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Chef had €1k of drugs at home

A YOUNG chef who was caught with over €1,000 worth of drugs and a weighing scales in his home may escape a conviction if he comes up with a charitable donation and stays clean of drugs.

Judge Dermot Dempsey has given Keith McNamara (22) six months to come up with €500 for charity and to provide drug-free urine analysis if he wants to escape a conviction.

McNamara of Boroimhe Beech in Swords, Co Dublin, had pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to being in unlawful possession of €1,100 worth of cannabis herb at his home on May 18, 2013. He further pleaded guilty to the sale and supply of the drug.

New storm threat in US

A fresh winter storm was due to hit the north east coast of the US, causing the cancellation of flights, classes and court cases a day after it dumped 1.5 feet of snow on the Chicago area.

More than 2,300 flights were cancelled yesterday, with about a seventh of them at Boston's Logan Airport.

Stab charge for Power Ranger

A former star of the Power Rangers TV series has been arrested in California for allegedly stabbing his room-mate to death with a sword.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Ricardo Medina (36), who played the Red Ranger on Power Rangers Wild Force, was in custody over the death of Joshua Sutter.

Police said Medina and Mr Sutter got into an argument.

Medina retreated to his bedroom, but when Mr Sutter forced his way into the room, Medina grabbed a sword and stabbed his room-mate in the stomach. He then called emergency services and waited for help.

Berlusconi penalty is cut

A judge in Milan has shaved six weeks off Silvio Berlusconi's community service helping Alzheimer's patients, the media mogul's penalty for a tax fraud conviction.

The former Italian premier's lawyer, Valentina Bolis, said the judge took 45 days from his penalty, meaning he will finish in early March.