Sunday 17 December 2017

Eiffel Tower evacuated

The Eiffel Tower was evacuated after an anonymous phone caller made a bomb threat.

Nearly 1,400 people were cleared from the tourist attraction, a police official said. No explosives were found. French authorities have stepped up anti-terror measures amid concern about threats over its military campaign against al-Qa'ida-linked fighters in Mali.

Ant and Dec top chart

TV hosts Ant and Dec were celebrating their first British number one single last night – 17 years after their chart career came to an end.

The duo prompted a download dash for their 1994 hit 'Let's Get Ready To Rhumble' after performing the track on their 'Saturday Night Takeaway' show. Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have vowed to donate the profits to Childline.

Teen gunman 'bullied'

A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a California high school wrote a story posted online about a bullied pupil who kills his former tormentors as an adult.

Investigators found the story by Bryan Oliver. Friends of Oliver say he was bullied by his classmates. Oliver has been charged as an adult over a shooting at Taft Union High School in January that left two people injured. He denies two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm.

Whiskey not in the jar

The former live-in caretaker of a Pennsylvania mansion is denying he drank 52 bottles of well-aged whiskey, saying it "evaporated" instead.

Owner Patricia Hill found the whiskey in a Georgian mansion she bought last year and says an expert valued it at $102,000 (€79,547). Police charged John Saunders (63) with stealing the whiskey, after his DNA was found on some empty bottles.

Shop ends racial slur

The owner of a historic cheese-steak shop in Philadelphia says he is changing its controversial name.

Chink's Steaks owner Joe Groh said he would change the name to Joe's Steaks & Soda Shop today. For years, civil rights groups have protested against the name because of its reference to a racial slur. The shop was named after founder Sam "Chink" Sherman.

Irish Independent

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