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Sleeping tablet man is jailed Queen of Soul 'is recovering' Rocker and film boss divorce Jury out over gun charge

A MAN caught with €3,100 worth of stolen sleeping tablets, which he claimed were to help him come off heroin, has been jailed for four years.

Darren Keating (28) of Windmill Crescent in Crumlin, pleaded guilty to possessing 370 packets of Zileze Zopiclone sleeping tablets at his home on May 14, 2008.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Keating's home was searched by gardai.

Keating told gardai he "bought the tablets three or four days ago from a man to help me get off heroin".

Judge Patrick McCartan ordered that the sentence run concurrent to an eight-year sentence Keating is currently serving for a drugs offence.

Queen of Soul 'is recovering'

Aretha Franklin's cousin says the ailing singer is "doing better than doctors expected" and expects to be released from the hospital this weekend.

Brenda Corbett said Franklin "has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer".

Franklin (68) announced last week that she had undergone a surgical procedure. The Rev Jesse Jackson has visited the Queen of Soul five times and said her spirits "are high and her faith is strong".

Rocker and film boss divorce

rocker Nancy Wilson and director Cameron Crowe have finalised their divorce.

The Heart singer-guitarist and Oscar-winning film maker resolved their split without fanfare, using a retired judge as a mediator to end their 24-year marriage.

Wilson filed for divorce from the Jerry Maguire director in September. The Los Angeles couple have twin 10-year-old sons.

Jury out over gun charge

A JURY in the trial of a Sligo woman accused of transporting a gun for an organised crime gang has been sent home after failing to reach a verdict.

Deirdre Moran (25), of Glengar, Larkhill Road, Sligo, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a Smith and Wesson .22 Long Rifle Revolver at the Lucan Bypass on the M4.

Deliberations were due to resume this morning.