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Dad fined for weapon in car

A FATHER-of-four caught with an extendable baton had taken it off a youth the previous day and left it in his car, a court heard.

Liam Murphy (34) said he forgot about the baton, and failed to give gardai a reasonable excuse for having it when his car was stopped.

Murphy, of Cromlech Fields in Ballybrack, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to possession of an extendable baton at Shanganagh Road in Shankill on September 20.

The judge ordered the destruction of the weapon and fined Murphy €150.



Bomb warning found on flight

A suspicious note was found in the toilet of a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Boston.

The note referred to a bomb and was found by a flight attendant.

The flight carrying 200 passengers and 16 crew members landed at Logan International Airport at around 6pm yesterday.

The passengers and their bags were screened. Nothing was found.

US authorities said they do not believe the threat is credible because the note was dated more than a month ago. The investigation continues.



Madonna set for Super Bowl

Madonna will be taking the stage on US football's biggest night, the Super Bowl.

The National Football League and NBC announced last night that the Grammy Award-winning singer will headline the show on February 5 next year, which is the most-watched musical event of the year. More than 162 million people in the US tuned in to see The Black Eyed Peas' performance with Slash and Usher last February.



4,200 killed by buried bombs

Vietnam's prime minister says more than 42,000 people have been killed by bombs, mines and ordnance left from the Vietnam War, and more continue to die 36 years after the war ended.

Nguyen Tan Dung told a mine action donors' conference today that more than 62,000 others have been wounded by accidental explosions of weapons.

The conference heard the United States has provided $62m to help Vietnam deal with "this painful legacy".

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