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Saturday 20 September 2014

Dwarf boy steals again

Published 21/02/2014 | 02:30

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A 10-year-old Norwegian boy who took his parents' car for a joyride last week, claiming he was a dwarf who forgot his driver's licence, has hit the road again.

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This time he took off in the car of a relative the family was visiting and managed to drive about 30 km before stopping, local police said.

HOFFMAN WILL REVEALED

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died suddenly earlier this month of a suspected drug overdose, left the bulk of his estate to his long-term companion Marianne O'Donnell, according to a will filed in New York court.

Hoffman (46) who won a best actor Oscar for his role in the 2005 biographical film 'Capote,' was considered to be one of the finest actors of his generation.

DRIVERS' RISKY HABITS

Motorists' appetite for eating-and-driving – and even shaving at the wheel – is on the increase.

More than three in five drivers admitted eating at the wheel in the past year, a survey of 1,000 motorists by road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line showed. The survey also showed that in the last 12 months 5pc have shaved, combed hair or applied make-up in free-flowing traffic.

MAN SUES OVER MASH

A man who says he broke two teeth when he bit into some mashed potatoes is suing a restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

Roger Branstetter said there were bits of broken porcelain in the food in February 2012 when he cracked two molars, and he says a manager at the Outback Steakhouse admitted that bits of a broken plate had fallen into the potatoes. Mr Branstetter is suing for $48,000 (e33,000).

MUM BUYS RUDE SHIRTS

A mother upset about "indecent" T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick way to remove them: she bought them all.

Judy Cox was shopping in Orem, near Salt Lake City, when she saw the offending shirts featuring pictures of scantily dressed models in provocative poses. After being told the T-shirts could not be taken down Ms Cox bought the lot for $567 (e400). She plans to return them later.

BITCOIN BENEFACTOR

In what may be the first college donation of the new electronic currency, a Bitcoin entrepreneur has made a $10,000 virtual donation to a Washington arts college.

The University of Puget Sound said it had received a donation of 14.5 coins of the digital currency.

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