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Depictor of prophet hit by eggs at lecture

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A Swedish artist who angered Muslims by depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog was pelted with eggs during a university lecture when he presented another drawing of Islam's revered prophet, police and the artist said Wednesday.

Lars Vilks told the Associated Press that he wasn't harmed in Tuesday's attack at Karlstad University in central Sweden and that he continued his lecture on the limits of free speech after police evicted the protesters from the building.

Vilks, who has received numerous death threats from radical Islamists, said that about a dozen people started yelling and hurling eggs at him when he presented a sketch showing Muhammad and 19th century Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen at a beer factory.

"They were just waiting for the right moment to go to attack," he told the AP. The artist, 65, said he made the drawing in 2006, inspired by the debate that year over 12 Danish newspaper cartoons of Muhammad, which sparked furious protests in Muslim countries.

Images of the prophet are considered blasphemous by many Muslims.


Body of girl, 5, found among 8 on shipwreck

ROME (AP) -- Divers searching the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship found eight bodies Wednesday on one of the passenger decks, including that of a missing 5-year-old Italian girl, authorities said.

Italy's national civil protection agency, which is monitoring the operation off a Tuscan island, said that four of the bodies had been recovered -- those of a woman, a girl, a man and a person whose sex could not immediately be determined. Because of worsening weather, the divers were unable to immediately remove the other four bodies. That operation is to resume today, if seas are calm.

The bodies were being transferred to a hospital on the mainland for identification, a process that could take days. Before Wednesday's development, 15 people were listed as missing, but only one of them -- Dayana Arlotti -- was a child.

The death toll, which includes those missing who are presumed dead and the bodies already recovered, stands at 32.

Among the missing passengers are an elderly couple from Minnesota, Barbara and Gerald Heil.


Measuring flaw casts doubt on neutrino data

GENEVA (AP) -- Researchers have found a flaw in the technical setup of an experiment that startled the science world last year by appearing to show particles traveling faster than light.

The problem may have affected measurements that clocked subatomic neutrino particles breaking what Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein considered the ultimate speed barrier.

Two separate issues were identified with the GPS system that was used to time the arrival of neutrinos at an underground lab in Italy, James Gillies, spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said Wednesday. One could have caused the speed to be overestimated, and the other could have caused it to be underestimated, he said.

"The bottom line is that we will not know until more measurements are done later this year," Gillies said. The experiment was received with great skepticism by scientists when it was published last September because it seemed to contradict Einstein's theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. That rule is fundamental to modern physics.