Saturday 21 October 2017

Fake cancer bride to be sentenced

SENTENCING has been set in New York for a US woman who admits faking cancer to con donors into paying for her wedding and Caribbean honeymoon.

Jessica Vega isn't likely to do prison time, but court officials say she'll have to repay $13,368 (€10,500) to her victims. She's been in jail since she pleaded guilty on April 25. Vega, in 2010, said she was dying of leukemia and wanted a "dream wedding" to Michael O'Connell, the father of her baby. They are now divorced.

DNA study to trace Bigfoot's origins

RESEARCHERS are planning to use new techniques to analyse DNA that could help crack the mystery of whether Bigfoot exists.

Scientists plan to focus on hair samples to determine the species it originated from. New genetic tests will be done on just a few strands and completed within weeks. Scientists should be able to tell how closely it is related to other species, including apes or humans.

No parachute for 2,400ft skydiver

A STUNTMAN has become the first person to jump out of a helicopter and land without using a parachute -- after plunging 2,400ft to earth.

Gary Connery (42) of Henley-on-Thames, used a special "wingsuit" to make the leap above the fields of Oxfordshire. The adrenaline junkie -- who has performed stunts in Hollywood films including 'Indiana Jones', 'Batman Begins' and 'The Beach' -- helped develop the suit, which enabled him to glide through the air after jumping from a helicopter and land on a "runway" of around 18,000 cardboard boxes.

'Top of the Pops' to make stage return

'TOP Of The Pops' is to make a stage comeback, six years after it was axed from TV.

The production, which organisers described as "a nostalgic interactive jukebox", will feature singers, dancers, a live band and footage from the BBC's vaults. The show, produced by the team behind the Michael Jackson musical 'Thriller -- Live', opens in Eastbourne in October.

Vitamin D linked to 'fatter children'

WOMEN who lack vitamin D when pregnant may end up with fatter children, a study has found.

Though leaner at birth, by the age of six they were 6pc to 8pc fatter than children whose mothers had a healthy intake of vitamin D. Women are recommended to take an additional 10 microgrammes per day of vitamin D while pregnant.

Irish Independent

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