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Teen stashed €6k of cocaine

A 17-year-old boy found with €6,500 worth of cocaine and drug dealing paraphernalia in his bedroom, has been remanded on bail pending sentence at the Dublin Children's Court.

The boy pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing the drugs for sale or supply at his west Dublin home on May 6 last year.

Defence counsel Elizabeth Davey said her client came from a good family and his arrest had a "colossal impact on them."

The judge adjourned sentencing until September for a probation report.



BMW rapped over CO2 ad

A BMW campaign claiming low levels of CO2 emissions has been ruled misleading to consumers, a watchdog said today.

The press ad was headlined Joy Makes The Most Of Every Drop, and went on to read: "So you can step on the accelerator, knowing Joy will minimise the CO2 emissions".

The small print said fuel economy figures for the Z4 sDrive 35is Roadster put CO2 emissions at 210g/km.

Two people complained that the ad implied the level of 210 g/km was low, when they understood it to be relatively high. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled the ad should not appear again in its current form.



Conrad Black seeks freedom

Former media tycoon Conrad Black's bail hearing will be held today in Chicago before a district judge.

An appeal court yesterday granted Black bail just weeks after the US Supreme Court weakened the "honest services" fraud law that was the basis of his conviction and sent the case back to a lower court. He remains in prison.

Black was sentenced to six and a half years for criminal fraud and obstructing justice. He has spent more than two years behind bars.



US cop deaths



rise by 43pc

The number of American police officers who have died in the line of duty is up 43pc so far this year.

Figures shows 87 officers died between January 1 and June 30.

That compares with 61 officers during the first six months of last year.


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