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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

Anglo Irish Bank scrabble; insurance policy fine print; US air traffic controllers hit the headlines again; and the devastating power of tornadoes. It’s all in today’s Daily Fix.
Apr 20th 2011, 8:12 PM 1,166 2

EVERY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the latest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed during the day.

  • The National Consumer Agency is warning householders to check the fine print on their insurance policies because a surprising number of them do not cover personal items such as mobile phone or laptops if the house is burgled.
  • The Revenue Commissioners has revealed that it was awarded €145m in court judgments in 2009 and 2010 over unpaid taxes.
  • Oscar-nominated film director and photojournalist Tim Hetherington has been killed in a mortar attack in Misrata, Libya, according to the magazine he contributed to, Vanity Fair. The New York Times reports that three other journalists who were with Hetherington have been injured, two seriously.
  • A senior loyalist figure is understood to have been stabbed and seriously injured at a Tesco store in Belfast today, the BBC reports.
  • A journalist who was issued a speeding ticket but sent it back as a gesture of civil disobedience has escaped a court fine – because the prosecuting garda failed to show up.
  • In the latest controversy involving US air traffic controllers, a plane carrying Michelle Obama had to abort a landing after it was allowed to come too close to a military cargo plane which was also landing, the LA Times reports.
  • The sign on Anglo Irish Bank’s St Stephen’s Green branch came down today, one letter at a time. If anyone fancies playing scrabble with the giant metal letters, they might want to check out some anagrams of the bank’s title. TheJournal.ie‘s favourite? ‘Banal Risking Ho’. And if you’ve already forgotten what the sign looked like before, here it is (ahem, above the Ferrari):

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  • The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers says that some of its members have been given bulletproof vests because they have to travel into particularly dangerous areas at night, Reuters reports.
  • A man who apparently bungled a burglary had to be rescued as he dangled from an apartment building in northern China, the Telegraph reports.
  • Fancy running away from it all to a beach hut in Thailand? So long as you have a few million to spare, that is… In the meantime, check out this slideshow of the world’s poshest beach huts.
  • This dramatic footage of tornadoes in midwestern America has been released today, showing the powerful storms’ devastating effects and unpredictable nature:

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