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In Brief: Retail park sues bank over €54m

THE owners of Belgard Retail Park in Dublin have sued a bank over the alleged mis-selling of loan swaps totalling almost €54m.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly yesterday agreed to fast-track in the Commercial Court the action by Komady Ltd and Michael O'Reilly, owners of Belgard Retail Park, Belgard Road, Dublin, against Ulster Bank Ireland Ltd.

The case comes back before the court next May.

Man killed by bookie sign

An investigation is under way after a man died when he was hit by a metal sign which fell from a betting shop.

The man, who is believed to be in his 20s, died yesterday in Camden, north London.

A sign covering the length of a William Hill bookmakers in Camden Road fell to the pavement, hitting the man.

He was treated at the scene for a head injury but died later in hospital, London Ambulance Service said.

Woman dies in third tragedy

A woman drowned after she was swept out to sea by a large wave in the third such tragedy in Northern California this season.

Humboldt County Coroner David Parris identified the victim as Susan Archer (32) of Shelter Cove, about 145 kilometres south of Eureka.

Archer was walking on a rocky beach near her home on Sunday when the wave pulled her into the ocean, Parris said.

Her body was brought to shore after a roughly 45-minute search by boat and helicopter.

3D Star Wars films on hold

The force isn't with the 3D versions of the Star Wars prequels.

Lucasfilm says it is postponing the scheduled 3D releases of Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack Of The Clones and Episode III -- Revenge Of The Sith this autumn to instead focus its efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII.

Walt Disney has confirmed that JJ Abrams, creator of the TV series Lost and director of 2009's Star Trek movie, would direct the seventh instalment of the franchise.