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Two years for drugs courier

A Mayo man was caught transporting cannabis in Galway three months after being arrested with €70,000 worth of cocaine, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

James O'Donnell (45) was give a two-year jail sentence yesterday in addition to a two- and-a-half-year jail term handed down last month for the larger drugs haul.

O'Donnell, of Waterford House, Hollymount, pleaded guilty to possession of 2.5kg of cannabis resin worth €12,296 at Castlebar on April 12, 2010.

He told gardai he had started drug couriering to help his brother repay a drug debt.



Rock stars help cancer children

The two original members of rock band The Who have launched a programme for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Roger Daltrey and Peter Townshend pledged to raise money to renovate part of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre paediatric floor into a separate space for patients aged 15 to 25.

The effort is being supported by other celebrities, including Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.

The goal is to create rooms clustered around a common lounge area where young cancer patients can spend time with one another.



45 miners are pulled to safety

Forty-five Chinese coal miners were pulled to safety today after being trapped for 36 hours.

Eight other miners were killed in the accident.

Rescuers dug a rescue tunnel about 1,650 feet deep to reach the trapped miners.

Seven men were pulled out alive yesterday from the mine in the city of Samenxia in Henan province, in central China.



Willy Wonka star dies at 87

Leonard Stone, who played the father who accompanied chronic gum-chewer Violet Beauregarde on a tour through a far-out candy palace in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, has died.

Granddaughter Lindsey Fryman-Borchard said that Stone died of cancer in Encinitas, California, a day before his 88th birthday.

He was best known as fast-talking father Sam Beauregarde in the 1971 film.


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