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In brief: Gunman shot 21 times survives

Published 10/08/2010 | 05:00

A gunman survived being hit by at least 21 police bullets after a shoot-out in New York.

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Angel Alvarez (23) shot another man before being hit by a hail of fire from officers. Forensic experts said he had probably set some kind of record.

Lennon's killer to apply for parole

John Lennon's killer will apply for parole for the sixth time this week.

Mark David Chapman, who has served nearly 30 years in jail, is due to appear before a parole board at Attica Prison in New York state. Parole officials identify only the week, not the day, the hearing will take place. They are expected to release their decision the day after the hearing and a transcript about a week later.

OAP tries to shed light on spider

A pensioner is trying to find out if one of the world's deadliest spiders lives in his garden shed.

Amateur wildlife cameraman Les Fryer (71) filmed what resembles a highly poisonous funnel-web spider -- which has never been found in Britain -- outside his home in Gloucestershire, according to website thisisgloucestershire.co.uk. His footage shows the black spider, native to Australia, with distinctive white stripes on its upper legs preying on a hummingbird hawk moth.

Guests die after groom opens fire

A groom killed his father and two aunts after opening fire into the air with an automatic weapon to celebrate his wedding in Turkey.

It's believed that eight other relatives were injured when the groom lost control of the weapon and accidentally aimed at guests during the celebration in the south-eastern province of Gaziantep. He was arrested.

Crash course in rude awakening

A man asleep on the couch with his dog had an abrupt awakening when a twin-engine plane crashed into his house in Bell Township, Pennsylvania, the US.

Westmoreland County spokesman Dan Stevens said two people on board the plane died in the crash.

'Hud' star Neal loses cancer fight

Patricia Neal, the willowy, husky-voiced actress who won an Academy Award for 1963 film 'Hud' and then survived several strokes to continue acting, has died at 84.

Neal, who had lung cancer, died at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts, the US.

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