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Baby and gran die in botched kidnap

Police in a Philadelphia suburb said a family friend hoped to kidnap a baby to get $50,000 (€38,600) from her software-engineer parents -- but instead killed the girl and her grandmother in a botched crime.

Police said 26-year-old Raghunandan Yandamuri led them to the body of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in the fitness centre of the King of Prussia apartment complex, where he and the victims lived.

Dog from Dulux ad faces extinction

THE Old English sheepdog has been put on a watchlist of endangered dogs over fears it could face extinction.

The breed, used in advertisements for Dulux paint for more than 50 years, had just 316 of its puppies registered this year, the Kennel Club said.

Man fired over fraudulent dime

A 68-YEAR-OLD Des Moines man fired from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage over a minor crime 50 years ago has stirred national interest in the US.

Richard Eggers was fired in July when a background review sparked by new federal rules for banks revealed a 1963 conviction for putting a cardboard cut-out of a dime in a laundromat's washing machine.

Tribute to rock legend Berry

Music legend Chuck Berry has been honoured with an award and tribute concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

The rock pioneer (86) has promised a comeback with six new songs, some written 16 years ago. Berry still performs monthly at a club in suburban St Louis.

'X Factor' judges kiss and make up

'X FACTOR' judges Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos held peace talks after he accused the N-Dubz star of having "fag-ash breath" in front of millions of viewers.

Barlow apologised for the remark he made on Saturday night's ITV1 programme as show insiders revealed the pair spent time alone in a dressing room discussing their spat after filming finished.

Voting dog proves system is barking

AN official with a Canadian political party raised questions about the integrity of the opposition's leadership race in his province after he was able to vote using his dog's name.

Jean-Paul Soucy said he registered his dog Pitou, or 'puppy' in English, to vote -- but was surprised when a voting package arrived in the mail for his dog.

Irish Independent