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In Brief: I hit racist, says attack boy (17)

A YOUTH claimed he was called "Paki" by a 14-year-old boy who he attacked and left disfigured, a court heard.

The victim denied the claim at Dublin Children's Court.

He will have to wait seven years until doctors will be able to perform an operation to re-set his nose, Judge Clare Leonard was told.

The 17-year-old accused, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the boy at Sandyford Road, in Dundrum, in south Dublin, on October 25 last year.

The victim was left with a broken nose and a chipped tooth.

The case was adjourned for an updated medical report.

Palin may sue over new book

Sarah Palin is threatening to sue over a new book that her lawyer says defames the Palins and contains "a series of lies and rumours".

Attorney John Tiemessen, in a letter to the publishers, said the book contained "most of" the stories that merely "amounted to the wishful fantasies of disturbed individuals".

McGinniss lived next door to the Palins in Wasilla, Alaska, last year while researching the book, The Rogue: Searching For The Real Sarah Palin.

'Octomum' to sell her home

The home of 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman -- where she has lived for more than two years with her 14 children -- is for sale.

An estate agent's website in Orange County, California, lists the property at $525,000 (¤388,000).

Suleman's father Ed Doud purchased the home in 2009 for $565,000 (¤417,000).

Suleman owes a $450,000 (¤332,000) balloon payment to Amer Haddadin, who has a share in the house and has threatened the mum with eviction several times.

Stars pay up to meet President

Hollywood stars turned out for Barack Obama at a Los Angeles fundraiser.

They included actors Eva Longoria, Gina Gershon, Jack Black, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, director Judd Apatow and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

Stars paid $17,900 (¤13,500) each to attend the event and meet the President.