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Monday 20 November 2017

Longest rugby game

The world's longest game of rugby has been played – lasting 25 hours.

A total of 44 players competed through the night to break the previous record by 30 minutes. A charity team and an armed forces 15 completed the feat at the weekend, at Welford Road, home of English Premiership champions Leicester Tigers. They raised £50,000 (€58,000) for charity Scott's Little Soldiers.

A 10-year-old boy who found $10,000 (€7,600) in a drawer at a Kansas City hotel where he was staying with his father turned the money over to police.

Tyler Schaefer found the bills in the room where he and his father, Cody Schaefer, were staying at a hotel near the airport. Mr Schaefer said Tyler was always on the lookout for clues and treasure. "He looks for stuff at random," he said. "He's very observant."

VANDAL CROSSED LINE

A man is facing vandalism charges after authorities in northern California say he painted a crossing on a street, allegedly telling officials it was needed.

Anthony Cardenas (52) was arrested in Vallejo and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism. Solano County Sheriff's Lt Brad DeWall said workers spotted Mr Cardenas committing the vandalism at a city junction that already had three crossings.

NICOLE'S X-RATED INTRO

Nicole Scherzinger's use of the term "effing" in a live edition of 'X Factor' was unsuitable for a pre-watershed audience, according to British TV regulator Ofcom.

The show judge used the word as she introduced her act, telling viewers: "I'm so proud, this is James effing Arthur." Ofcom, which received 52 complaints about the incident, said it considered the term to be an example of "offensive language".

FIRE RAGES NEAR LA

Almost 3,000 people from some 700 homes are under evacuation orders as a wildfire rages north of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt David Coleman said that evacuees would not be returning home until at least today and possibly tomorrow.

CHINA'S SHAKY RECOVERY

China's manufacturing shrank slightly last month, a report has said, adding to signs of an uncertain recovery in the economy.

HSBC's monthly purchasing managers' index fell to 49.2 in May, down from 50.4 in April. Readings below 50 indicate a contraction. It is the first time the index has fallen below 50 since October.

Irish Independent

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