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Incinerator work 'must stop'

Work on the controversial Poolbeg incinerator must stop until a thorough examination of all aspects of the project is carried out, it was claimed.

The Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA) said the terms of the contract between Dublin City Council and Covanta Energy Ltd must be investigated, as well as the size of the facility and the amount of money spent so far.

IWMA also raised concerns over an independent study by a leading think-tank which last week backed the scheme. It has been reported that the Economic and Social Research Institute has acknowledged there were errors in the report.

Hope for breast cancer patients

Women with breast cancer could be spared unnecessary treatments after experts discovered fewer, larger, doses were just as effective in battling the disease.

A lower overall course of radiotherapy delivered as fewer, larger, doses also resulted in fewer skin changes in a clinical trial.

Other side effects -- such as hardness, swelling, sensitivity and pain and stiffness -- were similar among women given the new treatment regime or the standard dose.

Obama starts health talks

US president Barack Obama has invited Republican and Democratic leaders to discuss possible compromises in the first major step to revive his healthcare agenda after his party's loss of its super-majority in the Senate.

Obama's move came amid widespread complaints that efforts so far by him and his Democratic allies in Congress have been too partisan and secretive.

Prison rodeo 'too expensive'

Cowboys are the latest victims of Oklahoma's budget woes.

For the first time in nearly 70 years, the annual prison rodeo has been cancelled -- hurting business owners, disappointing tourists and stealing the rodeo-riding dreams from state penitentiary participants. The €88,000 needed to stage the games was deemed a luxury as Oklahoma, which has cut public spending, faces an expected 20pc drop in revenue.