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Creighton to face libel case

AN ACTION by a developer alleging he was defamed by Minister of State Lucinda Creighton has been listed for hearing at the High Court.

The proceedings by Micheal O'Flynn arise from a speech by Ms Creighton, entitled Standards in Public Life and Accountability, to the MacGill Summer School in Co Donegal.

Mr O'Flynn, founder of O'Flynn Construction, Cork, alleges he was defamed in that speech of July 20, 2010, and in an interview with Ms Creighton broadcast on RTE Radio the same day. He also alleges defamation against Ms Creighton in a follow-up Irish Times article on July 24, 2010.

Ms Creighton, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East and Minister for European Affairs, has denied defamation.

The case has been listed for hearing on November 9

Inmates battle for dental floss

Dental floss may prevent toothaches, but it is giving jailers plenty of headaches.

A group of New York prisoners are suing to get access to dental floss -- but officials at Westchester county jail say they have to consider the security issues.

They believe a Texas prisoner once used floss to cut his way out of his cell so he could kill a fellow inmate, and ropes made of braided floss have been used in escapes or escape attempts.

History reveals spooky names

Mary Scary, Fran Pire and Frank N Stein are among the peculiar names unearthed by a family history website.

Ancestry.co.uk said a study of names on its site, ranging from school registers and marriage records to phone books, revealed some unusual entries.

Names of interest included Norfolk woman Mary Scary born in 1843 and a World War I soldier called Will Fright.

Insider attack kills US troops

A man in an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two American service members in the latest attack on international forces this year by their Afghan partners.

The assailant escaped after killing the soldiers while they were out on patrol in the southern Uruzgan province. It was the second suspected insider attack in two days.