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In Brief: Haulier's €7.5k fight over tolls

A haulage company ran up a motorway toll bill of €7,500 on a tag attached to a secondhand lorry bought in 2006, a court has been told.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday she was satisfied Tom Dineen, of Dineen Transport, Limerick Road, Tipperary, had forgotten to remove the toll tag on the windscreen when he sold the truck to PD Flaherty Ltd, of Peachville, Kilshane, Finglas.

After checking accounts, the company had told PD Flaherty Ltd it had been billed wrongly, the court heard.

Judge Linnane awarded Dineen Transport a decree for €7,500 and costs.

Bomber guilty of pants plot

A Nigerian man pleaded guilty to trying to bring down a jetliner with a bomb in his underwear, defiantly telling a judge that he acted in retaliation for the killing of Muslims worldwide.

Former London student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who acknowledged working for al-Qa'ida entered the plea against his lawyer's advice on the second day of his trial.

He stands to receive a life sentence for the 2009 attack that aimed to kill nearly 300 people on Christmas Day in the skies above Detroit.

Eating greens

'protects gut'

Eating green vegetables may help maintain vital immune cells that protect the gut, research has shown.

Mice deprived of vegetables in their diet rapidly lost the specialised cells, known as intra-epithelial lymphocytes (IELs).

IELs on the intestinal surface play a critical role in keeping infections at bay and maintaining a healthy gut.

Race to thwart oil spill on reef

A salvage crew has finally boarded a cargo ship that has spilled hundreds of tons of oil since striking a reef off New Zealand.

Workers were racing against time today to assess whether oil could be pumped from the ship before the vessel broke up.

Heavy seas had kept the team away, but a break in the weather allowed three crew members to be winched aboard the Liberian-flagged Rena, which ran aground on October 5.