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Man to be tried for robbery

A DUBLIN man accused of robbing a shop assistant is facing trial.

Andrew Stammers (30) is alleged to have stolen €400 in cash in the robbery.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter for two weeks for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused, of Shancastle Crescent in Clondalkin, was charged before Blanchardstown District Court.

The alleged incident took place at Spar, Littlepace Shopping Centre, Dublin 15 on September 24, 2011.

Fox stands by murder series

US network Fox has made no changes to the content or promotion of The Following, its upcoming drama about a serial killer, since the Connecticut school shooting.

The drama, which features Kevin Bacon chasing a grisly killer who recruits disciples, debuts on January 21.

The series opens by showing the aftermath of knifed prison guards, and a woman later commits suicide by piercing her skull with an ice pick.

Elks to be shot, not hunted

A US federal appeals court is upholding the National Park Service's decision not to reintroduce wolves to Rocky Mountain National Park to control the elk population.

WildEarth Guardians had argued that the Park Service violated environmental laws when it ruled out using wolves and when it decided to use trained volunteers to help shoot excess elk.

A federal judge in 2011 ruled that the agency took a hard look at relevant data before concluding that reintroducing wolves was not feasible and that volunteers' culling the elk was not the same as hunting.

New Spielberg film postponed

Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks studio has indefinitely postponed Robopocalypse, the director's next film.

The science-fiction movie was set to begin production this spring and be released in April 2014.

The film, scheduled to star Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth, was estimated to cost around $160m (¤122m), higher than Spielberg wanted, said a source.