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Woman’s home demolished after Google Maps error

A woman whose house was damaged by a tornado late last year now owns nothing but rubble. A demolition crew destroyed her building by mistake on Tuesday after Google Maps provided wrong directions. Instead of navigating workers to a duplex on Cousteau Drive in Rowlett, Texas, Google Maps took them a block away to Diaz’s duplex on Calypso Drive. “ ...

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Woman who was photoshopped into her dream holiday gets free vacation

When Seve Gat’s boarded the plane for her dream holiday to China, she actually did so in the comfort of her own home. The Kenyan resident had her friends Photoshop her on to the tarmac, and she proceeded to take a virtual tour of the country, fulfilling one of her life dreams. Their crude editing skills saw Seve plonked on ...

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Church in London fined £7,500 over 3am ‘demon’ banishing services

A south London church has been fined several thousand pounds for annoying neighbours with noisey 3am services aimed at banishing ‘demons’. Magistrates ordered the leaders of Camberwell’s Kingdom Church, a branch of the Bishop Climate Ministries, to pay £7,740.50 after Southwark Council received a string of complaints about “loud preaching” and “amplified music” every Saturday morning. The council also said ...

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Man sings Adele-inspired apology to Judge during court sentencing

A Michigan man broke out in song during his court sentencing for unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon last week. In an impassioned plea to the judge, he riffed upon the melody of the universally beloved Adele ballad, “Hello,” to apologize for his crimes. Brian Earl Taylor, 21, who was arrested in November 2015 for holding a gun to ...

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United Arab Emirates appoints first minister of happiness

The United Arab Emirates is not leaving the cheerfulness of its citizens to chance, appointing its first minister of happiness. Ohood Al Roumi was sworn into the post this week, one of eight female ministers in the Persian Gulf nation’s 29-member Cabinet. So just what does a minister of happiness do? Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Prime ...

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Romanian MP jailed for bribing voters with 60 tonnes of fried chicken

A Romanian MP will serve two years behind bars for bribing his electorate with fried chicken. Enlisting the help of supporters Florin Popescu distributed 60 tonnes of chicken to voters in an attempt to win another term as a council leader in local elections dating back to 2012 before he entered parliament. A Bucharest court placed the condition of no parole ...

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Homeless man receives $100,000 for spotting fugitives

A homeless man from San Francisco is to be given a reward of $100,000 (£71,000) for helping police recapture two prison inmates who had escaped. Matthew Hay-Chapman had seen photographs of the two fugitives on the news and spotted them in a stolen van. They had broken out of Orange County Jail six days earlier, sparking a state-wide manhunt. The ...

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Spelling mistake prevented hackers stealing $1bn in bank heist

A spelling mistake in an online bank transfer instruction helped prevent a nearly $1bn heist last month involving the Bangladesh central bank and the New York Fed, banking officials said. Unknown hackers still managed to get away with about $80m, one of the largest known bank thefts in history. The hackers breached Bangladesh Bank’s systems and stole its credentials for ...

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3 fake dentists arrested after practicing for more than 15 years

Three persons, including two brothers, are in the grip of the police for allegedly operating two separate dental clinics in Agona Swedru in the Central Region without licences. The brothers, Robert and Ernest Eduah, are said to have operated their deceased father’s facility, Paul Dental Clinic, for the past 15 years, although they have not been formally trained as dentists. ...

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India migrant wins $150,000 in lottery a day after leaving home

A West Bengal man who won the Kerala lottery jackpot one day after arriving there is returning home. Mofijul Rahima Sheikh, 22, was the winner of the 10m rupee prize ($150,000; £106,000) at the Karunia government lottery. He bought the winning ticket in Kozhikode city, where he was looking for work. After discovering his win, he sought protection at a ...

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