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Sunday 17 December 2017

US protests are to go nationwide

WHAT began with a few protesters in sleeping bags on Wall Street is becoming a national movement in the US. The organisation protesting against Wall Street that wants to "rebuild the American dream" is going coast to coast, according to its president Richard Trumka.

The rallies, which began in lower Manhattan in mid-September, spurred protests in Los Angeles and Boston. Speaking at a conference of Democratic Party allies in Washington, Mr Trumka said the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest trade union, would join the protests with a week of rallies called 'America Wants to Work'.

Pricy muffin tale rebuffed by US

The US government did not pay $16 (e12) for each muffin served at a legal conference after all, the Justice Department inspector general's office has said, contradicting an earlier report that had caused an uproar.

A spokesman for the office said it had based the $16 muffin on documents showing an invoice from the Capital Hilton Hotel of $4,200, including gratuity and service charge, for 250 muffins at the August 2009 Washington conference.

Madison insures $1 million breasts

Reality-TV star and model Holly Madison has insured her breasts for $1m (e750,000) with Lloyd's of London, she told 'People' magazine.

Ms Madison (31) said she took out the policy to protect herself and others in her Las Vegas production, 'Peepshow'.

Motion detectors fitted in morgue

Officials in a city in rural eastern Turkey, responding to an ancient local fear of being buried alive, have equipped the local morgue with the latest gadgetry in case any of the bodies stored there have been declared dead by mistake.

Alarms and electronic motion detectors in the mortuary in Malatya, a town not otherwise known for its modernity, will detect the slightest movement by a living person emerging from a coma or long period of unconsciousness.

Robbie's going solo again

Gary Barlow has confirmed that Take That are a four-piece again, saying the group's time with Robbie Williams had ended "perfectly".

The 40-year-old 'X Factor' judge told the 'Radio Times' that Williams was no longer in the band. He said: "It was beautiful. We got on well. We finished the tour. We're all happy."

Irish Independent

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