In Brief: Dad had gun under mattress
A FATHER-of-two who had a loaded gun under his mattress for his "own protection" has been sentenced to eight years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Larry Cummins (42), of The Green, Beaumont Woods, pleaded guilty to possession of a Baikal semi-automatic handgun at his home on December 10, 2010. He also pleaded guilty to possession of seven rounds of ammunition.
He told gardai "It's mine. I got a lend of it. I got it for my protection. It's loaded."
Detective Inspector PatrickMarry told Mr Costello he would not accept that there was a threat on Cummins's life.
The final two years of the term were suspended.
A TEENAGER, who has more than 40 criminal convictions, has been detained for nine months, after he threatened shop staff with a screwdriver.
The 17-year-old boy, who had a drug problem, pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to a spate of offences in Dublin from June last year until January 20.
Judge Bryan Smyth said "the court has no alternative but to impose a period of detention".
Iranian bomb suspects arrest
Thai police said today two Iranian suspects arrested in Bangkok were probably planning to attack individuals, but did not have the capacity to target large crowds or buildings.
Authorities were investigating the possible targets and if there was any link between yesterday's explosions in the capital and one a day before in New Delhi, India -- an attack Israel blamed on Iran.
Airline's staff go on strike
Flight attendants and ground workers marched in picket lines to protest at American Airlines' plans to outsource jobs and cut pay and benefits under a bankruptcy reorganisation.
Protesters at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, acknowledged having little hope of changing the company's course and some said that they expected to lose their jobs. American and its parent, AMR, filed for bankruptcy protection on November 29.