Chihuahua puts woman in hospital after 'out-of-control' attack
A “dangerously out-of-control dog” which hospitalised a postwoman with bites to her leg was a tiny 20cm-tall chihuahua.
Amy Ash was left with two puncture wounds to her ankle after seven-year-old dog Louie was seen to be “hanging off her leg”.
A London court heard owner John Anslow let Louie and another dog off their leashes in Wimbledon, south London. He denies a charge of being the owner of a dangerously out-of-control dog. — © The Daily Telegraph
Teens are hacking, but not from smoking secret cigs
Teenagers used to rebel by smoking, doing drugs and getting pregnant.
But modern British 14-year-olds are eschewing these traditional forms of acting out — in favour of hacking computers.
Figures from a study carried out by University College London suggest that more teens of this age have hacked a computer than have had sex or are regular smokers.
One in 20 teenagers in the study, which follows children as they grow up, told researchers they had hacked a computer in the past year.
Only two percent of 14-year-olds of either gender said they had had sexual intercourse, and three percent said they were regular smokers. — © The Daily Telegraph
Pampering your pooch goes to pot
A Canadian dog-treat maker wants to produce a different kind of munchie.
True Leaf Medicine International Ltd is expanding into the nation’s fast-emerging marijuana industry. “Ultimately, we want to be able to produce “finished medicinal poducts” for people and their pets, it said. — Bloomberg
From prem to pudgy: the hidden dangers for c-section babies
Children born by c-section are far more likely to be obese by the time they reach five years old, the biggest ever analysis of the health impacts of caesareans has found.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh found the risk of obesity for under fives jumped by 59% if they had been delivered through a c-section. The youngsters were also 21% more likely to develop asthma by the age of 12.
Scientists said there was growing evidence that c-sections influence the development of the immune system and gut bacteria. — © The Daily Telegraph
Tears of the clown who admits to teen porn
A well-known circus clown in the US has acknowledged he pressured a teenage girl acrobat into posing for pornographic pictures and has resigned.
The latest man to fall amid the country’s wave of sexual misconduct scandals is Barry Lubin, 65, who performed as a clown called Grandma for the Big Apple Circus.
Lubin admitted ithat in 2004 he pressured then 16-year-old Zoey Dunne into posing for porn pictures. — AFP
No funny, no money, bookseller wails as sales plummet
British authors have lost their sense of humour, at least according to one retailer.
WH Smith Plc, an ever-present on UK high streets, said a lack of funny book titles has dampened sales over the last 20 weeks.
“Book sales were more challenging due to the decline in spoof humour titles and no new, big publishing trends,” the retailer said on Wednesday. — Bloomberg
Deaf mum sues because she can't hear concert
The deaf mother of a Little Mix fan is suing the group's promoter because she could not understand the concert she attended.
Sally Reynolds bought six tickets last year to see the band in Sussex, UK.
She bought the tickets for herself, two deaf mothers and their daughters who are all able to hear, and asked the promoter, LHG Live, to provide a British Sign Language interpreter.
The company offered to give Reynolds care tickets, so they could bring their own interpreters, but she did not think this went far enough to improve the accessibility of the concert. — © The Daily Telegraph
Don't go breaking our hearts, Elton
Elton John is to quit touring after nearly 50 years.
The 70-year-old star, whose record sales have been in decline in recent years, is calling time on the road after one last world tour, the Daily Mirror said. — Reuters