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Washington's National Zoo named its giant panda cub Bao Bao on Sunday but fans will have to wait a month before they can get their first glimpse of the furry creature. Bao Bao -- "treasure" or "precious" in Mandarin -- is only the second cub to survive birth at the zoo since it received a pair of giant pandas in 1972 following president Richard Nixon's historic visit to China. In line with Chinese tradition, the naming ceremony took place 100 days after the tiny female's August 23 birthday. Assistant US Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones and Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai unrolled two scrolls inscribed in both English and Chinese.
Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick will be out six to eight weeks with a broken hand, the NBA team said Sunday before falling to Indiana 105-100. Redick, one of the Clippers' best shooters, broke a small bone in his right hand and tore a ligament in his elbow in the second quarter of a 104-98 overtime win at Sacramento on Friday. The Clippers acquired the veteran sharp-shooter from Milwaukee in a three-team off-season trade. He was averaging a career-best 15.8 points along with 2.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists through his first 17 games with Los Angeles.
(Reuters) - Speed played a role in the one-car crash that killed "The Fast and the Furious" actor Paul Walker in Southern California on Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Walker, 40, was a passenger in the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames in the city of Santa Clarita on Saturday afternoon. "Speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Deputy Mark Pope said the accident was under investigation and he did not know how fast the car was going.
SAO PAULO (Brazil) (AFP) - If psychic diva Marcia Fernandes is proven right, millions of Brazilians will be sorely disappointed next July as she forecast a German victory in the final of the World Cup. "Germany is going to prevail," the popular medium said in a highly anticipated prediction at Mystic Fair, an esoteric fest that drew more than 40,000 people at an exhibition center in suburban Sao Paulo. Prominent Brazilian astrologist Serena Salgado softened the blow somewhat by telling the crowd that hosts Brazil had a good chance of winning the tournament, but she was not as categorical. "I think that Brazil can conquer the Cup... this is a possibility," she said, noting that the Selecao were likely to face traditional adversaries such as Italy, Germany or Argentina.
GrainCorp chief executive Alison Watkins resigned on Monday, just days after the Australian government blocked a takeover bid by American agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) for being against the national interest. Watkins said she would leave the biggest grain handler in eastern Australia next month, with chairman Don Taylor taking on executive duties on an interim basis until a successor is found. "Given last week's unexpected developments, I feel it is in the best interests of GrainCorp, our people and customers that I move on now and allow the board to find new leadership to take the business forward into its new phase." Treasurer Joe Hockey vetoed the takeover on Friday, which would have have left 60 percent of wheat shipments from Australia controlled by three companies -- ADM, Glencore Xstrata and Cargill.
By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron promised on Sunday to cut rising energy costs, seeking to regain the initiative from the Labour Party that has pledged to freeze bills if it wins the next election in 2015. Cameron said his government would set out measures to cut bills by an average of 50 pounds ($81.90) a year in an economic update on Thursday which the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said he would use to carry on reducing Britain's budget deficit, even as the economy recovers. The soaring cost of household energy has dominated political debate in Britain since Labour leader Ed Miliband said in September that his party would freeze bills for 20 months if it wins power. "Instead of a fake giveaway, we have found another way to support Britain's hard-pressed families," Cameron wrote in a joint article with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the Sun on Sunday newspaper.
By David Brunnstrom and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will try to strike a delicate balance of calming military tensions with China while supporting ally Japan against Beijing on a trip to Asia this week that is being overshadowed by a territorial dispute in the East China Sea. Aiming to counter criticism that the United States is neglecting Asia because it is distracted by domestic politics and the Middle East, the White House has long been planning a visit by Biden to Japan, China and South Korea.