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IN BRIEF: Jury out in murder trial

A JURY has begun deliberating in the trial of a Dublin man charged with murdering another man as he was walking to work.

Lukasz Rzeszutko (27) was found unconscious on October 2, 2010, in the Newtown Industrial Estate in Coolock at 4.30am. He died in hospital two days later.

Martin Morgan (20) of Tonlegee Road, Raheny, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the man, but guilty to his manslaughter. The DPP did not accept this plea and he went on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murder.

Studio's battle over Godfather

The estate of The Godfather author Mario Puzo has fired back at movie studio Paramount Pictures with a $10m (¤7.6m) counterclaim over Paramount's attempts to block a new book in the Mafia saga.

"Mario Puzo brought vast wealth to Paramount at a time when they desperately needed it. Now that he's gone, Paramount's trying to deprive his children of the rights he specifically reserved," Bertram Fields, an attorney for the Puzo family, said yesterday.

Arthritis drugs could aid heart

Arthritis drugs could provide a new approach to treating heart disease by targeting inflammation, research suggests.

Two new genetic studies have found a clear causal link between a specific inflammation signalling pathway and the development of coronary heart disease.

The evidence indicates that heart disease can be tackled using certain anti-inflammatory drugs.

Girl died after being hit by ball

Tributes have been paid to a 12-year-old girl who died after being hit by a rugby ball during a sports lesson at a school.

Leonie Nice was catching the ball during a lesson at Woodlands Comprehensive School in Takely End Basildon, Essex, when she was hit in the chest and fell over, appearing to have a fit, Essex County Council said.

Mr Andy White, headteacher at Woodlands, paid tribute to Leonie as a "promising, delightful and kind girl".