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Family halts eviction bid

A FAMILY have secured a High Court injunction preventing South Dublin Co Council from evicting them from their home of almost 30 years.

The court heard David McGowan and his wife Catherine, who have lived with their three adult children and two young grandchildren at their home at Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, fear they they are in danger of imminent eviction arising out of a dispute over arrears of rent.

The council says the family are in arrears of €23,740, and secured a warrant for possession of the property, which has been the subject of a tenancy agreement since they moved in 28 years ago.

The McGowans say that the council erroneously computed their family's income for rent assessment purposes.

The matter will come back before the court next week.

Obama meets the Fierce Five

The Fierce Five and other members of the US Olympic gymnastics team got a personal audience with President Barack Obama while on tour in Washington.

The five -- Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman, and Jordyn Wieber -- claimed gold at this summer's London Games.

They signed leotards to give to the president's daughters, Sasha and Malia, during the visit.

Plan for licence on marijuana

Uruguay is one step closer to turning the government into the country's leading marijuana dealer.

The proposal formally introduced to Congress would create a National Cannabis Institute with the power to licence people and companies to produce marijuana for recreational, medical or industrial uses.

It also would allow anyone to grow as many as to six pot plants and produce up to 480 grams of marijuana in their own homes.

Body found on mystery yacht

Australian police say a corpse and 200kg of cocaine were found on a yacht that ran aground in the small Pacific island nation of Tonga.

Police say the drugs stuffed in the hull were worth around Aus$116m (?94.59m).