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Brother-in-law cleared of rape

A Galway man charged with repeatedly raping his wife's teenage sister over the course of four years has been found not guilty.

The 49-year-old accused had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 14 charges of raping the woman on dates between June 12, 1983, and June 30, 1986 in a Galway house. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

After deliberating for five hours and 20 minutes the jury returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty on 10 counts of rape. Verdicts of not guilty by direction of the trial judge were returned on the remaining four counts.

Lottery winner was poisoned

The brother of a Chicago man poisoned with cyanide shortly after winning the lottery says he is the family member who asked authorities to reconsider the initial finding that his sibling had died of natural causes.

Imtiaz Kahn says he had nightmares about his brother before his death and his suspicions about the death lead him to push coroner's officials to conduct more tests.

Urooj Khan, an immigrant from India, died last July 20 as he was about to collect his $425,000 (€317,000) in winnings.

Jazzman Byrd dies aged 80

Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading trumpeter of the 1950s, has died aged 80.

Byrd rose to prominence when he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1955, filling the seat in the bebop group held by his idol Clifford Brown.

He soon became one of the most in-demand trumpeters on the New York scene, playing with Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

Hackers spark zombie scare

A Montana television station's regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse.

The Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and its CW station.

KRTV says on its website the hackers broadcast that "dead bodies are rising from their graves".