Wednesday 17 January 2018

Gunman injures 17 in bar shooting

Seventeen people have been hurt -- two critically -- after a gunman fired into a crowded Alabama bar before shooting at people as they ran out.

Tuscaloosa Police chief Steve Anderson said the gunman, who has not been identified, did not set foot inside the bar during the incident, firing all of his shots from outside.

Man kills himself after jet theft fails

A SkyWest Airlines employee wanted in a murder case attempted to steal a passenger plane from a small southern Utah airport, then shot himself in the head after crashing the aircraft in a nearby parking lot, officials said yesterday.

Brian Hedglin (40) scaled a razor wire fence at the St George Municipal Airport, then boarded the 50-passenger SkyWest jet while the airport was closed. A police officer making rounds found the plane idling, boarded it and found Hedglin dead with a gunshot wound to his head.

Man charged over wife-rape plot

A US man has been charged with soliciting men to rape his wife through the "casual encounters" section of Craigslist.

The 32-year-old was arraigned on charges of solicitation of rape and burglary. Prosecutors said the man posted a classified ad posing as a woman who fantasised about being raped, and then exchanged emails with the men who responded to arrange the assaults.

Boy Scouts say no to gay merit badge

After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America yesterday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics.

A special committee formed by top Scout leaders in 2010 "came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts", the organisation's national spokesman, Deron Smith, said.

Michael's memory loss after illness

George Michael has revealed he has a five-week gap in his memory from when he was fighting for his life.

The singer, speaking at length about the battle with pneumonia which left his life in the balance, said it was "touch and go" for three weeks whether he was going to pull through. Michael (48) said he even had to learn to walk again as his muscles wasted away during his recovery from the illness late last year.

Irish Independent

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