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Juror jailed for going on holiday

A juror was jailed for 56 days yesterday after going on holiday during the trial she was sitting on. Janet Chapman (52), of Blackpool, Lancashire, England, rang court officials to say she had back pain and could not attend for two weeks.

But the phone call was a "misleading and deliberate deception" as she made it while in Malta with her partner. She had listened to three weeks of evidence in a robbery trial.

Original Porsche 911 designer dies

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of the original version of the iconic 911 sportscar, died yesterday in Salzburg, Austria. He was 76.

"He established a design culture that molds our sportscars still today," Matthias Mueller, chief executive officer of Porsche AG, said in an e-mailed statement. "His philosophy of good design is for us a legacy that we will also honour in the future."

Anonymous hits China's websites

China is struggling to restore several government websites that international hacking group Anonymous says it attacked in an apparent protest against Chinese internet restrictions. On a Twitter account established in late March, Anonymous China listed the websites it says it hacked over the last few days.

They include government bureaux in several Chinese cities, including in Chengdu, a provincial capital in south-west China. Some of the sites were still blocked yesterday, with error messages shown.

Russian killed and cut up roommate

New York prosecutors say a Russian immigrant has been jailed without bail after admitting he killed and dismembered his roommate.

Sergey Mamonov appeared in court Wednesday to face a second-degree murder charge. A criminal complaint says the 50-year-old Mamonov told police he beat his roommate to death during a fight on March 25 and carved up his body. Police found some of the body parts in a freezer.

Smallest town in US goes on sale

What's advertised as the smallest town in the United States will be going to the highest bidder. Bidding for the one-resident town of Buford, Wyoming, started at $100,000 (€77,000) yesterday.

Whoever wins will get a petrol station and shop, a schoolhouse from 1905, a cabin, a garage and a three-bedroom home. The town has just one inhabitant, Don Sammons.

Irish Independent