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Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30
Brazil will win the World Cup, according to a study by a sport economist.
Dr Nicolas Scelles, of the University of Stirling in Scotland, analysed more than 2,800 international matches in the past three years and considered 18 different variables – including gross domestic product and population difference – before coming to his conclusion.
He also found that Scotland could have reached the knock-out stages of the competition had they – and not Croatia – qualified for the tournament.
IN THE DOGHOUSE
Surveillance tape monitoring the exterior of the residence captured Mayor Dennis Kneier leaving what was said to be a bag of dog faeces on a private walkway leading to his neighbour's home on Saturday evening, San Marino Police said.
A 31-year-old woman who posed for several months as a teenage student at a private high school in east Texas has pleaded guilty to failure to properly identify herself.
Charity Johnson, also convicted of giving false information, was sentenced to 85 days in jail, according to online court records.
GOING DOWN A BOMB
The mother of an 11-year-old boy has been arrested after her son brought a grenade to school for a show and tell related to the World War II.
Lisa Miguel of Stratford, Connecticut, in the US, was charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of an explosive.
Stratford Academy was placed on lockdown. Students were sent to the back of the school until a bomb squad determined the grenade was a simulator used for training.