Saturday 20 January 2018

While you were sleeping – the stories you missed overnight

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We take a look at the stories that broke overnight – as well as this morning’s newspapers.

An Oregon woman who killed one woman and injured at least 35 pedestrians when she plowed her car into crowds on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk on Sunday evening was driving with her license suspended, authorities said.

Lakeisha N. Holloway, 24, who was homeless and living in her sedan with her toddler, gave herself up to officers a short distance from the scene of the carnage. She parked her car and told a valet to call 911, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo told a news conference.

Surveillance video from the scene supports the police assertion that Holloway drove into pedestrians as "an intentional act," Lombardo said.

Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage has agreed to turn over a rare stolen dinosaur skull he bought for $276,000 to U.S. authorities so it can be returned to the Mongolian government.

The office of Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, filed a civil forfeiture complaint last week to take possession of the Tyrannosaurus bataar skull, which will be repatriated to Mongolia.

The lawsuit did not specifically name Cage as the owner, but Cage's publicist confirmed that the actor bought the skull in March 2007 from a Beverly Hills gallery, I.M. Chait.

The "National Treasure" actor is not accused of wrongdoing, and authorities said he voluntarily agreed to turn over the skull after learning of the circumstances.


SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last summer.

Then in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-storey leftover booster back on Earth safely.

It was the first time an unmanned rocket returned to land vertically at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and represented a tremendous success for SpaceX.

READ MORE: Space travel comes a step closer after billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX launches 15 storey rocket and successfully lands it again  


The Irish Independent leads with the news that Sinn Fein Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has now backed tax cheat Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy as a ‘good republican’.

Her backing comes after her party leader Gerry Adams yesterday said he was under no obligation to swallow the ‘baggage’ of the State.

In an interview with LMFM, he openly questioned the DPP Claire Loftus over her decision to refer the case to the Special Criminal Court, instead of a jury trial.

The Irish Times reports on new minimum standards for apartments being introduced by Environment Minister Alan Kelly.

It would increase the number of units which can be served by the same lift and reduce the minimum size to 40sqm.

However critics have branded plan ‘anti-urban’.

The Irish Examiner reports that domestic violence becomes more frequent in the run up to Christmas.

The paper says the extra stress of Christmas triggers more frequent abuse.

Meanwhile the Herald reports that gangland target Michael Frazer is back in Dublin – despite at least five previous attempts on his life.

He is reported to be back in the capital to spend Christmas with his family.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with an interview with the Irish survivors of the Bataclan massacre.

The Irish Daily Star leads with an interview with a woman told by murderer Graham Dwyer that he wanted to have sex with her and cut her throat.

Darci Day told the paper that she is praying for the killer, and that she forgives him.

The Irish Sun reports that Newstalk are preparing to axe the Pat Kenny Show.

The legendary broadcaster left RTE for the independent station in 2013 and despite hufge investment by the station, his show is still pulling in 194,000 fewer listeners than the Sean O’Rourke show.

The paper reports that the final decision will be made after the election.

Finally the Irish Mirror reports that the Irish survivors of the Paris Bataclan massacre have got engaged.

David Nolan proposed to Katie Healy over the weekend.

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