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Friday 17 November 2017

Aggressive owl

Park officials have warned of an aggressive owl believed to have attacked runners on a popular trail in Maryland.

At least three runners on the Capital Crescent Trail have reported being attacked by a large bird, which one said was a barred owl. The runners suffered scratches when the bird swooped on their heads from behind.

Park officials suggested making a noise as an owl approaches and tucking in any ponytails.

My two dads

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl who was born as a result of donor fertilisation and is embroiled in an "extraordinary" High Court case has been ordered to stay in touch with her two "fathers".

The teenager, who has been at the centre of litigation between her two fathers and two "mothers" for half her life, was represented by a lawyer at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London in a bid to persuade a judge she should be left to "reach her own conclusions".

But Mr Justice Cobb has ruled against the youngster and decided that it is in her best interests to have a "limited form of relationship" with her fathers.

Rebel with a tattoo

People with tattoos are more likely to be aggressive and rebellious than those without, a study has found.

Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University looked into whether the fact body art had become more mainstream in recent years had affected traditional stereotypes.

They found that tattooed individuals reported higher levels of verbal aggression, anger and rebelliousness.

Homeland hoax

Graffiti artists hired to work on the set of TV show 'Homeland' have duped the popular series, painting Arabic slogans criticising it on walls seen in the background.

In one episode set in Lebanon but filmed in Berlin, star Claire Danes can be seen walking by slogans including "Homeland' is racist".

Berlin graffiti artist Stone said that he and two friends were initially not going to take the job, but then decided instead to use it to express their opinions of 'Homeland'.

Political gamble

The stakes are running high on the Czech political scene in a bet between two rivals.

Miroslav Kalousek bet 10 million koruna (€370,000) that Finance Minister Andrej Babis's allegation that Mr Kalousek, his predecessor, was investigated by police over his 2008 decision to allow betting on the internet was not true. Mr Babis accepted the bet.

Irish Independent

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