Boy (17) in van stand-off case
A YOUTH who blocked a busy roundabout in Dublin with a van during a stand-off with gardai, has been sentenced to probation for six months.
The 17-year-old pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to parking dangerously and breach of the peace at the Coolock Lane roundabout, in Santry, on September 27, 2010.
Gardai had been trying to seize an untaxed car from a motorist when a group of his friends arrived on the scene and confronted officers.
Detective Garda Keith Halley told Judge Bryan Smyth that a "large public order incident" ensued.
The teenager had also admitted stealing a garden water fountain from a shop, in north Dublin, on August 27, last year and possessing a stolen motorway barrier, on October 1, 2010.
Beach Boys back at awards
THE Beach Boys are reuniting at The Grammy Awards for their first live performance in more than 20 years.
The original line-up of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will be joined by Foster The People and Maroon 5.
The Civil Wars, Diana Krall and Joe Walsh have also been added to the performance line-up and Common, Reba McEntire and Diana Ross will present.
Man charged with Nasa hack
THE Los Angeles US attorney's office said a federal grand jury has indicted a Romanian man on charges he hacked into 25 climate-research computers at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Prosecutors said the indictment charges 25-year-old Robert Butyka with one count of unauthorised impairment of a protected computer.
Noel and Chris to play the Brits
NOEL Gallagher is set to play with Coldplay's Chris Martin at the Brit Awards, host James Corden hinted.
Actor Corden let it slip during an interview with Radio 2's Jo Whiley Show.
Speaking about Gallagher's performance, Corden said: "I think Chris Martin is going to accompany him on the piano. I think that would be amazing."
He also revealed that Blur are doing an 11-minute set.