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D'oh! Homer wins favourite film dad

FECKLESS family man Homer Simpson has topped a poll of favourite film dads.

The cartoon star, voiced by Dan Castellaneta and star of 'The Simpsons Movie', was also named most embarrassing dad, funniest film dad and best role model dad in Empire Cinemas' 'Fathers In Film Awards', which polled more than 2,000 film fans.

Screaming pilot is fit to stand trial

A JUDGE says a JetBlue pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about terrorists is mentally competent to stand trial.

Clayton F Osbon was indicted in April on a charge of interfering with flight crew after an incident on a plane in March, where he allegedly ran through the cabin yelling about Jesus and al-Qa'ida before passengers wrestled him to the floor and the plane made an emergency landing.

Poisonous snakes cause bus havoc

SIX poisonous snakes escaped from a bag and slithered across the floor of a bus in Quang Nam province in Vietnam, sparking screams and a hurried evacuation, but nobody was bitten.

A police officer -- who spoke on condition of anonymity -- said somebody had put the bag on the bus and paid the driver to transport it. Snakes are a delicacy in some Vietnamese restaurants.

Bin Laden son in World Cup venture

ONE of Osama bin Laden's sons is bidding for a share of the infrastructure projects to be built in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

Omar bin Laden, who rejected his father's lifestyle as a teenager, hopes that Qatar Bin Laden Group, the company he founded two years ago, will win several contracts in a joint venture with a Spanish firm, Coprosa.

He has criticised the "arbitrary" killing in May 2011 of his father by US forces, arguing that he should have been tried in court. The Bin Ladens, one of Saudi Arabia's wealthiest families, made their fortune in construction. The family business, the Saudi Binladin Group, is now run by Osama's brother, Bakr.

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'Kindness' author shot self in PR bid

A MAN who claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting while writing a book called 'Kindness of America' has confessed to shooting himself, authorities have said.

Ray Dolin had said he was travelling through Montana when he was shot in the arm by a passing driver, but he has now acknowledged that he shot himself. Authorities believe he did so as an act of self-promotion.

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