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In brief: A painkiller to really swear by

SWEARING can provide effective relief from pain -- but not if people swear many times a day, researchers say.

Researchers at Keele University's School of Psychology in Britain found that swearing helped people cope with pain in the short term. However, the frequency of swearing played an important role in its effectiveness.

Woman gets wish as puppy is saved

ONE dog owner will be keeping a close eye on the turkey this Christmas after her puppy needed a two-hour operation to remove a wishbone from his throat.

Debbie Bird (42), from Billesley, Birmingham, was walking her Jack Russell terrier when 'Milo' spotted a discarded wrapper and gobbled up the contents.

Frantic search for savings left in suit

CHARITY workers are searching a warehouse of donated clothes in Iowa, US, after an elderly man said he accidentally left $13,000 (€6,200) in life savings in a suit he gave away.

The man, in his 80s, said he did not know exactly when he donated the suit but the money was for his wife's battle against cancer. A $1,000 reward is being offered for the return of the money.

Men charged over theft of dead lion

FOUR men have been charged with trying to steal the carcass of a lion that was one of many exotic animals set free by a suicidal owner.

The lion was among 48 loose wild animals that were killed by sheriff's deputies in Ohio last month after their owner had opened their cages, then killed himself.

Graveyard robber stole elite guitar

A CEMETERY worker in the US may spend up to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to stealing an electric guitar from a casket.

The cream-coloured Fender Telecaster was laid upon the body of its owner, Randall Jourdan in Wisconsin. The guitar was recovered from the suspect's home the next day.

Police stop bogus officer 'on patrol'

POLICE in Britain have arrested a man who they believe was pretending to be a policeman as he drove around in his car, displaying blue flashing lights.

The man (29) was stopped in Weston-Super-Mare, by two officers on patrol. As they spoke to the driver, the officers noticed items on the passenger seat, including handcuffs. The man was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

Irish Independent