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Smuggled alcohol turned into fuel

STOCKHOLM — Smugglers trying to sneak alcohol into Sweden are unwittingly helping fuel the country’s public transport system and reducing its greenhouse emissions.

Almost all of the 185,000 gallons of smuggled alcohol seized by the customs service last year was turned into alternative fuel and used to power buses, trucks and a biogas train, officials said Friday.

The beer, wine and liquor is taken to a plant in Linkoping, 125 miles southwest of Stockholm, where it is heated and converted into biogas.

Biogas is used in Sweden to power some 1,000 trucks and buses and one train, said Carl Lilliehook, head of Svensk Biogas AB, which handles most of the confiscated alcohol.


Airport evacuated after bomb alert

MADRID — Ibiza airport was evacuated yesterday after a bomb warning upset the start of the peak holiday season on the Mediterranean island, Spanish police said.

Local press reports said the Interior Ministry stepped in to deny earlier reports of a controlled explosion at the airport.

Police evacuated the airport after the Basque newspaper Gara, used by the armed separatist guerrillas ETA to distribute information, received a telephoned warning of a bomb, Gara said on its Web site. But the caller did not say who they represented, which is usually the case with ETA.

Ibiza has long been a magnet for thousands of British and German vacationers and flights were diverted from the airport.


Nurse convicted of killing 5 patients

BERLIN — A court convicted a nurse Friday of murdering five patients at a top Berlin hospital with overdoses of medication, sentencing her to life in prison.

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