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In Brief: Teen accused of €1k theft

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has been accused of stealing €1,000 during a robbery of a supermarket in Dublin.

He is charged with robbing the money at Tesco in Dolphin's Barn on June 29, and robbery of €50 and a phone from a Chinese national on Reuben Street on July 29.

Judge Ann Ryan heard at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday that the DPP had recommended trial on indictment. This means the case should go to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers. Judge Ryan deferred ruling on the venue until next week. The teenager was remanded in custody.

Hurricane Hilary gaining power

Forecasters said Hurricane Hilary has strengthened into a small, but powerful Category Four storm in the Pacific.

Hilary's maximum sustained winds were near 135mph. The hurricane is not forecast to make landfall, though officials say it is expected to rake Mexico's coast with wind, rain and heavy surf. The US National Hurricane Centre said a tropical storm warning is in effect for Mexico's coast from Lagunas de Chacahua to Punta San Telmo.

Blinks used in murder trial

A US judge said a videotape of a dying man's blinking eyes, which prosecutors say identified his killer, can be used as evidence in the suspect's trial.

The Cincinnati judge ruled that jurors in 33-year-old Ricardo Woods' murder trial will be allowed to see an interview of David Chandler blinking in response to police questions.

Woods' lawyer argued the blinks should not be allowed as evidence.

'Female' panda is actually male

A panda born at Atlanta's zoo and returned to China for breeding will end up being a father, not a mother as originally thought.

Zoo Atlanta staff and a researcher from the panda research centre in China examined the panda and determined it was female, said Rebecca Snyder, curator of mammals at Zoo Atlanta.

But researchers in China recently noticed male reproductive organs and determined Mei Lan is male.