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Man pretended to clean gutters

A man who tricked an 82-year-old Dubliner out of €600 by pretending to clean his gutters has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Patrick O’Brien (30) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dishonestly inducing money from Maurice O’Connell on March 20 last year. O’Brien, a father-of-one from Abbeyfeale in Co Limerick, was sentenced to two years in prison with the final 12 months suspended.

The sentence is to run consecutively with a three-year term he received for similar offences earlier this month.

Wife killed for serving lentils

New York City prosecutors said a 75-year-old man beat his wife to death because she served him lentils for dinner instead of the goat he was craving.

Noor Hussein, who is a native of Pakistan, is on 
trial in Brooklyn for murder in the death of his 66-year-old wife, Nazar Hussein, in 2011. Prosecutors claim he was so outraged over the prospect of eating lentils that he pummeled his wife until she was a “bloody mess”.

US condemns attacks in China

The White House has condemned a bombing attack in China, calling it a “despicable and outrageous” act of violence against innocent civilians.

Local Chinese officials said attackers hurled bombs from two SUVs that drove through shoppers at a busy street market in Urumqi, located in China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang.

As many as 31 people were killed and more than 90 were wounded.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Chinese officials have blamed other recent violence in the region on radical separatists from the country’s Muslim Uighur minority.

Rescue plan for lost spaceship

Nasa has given its backing to a group of citizen scientists to allow them to take control of an abandoned spacecraft.

An American team of engineers, programmers and scientists have so far raised $150,000 (€110,000) and hope to remotely salvage the International Sun/Earth Explorer-3 spacecraft, first launched in 1978 and abandoned in 1997.