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Sunday 18 March 2018

Court orders block on file-share site

Britain's main music industry association says a judge has ordered internet service providers to block file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. The BPI says a High Court judge has told Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media to prevent access to the Swedish site.

Another provider, BT, has been given several weeks to consider its position.

Human fertility hopes from mice

Scientists studying mice have identified a gene which could boost human fertility. Experts say the discovery could help people struggling to conceive naturally.

A Durham University team working with scientists from Osaka University in Japan were studying fertility in mice when they discovered that the gene, which makes a protein called PDILT, enables sperm to bind to an egg. They found that when the gene was switched off in male mice, less than 3pc of females' eggs were fertilised compared to more than 80pc when the gene was left switched on.

Sioux tribes sue over alcohol woe

Beer companies are asking a judge to dismiss a $500m (€378m) lawsuit by an American Indian tribe that accuses them of knowingly contributing to alcohol-related problems on a South Dakota reservation.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe, which governs the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, alleges that four beer stores in the tiny Nebraska border town of Whiteclay sold to its members, knowing they would take it back to the reservation, where alcohol sales are not allowed. Whiteclay, population 11, sold the equivalent of 4.3 million cans of beer last year.

Cuts to jazzed-up Grammys upheld

A lawsuit filed against the Recording Academy over its decision to trim the Grammy Award categories, eliminating such categories as Latin jazz, has been dismissed.

The motion last week by New York State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing granted the Academy's motion to reject a lawsuit by Grammy-nominated jazz musician Bobby Sanabria and three others. Mr Sanabria called the cuts unfair, and even racist.

Chance to buy your own 'Tardis'

'Doctor Who' fans will have a chance to buy their very own Tardis after a police force announced it was selling 22 of its police boxes.

Lothian and Borders Police said the structures in Edinburgh had become "surplus to requirements".

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