I want the batteries, too

In Vladimir, Russia, a suspected thief is under arrest - but not because of any crack police work. As we pick up the story, the culprit has returned to an electronics store from which he walked out five days before with a TV set he hadn't paid for. Apparently thinking the clerks wouldn't remember him, he demanded the remote, which he said he'd been cheated out of. But recognize him they did, and called the Russian equivalent of 911.

But hot cocoa costs extra

When last we looked in on Juk-kasjaervi, Sweden, the Arctic city was celebrating the opening of its now famous novelty hotel, built entirely of ice and snow. But since winter visitors to such a remote location need some cultural diversions, a 1,000-seat ice theater is about to make its debut also, with a 75-minute adaptation of "Hamlet." Why so short? Because the minus 38 degree F. weather makes it impractical to perform - let alone sit through - the usual four-hour version.

Quote of the day

'This is silly. It is part of a psychological war.'

- Ali Hassan al-Majid, a member of Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council, on reports that other Arab leaders are trying to persuade Saddam Hussein to accept exile, an idea to which the Bush administration has said it would be open.

Song by Elvis tops list of those with greatest impact

Elvis Presley's 1954 recording of "That's All Right" - credited with launching the King's career and perhaps rock 'n' roll - tops a list by Britain's Q magazine of 100 songs that changed the world. The list was based on a poll of music journalists. The magazine's top 10 impact tunes, with the year of release of each:

1. "That's All Right," Elvis Presley (1954)
2. "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," The Beatles (1963)
3. "God Save the Queen," The Sex Pistols (1977)
4. "Rapper's Delight," Sugarhill Gang (1979)
5. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana (1991)
6. "Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday (1939)
7. "Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan (1965)
8. "Walk This Way," Run DMC and Aerosmith (1986)
9. "Blue Monday," New Order (1983)
10. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid (1984)
- Reuters

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