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Rescue team getting close

RESCUE officials have been able to land a Twin Otter aircraft about 50 kilometres away from where another Twin Otter carrying three Canadians is believed to have gone down in Antarctica earlier this week.

In a news release issued Saturday afternoon local time -- early Friday evening in Western Canada -- the Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand says the plan is to set up a forward base at the Beardmore Glacier.

Mission co-ordinator Tracy Brickles says two helicopters are en route and a C-130 Hercules aircraft is circling the area trying to make visual contact before landing at the forward base to deliver supplies. A DC-3 aircraft carrying further supplies is also en route.

The plane operated by Kenn Borek Air in Calgary is believed to have gone down in mountainous terrain on Wednesday.

Tuxedo Stan fights cancer

HALIFAX -- Tuxedo Stan, the cat who gained worldwide attention when he ran for mayor of Halifax, is battling a serious illness.

Owner Hugh Chisholm says Tuxedo Stan is resting at home after undergoing treatment for kidney cancer at a veterinary college in Charlottetown.

Chisholm said Tuxedo Stan was admitted to hospital this week after the discovery of a large mass in his abdomen, which turned out to be a cancerous tumour on his left kidney.

The cat ran in last fall's municipal election to raise awareness about the plight of stray cats in the city.

The campaign drew widespread media attention and was endorsed by talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Persistence earns nut roll

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- It took 60 years, but a Minnesota man finally has his free candy bars.

Seventy-four-year-old Dave Bell of St. Cloud received a package of candy last week after sending an email reminding Pearson's Candy Co. in St. Paul of the complaint he made as a teenager.

In 1952, Bell was 14 when he bit into a nut roll and discovered a twig. He told the St. Cloud Times he sent a letter to Pearson's "to obviously get some candy."

He got a letter of apology from the son of one of the company's founders, but no candy.

Last year, Bell came across the letter, so he reminded the company about the candy. The candy arrived Friday.

Early Diana photo nets 18K

AMHERST, N.H. -- A photo marked "not to be published" showing a teenage Diana Spencer before she became Princess of Wales has been sold by a New Hampshire auction house for more than $18,000.

The photograph shows a group of friends relaxing during a ski trip, with Diana reclining on a bed, a young man seated behind her and a bottle of whiskey on the window sill. It was acquired by a British newspaper just after her engagement to Prince Charles, but someone at the paper wrote "not to be published" across it, presumably because it would've embarrassed the Royal Family.

RR Auction in Amherst, N.H., says the photo sold in the online auction Thursday to a real estate investor from San Diego for $18,306, well above early estimates.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 26, 2013 A21

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