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Boy faces trial for 'slice threat'

A TEENAGER who allegedly threatened to "slice" a youth during a mugging is to face trial in the New Year.

The 17-year-old had been charged at the Children's Court with robbery of a mobile phone, €20 and an MP3 player, from the youth, at Sandymount, in south Dublin, on August 27 last.

The teenager pleaded not guilty yesterday and was remanded on continuing bail pending his hearing in January.

Cross-dressing banned at bash

A recent Halloween party hosted by a Mormon church ward in the US specified no "cross-gender" costumes.

The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper reports that the ban meant no girls dressed as Harry Potter, for example.

Raquel Smith says she was "appalled" when she read the party flyer taped to her door. She is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

LDS Bishop Dennis Toone says he thought the rule was church policy, but it wasn't.

Giant python ate adult deer

Officials in the Florida Everglades have captured and killed a 4.88m-long Burmese python that had just eaten an adult deer.

Scott Hardin, exotic species co-ordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, says workers found the snake on Thursday. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida.

Hardin says the python had recently consumed a 34kg female deer that had died.

He says it was an important capture to help stop the spread of pythons further north.

Serial killer link to more deaths

A law enforcement official says police have linked the man charged with 10 murders in the Grim Sleeper serial killings to a number of other deaths.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said that police had connected Lonnie Franklin Jr to the killings.

The official did not specify how many other people Franklin is connected to, but the Los Angeles Times reported the number as six, bringing to 16 the total number of killings he has been linked him to.