Family boarded up inside Dublin home in council error accept damages

The couple were trapped inside their home on Eugene Street in Dublin (Picture: Google)
An Irish couple have accepted substantial damages after they were accidentally boarded up inside their own home by bungling council officials.
Tristan Ua Ceithearnaigh, 46, and his partner, Elisa Udtohan, 25, were awarded €76,000 (£64K) after workers began boarding up their home on Eugene Street, Dublin while they were inside.

Woman’s house burned down by snake she set on fire

One woman’s extreme reaction to finding a snake in her yard backfired in tragic fashion. After being set on fire, the flaming snake caused the woman’s home to burn down. KSLA News reports that the house fire started in Bowie County, Texas, when the snake’s burning body came into contact with a nearby pile of [...]

Soldier’s cat makes perilous journey from Afghanistan to Oregon

A decorated veteran took quite a risk in getting his new friend from the sandbox to the litter box. And along the way, Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott found an unlikely ally in his elaborate plan to evacuate his adopted cat from the war zone in Afghanistan. In an interview with KPTV, Knott explains that he [...]

Groundhog Phil a furry felon over false forecast

CINCINNATI (AP) — A shadow of a different kind is hanging over Punxsutawney Phil.

Pa. caretaker charged with drinking old whiskey

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Punxsutawney Phil charged with fraud for early spring forecast

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - With a snow storm expected to batter the Plains, Midwest and East Coast this weekend, a spring-deprived Ohio prosecutor is taking out his frustration with the long winter on a famous prognosticating groundhog. "I decided it was about time we indicted Punxsutawney Phil for fraud," said Mike Gmoser, prosecutor in Ohio's Butler County, in an interview Friday.

Harvard stripped of quiz tournament titles

By Daniel Lovering CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Harvard University will be stripped of four national quiz championship titles after organizers found a competitor from the Ivy League school inappropriately accessed information about questions used in the tournament. The National Academic Quiz Tournaments said that a security review found that Harvard competitor Andy Watkins accessed pages on its administrative Website just before the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Intercollegiate Championship Tournaments or "Quiz Bowls". ...

More people have access to cellphones than toilets

A new United Nations study has found that more people around the world have access to a cellphone than to a working toilet. The study’s numbers claim that of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones. However, only 4.5 billion have access to a toilet. At a press conference [...]

Mussolini’s ‘most secret’ bunker discovered beneath historic Roman structure

Workers in Rome have stumbled across a top-secret bunker once belonging to former Fascist leader Benito Mussolini, hidden underneath the historic Palazzo Venezia. The discovery is the 12th such bunker and is said to have been the “most secret” of the former strongman’s hideouts, according to the Italian publication La Stampa. And in what has [...]

Punxsutawney Phil charged with fraud for early spring forecast

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - With a snow storm expected to batter the Plains, Midwest and East Coast this weekend, a spring-deprived Ohio prosecutor is taking out his frustration with the long winter on a famous prognosticating groundhog.

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