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Plane carrying dozens of plumbers aborts flight because of toilet problems

How many plumbers does it take to fix a faulty toilet on an airplane? 

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None. They were all drained.

A Norwegian Air shuttle flight from Oslo to Munich was forced to turn around Saturday morning because of toilet problems, The Washington Post reported. On board were more than 80 plumbing industry workers traveling to a trade event.

The ironic circumstances led to howls of laughter among the passengers.

“Seldom has there been more laughter in an airplane ... when the reason given is ‘toilet problems,’” Frank Olsen, chief executive of the Rorkjop plumbing company told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

According to the flight data website Flightradar24, the southbound flight was heading toward Germany across the Skagerrak Strait. But 15 minutes after takeoff, the plane banked east and returned to Oslo.

The dozens of plumbers on board were unable to help out, Olsen said.

“We’d have gladly fixed the toilets, but it must unfortunately be done from the outside, and we didn’t want to take a chance on sending out a plumber at 10,000 meters altitude,” Olsen told Dagbladet, a Norwegian tabloid.

Olsen said his workers could resist toilet humor, even after their flight was rescheduled later in the day, the Post reported.

“Even the flight attendant came and told me that she have never done a U-turn with that many passengers smiling on board,” he told the Post. “We are still smiling.”

Terri Irwin reveals she has not been on a date since Steve Irwin died

Terri Irwin said she hasn’t been on a date since the death of her husband, Steve Irwin.

The widow of “The Crocodile Hunter” opened up to People about moving on from Steve and her lack of desire to date after losing him.

>> Irwin family returning to Animal Planet 20 years after ‘Crocodile Hunter’

“I think it’s wonderful when people who have lost someone find love again, but I’m not personally looking, and I haven’t been on a date in 27 years,” she told the publication. “In fact, it’s been so long, I’ve had a couple of lovely women ask me out because they figured that’s the case. But I’m content. I have two beautiful kids, a really full plate. I’ve already had my happily ever after.”

It was previously rumored that Terri was dating Australian actor Russell Crowe, but the Australia Zoo, where the Irwins live, denied the claims, saying, “All of these reports are completely false. Terri and Russell are not dating and are certainly not planning a wedding.”

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Steve Irwin died in 2006 when he was struck in the heart by a stingray while filming a wildlife show. The couple had been together for 14 years before his death. His family, Terri and their two children, Bindi, 19, and Robert, 14, cope with his death by spending quality time together each night.

“We’d each say our favorite part of the day, what we were most looking forward to tomorrow and a good deed we did that day,” she said. “You can’t focus on yourself. You need to focus on what you’re doing for others and then you can start to heal.”

>> On Rare.us: Family photos Bindi Irwin shared on brother Robert’s birthday show how much he’s grown over the years

The family still live at the Australia Zoo and are focused on maintaining Steve’s legacy of wildlife conservation.

“Steve was someone who was larger than life and really did live life to the fullest,” she said. “Even though he died at 44, years of age he lived such a full life and that’s what I want to do and share.”

The family will be returning to Animal Planet with a new series this fall that will follow their day-to-day lives at the Australia Zoo and their work with their nonprofit organization, Wildlife Warriors

“We do want to carry on in Dad’s footsteps, and make sure everything he worked so hard for continues on,” daughter Bindi said on a January broadcast of “Today.”

Super blue blood moon eclipse: Watch NASA video of the rare lunar event

The super blue blood moon total lunar eclipse, a highly anticipated, rare celestial event more than 150 years in the making, could be seen overhead early Wednesday.

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The full moon passed through the Earth’s shadow to create a total lunar eclipse. The moon appeared reddish, hence the name “blood moon.” Totality, when the moon was entirely inside the Earth’s dark umbral shadow, lasted about 1 1/4 hours.

NASA officials shared a live stream of the event Wednesday on NASA-TV.

Wednesday's full moon was also the third in a series of three straight full moon supermoons – that is, super-close full moons. It was the first of two blue moons in 2018. 

It marked the first blue moon total eclipse in America since March 31, 1866.

– WHIO.com and AJC.com contributed to this report.

$1 homes: Italian town wants new homeowners

If you’ve ever wanted to leave it all and move to an Italian island, a town on Sardinia has a deal for you.

Ollolai is trying to fill abandoned homes and is selling the properties for the bargain basement price of 1 Euro or about $1.20. Yes, you’ve read that correctly, you can buy a home for just over a buck, CNN reported.

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'Putin list': U.S. releases names of Russian politicians, oligarchs

The U.S. Treasury Department released an unclassified list Monday night of more than 200 Russian oligarchs and political figures seen as allies of the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

>> House Intelligence Committee votes to release controversial Nunes memo

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Seine still rising in Paris; Louvre partially closed

Paris remained under a flood alert Sunday after the Seine overflowed, causing officials to close part of the lower level of the Louvre museum, CNN reported.

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The Seine is forecast to peak at nearly 20 feet overnight Sunday into Monday, officials said.

Water levels at the Austerlitz Bridge had reached nearly 19 feet, according to the the official Vigicrues flood agency website.

The Louvre, which is situated next to the Seine, partially closed one wing of the museum as a precaution, CNN reported. Louvre officials said the lower level of the Islamic wing will remain closed at least through Monday.

The water levels have not approached the 1910 flood, when the Seine rose to 28 feet. In June 2016, the Seine topped out at almost 20 feet and riverside museums had to relocate their artwork, CNN reported.

Colombe Brossel, the deputy Paris mayor, told CNN the city had learned from past mistakes, but that more needs to be done to adapt to climate change.

“Two floodings of the Seine river in less than two years -- we have to change, we have to change the way we build this city,” Paris Deputy Mayor Colombe Brossel told CNN. “We have to understand that climatic change is not a word, it's a reality.”

Ingvar Kamprad, who founded Ikea, dead at 91

Ingvar Kamprad, who founded furniture giant Ikea, died at his home in Sweden, the company said on its official Instagram account. He was 91.

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Kamprad sold ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories in his Ikea stores, which grew into 355 outlets in 29 countries, CNN reported. He founded Ikea in 1943, when he was 17.

“He will be immensely missed and warmly remembered by his family and Ikea employees around the world,” the company said in a statement.

Kamprad was born in 1926 in Småland, southern Sweden. According to Ikea’s website, Kamprad began selling matches to neighbors when he was 5, and then used his bicycle to find new customers. He later sold flower seeds, Christmas tree decorations, greeting cards, and even pencils and ballpoint pens to make money, according to the Ikea website.

Kamprad created products such as the Poang and Billy bookcase and fed customers by selling millions of Swedish meatballs.

The company’s big break came in 1956 with the introduction of flat-pack furniture, Reuters reported. Kamprad said his got the idea while watching an employee taking the legs off a table to fit it into a customer’s vehicle, Reuters reported.

Ikea’s global revenue was $45 billion in 2017, CNN reported. The company is now owned by the Dutch Stichting Ingka Foundation, but Kamprad was a senior adviser to the group's supervisory board until his death, CNN reported.

Roger Federer becomes first man to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles

Roger Federer became the first man to win 20 Grand Slam tennis singles titles Sunday, defeating Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 to capture his record-tying sixth Australian Open championship.

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Federer tied Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic with his sixth Australian crown and has won three of the last five major tournaments, ESPN reported.

“I'm so happy. It's unbelievable,” said Federer, who broke down in tears after the victory. “Of course, winning is an absolute dream come true -- the fairy tale continues for me.

“After the great year I had last year, it's incredible.”

In addition to his six Australian Open titles, Federer’s Grand Slam résumé includes eight Wimbledon titles, five U.S. Open championships and one French Open title. 

Sunday’s victory meant that Federer, at 36 years and 173 days, is the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open when he was 37.

Federer has spent 302 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world during his career and now owns 96 titles. 

“Big congratulations to Roger and his team -- it's amazing what you guys do," Cilic said. "It was an amazing journey for me to come here to the final. I had a slight chance at the beginning of the fifth (set), but Roger played a great fifth set.”

Federer now owns a 9-1 record against Cilic, including a victory in last year’s Wimbledon final.

Tennis greats weighed in with their congratulations.

Tennis greats weighed in with their congratulations.

“Nobody makes me cry like Roger Federer,” tweeted Chris Evert, an 18-time Grand Slam winner and two-time Australian Open women’s singles title winner. “No one. … there is no one like him.”

“Congratulations Roger -- the GOAT!!” tweeted Martina Navratilova, another 18-time Grand Slam champion who won three women’s titles in Australia.

Billie Jean King added her best wishes as well, tweeting “Congratulations to @rogerfederer@AustralianOpen men’s singles champion and GOAT!”

Meanwhile, Rod Laver, who won 11 Grand Slams and three titles in his native Australia, called the six Australian titles won by Federer, Emerson and Djokovic as “Astonishing then, incredible now.”

Caroline Wozniacki first Dane to win Grand Slam tennis title

Caroline Wozniacki now can savor a major victory. Plus, the Dane will regain the top spot in women’s tennis.

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Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam tennis title Saturday when she defeated top-seeded Simona Halep 7-6 (7-2), 3-6 to capture the women’s singles title at the Australian Open.

On a broiling day in Melbourne, the second-seeded Wozniacki outdueled Halep in a match that lasted nearly three hours to become the first player from Denmark to win a Grand Slam singles event.

“My voice is shaking,” Wozniacki said as she held the championship trophy aloft. “I never cry, but this is an emotional moment.”

It was the first time in the Open era of tennis that players ranked No. 1 and 2 met in a major final without either player having a Grand Slam title to their credit, ESPN reported.

Because of the high temperatures, the heat rule was implemented for the first time during the tournament, CNN reported. Each player took medical timeouts, and their stamina was challenged as two games lasted more than 10 minutes.

Finally securing a Grand Slam was a relief for Wozniacki, who lost in the finals at the U.S. Open in 2009 and 2014. She will never be remembered as a player who was ranked No. 1 in women’s tennis for 85 weeks -- including 67 in a row in 2011-2012 -- but could not win a major title.

“I think that's one of the most positive things about all of this,” Wozniacki said. “I'm never going to get that question again. I'm just waiting for the question, ‘When are you going to win the second one?’

“Right now I'm just happy I have this one, and I'm going to really enjoy this moment.”

Wozniacki will regain that No. 1 spot again Monday when the new rankings are released, CNN reported.

Halep was trying to become the second women’s player from Romania to win a Grand Slam singles event. Her manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open women’s singles title in 1978.

Florida couple find Scottish children’s message in a bottle from 1980s

A Florida couple surveying damage after Hurricane Irma last September found a message in a bottle, sent more than three decades ago by a class of children in Scotland, FlKeysNews reported.

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On Sept. 29 last year, Ruth and Lee Huenniger were walking near their Key Largo home, inspecting street lamps. Ruth found a plastic bottle lying near a chain link fence and noticed there was a note inside.

“We are learning all about pirates. We would like to see how far this message goes. Please write and tell us where you found this bottle,” the note said.

The note was signed by Class 2/3, Chapelpark School, Forfar, Angus, Scotland, FlKeysNews reported.

The Huennigers decided to write back to the school, whose class sent the bottle hurtling into the North Sea in the 1980s, WSVN reported.

“I thought, ‘Let’s see if this gets all the way back to Scotland,'” Ruth Huenniger told WSVN. “I mean, I’d never heard of Forfar.”

“Your message was found in Key Largo, Florida, USA, on Sept. 29, 2017,” the new note read. “Hope this was a fun experience for your class.”

This time, the note was sent through the mail. On Oct. 23, the Huenningers received a letter from Fiona Cargill in Scotland. The retired teacher said her class had written the note sometime in the 1980s, FlKeysNews reported.

“We forgot to put a date on the letter, but would you believe it, that bottle was sent on its journey more than 30 years ago,” Cargill wrote. “The pupils who took part in this will now be in their mid-thirties!”

Chapelpark Primary School closed in 2008 and is now an apartment building. The postman who was given the Huennigers’ letter for his route knew this and delivered it to the town’s new school, Whitehills Primary, FlKeysNews reported.

“The staff did an investigation and discovered it was my class,” Cargill wrote. “I retired from there just over a year ago and was so, so excited about this wonderful true life story.”

Cargill said her class of children ages 6 to 8, had studied pirates and decided to send several bottles.

“They covered them with sticky plastic to keep them from getting wet, put them in bottles and then got a fisherman to put them in the North Sea,” said Cargill, who added there are at least three more bottles that were thrown into the ocean.

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