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Tuesday 20 February 2018

In brief: Ohio breaks its execution record

The US state of Ohio yesterday executed a man for killing his girlfriend, setting a new state record for lethal injections carried out in a year.

Michael Benge (49) was the eighth person executed in the state this year. Ohio carried out its previous high of seven lethal injections in 2004.

Flying cash sparks money grab bid

Police say three bundles of money fell off the back of an armoured car yesterday near the centre of Indianapolis in the US. A car hit one of the bundles and sent bills blowing into the breeze.

Witnesses said about 10 people stormed through traffic to fill their arms with cash. Two others stopped to help collect the money and guard it until police arrived.

Cleaner dies on Disneyland ride

A cleaner at Disneyland Paris has died after a ride he was working on was accidentally turned on.

The 53-year-old was severely injured while working on the It's A Small World attraction and was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he later died.

Tarantula on the menu for teacher

Healthy school dinners may be all the rage but, for one headteacher in England, spider was the dish of the day.

Aydin Onac, headmaster of St Olave's Grammar School in Kent, munched his way through a tarantula in a bid to raise funds for a new sports and drama building.

Smoking chimp dies of old age

Charlie the smoking chimpanzee has died aged 52, apparently of old age.

He lived in a small zoo in Bloemfontein, South Africa where officials noticed about five years ago that visitors threw him cigarettes, and he was mimicking smokers.

Firemen rescue bear from tree

Firefighters in Bend, Oregon, had to carry out an unusual rescue -- saving a 300lb black bear unconscious 60ft up a tree.

Police say the bear was making mischief before it scrambled up the tree, where wildlife workers shot it with tranquillisers because of its size.

Irish Independent

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