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Saturday 23 August 2014

Knox judge inquiry

Press Association

Published 04/02/2014 | 02:30

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The judge who announced the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for murder is facing allegations of impropriety.

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Members of the magistrate's governing body said they will request an inquiry into Florence Judge Alessandro Nencini for comments made to Italian media following last week's guilty verdict.

E COLI OUTBREAK HITS 11

The number of people affected by an outbreak of E Coli in Scotland linked to burgers eaten at a concert venue has increased to 11.

Investigators have linked the cases to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, an entertainment venue which opened last September. Last week the NHS said seven cases had been identified, but four more were confirmed yesterday.

CRASH ALERT SYSTEM

US officials plan to require car makers to equip new vehicles with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions.

A transponder would transmit the vehicle's position, heading, speed and other information 10 times per second.

Cars would receive the same information back from other vehicles. A vehicle's computer would alert the driver to an impending collision.

ASTHMA RISK OF SNIFFLES

Sniffles and sneezes during pregnancy could increase a mother's chances of her child having asthma, research has shown.

Scientists who studied 513 pregnant women and their 526 children found an association between viral infections suffered by pregnant mothers and childhood asthma risk.

KITTEN CRUELTY TRIAL

A 24-year-old man accused of injuring a kitten by throwing it against an apartment building, then uploading a video clip of the act on his Facebook profile is being prosecuted for animal cruelty, officials said.

If convicted during trial in Marseille, the Frenchman could face up to two years in prison and a €30,000 fine.

AWARD FOR BLONDIE

Music stars Blondie are to be given an honorary prize at this year's NME Awards.

The band, known for hits such as 'Hanging On The Telephone' and 'Heart Of Glass', will receive the Godlike Genius prize at the ceremony to be held at the O2 Academy in London later this month.

Blondie, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, will attend the event and are due to perform.

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