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Contraception laws unclear

AMBIGUOUS laws about contraception are putting young people at risk of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, it was claimed.

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) revealed the legal status of prescribing contraception to young people under the age of 16 in Ireland remains very unclear.

It believes teenagers would rather run the risk of an unplanned pregnancy or infection than face the possibility of their parents finding out about their sexual activities.

The situation is further complicated for medics by the fact that the age of sexual consent in Ireland is 17, IFPA said.

Music a turn on for surgeons

MOST surgeons are tuning into music while they operate, according to a study.

The survey of UK surgeons found that 90pc listen to music in the theatre.

A majority of respondents said they do so to create a "harmonious and calm atmosphere", but 30pc claim music keeps them from getting bored while operating.

Plastic surgeons are the most melomaniac of the lot, with all those asked saying they played music at work.

NY cops could take planes

THE chief of the New York Police Department says city police could take down a plane if necessary.

Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS's 60 Minutes programme that after September 11, he decided the city couldn't rely on the federal government alone.

He set about creating the NYPD's own counter-terrorism unit.

He says the department is prepared for multiple scenarios and could even take down a plane.

Kelly didn't divulge details but said: "Obviously this would be in a very extreme situation."