Tuesday 23 January 2018

Twitter ban for stalker

A US woman has been banned from using Twitter for at least five years as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction.

Authorities say Sadiyyah Young (34), of Pottstown, Philadelphia, used derogatory and harassing tweets against people involved in a custody case regarding her children, including a judge who ruled against her, lawyers, social workers and foster parents.

RARE ASTEROID FOUND

A six-tailed asteroid has been discovered in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they've never seen anything like it. Incredibly, the comet-like tails change shape as the asteroid sheds dust.

A research team led by the University of California, Los Angeles, believes the asteroid is rotating so much that its surface is flying apart.

BEER-BELLY TURKEYS

You've probably heard of beer-battered fish and beer-can chicken. But how about beer-fed turkey?

Joe Morette of Henniker, New Hampshire, in the US, is raising about 50 Thanksgiving turkeys this year. He's been feeding his birds beer since 1993, when a turkey knocked over a can left near its fence and started drinking. He says the beer makes birds fatter more flavoursome and juicier.

BIDEN'S BLUNDER

As he watched the returns in Boston's most competitive mayoral race in two decades, – in which democratic candidate Marty Walsh was a victor – on Tuesday night, the phone of another Marty Walsh, a former aide to Ted Kennedy, rang. "A 202 number popped up, and I picked it up.

"It was Vice President (Joe) Biden. He went right into it, 'Congratulations, Marty, you son of a gun. You did it!'" Walsh recalled. "I said, 'Mr Vice President, you have the wrong Marty Walsh.'"

VANITY PLATE ROW

A New Hampshire man who last year changed his name to "human" has gone to the state's top court to defend his right to a vanity plate that insults police: COPSLIE.

The man formerly known as David Montenegro argued in state Supreme Court on Thursday that denying him the plate is a violation of his right to free speech.

BIG BARGAINS, BRIEFLY

Shoppers looking for a bargain got some big ones, if only temporarily, at Walmart.com on Wednesday.

A technical glitch on the Wal-Mart Stores Inc US website offered some items that were worth up to $600 (€449) for $8.50 (€6.30). The glitch was resolved on the same day

Irish Independent

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