In brief: Worker to deny slapping tot

AN EXECUTIVE with a US aircraft parts manufacturer is out of a job after being accused of slapping a crying toddler on a flight.

Daniel Keeney of DPK Public Relations confirmed that Joe Hundley (60) was no longer working for AGC Aerospace and Defence.

Hundley was charged with assault last week after he was accused of slapping a two-year-old boy on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight on February 8 and using a racial slur against the child. His lawyer has said he will plead not guilty.

Protests over high utility bills

THOUSANDS of Bulgarians protested against rising electricity and heating bills, resulting in police clashing with demonstrators throwing eggs and tomatoes at government buildings.

The violence occurred in the capital Sofia when riot police struggled to keep demonstrators away from public buildings. Similar rallies occurred in other cities across the country, with some temporarily blocking traffic on major highways.

Fire survivors mark tragedy

SURVIVORS of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and relatives of those killed huddled together in bitter cold at the Rhode Island site of the disaster to mark the 10th anniversary of the fire.

Some brought flowers and paid their respects at the hand-made crosses that dotted the site for each person who died.

The actual anniversary of the blaze is Wednesday.

The fire broke out when pyrotechnics for rock band Great White ignited flammable packing foam that had been installed in The Station club in West Warwick as soundproofing.

Kindness film scoops award

AN AUSTRALIAN film about a woman in need benefiting from the kindness of others has won top honours at the world's biggest short-film festival.

We've All Been There director Nicholas Clifford received the Tropfest first-place award from judging panellist and Avatar actor Sam Worthington, who said of the festival: "It's not about budget, it's not about box office, it's about pure entertainment."