Teen racially abused guards
A YOUTH who subjected two Luas security guards to a drunken tirade of racial abuse has been spared a custodial sentence.
The 16-year-old had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to threatening and abusive behaviour, at the Luas stop in Dundrum, Dublin, on February 6 last. He had also admitted possessing a knife in Monkstown on April 15 last.
Judge Ann Ryan sentenced him to nine months supervised probation.
The court earlier heard that the teenager shouted abuse at the security guards. He said "Polish c****, Polish b******s go home to Poland. Who let you into the country?"
Convict -- I shot rapper Tupac
New York City police are investigating an online posting supposedly from a convicted felon who claims to have shot and robbed slain rapper Tupac Shakur.
In the report on AllHipHop.com, the person claims he was paid by another hip hop mogul to rob Shakur outside a Manhattan studio in 1994. Shakur suffered gunshot wounds but eventually recovered. He was later killed in 1996 in an unsolved slaying.
Nasa's Saturn craft in trouble
Nasa said an instrument aboard the Cassini spacecraft studying Saturn and its moons is temporarily out of service.
The space agency said the plasma spectrometer, which measures the energy of electrons and protons, was turned off this week as a precaution after a short circuit on the spacecraft.
Engineers are troubleshooting the problem. Cassini was launched in 1997 and entered orbit around Saturn in 2004.
Dropout gets degree at 99
A US man who dropped out of college just short of graduation in 1932 has earned his degree at the age of 99.
Leo Plass, of Redmond, Oregon, received his diploma a few days ago from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.
Mr Plass had planned to be an $80-a-month teacher but was offered a $150-a-month job with a logging company, which he felt he could not pass up during the Depression.