Wednesday 21 March 2018

Obama statue probe

Police are investigating after a monument dedicated to one of US first lady Michelle Obama's relatives was knocked over in suburban Atlanta.

Michelle Obama's great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, was born into slavery in the mid-1800s and later settled in Rex, Georgia, about 24km from Atlanta. The monument was installed about a year ago.

Paris 'took 20 pills'

Audio released by authorities reveals that paramedics were dispatched to Paris Jackson's home last week on a report that the 15-year-old had taken 20 Motrin pills and cut herself with a kitchen knife.

The details were relayed between dispatchers for the Los Angeles County sheriff's and fire department. Paris is the only daughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson and was admitted to hospital after the June 5 incident. The teen was described as conscious and breathing during the call, which was released yesterday. No other details about her injuries were given on the call, which lasted about one minute. 'Glee' star in divorce

'Glee' star Jane Lynch is divorcing her wife of three years. She married Dr Lara Embry in 2010 in Massachusetts. She told 'People' magazine in a statement yesterday that splitting up was "a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another".

Ms Lynch asked for privacy for the family, which includes Embry's daughter. The 52-year-old actress met Ms Embry, a 44-year-old clinical psychologist, in 2009 and they wed on Memorial Day in 2010.


folk-rockers Mumford & Sons have cancelled three sell-out concerts in the United States this week after announcing that bassist Ted Dwane needed emergency surgery for a blood clot on the brain.

The band said Dwane had felt unwell for a few days and was taken to hospital on Monday for emergency treatment. Dwane plays bass, drums, guitar, and sings with the four-member band that formed in 2007.


Part of a four-storey building in India's financial capital has collapsed in heavy monsoon rains, killing 10 people including five members of one family. Rescuers couldn't recover anyone alive from the debris of the building in the Sion area of Mumbai.

The cause was not immediately known. In April, 74 people were killed when an eight-storey building being constructed illegally in Mumbai caved in. It was the worst collapse in the country in decades.

Irish Independent

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