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Issue: "Sciavo: Saved by the bill," Nov. 1, 2003

I can't ask you why God saw me fit to live at this time.

Kirk Jones of Canton, Mich., after an unsuccessful suicide attempt last week in which he became the first person known to survive a plunge over Niagara Falls without any protective device. Mr. Jones, who says the experience has made him want to live, could face a $7,600 fine for the stunt.

We gave fair warning.

Morgantown, W. Va., Mayor Ron Justice on hidden cameras that caught rowdy football fans setting dozens of fires in the streets after West Virginia University beat archrival Virginia Tech last week. Expecting such behavior, authorities had told fans of the cameras and said anyone identified breaking the law would be charged.

I'm Norway's only state-backed witch.

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Lena Skarning, who last month won a start-up grant of 53,000 kroner (about $7,500) from the Norwegian government for her business, Forest Witch Magic Consulting. She told Reuters that the subsidy would help her teach magic tricks at corporate seminars and create potions and creams to help customers sleep. She says she has practiced witchcraft for 13 years.

I had some indigestion.

Carolyn Hounsell of Sydney, Australia, on why she went to a hospital on Oct. 14. At the hospital, she learned that she had been pregnant for 9 months, and she gave birth to a healthy baby boy three hours later.

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