Boy (16) on city crime spree
A 16-year-old boy, who stole a laptop from a youth club on a crime spree, has been given six months' probation.
The teenager pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to burglary and stealing the laptop from a youth club in north Dublin, on April 4 last.
He also admitted travelling as a passenger in a stolen car, on June 18; criminal damage by breaking a bus window on August 31 and a window on a building on February 5; dangerous driving and failing to stop for gardai in Darndale on March 23; dangerous driving in Coolock Village on February 22; not having a driving licence or insurance, and trespassing in a school in Coolock, on April 29.
Judge Bryan Smyth placed the boy on supervised probation for six months with conditions to abide by.
Kim's body to be embalmed
NORTH Korea says late leader Kim Jong Il's body will be permanently laid in state in a memorial palace.
Kim's body will be displayed at Pyongyang's Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where the embalmed body of his father Kim Il Sung has been lying since 1995.
The official Korean Central News Agency said that North Korea will also erect a Kim Jong Il statue, set up portraits of Kim and build "towers to his immortality".
Teen crashed into ESB pole
A YOUTH knocked over an ESB pole when he took his new car for a drive without having a licence or motor insurance, a court has heard.
The then 17-year-old pleaded guilty yesterday at the Dublin Children's Court to criminal damage and driving without a licence or insurance, in Celbridge, in Co Kildare, on April 3 last.
Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned sentencing until a date in April.
Three 'rocky' planets found
THREE of the smallest planets to be detected beyond the sun, all orbiting one red dwarf star, have been found by the Kepler spacecraft.
The three planets, all rocky like Earth, are probably too close to their star to have liquid water, but the finding suggests that there could be similar rocky planets all over the galaxy, scientists said in a statement.