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Friday 17 August 2018

Correction

In an article in the Herald on Wednesday, September 17, it was stated that a gun killing took place at The Towers pub in Ballymun in 1998.

This incident in fact happened in a separate premises not connected with The Towers in Ballymun. We are happy to correct this.

Man adrift at sea for a week

People aboard a Mexican pleasure boat have rescued a fisherman who had been adrift at sea for about a week.

Crew members of the 12.8-meter sailboat U-Fin filmed the thin, exhausted man as he floated in a giant foam icebox about 10km off Acapulco and then brought him on board.

The U-Fin's captain said the man said he had caught a seagull for food. He said a companion on their fishing trip had died when their boat went down in a storm. Local media said the second man's body had been found.

FBI study into mass shootings

The number of shootings in which a gunman has fired into a crowd in the US has increased dramatically in recent years.

An FBI study reviewed 160 mass shootings between 2000 and 2013 to identify common themes. An average of six shootings occurred in the first seven years studied. That average rose to 16 shootings per year in the past seven years of the study.

That period included the 2012 shootings at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Most of the shootings occurred either at a business premises or a school.

Aspirin mends a broken heart

It was once thought that only time could mend a broken heart, but now scientists think taking a couple of aspirin might be the best way to get over a break-up.

Prof Walter Mischel of Columbia University in the United States has suggested that the psychological pain of a failed relationship is similar to physical pain and should be treated in the same way.

Research subjects who were given a simple non-prescription painkiller such as aspirin or ibuprofen were shown to handle rejection better than those given a placebo.

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