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Man tried to take bomb on US plane

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with attempting to take an explosive device on to a flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco.

Yesterday, Joseph Picklo (29) tried to get on the aircraft with two homemade firecrackers, a plastic bottle wrapped in electrical tape and partially filled with a powdery mixture, and a test tube with a wick containing another substance.

Japan bee cooks enemy in 'hot ball'

DON'T mess with Japanese honeybees. Not only do they co-operate to attack their enemies, researchers now say their brains may actually be processing and responding to the threat.

When confronted with their arch-enemy, the giant Asian hornet, the honeybees will attack it by swarming en masse around the hornet and forming what scientists call a "hot defensive bee ball" -- a move unique to their species.

American poet Rich dies

POET Adrienne Rich, whose socially conscious verse influenced a generation of feminist, gay rights and anti-war activists, has died. She was 82.

Rich died on Tuesday at home from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, said her son, Pablo Conrad. She had lived in Santa Cruz since the 1980s.

China shuts down fake cop website

CHINA has shut down a fake police website that offered the public help battling online crime but required a service fee for the assistance.

The site claimed to be the China Internet Supervision and Investigation Authority and pledged to recover money lost through online fraud in return for a service fee.

Judge strikes out ultrasound law

A JUDGE in the US state of Oklahoma struck down a state law requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image placed in front of them and to listen to a detailed description of the foetus before the procedure.

District Judge Bryan Dixon ruled the statute was unconstitutional.

Plan to salvage Apollo 11 engines

AN internet billionaire and space enthusiast says he has used sonar in the Atlantic to spot the engines that helped boost Apollo 11 to the moon.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he was making plans to recover the sunken engines, part of the powerful Saturn V rocket that delivered Neil Armstrong to the moon in 1969.

Irish Independent