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¤78k for path trip woman

A WOMAN who broke her ankle stepping onto a footpath has been awarded €78,000 in damages.

Geraldine Judge (55), a quality control technician from Aughris, Templeboy, Co Sligo, sued Cavan County Council after the accident at Blacklion, Co Cavan, in 2005.

The court heard the accident happened as she stepped sideways between two parked cars to get on to the footpath and fractured her ankle.

Mr Justice Iarflaith O'Neill at the High Court said Ms Judge had an awkward landing because the footpath was five inches below where she expected it to be.

Gunman took child from bus

POLICE in Alabama were today negotiating with a gunman who boarded a school bus, shot the driver dead, then fled with a child.

The Dale County Sheriff said the man shot the driver in Midland City yesterday after he refused to let the child off the bus.

Authorities said the gunman took the child to an area behind a nearby church and police were negotiating with him.

Rare elephants found poisoned

TEN endangered Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in a Malaysian forest,with wildlife officials saying that they were probably poisoned.

Carcasses of the elephants were found near each other over the past three weeks at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve, said Laurentius Ambu, director of the wildlife department in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo island.

Poisoning appeared to be the likely cause, but officials have not determined whether it was intentional

Oscar statues on US tour

THE Oscar statues will visit at least 10 cities before being presented to the winners, as part of Oscar's first national tour.

Beginning on Monday in New York, the golden guy's journey will be chronicled online and fans can follow Oscar's progress.

The statuette will go to Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Chicago, St Louis, Kansas City, Missouri, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix before arriving in Hollywood on February 24.