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Pushing up daisies in the flower bed

NEIGHBOURS thought it odd that Ruth Huber Bostic appeared to talk to herself for years as she tended her garden in North Carolina.

After she died in January 2010, police uncovered a gruesome secret beneath the 78-year-old woman's flower bed -- her husband had been buried there for years. Police say David Ellis Bostic could have been dead for up to 14 years before his wife died. They are trying to establish the cause of death.

Gaga being sued in donations row

A LAWSUIT filed in Detroit claims music star Lady Gaga is misleading her fans with an online pitch for donations for victims of the Japan earthquake.

Lady Gaga's website is selling $5 wristbands that say, "We Pray For Japan." The website also allows people to make additional donations and says "all proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts". But the lawsuit notes that sales tax and a $3.99 shipping charge are added.

Gay nuptials rush after law change

NEW Yorkers who make money from weddings are already booking events for same-sex couples after the legislature's vote to legalise gay marriage.

Sally Fedell, owner of the Falls Wedding Chapel in Niagara Falls, said she took her first call this week from a lesbian couple.

Woman 'fired over hijab' takes case

A FORMER stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch sued the clothing retailer in a US court, saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf.

Hani Khan (20) said a manager asked if she could remove the hijab. She says she was fired for refusing to do so.

Going bananas in monkey mission

IRAN plans to send a live monkey into space next month.

This is the latest advance in a missile and space prog-ramme which has alarmed Israel and its western allies that fear the Islamic Republic is seeking nuclear weapons.

Kym defends new star on the Street

'CORONATION Street' star Kym Marsh defended new arrival Michelle Collins after fans criticised her accent.

Former EastEnder Collins (50) arrived on the cobbles earlier this month. Marsh (35) said: "I think viewers are finding it hard to accept because she was such a big character in 'EastEnders', which is not fair."

Irish Independent