Monday 11 December 2017

Sitting on a fortune

Three roommates who bought a used couch for €20 found €40,000 in cash stashed inside – and returned the money to the 91-year-old New York widow who had hidden it there.

A university student and his two roommates –who found the money stuffed in envelopes hidden in the couch they bought from the Salvation Army – traced the woman through an address on one of the envelopes and delivered the money to her the next day.

KARDASHIAN TO WED

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-Century Belvedere Fort on May 24, a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office said yesterday.

The couple rented the Italian fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for €300,000 and a Protestant minister will preside over the ceremony. This is the first marriage for Kanye West, but the third trip down the aisle for 33-year-old Kardashian.

HIGH SCHOOL DROP-IN

A 34-year-old woman posed as a teenager to enroll at a private Texas high school. Longview police said that Charity Johnson was arrested after telling officers she was "Charite Stevens".

She was being held in Gregg County Jail on 500 dollar (€365) bond for allegedly giving false information to police. Police had been called to a flat when the person Johnson was staying with said she no longer wanted her living there.

LABOUR 'GURU' SLIPS UP

Labour's new election guru has been handed his first mission: learning to spell the party leader's name.

David Axelrod met Ed Miliband and the shadow cabinet after being brought in to beef up their 2015 poll prospects. But the ex-Barack Obama aide was left red-faced after spelling his latest client's name "Milliband" in a post on Twitter.

'SEXTORTION' WARNING

Men have been warned to be wary of online "sextortionists" who blackmail victims by threatening to post explicit footage of them on the internet.

Eight victims have contacted West Midlands Police after being instructed to pay thousands of pounds into offshore bank accounts.

Officers say the blackmailers have lured men into online video sex chats and then sent them demands for cash.

One of the men faced a demand for €3,650 from offenders who threatened to email images to his girlfriend and daughter.

Irish Independent

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