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Saturday 30 August 2014

Boy's best birthday

Published 11/03/2014 | 02:30

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A Michigan boy who said he did not want an 11th birthday party because he had no friends is savouring a celebration he will never forget.

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Colin was guest of honour at a surprise bash on the set of ABC's 'Good Morning America' in New York. Colin has a condition similar to Asperger's syndrome. His mother created a "Happy Birthday, Colin" Facebook page that had more than two million "likes".

DECODING BACTERIA

Insights into how bacteria "talk" to each other could help scientists halt our growing resistance to antibiotics.

A study has revealed that bacteria use a form of communication similar to human language, but using chemical signals. Researchers at Edinburgh University hope that by interpreting it they can develop drugs to fight infection.

COOKING UP LATE FEES

More than two decades after a cookbook was first checked out, it has just been returned.

'The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World's Most Healthful Foods' was placed in a Lawrence Public Library in Kansas return box this week. It was checked out on September 24, 1992.

SKYDIVER'S AMBITION

A skydiver who was injured when a small plane crashed into him in Florida says he will jump again as soon as he feels safe.

John Frost (49) said he was sore and had some bruises after his parachute got entangled with an aircraft. The collision happened about 75ft above the ground.

MAYOR'S TIME BLUNDER

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is being mocked on Twitter after mistakenly tweeting that people should set their clocks an hour back instead of forward for daylight savings time.

"Rob Ford: the mayor who won't even follow the dimensional rules of time," Toronto sports writer Bruce Arthur tweeted. Mr Ford last year admitted he had smoked crack cocaine.

ANGER AT PIZZA OFFER

Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a Pennsylvania community near a natural gas well that exploded last month and killed a worker.

News stories spread the word about the Chevron Corp offer. But several people noted the offer was to apologise for traffic after the fire, not to downplay the loss of life. (PA)

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