Sunday 18 March 2018

'Matlock' star dies at coastal home

Andy Griffith, who made homespun wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in 'The Andy Griffith Show' and the rumpled defence lawyer in Matlock, died yesterday aged 86.

Griffith died at his coastal home in Manteo, North Carolina. He had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000.

Def Leppard to record old hits

Rock band Def Leppard have gone back to the recording studio to remake some of their best known songs from scratch, in a bid to wrestle control of their back catalogue away from their record label.

The band intend to create "brand new, exact same" versions of their songs, previously released by Universal Music Group, after a dispute with the label over royalties for downloads.

Truck-bomb kills 40 near mosque

A bomb in a small truck exploded in a market in the Iraqi city of Diwaniya yesterday, killing 40 people.

The bombing was near a Shi'ite mosque where pilgrims gather on their way to Kerbala to celebrate the birthday of one of the most important imams, al-Mahdi, this week. Police sources said 75 people had been wounded.

RAF duo missing after jet crash

Hopes are fading for two British airmen missing after two Tornado jets crashed off the north coast of Scotland yesterday.

Four personnel from RAF Lossiemouth were involved in the incident. A rescue helicopter picked up two survivors who were taken to hospital in Inverness.

Wogan in trouble for Concordia joke

Terry Wogan was yesterday reprimanded by the BBC Trust for breaching broadcasting guidelines by making a joke about the Costa Concordia tragedy.

The veteran radio star made the comments after the cruise ship ran aground in January. After playing disco track 'Rock The Boat' he joked about the ship's captain and wanting to be the first in the lifeboat if the BBC went down.

School puts itself on eBay for funds

A cash-strapped high school near Philadelphia hopes to raise money by auctioning itself on eBay.

The starting bid of just under $600,000 (€475,000) for The Learning Centre is designed to offset budget cuts. A tongue-in-cheek listing describes the students as "pre-owned" and "slightly used".

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