Saturday 18 November 2017

In brief: 'Octomom' files for bankruptcy

The California mother of octuplets, dubbed 'Octomom', filed for bankruptcy on Monday, after previously admitting she was on public assistance.

Nadya Suleman (36) gave birth to eight babies as a single mother in 2009. But goodwill turned to anger in the media after it was revealed Ms Suleman had undergone fertility treatments when she already had six children.

Korean weddings cost €150,000

The Beatles may have sung "all you need is love," but in South Korea a couple wanting to get married also needs cash -- nearly $200,000 (€151,217).

The sky-high costs stem from a combination of cultural traditions that mandate expensive pre-wedding gifts between families.

Yodelling that's far from the Alps

The warble of Yodelling strikes a dissonant note in the middle of a Berlin district that is home to a thriving Turkish population and trendy bars.

But if you walk down the street from the kebab shops and anarchist graffiti scrawled on the pavement, you will catch the sounds usually heard in Swiss Alps -- a noise that grows louder when you enter Doreen Kutze's hairdressing salon.

Bomb-dogs sniff out snakes instead

Some bomb-sniffing dogs are turning their olfactory attention to a different scourge: Burmese pythons in Florida's Everglades National Park.

The dogs are members of 'EcoDogs', a three-year-old collaboration at Alabama's Auburn University between the science departments and the school's Canine Detection Research Institute.

Men arrested for Ohio bomb plot

Five men have been arrested over an alleged plot to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, Ohio, US authorities said.

The FBI said there was no danger because the explosive devices were inoperable. Three men were arrested yesterday on charges of conspiracy and trying to use explosives to damage property affecting interstate commerce.

Woman won't pay 35-year-old debt

A Massachusetts woman who got a bill for $73 (€55) from the state of New Jersey for a decades-old debt says she will not be paying it.

Alice Mainville got a letter recently telling her she owes New Jersey's Department of Labour $73 because it gave her too much money in an unemployment cheque 35 years ago.

Irish Independent

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