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Toddler peak push

London, Aug. 13 (AFP): A two-year-old toddler has stormed to the top of England’s tallest mountain Scafell Pike, a newspaper said today.

Elisha Smith, from York in northern England, is believed to be the youngest person ever to scale the 978 metre high summit, the Daily Mail reported. Elisha’s parents had expected to carry her up the mountain in the picturesque lake district in the northwest. But the biscuit-fuelled toddler left them stunned as she charged up the peak.

Now her parents have set their sights on a place in the Guinness Book of Records by taking her to conquer Snowdon, Wales’ biggest mountain and Scotland’s 1,344 metre high Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest peak, before her third birthday. “We decided to go at her pace and take the most direct route up,” proud father Shane Smith said. “We had lots of chocolate biscuits with us, and they kept her happy. We had about five breaks but the climb didn’t bother Elisha at all.”

Paula probe

Los Angeles (Reuters): A probe by the Fox television network has found no evidence to support claims by a former contestant on the hit television talent show American Idol, that he had had a sexual affair with judge Paula Abdul. The investigation also found that Abdul had not given Corey Clark any special help with his songs, wardrobe or any related matters, Fox said.

Ellen’s Emmy excuse

Los Angeles (Reuters): Television talk show star Ellen DeGeneres has been picked to host the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards, US TV’s top honours, reprising her widely praised performance in 2001 following the September 11 attacks. “You know me, any excuse to put on a dress,” DeGeneres joked in a statement from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which puts on the show. She currently hosts the award-winning Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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