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Miss Universe, after a miscue

The Miss Universe contestant from the Philippines is this year's winner but for one brief moment Sunday evening, it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia.

Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as this year's Miss Universe winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize.

Harvey said that it was his mistake and that he would take responsibility for not reading the card correctly that named Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach this year's winner and Colombia the first runner-up.

A mystified Wurtzbach appeared stunned as she walked to the front of the stage alongside the crown-wearing Arevalo before last year's Miss Universe from Colombia removed the crown and placed it on Wurtzbach's head instead.

The competition started with women representing 80 countries between the ages of 19 and 27. - AP

Boat sinks; 3 dead, dozens missing

Rescuers on Sunday pulled out 39 survivors and three dead from a passenger boat that sank in central Indonesia after being buffeted by high waves, and battled bad weather to try to reach scores of others still missing.

The fiberglass ferry was on its way from Southeast Sulawesi province, crossing the Gulf of Bone to Siwa town, when it was overwhelmed by waves more than 10 feet high during stormy weather Saturday, said Roki Asikin, head of the search-and-rescue agency in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi.

The boat was carrying 110 passengers and 12 crew members, Asikin said. The search for 80 people still missing was called off at nightfall Sunday and will resume Monday morning. - AP

Voters choose to end term limits

Rwandans have voted overwhelmingly to lift constitutional restrictions to allow President Paul Kagame to run for more terms in office, said the head of Rwanda's electoral commission as he released provisional results Saturday.

More than 98 percent of voters in 30 districts voted to lift term limits for Kagame, Mbanda Kalisa said. "The final results will be released on Monday but this will not change much," Kalisa told journalists in Kigali.

Rwanda's political opposition criticized the referendum as undemocratic and the United States, a key Rwandan ally, has opposed Kagame's bid to stay in power. - AP

W. Bank violence continues

The Israeli military says a Palestinian tried to stab troops in the West Bank city of Hebron, before being shot with rubber bullets.

The army said Sunday that the Palestinian woman was arrested and evacuated for medical care. No soldiers were reported wounded. - AP