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‘How to murder your husband’ author on trial for murdering husband

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A romance novelist who once wrote an essay titled How to Murder Your Husband is standing trial for murdering her husband. Nancy Crampton-Brophy allegedly shot dead her husband, Dan, for a $1.4m (£1.1m) life insurance payout. The 71-year-old, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and unlawful use of a firearm, has previously written books with titles such as Hell on the Heart and The Wrong Husband. The judge has ruled that her essay will not be shown to the jury.

Job applicant accidentally uploaded his STD results

A job hunter said his application for a “dream” role is in tatters after he accidentally uploaded his STD results instead of his cover letter. Jacques Paul spent hours filling in an application and proofreading it for a digital marketing role with a “big four” consulting company. However, after submitting his application he “freaked out” when he discovered his error. “Within 72 hours I got a standard message saying they weren’t proceeding with the application,” he said. “I figured I could follow up and ask for feedback, but I think I knew what it was.”

Maradona’s daughter says wrong shirt is being auctioned

Diego Maradona’s daughter has insisted that the Argentina shirt expected to fetch £4m at auction is not the shirt he was wearing when he scored his infamous goal against England at the 1986 World Cup. After it was announced that former England player Steve Hodge was putting the shirt up for sale, Dalma Maradona said that it was actually worn during the goalless first half of the tie. The jersey Maradona wore in the second half belongs to another owner, she said, declining to name them. However, Sotheby’s said “diligence and scientific research” confirmed that the shirt was the one worn in the second half.

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