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Bootleg alcohol kills 28

Twenty-eight people have died after drinking bootleg versions of raki in what appears to be the country’s worst-ever bout of alcohol poisoning, media said on Thursday. The death toll has been steadily climbing over the past two weeks, with scores of people being admitted to hospital in Istanbul complaining of vomiting, dizziness, headache and loss of eyesight. The victims had all consumed raki that health authorities believe had been infused with lethal quantities of methanol. Fourteen people were arrested on Saturday last week, charged with involuntary homicide for producing or supplying the spiked booze, and police have launched a nationwide crackdown, seizing thousands of bottles.


Cash shredded before death

An 85-year-old woman cut almost 1 million euros (US$1.1 million) into tiny pieces in an apparent attempt to spite her heirs, authorities said on Thursday. After the woman died, the 950,000 euros, as well as savings accounts books, were found shredded on her bed, prosecutors said. State prosecutor Erich Habitzl confirmed the discovery — first reported in the Kurier daily — but said that there was nothing he could do for the relatives. “The damage of the money in the woman’s property is not a criminal matter, so we have not begun any investigation,” Habitzl said. However, Kurier reported that the central bank said it would replace all the cash. “If the heirs can only find shreds of money and if the origin of the money is assured, then of course it can all be replaced,” a bank official told the newspaper.


School attack ‘not terrorism’

A student who stabbed and hurt four people at the University of California, Merced before being shot by police appears to have been motivated by personal animosities unrelated to terrorism or a political agenda, officials said on Thursday. The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, on Wednesday stabbed two students in a classroom before fleeing and wounding a staff member and construction worker. He was pursued by police, who shot and killed him. The FBI carried out a comprehensive check on both the suspect and his family, but “found nothing other than his criminal behavior,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said.


Prison mouse mule busted

Police busted jail inmates who had trained a mouse to move cocaine and marijuana by tying them to its tail, an official said on Thursday. Officers spotted the rodent with a hook tied to its tail during a routine inspection on Friday last week, said Gean Carlos Gomes, director of the facility in Tocantins. “He was so tame he let his head be stroked,” Gomes said. “Then the officers noticed that the mouse was going from cellblock A to cellblock C. The prisoners had tied a wire to its tail and were using it to carry drugs and other objects, such as a mobile telephone chip.” The mouse has been released in a nearby forest.


Menstrual cycles tweeted

Women are tweeting details of their menstrual cycles to Prime Minister Enda Kenny to call for a repeal to the nation’s restrictive abortion laws. “Since we know how much the Irish state cares about our reproductive parts, I think it’s only fair that the women of Ireland let our leader @EndaKennyTD know the full details of our menstrual cycle,” comedian Grainne Maguire said in a tweet this week to launch a campaign that has gone viral.

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