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Man faces €1m heroin charge

Charges of possessing more than €1m of heroin will proceed against a Dublin man despite being dismissed last year over the legality of a search warrant.

Stephen Reddington (31), with an address on Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin, is charged with possession for sale or supply of heroin at his home on November 11, 2011.

The charges against Mr Reddington were dismissed last year after Judge Mary Ellen Ring ruled that a search warrant was not legal.

The DPP successfully appealed against the dismissal of charges yesterday in the Court of Appeal and the case against Mr Reddington will proceed to trial.

The DPP said the State would mention the case in the Circuit Court on December 17.

Woman force-fed abortion pill

Police said a New York anesthesiologist choked a woman and forced her to swallow a pill that could cause an abortion after she told him she was pregnant.

Police said 44-year-old Thomas Pfeiffer was charged with strangulation, abortion and assault.

The woman was treated at a hospital and released. Police haven't released details on her relationship with Pfeiffer.

Passwords fiasco at Sony

Sony Pictures Entertainment saved thousands of company passwords in a folder called 'passwords', it has emerged.

It forms part of a host of folders which have been posted online that also contain the personal details of 47,000 employees, including Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow.

Sony Pictures was hacked at the end of last month by Guardians of Peace, or GOP, with some claiming they had links to North Korea.

Chimps denied human rights

A New York appeals court has said a chimpanzee is not entitled to the rights of a human.

The Appellate Division panel was unanimous in denying "legal personhood" to Tommy, who lives in a cage in upstate New York.

The court said there is no precedent for treating animals as people and chimps do not have the legal duties or societal responsibilities that give rights to humans.