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Widow admits heroin haul

A WIDOWED mother of two who attempted to import over €18,000 of heroin through Dublin Airport will be sentenced later.

Jacqueline Miley (45) had been a carer for her husband prior to his death, but fell behind in her rent to the city council due to her drug use and was to be paid €1,000 for transporting the heroin.

Miley, of North King Street, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to importation of drugs and possession of heroin at Dublin Airport on January 25, 2011.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned sentencing until March.

Joyce classic is big hit in China

THE Chinese version is no easier to read than the original, but James Joyce's Finnegans Wake has still sold out its initial run in the country.

Wang Weisong, chief editor of the company that published the first Chinese translation of the Joyce classic, says he didn't expect success, but the first 8,000 copies have sold out.

Dai Congrong, who spent eight years translating it, said that she didn't fully grasp the novel but that it wasn't intended for easy comprehension.

Judd and racer husband split

SCOTTISH racing driver Dario Franchitti and his actress wife Ashley Judd are separating after 11 years of marriage.

Judd's spokeswoman confirmed a report in People magazine that the 44-year-old actress and her husband were ending their marriage.

The star of such films as Double Jeopardy and Kiss The Girls said that the pair would "always be family" and continue to cherish their relationship based on love, integrity and respect.

Australian PM calls election

PRIME minister Julia Gillard surprised Australians today by announcing a general election for September 14.

Ms Gillard said she wanted to create an environment in which voters could more easily focus on national issues by removing uncertainty around the timing.

Opinion polls suggest the conservative opposition coalition led by Tony Abbott is likely to win convincingly.