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Abortion plea to hospitals

Masters of maternity hospitals have a duty of care to women being forced to travel for an abortion, it has been claimed.

Three women, who had to go to the UK for a termination after being diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities, have called for a meeting with medical chiefs at the Coombe, Rotunda and National Maternity hospitals.

Amanda Mellet, Ruth Bowie and Arlette Lyons are campaigning for a change in the law to legalise abortions in Ireland when the life of the child is in danger.

"We know that legally your hands are tied in the services and information you can give us but feel that you equally have a duty of care to us and other women who will unfortunately go through this in the future," the women said in a letter to the masters.

Britney fiance

turns manager

Britney Spears' fiance has received a judge's permission to help manage the singer's personal affairs.

Jason Trawick received approval from LA Superior Court judge Reva Goetz to become a co-conservator over Spears.

He joins her father Jamie in that role and will have control over several decision-making aspects of her personal life, but not in managing her assets.

Charity order

for drug teen

A YOUTH must pay €400 to charity after he was caught with cannabis which turned out to be worth less than the amount he paid for it, a judge has held.

The Children's Court heard that the 17-year-old had been stopped for searches in Clondalkin, in Dublin, on January 11 and May 17 last year.

Gardai seized €20 worth of cannabis herb from him, which he told them had cost him €50. The case was adjourned until November 20.

Gatecrasher in

bid for election

Tareq Salahi, who once gatecrashed a White House party with his wife, now says he will run as a Republican for governor of Virginia .

Salahi and his wife, Michaele, breezed in uninvited to a State dinner in 2009. They were able to meet Barack Obama, sparking security fears.