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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Jury sworn in for murder trial

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of murdering another man on an island off the coast of Co Donegal two years ago.

Stephen Boyle (41), of Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park, London, is accused of murdering Paul Boyle (19) at Earlys Bar, Leabgarrow, Arranmore, on October 3, 2009.

He has pleaded not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

The trial continues before a jury of six men and six women presided over by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.



Probe into fatal highway crash

Governor Rick Scott has ordered an investigation into the Florida Highway Patrol's decision to reopen an interstate highway shortly before a pair of crashes that killed 10 people.

The FHP had closed Interstate 75 outside Gainesville for more than three hours after heavy smoke from a nearby brushfire and fog combined to make the road impassable.

The crashes happened on Sunday 15 minutes after the highway reopened, with survivors reporting smoke and fog so thick they could not see.



Brain-size link to number of pals

Making friends and being popular may boil down to the size of your forebrain, a study suggests.

Scientists found an association between the size of the orbital frontal cortex -- the part of the brain just above the eyes -- and the number of friends a person has.

The region is one of the most highly evolved areas of the human brain. It is known to be crucial to social skills and the ability to "mentalise", or guess what other people are thinking.



Radcliffe set to bare all again

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has revealed he is to bare all once more -- and has been told to avoid any intimate grooming.

The actor, who has already stripped off onstage in the West End and on Broadway for Equus, said the director had warned him not to trim his pubic hair.

The 22-year-old is lined up to play beat poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas's upcoming thriller, Kill Your Darlings.

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