Monday 23 October 2017

Crying over spilt whisky

A massive spill at a Chivas plant has sent the smell of spirits flowing through a Scottish sewer and sorrow coursing through the hearts of Scotch whisky fans.

Chivas Brothers Ltd spokeswoman Jennifer Stevenson says the group is investigating an "accidental loss" of spirit at the company's bottling plant in Dumbarton, Scotland. She declined to estimate how much whisky had been lost, saying only that it was less than the 18,000 litres mentioned in media reports.

Genocide jailing

A Dutch court has sentenced a Rwandan-born woman to six years and eight months in jail for inciting genocide two decades ago.

Judges said 66-year-old Yvonne Besabya, now a Dutch citizen, had stoked hatred against her ethnic Tutsi neighbours before Rwanda's 1994 genocide in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

Gay marriage battle

More than 200 congressional Democrats are urging the US Supreme Court to overturn a key provision of the federal law against gay marriage.

The lawmakers are asking the court to strike down Section 3 of the Defence of Marriage Act. The provision denies all federal benefits to same-sex couples.

Thruster slows rocket

SpaceX says it looks like an engine problem with its orbiting Dragon capsule has been fixed but its arrival at the International Space Station will be delayed. The private spacecraft ran into trouble with its thrusters shortly after lift-off yesterday.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the delay means that the unmanned Dragon won't get to the space station today. The vessel is packed with more than a tonne of supplies.

Shoot-out surrender

A self-described pimp has been arrested in Los Angeles, ending a manhunt that began after a shooting and spectacular fiery crash that killed three people on the Las Vegas strip a week ago.

Ammar Harris (26) surrendered to a team of police and government agents who found him inside a North Hollywood apartment. Harris, whose internet posts show him boasting of a high-rolling lifestyle with prostitutes, was the subject of the multi-state search after the attack at a neon-lit intersection.

Irish Independent

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