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Danger drive teen facing jail

A YOUTH who crashed a stolen car at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin after a high-speed pursuit has been given an eight-month suspended sentence.

The 16-year-old had pleaded not guilty to driving a stolen Honda Civic and two counts of dangerous driving but was convicted at the Dublin Children's Court.

The teen, who has 29 prior criminal convictions, failed to stop after gardai activated their patrol car's lights and sirens.

The chase, on February 2 last year, began in Ballyfermot. At one point he swerved to the wrong side on a road and he drove around a roundabout against the flow of traffic.

The teen, who had claimed he was a passenger in the stolen car, was also banned for six years.

Obama-scare pilot's drug rap

A PILOT who was inter-cepted by fighter jets after flying into the same airspace as President Barack Obama's helicopter has been charged with having marijuana.

Police in Long Beach, California, where 43-year-old Brian Choppin was forced to land his Cessna, found the drugs during a search.

Pilots had been told that during Obama's February 16 visit that they were not to come within eight miles of Los Angeles International Airport. The Secret Service said Obama was never in danger.

Gay marriage move rejected

Politicians have rejected a bill that would have made New Hampshire the first US state to repeal a gay marriage law, an action that the governor had promised to block.

The state House voted 211-116 to kill the measure, ending a push in the Legislature to rescind New Hampshire's two-year-old gay marriage law.

Nevertheless, both sides are pledging to continue fighting into the autumn elections.

McDonald's boss to retire

McDonald's chief executive Jim Skinner is to retire later this year.

Don Thompson, the company's current president, will take over the helm of the world's biggest hamburger chain on July 1.

Mr Skinner (67) has been with McDonald's for 41 years. He was named chief executive in 2004.