to funnel the proceeds into its mission of providing free and low-cost job training and placement services.

MacMurdo praised Greensboro residents’ charity.

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