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Shop attack boy faces jail

A TEENAGER who attacked a shop assistant and left him needing 17 stitches inside his mouth has been warned he faces a custodial sentence.

The 17-year-old boy had pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court in July to assaulting a shop worker at a Spar shop, on Talbot Street, on September 7. The case had been adjourned until yesterday for a probation report to be furnished to the court.

He was remanded to appear next month.

Nine killed in chopper crash

Nato said nine of its service members were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.

The alliance said two other service members, an Afghan National Army soldier and a US civilian were injured in the crash.

It did not disclose where the crash occurred nor release details of the nationality of the dead service members.

NATO said the cause of the crash was under investigation, but that there were no reports of enemy fire.

Lennon fans mark his 70th

The US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be celebrating what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday with a weekend-long homage to the Beatles.

The Rock Hall, in Cleveland, will honour Lennon's life in a series of events from October 8 until October 10.

Throughout the weekend, fans will be invited to sign a large birthday card expressing their wishes for the world.

Lennon was born on October 9, 1940. He was killed in 1980 outside his Manhattan apartment building.

Football star found dead

Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley(23) was found dead yesterday at his Colorado home in a suspected suicide.

Although McKinley's death is still under investigation, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said it appeared to be the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

McKinley, who was selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2009 National Football League draft, was put on injured reserve last month with a season-ending knee problem.