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Jacko father cash claim is opposed

Published 23/01/2010 | 05:00

Michael Jackson's estate is opposing a bid by the late singer's father to receive a monthly allowance of more than $15,000 a month from his son's estate.

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Filings lodged on behalf of Joe Jackson said he had little income and relied on his son's help. But his son's estate claims he has failed to show that his superstar son supported him while he was alive.

First 'prostidude' joins US brothel

A brothel in a Nevada desert town has hired the state's first male prostitute, a muscular college dropout who abandoned a brief stint as a porn actor in Los Angeles to become the only legal gigolo in the United States.

The Shady Lady Ranch successfully won state and county approval to clear the way for the 'prostidude' as Nevada's newest sex worker is already being called. Known as Markus, the 25-year-old described himself as a well-read college dropout and former US Marine.

Bugatti to make a splash at auction

A 1920s Bugatti salvaged from the depths of a Swiss lake is among the cars expected to sell for at least €15m at an auction in Paris that takes place tomorrow.

The 1925 Brescia Type-22 Roadster, which had French number plates, was abandoned by its owner in 1936, according to London-based auction house Bonhams. It had accrued import duties that may have been higher than the car's value. Their non-payment required that the vehicle be destroyed, and it was pushed into Lake Maggiore by Swiss customs officials.

Woman 'forced son to kill his pet'

A woman is in jail after police say she forced her 12-year-old son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer as punishment for bad grades.

The sheriff of the rural county of Meriwether in the US state of Georgia said on Thursday that the boy told his teacher about the killing. His 38-year-old mother, Lynn Middlebrooks Geter, faces charges of animal cruelty, child cruelty and battery after police were alerted.

Twitter feed is out of this world

In a hi-tech first, astronauts in space finally have Internet access. Space station resident Timothy Creamer has been working with flight controllers to establish internet access from his orbital post ever since he moved in last month.

On Friday, his effort paid off. He posted the first live tweet truly from space. "Hello Twitterverse!" he wrote.

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