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Prison for €74k drugs runner

A CLONDALKIN youth caught transporting €74,000 of heroin has been given a two-year jail sentence.

Michael Cosgrove (20) threw away the package as he ran to his house from a garda who asked to speak to him. He later told gardai he was to have a €5,000 debt reduced in return.

Cosgrove, of Shancastle Drive, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply on his road on November 3, 2009. He had 16 previous convictions.

The court heard the garda retrieved the package which was found to contain heroin.

University to honour Fergie

Alex Ferguson will be honoured by a university today for his "outstanding contribution" to sport.

The Manchester United manager will be made a doctor of the University of Stirling.

The visit will take the Glasgow-born sportsman back to his footballing roots in central Scotland, where he played with Falkirk from 1969 to 1973. He started his managerial career at nearby East Stirlingshire in 1974.

Kidnap gang's tattoo torture

Four people charged with kidnapping a man, tattooing "rapest" on his forehead and shocking him with a stun gun before beating him unconscious have pleaded guilty to kidnapping and maiming.

Richard Dellert, Zachary Provence, Kimberly Kirchler Vergara and Lorena Hodges were accused of attacking Stetson Johnson (18) in the US state of Oklahoma.

Police said they were punishing Johnson after one of the women accused him of trying to have sex with her.

Astronauts flee space junk

Six space station astronauts took shelter in escape craft yesterday when a piece of orbiting junk came dangerously close.

The unidentified object came within 335 metres of the space station -- closer than any piece of space junk ever, said NASA chief Bill Gerstenmaier.

Mission control ordered the astronauts into the two Russian Soyuz capsules parked at the space station. NASA got just 14 hours' notice of the close approach.