Monday 18 December 2017

No guns with burgers

An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, taking a stand against a new state law allowing the practice in many public places.

The announcement comes one month after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill that made it legal to carry handguns openly on the streets. But the law, which takes effect in January, gives private property owners the right to prohibit open carrying.

Whataburger has 780 locations in 10 states. Its CEO, Preston Atkinson, said in an open letter on the company's website that the chain recognises that many employees and customers are uncomfortable around visible firearms.

Baby 'offered for sale'

Police are looking for a man who reportedly tried to sell a baby in a shopping arcade.

A man with a baby in a pram approached a member of the public in Barton Arcade, Manchester, and allegedly offered to trade the child. Police have released an image of the man and are attempting to trace him.

Sergeant David Henshall said: "This is extremely unusual and at this time we are trying to establish the full circumstances of the situation, but most importantly check on the welfare of the child."

Deadly sugar warning

Sugary foods and drinks should carry cigarette-style warning pictures to highlight the risk of the products rotting children's teeth, according to a senior dental surgeon in Britain.

Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the Royal College of Surgeons' dental faculty, said there was a crisis in the number of children who need to have decayed teeth removed.

He said: "Almost 26,000 general anaesthetics are being given to five to nine-year-old children every year to have teeth out now."

Eight die in home fire

A FIRE swept through a nursing home outside Spain's northeastern city of Zaragoza, killing eight elderly residents and injuring 12 other people.

At least 11 residents of the Santa Fe home and one of its caretakers were hospitalised. Officials said the cause of the fire was being investigated.

The fire department had received a phone call from a person asking for help in evacuating elderly people, who said a mattress had caught on fire.

Irish Independent

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