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Breast-feeder wins payout

A woman who was asked to leave an airplane in the US state of Vermont for breast-feeding her child has reached a settlement with the Delta Airlines and two other airline companies she sued.

Emily Gillette of New Mexico says she was kicked off a Delta Connections flight in Vermont in 2006 because she wouldn't cover herself with a blanket while nursing her one-year-old daughter.

Ms Gillette had sued Delta Airlines, Freedom Airlines and Mesa Air Group for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Her lawyer would not say how much the airlines will be paying out.

Garda Jean McDonnell

In our edition of February 25 2012, we published a court report concerning an assault charge.

One of the prosecuting gardai in the case was Garda Jean McDonnell.

The headline to our report failed to accurately reflect the court's finding in the matter. We apologise to Garda McDonnell for this error.

Harley hearse

for dead bikers

A German man says people are dying for a ride in the sidecar of one of his Harleys -- literally.

Joerg Grossmann said his prototype hearse for die-hard bikers who want to ride until the very end -- a special sidecar fitted to his motorcycle -- made its first funeral run last month.

The original is a Kawasaki but the 48-year-old from near Frankfurt says 10 of his patented Harley hearses are being assembled and will be ready later this year.

He's counting on 1,000 bookings per year in Germany alone at ¤1,200 each, compared to ¤200 for a normal hearse.

He says people are really excited about the Harley hearse: "It's something special."