Dublin man denies IRA link

THE trial of a Dublin man arrested during a Special Branch investigation into dissident republican activity in the city continued at the Special Criminal Court.

Sean Farrell (26), of Kilfenora Road, Crumlin, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 7 last year.

The prosecution case is that Farrell was arrested in the Coombe area after gardai found three guns and ammunition at an address on Bride Street.

The trial is expected to last until the end of next week.

FBI hunt clues for missing boy

Investigators carried rubble from a basement excavation site in lower Manhattan while searching for clues in the 1979 disappearance of six-year-old boy Etan Patz.

Utility workers with jackhammers and saws helped chip away an area around aging pipes. The material will be sifted and then taken for testing.

Etan vanishedafter leaving his family's home for a short walk to his school bus stop.

FBI and police officials didn't publicly announce what led them to the site.