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Some family reunion

five siblings born in North Dakota who were separately adopted at infancy have finally been reunited. None of them ever knew the others existed. Then, the obituary of their biological mother helped bring them together, and one brother realised he was not so unfamiliar with one of his siblings.

John Maixner (57) said he had been greeted half a dozen times or so by his sister, Buddine Bullinger, at their local Wal-Mart in Dickinson, North Dakota, where she has worked for 23 years.

KILLED FOR CHICKEN FOOT

Police in Florida said a man is facing manslaughter charges after he beat his roommate to death in a dispute over a chicken foot.

Authorities said 52-year-old James Jugo was arrested in Tampa after the death of 56-year-old Benjamin Calderon. A post-mortem showed Mr Calderon suffered internal bleeding after being hit numerous times on the face, neck and elsewhere.

LIBRARY'S 63-YEAR LOAN

A children's book borrowed from a public library 63 years ago has been returned during an eight-day fines amnesty.

Staff at Rugby Library in Warwickshire were handed the copy of 'The Adventures Of Pinocchio' last week, and found it had a return date of New Year's Eve in 1950.

BANK HORMONE CRISIS

Financial crises can be made worse by the hormones of stressed bankers, a Cambridge University study suggests.

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol are likely to make traders risk-averse when the going gets tough, say researchers. The findings appear in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences'.

ROMANIA DISH REPRIEVE

Romania's national dish looks like it will be granted an EU reprieve, with officials in Brussels set to allow the use of bicarbonate of soda, which gives spicy "mici" bullet-shaped grilled meat delicacies their springy texture.

Romanian food industry officials have been lobbying Brussels since a ban last July on mici, and the EU's food safety committee will vote tomorrow on the additive.

PASTOR MEAL SUCCESS

A Detroit-area pastor's vision of guiding thousands of volunteers to pack two million meals over a three-day weekend has come true.

Brad Powell's 2 Million Meals effort reached its goal. In all, 8,810 volunteers packed 2,029,536 meals from Friday to Sunday. The food will be shipped to El Salvador, Haiti and the Philippines, where it can provide one meal a day for a year to 5,560 children.

Irish Independent