Monday 19 February 2018

In brief: Satellite hurtling towards Earth

A five-tonne, 20-year-old satellite has fallen out of orbit and is expected to crash on Earth next weekend.

Nasa says the risk to life from the satellite is just 1 in 3,200. Hurtling at 8km per second, it could land anywhere between 57 degrees north and 57 degrees south of the equator -- most of the populated world.

Five inmates burn to death in van

Five prisoners were burned to death when a prison van caught fire in Turkey.

Soldiers in the front were unable to open the locked doors to the rear section, which was holding the prisoners who were being transferred.

Dead pal pays for strip club visit

Two men accused of driving around with a dead friend, using his cashpoint card and visiting a strip club, have been charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation.

Robert Jeffrey Young and Mark Rubinson were released on bail in Denver yesterday. It's unclear how Jeffrey Jarrett died, but the men are not charged over his death.

Student leaks Dutch budget

Dutch student Bram Talman has shot to fame in 24 hours after he unearthed the government's 2012 budget a day before it was due to be published, and broke the news about next year's economic forecasts.

The budget was presented yesterday, but on Thursday afternoon, Talman (29) discovered it had already been posted online and started tweeting the news.

Teen fakes cancer to get donations

A Texas teenager faces theft charges after police said she duped her community into giving her $17,000 (€12,335) because they erroneously believed she was dying.

Ruth Angelica Gomez (18) of Horizon City, Texas, created the Achieve the Dream foundation, under which she held fund-raising events and solicited donations to help cure her leukemia, which she had said would claim her life before the year ended.

Four injured by swarm of bees

Four men were taken to hospital and several businesses evacuated after an attack by a swarm of around 60,000 bees in the Southern California city of Santa Ana.

The first victim was a man in a wheelchair who was stung more than 60 times. The other men were stung when they saw the man struggling with the bees, and tried to pull him to safety.

Irish Independent

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