Friday 13 December 2019

In brief: Physician charged with spiking lover's coffee

A breast cancer physician has been charged with spiking her lover's coffee with a compound used in antifreeze
A breast cancer physician has been charged with spiking her lover's coffee with a compound used in antifreeze

Independent Newsdesk and Agencies

A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover's coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors have said in opening statements at her trial.

Dr Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo (43) is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, which also covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr George Blumenschein's coffee in January 2013.

Hard to swallow

A dog obsessed with eating thong underwear had to have an emergency operation to remove one of his lacy snacks - only to eat another pair of pants days after he recovered.

Brian, a four-year-old Samoyed, has developed a taste for silk and lace thongs, especially black and bright pink ones, according to his owner Kaye Banks. Ms Banks said Brian has also been eating her daughter Charlotte's pants at their home near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.

Apple Surprize

An award-winning fruit grower has struck a deal with Tesco to trial a newly-developed yellow and orange-skinned apple with pink flesh. The unusual variety - named Surprize and described by Tesco as a "real head-turner" - has been bred by apple expert William Barnett at a farm in England.

A right pasting

Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red gloop as they pelted each other mercilessly with over-ripe tomatoes.

In theory, the event was set up as a protest against Russian sanctions blocking imports of European fresh produce. In practice, most participants turned out to experience the joy of smacking someone with tomato pulp at close range.

Comet landing

The European Space Agency has decided on the spot where it will attempt the first landing on a comet, a manoeuvre that is one of the key elements of a decade-long mission.

The Paris-based agency plans to drop the 220lb lander, called Philae, from its Rosetta space probe in November. Scientists unanimously picked the landing spot, from five considered, on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko based on its relatively safe terrain, although project chiefs say that the risk remains high.

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