Her controversial art has made Tracy Emin famous. In 1999 she was nominated for Britain's prestigious Turner Prize for a display featuring an unmade bed littered with cigarette butts and several items not normally discussed in polite conversation. She didn't win, but the experience did advance her career – especially after a collector bought the thing for $150,000. So it was perhaps not surprising that when her cat went missing last month and she tacked up notices around her London neighborhood appealing for help, residents tore them down, apparently thinking they, too, were works of art and might be worth money. Not so, her gallery said; they were just missing-pet posters. By the way, the feline was soon found.


In Lacombe, La., police responding to a call about a stolen Krispy Kreme van didn't need to look hard for it. In their haste, the thieves hadn't closed the rear doors, causing a 15-mile trail of doughnuts by the time the cops arrived.

Wal-Mart takes over as new No. 1 on Fortune 500 list

Switching places from last year, discount retailer Wal-Mart leaped ahead of Exxon Mobil for the No. 1 spot on Fortune magazine's annual ranking of US companies. The big surprise: Enron's rising two places, given its high-profile bankruptcy filing in December. The energy trader has yet to report fourth-quarter revenues, the magazine said, but the first nine months of the year qualified it for fifth place. The top 10 of the Fortune 500 list of public US firms, ranked by 2001 revenues, in billions (with last year's rank in parentheses):

1. Wal-Mart Stores (2) $219.8

2. Exxon Mobil (1) 191.6

3. General Motors (3) 177.3

4. Ford Motor (4) 162.4

5. Enron (7) 138.7

6. General Electric (5) 125.9

7. Citigroup (6) 112.0

8. ChevronTexaco (20) 99.7

9. IBM (8) 85.8

10. Philip Morris (11) 72.9

– Associated Press

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