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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Man is felled by toppling cactus

A US city worker is in intensive care after a 16ft-tall saguaro cactus fell on him and pinned him to the ground. Officials in Arizona said William Mason was responding to an emergency water leak in a Yuma subdivision when the cactus toppled on to him.

Other members of his work crew were able to free him and call the emergency services. Mr Mason suffered multiple injuries to his back and legs.

Money mounts up for bullied granny

ONLY 48 hours after a video of grandmother and bus monitor Karen Klein (68) being bullied by school children went viral on the internet, an online fund for her has topped $500,000 in donations.

The fund will continue to collect donations until July 20, after which the money will be given to Ms Klein.

MPs undergo knife to combat AIDS

MORE than 40 Zimbabwe MPs have volunteered to be circumcised as part of a campaign against Aids. MP Blessing Chibundo said the campaign was a show of "political will" and he was the first to be circumcised.

Research shows that the procedure reduces the risk of HIV transmission. Infection in Zimbabwe runs at about 13pc of the population.

Fraudster jailed after Apple spree

THE mastermind of a crime ring that crafted fake credits and went on a million-dollar spree at Apple stores in the US has been jailed for up to nine years.

Shaheed Bilal's scheme involved 27 people. He pleaded guilty in April to grand larceny.

Anti-vampire kit is sold at auction

A VICTORIAN vampire-slaying kit has sold at auction for £7,500 (€9,300). The kit, includes a pistol, a bottle of holy water, a crucifix, wooden stakes with a mallet and an 1851 copy of the 'Book of Common Prayer'.

It is believed to have been sold by a Yorkshire woman who inherited it from an uncle and is now heading for a museum.

Baby seal rescued from man's bath

SEAL experts have carried out an unlikely rescue -- after being called to a pup in a bathtub.

Rescuers from a sea-life sanctuary in Norfolk, England were called out by a dog walker who found the seal looking listless, so slung her across his shoulder, drove home and popped her in his bath, before calling for help.

Irish Independent

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