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Gardai ordered to release files

A judge has ordered the release to lawyers of part of a file relating to a garda investigation into a car accident involving former garda Stephen Cooper.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery said yesterday that an edited version of the file gave a fair analysis and representation of the accident.

In a previous hearing the court heard that the file, produced for the DPP, contained a number of statements that would assist the court in its determination of the issues in Mr Cooper's claim against the MIBI and car owner Tony Luptan, Latchford Green, Clonee, Co Dublin.

Meditation can help disorders

A month of meditation training alters brain wiring in ways that could open the door to new treatments for mental disorders, research has shown.

Scientists looked at the effects of integrative body-mind training (IBMT) on two groups of university students.

After just four weeks, or 11 hours, of training scans showed physical changes were occurring in the brains of the volunteers.

Nerve fibres, known as "white matter", became denser, providing greater numbers of brain-signalling connections.

Coast Guard call off search

The US Coast Guard says a reported explosion on a motor yacht off central New Jersey likely was a hoax and it has suspended its search and rescue mission.

Authorities received an emergency radio transmission from a boat identifying itself as the Blind Date on Monday afternoon.

The caller claimed the vessel sank but everyone aboard had made it to life rafts.