The News Matrix: Thursday 27 September 2012


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Stone shocked by ex-wife's sell-off

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is "staggered" by his ex-wife's decision to sell the contents of their former family home at auction, his representative has said. Jo Wood, whose divorce from the rocker was finalised last year, will sell the memorabilia in Beverly Hills next month.

Clegg carves out 'third-party' niche

Nick Clegg drew clear dividing lines with the Conservatives over tax and green issues yesterday in his closing speech to the Liberal Democrat conference. He sought to carve out a niche for the Lib Dems as a "third party of government" who could rein in either the Tories or Labour in another coalition after the next general election. MORE

Chunk of Moon rock in meteor auction

A New York City auction will offer 125 meteorites for sale, including a large chunk of the Moon for an estimated $340,000, and a cosmic rock that evokes Edvard Munch's iconic painting "The Scream". The sale, one of the largest of its kind, is being held by Heritage Auctions next month.

Low opinion of high heels

A man upset by women whose footwear made them taller than him has been arrested for stealing high-heeled shoes and dumping them in local parks. The 24-year-old, identified only by his surname Lee, allegedly stole shoes from schools, restaurants and homes in Busan.

Supersonic car test to be streamed live

A British team trying to break the 1,000mph barrier are so sure of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car's success they will stream a test run live on the Internet next Wednesday. Engineers expect the car to break the current record of 763mph in South Africa's Northern Cape next year.

Internet block on anti-Islam film

A Turkish court issued an order yesterday allowing authorities in the country to block internet access to the anti-Islam movie, reportedly made in the US, that has sparked violent protests across the Muslim world because it mocks the Prophet Mohamed.

Police marksman: 'Why I shot Duggan'

The police marksman whose shooting of Mark Duggan sparked riots last summer yesterday described the instant he decided to open fire. Speaking behind a screen, the officer, known only as V53, said he had thought: "He's got a gun and he's going to use it on me." MORE

Car bombers hit army command HQ

Two suicide car bombers struck Syria's army command headquarters yesterday in the capital Damascus, killing four guards and engulfing a key symbol of President Bashar al-Assad's embattled regime in flames, state media and witnesses said. MORE

Families outraged by MacKenzie's 'gall'

Families of Hillsborough disaster victims reacted with outrage at the "gall" of former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie after he demanded an apology from South Yorkshire Police because of the "personal vilification" he suffered over his infamous "The Truth" headline. MORE

Heiress paid out £60k to avoid court

The billionaire family of a Red Bull energy drink heir accused of killing a police officer in a hit-and-run accident paid the officer's siblings about £60,000 in a deal aimed at avoiding a civil lawsuit. MORE

Boy fights for his life after lightning strike

An 11-year-old boy was rushed to hospital yesterday after being struck by lightning. The Swindon schoolboy went into cardiac arrest after being electrocuted. He was given CPR by his school's first aiders before paramedics arrived. His condition was said to be "life-threatening".

Cancer scammer is jailed for a year

A Phoenix woman who pretended she had cancer to raise money for breast implants has been jailed for a year. Authorities say Jami Lynn Toler, 27, collected thousands of dollars. Medical records show she didn't have cancer and paid a plastic surgeon with the money.

Star 'assaulted and harassed' girlfriend

TV presenter Justin Lee Collins subjected his girlfriend to a campaign of physical assault and harassment, a court heard. The 38-year-old allegedly threatened to kill Anna Larke, with whom he had a nine-month relationship. MORE