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Cause of stage collapse still being investigated

TORONTO (AP) -- Investigators combed through the wreckage Sunday of a Toronto stage collapse in Downsview Park, trying to determine what caused the structure to come crashing down hours ahead of a Radiohead concert Saturday, killing the band's drum technician and injuring three other people.

Radiohead representative Laura Eldeiry confirmed that the man killed was Scott Johnson, the drum technician for the British band.

Three others were injured when the top portion of the stage collapsed as the crew was setting up. Toronto Police spokesman Tony Vella said a 45-year-old man hospitalized with a head injury was improving and that his life was not in danger. The other two were treated at the scene.


King leads ceremony for brother's burial

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The aged king of Saudi Arabia led a burial ceremony Sunday for his brother, Crown Prince Nayef Abdul-Aziz, in the holy city of Mecca before his internment following evening prayers. The interior minister, 78, was the second heir to the throne to die outside the country in less than a year.

The 88-year-old King Abdullah gathered with royal family members and international envoys for the service.

Abdullah has outlived two appointed successors from among the elderly group of sons of Saudi's founding monarch, King Abdul-Aziz.

The cause of the crown prince's death Saturday in Geneva was not disclosed.

Nayef's predecessor, Prince Sultan, 80, died in October in New York after an unspecified illness.


Scarlet ibis returned to island by Branson

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (AP) -- Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson says he is reintroducing a flame-red bird to the British Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Group boss says on his blog that a scarlet ibis was recently born on his private island in the British Caribbean territory.

Branson says it's "the first scarlet ibis born in the British Virgin Islands for over 100 years."

He has developed an exclusive eco-resort on Necker Island that showcases renewable energy technology. He successfully reintroduced flamingos there.

The British tycoon is also introducing lemurs on nearby Moskito Island, a move criticized by some scientists.