Monday 18 December 2017

Woman (90) canes three burglars

A feisty 90-year-old German woman chased away three would-be burglars from her rural farmhouse with her cane, police said.

The retired farmer was moving around her house with using the help of a walking frame and spotted the intruders -- two men and a woman.

Skipper loo break scuppers ferry

A Finnish ferry has run aground while its captain was stuck in the bathroom.

One member of staff managed to slow the island-hopping tourist ferry down, but the vessel, carrying 54 passengers, slammed onto a rock near the shore of Helsinki.

Decca signs Beatle 50 years too late

Half a century after The Beatles were famously rejected by record company Decca, Paul McCartney is to make his debut on the label.

The musician's first ballet, 'Ocean's Kingdom', which receives its premiere next month, is to be released by the company later this year.

Jolie drops in on war charity HQ

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has used her time in Scotland to visit the global headquarters of the Halo Trust, a charity which removes the hazardous debris of war.

Jolie is visiting the country while her partner Brad Pitt shoots the film 'World War Z' in Glasgow.

George confesses to fans about split

George Michael has admitted he and Kenny Goss have broken up -- just months after denying they had split.

The star told fans on his latest tour: "Kenny and I have not been together for two and a half years," and "my love life has been a lot more turbulent than I've let on".

New lease of life for funeral snake

A six-foot tropical snake that showed up at a Pennsylvania memorial service in May has been nursed back to health and put up for adoption.

The red-tail boa constrictor, which was not aggressive, was found near a parking area at Hershey Cemetery as guests gathered for a funeral.

Ryan stands firm on president bid

US Representative Paul Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, said he will not run for president next year.

The Republican said he appreciates supporters urging him to seek the 2012 nomination, but he has not changed his mind about staying out of the race.

Buoyant drugs sink smugglers

Mexican marines said they rescued three suspected drug smugglers, whose boat was sinking on the Pacific Ocean, and then arrested them after finding bales of marijuana floating around the vessel.

The Navy said they suspected the men threw the bales out before they radioed for help.

Son fed hot sauce to earn Dr Phil slot

A prosecutor said an Alaska mother seeking sensational footage to get on the 'Dr Phil' self-help show put hot sauce in her seven-year-old adopted son's mouth.

Jessica Beagley (33), who faces misdemeanour child abuse charges, recorded the punishment for a 'Mommy Confessions' segment.

Families' rage over killer soil sale

A man is selling soil on the internet from a serial killer's home in Cleveland, Ohio, for $25 (€17) per gram, outraging victims' families.

Eric Gein filled two bags with dirt from Anthony Sowell's house. Sowell was convicted last month of murdering 11 women.

Irish Independent

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