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In brief: Rains kill 11 while thousands flee

HAITI'S government says heavy rainfall in the north has killed 11 people and displaced thousands.

A detailed preliminary report from the Civil Protection Office says rains in the northern city of Cap-Haitien flooded more than 2,300 homes and more than 3,400 people had been put up in emergency shelters.

Modern living is making us dumber

MODERN living is making the human race less intelligent as survival no longer depends on having the fittest genes, according to a new theory.

Slowly but surely, our intellectual and emotional abilities are being eroded because life is just too easy, it is claimed.

LA porn actors snub condom law

TOP talents in the US porn capital of Los Angeles County have ignored a new law ordering the use of condoms when filming sex scenes.

Laws will not take effect until election results are certified, which will be several more days and it could still be months before health officials decide how to enforce it.

Titanic jewellery goes on tour

MOST of the jewellery recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic will be exhibited on a three-city tour of the US, its first public display since being salvaged from the ocean depths.

The jewellery is from a single purser's bag found during a 1987 research and recovery mission..

Toyota cars learn to talk to the roads

TOYOTA is testing safety systems using cars that communicate with each other and with the roads they're on.

The cars get information, such as pedestrians crossing the street or cars advancing from blind spots, from sensors and transmitters installed on streets.

Panic at circus after lion escapes

SEVERAL hundred spectators got an unexpected shock at a circus in Macedonia after a lion broke through a safety enclosure during a performance.

The lion was stopped with a tranquiliser gun, while two other lions used in the performance were caged by handlers.

Irish Independent