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Costa Rica hit by earthquake

A POWERFUL magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and neighbouring countries, sending panicked people into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami alert. Authorities confirmed one death.

Officials said the quake collapsed some houses and at least one bridge and caused landslides that blocked roads.

But Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla said there were no reports of major damage and called for calm.

The quake, which was felt as far away as Panama and Nicaragua, was the biggest since a 7.6-magnitude quake in 1991 left 47 people dead.

Kylie and Cave rerecord hit

KYLIE Minogue has overhauled her duet with Nick Cave for her forthcoming orchestral album.

The singer has revamped hits from throughout her 25-year career for The Abbey Road Sessions.

And Cave has also been into the studio to rerecord his vocal on the single Where The Wild Roses Grow which was first a hit in 1995, charting at number 11.

Other tracks on the album include Better The Devil You Know, I Should Be So Lucky and Confide In Me.

Dinosaur is 'a Frankenstein'

A JUDGE has expressed surprise that a dinosaur skeleton seized by the US is a composite of several creatures, calling it a "kind of Frankenstein model of a dinosaur."

US District Judge Kevin Castel said it seemed more needs to be learned about the 70 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton before it can go to Mongolia.

US agents snatched the fossil in June after the government insisted it was a rare specimen that could only have originated in Mongolia. The fossil had been sold by Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions for $1.05m (¤0.8m).

Jobs widow's university role

THE widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is joining Stanford University's governing board.

The university announced that Laurene Powell Jobs will begin a five-year term on the school's board of trustees on October 1.

Ms Powell Jobs earned a graduate degree in business from Stanford in 1991. She and Jobs met on campus.