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In brief: Man who spat at staff jailed

A DRUNK who spat on a staff member at a Dublin city centre shop, then tried to headbutt an arresting garda, has been jailed for three months.

Liviu Balau (49) was convicted of assaulting the shop worker and resisting garda arrest in the incident.

Judge Ann Watkin, who sentenced Balau at Dublin District Court, remarked that while he had previous convictions, his behaviour was "getting worse".

Balau, with an address at Merchant's Quay, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to assaulting the man, breach of the peace and public drunkenness at Temple Bar Square on August 8, 2012.

Clunes ditched from car advert

ACTOR Martin Clunes has been dropped from a car insurance campaign after being disqualified from driving.

The Men Behaving Badly star had featured in Churchill Insurance's television adverts for almost a year. But it is understood the 50-year-old was deemed no longer compatible with car insurance advertising.

The decision was taken after he informed the company he had reached 12 points on his licence for speeding offences and was banned by magistrates under totting up rules.

Animals saved after US storm

SIXTY dogs and cats that were displaced by Superstorm Sandy have arrived in San Diego.

A plane carrying the animals landed at Lindberg Field and they were taken to a shelter in Rancho Santa Fe.

A spokeswoman for the Helen Woodward Animal Centre said the pets were facing euthanisation at New York and New Jersey animal shelters that lost power after the storm struck last month.

Mexican crime links denied

THE Mexican attorney general's office said federal police who fired on a US embassy vehicle, wounding two CIA officers, had nothing to do with a kidnapping investigation in the area.

Assistant prosecutor Victoria Pacheco Jimenez said federal officers charged with attempted murder were not working on the kidnapping of a government official in the area south of Mexico City on August 24.