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Thursday 19 October 2017

In brief: $5,000 cab fare for NY-LA trip

A New York City cab driver has racked up the fare of a lifetime.

Mohammed Alam is being paid $5,000 (€3,440) to drive a pair of friends to Los Angeles. The trio left last Saturday night and had reached Las Vegas by Thursday. The idea was hatched during a birthday celebration for Dan Wuebben of New York.

Litigant's bark worse than bite

A man in Mason, Ohio, charged with teasing a police dog by barking at it says a city law violates free speech.

The attorney for 25-year-old Ryan James Stephens says barking may not be seen as intelligent speech but is "still speech".

Alabama issues apology over rape

The Alabama Legislature has officially apologised to an elderly black woman who was raped nearly seven decades ago by a gang of white men as she walked home from church.

The Senate gave final approval to a resolution that expresses "deepest sympathy and deepest regrets" to Recy Taylor, now 91 and living in Florida.

Immigrant prison population on rise

US government auditors reported that about 55,000 immigrants were in federal prison last year.

The Government Accountability Office said that was about a 7pc increase from 51,000 in 2005.

Defence executive drops bombshell

The chairman of French defence company Safran hailed the arrival of the "weaker sex" on the company's board -- triggering accusations of sexism from France's best-known shareholder activist.

Francis Mer (71), chairman of the state-controlled firm whose engines power French nuclear missiles and the Rafale warplane, dropped the bombshell at a shareholder meeting on Thursday.

Court raises stink over traffic stop

The smell of marijuana smoke is no longer enough reason for police to order someone out of a car now that pot has been decriminalised in Massachusetts, the state's highest court said in a decision.

The ruling was in response to an appeal filed by lawyers for Benjamin Cruz from Boston, whom police ordered out of a car in 2009 when they approached the vehicle parked in front of a fire hydrant and smelled marijuana.

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