Friday 23 March 2018

Rescue in drift drama

Vietnamese fishermen have rescued an American man who had been drifting at sea for eight days.

Kenneth Putney, of Melbourne, Florida, was in good condition after being rescued, said an official. Mr Putney (54) told Vietnamese authorities that he and three others were towing a yacht from the Philippines to Thailand when the towing rope broke on December 15.

Tree tower throwdown

North Korea has accused rival South Korea of using an illuminated frontline Christmas tower to engage in psychological warfare.

North Korean state media said the lighting of the Christmas tree-shaped tower is because Seoul was humiliated by Pyongyang putting a satellite into orbit on December 12. Pyongyang has warned of unspecified consequences.

Daniels in kiss 'scare'

TV magician Paul Daniels has told how he had a "scare" early in his career when he discovered the girl he was kissing was still at school.

The star (74) recounted the experience on his online blog, according to reports, and said he stopped the kiss as soon as he found out the girl's age. Daniels said in his post, which has since been removed, that the showbusiness world in the 1970s was full of "groupies".

Abortion ban lifted

A US state judge has suspended a Georgia law banning abortions for women more than 20 weeks pregnant.

The law bans doctors from performing abortions five months after an egg is fertilised, except when doctors decide a foetus has a defect so severe that it is unlikely to live. The law also makes an exception to protect the mother's life or health.

Drug wheelchair find

A man from Puerto Rico faces charges after cocaine was found in his wheelchair at Boston's airport.

The Suffolk District Attorney's office says Emmanuelli Rojas-Moraza (33) was arrested at Logan International Airport after state police discovered nearly more than 3.7kg of the drug in the tyres of the wheelchair. Mr Rojas-Moraza is pleading not guilty to trafficking.

Free food for thought

Colleges across the US are opening food banks to feed hungry students, as well as low-paid employees and even some struggling professors.

The student-run Tiger Pantry at the University of Missouri reports giving free food to nearly 150 people, plus their families, since its early October start. The pantry is among a growing number of programmes at universities.

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