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Norway avalanche kills 4 tourists

Police and military helicopters have been sent to the site, while F-16 fighter jets have been dispatched to observe the scene.

The twisted battle over Breivik's sanity

The trial of Anders Breivik, the anti-Islamic extremist who killed 77 people in a gun and bomb rampage last July in Oslo, is getting more and more paradoxical.

Norway: Anders Behring Breivik charged with terror attacks

Defense lawyers visited Breivik in jail outside the capital, Oslo, on Wednesday to present their client with the charges against him. 

'The Scream' by Edvard Munch to be auctioned in New York

The world-famous painting is likely to be one of the most expensive artworks ever sold.

Coming Apart? European experience of illegitimate births is different than America's

Controversial author Charles Murray's new book points to births out of wedlock as a reason for social decay in America. Europe's experience says illegitimacy may not be the reason.
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Not all families are traditional, like President Obama's, but is the decline in their number behind America's social crisis? (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The works of conservative intellectual Charles Murray are designed to provoke debate and raise hackles among liberal intellectuals. His book "The Bell Curve" is the best-known example, along with "Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences." He is an ice-cold flame-thrower as this radio interview from a couple of years ago shows.

He's at it again, in the just published, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010." Much of the discussion of the book has centered on Murray's statistical dissection of the white working class, particularly family breakdown as measured by births out of wedlock.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has an interesting discussion of the book here, and at least partially tips his liberal hat towards a point Murray makes.


Norway judge orders Anders Behring Breivik to undergo new psychiatric evaluation

Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said on Friday the court wanted a second opinion on Anders Behring Breivik's sanity before his trial which is set to start in April.

Norway butter shortage causes Christmas baking crisis

Store shelves in Norway are empty of butter and prices are through the roof, with the supply shortage blamed on a low-carb, high-fat diet fad.
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Christmas has come to this house in central Norway. But an acute butter shortage has left some Norwegians fearing they won't be able to do their annual Christmas baking. (POPPE, CORNELIUS/AFP/Getty Images)

A serious butter shortage in Norway has left some Norwegians fearing they won't be able to do their annual Christmas baking.

Store shelves in Norway are empty of butter and prices are through the roof, Agence France-Presse reported. Online vendors have been selling butter for as much as $465 for a 500-gram block, according to the news agency.

There were other reports of a 250-gram pack of butter being sold for a relatively more reasonable $13, which is still about four times the usual price.

AFP reported

The dire shortage poses a serious challenge for Norwegians who are trying to finish their traditional Christmas baking — a task which usually requires them to make at least seven different kinds of biscuits.

According to Time magazine, the butter crisis is because of a diet fad in Norway that has "depleted the nation's supply of butter."


Oslo shooter Anders Behring Breivik declared insane

Two forensic psychiatrists have diagnosed Anders Behring Breivik with paranoid schizophrenia, Norwegian prosecutors told a press conference Tuesday.

Anders Behring Breivik: Oslo shooter makes first public court appearance

Breivik attempted to style himself as a "military commander in the Norwegian resistance movement," before being cut off by the judge.

Teen, Patrick Flinders, tells of polar bear attack

Flinders said he could hear the bear "crunching my skull" as it clamped down on his head.
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A polar bear has reportedly killed one person and injured four others in an attack on a British tourist group in Norway. The bears are common in the area and present a serious threat, hence warning signs like this one outside the Norwegian arctic town of Longyearbyen. (Daniel Sannum Lauten/AFP/Getty Images)

Teenager Patrick Flinders, who was mauled by a polar bear in the Norwegian Arctic earlier this month, told his story for the first time Sunday.

A 550-pound male polar bear attacked multiple sleeping teenagers including Flinders, 16, at a camp site of young British boys on August 5. They were at a remote Von Postbreen glacier near Longyearbyen, the Guardian reports.

Flinders fought back and punched the bear in the head. However, the bear clamped down on Flinders' head and left fragments of his teeth in the teen's skull.

Earlier in GlobalPost: One killed as polar bear attacks British campers in Norway

"It hit me with its paw and my arm came out of my sleeping bag. Then I felt its teeth around my elbow, biting down on the bone," he told the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

"I looked up and saw its huge mouth snapping. All around its nose there was blood. At that moment I thought I might die."

The bear killed one of the other teenagers, Horatio Chapple, 17, whose funeral was held this weekend.

Flinders said he could hear the bear "crunching my skull" as it clamped down on his head.

He has had to have 20 staples on his skull and has a number of injuries including on his left eye, which is now twisted. He underwent an operation earlier this month to remove pieces of bone and teeth from his skull, the Telegraph reported.

Here is a photograph in the Guardian of the teenager.

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