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Earthquake strikes north of England

The north of England was last night struck by a small earthquake. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the tremor measured 3.6 on the Richter scale. It is the second to hit the region in less than a month.

Dr Aoife O Mongain from the BGS said the epicentre of the quake was 10km west of Ripon in North Yorkshire with a depth of 6km. But the tremor which struck at 9.02pm was felt as far afield as Cumbria. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Boy (10) held over mother's shooting

A 10-year-old boy is in custody in the US after telling a neighbour he had shot and killed his mother.

Ohio sheriff Tim Zimmerly says 46-year-old Deborah McVay was found dead in her living room on Sunday night in Big Prairie, near Cleveland. The boy is being held in juvenile detention until his court date.

Man survives ninth-floor leap

A man who jumped out of a ninth-floor window in New York survived yesterday after he landed in a giant heap of rubbish which had remained uncollected since the city's huge snowstorm a week ago.

Vangelis Kapatos (26) is in a critical but stable condition after jumping from his apartment in midtown Manhattan in an apparent suicide attempt.

Actor Arquette checks into rehab

Actor David Arquette, the estranged husband of former 'Friends' star Courteney Cox, has checked into rehab to deal with alcohol and depression issues.

Arquette (39) and Cox (46) announced in October that they were undergoing a trial separation after 11 years but still loved each other "deeply". The couple have one daughter.

Leg amputation for Zsa Zsa Gabor

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was admitted to hospital in Los Angeles over the weekend to undergo a partial amputation of her right leg, her husband said.

Gabor, believed to be 93 and in ill health since July when she broke her hip, has been infected by a lesion that turned gangrenous, according to husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt.

Irish Independent