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In Brief: Death driver loses appeal

A MAN has lost his appeal against a six-year sentence for dangerous driving causing the death of two teenagers.

Philip Murphy (43) with a last address at Killala Gardens, Knocknaheeny, Co Cork, was convicted by a Cork Circuit Criminal Court jury of causing the death of CJ Dolan (16) and Derry O'Callaghan (19) in Cork on May 13, 2010.

The incident arose out a feud between two groups. A car driven at speed by Murphy's co-accused, James Simms (30), was rear-ended by a car driven by Murphy before it hit a wall. The two teenagers were passengers in Simms's car.

The Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday dismissed the application brought by Murphy, having found there was no evidence of a risk of an unfair or unsatisfactory trial.



Bush Snr sends best wishes

Former President George HW Bush and his wife Barbara congratulated President Barack Obama as he begins his second term.

The 88-year-old former president issued a statement saying: "Barbara and I send President and Mrs Obama -- and their wonderful girls -- our best wishes and prayers on this historic day."



Ex-cardinal 'in LA cover-up'

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Catholic Los Angeles officials shielded child molester priests and provided damage control for the church, according to church personnel files.

The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse allegations for decades.

Notes written by the cardinal demonstrate he was disturbed about abuse, but there were also lengthy delays or oversights in some cases.



Stones pick up nominations

Mick Jagger said it was "very nice" that the Rolling Stones had been nominated for four NME Awards.

The veteran singer said the nominations were special because it gave music fans a chance to have their say.

The Rolling Stones are nominated in the best live band, best book, music moment of the year and best music film categories.