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Monday 22 January 2018

Soldier enjoys karma jackpot

A US marine says he is crediting karma after he won a $2.9m (€2.25m) progressive slot jackpot in Las Vegas.

Corporal Alexander Degenhardt (26) was accepted as a bone marrow donor to an anonymous patient only a couple of days before hitting the jackpot at the Bellagio. "I look at this jackpot as kind of good karma for that."

Pining on beach for office gossip

Those away on holiday appear to miss office gossip more than news of family or friends.

While just 23pc of those on vacation feared missing out on family gossip, 74pc worried about getting behind with the latest office happenings, the survey by travel agent found.

Officer nabbed for pinching nibbles

A sting operation mounted by police netted one of their own. Surveillance cameras caught the police officer repeatedly taking colleagues' food and drinks from the fridge in Houston, Texas.

Deer Park police officer Kevin Yang was suspended for 30 days without pay.

Ship's treasure arrives in Spain

Coins worth nearly half a billion dollars have finally arrived in Spain after lying in a sunken warship for more than 200 years and following a five-year legal battle between the Spanish government and a salvage company.

The Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a 49-gun navy frigate, set sail from the coast of Peru -- then a colony of Spain -- with coins to help replenish the Spanish treasury's coffers.

Scientists given paws for thought

EVER wonder how dogs can walk barefoot in the snow? Now a Japanese scientist may have the answer -- an internal central heating system.

The secret lies in how dogs circulate their blood to prevent cold surfaces from chilling the rest of their bodies, according to Hiroyoshi Ninomiya, a professor at Yamazaki Gakuen University, just west of Tokyo.

Nepalese villager shortest man alive

Home to Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, Nepal has added another height-related superlative -- of having the world's shortest man.

A Guinness World Records team measured Chandra Bahadur Dangi at 54.60 centimetres (21.5 inches), declaring the 72-year-old even shorter than the previous title holder, Junrey Balawing, from the Philippines, who stands at 23.5 inches.

Irish Independent

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