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Boy led gardai on city chase

A TEENAGE boy who was in a stolen car which led gardai on a high-speed chase until it crashed at Temple Bar in Dublin has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty at Dublin's Children Court to unlawfully travelling in a stolen car, which had been taken at Pembroke Park, in Dublin 4, on an evening earlier this month. He also admitted separate charges for public order offences and for possessing a knife as a weapon.

The youth is still a suspect in other crimes and must come back to court next month.

Man left son (1) in freezing car

Authorities say a US man who left his one-year-old son in his car for eight hours in below-freezing weather only realised his mistake after a call from his wife.

Police in New York state say the man forgot to drop off his son at day care and left the child in the back seat when he parked at his office.

Officials say the man received a call from his wife in the afternoon inquiring about their child. He called for an ambulance, and the boy was checked out at a hospital and released. Police said they haven't determined if the father will be charged.

2 skiers killed in avalanche

Two skiers were killed in an avalanche in the Dolomites, close to the resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy, police said.

The avalanche broke loose from the Cristallo mountain group in the Dolomites, right below the Forcella Staunies peak, an area were there are no regular ski slopes, the police said.

"At the moment rescuers are at work to check if there are other people involved," police official Leonardo Landi said.

Judge Dredd 'might be gay'

The writers of legendary lawman Judge Dredd have caused a stir among fans by suggesting he might be gay.

The latest edition of the comic 2000 AD is titled Closet and deals with the issue of a teenager coming out.

The first page has been released on the internet and apparently shows Dredd -- a judge/policeman from the future -- kissing the youth in a gay club. A spokesman said: "We have had quite an extreme reaction."