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In Brief: Bus driver in dog sex-act

A BUS driver will be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty to buggery with an animal following a garda investigation into the death of a mother.

Sean McDonnell (58) of Rathmore, Churchill Meadows, Raheen, Limerick, appeared before Limerick Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.

McDonnell was charged with buggery with an animal -- a German Shepherd -- at 26 Laurel Park, Patrickswell, Co Limerick on October 7, 2008.

The investigation arose following the death of a 43-year-old woman who died after been taken by ambulance from the house in the Limerick village on the date of the offence in 2008.

The case was adjourned until November 2 next and McDonnell was remanded on continuing bail.

Usher axes tour to judge Voice

Chart star Usher has pulled the plug on his UK and European gigs after landing a role as a coach on the US version of talent show The Voice, and being given the care of his two sons.

The dates have now been put back until the autumn of next year.

Promoters of the Euphoria tour apologised and said the postponement was due to his "professional and personal commitments".

Gators add bite to birthdays

Forget about ponies, bouncy castles and clowns.

For $175 (¤135), a Florida businessman is spicing up children's parties by bringing tiny alligators and letting them swim in clients' pools.

Bob Barrett, who gives guests a safety lesson and a science talk, says the 'gator pool parties are totally safe -- the reptiles' mouths are clamped shut with veterinary-grade tape.

One Direction DJs for a day

Members of One Direction are to co-host a show each on Radio 1 next month as they take over the airwaves for 10 hours.

The five will join regular presenters throughout October 6 ahead of the station's Teen Awards, selecting music and taking calls.

Mullingar native Niall Horan will be taking his turn with DJ Huw Stephens at 2pm.