Garda appeals long probation
A GARDA is to challenge a decision extending her probationary period arising out of her suspension which was lifted after she and three other officers were cleared of assaulting a man.
Garda Claire Delaney, who is stationed in Ballymun, claims her probationary period should have expired on November 2008 but had been wrongly extended as a result of the incident.
Mr Justice Michael Peart made the matter returnable to court in March.
Expert climber dies in 60ft fall
A climber who wrote books and numerous articles on the subject has died after falling 60ft in Colorado.
San Miguel sheriff Bill Masters said that 58-year-old Jack Roberts suffered a broken hip in Sunday's fall and went into cardiac arrest during the rescue.
Mr Roberts had been climbing on the Bridal Veil Ice Falls east of Telluride in San Miguel County. Members of the San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team tried to resuscitate him.
Mum took drugs before murders
A woman who shot dead her two children and a cousin, critically injured the youngsters' father, then committed suicide, videoed herself as she smoked methamphetamine several hours earlier, police said.
The apparent murder-suicide by Aide Mendez (23) began when she argued with the father of her two children, Eduardo Lopez (33). Fresno police arrived on the scene in California's Central Valley to find Mr Lopez outside the Silver Lakes Apartment with knife and gunshot wounds.
158 volunteers leave Honduras
All 158 Peace Corps volunteers in Honduras have left the country, weeks after the United States announced that it would pull them out for safety reasons.
The US group said in late December that it was bringing home volunteers from Honduras and suspending training for new volunteers in El Salvador and Guatemala, though existing staff would remain.
The region is plagued by gang violence and Honduras is considered to have the highest murder rate in the world.