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Thursday 22 February 2018

Romanians turn 'donuts' to dollars

Two Romanians put a new twist on the American expression "dollars to donuts" when they recoded Dunkin' Donut gift cards with stolen bank account details and used them to withdraw money in New York City.

The men, who were in the US on journalism visas, used dozens of the gift cards to withdraw more than $17,700 (€13,143) from one ATM machine. They were jailed for three years.

Mistaken texts lead to drug arrest

Text messages about buying drugs mistakenly sent to a Nebraska state trooper led to the arrest of a 23-year-old man on marijuana possession and other drug charges.

The Nebraska State Patrol said that one of its troopers started getting text messages last week from a person who was looking to buy drugs. The trooper continued to correspond until a meeting place was set up.

Kardashian given marriage film role

Film-maker Tyler Perry is defending his controversial decision to cast reality television star Kim Kardashian in an upcoming film about marriage.

Mr Perry announced that Kardashian will have a role in 'The Marriage Counsellor' shortly before she ended her 72-day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries. Mr Perry said he wanted a younger cast, which Kardashian rounds out, to help attract younger viewers.

Burglar gets stuck in chimney

The person found in a suburban Atlanta home's chimney on Tuesday was not Santa Claus arriving early.

He was a 17-year-old alleged burglar who got stuck, police said. Authorities said the teen spent about 10 hours lodged inside the chimney before getting freed.

Biggs wants tag of 'loveable rogue'

Ailing Ronnie Biggs (82) has said he would like to be remembered as Britain's "loveable rogue".

The Great Train Robber said he was proud of his achievements despite expressing remorse over his crimes.

Cowell finding popularity tweet

Simon Cowell has boasted that he is more popular than his fellow US 'X Factor' judges after joining the Twitterati.

The music mogul racked up more than 150,000 followers in just 10 hours and quickly started bragging to judges Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and LA Reid that he was winning in the popularity stakes.

Irish Independent

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