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No jail term for taunting gardai

a MAN who "tore off his shirt" and threw a cigarette lighter on the ground when gardai tried to restrain him has avoided a prison sentence.

Tom Maughan (39), of Windmill Court, was intoxicated and refused to leave the scene where a public order incident was taking place. Judge Dermot Dempsey handed down 150 hours community service in lieu of a month in prison. Maughan, of Windmill Court in Skerries pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Windmill Court on May 25.

His solicitor said there was an on-going dispute in the neighbourhood and Maughan, who "has a drink problem", had been taunted and assaulted by a number of youths on the night.

Woman (98) to appeal spy case

A 98-year-old New Jersey woman is expected to return to a New York court to challenge her 1950 conviction in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Miriam Moskowitz asked a judge earlier this year to reconsider her conviction in light of new evidence.

She was sentenced to two years in prison after her conspiracy conviction.

The government said she conspired with two men to lie to a grand jury investigating allegations of atomic espionage.

Comedy linked to Sony attack

A North Korean diplomat denied Pyongyang was behind a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which is about to release a comic movie about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The New York-based diplomat, who asked to remain anonymous, said that linking North Korea to the hacking of Sony Pictures' computers was "another fabrication targeting the country.

Petition blocks 'violent' game

Target Australia is removing Grand Theft Auto V from store shelves after more than 40,000 people signed an online petition asking the retailer to stop selling the mature video game because they say it encourages players to murder women for entertainment. Creators Rockstar Games said it was "disappointed".