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In Brief: Leisure worker on theft charge

A LEISURE centre employee has appeared in court accused of stealing cash from the till while he was working.

Jake Finn (32) had the case against him adjourned at Dun Laoghaire District Court.

Finn, of Stonebridge Grove, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, is charged with stealing €126 at DLR Leisure Services, Monkstown, on August 29, 2011.

Dun Laoghaire District Court heard Finn was still working there full time.

Judge Clare Leonard adjourned the case to June 29, for the defendant to indicate a plea on that date.

Bruton on US trade mission

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has set off on a trade mission to the US.

The minister's five-day visit will take in Boston, Raleigh, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Chicago, targeting technology and life sciences companies for foreign direct investment.

"During this busy week I will be meeting 19 companies from a wide range of sectors who are considering creating new jobs in Ireland," said Mr Bruton.

Teen took spin on stolen bike

A TEENAGER spotted cycling a "unique" bicycle in south Dublin did not realise it had been stolen when he "took it for a spin", a court heard.

Brian O'Brien (19) of Rathsallagh Grove, Shankill, was seen on CCTV riding the €2,000 bike on September 2, 2011.

The court heard the bicycle had been taken by someone else before O'Brien used it at Convent Way, Dalkey.

He admitted a charge of unauthorised use of a pedal cycle at Dun Laoghaire District Court. He was put on a good behaviour bond for a year, leaving him without a conviction.

Workers flee as oil rig tilts

About 100 workers were evacuated from an oil platform in the bay of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after it began to tilt.

An inclination of three degrees sparked the evacuation. No petrol leaked from the platform, owned by the US firm Transocean, and no one was hurt.

The tilt was caused by water entering a platform pillar.