Tuesday 20 March 2018

Death row woman gets life sentence

One of 10 women on death row in Texas has won an appeal that will result in a life sentence after her lawyer argued evidence was improperly withheld from her original hearing.

Chelsea Richardson (27), was convicted of masterminding the 2003 murders of her boyfriend's parents so he could inherit their $1.56m (€1.13m) estate.

Putin claims boy is 'seven billionth'

RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has hailed a two-day-old Russian boy as the world's seven billionth person, weighing into a bizarre scramble to claim a title that is almost impossible to verify.

Pyotr Nikolayev was born on October 31, two minutes after midnight in Kaliningrad.

Car dealer wins €7.5m for slander

The owner of an Alabama car dealership derided as 'Taliban Toyota' by a competitor has been awarded $7.5m (€5.4m) in damages for slander.

Iranian-born Shawn Esfahani, owner of Eastern Shore Toyota in Daphne, Alabama, sought damages from Bob Tyler Toyota, claiming employees at that dealership falsely portrayed him as an Islamist militant.

Shopper finds €2,000 in bag

A butcher shop employee in the German town of Braunschweig inadvertently handed a customer a bag containing more than €2,000.

The 79-year-old pensioner paid €5 for her package of cold cuts and veal steaks but was surprised to find more than she bargained for when she opened the package at home.

French sailor is saved by phone

French sailing star Florence Arthaud fell off her boat during a toilet break but rescuers whisked her from Mediterranean waters after she called her mother by mobile phone.

Ms Arthaud was located and rescued near the island of Corsica thanks to a headlamp and the GPS system on her phone.

Coast guard keeps watch on whales

The US Coast Guard is monitoring the waters off Santa Cruz, where a pod of whales has settled unusually close to shore, drawing crowds and threatening the safety of boaters trying to get a closer look at the creatures.

The humpback whales have come about a mile from land in search of food. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary said no one had been hurt so far.

Irish Independent

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