Wednesday 17 January 2018

Five siblings drown

Five children and one adult died after a sport utility vehicle plunged into a rain-swollen creek in eastern Mississippi.

Police said the victims appear to have drowned after a Dodge Durango went off a county road 20 miles south-east of Philadelphia just after midnight yesterday. The children ranged in age from 18 months to nine years old.

SA quiet on Mandela

South Africa's presidency says it has no updates on the condition of former leader Nelson Mandela, who is convalescing at home after a hospital stay and is reported to be doing better.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj is reported as saying at the weekend that he has no new information on Mr Mandela (94), who was released from a hospital on Wednesday after a procedure to remove gallstones.

Stallone 'no copycat'

A federal judge has reaffirmed his decision to dismiss a lawsuit accusing actor Sylvester Stallone of copying someone else's screenplay to make his 2010 movie 'The Expendables'.

A judge in Manhattan rejected claims of copyright infringement damages by Marcus Webb, who said the movie's screenplay contained 20 "striking similarities" to his own 'The Cordoba Caper'.

Vultures target cars

Visitors to the Everglades National Park in Florida are getting tarps and bungee cords to make their vehicles less delectable to vultures.

Migrating vultures are ripping off windshield wipers, sunroof seals, and other rubber and vinyl parts. Park biologist Skip Snow told 'The Miami Herald' it wasn't clear why the birds were picking at parked cars and trucks.

Matt's 'fracking' film

The controversial topic of "fracking" has finally made its way to Hollywood in the new movie 'Promised Land', starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski.

The film explores the social impact of hydraulic fracturing drilling technique, or "fracking", which has sparked environmental and political battles over its impact on drinking water, US energy use and seismic activity.

Circus lawsuit settled

AN animal rights group will pay Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus $9.3m (€7m) to settle a lawsuit the circus filed after courts found that activists paid a former circus worker for his help in claiming the circus abused elephants.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it was not admitting any wrongdoing.

Irish Independent

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