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¤550k for crush worker's family

THE family of a mechanic who was crushed to death between two diggers in a workplace accident has received a €550,000 settlement.

Ronan Conway (27) died following injuries he received in an accident at O'Brien's Hire at Kilcullen, Co Wicklow, on November 26, 2008.

His fiance Anne Marie Morgan (30), of Calverstown Lawns, Kilcullen, Co Wicklow, had brought an action against OB Hire and Sales Ltd, claiming Mr Conway's fatal injuries were caused by the negligence and breach of duty of his employers.

The firm had denied the charge, saying Mr Conway had not applied the safety lever before he got out of his digger.

Schoolbag had

¤5k cannabis

A YOUTH caught with almost €5,000 worth of cannabis in two schoolbags has been sentenced to nine months probation.

Stephen Creighton (18) of Elmdale Crescent, Cherry Orchard, in Ballyfermot, in Dublin, had pleaded guilty to possessing the cannabis for the purpose of sale or supply.

During a search at the youth's home, his bedroom was found to be locked but gardai forced entry, Dublin District Court heard.

China wants to censor movies

China is proposing to ban movie content that it says disturbs social stability and promotes religious fanaticism.

Films must not harm national honour and interest, incite ethnic hatred, spread "evil cults" or superstition, or propagate obscenity, gambling, drug abuse, violence or terror, according to a draft law.

The move has been criticised as the latest attempt by the authoritarian government to tighten control over what people see.

Identity crisis for Triceratops

The Triceratops, first discovered in 1889, has an identity crisis, say scientists.

What was thought to be three separate dinosaurs have now been reclassified as one, the horned-face Triceratops.

The two other dinosaurs, called Torosaurus and Nedoceratops, were found to be older versions of the beast, which grew to about 25-feet-long and weighed an estimated six tons, researchers said.