Drug dealer's jail time is cut
A DRUG dealer has succeeded in having his ten-year sentence reduced by two-and-a-half years on appeal.
Wayne Smith (23), of Ballybeg Drive, Ballybeg, had pleaded guilty to possessing €28,000 in cocaine which gardai had found stashed in a wheelie bin after a search at his sister's house in 2008.
The Court of Criminal Appeal found that Judge Rory McCabe had erred in principle by imposing a sentence of ten years on Smith, who had nine previous convictions.
The appeal said Judge McCabe had "paid too much attention" to the contention that Smith had been caught "red-handed" with the drugs.
Serial killer's death toll rises
Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, already serving 48 life terms for a strangling binge that made him one of the US's most prolific murderers, has been charged with yet another death.
It comes after teenagers exploring a ravine south of Seattle discovered the skull of one of his earliest victims.
Ridgway confessed to killing Rebecca "Becky" Marrero, a 20-year-old prostitute last seen when she left a motel in 1982.
111m tune into the Super Bowl
For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl has set a new record for American television viewing.
An estimated 111 million people watched the Green Bay Packers outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ultimate game in American sports. That tops the 106.5 million who watched the 2010 game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts.
The series finale of M*A*S*H had held the title of the most-watched TV show in the United States for 27 years. It is now third.
Quake 400km under the sea
AN earthquake rumbled under the Pacific Ocean south of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, the US Geological Survey reported, but no tsunami alert was issued.
There were no reports of damage or injuries, or even that the quake was felt in the Solomons or to the east in Papua New Guinea.
The 6.2-magnitude quake was some 413km deep, the USGS said.