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In Brief: Brain-damage teen gets €1m

THE High Court has approved a settlement of €1m to a teenage boy who suffered serious injuries after being struck by a car while crossing the road.

Liam Nevin (15) was hit crossing the road at Ballymorris Road, Portarlington, Co Laois, on October 13, 2006, while he was going to school.

He sustained traumatic brain injuries.

Liam, who is living in England, sued the driver of the car Patricia O'Reilly, Cushina, Portarlington, for alleged negligence and breach of duty of care. The case was settled without admission of liability.



A US hospital is testing a new way of making sure doctors, nurses and other staff keep their hands clean.

Staff at SSM St Mary's Health Centre in St Louis wear badges with a flashing light which changes colours when hands have been cleaned.

Health experts say poor hand cleanliness is a factor in hospital-borne infections that kill tens of thousands of Americans each year. Hospitals have tried varying ways to promote better hygiene.



A federal grand jury has indicted a woman who authorities say sent ricin-laced letters to US President Barack Obama and others in an attempt to frame her estranged husband.

Prosecutors announced that 35-year-old Shannon Richardson is named in a three-count indictment.

Richardson is accused of sending threatening letters in May to Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of the mayor's gun-control group. Richardson, of Texas, was arrested June 7. She faces up to five years in prison on each of the charges.





Police have shot a naked man who brandished a knife at officers in a landmark Berlin fountain. The man later died.

Passers-by reported that a man was behaving strangely and carrying a long knife in the Neptune fountain, near Berlin's city hall.

An officer shot the man after he ignored calls to back off. He died at the scene.