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In brief: Teen cleared of shop crime

A DUBLIN teenager has been acquitted of trespassing in suspicious circumstances at a shop after a judge decided there was no evidence against him.

James Carroll (19) had the case against him dismissed after a court heard an anonymous caller told gardai an intruder at the shop was wearing socks on his hands.

However, Judge Anthony Halpin said there was no evidence to link Mr Carroll to the crime.

Mr Carroll, of Kilmartin Green, Tallaght, had pleaded not guilty to trespass at Rossfield Stores on September 22 last.

Stroke victim Marr improves

BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr is conscious and "responding to medication" while "continuing to progress" as he recovers in hospital following a stroke, the corporation said.

The 53-year-old journalist and television presenter was taken ill on Tuesday.

A BBC spokesman said: "Andrew Marr is responding to medication and continuing to progress. He is conscious and eating."

The broadcaster is married to journalist Jackie Ashley and has three children.

Professor on graffiti charge

A professor is due in court charged with causing almost £18,000 (¤22,000) of damage to luxury cars which had polite graffiti scratched on them.

Stephen Graham (47), who works at Newcastle University, in the north-east of England, will appear at Newcastle Crown Court to enter pleas to criminal damage.

The graffiti reportedly included the words "very silly", "really wrong" and "arbitrary" and were thought to have been etched with a screwdriver.

Studio wins in Superman war

Warner Bros has won another significant victory in its epic legal struggle over the commercial rights to the Superman comic franchise.

The US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the heirs of Superman's co-creator Jerome Siegel must abide by an agreement with the studio. It overturns a trial judge's decision in 2008 siding with the Siegel heirs in their attempts to expand their commercial control.