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Monday 20 November 2017

Till death do us part

An Ohio couple who were married for 70 years died from natural causes within a span of 15 hours, according to their daughter.

Helen Felumlee (92) died on April 12 at their home in Nashport, Ohio, and her husband Kenneth Felumlee (91) died the next day.

US PLEDGE FOR COURT

A family is suing a US school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children.

The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in New Jersey was announced by the American Humanist Association. The group says the phrase "marginalises atheist and humanist kids". The plaintiffs say the words "under God" violate the state constitution. But school district lawyer David Rubin says the district is merely following state law.

DEPORTED FOR TATTOO

A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.

Sri Lankan police said Naomi Michelle Coleman (37) was arrested at Bandaranaike International Airport. A police spokesman said she was arrested for "hurting others' religious feelings" after the tattoo of a Buddha was spotted on her right arm.

OLD NAMES ARE BACK

Old-fashioned baby names are enjoying a surge in popularity, according to a new poll.

Among the boys' names enjoying a revival are Wyatt, Audley and Peyton while girls' names making a comeback include Millicent, Elvina and Kendra. But fantasy names such as Princess, Crystal and Prince are falling from favour.

WWI SPARKED BY A LIE

The world went to war in 1914 because of a lie, according to a new book about the teenage assassin who fired the shot that sparked the conflict.

Writer Tim Butcher has traced the footsteps of Gavrilo Princip, who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His death in 1914 saw Austria-Hungary declare war on Serbia, which it said was behind the attack – a move that kicked off World War I. Mr Butcher said there was no evidence the Serbian government was behind it.

PROSTITUTION REFORMS

Paying for sex should be made illegal and the laws on prostitution need reforming, a former British Conservative Cabinet minister has said.

Caroline Spelman said she supported a Nordic model, which makes buying sexual services – but not selling them – a crime.

Irish Independent

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