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Jury sees rape trial garda quiz

A JURY in the trial of a Wexford man accused of raping his son's girlfriend has been viewing video tapes of the accused's garda interviews.

The man (46) has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one count of rape and one count of sex assault in his car on August 13, 2006. A garda witness had agreed with Mr Paddy McCarthy, defending, that the complainant had said she had been grabbed by the face and that she had been struggling, kicking and "boxing" during the alleged incident. The garda agreed colleagues would have looked for bruising on the man's body.

The trial continues.



Mum jailed for injuring child

A Texas woman whom police say was caught on tape smearing human waste on her then-three-year-old daughter's IV catheter has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to injury to a child.

Emily Beth McDonald entered her plea yesterday before a judge in Austin, who sentenced the mother (25) under terms of a plea deal.

Defence attorney Bob Phillips said that McDonald put faeces on the catheter while the girl was in hospital because she wanted to elevate the girl's fever to make doctors continue an antibiotic treatment they planned to stop.



18 in battle to run Las Vegas

After three terms, Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman is preparing to leave office and 18 hopefuls are vying to succeed him.

The front-runner in today's primary election is Mr Goodman's wife, Carolyn.

Oscar Goodman says he would be mayor for life if the law allowed it. Instead, he is cheering for his wife.



10 coal miners killed in blast

Ten coal miners have been killed in a gas explosion inside their shaft in north western China.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the explosion left the shaft outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi filled with poisonous gas that had to be pumped out before bodies could be recovered.

Xinhua said that the cause of the blast is under investigation.


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