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Saturday 24 March 2018

Gas kills four children

Four children have died and six people are in hospital after a poisonous gas was released when someone tried to wash away a pesticide sprayed under a Texas home.

One child died at the scene in Amarillo and three others died at a hospital.

Police said a visitor arrived to the house and found everyone ill before calling 911. Crews who responded to the 5am call originally thought it was carbon monoxide poisoning.

Dog dressing-down

An angry dog left three members of a family in hospital after one tried to put a sweater on it.

Police in Florida said the pit bull mix named Scarface bit a 52-year-old woman who was trying to dress him. Her husband was attacked while trying to pull the dog off of her.

The couple's 22-year-old son was also attacked while trying to stop the dog by stabbing it in the neck and head.

Fair wage, not dole

Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to €560, in a unique social experiment which is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment.

A two-year trial with the 2,000 randomly picked citizens who receive unemployment benefits kicked off on January 1.

The trial aims to discourage people's fears "of losing out something", said a spokesman, adding that the selected persons would continue to receive the money even after getting a job.

Deadly pile-up

A van and a pick-up collided and caught fire on a highway in eastern Thailand, killing 25 people.

The van lost control and crossed the median, colliding with the pick-up going in the opposite direction. Two people survived the crash.

Pilot passed out

An airline pilot is facing charges in Canada after he was found by his co-pilot passed out in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 before it was set to take off.

Calgary police say the gate crew as well as crewmembers on the aircraft reported Miroslav Gronych (37) had been behaving strangely ahead of the flight. The co-pilot later found the captain "slumped over in the seat" of the airliner.

The pilot was escorted from the plane and charged with having a blood-alcohol level above .08.

Irish Independent

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