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Student caught with ¤1k drugs

A student caught with €1,000 worth of cannabis which he was going to share with friends on a weekend away has avoided a drugs conviction after making a charity donation.

Stephen Kiernan (26) was caught with the drugs in his bedroom when gardai raided his home in west Dublin.

He was given the Probation Act after he made a €400 contribution to charity.

Kiernan, of Greenfort Gardens, Clondalkin, had pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis with intent to supply at his home on October 14 last year.

Carmageddon looms again

Carmageddon II -- the sequel -- is coming to one of the most crowded US roads, and authorities are hoping its subtitle will not be The Traffic Strikes Back.

Transport officials are hoping for a re-run of last year's two-day closure, when hundreds of thousands of motorists dodged doomsday predictions by staying away until the busy, 10-mile stretch of Interstate 405 reopened.

It was one of the lightest traffic weekends anyone in Los Angeles could remember.

Hopes are high that next weekend will have the same happy result.

Clashes close

iPhone factory

The company that makes Apple's iPhones have suspended production at a factory in China after a brawl involving as many as 2,000 employees at a dormitory injured 40 people.

The fight, the cause of which was under investigation, erupted at a privately managed dormitory near a Foxconn Technology Group factory in the northern city of Taiyuan, the company and Chinese police said.

The facility, which employs 79,000 people, is due to reopen tomorrow.