Wednesday 25 April 2018

In brief: World's hottest chilli hits shelves

A product said to be the world's hottest chilli extract has gone on sale at a London department store.

Heartburn measures a whopping 13 million units on the Scoville scale, on which jalapeno peppers rate 3,500 to 8,000 units. Selfridges said it believed the six bottles on its shelves were the last available to buy anywhere in the world.

Man foils burglars from seat of plane

A man taking his first plane ride spotted two men burgling his home. Steven Lynn was flying over his home in Arkansas when he spotted the men taking items from his house and loading them on to a truck.

He was able to direct police to the men, who were arrested as they fled with the contents of Mr Lynn's home.

Noda picks allies to help fix Japan

Japan's new prime minister Yoshihiko Noda picked close allies for key positions in his cabinet as he tries to steer his troubled nation through disaster recovery, a nuclear crisis and an economic slump.

Cabinet secretary Osamu Fujimura said Koichiro Gemba (47) would become Japan's foreign minister and Jun Azumi, a 49-year-old former journalist, would take over the finance portfolio.

PE teacher sought on drug suspicion

A college professor is wanted in Southern California, suspected of leading a motorcycle gang and distributing methamphetamine to a network of drug dealers.

A fugitive arrest warrant has been issued for 43-year-old Steve Kinzey, who teaches physical fitness at California State University, San Bernardino.

Monkey business -- gorilla art on eBay

A gorilla is selling his artwork on eBay. N'Dowe, a critically-endangered lowland gorilla, was given art materials to see how he would react.

Now his masterpieces are being sold by Paignton Zoo in Devon to raise money for ape conservation.

Woman punches bear to save dog

An Alaska woman has told how she punched a black bear in the snout to save her dog.

Brooke Collins, from Juneau, said she heard her dachshund, Fudge, start barking and saw the bear carrying him like a salmon. The 22-year-old said the attack happened so fast that all she could think about was keeping Fudge from being killed.

Irish Independent

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