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In Brief: Stud farm boss loses court bid

THE High Court has cleared the way for bank-appointed receivers to sell a 120-acre stud farm in Co Kildare.

Eugene McDermott, of Kennycourt Stud, Brannockstown, Kildare, had sought an injunction to try to prevent receivers selling the majority of the property.

But yesterday Anglo Irish Bank, now Irish Banking Resolution Corporation (IBRC), appointed receivers over the farm arising out of Mr McDermott's failure to repay €814,000 owed to the bank.

The court heard that Mr McDermott now owes just over €1m.

Drivers beware, zombies ahead

traffic officials in the US state of Maine were not amused after a hacker altered an electronic message board to warn of zombies.

The sign at a Portland road construction site was changed to read 'Warning Zombies Ahead!' It originally read "Night work 8pm-6am. Expect delays."

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg says the signs are a safety precaution and changing it could have led to driver distraction. Tampering with a safety device is punishable by up to a year in jail.

Hash stash in

Messi poster

Colombian police checking bus passengers at a roadblock noticed one man holding a poster of soccer star Lionel Messi held in what seemed to be an unusually thick frame.

They found 12.5 kilos of marijuana hidden in the back of it. Police made the discovery at a bus checkpoint at Barranquilla about 1,130 kilometres north of Bogota. They arrested a 30-year-old man carrying the frame.

The great US pizza debate

During the next US presidential debate, the candidates will be pondering the important questions of our time.

But the most controversial may be "Sausage or pepperoni?" Pizza Hut is offering a lifetime of free pizza -- one large pizza a week for 30 years -- or a cheque for $15,600 (¤12,000) to anyone who poses the question to either President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney during the live debate next Tuesday.