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For days now, people have been converging excitedly on County Cork in southwestern Ireland by car and boat - and bringing their binoculars with them. Why? Because of the first known sighting in the entire republic of a Baltimore oriole. And the orange-and-black bird has been putting on quite a show for its audiences, flitting about and feeding on berries. It's speculated that the critter was blown off - far off - course while on a North American migratory route and chose to land there when it spotted a lighthouse. Oh, by the way, the name of the nearest town: Baltimore. Really.
He is "80 percent satisfied," Zang Tianshuo said, after a court in Beijing awarded him $2,500 in his lawsuit against two popular Internet sites. Wanwa.com and Netease.com also were ordered to apologize for their insensitivity. They had nominated the widely known - if overweight - rock musician and frequent TV-show guest as China's "ugliest singer." (He finished third in a national survey.) Zang called the court's judgment "progress," adding: "Whether I am ugly or beautiful, only my mother can say. No one else has this right."
Bristol-Myers Squibb, the multinational pharmaceutical giant, was ranked the No. 1 employer for working mothers in an annual evaluation by Working Mother magazine. In making their evaluations, the editors weighed such factors as flexible hours, day care - even prepared take-home meals. The 10 best employers for working mothers, from the magazine's October issue:
1. Bristol-Myers Squibb
3. Fannie Mae
5. Marriott International Inc.
6. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
8. Procter & Gamble
9. Prudential Financial Services
10. Texas Instruments.
- Associated Press