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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Deadliest jail fire accidental

US investigators have concluded that the deadliest prison fire in a century was accidental, and may have been caused by a lit match, cigarette or some other open flame.

President Porfirio Lobo also announced yesterday that he is pardoning a prisoner who helped free hundreds of inmates after the guard with the keys disappeared.

The death toll from the February 14 fire at the Comayagua prison, Honduras, rose to 360 after another victim died from his burns.



Adele breaks chart record

Adele's album 21 has spent 21 weeks on top of the US Billboard's Top 200 albums chart -- and its 21st week is the biggest one yet.

Nielsen SoundScan said her album sold 730,000 copies the week after her Grammy Awards sweep.

The Londoner won six prizes at the Los Angeles gathering.

It is the longest stint for a woman at the top of Billboard's album chart, displacing Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard. It has also now sold 7.3 million copies.



Warrant for 'begging teen'

A JUDGE has issued a warrant for the arrest of a teenage girl charged with begging in Dublin city centre.

The 17-year-old girl had been arrested at Johnson's Court, in Dublin 2, on February 2 and February 13. After each arrest she "made no reply" to caution and on the second occasion was "released into the custody of her husband", Garda David Campbell told Judge Bryan Smyth.

The teen did not turn up for her hearing at the Children's Court yesterday.



15 Oscars to be auctioned

Fifteen Oscar statuettes are to be auctioned off next week in what organisers said is the largest collection of Academy Awards ever to go under the hammer.

Los Angeles auctioneers Nate D Sanders said the Oscars that will go up for grabs two days after the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony include the one given to writer Herman Mankiewicz for his Citizen Kane screenplay with Orson Welles, and the 1933 best picture Oscar for Cavalcade.

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