Thursday 14 December 2017

In brief: Poll blow to Cameron

DAVID Cameron is less popular than his party for the first time, according to a poll.

The survey showed a "noticeable shift" towards dissatisfaction with the prime minister's performance, while the Tories lost ground on key issues like crime, immigration, welfare reform and the economy over the early months of this year.

SERIAL killer Richard Ramirez, known as the 'Night Stalker', has died in prison.

Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders that terrorised Southern California in 1984 and '85, and sentenced to death. Satanic symbols were left at murder scenes and some victims were forced to "swear to Satan" by the killer, who entered homes through unlocked windows and doors.

AN American-Indian student is being fined $1,000 (€756) for wearing a feather on her mortarboard when she graduated from high school in Alabama.

Chelsey Ramer (17) says she is being discriminated against by her alma mater, Escambia Academy in Atmore. She says she wore a feather to honour her heritage as part of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The school is making her pay the fine to get her diploma and official transcript after accusing her of violating school policy


VERMONT has become the 17th US state to get rid of criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The law replaces criminal penalties with civil fines similar to a traffic ticket for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana or five grams of hashish.


STAFF at Waitrose refused to fillet a fish because it was "too slippery", according to 'The Sun'.

The bizarre decision was blasted as the latest example of health and safety. It happened after a female customer asked her local supermarket in Warwickshire to slice up a trout. The assistant at the store initially agreed. But a supervisor then insisted the fish was "too slippery" to get a knife through.


MICK Jagger has recalled how he was "over the moon" to hear his first-ever single on the radio – 50 years to the day after the track's release.

Half a century ago, The Rolling Stones issued their debut, 'Come On', a Chuck Berry cover, a day after finalising their record deal. They only ever played the song a few times live.

Irish Independent

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