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10M Rupees Lost to Termites

A new manager at a bank in the northern Indian city of Lucknow discovered termites had eaten through 10 million rupees on Wednesday.

The currency notes had been stored in a steel chest in an old bank building, which what management is blaming for the infestation of termites.

''I am not sure where the termites came from, but as you can see this building is quite old. Anti-termite treatment is now under way,'' said the branch manager, Sunil Dwivedi, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Police are not ruling out the possibility of foul play in the disappearance. The Associated Press reports the police have already a registered a case of negligence and will continue investigating.

The cash, which amounts to $207,000, had been stored in the steel chest since January of this year.

Termites have also damaged paper and furniture in the bank in the past. Since the problem is so rampant, the branch will be re-locating, according to CBS News.

Grey Wolves Removed from Endangered List

US politicians in Congress removed grey wolves from the endangered species list on Friday with the signing of the budget bill.

Attached to the budget bill, President Barack Obama's signature marked the first time a species had been taken off the list. The law prevents federal protection to the grey wolves in five states.

Two of those state, Idaho and Montana, had already planned wolf hunts for the upcoming fall, reported The Seattle Times. Both states had hoped to do so last fall, but a federal judge ruled the species was still at risk.

Politicians over the years had argued whether or not this was a matter of the federal government infringing on state rights, especially in states were population control was effective and responsible.

"That gives control back to the state and gives management back to the state and responsibility back to the state, where it should have been all along," Gov. Butch Otter said to KTVB.

Wildlife advocates are concerned this will lead to "the second large-scale extermination of wolves in the West," according to Suzanne Stone, the Idaho spokeswoman for Defenders of Wildlife.

Hunters and farmers have complained about wolves killing livestock and pets as well as endangering other species of wildlife, reports the BBC.

Basque Separatists, Anti-ETA Rally Throughout Spain

Thousands marched in Madrid Saturday to protest the government's recognition of ETA and to prohibit those associated with the group from seeking political office.

Earlier this week, thousands marched in the city of Bilbao, the largest city in Basque Country, in support of the Sortu party after the Supreme Court ruled the party had too close a ties to ETA.

ETA is viewed as a terrorist organization by many, including Spain, the United States and the European Union. It strives for the formation of an independent Basque state.

"We demand the government stops ETA sympathizers from accessing taxpayers' money by getting themselves elected to public office," said Conchita Martin said to the Associated Press. Her husband, Col. Pedro Antonio Blanco, was killed by ETA in 1999.

Banners are the rally in Madrid read, "For the defeat of terrorism: ETA barred from elections." Opponents of ETA do not want public money going towards funding ETA.

ETA declared a cease-fire last September and said it would be a permanent one in January.

The separatist group has called 11 truces throughout its 40-year history of fighting for independence, according to the Canadian Press.

In March, after strong urging from the government, the Spanish Supreme Court rejected Sortu's application to be legalized so it could take part in upcoming local elections in May. The government argued Sortu was an "extension" of Batasuna, the political branch of ETA.

Press TV reports separatists believe approximately 15 percent of the Basque population would vote for Batasuna.

International Pillow Fight Day Celebrated Worldwide

New York, London, Brussels and and Amsterdam are cities that took part in the sixth Pillow Fight Day on Saturday as a day to have fun and raise money.

Started by two students from Toronto University in 2005, Pillow Fight Day has emerged as an annual international event.

Kevin Bracken and Lori Kufner, the students who founded the day, said it was meant to be a unifying event done in the interest of fun.

"This is a building block of our goal to spread free event culture to every corner of the world," Bracken and Kufner said on their "how-to" guide online, according to The Telegraph.

Thousands of participants gathered in squares and public areas across the globe to enjoy the festivities. The Seattle Times reports 115 cities and 39 countries had planned events.

The events are often accompanied by various charitable opportunities. Some may include a fee to take part while others ask for donations.

WCBS-TV reports that there are three rules associated with Pillow Fight Day: no hitting people with glasses, no hitting people with cameras and no hitting people without pillows.

Brazil: Ford Sues Nissan Over Ad

The Brazilian branch of the Ford Motor Co. has filed a lawsuit against Nissan Motor Co. due to its "improper brand uses" and "unfair competition" in a recent television commercial.

The commercial features two Ford employees rapping about how much the company overcharges its customers for their Focus model and how they pocket the money. It includes the rapping employees showing off their jewelry, drinking champagne and dancing with women in bikinis.

"All the luxury that I got, I got it with your money. Don't weep because you're paying extra money -- your money was well spent, look what I do with it," is one of the rap's lyrics, according to Forbes.

Throughout the one minute and 38 second commercial, a silver Ford Focus can be seen in the background.

Ford filed a lawsuit in the city of of Sao Jose dos Pinhais, in southern Parana state, where Nissan has a manufacturing factory. The commercial was withdrawn from national TV on March 3 after Ford obtained an injunction.

Nissan released a series of brands aimed at General Motors and Fiat last year that also had to be withdrawn, according to Reuters.

The commercial was meant to advertise Nissan's Tiida, the Brazilian equivalent to the Versa, and highlight its price comparision. The Tiida sells for $1,800 less than the Focus in Brazil reported autoevolution.

Ford is currently fourth in Brazil's auto market while Nissan is 12th.

Supposed location of Atlantis found in Spain

An international research team believes that it has located the lost city of Atlantis in southern Spain.

Led by Richard Freund, a professor at the University of Hartford, the team initially used a satellite photograph in 2009 to discover a submerged city north of Cadiz, Spain.

"I think we found the best candidate for what was the beginnings of civilization," Freund told The Daily Telegraph.

Following two years of experiments, which included radar and digital mapping, Freund said he and his team believe that the ancient city was buried by a tsunami in marshlands located in the Dona Ana Park.

"This is the power of tsunamis," he said to Reuters. "It is so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about."

While Atlantis was believed to be an island, he said a series of "memorial cities" surrounding the area constructed to honor the lost city support his group's findings.

There is still not definitive proof of whether or not the team's discovery is true. Freund and his colleagues plan to continue excavating the area to uncover more, according to Fox News.

Franco Curses at Yale Daily News

Actor, Oscar co-host and Yale Ph.D. candidate James Franco tweeted an expletive at the university's newspaper following criticisms from a writer on staff.

Cokey Cohen, 20, of the Yale Daily News wrote that Franco's Twitter account "sort of sucks" in a piece posted on Saturday, the day before Franco hosted the Academy Awards.

Franco, who was already receiving negative reviews for his performance on Sunday night, tweeted "F*** The Yale Daily News" in red letters over a picture of himself.

Franco joined Twitter two weeks ago as an effort to modernize and promote the Oscars, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cohen posted a response on the Yale Daily News website, calling this episode "the pinnacle of my career as a writer" for having garnered the actor's attention.

She told The New Haven Register that her original post was intended to be "tongue-in-cheek" and that she is in fact a fan of Franco.

Franco has not spoken out about the incident since his tweet.

Rep. Wu Refuses to Step Down

Rep. David Wu has said that he will not resign despite calls from the GOP and newspapers to do so following questions about his mental health.

The Oregon Democrat said he is currently undergoing treatment and taking medication following a series of actions that raised concern amongst his staff.

The seven-term congressman lost seven staff members following his 2010 campaign following Wu's bizarre behavior reports the Associated Press. One incident involved Wu sending a picture of himself dressed as a tiger to his staff in October.

Wu also said that he took two tablet of a pain killer during this time that were given to him by a campaign donor that he did not name.

State Republican Party Chairman Allen Alley and the Eugene Register Guard, Oregon's second-largest newspaper, have both called for Wu to step down.

Wu's own staff had asked him to seek psychiatric help following these episodes just before the November election, according to The Oregonian.

Wu appeared on "Good Morning America" last week to discuss the situation and said that he has no plans of stepping down and will seek reelection in 2012.

"The people of Oregon have selected me to do a job and I'm going to do it," said Wu to KATU-TV.

Auburn Community Commemorates Beloved Trees

Fans of Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. gathered around their two favorite oak trees on Saturday after they had been poisoned earlier in the week.

Toomer's Corner, where the trees are located, has been a central point of the community for 130-years. Football fans often gathered there following their football team's victories.

Harvey A. Updyke Jr., 62, was arrested on Thursday morning on a charge of first-degree criminal mischief after police caught him poisoning the oak trees. Updyke is an Alabama fan, Auburn's rival, and apparently poisoned the trees after Alabama lost to Auburn in November, said the Washington Post.

Updyke is suspected of using a powerful herbicide, Spike 80DF, to poison the trees, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

Students, alums, fans and residents paid their respect to the trees by taking pictures, leaving gifts and flowers and throwing toilet paper over it.

Toomer's Corner had recently been the site of the Auburn Tigers' national football championship on January 10.

University scientists do not believe that the trees will survive, according to CNN.

UNICEF Dropped from Barcelona Soccer Kit

FC Barcelona will replace the UNICEF logo on the front of its jerseys with the Qatar Foundation's.

After nearly five years of featuring the non-profit organization, the Qatar Foundation will pay €30 million ($40 million) per season to be on the front of one of the world's best soccer clubs.

This will also mark the first time FC Barcelona will have a paid advertiser on its jerseys in its 112-year history reports the Associated Press.

Qatar is the host-country for the 2022 World Cup and will the Foundation printed on the front starting this July, according to Goal.com. Qatar hopes it will help promote their country to the soccer world.

Vice president Javier Faus said that the UNICEF logo will be moved to the back of the jerseys underneath the players' names. UNICEF and FC Barcelona had an agreement that involved the club donating €1.5 million ($2 million) to UNICEF to display its logo on their kits.

"Let's not fool ourselves, we needed the money," said team director Raul Sanllehi, according to TribalFootball.com.

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