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In Brief: Cheese brawl man avoids jail

A MAN has avoided jail for an assault in a fast food restaurant after the court heard he could no longer emigrate to Canada because of the offence.

Fintan Freeman (27) of Glenageary Park, Dun Laoghaire, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Abrakebabra, Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoighaire on December 31, 2011.

He punched a man, knocking him down, after becoming involved in a row with a couple who interjected in a disagreement he was having with a staff member over having to pay an extra 90c for cheese.

Apple pipped at the market

Exxon has once again overtaken Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

Apple's stock has been on the decline since its earnings report earlier this week. It dropped 2pc yesterday, for a market capitalisation of $414.5bn (¤308bn).

Exxon Mobil has a market capitalisation of $417bn.

Germany hit by airport strikes

Passengers travelling through Germany's Dusseldorf and Cologne airports suffered a second day of disruption yesterday as security personnel continued a strike over pay.

Dusseldorf, Germany's third largest airport, cancelled 130 out of 560 flights, while at the smaller Cologne/Bonn airport, a further 40 were scrapped.

Those passengers at Dusseldorf with flights that were still running faced queues of up to two hours to have their coats, bags and shoes X-rayed.

American Pie singer fined

American Pie singer Don McLean has been fined $400 for speeding through a school zone in Rockland, Maine.

A judge lowered the fine from $515 and McLean immediately paid up.

McLean burst into popularity in 1971 with his hit American Pie, about the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash on February 3, 1959.