Friday 17 November 2017

Loose change man in disorder charge

A US man has been charged with disorderly conduct after paying for a disputed medical bill with 2,500 cents.

Police in Utah said that after asking staff whether they accepted cash, Jason West dumped the coins on the counter and demanded they count them.

Medical hypnosis gets wake-up call

Hypnosis treatments could be used on a range of medical conditions to save millions in costs, according to a group of experts.

The Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) believes the therapies help relieve pain and stress. But the group fears that non-medically trained hypnotists frequently lack the understanding of the diseases their patients have, so can cause real harm.

Police arrest 62 in exam-cheat probe

Chinese police have arrested 62 people for selling wireless headphones, two-way radios and other electronic devices to cheat in nationwide college entrance exams.

In a society where many people see connections as crucial to getting ahead, the entrance exam is defended as meritocratic, giving everybody a chance of attending university.

Woman wakes up with new accent

An American woman has developed an English accent following dental surgery.

Karen Butler (56), from Oregon, has been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome, a medical condition with only a few dozen documented cases. She said she cannot hear her own accent when she speaks, but can feel herself forming words differently.

Lady Gaga to show her pride in Rome

The US ambassador to Italy has said that Lady Gaga has accepted an invitation to participate in a gay pride parade in Rome's Circus Maximus -- the closing event of 2011 Euro Pride.

David Thorne said in a statement he is "very proud to have an Italian-American artist of her stature" come to the Italian capital.

Ban begins UN re-election drive

Ban Ki-moon formally asked the UN Security Council to support his candidacy for a second five-year term as UN secretary-general yesterday.

Mr Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, has already received assurances of support from the US and other key members of the UN.

Irish Independent

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