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Lululemon’s founder sells half his stake and an Indonesian tsunami victim is reunited with her family

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Dennis ‘Chip’ Wilson

The not-very-Zen battle for control of yoga giant Lululemon Athletica has reached a resting position. Dennis “Chip” Wilson, founder of the Vancouver-based clothing company, has agreed to sell half his stake to a private equity firm for $845 million. Wilson’s battle with his own firm followed a controversy over Lululemon’s see-through pants, which resulted in him suggesting that “some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” for the company’s clothes. Wilson resigned as Lululemon’s chairman a month later, while shares in the company have fallen markedly over the past year.

Jimmy Cournoyer

Having pleaded guilty to drug trafficking to avoid a life sentence in the United States, the marijuana kingpin of Quebec is now trying to bargain his way back home. In exchange for accepting a 30-year sentence instead of a 20-year term, Cournoyer wants an assurance he’ll be transferred to a Canadian prison. The 34-year-old was known for his glamorous lifestyle before he was arrested in Mexico and prosecuted for running a billion-dollar marijuana- and cocaine-smuggling operation. To support his case, Cournoyer’s lawyer is pointing to an assurance Ottawa offered in 2010 that it would look “favourably” on the transfer of Omar Khadr.

Edward Snowden

With U.S.-Russian relations at their lowest point since the Cold War, Moscow can still count on one American friend: Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor. Wanted by the United States for leaking secrets of its surveillance programs, Snowden has been given permission to stay in Russia for three more years, with allowances to travel abroad for short stints. Snowden’s lawyer says that while his client has residency, he hasn’t been granted political asylum, which would allow him to stay in Russia permanently.

Raudhatul Jannah

Ten years ago, a massive tsunami swept over Indonesia, washing a four-year-old girl away from her parents. Presumed to be among the 230,000 people who perished in the Boxing Day disaster, Jannah was reunited with her parents this week. After being swept away in 2004, Jannah was stranded on a remote island. She was rescued by a local fisherman and placed in the care of his mother. “This is a miracle from God,” said Jannah’s mother, Jamaliah.

Marilyn Hartman

Fourth time’s the charm for this 62-year-old California woman, who snuck onto a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles after being arrested three times for attempting a similar stunt at San Francisco International Airport. Hartman blended in with a family boarding a Southwest Airlines flight and made it to LAX—without a boarding pass. Her goal? “She wanted to go to Hawaii,” a sheriff’s spokesman told NBC, “where it was nice and warm.” In June, a 15-year-old made it to Maui as a stowaway on a flight from San Jose, Calif., in more dangerous conditions: in a wheel compartment.




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