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Brawl man was polite to gardai

A FATHER-of-one caught drunkenly brawling with another man in Dublin city centre has been fined €500 for public order offences.

Joseph Smith (27) was convicted after a court heard that, although he was drunk and fighting, he was polite to gardai afterwards and shook hands with the other man.

Smith, with an address at The Boulevard, Bealing Village, Tyrellstown, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace on September 2 outside the Kitchen nightclub.

The accused was one of the men fighting and the garda saw him "throwing a couple of punches". He was arrested and taken to Irishtown Garda Station. The court heard he had since called the station to apologise.

Woman killed four children

A New York woman has pleaded guilty in the deaths of four of her children, aged 14, 13, 12 and six, who died in a blaze started when she set fire to photos of her boyfriend.

Bobbie Kugler (31) pleaded guilty to manslaughter, assault and arson. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped four murder counts.

Officials said she will be sentenced on January 22 to seven to 15 years in prison.

Bomb kills two in Kenya

TWO people have been killed and eight others injured in an explosion in central Nairobi, the Kenyan Red Cross said tonight.

The blast was the second in the capital in three days. A blast near a military base last Wednesday wounded eight people.

Both explosions went off in a Somali neighbourhood of Nairobi known as Little Mogadishu. Kenya has seen a series of small-scale explosions over the last year, many from grenades.

Oscar firm lays off 100

The Chicago company that makes the gold-plated Oscar statues for the Academy Awards is laying off 95 employees.

RS Owens & Co said it will lay off the workers on December 17. The company has about 250 employees.

RS Owens has been making the Oscar statues for about 30 years.