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In Brief: Teen car thief pays damages

A TEENAGER who was caught minutes after he stole a car has been ordered to pay compensation for damages.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to criminal damage and theft of a car in Lusk, Co Dublin, on December 29, 2010.

Judge Ann Ryan said the boy would have to address the issue of compensation and that he would have until September 28, when he is due back in court, to come up with half of the value of the damages.

Baby girl for striker Wright

IAN Wright has become a father again after his wife Nancy gave birth to daughter Roxanne.

Wright is the father to five other children and has an adopted son, QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Wright will broadcast daily throughout Euro 2012 on Absolute Radio, which has the rights to commentary on the England and Republic of Ireland group matches together with further stages of the tournament.

KKK clean-up bid rejected

A KU Klux Klan group in Georgia lost its bid to join the state's highway clean-up program, but a legal challenge to the decision may be looming.

Similar groups in other states have won legal battles after initially being turned down.

The International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County applied last month to the Adopt-A-Highway program, hoping to clean up along part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains.

Three students die in NZ crash

AN American college student who crashed a minivan in New Zealand, killing three of his Boston University classmates, pleaded guilty to careless driving and was disqualified from driving.

Stephen Houseman (20) crashed while driving other students to a central North Island hike. Police said the minivan drifted to the side of the road and Houseman tried to correct his course but ended up rolling the van several times.

At Auckland District Court, Houseman pleaded guilty to seven counts of careless driving causing injury or death.