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Woman on €5k cocaine charge

A WOMAN has been accused of allowing her home to be used for the storage and preparation of cocaine, after more than €5,300 worth of the drug was allegedly found.

Carol Shevlin (50) of Shancastle Park, Clondalkin, allegedly had cocaine in a drawer in her bedroom on July 17, 2012.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against her at Blanchardstown Court until March 21. He accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case in the District Court.

US snowstorm claims 15 lives

MORE than 220,000 homes and businesses remain remained without power in northeast America and Canada after a blizzard of up to 3 feet of snow. The death toll was at 15.

Utility firms in some hard-hit New England states predicted that the storm could leave some customers in the dark at least until Tuesday. About 650,000 lost power in eight states at the height of the storm.

At least 11 deaths in the US and four in Canada were blamed on the snowstorm, including an 11-year-old boy in Boston who was overcome by carbon monoxide as he sat in a running car to keep warm while his father shovelled snow.

Einstein letters up for auction

FOUR previously undiscovered letters by Albert Einstein are to go under the hammer.

The Nobel Prize winner wrote the letters, said to be a "unique collection", to socialist philosopher Corliss Lamont, who was accused by Senator Joseph McCarthy of being "un-American" for his suggestions that the US should maintain a relationship with the Soviet Union.

In the first of the previously-undiscovered letters from Einstein, dated January 2 1954, the scientist told Lamont he had "rendered the country an important service".