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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Samaritan punished

A GOOD deed has come back to haunt a formerly homeless northern New Jersey man. James Brady found $850 (€635) on a Hackensack pavement last April and turned it in to police. Mr Brady was awarded the money six months later after no one contacted police during the required waiting period.

Now, 'The Record' reports that Mr Brady has been denied General Assistance and Medicaid benefits by the Hackensack Human Services Department until December 31 because he failed to report the money as new income.

AMPUTEE JUSTICE RIDE

A MEXICAN man whose legs were cut off by gangsters because he refused to pay extortion is finishing an 800-mile bike ride in Texas that he made to call attention to the plight of Mexican asylum seekers.

Thirty-five-year-old Carlos Gutierrez rode from El Paso to Central Texas using his prosthetic legs. About 98pc of Mexican asylum cases are rejected by US officials.

DNA-CONTROLLED TRAIN

A NANO-scale train set powered by microscopic motors and controlled by DNA has been developed by scientists in Oxford.

The system can construct its own network of tracks, spanning tens of micrometres in length, and use them to transport cargo.

ADULTERY SITE BANNED

SINGAPORE'S government has blocked access to popular adultery website Ashley Madison amid a public outcry before the firm's planned launch of a portal for the city-state.

The Media Development Authority, which regulates the internet, said it blocked access to the Canada-based website because it was in "flagrant disregard of our family values and public morality".

PAKISTAN BANS MALALA

OFFICIALS say they have banned teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai's book from private schools across Pakistan, calling her a tool of the West.

Malala attracted global attention last year when the Taliban shot her in the head in north west Pakistan for criticising the group.

BOOST FOR BABIES

TAKING regular exercise when pregnant boosts a newborn baby's brain development, research has shown.

Just 20 minutes of moderate exercise three times each week was enough to give infant brains a head start, scientists said. The research was led by Professor Dave Ellemberg, from the University of Montreal in Canada.

Irish Independent

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