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Boy accused of two muggings

THE case of a 16-year-old boy who allegedly took part in two gang muggings after he got addicted to drugs is too serious to be dealt with in a Children's Court, a judge has held.

The teenager has been charged with robbing a man, who was allegedly cut with a knife by one of the boy's accomplices, on Prussia Street, and the attempted robbery of a man at Kirwan Street, in Dublin 7, on March 30 last.

The court heard that the teenager intends to plead guilty.

Madoff: US reform a 'joke'

Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff has called new regulatory reform enacted after the recent national financial crises "a joke" and describes the US federal government as a Ponzi scheme.

Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2009 to fraud charges.

Madoff also said his wife is angry at him for destroying their family. One of Madoff's sons hanged himself on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.

02 make gains in bill market

O2 IRELAND increased its bill-pay customer base last year, adding 6,700 new customers in the final quarter of the year.

Bill-pay subscriber numbers increased by 5.4pc, or 38,000, in the 12 months to the end of December 2010.

Mobile broadband customers rose to 164,000 by the end of the year and now stand at 170,000.

However, total mobile customers fell from 1.714 million at the end of 2009 to 1.696 million a year later.

Parents suffer fever phobia

Fever phobia is rampant among parents of young children, according to a American Academy of Pediatrics report that advises against treatment every time a child's temperature inches up.

"There's a lot of parental anxiety about fever.

"It's one of the most common reasons people bring their child to the doctor," said Dr Henry Farrar, co-author of the report.

Most often, children's fevers are caused by viruses and they will go away without medicine.