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Sunday 22 April 2018

In brief: Dog is town's only police officer

The police chief of a small New Mexico town has resigned, leaving it with just one certified force member -- a drug-sniffing dog.

Ernest "Chris" Armijo quit as police chief of Vaughn, a town of about 450, after it emerged he owed tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support payments in Texas. According to records, the only qualified member of the department is Nikka, a drug-sniffing dog.

Jab for pregnant women in the UK

Pregnant women are to be vaccinated against whooping cough in the UK after the biggest outbreak of the illness for two decades claimed the lives of 10 babies.

So far this year, 10 infants under the age of three months have died -- nine in England and one in Northern Ireland. There have been 4,791 confirmed cases between January and August -- four times more than the total figure for 2011.

Teenager survives deadly snake bite

A teenager is lucky to be alive after being bitten by the world's most venomous snake.

The 17-year-old walked into a hospital in the town of Kurri Kurri, north of Sydney, with a bite to his left hand. His friend was carrying a plastic tub containing the snake responsible. It was identified as the toxic inland taipan, famous for the strength of its venom -- one drop of which is enough to kill 100 adult men.

Man killed his sex-change bride

A British businessman has been jailed for 24 years for murdering his glamorous Russian bride -- after he discovered she used to be a man.

Chris Collier (40) battered wife Julia (35) before smothering her at the couple's apartment in Kusadasi, on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Driving ban for Arsenal's Santos

Arsenal defender Andre Santos was banned from driving for 12 months after admitting speeding at up to 200kmh in rush-hour traffic.

The 29-year-old failed to stop as he was pursued by police and wove between lanes on a busy motorway on August 17.

Australia 'finds' €260bn boost

Australians are suddenly a whole lot better off after the government statistician "found" A$325bn (€260bn) in share assets previously unrecognised.

The report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics included massive upward revisions to estimates for equity holdings.

Irish Independent

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