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As much of the Eastern United States experiences unseasonably warm winter temperatures, officials in Delhi, India, have closed public schools because of unseasonably cold temperatures in the low to mid-30s. (IndiaeNews.com)

A recently completed study warns that emergency plans in the event of a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius are inadequate. Evidence of a Stone Age eruption even bigger and more damaging than the one that destroyed Pompeii in the year 79 A.D. has led researchers to worry that the Italian government's plan may not evacuate enough area around the volcano. More than 3 million people live within 18 miles of the mountain, an area that includes the city of Naples, where researchers found three feet of ash deposits from the ancient eruption. (BBC)

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There may be 30 million more young men than young women in China by 2020, according to the government's Population and Family Planning Commission. The gender imbalance is believed to have grown thanks to a one-child rule for Chinese families and widespread abortions of female fetuses. (BBC)

A researcher at the University of California has found that women who are ovulating try to look more attractive than usual, consciously or not--even those in committed relationships. (NewScientist.com)

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A janitor at the Miba Diamond Mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was caught trying to smuggle 126 small diamonds out the facility by hiding them up his ass. (News24.com/South Africa)

A recently revealed audit of Nigeria's nationalized oil company discovered that more than 65 million barrels of crude oil were unaccounted for in the company's record-keeping system. (

The Daily Trust

/Kaduna, Nigeria)

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