Plans to entice French tourists
Tourism Ireland has unveiled an ambitious new strategic plan to increase visitor numbers from France, Ireland's fourth largest overseas market.
Some 344,000 French visitors travelled to Ireland in 2010, delivering ¤177m in revenue.
Programmes include attracting young active sightseers, young city break culture seekers, mid-age sightseers, repeat visitors and Northern Ireland visitors.
Children saved by passers-by
A man whose two children and niece were saved by passers-by after his car skidded off an icy road and into a river said he was thankful to be alive.
Roger Andersen was on his way to a ski resort up a canyon about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah, with daughter (9), son (4) and niece (9) when his car went off the road, overturned in the river and submerged. Within seconds, passers-by stopped and helped rescue the trapped children, who were treated at a hospital.
Killer bug in Hong Kong HQ
The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease has been found throughout Hong Kong's new ¤517 government headquarters.
Checks were ordered after the education secretary came down with the potentially fatal illness last month.
Health authorities said water samples taken from his new office's bathroom found traces of legionella bacteria as high as 14 times above acceptable levels.
Inmate escapes on fire engine
An inmate escaped from a state prison in San Diego County, California, by stealing the jail's fire engine.
Authorities are seeking Thomas Kelley (51), a car thief who was jailed at Donovan state prison in November for a parole violation.
Kelley, a firefighter at the prison near the Mexican border, was discovered missing from the minimum-security section.
At about the same time, sheriff's deputies saw a fire engine being driven erratically about 10 miles from the prison. The driver fled when the vehicle was stopped.