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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn and Kristen Broman-Worthington / August 26, 2003



Well it's a bargain, really

Couples seeking ever more offbeat places to say "I do" can add a new site to the list: London's Tower Bridge. The dining room in the historic span overlooking the River Thames and Tower of London, where the Crown Jewels are kept, may be had for a mere $990. Reserving its walkways for the reception will set you back another $4,300, however. Recent changes in laws covering where folks can tie the knot have numerous sites vying for a slice of the nuptial market. Among others: the London Zoo, the giant London Eye Ferris wheel, and Chelsea Stadium.

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I'm 'all shook up' about it

"This is just fantastic. I can't find words," said a hoarse Kjell Henning Bjoernestad of his recent record-setting feat. And that was? Singing Elvis Presley songs nonstop for 26 hours, four minutes, and 40 seconds. Nicknamed "Kjell Elvis" for his impersonation of the King, he bested the current Guinness Book of World Records holder, Briton Gary Jay, by a bit more than half an hour.

Hot wheels: Which vehicles elicit most insurance claims

The Cadillac Escalade, a $55,000 sport utility vehicle, is famously popular with entertainment and sports figures. It's also the newer model of choice for car thieves, according to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an industry-funded research group. SUVs occupy half the top 10 spots on the group's list of 2000-2002 models most often reported broken into or stolen. The vehicles with the highest theft rates, by number of claims filed per 1,000 insured (the national average is 2.6):

1. Cadillac Escalade 10.3
2. Dodge Stratus 8.7
3. Mitsubishi Mirage 7.2
(tie) Jeep Wrangler
5. Lincoln Navigator (2-wheel drive) 6.6
6. Dodge Intrepid 5.8
7. Lincoln Navigator (4-wheel drive) 5.7
8. Dodge Ram 1500 series 5.6
(tie) Ford Expedition
10. Chrysler Sebring 5.5 - Associated Press

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