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Tax dodgers spotted

Lithuanian tax inspectors have uncovered more than 100 possible revenue evaders by using Google Maps Street View.

The free internet program helped the agency identify at least 100 homeowners and 30 construction firms suspected of having dodged taxes on undeclared property sales and housing construction. It allows inspectors to see secretly built buildings before they visit the property.

Bali jet crash probe

Investigators are working to determine what caused a new Lion Air passenger jet to miss the runway and crash into the sea off the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

All 108 people on board survived and the US National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to help Indonesia's investigation because the plane was designed and made in the US.

Siblings' pool death

A brother and sister reported missing on New York's Long Island died after they were pulled from a neighbour's pool.

Suffolk County police said an emergency call reported a five-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl missing. Officers discovered the unconscious bodies of Ralph and Sharon Knowles in a neighbour's pool. They were rushed to Southside Hospital, but were pronounced dead.

Scare at Disneyland

Three rides at Disneyland were temporarily closed as the company reviewed its safety protocols after being cited by California regulators.

The closures of Space Mountain, the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Soarin' Over California were voluntary, Disneyland Resorts spokeswoman Suzi Brown said.

The citations related to an incident in November when a worker was injured while performing maintenance on the Space Mountain attraction.

Up in smoke

Events celebrating marijuana in the US this weekend are expected to draw tens of thousands as crowds test the limits of a series of new laws permitting its use by adults.

More than 50,000 are due to light up in Denver's Civic Centre Park to celebrate marijuana legalisation.

Irish Independent