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Sunday 22 October 2017

Wait for ruling over gay cake

A judge has retired to consider her verdict in the case against a bakery which refused to make a cake with a pro gay marriage slogan.

Judge Isobel Brownlie told a Belfast court she would reserve her judgement so that "full consideration" could be given to the evidence.

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland brought the landmark case against Ashers Bakery on behalf of a gay rights activist whose order was refused.

The family-run bakery turned down the request for a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto Support Gay Marriage.

Kids sipping wine dangers

Children allowed an occasional sip of wine may be more at risk of taking to drink as teenagers, research has shown.

Of 561 US children studied, those given a taste of alcohol by the age of 11 were four times more likely to have been drunk by high school.

Sips of alcohol at a young age may give young children a "mixed message," according to lead researcher Dr Kristina Jackson.

"Some kids may have difficulty understanding the difference between a sip and a full beer."

Bus plunge kills 21 in mountains

TWENTY one people were killed and 38 seriously injured when a bus veered off the road and plunged into a ravine in Peru's Andes.

It is the second deadly road accident in Peru in a week. Last Monday, 38 people died and 84 were injured when three buses and a truck collided on a coastal highway.

The latest accident took place in Ayacucho province when the bus fell into a 1,000-metre deep ravine.

Madonna and stars streaming

Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-list musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.

The membership-based service - similar to Spotify - will provide music and video content that users can stream on computers, tablets and smartphones or listen to offline.

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