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Clarification: Cloverhill prison

In a Herald report on April 12 on the discovery of contraband -- mobile phones -- in a van belonging to a service contractor at Cloverhill prison, it was stated that "prison officers themselves have long been under suspicion".

We accept that only a tiny minority of officers have been under suspicion in this regard and are happy to make this clarification.

30 dead after trailer accident

State authorities said a truck trailer came loose and hit a passenger bus, killing at least 30 people and injuring 20 in the Mexcian Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

A government statement said the accident occurred on a winding stretch of highway near the town of Alamo in the northern part of the state.

The bus from the Butron line was headed early yesterday morning from Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz to the border state of Coahuila.

Escaped bears kill two staff

Police in northern Japan say a group of bears that escaped from their enclosure at a park have killed two people.

Police said that two female employees at the park near Kazuno City in Akita prefecture were believed to have been feeding the bears from outside the concrete fence before they escaped.

Their mangled bodies were found hours after a colleague escaped and called for help.

Hunters later shot and killed all six escaped bears.

Police believe the bears climbed over the fence by climbing onto high-piled snowdrifts. They are investigating the case as possible professional negligence causing death.

Rare penny sells for $1.15m

When is a penny worth $1.15m? When it is a rare experimental penny minted in 1792.

The unusual coin was auctioned off at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Centre in suburban Chicago.

Officials with Heritage Auctions say Kevin Lipton of Beverly Hills, California, bought the penny on behalf of a group of unnamed investors. The winning bid was $1m, but the investors also must pay the auction house's 15pc commission.