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Wednesday 18 October 2017

TV and games a mental risk

More than two hours a day spent watching television or playing computer games could put a child at greater risk for psychological problems regardless of their activity levels, according to a study.

The odds of significant psychological difficulties were about 60pc higher for children spending longer than two hours a day in front of either screen compared with those exposed to less screen time, the researchers report in the British journal Pediatrics.

For children with more than two hours of both types of screen time during the day, the odds more than doubled.



Mass murderer faces execution

A man who murdered his brother and five others, including two young nephews, in a bloody rampage is facing the death penalty.

Jurors in Memphis, Tennessee, convicted Jessie Dotson (35) of one of the city's worst mass killings.

Dotson shot dead his brother Cecil during a 2008 argument and then went after everyone else in the house with his gun and a knife to eliminate witnesses.

Also killed were four-year-old Cemario Dotson and two-year-old Cecil Dotson II; Cecil Dotson's girlfriend, Marissa Williams; and friends Hollis Seals and Shindri Robinson.



Police robbed of handcuffs

Police looking for a 26-year-old who escaped from custody want their handcuffs back.

Eric Lair (26) jumped from a police car taking him to jail in Washington.

Officers issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of escape and for taking handcuffs worth $29 (e21).



Brand ducks own premiere

Russell Brand turned up at the European premiere of his new film, Despicable Me -- only to duck out before the film even started.

Wearing black skinny jeans, heeled cowboy boots and a leather jacket, the British funnyman walked down the bright yellow carpet with a couple of minions at London's Leicester Square, ahead of co-stars Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove, but immediately left on a motorcycle as soon as he finished his interviews.

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