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In brief: Singer sidelined due to laryngitis

British singer Adele has postponed five dates on her tour of North America due to laryngitis.

Columbia Records said in a statement that the 23-year-old Grammy winner was diagnosed last Thursday and doctors ordered immediate rest. Her show in Salt Lake City last Sunday was cancelled "when her illness worsened". The tour will resume on June 4 in San Francisco.

Star's ex faces jail time for burglary

The ex-husband of pop singer Amy Winehouse has been warned he faces a substantial prison sentence after admitting burglary and possessing a fake firearm.

Blake Fielder-Civil (28) looked shocked as a judge refused him bail and remanded him in custody at Leeds Crown Court.

Bishop lashes out at 'cost' of alcohol

Alcohol abuse is "one of the major sins of our time" according to an English bishop.

Bishop of Stafford Rt Rev Geoff Annas called for a "seismic shift" in attitudes towards drinking. In a pastoral letter the bishop said: "I wonder if anyone really does know the true 'cost' of alcohol compared with the income it generates through taxation?"

Man arrested for spanking boy (12)

Police in South Carolina have arrested a 50-year-old shop worker who sold cigarettes to a child after he spanked the boy.

US detectives said Bryant sold the boy cigarettes at least five times from his pickup truck in a car park and spanked him over his clothes.

Acrobat dares to copy granddad

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The grandson of an acrobat who fell to his death during a high-wire act in Puerto Rico in 1978 will attempt the same feat, without a safety net.

Nik Wallenda will try to walk across a 300ft high wire, suspended 100ft in the air between the two towers of the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Hotel. His grandfather, Karl Wallenda, died attempting the same stunt.

Balloonatics to auction inflatable

A COUPLE in the US, who lied to authorities about their son floating away in a helium balloon, will auction off the inflatable to raise money for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.

Richard and Mayumi Heenes' son wasn't inside the balloon when it floated away in 2009. Mayumi Heene served 20 days in jail for filing a false report.

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