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Monday 22 September 2014

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Published 05/07/2014 | 02:30

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A woman in Arkansas celebrated her 116th birthday with cake, a party and a new title - she's now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world.

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Gertrude Weaver spent her birthday at home at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Camden.

HIGHLANDS EARTHQUAKE

An earthquake has caused houses in an area of the Scottish Highlands to "rattle and shake".

The 2.9-magnitude tremor was recorded just outside Fort William at around 6.30pm on Thursday. The British Geological Survey (BGS) received around 200 reports of the incident from people in the town and surrounding areas. It is the strongest recent earthquake felt in the area, with the islands of Arran, Jura and Islay experiencing minor tremors in the last few weeks.

LETTER LATE THAN NEVER

A letter written by a US schoolteacher in 1931 to her mother 150 miles away has finally been delivered – 83 years later.

Twenty-three-year-old Miriam McMichael sent the nine-page letter from Houlton in Maine to Dollena McMichael in Pittsfield. Both women have since died. The letter was lost and only recently found at the Pittsfield post office. The postmaster and town officials tracked down the family, and the letter is now in the hands of Miriam's niece and Dollena's granddaughter.

YOGA FOR COOLER HEADS

In one of Chicago's most dangerous neighbourhoods, a small group is trying a new tactic to curb the violence: teaching yoga.

A non-profit organisation called I Grow Chicago is offering yoga classes on the street in Englewood. Teacher Tameka Lawson says yoga's meditative focus could help cooler heads prevail the next time violence or vengeance looms. The idea has also caught the attention of police. At least one officer has made Lawson's class part of an anti-violence programme for at-risk young people.

KAYAKING THIEF CAUGHT

Police used a boat to catch a burglary suspect who made his getaway in a kayak in southern Minnesota.

The 31-year-old man from Austin, Minnesota, was arrested as he tried to the kayak away from a restaurant with allegedly stolen items. Police got a fire department boat and, with a firefighter driving, were able to catch the kayaker. Authorities recovered cleaning supplies and lighters apparently taken from the restaurant.

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