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In brief: Bail for boy on €40k drugs rap

A 14-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy accused of possessing €40,000 worth of cannabis has been let out of custody on bail.

The out-of-school boy was charged in June at the Dublin Children's Court.

He had been remanded in custody for psychiatric, behavioural and psychological assessments to be carried out.

The court also ordered urine analysis to test him for drug use.

After completing the four-week assessment, it was agreed that the boy could stay with family members and obey a nightly curfew.

He was ordered to appear in court again next week.



Man sucked into engine is killed

A 51-year-old engineer working at an aircraft testing centre was sucked into an engine and killed.

Air New Zealand said the man was performing routine maintenance on a Lockheed C-130 Hercules engine at the Woodbourne airfield in Blenheim when the tragedy happened.

A spokeswoman said the engine was sitting on a stand without propellers attached and was not fixed to a plane at the time.



Swimmer set to defy sharks

endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is aiming to become the first person to swim the 103-mile Florida Straits without a shark cage.

Nyad (61) will be accompanied by 45 people on five boats during the trip, which is expected to take about 60 hours.

Special equipment will surround her with an electric current that Nyad will not notice, but will keep most sharks at bay. Divers will be at hand to discourage those that get curious.



Rapper Big Boi in Viagra arrest

Outkast rapper and Hey Ya singer Big Boi has been arrested for possessing ecstasy and other drugs.

Reports said the star, real name Antwan Patton, was held for having ecstasy, MDMA powder and Viagra, for which he had no prescription, as he left a cruise ship in Miami.

His lawyer said Big Boi would beat the accusations, saying "a small amount of contraband was found in the collective luggage" and he would be exonerated.


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