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Three treated for tuberculosis

Health chiefs will begin screening more than 200 children for tuberculosis today after an outbreak in a primary school.

Three youngsters in the Cork city area who already tested positive for the infection have started treatment.

The HSE South said an investigation in to the cluster of cases was progressing in line with national TB contact tracing guidelines.

Some 220 pupils and staff from Ballintemple National School and the families of the three children will be offered screening in the chest clinic of St Finbarr's Hospital, Cork.



UK lashed by torrential rain

Parts of Britain were hit by torrential rain and gale force winds today as summer there looked to have come to a rude end.

Up to 4cm (1.5in) of rain fell overnight in areas of southern England -- more than half the normal monthly total -- with 40mph winds adding to the unseasonal blast.

Holidaymakers face more unsettled conditions through the week, potentially bringing a blustery curtain down on the traditional summer period.



Flight diverted during storm

An American Airlines flight from New York to Brussels has been diverted to Boston after experiencing severe turbulence due to thunderstorms in the New York metropolitan area.

Massport spokeswoman Danny Levy said Flight 172 landed safely at Logan International Airport at around 10.40pm last night.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said there were no reports of injuries among the 159 passengers and nine crew.



Actress on her ageing idols

Actress Michelle Collins has revealed she looks up to stars such as Helen Mirren and Julie Walters and said she is "not scared" of getting older.

The 48-year-old former EastEnders star said she had nothing against Botox but refused to say if she had ever used it.

She told Hello! magazine: "It's a woman's prerogative not to tell. But I have nothing against Botox. Why not have it if it makes you feel and look better?"