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Man has theft case struck out

a MAN who stole a woman's jacket which had her keys, mobile phone and money in it in what a judge described as a "mean and lousy" act had his case struck out after he paid compensation and completed voluntary work.

Eircom support technician Luke Nestor paid his victim €400 and completed 200 hours of voluntary work to avoid a conviction.

Nestor (21), of Castleross View, Baldoyle, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to the theft of a jacket, car keys, an iPhone and a wallet containing €150 in cash from the smoking area of the Wright Venue at Airside Retail Park in Swords last December 14.

Veteran faces 7 murder charges

A 43-year-old former Marine who police in Indiana say has confessed to killing seven women is scheduled to appear in court again after refusing to even acknowledge his name at an earlier hearing.

Darren Vann, a convicted sex offender from Gary, Indiana, will appear to face murder charges and other counts in the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones.

Authorities are still trying to identify three of the women found in abandoned homes in Gary.

Chinese switch on Big Brother

A Chinese online video site says it is bringing the Big Brother reality TV show to China.

Youku Tudou Inc. said a Chinese version of the program will run for 10 weeks early next year and production is due to start soon.

It is collaborating with Endemol China, a new operation that has been established in Beijing, according to a statement by both companies.

Ford finally out as Tory wins

The Rob Ford era is over as Toronto elected a new mayor, someone who is unlikely to make headlines for illegal drug use and public drunkenness.

John Tory, a straight-laced, conservative, won the election with 40pc of the vote, compared with 33pc for Doug Ford, brother of the outgoing mayor.

Ford's tenure as mayor of Canada's biggest city was marred by his drinking and crack cocaine use.