Saturday 18 November 2017

Taking liberties

A 22-year-old US man who wrote obscenities on his speeding ticket payment claims in a lawsuit his free-speech rights were violated when he was arrested.

William Barboza is suing two police officers in Liberty, Connecticut, over the arrest. He had replaced the word "liberty" with "tyranny" and added an obscenity-laced insult on the payment form. He was ordered to court, where he was arrested for aggravated harassment. The charge was later dismissed.

WESTMINSTER ON FILM

For centuries, it has been the backdrop for theatrical clashes between the political elites but now the scene is set for Hollywood performances to play out in the British Houses of Parliament.

A committee has voted to allow film crews into the historic buildings, meaning studios could shoot blockbusters inside the Palace of Westminster. The move is designed to help cut the costs of running the Commons.

DINOSAURS' BIG FREEZE

A "cold snap" that made the dinosaurs shiver 116 million years ago caused a crisis in the oceans similar to the effects of global warming.

The 2.5-million-year cooling period led to the disruption of populations of small plants and animals that form the foundation of marine ecosystems. Scientists confirmed that in the middle of the Cretaceous period, average global temperatures plunged by up to 5C.

ROOFER DROPS IN

A man working on the roof of a Philadelphia, US, building fell through the ceiling, and a girl below was hit by debris.

Police say the roofer landed on the sofa and was not hurt. The 12-year-old girl was taken to hospital with possibly two broken fingers.

SEARCH FOR GUNMAN

Nashville police say they are still looking for a man they say shot his girlfriend and her three teen daughters at an apartment complex.

Police say Earnest Woodley shot 34-year-old Nicole Luke and her daughters on Friday. Police say one of the teens has been released from hospital. The others remain in hospital in stable condition.

HUNT FOR ANCIENT SHIP

Divers began opening an underwater pit yesterday at a remote site in northern Lake Michigan in the US that they say could be the resting place of the 'Griffin', a ship commanded by 17th-century French explorer La Salle.

Archaeologists were trying to determine if a 15-inch slab of blackened wood found at the site was part of a vessel, project manager Ken Vrana said.

Irish Independent

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