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Youth's hatchet threat to garda

A youth who swung a hatchet at a garda and threatened to "cut her up" has been jailed for 18 months.

Christopher Dooley (21) threatened the garda with the weapon as she was trying to assist another garda who had been surrounded by drunken youths.

Dooley, of The Belfry, Navan Road, Dundalk, Co Meath, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a dangerous weapon and obstructing a garda at Coultry Park, Ballymun.

Bee Gee Robin in hospital dash

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is being treated for an inflamed colon after being rushed to hospital with abdominal pains.

The singer, who has been admitted to hospital on a number of occasions in recent months, was taken in for tests at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The 61-year-old's wife, Dwina, accompanied him as he was admitted yesterday.

In April, he had to cancel a series of dates in Brazil on the advice of doctors.

Glider crashed on car-ad set

A glider that crashed at a Washington state airport, killing the pilot, was involved in filming a commercial for car maker General Motors.

Kittitas County sheriff's office said the glider was being towed down the runway at an airport about 75 miles south east of Seattle and was just starting to lift off when it crashed on Thursday. The sheriff's office said the pilot, 53-year-old William Weller, of Tukwila, was the only person on board. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Obama's girls visit memorial

US President Barack Obama is following through on his longtime plan to take his two daughters to see the new monument to Martin Luther King Jr, leader of the civil rights movement that brought an end to discriminatory anti-black laws.

Two days before speaking at the monument's dedication, Mr Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha made a surprise visit to the new memorial on the National Mall.