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Lottery 'winner' plans appeal
Anhui lottery winner Wang Liang has vowed to appeal against a Beijing court's decision to reject his claim on a sports lottery after officials refused to pay him 5 million yuan (HK$5.7 million) because he did not collect it within 28 days, the Beijing Youth Daily reports. Eight people have lost out on payouts for missing the deadline and Mr Wang is the first to resort to the courts. He said he was forced to, to support his family.
Part of major road collapses
A 30 square metre section of Beijing's main thoroughfare, Changan Avenue, caved in yesterday morning, creating a 6-metre hole, Xinhuanet.com reports. Repairs were completed by noon.
Three die as SUV, van collide
HEILONGJIANG - Three people died and three others were injured when an SUV smashed into a van between Suihua and Beian, Xinhuanet reports.
Prison for Games bomb hoaxer
SHANGHAI - A Changning district court has sentenced a man to 18 months in jail for falsely reporting a terrorist bomb threat in Shanghai during the Olympic Games, Xinhuanet.com reports. He called police three times, claiming explosives had been planted at Huating Hotel, where some athletes were staying.
Anger over youth abortion centre
JIANGSU - Controversy has broken out in Nanjing over the founding of a pregnancy help centre by the women's union in the city, the Modern Express reports. The centre will help women aged up to 24 to have abortions in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Some critics say it encourages teenagers to have sex.
Toy snake scares pupil to death
JIANGSU - A Sheyang county middle school has paid 50,000 yuan in court-ordered compensation to the family of a child who died of 'fright' in hospital several days after another pupil showed the girl a toy snake in class, Xinhuanet.com reports. The county court said the school was partly responsible for the girl's death because it should have provided a safe environment.
5m yuan for volunteer groups
GUANGDONG - The Guangdong Volunteer Development Foundation has allocated 5 million yuan to 420 volunteer organisations for work in environmental protection, community development and poverty relief, Xinhuanet.com reports.
Hacker jailed over quake alert
GUANGXI - A Jiangsu computer hacker was jailed for four years for posting fake news online about a massive earthquake predicted for Guangxi, according to the Nanning Evening Paper. The Qingxiu District People's Court in Nanning was told that Chen Zhifeng tapped into the Guangxi Earthquake Bureau's official website in May and posted a false prediction of a magnitude-9 earthquake.
Heroin smugglers arrested
GUANGXI - Police arrested an unspecified number of people accused of smuggling 2.3kg of heroin valued at 800,000 yuan into Liuzhou in a drug bust on Wednesday, Xinhuanet said.
Sixteen killed in mine blast
NINGXIA - An explosion at a Shizuishan coal mine killed 16 people and injured 46 others on Thursday, Xinhuanet.com reports. The accident occurred as workers were using more than 2 tonnes of explosives to blast rocks. The dead included six people handling the explosives, five passing the site, and miners living in nearby sheds.
Credit crunch blamed for suicide
SICHUAN - A 44-year-old company executive and member of the Jiajiang county political consultative conference has jumped from a government building, Xinhuanet.com reports. The man was a director of a vegetable oil company and was believed to have committed suicide because of the falling price of the oil on the futures market.
Ibises handed to Korean experts
SHAANXI - Forestry officials have handed a pair of captive-bred, five-year-old red ibises to South Korean experts in Xian to help a project to return the species to the Korean Peninsula. Two Chinese red ibis specialists will accompany the birds on a plane to South Korea and stay for about a year to help with the breeding programme, Xinhuanet reports.
Tremor rattles Wensu residents
XINJIANG - A magnitude-4.2 earthquake hit Wensu county yesterday, Chinanews.com.cn reports. No casualties were reported. Wensu county is on the north side of the Tarim Basin, about 1,000km from Urumqi .