Saturday 17 March 2018

In brief: Air controllers sleeping on the job

The head of the US Federal Aviation Administration says an air traffic system official has resigned following disclosures that controllers have been sleeping on the job.

In a statement, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said "unprofessional conduct on the part of a few individuals" has caused the public to question the system.

Couple left on the fence over home

A couple in the UK say they face having to sell their home after losing a £20,000 (€22,667) legal battle with their neighbours over a strip of land five inches wide.

Ian Chisholm and his wife, Teresa, were taken to court because of a fence which they said was on their land in Devon.

Ten years knocked off 835-year term

Insurance swindler Sholam Weiss was not happy when a US judge decided to cut only 10 years from his 835-year prison sentence.

Weiss, who cost thousands of people their life savings, is asking to be freed and returned to Austria, where he was arrested after he fled Florida during his trial.

Animals rescued from filthy home

Dozens of animals have been removed from a US home, where officials say the waste was so deep the animals had to burrow through it to move around.

Animal welfare officers, in New York, took 16 cats, six dogs, 20 chicks and two geese from the house.

Beauty queen denies forgery

A former Miss Russia has been accused of using stolen prescription pads to obtain painkillers and other drugs from pharmacies in New York.

Anna Malova, who is facing drugs charges for a second time, pleaded not guilty.

Fraudulent army chief arrested

A Chinese man has been arrested for creating a fake US army unit and convincing immigrants that joining the squad would assure them citizenship.

Yupeng Deng (51) allegedly gave recruits military uniforms, had them parade in a Los Angeles suburb and took them to the decommissioned USS Midway aircraft carrier.

Irish Independent

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