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Gary Oldman did Bowie video for a sandwich

USA: Gary Oldman took part in his friend David Bowie’s video for his single ‘The Next Day’ “for a sandwich and a bottle of pop”, he has said.

The pair have been friends for 25 years and he did the video for him last year as a favour. He told The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine: “Dave just shot me an email, out of the blue, saying: 'Do you want to come and play a priest for a day?’ ”

Polygamy thrives in Utah

USA: With 17 of their 25 children still living at home, breakfast is a military operation for the Dargers.

As organised chaos unfolds at the family home in the Utah countryside outside Salt Lake City, the parents come to help out.

Alina is the first, followed by her “sister wives” Vicki and Valerie, and their husband Joe.

The Dargers are members of a polygamous marriage, a lifestyle they say is endorsed by their fundamentalist Mormon beliefs.

Joe married cousins Alina and Vicki in 1990. Ten years later, Vicki’s twin sister Valerie joined them, after her first plural marriage broke down. She brought five children with her from that relationship.

The family has lived openly for several years now, publishing a 2011 book entitled Love Times Three.

However, for a long time, Joe says he worried he might be arrested under the anti-polygamy laws in effect in the western US state.

“The fear when I went public four years ago, that fear was very real,” he said.

“This is a third degree felony... This is serious prison time. My grandfathers were imprisoned, so that was a real impact that we felt.”

That fear has lifted for now, following a December ruling by a federal judge that struck down a key part of the state’s anti-polygamy law as unconstitutional.

Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that legislation banning “unlawful cohabitation” was at odds with the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

USA: Authorities say an Albuquerque ambulance worker catching some sleep in the back of his vehicle woke up to find himself the victim of a carjacking.

Police have arrested a man and a woman accused of driving off in the ambulance around 3am on Saturday while it was parked outside Lovelace Medical Centre in downtown Albuquerque.

Police spokesman Elder Guevara says the employee was asleep in the vehicle’s rear but was able to jump out when the ambulance slowed near an intersection.

Officers then pursued the ambulance as it headed eastbound, and then westbound, on Interstate 40.

The ambulance finally came to a rest on I-40, over Tramway, after authorities used spikes to deflate the ambulance’s tires.


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