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'Sausage' stunt upset worker

A catering assistant who alleged she was assaulted, bullied and harassed at work has settled a damages claim of €38,000 for an undisclosed sum in the Circuit Civil court.

Angela Young, (61), claimed between 2003 and 2005, she had been sexually assaulted by a chef and physically assaulted by another chef in the canteen at Tesco, Greenhills Road, Tallaght, Dublin. Ms Young, of Cushlawn Park, Killinarden, Tallaght, alleged Chef A had approached her with a sausage sticking out of his trousers. On another occasion, he had changed his clothing in front of her to embarrass her and once walked towards her, wearing only his underpants.

Storm families call for power

Frustrations grew as about 1.2m homes and businesses in the US went a fourth day without power after a freak weekend snowstorm.

Many schoolchildren stayed at home and some residents languishing in shelters that provided heat and meals.

Connecticut was worst-hit and the storm has been blamed for more than 25 deaths.

Latest Bond film unveiled

Details of the latest James Bond film -- rumoured to be called Skyfall -- will be unveiled today.

It comes 50 years to the day after Sean Connery was announced as the man to play the superspy in Dr No.

The new film, known at the moment only as Bond 23, will be the third to star Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent.

Other names reported to be involved include Albert Finney, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes.

British film-maker Sam Mendes, who won an Oscar for American Beauty, will direct the latest adventure.

One giant step for the Chinese

TWO unmanned Chinese spacecraft docked in orbit successfully today, moving China one step closer to setting up its own space station.

The Shenzhou 8 craft, launched on Tuesday, docked with the already orbiting Tiangong 1 module.

Spokeswoman for the programme Wu Ping said it was "a milestone success and sets a sound foundation for continued missions".