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In Brief: Delay for boy's sex assault trial

THE trial of a 14-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Dublin city centre last year has been delayed after he turned up to court without his mother.

The boy, who was aged 13 at the time of the alleged incident, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the woman at Henry St, on February 13, 2011.

Judge Ann Ryan further adjourned the case until later this week, for mention, when a new trial date will be set.

The boy was remanded on continuing bail.

New species found in cave

Scientists have discovered a new shrimp-like species -- blind, tiny and translucent -- in a US cave.

"You never know what you're going to find down there," said Jim Goodbar, a senior cave specialist with the Bureau of Land Management.

"One of the interesting things about this is these guys, these critters, have been down there for tens of thousands of years, millions of years and we're just getting around to finding them."

Amazon grabs Bond classics

James Bond has a new American publisher -- Amazon.com.

The online giant has acquired North American rights from the late Ian Fleming's estate to his classic spy novels in paper and ebook editions, including Dr No and From Russia With Love.

The books will be available from Amazon this summer. Independent stores and Barnes & Noble have usually declined to stock works published by Amazon, a top retail competitor.

Axl backed in award snub

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose said he was humbled and blown away by the support he had received from media and fans over his decision to decline his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and snub last weekend's ceremony.

The lead singer of the band explained that his refusal to accept his honour was rooted in confusion over the induction process. Rose was the first artist to publicly snub the honour since the surviving members of the Sex Pistols in 2006.