Thursday 23 November 2017

Burglars steal TVs from prisoners

It would make a good gag for a comedy if it weren't true: thieves have broken into a Dutch prison to steal inmates' televisions.

Twice in the past six weeks, burglars broke into a low-security prison and stole TVs from cells while prisoners were on temporary release, a justice spokesman said.

Osmond son's death 'a suicide'

Coroner's officials said the death of Marie Osmond's son was a suicide and that drugs or alcohol did not play a role in his fall from a balcony.

Authorities suspected that Michael Bryan (18) killed himself by leaping from an eighth-storey balcony in Los Angeles in February.

Man threw away £100,000 win

A mail driver in England told how he threw away a £100,000 (€115,000) winning scratchcard because he misunderstood the rules of the game.

Cemal Celikkanat (38), from Dronfield, Sheffield, said he thought the three symbols had to be in a line to win. "When I found out I felt dizzy and dropped to my knees -- it was like being hit over the head," he said.

Debt sale probed by US watchdog

The Securities and Exchange Commission has taken action to halt an allegedly fraudulent scheme by two owners of a New York brokerage who sold debt in unregistered offerings and used the proceeds to hire strippers.

Timothy McGinn and David Smith, of McGinn, Smith & Co Inc, are accused of selling about $120m (€90m) in unregistered debt.

US teenagers prefer text to talk

A third of US teenagers with mobile phones send more than 100 texts a day, new research has found.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project found texting had risen dramatically since 2008, eclipsing mobile phone calls, social networking and talking face-to-face.

Chinese farmer's helpful robots

Wu Yulu (49), a farmer from near Beijing, has become a household name in China for his homemade robots.

Made from scrap materials, the more than 47 robots that he calls his children can pour tea, offer smokers a light and paint pictures.

Irish Independent

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