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RugbyUnion: Deacon forced into retirement following 'deadly' illness

Leicester forward Brett Deacon said doctors revealed his severe case of immune system disease lupus that forced him into premature retirement could have cost him his life. The 31-year-old who played for the Tigers between 2003 and 2010, before a two year spell at Gloucester and then returning to Leicester in 2012, confirmed his retirement on Wednesday, following medical advice. He has now taken up a role in Leicester's academy. Deacon admitted on Thursday specialists told him he was fortunate not to have suffered a heart attack as a result of his symptoms.

Woman arrested for vandalism at Washington Cathedral

Washington, Jul 29 (EFE).- Police arrested a woman suspected of vandalizing the National Cathedral here, after splotches of green paint were found on the church organ, the third incident of this kind at one of the capital's emblematic sites. Washington's assistant police chief, Peter Newsham, told reporters that the woman was arrested near the cathedral and that she is facing charges of destruction of property.

Washington's Lincoln Memorial vandalized

The US capital's iconic Lincoln Memorial has been vandalized with green paint and closed temporarily, authorities said Friday. The splatter on the landmark larger-than-life statue of Abraham Lincoln was discovered overnight, said Captain Steven Booker, a spokesman for the US Park Police. Criminal investigators are looking into the incident, including reviewing footage from security cameras, he said. Paint was found on the statue, its pedestal and the floor around it, he added.

Rare British royal's signature up for auction in US

A document signed by Britain's King Richard III will be auctioned in Los Angeles next week, two months after scientists found the ancient royal's remains under a modern-day car park. The document, signed by the British royal before he took the throne, is believed to be one of only three Richard III documents to go under the hammer in the last three decades, said Nate D Sanders auction house.

Jessops to close all 187 stores at cost of 1,370 jobs

LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Jessops, the British camera retailer that went into administration on Wednesday, said it was closing all 187 of its stores on Friday, resulting in about 1,370 job losses. Joint administrator Rob Hunt at PwC said he had held talks with suppliers, but it was apparent that the chain could not continue to trade. "We have had to make the difficult decision to begin the closure of all 187 Jessops stores at the close of business today," he said in a statement.

CORRECTED-RPT-'Lincoln' gets leading 12 Oscar nominations

(Changes date of awards ceremony in para 3 to Feb. 24 from Feb. 26) BEVERLY HILLS, Jan 10 (Reuters) - U.S. presidential drama "Lincoln" led the pack of Oscar nominees on Thursday with 12 nominations including a nod for best picture, in the race for the world's top film honors.

"Lincoln" leads BAFTA film nominations with 10

LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - "Lincoln", the story of President Abraham Lincoln's battle to end slavery, won 10 BAFTA nominations on Wednesday, putting it at the head of the pack for Britain's top film honours. "Les Miserables" and "Life of Pi" followed with nine each. The awards ceremony takes place in London on Feb. 10. (Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)
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