Saturday 18 November 2017

$1.4m payout for wrong conviction

A MAN imprisoned in Texas for nearly two decades for killings he did not commit will be paid $1.4m (€972,000) compensation.

Anthony Graves was awarded payments of $80,000 (€55,000) for each of the 18 years he spent in prison. In 2006, a federal appeals court overturned Graves' conviction in the 1992 killing of a grandmother and five children and ordered a new trial. He was later declared innocent.

Agoraphobic 'too scared for trial'

AN agoraphobic who made so much in benefits that he ran an illegal loans business has escaped trial because he is scared to leave his house.

Colin Watson (62), of Ripley Court in Middlesbrough, England, set himself up as a money lender using £86,000 (€96,000) paid to him by the taxpayer over six years. Prosecutors at Teesside Crown Court abandoned their case as they could find no practical way to hold a trial.

Reebok rapped for oxygen claim

SPORTSWEAR firm Reebok has been censured for claiming its clothing can increase oxygen levels.

The company claimed its ZigTech Apparel increased oxygen levels by an average 7pc. But the Advertising Standards Authority said the claims, made in a leaflet which featured Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, are not supported by evidence.

Clooney splits with girlfriend

HOLLYWOOD leading man George Clooney (50) has split with his Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis (32) after a two-year romance, according to a statement issued by Clooney's publicist yesterday.

"We are not together anymore. It's very difficult and very personal and we hope everyone can respect our privacy," said

the statement.

Man (19) on police hacking charge

Ryan Cleary, the 19-year-old British teenager arrested on Monday on suspicion of online hacking, has been charged with attacking the website for Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

The charges follow a UK police investigation of cyber-attacks related to WikiLeaks.

Airline to fly on cooking oil fuel

DUTCH airline KLM plans to use recycled cooking oil to power flights to and from France.

The flights are intended to help reduce KLM's carbon emissions.

Irish Independent

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