Wednesday 21 March 2018

Boy (3) kills father in gun accident

Police say a three-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his father after finding the man's loaded handgun in a southern Indiana home.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Jerry Goodin said the Martinsville man (33) had brought his gun with him on Friday to a home he was renovating in Salem. Sgt Goodin said the man, his wife, their three children and a juvenile relative were at the home when the boy found the gun and it accidentally discharged, fatally wounding the man.

Alaska town has a 'fat cat' in power

The mayor of a sleepy US town is feline fine. Part-Manx cat Stubbs clawed his way on to the political scene of Talkeetna, Alaska, through a write-in campaign shortly after he was born 15 years ago.

KTUU-TV reported residents didn't like the mayoral candidates years ago, so they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs, whose position is honourary. He draws hundreds of tourists.

Star has lump in his throat for song

Mongolian throat singing is not a regular on radio playlists but its grunts and squawks got an airing on 'Desert Island Discs' courtesy of 'Rev' star Simon McBurney.

The actor and theatre director, who plays the creepy Archdeacon Robert in the BBC sitcom, picked the unusual track for the latest edition of the Radio 4 show.

Throat singer Veronika Oucholin's track 'I Light The Fire' is meant to reflect the sounds of Arctic Mongolia.

TV viewing affects childhood fitness

Toddlers' television-viewing habits have a direct impact on their fitness in later childhood, a study has shown.

Each hour per week of television watched by a two-year-old corresponded to a reduced level of long jump performance by the age of eight to 10, researchers found.

Every extra hour of weekly television between the ages of two and four led to almost half a millimetre increase in waist circumference.

Man finds stolen car after 42 years

A US man whose prized sports car was stolen 42 years ago recovered the vehicle after spotting it on eBay. Robert Russell told the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department that he had never given up searching for the 1967 Austin Healy after it was stolen from his home in 1970.

Mr Russell matched the vehicle identification number on the website with the one on the car's title certificate. After working with police, the department told Mr Russell he could pick up his car.

Irish Independent

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