USA: A man who claimed at trial that his “evil twin” robbed 10 petrol stations, convenience and beer stores in eastern Pennsylvania must spend at least 60 years in prison.
The (Allentown) Morning Call reports Steven Felton, 34, of Emmaus, was sentenced to 62-124 years.
Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach said she was offended by Felton’s arrogance.
A jury last month convicted Felton in the 10 robberies in the Lehigh Valley, all of which occurred during the autumn of 2012.
Most of the heists were caught on video, which clearly showed Felton’s face as he wielded a pellet gun.
Chief deputy district attorney Matthew Falk asked for a long sentence, saying some traumatised clerks are unable to return to work due to Felton’s “reign of terror”.
USA: A Michigan woman who won a $1m lottery prize didn’t know about it for months, after leaving the ticket in a pile of post.
Lottery officials say Linda Tuttle of Kentwood stepped forward on Tuesday with a winning ticket from the May 26 Mega Millions drawing.
Tuttle told officials she recently found the ticket at home among some old post. She didn’t search until a clerk at a local store mentioned that it had sold a $1m winner in May.
Tuttle plans to use some money to visit former exchange students in China.
ENGLAND: Fidgeting can offset the unhealthy effects of sitting for long periods and may even help you live longer, research has shown.
Scientists who analysed data on more than 12,700 British women found that too much time spent sitting still increased the risk of dying.
But the association did not apply to participants who rated themselves as “moderately or very” fidgety — even those who sat for long periods.
Did the earth move?
ENGLAND: An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.8 has been recorded in Rutland.
The epicentre of the quake at 10.40pm on Tuesday was north of Oakham, with residents also reporting feeling the tremor in Northamptonshire.
It is the second time this year the area has been shaken by tremors, with a 3.8 magnitude earthquake recorded in January.
ENGLAND: A former aircraft watch tower at one of the RAF’s most secret Second World War bases has been sold for more than £100,000 (€136,000).
The two-storey building at Winkleigh Airfield, along with 9.5 acres of land and disused outbuildings, was bought by a local businessman for £122,000 after a bidding war.
The airbase was built in 1940 on remote Devon moorland to defend Britain’s western approaches from the Luftwaffe and was so strategically important that its existence was officially denied.
INDONESIA: A macaque monkey who famously took selfies should be declared the copyright owner of the photos, rather than the nature photographer who positioned the camera, according to animal rights activists.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is seeking a court order to allow all proceeds from the photos to go towards the benefit of the monkey, which has been identified as six-year-old Naruto, and other crested macaques living in a reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
The photos were taken during a 2011 trip to Sulawesi by British nature photographer David Slater, who says the British copyright obtained for the photos by his company, Wildlife Personalities, should be honoured worldwide.
Worker’s bomb hoax
USA: A Vermont chocolate factory worker called in a bomb threat because he hated his job and wanted to get fired.
Police say 22-year-old Kristofer Pregent stole a co-worker’s phone and made the false threat under a different worker’s name at the Barry Callebaut chocolate factory in St Albans.
Police say Pregent then threw the phone in a toilet. He told officers he was unhappy with his job and wanted to be sacked.
Bit of support
USA: Jail workers went too far in telling female lawyers they would have to remove their underwire bras if they wanted to meet clients.
At least two lawyers say they were told they would have to remove their bras when entering the Cumberland county jail because they set off the metal detector. The women refused to comply and left.
Sheriff Kevin Joyce said it was never jail policy to turn away lawyers under such circumstances, and told reporters he will not let it happen again. “The policy is real clear: no weapons and contraband. It doesn’t say anything about underwire bras,” he said.
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