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You could say the animal in Raymond Johansen's path had that deer-in-the-headlights look. Except it wasn't a deer; it was a moose, and it clearly wasn't terrified of the Norwegian's car, which screeched to a halt a few yards away. If anything, it appeared to have a major case of road rage. Instead of hoofing it back to the woods near the town of Minnesund, the 800-or-so-pound creature charged up and over the hood, smashing the windshield. No injuries, but at last report Johansen wasn't sure what to tell his insurance company. Collision? Vandalism?


After decades of trial and error, an enterprising Briton is finally seeking a patent for ... herself. Bristol waitress Donna MacLean says she's "novel" and wants "sole control" over her own genetic material so it can't be used for "unauthorized exploitation" by greedy scientists. Patent officials confirm they've received her application, entitled "Myself."

Forbes magazine rates which celebrities have most clout

"Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas and TV talk-show host Oprah Winfrey may make more money, but actress Julia Roberts tops Forbes magazine's just-released list of most powerful celebrities. That's because Forbes bases its rankings on both income and media coverage (press clips, cover stories, TV and radio mentions, and Web hits). Roberts got plenty of exposure last year with the top-grossing movies "Notting Hill" and "Runaway Bride." But she didn't even make Forbes's top 10 last year - as was the case with George Lucas, Tom Hanks, Tiger Woods, Backstreet Boys, and Cher. The rankings:

1. Julia Roberts

2. George Lucas

3. Oprah Winfrey

4. Tom Hanks

5. Michael Jordan

6. Rolling Stones

7. Tiger Woods

8. Backstreet Boys

9. Cher

10. Steven Spielberg


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