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Naked in chimney

Firefighters spent two hours rescuing a naked woman from a chimney after her attempt to sneak into her former boyfriend's home at 5am went wrong. The unnamed woman (35) removed her clothes so that she could fit more easily inside the 12 inch by 12 inch opening.

Her cries for help were heard by her former partner, Tony Hernandez, who called firefighters to the property in Riverside County, California.Emergency services spent two hours rescuing the woman, who was then sent to hospital with moderate injuries. The woman is the mother of Mr Hernandez's three children, although they were not there at the time.

Taxman ahoy

A MINNESOTA man who collected food stamps and other public assistance while living with his wife on a yacht valued at $1.2m (€1m), was sentenced yesterday to 21 months in prison.

Colin Chisholm III (63) pleaded guilty in November to two felonies, theft by swindle and wrongfully obtaining public assistance. The sentence handed down by a Hennepin County judge matched the prison time prosecutors sought.

Dying happy

Tourist attractions are at the top of people's 'bucket list' of things they would like to do in their lifetime, according to a survey.

But with a typical list costing nearly £136,000 (€173,000) to fulfil, it would take people 80 years to complete the list at the current rate of money saving, the survey by GE Capital Direct 1, part of the GE Capital UK finance group, found. Top of the bucket list was seeing the Northern Lights, followed by the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and going on a round-the-world trip. The main reason among 25 to 34-year-olds for drawing up such a list was fear of missing out, while overall, two in five said thinking about their aspirations kept them motivated. But three in five reckoned it was unlikely they would complete their list.

Whale of a lifetime

To learn the secret behind ageing gracefully, you may want to check out the bowhead whale, the majestic denizen of the Arctic waters that boasts a lifespan topping 200 years.

Scientists have unveiled the genetic blueprint for the bowhead whale, a genome chock full of clues behind this creature's exceptional longevity and remarkable resistance to disease.

Irish Independent