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Friday 18 April 2014

'Fresh Prince' star James Avery dies

JAMES Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law as the Honorable Philip Banks in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air', has died.

Mr Avery's publicist, Cynthia Snyder, did not immediately know the cause of death or where he died. He was 65.

Mr Avery played Will Smith's uncle on the popular TV series. His movie credits included 'Fletch', 'The Prince of Egypt' and '8 Million Ways to Die'.

WHEELCHAIR SMUGGLERS

Jamaican police foiled an attempt to smuggle marijuana through an island airport in wheelchairs. Two wheelchair-bound Jamaican men were arrested at Kingston's international airport as they tried to board a flight to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao.

When the first man was stopped for security screening, police found nearly 18lbs of pot stuffed inside the wheelchair seat. The other man in a wheelchair was stopped minutes later with four pounds of marijuana hidden in fibreglass compartments in his carry-on suitcase.

DUCK DEATH APOLOGY

A US politician has apologised after being quizzed by police for driving into a group of ducks outside a hotel, killing some.

New Hampshire representative David Campbell, of Nashua, says he accidentally ran over the ducks outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel. A witness called police to say he was feeding the ducks some biscuits when Mr Campbell drove by, hitting them. Mr Campbell left the scene before police arrived and was questioned later. He says he reported the encounter to the state Fish and Game Department.

'SELFIE' IS WORST WORD

"Selfie" and "twerking" top the annual list of annoying words compiled by a US university. The word "hashtag" and the term "Mr Mom" also feature.

"Selfie", a self-taken photo, often from a smartphone, led the way among the more than 2,000 nominations submitted to Lake Superior State University's 39th annual list of words. "Twerk" or "twerking", a sexually provocative way of dancing, came to prominence after Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Others words on the list include "Twittersphere", "Obamacare" and "intellectually/morally bankrupt".

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