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In brief: Pepperoni passion saves woman's life

An elderly woman's love of pizza may have saved her life. For the past three years Jean Wilson had a pepperoni special every day from a delivery service in Memphis, Tennessee.

When she failed to order for three days the delivery driver contacted police, who found she had fallen and was unable to get up. She is now recovering in hospital.

Snake on a train leaves hefty bill

A woman whose 3ft long snake slithered away from her in a Boston subway train, hiding for nearly a month, has gotten a hefty cleaning bill.

Transit officials want Melissa Moorhouse to pay $650 (€472) to cover the costs of disinfecting and sanitising the Red Line train to protect passengers from germs such as salmonella that may have been left by a boa constrictor named Penelope.

Hacker steals Shakira photos

Romantic photos of singer Shakira holding hands with Barcelona football player Gerard Pique circulating on the internet have been stolen by a hacker from a Spanish news agency.

The agency Gtres-Online had been planning to sell the pictures to Spanish and other publications as exclusives. The shots of the couple were downloaded to a Shakira fan website.

Athletes to get beer boost

A German brewery is promoting its alcohol-free beer as a sports drink in the US.

Erdinger describes it as an isotonic beverage with natural regenerative powers that help athletes recover from a workout.

Abused daughter had dad's children

Police in northeastern Brazil say they have arrested a man accused of sexually abusing his daughter for 12 years and fathering her two children.

Police say Raimundo Vicente Barbosa da Silva confessed to abusing his daughter starting when she was 14 years old and fathering two daughters, aged five years old and two months.

Eight pupils hurt in school incident

Eight pupils were injured when an air weapon was fired near a Scottish school yesterday.

Police said the students at Auchinleck Academy in East Ayrshire were not seriously hurt in the incident in the town's Church Street. One pupil remains at Crosshouse Hospital, outside Kilmarnock. Police are following a definite line of inquiry.

Irish Independent