Teen jailed for stealing gifts
A teenage burglar who stole children's presents in the run up to Christmas has been jailed for 16 months.
The now 17-year-old arrived at the house in a stolen Mercedes before breaking in and stealing the presents along with two laptops, two TVs, a Rolex watch and jewellery.
He was also sentenced for leading gardai on a night-time chase during which he ran red lights and drove at 120kph with no lights.
Judge Martin Nolan imposed consecutive sentences totalling 16 months. The boy pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at Richardstown House, Ballybough on December 13, 2010 and to car theft, dangerous driving and having no insurance on February 17, 2011.
Indecency jail term suspended
A MAN jailed for gross indecency with another man with a mental age of seven has been released from custody after the balance of his sentence was suspended on appeal.
In the first case of its kind to come before the courts under legislation introduced in 1993, the Meath man (57) was jailed for 15 months in July last year and was due for release in the summer.
Anti-abortion laws protest
Hundreds of women locked arms and stood mute outside the Virginia State Capitol to protest a wave of anti-abortion legislation coursing through the 2012 general assembly.
Capitol and state police officers estimated the crowd to be more than 1,000 people -- mostly women, some men. The crowd formed a human cordon through which legislators walked before the floor sessions of the Republican-controlled legislature.
Evangelicals back Catholics
A group of evangelical pastors is joining Catholic leaders who oppose an Obama administration requirement that employees of religiously affiliated businesses receive birth control coverage.
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said more than 2,500 pastors and evangelical leaders have signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to reverse the mandate.