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Boy (17) bailed in attack case

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy attacked and injured two shop workers when they tried to stop him stealing cans of beer, a court has heard.

The teenager was charged at the Children's Court yesterday with two counts of assault causing harm at a shop on Dublin's Talbot Street, on June 11 last year. He made no reply to the charges, said Garda James D'Arcy.

The north Dublin boy was remanded on bail to appear again in November when he is to enter pleas to the charges.

Etheridge gets Hollywood star

Singer, activist and breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge has received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, an event she hopes can be an inspiration to anyone facing adversity or dreaming of a better life.

Grammy winner Etheridge (50) was greeted by hundreds of fans as she unveiled her coveted star.

"Let my life be an inspiration to anyone, gay, straight, breast cancer, woman, mother, any human being who receives the inspiration from my story," she said.

Pacemaker inventor dies

Wilson Greatbatch, the man who invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker, has died at 92.

Kathryn Tarquin, a spokeswoman for the company Mr Greatbatch founded, said he died yesterday at an assisted living centre in suburban Buffalo, New York state.

His son-in-law Larry Maciariello said his children were with him.

In a lifetime of inventing, Mr Greatbatch received more than 150 patents.

Husband held for killing spree

A Chinese man who allegedly killed his wife and eight other people in a fit of jealous rage has been arrested.

State media said 32-year-old fruit seller Qin Changcheng allegedly went on the rampage on Monday in the northern city of Baotou. Those killed also included his uncle, aunt and the boss of a car wash where his wife formerly worked.

Qin was tracked down and arrested by officers in the neighbouring province of Hebei late yesterday.