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Rapist struck at woman's home

A MEATH man who raped a Donegal woman in her home after meeting her for the first time the previous day has been sentenced to nine years at the Central Criminal Court.

Sean Finn (42) of Colehill, Kinnegad, pleaded guilty to rape on May 15, 2010.

Mr Justice Paul Carney noted Finn had "insinuated" himself into her house and that the attack involved an "element of stalking".

He took into account Finn's lack of previous convictions and guilty plea and suspended the final three years of the term. He also declared him a sex offender.

Romney bid to take on Obama

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has become the second major Republican to announce a challenge to President Barack Obama in 2012, declaring he will "put America back on a course of greatness".

Mr Romney joins another former governor, Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty, with his announcement.

He intends to focus on the tiny state of New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary vote.

Intel aiming for tablet success

Intel has launched a new chip for tablet computers as the world's most powerful semi-conductor company aims to elbow its way into the market for mobile chips.

The Californian company's chips are in 80pc of laptops and desktop PCs, but it has had less success getting its chips into smaller devices such as mobile phones and tablets. It says more than 35 tablet and "hybrid" computers are being built on its newest chip.

Reese pays the price of fame

OSCAR-winning actress Reese Witherspoon mourns the loss of her privacy.

The Water For Elephants star says she sometimes sits in her car crying because she cannot go out in public as much as she'd like.

Witherspoon (35) says in the latest issue of Vogue that although much of her life belongs to other people, she wouldn't trade it.

However, she says that whatever she's lost, she's gained tenfold in life experience.