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In Brief: Teen almost hit patrol car

A TEENAGER who completed a handbrake turn in front of a patrol car, dangerously skidding to a halt just a foot away from the vehicle, has been banned from driving for two years.

Darren Hanley (19) had denied he was driving the car, claiming he was a back-seat passenger.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell fined Hanley, of Deansrath Road in Clondalkin, €550 and disqualified him from driving for two years.

He had denied charges of dangerous driving, failing to keep a vehicle stationary for gardai and driving without insurance.

Sailor spied for Russians

A former Canadian navy intelligence officer who pleaded guilty to espionage was selling secrets to the Russians for about $3,000 (¤2,380) a month.

Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle (41) showed no emotion as he acknowledged to a judge that he understood the consequences of entering guilty pleas.

Federal prosecutor Lyne Decarie said Delisle voluntarily entered the Russian embassy in Ottawa in 2007 and offered to sell information to them.

"The day I flipped sides... from that day on, that was the end of my days as Jeff Delisle," his statement said.

Bank robber's one dollar raid

AN American man tried to rob a bank of one dollar because he hoped to be sent to a nearby prison.

Jeffrey McMullen handed notes to staff demanding the dollar.

He apparently wanted to be prosecuted federally so he could be taken to the prison in central Pennsylvania.

$50m forecast for Monet lilies

An auctioneer predicts a work from Claude Monet's Water Lilies series could go for up to $50m (¤39m) when it goes up for sale next month in New York.

The work dates from 1905, the year Monet began a feverish phase of paintings depicting his garden's lily pond in Giverny, France.

The work being offered -- considered among the best -- is from the estate of Ethel Strong Allen, widow of Wall Street executive Herbert Allen Snr.