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In brief: Delay to €1.2m jewel heist trial

THE trial of a man accused of carrying out a €1.2m jewellery heist at Dundrum shopping centre has continued in legal argument in the absence of the jury.

Ian Maloney (24) of Cashel Road in Crumlin has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery, possession of a 12-gauge Farasqueta CIA Shotgun and possession of a sawn-off shotgun at Paul Sheeran Jewellers in Dundrum Town Centre on September 3, 2008.

The jury of seven women and five men are due to return on Monday when it is expected evidence will resume before Judge Gerard Griffin.

Astronaut says no to politics

Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of wounded US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is knocking down speculation that he is interested in running for political office now that he is retiring from Nasa.

Mr Kelly has been mentioned as a potential candidate for office in Ms Giffords' home state of Arizona.

But the commander of the space shuttle Endeavour told an audience at the National Press Club in Washington that his main focus now and for the foreseeable future would be to spend more time with his children and take care of his wife as she seeks to recover from a January shooting in Tucson.

'Our drug not for executions'

A drug maker has moved to curb the use of one of its sedatives in US executions by requiring distributors to sign an agreement that they will not sell it for that purpose.

The change represents yet another obstacle for states that have struggled recently to revamp their lethal injections.

About two-thirds of the 34 death penalty states have switched to the drug.

Drive-by killer is jailed for life

A judge in the US Virgin Islands has given two life sentences to a man convicted of killing a teenager as well as a young tourist from Puerto Rico in a drive-by shooting.

Steve Tyson was sentenced for the killings of 14-year-old Lizmarie Perez Chaparro and 18-year-old Shaheel Joseph last July. Mr Joseph was fatally shot while attending a friend's funeral and Lizmarie died when a bullet hit the bus she was riding in as it drove past.