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For the Man With Everything: Penis Pants

Extra stitched equipment hits Madrid runway

(Newser) - The well-dressed metrosexual looking for a little something extra can now scoop up a pair of pants with a cloth penis and scrotum stitched to the crotch. The unusual accoutrement, paraded on the Madrid runway thanks to designer Isabel Mastache, isn't for everyone, of course. As Queerty's fashion reviewer declares:...

Rio to Host 2016 Olympics
 Rio to Host 2016 Olympics 

Rio to Host 2016 Olympics

(Newser) - The 2016 Olympics are going to Rio de Janeiro, putting the games in South America for the first time. Rio beat surprise finalist Madrid in the last round of voting today in Copenhagen. Chicago was knocked out in the first round, Tokyo in the second. Rio had played heavily on...

Chicago Loses Olympic Bid
 Chicago Loses Olympic Bid 

Chicago Loses Olympic Bid

(Newser) - So much for the clout of the Obamas and Oprah. Chicago lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics after being eliminated in today's first round of voting in Copenhagen. Despite personal appeals by the president and first lady, the city got the fewest votes in the International Olympic Committee...

Cities That Could Beat Chicago
 Cities That Could Beat Chicago 

Cities That Could Beat Chicago

Rio, Madrid, or Tokyo could leave Obamas empty-handed this week

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama arrive in Denmark tomorrow, hoping to win the 2016 Olympics for their hometown. The Windy City has an impressive bid, proposing events in the city's parks and a lakefront Olympic Village. But three other cities are lobbying hard, and any could get the Games come Friday....

Rio Shines in 2016 Olympics Evaluation; Chicago Not Out Yet

Tokyo deemed insufficiently excited, while Madrid could be logistical nightmare

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee appears to be bullish on Rio for the 2016 Summer Games, though Chicago, Tokyo, and Madrid remain in the hunt, CNN reports. In an evaluation of the cities released today to members, Rio’s presentation is deemed to be of the “very highest quality.”...

Best Cities for Good Eats

Local cuisine is ranked

(Newser) - Paris is for lovers—food lovers. The city came in first on a Forbes list of the world’s best cities for eating well, based on a 2009 survey ranking 50 cities. Notably absent from the top 10 are New York and London, which don’t boast much of a...

Rio's Olympic Bid Picks Up Steam

(Newser) - With 3½ months to go, Rio de Janeiro has picked up significant momentum in the race for the 2016 Olympics. The Brazilian city emerged with the most buzz among the four competing cities during presentations yesterday in Switzerland to International Olympic Committee members. Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo are the other...

EU Rules Starve Spanish Vultures

(Newser) - Madrid’s regional government hopes to relax EU laws that call for rotting livestock to be removed from fields—a precaution against mad cow disease—because the removal denies carrion-munching vultures a meal, the AP reports. “When a sheep or cow dies in the countryside,” said one ornithologist,...

Obama No 'Superman' for Chicago's Olympic Bid

But rival Madrid wishes Bush were still here

(Newser) - Barack Obama may be the world's darling for the time being, but that doesn't mean his hometown of Chicago is a shoo-in to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, says Spain's sports minister. "He's not Superman," says Jaime Lissavetzky. "I don't think he will be the decider."...

Obama Touts Chicago's 2016 Olympics Bid

President-elect appears via video before selection committee, his first such push

(Newser) - Barack Obama made a surprise appearance today in a video address to the International Olympic Committee, pushing Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Games, the Tribune reports. The video, shepherded to Istanbul by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, showed Obama talking about his belief “in the Olympic movement,...

Osama Son Seeks Asylum in Madrid

Trained operative now rallying for peace

(Newser) - Omar bin Laden—goateed, peacenik son of Osama—is seeking political asylum in Spain, where he and his British wife arrived from Egypt. He's being held at Madrid airport while authorities make a decision, Reuters reports. The al-Qaeda-trained Saudi, 28, made headlines earlier this year when, sporting a leather jacket...

Ballesteros Has Brain Tumor
 Ballesteros Has Brain Tumor 

Ballesteros Has Brain Tumor

Flamboyant Spanish golfer awaits biopsy results

(Newser) - Retired Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, 51, announced yesterday that he has a brain tumor and is awaiting a biopsy to determine whether it is malignant. The five-time major winner collapsed in Madrid last week, the Times reports. “I want to be the best at confronting the most difficult match...

Investigators: Doomed Plane's Flaps Failed

Alarm that should have alerted pilots to problem never did

(Newser) - Wing flaps that help lift a plane on takeoff failed on the Spanair flight that crashed last month, and an alarm to warn pilots never sounded, according to an initial report released today on the accident that killed 154 people. Investigators did not say whether they believe the flap problem...

Flap Error May Have Caused Spanair Crash

Electrical failure kept pilots from getting warning, investigators believe

(Newser) - Pilots of the Spanair jet that crashed last month didn't extend the aircraft's flaps before takeoff—and an electrical malfunction likely kept them from getting a warning about it, the Wall Street Journal reports. The flaps, on the backs of wings, are needed for an extra lift when an aircraft...

3rd Spanair Flight Suffers Technical Problems

Issues force second diversion in 2 days for airline

(Newser) - Technical issues forced Spanair to divert one of its jets today, the second consecutive day that’s happened for the Spanish airline rocked by last week’s deadly crash in Madrid, the AP reports. An MD-80 jet—the same series as Wednesday’s ill-fated aircraft—returned to Granada after communications...

Pilots' Union Warned Spanair: Operations Are a 'Disaster'

Union told management fleet was too old as early as 2007

(Newser) - Pilots at Spanair, operator of the MD80 airliner that crashed in Madrid this week, killing 153, warned management repeatedly that passenger safety was compromised by the “chaotic” way the airline was operated, the Times of London reports. Emails from the Spanish pilots union claimed the fleet  wasn’t being...

Clues Sought in Madrid Crash
 Clues Sought in Madrid Crash 

Clues Sought in Madrid Crash

Black boxes found; authorities rule out foul play in crash that killed 153

(Newser) - Investigators are searching through wreckage for clues to why a passenger jet bound for the Canary Islands crashed shortly after takeoff from Madrid yesterday killing 153 passengers, the BBC reports. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion before the crash but officials say foul play has been ruled out. The voice recorders...

153 Dead, 19 Survivors: 'Closest Thing to Hell'

MD-82 had technical issues earlier in the day; sister jet also had problems

(Newser) - The death toll from today's crash of a jetliner in Madrid reached 153—with only 19 survivors—as investigators sought to figure out what happened. The Spanair plane had aborted one takeoff because of an unspecified technical glitch, and passengers were warned they might have to disembark and change aircraft,...

Spain Crash Toll May Be 150
 Spain Crash Toll May Be 150

Spain Crash Toll May Be 150

Witnesses say jet carrying 173 burst into flames just after Madrid takeoff

(Newser) - The death toll in today’s crash of a Spanair jet in Madrid is about 150, the Telegraph reports, with witnesses saying one of the aircraft’s engines exploded just after it took off, bound for the Canary Islands. Though the government is only confirming 45 dead, the Guardian says...

Chicago Makes Final Four in 2016 Olympic Bid

Madrid, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro also in the mix for Summer Games

(Newser) - Chicago is still in the mix to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the Sun-Times reports, as the International Olympic Committee today winnowed the field of candidates to four. Vying against the Windy City are Madrid, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro.

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