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Downton Abbey to return for fifth season on US TV

Downton Abbey will be back for its fifth season on January 4, US broadcaster PBS said - but the return date for another hit British series Sherlock is up in the air.

Downton Abbey to return to US TV
Downton Abbey to return to US TV Credit: ITV

PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said of the show starring Benedict Cumberbath: "We will have to wait to know when it's finished and available."

All episodes of Ken Burns' The Roosevelts, for instance, will be available for streaming the day after the first episode airs on September 14. "Downton Abbey will have some surprises in it. I think you know what's going to happen to the Roosevelts," said Ms Kerger.

US believes separatists shot down MH17 'by mistake'

US intelligence officials said they believe pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine probably shot down MH17 "by mistake".

However, the US admitted not knowing exactly who fired the surface-to-air missile that downed the Malaysian Airlines plane.

Russia is continuing to deliver more weapons, including rockets and tanks, to separatists, officials added.

The intelligence officials also said the US did not know separatists had Russian SA-11 missiles until after the plane was hit.


Town threatens jail for wearing low slung trousers

Wearing low slung trousers that expose underwear or bare buttocks could lead to jail time under new laws passed by a town in central Florida.

Low slung trousers.
Pharrell Williams might face a fine for his low slung trousers. Credit: PA

Fed up with the low-cut look, council members in Ocala voted unanimously to approve a by-law that bans anyone on city property from wearing pants two inches below their natural waist.

So from now on anyone caught wearing sagging pants on roads, pavements, parks and a variety of other city owned property, could be charged.

Councilwoman Mary Rich, who proposed the law, told Florida's WFTV: "I just think it's disgraceful to show your underwear."

But City Attorney Patrick Gilligan told the Ocala Star Banner newspaper that Police are expected to issue warnings at first.

However, repeat offenders face a $500 fine or jail time.


US soldier mauled by bear while on exercise

A National Guard soldier has been mauled by a bear during a training exercise at a military base in Alaska, officials said.

The Alaska Army National Guard soldier, whose name has not been released, was said to be in a "stable" condition after the incident at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported that the female brown bear was defending her cubs when it attacked the soldier, who was alone on what base officials described as a navigation exercise.

The attack was the second in about two months after Jessica Gamboa, a soldier's wife, was badly mauled in May as she jogged on a trail.

Widow gets £14bn cigarette pay out over dead husband

The pay out is one of the largest ever.
The pay out from cigarette company R.J Reynolds is one of the largest ever. Credit: PA

A tobacco company has been ordered to pay a widow £14billion after her husband died of lung cancer, the Associated Press have reported.

Cynthia Robinson filed damages against US firm R.J Reynolds following the death of her longtime smoker husband Michael Johnson Snr in 1996.

The damages are on top of £9.8million in compensation she was awarded by Florida's Supreme Court.

The pay out is thought to be the biggest ever awarded in such a case.

Read more: Chain smoker's wife awarded $23 billion in damages from cigarette firm

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