>Biochemist named Miss America
A Virginian biochemist has been named winner of Miss America 2020 after performing a live science experiment that defied stereotypes of the contest.
Camille Schrier defeated 50 women to take the crown at the final in Uncasville, Connecticut.
In her acceptance speech, the 24-year-old said she hoped to "break stereotypes about what it means to be a Miss America in 2020".
Schrier has two undergraduate science degrees and is studying a doctorate in pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.
In her role as Miss America, Schrier will spend a year advocating for Mind Your Meds, a drug safety and prevention program.
Schrier's victory is expected to be viewed as another progressive step away from Miss America's traditional beauty contest format.
>Mum fills bath with chocolate
This Christmas, a Mum-of-two hilariously pranked her kids by filling up her entire bath with hot chocolate and marshmallows - and blamed it on the Elf on the Shelf.
After spotting the idea on a Facebook page, Megan Deyoung, from Australia, spent ￡5 buying hot chocolate powder and poured it into the tub. Megan, 33, added the finishing touch by scattering 50 marshmallows on top, and let the elves go sailing.
"My daughter woke up at 5 am with excitement over what the elves were doing, and then woke me and her four-year-old brother just to tell us what she'd found," said Megan. "Seeing how excited the kids were with the prank, definitely made it all worth it."
>Qatar plans desert campsites
Qatar's World Cup bosses have asked Glastonbury Festival chiefs to help plan huge desert campsites for thousands of football fans.
The tiny Gulf state expects a total of 1.6 million people to visit during the month long 2022 World Cup tournament, with up to 160,000 needing a bed on the busiest days.
But only 70,000 hotel rooms will be available in the capital Doha.
Two cruise ships will be docked in the port to provide temporary floating accommodation for around 40,000 during the tournament.
And now gigantic tented villages housing thousands more are in the pipeline.
Qatari officials have revealed they have approached Glastonbury, which caters for 135,000 music fans on Worthy Farm in Somerset, for advice.
It is hoped the World Cup campsites, on the outskirts of the city, will have licensed bars and restaurants, entertainment and washing facilities. Fans will choose from a range of tents, from the very basic through to luxury "glamping", complete with plumbed-in toilets.
>Boeing CEO steps down
Boeing's Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg has resigned from his position and current chairman David Calhoun was named by the board of directors as his successor, the US aircraft manufacturer said on Monday. Boeing said Calhoun would take over as the new chief executive and president as of Jan 13, 2020, and he will remain a member of the board.
It also said board member Lawrence Kellner will become non-executive chairman of the board effective immediately.
"A change in leadership was necessary to restore confidence in the company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers, and all other stakeholders," the company said. Boeing's commercially best seller 737 MAX has been grounded globally in March 2019 in the wake of the two deadly air crashes.
The US Federal Aviation Administration said earlier this month that it would not re-certify the aircraft for resumed service until 2020, which crushed Boeing's hope of getting the plane cleared for flight before the end of this year.
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