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NYC smoke signals

NEW York City wants to ban sales of cigarettes to people under 21. The move, backed by mayor Michael Bloomberg, is aimed at reducing smoking in the age group where eight out of 10 people say they take up the habit.

A bill, introduced by the city council, would make New York the first US city to raise the age limit from 18. It already has the highest level of taxation on tobacco.

Fisher-men overboard

STATE laws in Washington must refer to fishermen as 'fishers' under new rules to ban gender specific words.

The end of a six-year campaign will also see a college freshman called a first-year student and penmanship becomes handwriting. Lawmakers have passed a series of bills to root out gender bias.

Play and vertigo

A MAN was rescued from a 10ft children's climbing frame after he dialled 999 saying he was lost, frozen and suffering from vertigo.

Emergency services scoured local parks before finding the 25-year-old in the playground at 4am. He was eventually persuaded to come down using the slide after negotiations with police and fire crews in Redruth, Cornwall.

Bikinis banned

BIKINIS and briefs are no longer welcome on some sands in the United Arab Emirates.

Authorities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate, have posted signs on public beaches warning of possible fines for revealing swimwear such as two-piece bikinis for women and brief trunks for men. Local families complained that they did not like sharing beaches with tourists who showed too much skin.

PSY's 18m hits

PSY continues to set records on YouTube as his new single Gentleman attracted 38 million views in a single day. The South Korean pop star's tally has now reached 200 million for the hit.

The latest landmark was reached on April 14 surpassing the single-day record of 30 million. PSY, 35, also holds the day-of-debut record of 18.5 million hits.

Kim baby kicks in

MODEL Kim Kardashian says she's gotten more used to pregnancy. "Now I think I'm past all the awkward phases and stages, and once you feel the baby kick it's a whole new experience," she said.

The 32-year-old, due to give birth in July, added: "I finally really embrace it. I love it now, but it took a minute. It was a lot, you know, a lot of body changes and stuff."

Irish Independent