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In brief: Handcuffed man steals police car

A handcuffed man stole a police car in Indiana, then radioed officers to help him find the car's cigarette lighter and a key to unlock his hands.

Investigators are still looking for William Francis Blankenship (22). Police say he escaped from the back of the vehicle and fled after he was arrested on drug charges.

MI5: the spies who love gay workers

The British security service MI5 has been named on a list of the country's most gay-friendly employers.

MI5, which has not always welcomed gay employees because of a perceived fear they could be vulnerable to corruption, was ranked at number 62 in the top 100 list of Britain's best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.

Snow-bound town runs out of shovels

An Alaskan town already coping with nearly 15ft of snow has run out of shovels after being hit by a storm.

Cordova finally turned to a manufacturer for a special order. But it will be too late for the "couple more feet" of snow that fell accompanied by gusts to 55mph.

Now animals have Facebook friends

Social networks operate in the same way across all species, including humans, according to a 10-year study into the way animals behave.

Scientists found that the sharing of information through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook reflects the mechanisms animals have always used to gather information about their social environment.

Cupcake deemed a terrorist threat

Airport security officials confiscated a cupcake as a security risk from a woman flying from Las Vegas.

The Transport Safety Authority said the cake was packed in a jar filled with icing, which is considered a gel under rules on terrorists seeking to evade detection.

‘X Factor’ star to marry crimper

'X Factor' star Cher Lloyd has become engaged to her boyfriend less than a year after they got together.

The singer, whose debut single went straight to the top of the charts last year, will marry hairdresser Craig Monk.

Irish Independent