Thursday 22 March 2018

€3,200 download A holidaymaker ran up a phone bill of more than £2,600 (€3,200) after downloading a Neil Diamond album while abroad. Katie Bryan was at a party with her boyfriend's family in South Africa when she downloaded the album from iTunes on to her phone.

When she returned to the UK, she reportedly found her carrier Orange had billed her £2,609.31 for the download.


THE Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service yesterday for revealing the American government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

The Pulitzer for breaking news was awarded to The Boston Globe for its coverage of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.


A New York City man claims a credit reporting agency falsely reported that he had no financial history because his first name was God.

God Gazarov (26), a Russian native from Brooklyn, said in a lawsuit that Equifax refused to correct its system to recognise his name as legitimate. He said an Equifax representative even suggested that he change his name.


A sewage treatment plant near Seattle is advertising itself as a wedding venue.

The Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Centre says on Facebook that it has a full catering kitchen, audio-video equipment, a dance floor and ample parking. Receptions would take place just steps away from where raw sewage is processed.


An Ohio man ordered to wear a sign declaring he is a bully said "the judge destroyed me".

Edmond Aviv (62) endured honking car horns as he wore the sign in South Euclid, Ohio, it was reported. Aviv pleaded no contest to charges of bullying a woman and her disabled children.

Judge Gayle Williams-Byers deliberately worded the sign as: "I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself."

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