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'Falling' bear is killed on road

A black bear made famous by an internet photo of it falling from a tree after being tranquillised has been killed after being hit by two cars in Colorado.

The 280-pound bear, which was tagged and relocated to the mountains about 50 miles from the city of Boulder, was killed on Thursday morning, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said.

The bear was not injured in the fall but returned to the city and was killed about two miles from where he was pictured falling out of the tree, having crossed greenbelts in search of food.

Clooney's $12m goes to Obama

A dinner at George Clooney's California home is expected to make $12m for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

The attendance list is being kept secret, but actors, studio executives and film moguls will be among the 150 guests.

Tickets sold for $40,000 each, raising $6m, and an online raffle offered regular voters a chance of a seat at the table on May 10.

Clooney has been a strong supporter of Mr Obama since 2006.

Divorced Demi changes name

Demi Moore is no longer (at)mrskutcher, in real life or on Twitter. The 49-year-old actress has changed her Twitter name to (at)justdemi.

Moore and Ashton Kutcher, who often used the micro-blogging site to post pictures of themselves and proclaim their love for one another, announced the end of their marriage in November.

Moore has nearly five million Twitter followers.

Asians hit by

eyesight crisis

Staying indoors, poring over books and "intense" levels of education have been blamed for an epidemic of short-sightedness sweeping across eastern Asia.

Myopia, or short-sightedness, now affects between 80pc and 90pc of school-leavers in the major cities of countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, say experts.

Between 10pc and 20pc of sufferers are said to have "high" myopia, which can lead to loss of vision and even blindness.