Monday 21 August 2017

In brief: Biological mum loses custody

A US state supreme court said a lower court was right to award custody of an eight-year-old girl to her non-biological mother in a lesbian custody case.

In a ruling, the Vermont Supreme Court upheld a 2009 order giving Janet Jenkins sole custody of Isabella Miller-Jenkins.

Tricycle tot can be sued says court

A girl can be sued over accusations she ran over an elderly woman with her training bicycle when she was four years old, a New York Supreme Court justice has ruled.

The ruling by King's County Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten stems from an incident in April 2009 when Juliet Breitman and Jacob Kohn, both aged four, struck an 87-year-old pedestrian, Claire Menagh, with their training bikes.

Vending machine sells mini artwork

An artist who wanted to make art more accessible has installed vending machines across Germany offering unique art miniatures in small boxes.

Lars Kaiser (35), from Potsdam, said he came up with the novel idea to give art lovers the chance to buy the inexpensive art samples from vending machines around the clock.

Internet conquers Mount Everest

A private telecom firm took high speed internet facilities to the top of the world this week when it launched Nepal's first 3G services at the base camp of Mount Everest.

The installation could help the tens of thousands of mountain climbers who visit the region in the Solukhumbu district every year.

Men find bombs on idyllic islands

Fishermen have found a dozen bombs, believed to be from World War Two, buried on the Galapagos Islands, a local government official said yesterday.

The bombs were found on Bartolome Island, one of the Galapagos group located about 600 miles off South America's northwestern coast.

Drugs from UK used in execution

Arizona executed a convicted murderer by lethal injection yesterday in a case that stirred controversy after it emerged that one of the drugs used to end the inmate's life was obtained in Britain.

Jeffrey Landrigan, convicted of the murder of Chester Dean Dyer in 1989, was pronounced dead at 10.26pm local time at a state prison in Florence.

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