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Spares dealer admits car theft

A car parts dealer who told the owner of a car that he had received a phonecall asking him to tow the vehicle away has pleaded guilty to theft.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that John Mongan (32) had distributed leaflets around the area advertising his services for taking old cars away for scrapage.

Mongan of Rockroad Mansions, Milltown, Newcastle, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to car theft at Drumcairn, Tallaght, Dublin on February 23, 2010.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a suspended sentence of six months.

Japan clean-up to last decades

The clear-up of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will take decades, experts warned ahead of the first anniversary of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant was rocked by explosions and damage to the reactors after systems failed in the face of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent 14-metre tsunami in north east Japan.

A year on, workers have managed to get the reactors into a "stable cold shutdown state", but decommissioning the site will take 30 to 40 years, experts said.

Whitney leaves all to daughter

Whitney Houston left everything to her 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

The late pop superstar's will does not mention specific assets, but leaves all of her furnishings, clothing, personal effects, jewellery and cars to her only child.

Houston's money will be put in a trust.

Her sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston, was appointed the administrator of the estate.

Upon turning 21, Bobbi Kristina will receive part of the money, more of it at age 25 and the balance at age 30.