Two men escape from German nursing home to attend heavy metal festival

Two elderly men have proved you are never too old to rock, after escaping from a nursing home in Germany to attend a heavy metal festival.

A police hunt for the pair began when staff at the nursing home noticed they were missing on Friday.

The men were then located at the Wacken Open Air festival at 3am.

Police say they were "disoriented and dazed" but clearly enjoying what is billed as the world's largest heavy metal festival.

"They obviously liked the metal festival," police spokeswoman Merle Neufeld told public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk.

"The care home quickly organised a return transport after police picked them up."

A visitor poses at the legendary music festival in Wacken, northern Germany, Wednesday, Aug.1, 2018.
A visitor poses at the legendary music festival in Wacken, northern Germany, Wednesday, Aug.1, 2018. Source: Associated Press

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Coroner rules Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer's death as suicide

The Los Angeles County coroner says actor Verne Troyer, who was best known for his "Austin Powers" role of Mini-Me, died last April of suicide.

The coroner's office released its findings overnight following an autopsy and investigation into Troyer's April 21 death.

His representatives said at the time he was struggling with depression.

The coroner's office certified that the manner of death was a suicide.

Troyer, 49, was best known as Mike Myers' sidekick "Mini-Me" in 1999's "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and 2002's "Austin Powers in Goldmember."

He also played banker-goblin Griphook in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and appeared in dozens of TV shows and videos.

Troyer, who stood 2-feet-8-inches tall, was born with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that limited his height.

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Actor Verne Troyer passed away on April 21 aged 49.
Actor Verne Troyer passed away on April 21 aged 49. Source: Supplied


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Britain's Supreme Court side with bakery who refused to bake same-sex marriage cake

Britain's Supreme Court have reversed a lower court ruling and ruled that a bakery owned by a Christian family didn't discriminate against a gay customer when it refused to make a cake bearing a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the phrase "Support Gay Marriage." The owners argued they shouldn't be forced to put messages on their products at odds with their Christian beliefs. The court agreed.

"In a nutshell, the objection was to the message and not to any particular person or persons," Judge Brenda Hale wrote in the unanimous decision.

"It is deeply humiliating, and an affront to human dignity, to deny someone a service because of that person's race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any of the other protected personal characteristics. But that is not what happened in this case."

The general manager of the bakery, Daniel McArthur, said he was relieved by the decision.

"I want to start by thanking God," he told reporters. "He has been with us during the challenges of the last four years."

The case was brought by the customer, gay rights activist Gareth Lee, and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. It received backing from the Rainbow Project, Northern Ireland's largest support organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The Rainbow Project expressed disappointment with the decision.

"We believe this is direct discrimination for which there can be no justification," director John O'Doherty said. "We will, however, take time to study this judgment by the Supreme Court to understand fully its implications for the rights of LGBT people to access goods, facilities and services without discrimination."

It wasn't immediately clear if the plaintiffs plan to appeal the ruling to the European Court of Human Rights.

The cake was ordered by a gay rights activist. Source: BBC

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Husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star to be deported from US after release from prison

The husband of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice will be deported back to Italy once he's released from prison next year, according to a judge's ruling.

Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice appeared before an immigration court in York, Pennsylvania, via teleconference. He has 30 days to appeal the decision, said Kathryn Mattingly, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Immigration Review.

Giudice is an Italian citizen who came to the US as an infant and wasn't aware he wasn't an American citizen.

He's currently serving a more than 3-year sentence for fraud and failing to pay taxes. He's incarcerated at FCI Allenwood, about 266 kilometres northwest of Philadelphia.

Prison records indicate he is set to be released in March.

The couple pleaded guilty in 2014 to bankruptcy fraud and submitting false loan applications to get $US5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to not paying about $US200,000 in income taxes.

Teresa Giudice served nearly a year in prison and was freed in December 2015.

Messages seeking comment from the couple's lawyers and Teresa Giudice's publicist weren't immediately returned.

In January, during the season eight reunion of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," Teresa Giudice implied she would be open to moving to Italy with him.

"Italy's a beautiful place to live," she told the host at the time. "Listen, whatever God has planned for me, that's what's going to happen. I will embrace it the best I can."

They have four daughters, ranging in age from 9 to 17.

Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice Source: Associated Press


Wave of water ploughs through St Llorenc as flooding claims nine lives on Spanish island of Mallorca

At least nine people have died on the Spanish island of Mallorca after a torrential rainstorm caused flash flooding that left a trail of piled vehicles and damaged infrastructure from surges of water and mud.

Two British citizens and a Dutch woman were among the victims found, one day after the rainfall, a spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said.

The only missing person as of this morning was a 5-year-old boy who disappeared with his mother. The Civil Guard found the mother's body. Before floodwaters dragged her and the boy away, the woman reportedly managed to bring her 7-year-old daughter out of their vehicle, according to unidentified Civil Guard sources quoted by Spanish private news agency Europa Press.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a visit to the eastern coast of the island that the impacted area would be declared a "zone of catastrophe," which unlocks funds for recovery, reconstruction and compensation of victims.

The military has been called in to help emergency services deal with the scale of the devastation. Source: BBC

"Given the magnitude of what happened we are going to unleash all resources necessary to return their lives to their everydayness, but the most urgent thing right now is to find those people disappeared," Sanchez told reporters.

Authorities said the rainstorm was unlike any people could remember. They described it as both intense and localized in a narrow stretch of land, which led to the overflowing of a creek that cuts through the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, about 60 km east of Palma de Mallorca.

Videos shot on mobile phones by local residents showed a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees on its way down the streets of the town of 8,000.

At least nine people are dead after the flooding on the Island of Mallorca. Source: Breakfast