Wednesday 21 March 2018

In brief: Cheerleader pays less for rape claim

An appeals court has ordered a lower court to recalculate how much a former Texas high school cheerleader should pay in legal fees to the school district that punished her for refusing to cheer for a basketball player she claimed raped her.

The court found that one of the four claims she made was not frivolous. The former cheerleader had been ordered to pay nearly €28,500.

Auction goes with a bang -- almost

A wartime shell bought unwittingly at an auction has been detonated in a controlled explosion. The device was discovered by a man at his home in Carlisle, Cumbria.

An army explosive team carried out the controlled explosion.

Musicians hear better in old age

Lifelong musicians experience less hearing problems in old age than non-musicians, a study has said.

Continuous playing of an instrument from the age of 16 helps lessen what the study called the common "cocktail party problem", where older people find it difficult to pick up speech when there is background noise.

Iranian state TV bans love stories

Iran's state television has banned programmes featuring love stories or shirtless men.

Many Iranians are able to see foreign shows via satellite and some clerics also complain about programmes that show men and women working together.

Amish men jailed for buggy fines

Nine Amish men who refused to display an orange reflective triangle on their horse-drawn buggies have been jailed in Kentucky for not paying fines.

The men said the triangles violate their modesty code due to their bright colour.

Roald Dahl's hut to be preserved

The hut in which Roald Dahl wrote his magical tales is to be preserved.

His family is aiming to raise half a million pounds to move the interior of the hut to the Roald Dahl Museum, to stop the decay, which has left it in imminent danger of falling apart.

Irish Independent

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