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In Brief: Burial fury over Boston bomber

The dispute over where to bury suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev escalated as a police chief urged someone to step forward with a cemetery plot.

"We are not barbarians. We bury the dead," said Worcester police chief Gary Gemme. It came a day after he said that a deal struck to bury the 26-year-old's remains at a state prison site had broken down, with state officials no longer offering co-operation.

 

More jailed for dodging fines

The number of people sent to prison for failing to pay fines rose by 10pc last year.

Some 8,304 individuals were imprisoned in 2012 for not paying court-ordered fines – up from 7,514 the year before.

New figures from the Prison Service showed this represented a large portion of the total number of people sent to jail throughout the year, which stood at 13,860.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said it was disappointing to see so many people jailed for minor offences such as dodging fines.

 

Flynn's ex back with his family

THE ex-husband of former TD Beverly Flynn has been reunited with his family after being out of contact for 16 years.

John Cooper attended the funeral of his brother Peter after a public appeal by the family for him to get back in touch.

Mr Cooper was married to the former Fianna Fail TD but split from her in 1997 and had not been heard from since by his family in London.

There were emotional scenes at the Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium in Bromley as they were reunited.

 

Harpoon hits wife in mouth

A 28-year-old Brazilian woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot in the mouth with a harpoon.

The Rio de Janeiro health department said the woman's husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine.

Neurosurgeon Allan da Costa said the harpoon came within one centimetre of killing the woman.

He said he expects a full recovery.


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