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Tuesday 20 March 2018

In brief: Psychic convicted of benefit fraud

A clairvoyant failed to foresee a conviction for benefit fraud.

Dawn Pearson (50) from South Wales dishonestly claimed benefits for almost five years while working as a telephone tarot reader and sex-chat operator. She was given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

A Lovely Day for commuter couple

Passengers on a packed London train were stunned when their evening commute was interrupted by a musical marriage proposal.

Adam King enlisted the help of his choir, the Adam Street Singers, to serenade his girlfriend, Lucy Rogers, with Bill Withers's 'Lovely Day' on board the 19.57 service to Watford Junction.

Golfer wins claim over loss of eye

A man who lost an eye through being hit by a ball during a game of golf is to receive around £400,000 in (€465,000) in compensation.

Anthony Phee (44) was struck more than four years ago during a round at a golf course in West Lothian, Scotland, and sued James Gordon, the man who struck the bad shot, and the golf club.

Doughnut spill closes motorway

Part of a New York state motorway was closed after a tractor-trailer overturned, spilling doughnuts across the carriageways.

A police spokesman said "a lot of doughnuts" spilled when boxes split open. Lanes were closed while crews repaired the guard-rail and removed the doughnuts.

€800,000 art is scrubbed away

A modern-art installation valued at €800,000 was seriously damaged after a cleaner scrubbed away a sheen intended to look like a dried rain puddle.

'When It Starts Dripping From The Ceiling', by the late sculptor Martin Kippenberger, remains at Dortmund's Ostwall museum, where it is on loan from a private collection

Seized painting 'stolen by Nazis'

US authorities are seizing a more than 400-year-old Italian painting that has been on display at a Florida museum, saying it was stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family during World War II and should be returned to the family's heirs.

The Baroque painting was one of 50 lent to the Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science in Tallahassee by a Milan museum for an exhibit that closed earlier this year.

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