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Burglar hit dad with axe handle

Two men armed with a pick axe handle broke into a man's house and hit him after he refused to sell them his van, a court heard.

Maurice Murphy, and his six-year-old son were in their home in Castleview Estate, Newcastle West, Co Limerick, at the time of the attack.

Brian Scanlon (32) of Rose View, Main Street, Carrignavar, Cork, pleaded guilty to assault.

He also pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to aggravated burglary at Mr Murphy's house on October 23, 2010.

Judge Carroll Moran imposed a two-year suspended jail sentence on the assault charge. The suspended sentence is to run consecutively to a five-year jail term Scanlon received on July 28, 2011.



Mum kicked off bus over nappy

Seattle's public transport authority has apologised after a woman was asked to leave a bus because of her child's smelly nappy, but the driver won't be punished.

Metro Transit said the driver did not violate policy when she acted for the comfort of other passengers.

Nichole Hakimian was taking her one-year-old son to a clinic in the US city when his diarrhoea became an odour issue.



Lohan burglary suspect guilty

A 22-year-old US woman has pleaded no contest to a burglary charge for stealing from the home of Lindsay Lohan as part of a group known as the "Bling Ring".

Diana Tamayo was one of six people charged in thefts of more than $3m in clothes, jewellery and art from the homes of stars such as Lohan, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Megan Fox.

Tamayo was sentenced to three years' probation.



New advice on frozen embryos

New US guidelines say freezing human eggs for fertility can work -- but they still urge caution for women hoping the technology will pause a ticking biological clock.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine cites studies showing younger women are about as likely to get pregnant if they used frozen eggs for their infertility treatment as if they used fresh ones.


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