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Georgia, USA: Jay and Laura Flynn of Lilburn have filed a $111 million lawsuit against DIY store Home Depot and the maker of Tile Perfect Stand'N Seal Grout Cleaner. They claim a defect caused toxic fumes that permanently destroyed half of Jay's lung capacity, which, among other effects, according to Laura, ended the couple's 'extremely active love life.' She added, 'I mean every day. But now that is over.'

Alabama, USA: After the roof of the just-built Cedar Grove Methodist Church near Thorsby collapsed, church officials revealed they had never sought building permits, based on Pastor Jeff Carroll's assumption that 'separation of church and state' meant his church was none of the government's business. Carroll, whose day job is as a home builder, said volunteers designed and then built the church. He has agreed to get a permit for the repairs.

Newcastle, UK: Geordie council builders have been ordered not to call women 'pet'.

Officials say the greeting and other north-eastern terms are disrespectful and could cause offence.