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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Deaths driver sent to prison

A man who was once at the centre of a national US debate on mobile phones and driving will spend up to two years behind bars for his second fatal crash, which occurred as he drove a loaded school bus.

Police said Frederick Poust had not slept for 24 hours when he rolled through 10 stops signs and ploughed into a car near a school, killing the car's passenger.

Poust was using a mobile phone in 1999 when he caused a crash that killed a toddler and fuelled debate on driving with mobile phones.



Little House star divorces

Former Little House On The Prairie star Melissa Gilbert has filed for divorce after 16 years of marriage to fellow actor Bruce Boxleitner.

She cited irreconcilable differences in her divorce petition, which was filed in Los Angeles.

The filing states the couple separated in January, shortly after their 16th wedding anniversary.

The couple have a 15-year-old son together.

Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on Little House, is seeking joint custody of their son and no spousal support from Boxleitner.



Op patient dies in hospital fire

A man in China has died on the operating table while his doctors and nurses tried to cope with a fire that broke out in the next room.

The 50-year-old man suffocated after being left unattended for 30 minutes while undergoing surgery to amputate his leg at a Shanghai hospital.

Reports said hospital staff were trying to douse the blaze, caused by a disinfecting machine that had caught fire.



Couple stole to feed wedding

A couple of Pennsylvania newlyweds are behind bars after police say they were caught shoplifting food from a supermarket for their wedding reception.

Arthur Phillips (32) and his bride, 22-year-old Brittany Lurch, were arrested after taking more than $1,000 in merchandise from a supermarket in Centre Hall.

The couple were captured on surveillance footage loading food into a trolley and leaving without paying.

The newspaper says the couple admitted taking the items when arrested. Police say the newlyweds told officers they'd been married a couple days earlier and took the food for their wedding reception that afternoon.

Phillips and Lurch are each charged with misdemeanor counts and are being held on $2,500 bail.

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