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The News Matrix: Friday 8 June 2012
Minister expects 'stick' over tickets
Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said he expects he and the London 2012 Organising Committee will "get some stick" when it is revealed how many top tickets went to corporate sponsors rather than on sale to the public. The breakdown "probably" won't be reveal-ed until after Games, he said. MORE
Japanese dock washes up in Oregon
A huge dock unmoored during last year's Japanese tsunami washed up on an Oregon beach this week. The Japanese consulate confirmed that the dock is from the Northeast coast of Japan. Oregon is now working with other West coast states to coordinate cleaning up the debris. MORE
Sarkozy faces court over campaign funds
The former French President Nicolas Sarkozy may soon find himself facing two legal cases involving alleged illicit funding of campaigns that helped him to power. His immunity from prosecution – granted to French presidents while in office – expires in a week. MORE
Property loophole may cost billions
The Treasury faced demands last night to examine the extent of tax avoidance by the UK's wealthiest homeowners, who are transferring £25bn worth of property into corporate ownership. It is estimated around 5,000 British homes are registered in this way. MORE
Liddle piece costs Spectator £5,000
The Spectator was fined £5,000 yesterday over an article by columnist Rod Liddle that threatened to bring down the trial of two men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence.
Storm warning as gales batter UK
Trees and power lines were brought down yesterday as unseasonal winds and heavy rain battered many parts of the UK, with forecasters warning of similar storms today. A yachtsman from Jersey had to be airlifted to safety off the coast of the Lizard in Cornwall, after his 22ft boat was capsized twice in the middle of a force nine gale.
Jeb Bush: 'I won't be Mitt's running mate'
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush yesterday ruled out any chance he will be the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee this year and suggested he might have missed his best chance to run for president. MORE
Doctors warn more could die
Further deaths from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh cannot be ruled out, doctors have warned, as people from further afield fall ill. There are now 24 confirmed and 37 suspected cases, with 12 people in intensive care. One person, Robert Air, 56, has died.
Victim's parents collect his remains
The parents of Jun Lin, the victim of the Canadian porn-star suspected murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta, have arrived in Canada to collect his dismembered remains. The quiet, unassuming student had come to Canada from China to study engineering and computer science. MORE
Hunt puts media Green Paper on hold
The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has shelved his potentially controversial communications Green Paper until after the Olympics. It will look at issues such as public service broadcasting, internet piracy and the allocation of broadcasting spectrum.
Ministers boycott England games
British ministers will boycott England's opening matches of the Euro 2012 football tournament in protest at the civil rights record of co-host Ukraine, William Hague said. Other European governments will also boycott the event. MORE
Sisters are world's oldest siblings
Two sisters have been recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest siblings in the world. Dorothy Richards is 108 and her sister Marjorie Ruddle is 105. Brought up in Northampton, they celebrated with a tea party at the Peterborough nursing home where Mrs Ruddle lives.
Workers find dead monkeys in crate
Refinery workers in Indiana got a nasty surprise when they opened a crate of valves from India and found the remains of two small monkeys, there for at least a year. "Sadly in this age of global transport, sometimes wildlife finds its way into overseas shipments," said BP's Scott Dean.
He's still at it: burglar jailed again at 65
One of Britain's most prolific burglars has been jailed for five and a half years. Pensioner Simon Berkowitz, 65, admitted five burglaries, one count of going equipped to burgle and two counts of fraud. He has more than 250 convictions spanning more than 50 years.
Hound's puppy love for cubs
Two Siberian tiger cubs abandoned by their mother at a zoo in Russia have found an unusual wet nurse – a Shar Pei dog called Cleopatra. The dog has been cleaning the cubs, and feeding them as if they were her own.
Hanson plan fails – or maybe it doesn't
An Oxfordshire man who bombarded the US pop group Hanson with requests to play at his wedding has been rejected – but offered free flights to Jamaica instead. The band told James Bishop, 26, that they "don't play weddings", but would be happy to pay for a honeymoon trip.
Woman thankful after toy is retrieved
A woman in Boston has praised rail workers for rescuing her three-year-old daughter's stuffed animal from train tracks. Casey Carey-Brown said the animal "jumped" from her daughter's pram as they exited the train but a worker called an oncoming train and halted it so he could rescue it.
Ruffled feathers for man in chicken suit
Police are investigating the theft of a US flag from a man in a chicken suit. Eric Didio was dancing outside a Boston restaurant as part of his job, when a man grabbed the flag and took off. The police dispatcher found it hard to tell officers as he kept laughing while saying "chicken suit".
Somali pirate couple are to set sail again
Rachel and Paul Chandler, the couple who were taken hostage by Somali pirates and kept captive for more than a year, are to set sail again. The couple want to complete the round-the-world trip they had embarked upon before being seized at gunpoint on their yacht by pirates in the Indian Ocean.
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help