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Teen acted as raid look-out

A TEENAGER, who acted as a "look-out" during a house burglary, has been sentenced to 12 months' supervised probation.

The 17-year-old boy took part with an accomplice in a break-in at Kilshaine Road, in Finglas, in Dublin, in January last year, Dublin Children's Court heard.

Garda Sinead Tyrrell had told the court that she arrived at the scene as the boy was leaving with a bag containing a laptop computer. He was caught with a satnav from the house in his pocket after a short chase.

Yesterday the teenager, who has been attending addiction counselling, said he has had a "fresh start" and the judge agreed he had made progress.

Stowaway cat sails ocean

A three-month-old kitten has travelled from Shanghai to Los Angeles in a freight container on a boat.

The orange-and-white cat travelled 6,500 miles (10,400 km) without food or water and was discovered when the container was delivered to a business.

Workers named the kitten Ni Hao, which means hello in Chinese. He will be found a new home when he is out of quarantine.

Goulding is a hit in the US

Ellie Goulding has become the latest UK act to make the charts in the US -- with a song she released almost a year ago.

Her single Lights is at number five six months after it re-entered the American chart.

The track, which features on her debut EP An Introduction To Ellie Goulding, has been downloaded more than 1.9m, despite only reaching number 49 in the UK charts.

Dates saved by the bell

Most people have been there, trapped on an awkward date that is going nowhere.

But relief could be on the way with a new app that provides an incoming rescue call.

The Bad Date Rescue app, which was launched by the dating website eHarmony.com this week, lets users arrange for a call to appear on their iPhone to graciously allow them to bow out if a date isn't going well.