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IN BRIEF: Fee-row pilots land in Dublin

STUDENT pilots who have lost the majority of the €80,000 they paid to attend flight school in the US have touched down on home soil.

Flanked by family and friends in Dublin Airport, Daniel McLernon (22), Niamh Lawlor (20), and John Rawluk (20), called on the Government to provide the funds necessary to finish their studies.

The students who enrolled with the Pilot Training College in Waterford had been undergoing training at the Florida Institute of Technology as part of their course.

However, just months from qualifying, a financial dispute broke out over the terms of the contract and the students ended up out of pocket.



Octomom can do strip show

An effort to cancel a Florida strip-club performance by the woman known in the US as Octomom has been denied by a judge.

Circuit Judge Timothy McCarthy has ruled against holding an emergency hearing requested by T's Lounge in West Palm Beach, saying the situation does not "constitute a legal emergency".

T's Lounge was trying to thwart Nadya Suleman's scheduled appearance at a competing club. Ms Suleman became a national figure when she became the mother of octuplets.



Country star sues step-dad

Country singer Wynonna Judd has sued her stepfather over an unpaid mortgage dating to 1994, but his lawyer says the money was a gift, not a loan.

Judd filed the suit this week in Jefferson County Circuit Court in Louisville against Michael Ciminella.

He is the ex-husband of Judd's mother, Naomi Judd, and father of actress Ashley Judd.



Apology over turtle slaughter

Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago have apologised after diggers crushed leatherback turtle eggs on a prime nesting beach for the endangered reptile.

The government stresses that the operation shifting sand on the beach was crucial to redirect a river that was threatening bigger nesting areas.

It insists the area where excavators were used was waterlogged and 80pc of the eggs had already been destroyed.