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Musician gets 8 years for drugs

A FRENCH musician who was caught carrying €123,000 worth of cocaine in the lining of his suitcase has been sentenced to eight years with the final four years suspended.

Serge Elmalem (57), of no fixed abode, was convicted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last month of a charge of simple possession of the drugs and two further charges of having the drugs for sale or supply at Dublin Airport on February 11, 2014.

He had initially denied the charges and has been on remand in custody since. Elmalem has no previous convictions.

Judge Patricia Ryan backdated the sentence to when he first went into custody on February 11, 2014.

Alcatraz trio 'may be alive'

Scientists have said the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in US history could have survived and made it to land.

Using software to study currents on the night of the 1962 escape, three Dutch scientists concluded the three men could have made it to land if they left between 11pm and midnight.

Prison officials and federal agents insisted at the time that the inmates perished, but their bodies were never found.

Tiffany lamps sold for $1m

Two nearly identical Tiffany wisteria lamps designed in 1901 have sold for over $1m (€800,000) each at auction.

One sold for $1,205,000, the other for $1,145,000 in the Sotheby's auction.

They were part of a group of seven Tiffany lamps collected by dealer Sandra van den Broek over three decades. The current owner acquired them over the past 10 years.

BlackBerry to take bold step

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new smartphone called the Classic, featuring a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.

BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user.

The physical keyboard is something that raditional BlackBerry users are believed to prefer.