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In brief: Girl accused of OAP burglaries

A 15-YEAR-OLD girl has been accused of taking part in "distraction" burglaries of the homes of two elderly people in Dublin.

The girl was charged at the Dublin Children's Court with stealing €200 from the home of a man at Foxfield Avenue in Raheny in September last year.

She was also accused of stealing €25 from another elderly person,.

She was aged 14 at the time of the alleged incidents.

The girl was granted legal aid and remanded on bail to appear again next month.

9/11 terrorism fears receding

A new poll released a month before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks finds worry about another terrorist assault in New York City is at its lowest point since the 2001 annihilation of the World Trade Center.

It found 49pc of the New York City residents polled were concerned there might be another attack, 32pc were "worried" and 17pc were "very worried." The poll found that 53pc felt their lives had returned to normal since the attacks, while 36pc said their lives would never be the same.

Pilots dazzled by laser beams

Two more planes landing at Vilnius airport in Lithuania were targeted by a bright green laser light that temporarily blinded the pilots.

Both planes landed safely, but police said officers who drove to the area where the high-powered light beam originated were unable to spot the source.

It was the third consecutive night that planes landing in Lithuania's capital, were targeted by the dangerous laser lights.

Freed convict broke into jail

Most inmates are trying to get out of prison, but authorities say they caught a California parolee trying to sneak back in.

Corrections Sergeant Tony Quinn said 48-year-old Marvin Lane Ussery was spotted scaling the 7ft tall, barbed wire-topped fence that encircles a large wooded area behind the California State Prison in Sacramento.

Ussery served time at New Folsom for robbery before he was paroled. Officials are investigating if Ussery was trying to smuggle in drugs.