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The Jones World Record

A total of 1,224 people named Jones arrived in Britain last week to claim the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people with one surname.

The former Guinness World Record for a gathering of people with the same name is 583 Norbergs in Sweden.

“The turnout was as great as anyone could have expected,” said one attendee.

Friday’s event also succeeded in making the last name Jones the most unemployed surname in Britain; as 1,224 people were fired for “an unwarranted absence from work.”

Wal-Mart cuts prices for


NEW YORK – Wal-Mart, which began discounting its holiday toys in mid-October, announced on Friday deep price cuts on almost 100 electronics, setting the stage for price wars in advance of the holiday season.

The discounting move, which focuses on high definition TVs, cell phones and digital cameras, came a day after the world’s largest retailer announced disappointing October sales and a lackluster November outlook.

Not to be outdone, Foot Locker is offering its customers free left shoes with the purchase of a right one.

Diddy wants to become first black James Bond

He changed his stage name from Puff Daddy to P. Diddy and now Diddy, but what he would really like to be called is Bond … James Bond.

“One day the time will come for a black Bond and hopefully I can audition for it,” US rapper and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs said on the sidelines of the MTV Europe Music Awards late on Thursday. “It’s a dream of mine to play a great role like that.”

In a related story, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks is receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of slain rapper Tupac Shakur in the upcoming film MC Gangsta Dog.

Saddam sentenced to hang

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi court sentenced a shaken but defiant Saddam Hussein to hang on Sunday for crimes against humanity, sparking joy for Shi’ites he oppressed and resentment among his fellow Sunnis in Iraq.

President Bush, whose forces set up the court three years ago, called it “a milestone in the Iraqi people’s effort to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law.”

The choice of hanging was agreed upon after a burning at the stake was deemed impractical due to “chilly autumn air.”

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