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News Digest: Photos of killer producer Phil Spector in jail are published

Shock new photos of Phil Spector show the toll of age and prison on the once flamboyant music legend.

The most recent image shows a bald, sombre-looking 73-year-old Spector, who is serving 19 years to life for the 2003 killing of actress Lana Clarkson, staring straight into the camera on October 28 last year. An earlier photo of a smiling Spector is dated July 24, 2013.

The California Department of Corrections said the October photo was taken when Spector was moved to the prison system's huge California Heath Care Facility in Stockton.

The centre provides medical and mental health care to ill inmates, including those with chronic conditions.

Irish Navy seizes £62.5m coke haul

The Irish Navy has stormed a yacht suspected of carrying £62.5m of cocaine.

The 60ft Makayabella was intercepted 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head — Ireland’s most southerly point — on Tuesday morning.

It is understood that the men on board offered up no resistance to the armed navy team, which launched small boats from the offshore patrol vessel, the LE Niamh.

Another major vessel, the LE Roisin, provided back-up during the operation.

Early indications have put the street value of the suspected one-tonne haul of cocaine at £62.5m, with some estimates suggesting that it could actually be even higher than that. If confirmed, it would be one of biggest drugs seizures at sea this year.

A joint task force, involving the Irish Navy, revenue and gardai, said the night-time covert surveillance operation was carried out in challenging conditions.

The interception followed intelligence from the National Crime Agency and the French custom service, through the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre based in Lisbon.

The suspected drugs vessel was last night being towed to Haulbowline naval base, where the three men - believed to be British - were expected to be arrested.

Mass shootings up from six to 16 in seven years

The number of shootings in which a gunman opens fire on a crowd has increased in recent years, the FBI has said.

The bureau has released a report analysing 160 mass shootings between 2000 and 2013.

It revealed an average of six shootings in the first seven years. That rose to 16 shootings in the last seven years.

The report covered the 2012 shootings at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Sturgeon: I'm honoured to be new First Minister

Nicola Sturgeon said becoming Scotland's next First Minister would be "the greatest honour and an immense responsibility" as she confirmed she was standing to succeed Alex Salmond in the job.

He announced his intention to resign as SNP leader and First Minister after voters in last week's referendum rejected his dream of independence. When nominations for the post of SNP leader opened yesterday Ms Sturgeon, already the clear frontrunner, formally declared her candidacy.

Clarifications and corrections: Thought for the week

In Thought for the Weekend by Canon Walter Lewis (September 20), due to a production error the name 'Jesus' was incorrectly inserted where it should have read 'Judas Iscariot', as follows: 'When Judas had gone out into the night, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified". Jesus' death will be his glory. In that glory, his love for his apostles, disciples, friends, enemies, Judas Iscariot is indestructible and victorious. In the victory of Jesus on the Cross, friendship and love are forever triumphant!' We apologise for the error.

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