Thursday 21 September 2017

In brief: Blessed windfall

A church in York has received a £100,000 (€120,000) windfall, after a court ruled it could keep a bin-bag full of cash left on a doorstep.

Detectives thought it might be the proceeds of crime but found no evidence and the money has now been awarded to St Thomas with St Maurice, which owns the property where the cash was found in Haxby Road in August.

WASHINGTON RIDES AGAIN

George Washington has made his annual Christmas Day ride across the Delaware River.

Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. The 61st re-enactment of it was staged this week.

AIRPORT ARREST UPHELD

A former college student who sued federal agents for detaining him for hours at an airport after he was found with Arabic language flashcards that included the words "bomb" and "terrorist" has had his lawsuit rejected by a US appeals court.

Nicholas George sought to sue three Transportation Security Administration agents and two FBI agents. A district judge rejected the agents' assertion of immunity, but the Third US Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling in a decision issued on Tuesday.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 (€219,000) in cold, hard cash.

Now, Mr Gamboa is winning honours for honesty after turning in the money he found. The money was returned to an unidentified poker player. Yellow Checker Star Transportation named Mr Gamboa its driver of the year and rewarded him with $1,000 and a dinner for two at a restaurant.

DIFFICULT DIVA

Singer Rebecca Ferguson said she has a reputation for being difficult because she likes to work with people who care about her opinion, rather than just pleasing record company bosses.

"I want to work with people who think about what I want, and want me to be happy and want my opinion. That's got me a reputation for being difficult, and people don't like working with difficult people."

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