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Cowen unveils healthcare HQ

A leading healthcare products company facility employing 200 people was officially opened today by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

The bulk of the jobs have already been filled at Covidien's €11m European Services Centre in south Dublin, which has been up and running for around a year.

The Cherrywood centre houses customer services, credit control, contracts, pricing and import and export functions.

Singers' killer is put to death

Texas has executed a man by lethal injection for killing two opera singers nearly 22 years ago.

Derrick Jackson (42) had said he was unfairly convicted of beating and stabbing to death 31-year-old Houston Grand Opera chorus singers Forrest Henderson and Richard Wrotenbery in September 1988.

He was traced by a bloody fingerprint left at the scene.

Robber says it with flowers

New York police are hunting a bank robber armed with a bouquet of fresh flowers.

The man strolled into a Manhattan bank, reached into the flowers, pulled out a threatening note and handed it to a teller.

The note demanded 50 and 100-dollar bills and warned, "Don't be a hero." The robber took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing.