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Plight of Great Danes stirs public outpouring

LONDON (AP) -- An animal shelter has been inundated with offers of help after it requested a home for a pair of Great Danes -- one of which is blind and totally dependent on the other.

Louise Campbell, manager of Dogs Trust Shrewsbury, said Monday evening that more than 200 people have responded to the call for help and possibly a new home since the shelter -- near the Welsh town of Newport -- went public about the dogs' plight a few days ago.

"It's been phenomenal," she said, adding that it is still too early to say whether a suitable home can be found. Campbell said that Lily, 6, became reliant on Maddison, 7, after a rare medical problem, entropion, caused her eyelashes to grow into her eyeballs, leaving them so severely damaged that they had to be removed.

"Everything they do involves close contact; they check in with each other all the time," she said.


2 grenade blasts raise specter of reprisals

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Grenade blasts at a blue-collar bar and a crowded bus stop rattled this capital city Monday, as the country worried whether al-Qaida-linked militants from Somalia were carrying out their promise to launch reprisal attacks here.

The attacks, which killed one person, came only two days after the United States warned of "imminent" terrorist attacks. The U.S. warning had implied that the Somali group al-Shabab would carry out reprisals in response to Kenyan troops' invasion of Somalia in mid-October.

Authorities said it was too soon to name suspects in either explosion, though the small-scale blasts targeted Kenyans rather than foreigners as the U.S. warning had suggested.


Egypt set to free man with U.S. citizenship

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A dual U.S.-Israeli citizen imprisoned in Egypt since June on suspicion of spying will be released soon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Monday. His office said Israel will release 25 Egyptian prisoners in exchange.

Ilan Grapel was arrested in Cairo on June 12 and has been held without charge since.

Grapel, 27, a 2005 graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, was suspected by Egyptian officials of spying for Israel during the height of Egypt's uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. Israel and his relatives in the United States denied that Grapel was a spy.

Last week, Egypt helped mediate a deal for Israli soldier Gilad Schalit, who was held for more than five years.

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