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€300k award for traffic injury

A STUDENT has been awarded €300,000 after he suffered a brain injury when his head was clipped by the mirror of a truck as he stood at pedestrian traffic lights.

Ciaran Chestnutt (25), of Redford Park, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, told the High Court since the 2007 accident, his memory is hopeless and he can't smell or taste.

Mr Justice Iarflaith O'Neill said Mr Chestnutt's injuries have had a huge impact on his life but he had done extremely well coping with his injury.

Mr Chestnutt had sued Waterford City Council, which owned the truck, and its employee and driver, Michael Coyne.

Four killed in train horror

Four people were killed and 17 others injured after a train slammed into a parade float heading to a US event honouring wounded veterans.

Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange said the eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float as it approached a railroad crossing in Midland, West Texas.

Ten of those injured are in critical condition.

Church denies

'torture' stunt

A church and its youth pastor have pleaded not guilty in the US to charges stemming from a mock kidnapping of a youth group that was meant to be a lesson in religious persecution.

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania say the ordeal in March included interrogation and staged torture using power tools.

They said masked congregation members bound and blindfolded the teens and drove them in a van to the parsonage on church grounds.

A child's life in White House

The children of three presidents are set to talk about life in the White House at a conference on first ladies being held at the Lyndon B Johnson Library in Austin, Texas.

The conference kicked off with a panel of historians discussing first ladies throughout history. Later, Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager will be featured in a panel along with Steve Ford and Lynda Johnson Robb.