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In Brief: Prank comes back to bite

A council boss in south Wales has been suspended over allegations that she bit the backside of her only male colleague in an otherwise all-women department.

The bizarre incident is believed to be the culmination of a series of office pranks that spectacularly backfired. The man, in his early 20s, bled through his underwear and was later taken to hospital for a tetanus jab.

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is now carrying out an internal investigation. The authority has suspended the department manager, who has not been named but is in her 40s, pending the outcome.


Teen assault man (21) jailed

A young man who took part in an unprovoked assault on a teenager has been jailed for 18 months.

Stephen McDonagh (21) punched the victim in the face before kicking him in the mouth. He continued to attack him after he had fallen to the ground.

McDonagh, of Newcourt, Swords, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Killian O'Rourke at JC Supermarket, Swords on December 31, 2011.


Fox unveils 11 new series

The Fox TV network is betting big on its first mini-series and shows from heavyweight producers Seth MacFarlane and J.J. Abrams for next season.

The network said yesterday it is making its largest original-programming investment yet, with 11 new series and a mini-series from film-maker M. Night Shyamalan, more than double the five series it announced last year.

Family Guy creator MacFarlane will be trying his hand at a live-action sitcom, while Abrams is among the producers of Almost Human, an action series set 35 years in the future, when officers are teamed with androids.


Samsung ups speed limit

Samsung has developed fifth-generation technology that could allow users to download a film in a second.

The South Korean firm has successfully tested new equipment which it hopes will transmit data several hundred times faster than existing 4G networks.