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News for 06-05-2011
Medical marijuana superstore opens
Seeking to capitalize on Arizona's newly enacted medical marijuana law, a California-based company on Wednesday opened a superstore-sized garden center in Phoenix catering to those who want to grow their own cannabis. "We sell everything but the plant itself," said Dhar Mann, founder of weGrow, the company that began franchising its big-box stores with outlets in Oakland and Sacramento, California. "We sell the products and the services for people to safely and responsibly cultivate their med

Pa. 8th graders' field trip includes Hooters lunch
BERWICK, Pa. — For one group of central Pennsylvania eighth-graders, a recent field trip to Baltimore included lunch at Hooters — a restaurant better known for its busty waitresses than its food. The Berwick Middle School students were visiting the National Aquarium last week. Chaperones took them to various restaurants for lunch because the group of 100 was too large for a single place. The Bloomsburg Press Enterprise reports Tuesday that one group of 15 to 20 students ended up at Hooters.

Naked jogger leaps into busy public pool
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A naked man ran through a Kansas City suburb before scaling a fence and leaping into a swimming pool filled with children. Witness Amy Shapiro told NBC station KSHB-TV that traffic came to a halt at around noon on Wednesday as the nude man climbed out of the passenger side of a car in Overland Park, the second-largest city in Kansas.

Fearsome lawn ornament shot dead by cops
When an alligator was spotted near a suburban Kansas City pond, local police decided they were taking no chances: They would shoot the fearsome creature from a distance with a rifle. But the alligator took the first shot to the head without batting an eyelid, and then the second one bounced off. At that point, the officers realized the animal was not a bulletproof beast; rather, it was just a concrete lawn ornament, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

News for 05-18-2010
Clarksville man steals beer, says they weren't cold enough
After reportedly stealing beer from a gas station on the Bypass, a man brought the drinks back minutes later and attempted to exchange the stolen beers because they weren’t cold enough. A clerk told police that she went into the back of the store while re-stocking the beer, and when she returned a few cases were missing, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office report. At that point, the man — who appeared drunk, the clerk said — came in with the warm beer and asked to exchange it

Topless woman saves apartments from fire
A Darwin woman who used a hose to save a burning apartment building was so caught up in the moment she didn't realise she was topless. Tash Bennett was sunbaking by the pool at the Alatai Apartments in Darwin on Thursday when she noticed specks of ash falling on her, the NT News reports.

Suspicious Package: TSA Worker Jailed After Junk Joke
Perhaps the new airport body scanners are a bit too revealing. A TSA worker in Miami was arrested for aggravated battery after police say he attacked a colleague who'd made fun of his small genitalia after he walked through one of the new high-tech security scanners during a recent training session. Rolando Negrin, 44, was busted for assault after things got ugly at Miami International Airport between Negrin and some of his fellow Transportation Security Administration workers on Tuesday.

Same car, same problem: 3 drunks behind wheel
Police say three people have been charged with drink-driving in the same car in Alice Springs overnight. Just after 4am police stopped the vehicle and say a 25-year-old man was arrested for high-range drink-driving and a range of other driving offences. Within 10 minutes, police stopped the vehicle again and charged a 31-year-old woman after she was over the alcohol limit. Again within a ten minute period, police found the car back on the road and a 30-year-old man was charged with drin

Burglar planted marijuana rolling papers
CRESTVIEW -- Mayor hopeful Alan Sampson said someone broke into his home last week and left marijuana rolling papers in his bathroom drawer. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Sampson, who was charged March 21 with marijuana possession and possession of narcotics equipment, told deputies someone planted the rolling papers in his home. “I don’t know if someone was trying to leave me a message or if it was some of the kids in the neighborhood,” Sampson sai

Dad tries to trade baby for beer or drugs
CHICOPEE, Mass. - A Massachusetts man offered to trade his 3-month-old daughter to an employee at a gas station and convenience store in exchange for beer, or perhaps crack cocaine, police say.

News for 04-08-2010
Lover 'almost killed' by huge breasts
British woman Claire Smedley almost killed her lover during sex - with her enormous breasts. Mum-of-three Smedley, 27, who has 40LL breasts, panicked when she lifted them up while having sex and found that her lover Steven had stopped breathing. In an exclusive video interview with the News of the World, she revealed how Steven usually loved being smothered by her breasts. "This time, he started flailing around a bit but I assumed it was because he was so excited, so I kept going. A few

Cops Go in Hard on Willy Bust
COPS swooped on a furniture store after shocked shoppers reported this bizarre case of indecent exposure. Store owner Jason Hadlow was slapped with a fine of £80 for displaying a 4ft stone penis in his shop window. A member of the public complained after spotting the offending appendage which was displayed in his shop, Simply Dutch, near Bedale, North Yorkshire. The firm, which bills itself as "the most interesting store in the North", recently stocked a new range of garden furniture, i

News for 04-07-2010
Woman Accused Of Operating Strip Club Out Of Trailer
CHESTERFIELD, S.C.—A disgruntled customer led deputies last week to a strip club operating out of a mobile home with a pole in the middle of the living room. The man called 911 dispatchers about 1 a.m. March 21 to report the strip club because he “had paid $25 and didn’t get what he wanted,“ Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Investigator Daniel Scott said. When deputies knocked on the door, “The homeowner, Gwendolyn Lowery, opened the door, and in the middle of the floor there were a bunch of

News for 03-30-2010
Man caught befouling car indicted
LAS CRUCES - A teen who allegedly defecated in a man's car - thinking it was his girlfriend's - was indicted Thursday on multiple charges of criminal property damage. Leaving work late the night of March 11, the car's owner reported finding 18-year-old Austin Horries Purifoy in the back seat of his Honda Civic, pulling up his underwear. "This is your car?" Purifoy said, according to documents filed in court. "I thought this was Desiree's car." Purifoy then allegedly got out of the car a

News for 03-26-2010
Goose woos statue, traps woman
WITT, Ill., March 24 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman said a goose with romantic intentions toward a concrete statue held her hostage in her home for several hours. Joanne Martin said she tried to leave her Witt, Ill., home earlier this month and caught an amorous goose in the throes of mating season making advances to the concrete goose statue next to her car, the Springfield (Ill.) State Journal Register reported Wednesday.

Vagina-Scented Perfume Debuts
DALLAS - A new scent claims to accurately capture the "the vaginal scent of a beautiful woman." Vulva Original bills itself not as a perfume, but an erotic feminine scent designed to offer pleasure and arousal by smelling it. It is not clear what compromises the concoction but it is advertised as being a "slightly yellow, desirable substance" that contains "more organic content."

News for 03-25-2010
Company boss spent £104,000 on firm's credit card in lapdancing club
A British company director spent more than £100,000 (€111,000) on his firm's credit card in a lapdancing club and falsified profits so he could get a bigger bonus, a court has heard. Ian Tulloch, 59, a married father-of-two, spent the equivalent of nearly twice his annual salary on naked dancing girls at the Spearmint Rhino club in central London. The sum would have paid for more than 5,000 nude lap dances, at £20 a time.

Indian military to weaponize world's hottest chili
GAUHATI, India – The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world's hottest chili. After conducting tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sized "bhut jolokia," or "ghost chili," to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects, defense officials said Tuesday.

Would-be bank robbers call ahead
Fairfield, Conn. (WTNH) - Two people have been arrested after they called a Fairfield bank demanding money, police said. The call came in to the People's United Bank in Stratfield Center around 3:00 p.m. The caller stated that he was sending someone in and that the teller should hand over $100,000.

Former Florida inmate gets 15 years in prison for trying to break back into jail
VIERA, Fla. - A Florida man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for violating his probation by trying to break into the Brevard County jail. A judged sentenced 25-year-old Sylvester Jiles on Monday. He was convicted in January of trespassing on jail property and resisting an officer. Authorities say Jiles tried to climb a 12-foot (3 1/2-meter) fence at the Brevard County Detention Center in August. He was caught and hospitalized with severe cuts from the barbed wire. He had been rele

Bainbridge Island police arrest "werewolf hunter"
Police have detained a man they say was waving a large sword around and stabbing objects in the parking lot of a Bainbridge Island building supply store. The shirtless 35-year-old man was covered with scrapes and cuts. He told the off-duty Bainbridge Island police officer who approached him Tuesday afternoon that he was "hunting werewolves and chuds" who could disguise themselves as humans. The man said he feared getting hurt.

News for 03-18-2010
Man used penis to assault female police officer
A man who assaulted a female police officer with his penis has been fined. Marium Varinauskas, 28, tried to strike the officer on the head with his penis when she was called out to his flat, but she got out of the way. Lithuanian Varinauskas admitted a charge of assault at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and was fined £600.

News for 03-16-2010
Woman aims to become world's fattest
An obese mother in the US is trying to put on weight in order to become the world's fattest woman. Donna Simpson, from New Jersey, weighs 273kg but told the Daily Mail newspaper she had her heart set on reaching her goal weight of 1000lb (450kg) in two years. The 42-year-old already holds the title of the world's fattest mother after giving birth to her daughter in 2007 when she weighed 241kg. "I'd love to be 1000lb ... it might be hard though, running after my daughter keeps my weight

News for 03-10-2010
Wichita man pays crack dealer with Monopoly money
NBC -- Police in Wichita, Kansas are investigating an odd crime that involves drugs, assault and Monopoly money. It started as a routine traffic stop in a Wichita neighborhood Thursday evening. When police pulled over the car they found a 33-year-old man bleeding from the head and telling an unusual story. The victim said a couple of weeks ago he bought several hundred dollars of crack-cocaine with Monopoly money and now the dealer was ready for pay back.

Romanian street sign warns drivers of 'drunk pedestrians'
Officials in Pecica, a village town about 13 miles from the Hungarian border in the country’s west, ordered the bright red signs, complete with the phrase “Attention - Drunks”. The 10 road signs, which also show a person crawling on their knees while clutching a glass in one hand, were erected in popular nightspot areas close to the city's bars and restaurants.

Lakeville man sues TV show over segment about his genital blemishes
A 22-year-old Lakeville newlywed is contending that a "Dr. Phil" spinoff national TV show tricked him into appearing and discussing the blemishes on his genitals, then airing a rerun of the episode over his protests.

Teen shoots his own testicles
A Vallejo teenager allegedly shot himself in the testicles Thursday afternoon, police said. Police said the 17-year-old, whose name is being withheld because he's a minor, walked into Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center at about 5:45 p.m. with a gunshot wound. The gun is still outstanding, police said, and the teen has not been cooperative.

News for 02-23-2010
StripperMobile grounded, but grinding strippers will return
TAMPA, Florida - StripperMobile, the strip club on wheels, will not return to the streets of Tampa Friday night as originally planned. City officials put the brakes on the mobile advertisement for the Déjà Vu gentlemen's club because of registration issues with the truck's Nevada license plate.

Nursing Home Residents Form a Biker Gang
Lydia Scheltes woke up in her bed at Bethesda Retirement Center one morning with pinkish hair, a tattoo on her arm and a hangover. Not a typical morning for the 90-year-old. “Seniors are more fun than you’ll ever know,” she said. Scheltes wasn’t alone: Seven ladies and one dude – aged 65 to 97 – all had a similar hazy look in their eyes after they hung out with bikers at the Evil Olive bar in Wicker Park on Feb. 11.

News for 02-19-2010
Swiss prostitutes trained to use defibrillators in brothels to prevent clients dying
Brothel owners in the Lugano area say electric shock treatment to restart customer's hearts is needed because so many elderly customers are using their services. The most recent victim was a pensioner, thought to be having fun with the help of anti-impotence medication. His death followed a series of other incidents, some fatal, in which heart attacks have claimed brothel customers in the area.

Runaway Zebra Captured On Downtown Connector
ATLANTA -- A runaway zebra was spotted on Atlanta's downtown connector during Thursday afternoon's rush hour. Channel 2 Action News has learned that the runaway zebra belongs to the Ringling Brothers Circus.

‘Dead’ woman moves arm as embalming begins
BOGOTA, Colombia - A Colombian woman declared dead of a heart attack moved one of her arms just as an undertaker was about to embalm her, doctors said Wednesday. Noelia Serna, 45, was rushed to a hospital in the city of Cali, where she was in critical condition in an intensive care unit Wednesday, said hospital director Luis Fernando Rendon. "Her chances of survival are slim," Rendon said.

News for 02-17-2010
Czech Doctors Left 12" Tool in Patient
It took five long months for a Czech woman to discover the reason for her pain: Doctors had left a foot-long medical tool inside her abdomen. This month, doctors at a clinic in the southeastern town of Ivancice discovered their colleagues had forgotten to remove a spatula-like surgical instrument from the woman following gynecological surgery in September.

Ronald McDonald arrested for pot
Police arrested Ronald McDonald for possession of marijuana and allowing others to use drugs at his residence on Sunday. According to police, officers responded to the 44-year-old’s residence, 2023 Taylor Dr. at 5:43 after receiving a report of a suspicious odor. Outside McDonald’s residence, officers could smell a strong odor or marijuana coming from the residence.

Police arrest woman covered in Jell-O, drunk
A woman wearing a bikini and covered in Jell-O was arrested for driving while under the influence shortly after leaving a Milan bar last week, according to police reports. A Milan police officer on patrol witnessed a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina roll through the stop sign at the intersection of Lewis Avenue and Lee Street at about 10:20 p.m. Feb. 8. The driver swerved the vehicle before stopping on southbound North Street.

Iowa Court Discovers 'Art' Loophole Allows 17-Year-Old Strippers
Nude dancing is still an art form in Iowa, at least at a strip club in the tiny town of Hamburg. The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed the state's request for a review of the issue. The request followed a judge's 2008 decision that Clarence Judy, then-owner of Shotgun Geniez, didn't violate the state's public indecent exposure law. Judy was charged after a 17-year-old girl stripped onstage in the southwestern Iowa club in 2007.

In Utah, a plan to cut 12th grade
The proposal by state Sen. Chris Buttars would chip away at Utah's $700-million shortfall. He's since offered a toned-down version: Just make senior year optional.

News for 02-11-2010
Dubai court annuls marriage to 'bearded lady'
An Arab country's ambassador to Dubai has had his marriage contract annulled after discovering the bride was cross-eyed and had facial hair. The woman had worn an Islamic veil, known as the niqab, on the few occasions the couple had met.

US soldier gives four-year-old daughter 'waterboarding' over alphabet
Joshua Tabor allegedly told police he had used the technique because he was angry and knew his daughter was scared of water. The 27-year-old, who had recently gained custody of the young girl, said she "squirmed" as he pushed her under the water three or four times, it was claimed.

Toledo strip club puts cover charge into quake relief
Scantily clad dancers were the draw at a downtown men's entertainment club over the weekend for an event that raised nearly $1,000 for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Marilyn's on Monroe, 715 Monroe St., billed Saturday's affair as "Lap dances for Haiti." Although the billing may be misleading - lap dancing is illegal in Ohio - the intention isn't. General Manager Kenny Soprano said Sunday the club donated all the money from the day's regular $10 cover charge to International Servic

Phony corpse tip leads to marijuana bust
MONTREAL, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Canadian police in Montreal suspect rivals were responsible for a fake tip about a dead body in a house that actually was a marijuana farm. Police got an anonymous 911 emergency call at 11:45 p.m. Monday night about a corpse in a house in suburban Laval, Constable Nathalie Lorrain told The (Montreal) Gazette. Officers got no answer at the front door and circled the house and then found the front door ajar, she said.

NY Thief Meets Victim to Return Stolen Jewelry; Cops Make Arrest
AIRMONT -- An Orange County woman was arrested in the Ramapo Diner after police said she agreed to meet an acquaintance to return jewelry that she allegedly took from her home. Melissa A. Dineen, 22, of Monroe was arrested at the diner Monday evening after she agreed to meet a Ramapo resident there. The resident told police that $6,400 worth of jewelry had been taken from her Fred Eller Drive home Friday.

Girl, 11, Gives Birth to Baby Boy in Northeast Hospital
An 11-year-old girl in the Northeast recently gave birth to a baby boy, the girl’s family told Fox News. "My daughter and (her) baby are fine, and the baby is absolutely beautiful," said the mother of the 11-year-old girl. The girl and her family are not being named in order to protect the new parent's privacy.

News for 02-05-2010
Banker in supermodel email blunder keeps job
David Kiely, who works in Macquarie Private Wealth in Sydney, opened e-mails on Tuesday containing pictures of model Miranda Kerr, unaware a colleague behind him was doing a live television interview about the Australian economy.

News for 01-21-2010
'Booze for boobs' promotion causes a stir
A nightclub in Singapore is attracting attention for a marketing strategy that offers free drinks according to women's bra sizes, the China Press reports. The OverEasy nightclub introduced the event 'Fill My Cups' recently to promote events hosted by Australian DJ DCUP. The promotion allows A-cup patrons one free drink, B-cups two, C-cups three, and D-cups can claim a free bottle of vodka.

News for 01-18-2010
Man crashes into cafe, orders breakfast
PORT ORANGE, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A 91-year-old man who crashed his car into a popular Florida restaurant proceeded to sit down and order breakfast near his vehicle, authorities said. Tonya Gilardi, a spokeswoman for Port Orange Fire, said Charles Pierce was not injured when he crashed his car into the Biscuits 'N' Gravy restaurant at 11:11 a.m. Monday, but another customer was treated for minor injuries at Halifax Health Medical Center in Port Orange, the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal

Boy arrested for angry football throw
Police were called to Crittenden Middle School on Friday to arrest a 14-year-old boy for angrily throwing a football at another boy's leg during a football game. Police spokesperson Steve McCoy said school administrators called the police at 2:14 p.m. last Friday to report the incident. The unnamed 13-year-old hit in the leg by the football was uninjured.

Man's penis removed from pipe
Medics at Southampton General Hospital could not get the man's penis out of the stainless steel pipe because the restricted blood flow had caused it to become aroused. So they called in Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Man's penis removed from pipe
Medics at Southampton General Hospital could not get the man's penis out of the stainless steel pipe because the restricted blood flow had caused it to become aroused. So they called in Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Glasgow: Parents take teens to washroom
GLASGOW, Scotland, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A Scotland city council regulation says a parent must escort children under 16 years old to the washroom in places such as restaurants. The Glasgow rule requires parents to accompany their children everywhere within a licensed establishment, which arguably would mean that, for example, a teenage boy would have to go to the women's restroom with his mother, The Sunday Times of London said.

Murderer in call for porn
A notorious Wigan murderer has demanded that female prison warders be axed – so that he can watch pornographic movies in his cell.

News for 01-15-2010
Weight Watchers clinic floor collapses under dieters
As the dieters queued to see how many pounds they had shed, the floor beneath them in the clinic in Växjö, in south-central Sweden, began to rumble, according to a report in The Local, Sweden's English-language newspaper. "We suddenly heard a huge thud; we almost thought it was an earthquake and everything flew up in the air.

News for 01-06-2010
Iowa Man Spells Out Wife's Birthday Message in Manure
ZWINGLE, Iowa - Ask this Iowa wife if she got the perfect birthday present and she'll tell you her hubby "dung good." Carole and Dick Kleis live together on their eastern Iowa farm. This year for her birthday, Dick used more than 120,000 pounds of manure to spell out a special message. It basically says 'Happy Birthday, Love You,' but in shorthand.

Shouting at your wife may get you a criminal record in France
Married couples in France could end up with criminal records for insulting each other during arguments. Under a new law, France is to become the first country in the world to ban ' psychological violence' within marriage. The law would apply to cohabiting couples and to both men and women.

News for 01-05-2010
Tattoo Guy Calls 911 for Ride to Bar
OLDSMAR, Fla. -- A man was arrested after authorities say he called 911 to ask for a ride to a bar. The sheriff's office reports that 37-year-old Gregory J. Oras called 911 three times early Tuesday morning. One call was made while Oras was leaving a bar, and he reportedly told the 911 operator that he had a broken nose, bleeding ears and people shooting at him. It turned out he just wanted a ride to another bar in Oldsmar.

Driver passes out, meth lab in back seat
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Police say a driver passed out in his car at a Tennessee gas station while a batch of methamphetamine was cooking in the back seat. An employee at the gas station in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, called police because the car was sitting at the pump for about an hour on New Year's Day.

Enraged Toledo woman just wanted McNuggets
TOLEDO, OHIO -- An East Toledo woman became so enraged that chicken nuggets were not available at a Toledo McDonald's that she punched through the drive-thru window. Toledo Police say Melodi Dushane, 24, stopped at the fast-food restaurant at Front and Main Streets in East Toledo early Friday morning and asked for chicken nuggets. When the drive-thru attendant told her the restaurant was only serving breakfast and that the item was not available, Dushane reached through the window and punched t

News for 12-29-2009
Free Funerals Offered For Drunken Drivers
ROME, Ga. -- Planning to drink and drive this New Year's? A north Georgia funeral home has a deal for you. Between now and noon Thursday, drivers can visit McGuire, Jennings and Miller Funeral Home in Rome to sign a contract stating they plan to drink or take drugs and then drive on New Year's Eve. If they die in a wreck that day, the funeral home will give them a free burial.

News for 12-24-2009
Breast flasher hit by distracted driver
A teenager flashing her breasts in the middle of a New Zealand road paid for her drunken revelry when a distracted driver ran into her. Cherelle Dudfield, 18, was dared to flash passing cars in the southern city of Invercargill after a night out drinking with friends. She had exposed herself to a couple of cars from a strip in the middle of the road when the stunt went awry.

Court splits jackpot between rival gamblers
TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) – A French court has split the jackpot from a casino slot machine between the woman who put in the money and the man who pulled the lever, ending months of argument between the two. Marie-Helene Jarguel walked off with over 2 million euros ($2.91 million) in March after a bet of 50 euros on a one-armed bandit, only for her gambling partner Francis Sune to contest her gain based on the fact that he activated the machine.

Man with knife in chest orders coffee
WARREN, Mich., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Police in Michigan said a man with a 5-inch knife lodged in his chest walked into a restaurant, called 911, ordered coffee and sat down to wait for paramedics. Warren police said the 52-year-old man told the 911 operator he had been stabbed in Warren and walked half a mile to Bray's Hamburgers in Hazel Park to use the telephone, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Tuesday.

Dead drunk policeman stripped of martyrdom
BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese police captain who named his subordinate a "martyr" after he died from a drinking binge has been suspended, the Shenzhen Public Security Authority said on Tuesday. Traffic officer Chen Lusheng of the southern city of Shenzhen was off-duty when he attended a banquet with officials from Mabu village in late October. After repeated toasts, he vomited and passed out on a couch, where he suffocated, state media said.

Abandoned baby thanks rescuers
FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Two friends who discovered a newborn girl in front of a Virginia townhouse when they were teenagers said the girl contacted them 20 years later. Christopher Astle and Emily Yanich-Fithian, now both 35, said they discovered the newborn by the front door of an empty townhouse in their Fairfax County apartment complex Sept. 6, 1989, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Cat Rescued After Being Glued To Highway
Well we wanted to introduce you to Timothy the cat tonight. The poor thing is lucky to be alive and recovering after someone glued him to a Minnesota interstate. A couple saw the cat on the side of the road, and thought it had been hit by a car. When they stopped and picked up the cat, sadly the glue ripped off his paw pads and pulled out some of his claws. Second Chance Rescue crews say they've never seen anything like this. "It's a mouth dropper because you are just like are you kidding me? bu

Man urged son to rape cousin, 12
A man who encouraged his teenage son to marry and rape his 12-year-old cousin has been jailed. The 54-year-old organised a sham Muslim ceremony between his son, then 16, and the girl at his home in Woolwich, south-east London, in March last year.

News for 12-23-2009
Nude Kiwi cyclists warned over helmets
CYCLING starkers might be okay in New Zealand - but just make sure the cops don't catch you without a helmet. Two Kiwi men wearing nothing but their birthday suits have been issued with a warning for riding without protective head gear on a jaunt around a sleepy New Zealand seaside town. Senior Constable Cathy Duder was patrolling Whangamata, a beach resort in the North Island, on a quiet Monday night when she came across the two nude men, both in their early 20s. "They were more shocked than I

News for 12-16-2009
Drunken driver who urinated on cop sentenced to jail
A 36-year-old Waldo man who urinated on a police officer during a fifth drunken driving arrest has been sentenced to a year in jail. Daniel L. Shilts Jr., of 720 W. Second St., was sentenced Nov. 30 by Judge Gary Langhoff to the jail term and three years probation, according to court records released Wednesday. A three-year prison sentence was imposed and stayed, meaning Shilts will serve the prison time if his probation is revoked.

Women to row Atlantic naked
BRISTOL, England, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Two British women attempting a world record by rowing across the Atlantic say they hope to shave a few days off the trip by completing the feat naked. Mel King, 37 and Annie Januszewski, 40, of Bristol, England, said they are hoping to row 3,000 miles from Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the West Indies in only 70 days, to beat the previous 75-day record for a two-woman team, The Sun reported Wednesday.

Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex. Not Kidding.
When a man in the UK was asked to be the best man at his friend's wedding, he was touched. So touched, that he promised not to pull any pranks before or during the wedding. After the wedding though, that's another story

News for 12-09-2009
Amish man found drunk, asleep in moving buggy
A slow-moving horse and buggy led to the arrest Sunday night of a Paradise man, who was charged with drunken driving. Police said Elmer Stoltzfoos Fisher, 22, was found slumped over and asleep in a buggy that was moving slowly in the first block of North Ronks Road.

Naked Santa statue not popular with Texas
Barry McBee, of Big Spring, Texas, insists he was just trying to raise a smile from passers-by when he added a Santa hat and white beard to the 5-foot-tall replica of the Renaissance statue. Unfortunately, within a fairly short time, parents started calling Big Spring city officials complaining that their children were asking why Santa was naked.

News for 12-04-2009
Sex study ruined by porn-loving men
Scientists had to give up on a study of pornography - because they couldn't find any men who had not watched hardcore movies before. Researchers planned to recruit two groups of men in their twenties to compare regular porn users with those who had never seen explicit films. But they were shocked when they could not find any men who had not watched blue movies, reports The Sun.

Homeless brothers in line to inherit billions
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Talk about a reversal of fortunes. Two brothers who are so poor they live in a cave on the outskirts of Budapest and get by selling scavenged junk are in line to receive a $6.6 billion inheritance from a long-lost grandmother, the U.K. Daily Telegraph reports.

News for 12-02-2009
Heroic Stripper is Like the Cesar Chavez of Stripping
One woman is on a crusade to reform Portland, Oregon's strip club industry by suing evil club owners who put making a profit before paying women fairly to take off their clothes and wiggle around on a pole. Solidarity forever! Meet Zipporah Foster, profiled by Willamette Week last week. She's a 28 year-old single mother and a stripper who's had enough of skeezy club owners stiffing (ahem!) her and her co-workers. Foster is filing lawsuits against a brace of Portland strip joints in protest of tw

A PERVERT who gets sexual thrills from manure has been jailed after being caught pleasuring himself in a pile of slurry. Twisted David Truscott, 40, was jailed for 16 weeks in October after being found at it in a muck spreader.

Solange Magnano, a 38-year-old former Miss Argentina has died from gluteoplasty complications
BUENOS AIRES - The pageant world is mourning the loss of a queen: Solange Magnano. The former Miss Argentina, 38, died from complications after undergoing a gluteoplasty – a cosmetic surgery on her buttocks. She died of a pulmonary embolism Sunday after three days in critical condition following the gluteoplasty, the Associated Press reported.

Police: Burglar showers, tells residents ‘Obama let him in'
CRESTVIEW — A man accused of breaking into a Crestview home and taking a shower reportedly told residents who showed up “President Obama let him in” the house. According to a Crestview Police Department report, St. Petersbug resident Donald Leon May, 48, entered a home in the 400 block of East Railroad Avenue Nov. 18 through an unlocked back door and took a shower.

Police Ask For Public's Help To Find Condom Thief
HYDE PARK -- Cincinnati police said a man took his quest for safe sex a bit too far. Officers released photos Monday of a man who police said walked into a Walgreens in Hyde Park earlier this month, stuffed a box of condoms down his pants and walked out.

Couple Busted for Refusing to Pay Tip
If you’re frustrated by poor service at a restaurant, think twice before you decide to not tip. You may be in for a bit more than just a dirty look from the waiter. "Nobody, nobody wants to be forced to pay a tip or be arrested for terrible service," Leslie Pope said when her happy hour ended in handcuffs.

News for 11-18-2009
Des Moines police searching for naked burglar
Des Moines police are looking for a pair of burglars, one of whom reportedly was naked when discovered Sunday by a homeowner. Javier Pagannazario, 29, told police his wife, Genoveva, was awakened by footsteps upstairs early on Sunday morning in the 7500 block of Southview Drive in Des Moines. Javier went upstairs to investigate and found a man asleep on his couch. The man jumped up and ran out the front door. Genoveva, meanwhile, confronted a woman on the lower level. The intruder was described

Police Used Taser on 10-Year-Old Girl in Arkansas
OZARK, Ark. (AP) -- Ozark Police Chief Jim Noggle says one of his officers used a Taser on a 10-year-old girl who was combative when the officer tried to get her into a patrol car to be taken to a youth shelter.

Nude Car Wash Run Gets Aussies In Hot Water
BRISBANE, Australia -- It was just a routine car wash. Except there was no car -- and no clothing. Four Australian men who allegedly undressed and soaped up at a car wash have been charged with exposure and public nuisance. Police say the two 19-year-old and two 23-year-old men paid for a wash before stripping nude and cleaning themselves in the soapy water while their female companions took photos.

Explicit 'pornaments' back on shelves
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Christmas ornaments featuring reindeer and snowmen in sexual positions are back on store shelves in Jacksonville, Fla., a pastor says. The decorations, dubbed "pornaments" by some when they triggered protests three years ago, have returned to the holiday ornament aisles of some shops, WJXT-TV reported Tuesday. Instead of a line of six sexually oriented ornaments, just the reindeer and snowmen are being offered this holiday season, the Jacksonville TV station

News for 11-05-2009
Bulgarian girl, 11, gives birth to her daughter... on her wedding day
An 11-year-old girl became one of the world's youngest mothers - and went into labour on the way to her wedding. Kordeza Zhelyazkova, from Sliven in Bulgaria, was still wearing her wedding dress and tiara as she was rushed to hospital, where she gave birth to 5lb 8oz Violeta. Proudly displaying her baby, she told reporters: 'I'm not going to play with toys any more - I have a new toy now.'

Woman Says She was Spanked by Cop
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A woman who said she had her pants pulled down before being spanked more than one dozen times by an Ocoee Police Department sergeant plans to attend an upcoming court hearing and hopes to speak to a judge. The 29-year-old victim said she is outraged that her accused attacker, former Ocoee Police Sgt. Tom Maroney, is seeking leniency in court.

'Breathalyzer' man charged with DUI
OXFORD, Ohio, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Police in Ohio said they charged a man dressed as a Breathalyzer with driving under the influence of alcohol and underage drinking. Oxford police said James Miller, 18, was pulled over just prior to 2:30 a.m. Sunday for driving the wrong way on a one-way street and officers determined the man, who was dressed in a Breathalyzer costume, appeared to have been drinking, WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, reported Monday.

Somali man, '112', weds girl, 17
Hundreds of people have attended a wedding in central Somalia between a man who says he is 112 years old, and his teenage wife. Ahmed Muhamed Dore - who already has 13 children by five wives - said he would like to have more with his new wife, Safia Abdulleh, who is 17 years old.

Brazil man appears at own funeral
A 59-year-old Brazilian man has surprised his family by turning up at his own funeral, local media report. Relatives of Ademir Jorge Goncalves, a bricklayer, had identified him as the victim of a car crash in southern Parana state the previous day.

Jayden Lenescar thrown in bathtub & whipped with belt, hanger for touching himself
Four-year-old Jayden Lenescar was whipped bloody in a bathtub and left in agony for two days before his death - all because he touched himself. That's the sick excuse his mother and a friend gave for a thrashing so savage paramedics who examined the body couldn't believe their eyes, sources told the Daily News.

Couple sues: Neighbors smoke outdoors
EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A California couple has filed a lawsuit seeking relief from their next-door neighbor's second-hand cigarette smoke, their attorney said.

News for 10-30-2009
Gang 'set fire to man's beard as he slept on train'
A gang of youths allegedly set a man alight as he slept on a train in a 'gratuitous and malicious attack', a court heard today. The four males, who were all teenagers at the time of the incident - with one aged just 13 - are accused of using a lighter to set fire to Luke Kennedy's beard in December last year.

Cop Pulled Gun On Haunted House Character
BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore city police officer was charged with assault after he pulled a gun on a haunted house character over the weekend. Baltimore County police said Sgt. Eric Janik, 36, pulled his gun on a haunted house employee dressed up as the killer from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" at the House of Screams show in Essex on Sunday.

Teenager killed widow with axe in drink-fuelled rage after losing a computer game to his brother
A schizophrenic teenager killed a grandmother with an axe when he went on a drunken rampage after losing at computer games. After drinking a bottle of vodka, James Callaghan, 17, stormed out of his home in a rage armed with an axe and a long-bladed knife.

Two-Headed Snake Found In Couple's Drawer
A two-headed snake has been discovered in a drawer full of rubbish in Illinois. When Jerry Williamson's wife first told him she had found the scary reptile he thought she was pulling his leg. But to his surprise she was telling the truth.

5-Year-Old Boy Sets New Record, Becomes World’s Strongest
When other boys of his age are probably playing outside and just being normal 5-year-old kids, Giuliano Stroe goes to the gym and works out with his dad, a practice he’s been keeping ever since he was just two years of age. Giuliano doesn’t mind and perhaps the fact that he’s just made it into the Guinness Book of Records has a lot to do with it, World Records Academy says.

Worst disguise ever? Burglars cover faces with permanent marker
If you're going to commit a burglary, it's a good idea to have a disguise. However, you should probably do better than this pair of would-be burglars, whose disguise attempts extended to just drawing on their faces with a black marker pen.

News for 10-23-2009
Wife: Man out of cigarettes 'went nuts'
DELAND, Fla., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a man who believed his wife had taken his last cigarette attacked his spouse, killed a pet rat and tried to flee sheriff's deputies. Kaela Daniels, 20, of DeLand, told deputies her husband Darren Daniels, 22, "went nuts" at 1:30 a.m. Thursday upon discovering he was out of cigarettes and accused her of taking his last one, the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal reported Monday.

Unpaid Bar Tab Leads To Man's Arrest On Child Pornography Charges
BROOKFIELD, Wis. -- An unpaid bar tab led to the arrest of a Brookfield man on child pornography charges. Police said that Aaron Klein left his cell phone as collateral when he couldn't pay his bill after drinking at the bar on Calhoun Street.

Juveniles laughed after setting 15-year-old on fire
Five juveniles were in custody Tuesday after a 15-year-old was intentionally set on fire at a Deerfield Beach, Florida, apartment complex, police said.

Dad Shoots Teen Caught Having Sex with Daughter
APOPKA, FL -- A teenager was shot four times after he was caught having sex with the shooter's daughter, police said. Officials said the 16-year-old girl's stepfather walked into the girl's bedroom and saw her having sex with her boyfriend. That's when Wade Edwards closed the door to load a gun and then fired at the boy, police said.

Free money too good to be true
IN 2007 young pizza shop employee Brian Sommer must have thought he had it made. The computer whiz had stumbled across a system which could cheat ATMs out of thousands of dollars. After perfecting his system he targeted an ATM at a Bundaberg service station, taking $21,120, and then drove down the road an hour and found a friendly machine in Hervey Bay which handed over $7500 to him.

Lottery winner's ticket pinched
Willis Willis asked store clerk Pankaj Joshi to check if he had won anything in a Mega Millions draw. But Joshi told 67-year-old Willis his six numbers had NOT come up — and pocketed the ticket. Weeks later, the brazen cashier claimed the $1million (£600,000) prize and fled the US to his native country of Nepal.

News for 10-15-2009
Teen turns burrito into deadly weapon, cops say
HERNANDO BEACH, FL -- Hernando County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a South Carolina teen on a charge of throwing a deadly missile at a moving vehicle. That missile was a burrito, deputies said.

Man found asleep in closet ... with a corpse
HOUSTON - A Houston man found asleep with a corpse inside a closet of a vacant home has been charged with misdemeanor drug offenses, authorities said Monday.

Drunk lesbian admits romp with naked man in police station car park
DRUNKEN lovers put on a steamy sex show in broad daylight - in a police station car park. Ross Welsh and lesbian Leanne Richardson got so carried away they didn't know the public and cops were watching. Officers based in Portobello, Edinburgh, finally had to pull Welsh, 30, away from Richardson, 26.

Ohio Boy Tackled By Deer While Playing Football
A boy in Ohio was playing football with friends over the weekend and was tackled by a deer. The incident happened Saturday when Brandon Hiles, 7, went to retrieve a ball that had rolled into the woods in Wintersville, Ohio. "The deer started charging at me and then it hit me in the back of the leg and then I flipped over," Hiles said.

‘Lottery winner’ causes riot at Ohio coat store
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A woman being driven around in a rented limousine pulled up at a coat store and announced she'd won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases, police said, but she ended up causing a riot when customers realized it was a hoax.

News for 10-09-2009
Racing fans "limited" to 24 beers a day
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Adult fans at one of Australia's most popular motor sport races, the Bathurst 1000, will be limited to one "slab" of beer a day -- or 24 375 ml cans -- as police focus on reducing alcohol-related crime. The 24-can rule would also be placed on mixed drinks for the V8 car race starting Thursday which draws thousands to the rural town of Bathurst in eastern New South Wales state, the NSW police said Tuesday. But more restrained spectators would be able to slake their thirst, i

Somali Pirates Mistake French Military Vessel for Commercial Ship
PARIS — Somali pirates in two skiffs fired on a French navy vessel early Wednesday after apparently mistaking it for a commercial boat, the French military said. The French ship gave chase and captured five suspected pirates.

Woman describes using air freshener to fight off robber
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 72-year-old woman fights back against an intruder with the only thing she had at hand -- a can of air freshener.

News for 10-07-2009
Man gets 18 months for hot-dog theft
WORCESTER, Mass. – A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing a hot dog from a man as he sat under a tree at a city park. Antonio Judd pleaded guilty Monday in Worcester Central District Court to charges including larceny from a person. Police said Judd stole a hot dog from a man in Elm Park in Worcester in August after flashing what appeared to be a gun.

School bans sex with roomie present
MEDFORD, Mass., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Officials with a Massachusetts university said complaints led to a new policy banning students from having sex while their roommates are present. Tufts University spokeswoman Kim Thurler said officials added the rule to the 2009-10 guest policy after receiving about a dozen complaints from students "who expressed concerns that they were experiencing uncomfortable situations with their roommates' sex-tracurricular activities," The Boston Herald reported Tuesday.

Romantic Wedding Proposal Results in Mass Turtle Death
A Hilton Head, S.C., man's elaborate candlelight wedding proposal resulted in the death of 60 endangered sea turtles. We knew it was only a matter of time before one of these ridiculous question-poppings got out of hand. The unnamed man lit about 150 luminaries and stuck them on the beach in the shape of a giant heart. Unfortunately, it's hatchling season, and 60 endangered sea turtles were also on the beach, emerging from their eggs to head towards the ocean. Turtles find their way to the ocean

Girl, 13, found riding in cardboard box atop van
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - An Alabama woman has been arrested and accused of endangering the welfare of a child after police say she let her daughter ride in a cardboard box on top of their van. Albertville Police spokesman Sgt. Jamie Smith said the 37-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after police received a call about a minivan on a state highway with a child riding on top.

Boys find $86,000 while fishing
LISMORE, Australia, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Australian police said two teenage brothers turned in more than $86,000 they found in a creek while fishing in the eastern part of the country. Police said the boys hooked the money, which was in a plastic package, while fishing for catfish in Tuntable Creek, near the town of Lismore, and spent three weeks deciding on a plan of action before telling their mother and obtaining legal advice on how best to turn the cash over to police, The Times of London repor

Pack of raccoons mauls 74-year-old woman
LAKELAND, Fla. - Animal control officers hope to trap a pack of raccoons that mauled a 74-year-old woman who tried to chase them from her yard. The sheriff in Polk County, east of Tampa, said Gretchen Whitted fell when five raccoons surrounded and attacked her Sunday. She was taken to a hospital with extensive cuts from her neck to her legs.

News for 09-25-2009
Strip Club Gives Seniors a Shot in the Arm
Amid the shiny stripper poles, strobe-lit stages and scantily-clad performers at Rachel's Gentlemen's Club, you'll find Barbara and Sylvia, two old beauties who come for the free food and flu shots -- and stay for the ambiance.

5 bikini baristas charged with prostitution
EVERETT, Wash. -- Five baristas at a local bikini coffee stand are accused of engaging in prostitution while on the clock. Police spokesman Robert Goetz said the five employees of Grab-N-Go Espresso were charged with prostitution and violating the city's adult entertainment ordinance following a two-month undercover investigation. Goetz said no sex was involved, but the women, ages 18 to 24, are accused of groping and other sexual acts, including exposing their breasts and privates and licking w

Prisoners get drunk on swine flu hand gel
Inmates have been drinking the liquid soap placed on their wing after realising it contained alcohol. The detergent was meant to beat off the threat of swine flu in the Verne Prison on Portland, Dorset. However, instead of rubbing it into their hands, inmates at the category C prison have been placing their mouths over the dispensers and consuming it.

Men Fight Over Makeup
Police officers were summoned to intervene in a fight that erupted at a Roberts Avenue home Saturday evening after one man applied makeup to another while he was unconscious. When they arrived on the scene, Lawrenceburg Police Officers met with the twenty-five-year-old victim. He reported that he and some others, including his neighbor, had been drinking at his home the previous night. After a while, he said he passed out on the porch. He awakened later, he said, to discover someone had applied

Frenchman arrested for driving drunk to police station
COLMAR (AFP) – A Frenchman was arrested for drunk driving after taking his car to a police station to distribute Alcoholics Anonymous pamphlets there, police said Wednesday.

News for 09-21-2009
Teacher Disciplined For Unusual Creative Writing Assignment
WOLFEBORO, N.H. -- An English teacher is being closely monitored at Kingswood Regional High School after administrators said she assigned an inappropriate essay topic to her students. Jack Robertson, superintendent of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District, said the teacher asked students to respond to the question: "If you knocked your brother down, would you urinate in his mouth?"

Naked Driver Exposed Self
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- A man was accused of driving naked and exposing himself to motorists on Friday. Florida Highway Patrol said Mark Duffus, 45, was driving his blue Honda Pilot on Interstate 95 in Flagler County in the nude while masturb*****.

Cousin mistook partner for squirrel in hunting accident
A Green Bay man shot in the head while hunting Sunday was wounded by his hunting partner, according to a Department of Natural Resources conservation warden. Chou Vang, 70, was struck below the right ear by a round from a .22 caliber rifle fired by his cousin, Ge Vang, 46, also of Green Bay.

Baby born with penis on back
The tot was born to farmer dad Li Jun, 30, and his unnamed wife, who live in Hejian city in central China's Henan province. But he was rushed to Tianjin Childrens' Hospital on May 27 for surgery to remove his extra manhood. The rare condition, the first for Tianjin Childrens' Hospital, is called fetus in fetu (FIF).

Ice Cream Shop's Beer-Flavored Treat a Big Hit
MISSOULA, MT -- It's a dream come true for ice cream and beer lovers. An ice cream shop in Missoula, Montana has created a beer-flavored ice cream. The Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop partnered with Kettlehouse Brewery in order to create "Cold Smoke" ice cream.

BUSTED: Burglar Arrested After Checking Facebook During Robbery
So apparently it actually works both ways: careless Facebook (Facebook) use can both get you robbed and get you arrested for burglary. According to The Journal, a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man was arraigned earlier this week on a charge of felony daytime robbery. How did police catch him? Simple: the burglar left a trail, by way of checking his Facebook account before leaving the house with two diamond rings and forgetting to log out.

Sword-wielding Hopkins student kills intruder
Hours earlier, someone had broken into John Pontolillo's house and taken two laptops and a video-game console. Now it was past midnight, and he heard noises coming from the garage out back. The Johns Hopkins University undergraduate didn't run. He didn't call the police. He grabbed his samurai sword.

Boy Found with Cocaine at Day Care; Dad Called it Candy
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey police say a 4-year-old boy shared cocaine with his friends at day care because his father told him it was candy. Newark police say 25-year-old Shaheed Wright of East Orange put several baggies of cocaine inside his son's jacket after police nearly caught him with it. The boy shared the drugs with three other 4-year-olds at his day care center Friday.

Clerk Attacked After Mistaking $1 for $20
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- A Pennsylvania woman is asking for forgiveness after violently attacking a gas station clerk during an argument over a $20 bill. Vickie Gambrell was arrested for punching the clerk in the face and holding a pair of scissors to his throat in a dispute over how much money she had given him.

Insane killer escapes on field trip to county fair
SPOKANE, Wash. — A criminally insane killer from eastern Washington is on the run after escaping during a field trip to the county fair that his mental hospital organized. Why such a dangerous person was out in public was a question many, including Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, were asking as authorities searched for Phillip Arnold Paul. Authorities at Eastern State Hospital, where Paul is a patient, are being criticized for allowing him to visit the fair despite his violent criminal past and

News for 09-10-2009
Cops find man isn't dead, just a slob
The awful stench coming from a Queens apartment on Monday was so bad that cops thought they would find a body inside. But when firefighters busted down the the door, they found tenant Ming Li Sung was very much alive - and living with rotting garbage piled floor to ceiling.

Marathon County Sheriff's Department apprehends four men from fleeing car, keg thrown out during pur
Two Stratford men are in the Marathon County Jail after leading law enforcement on a highway chase of up to 120 miles per hour Monday morning and throwing a beer keg out the window of their vehicle during the pursuit, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Army Accidentally Grows Pot At Rocky Mt. Arsenal
The Army has made an unusual and unwanted discovery at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal northeast of Commerce City. They are in charge of cleaning up the arsenal, a job that includes reseeding some areas. When their seed started to grow, they realized it was marijuana.

No Charges For Bandit in
A woman wanted for stealing a styrofoam banana from a Wisconsin gas station while wearing a gorilla suit will not be charged. Police in Fond du Lac said that the 24-year-old suspect walked into a Kwik Trip store on May 20 wearing the hairy suit, yanked the $50 display banana and walked out. The theft was caught on surveillance tape.

Trapped girls updated Facebook instead of calling police
The girls, aged 10 and 12, used their mobile phones to access the popular website and update their statuses, alerting friends and family that they were lost in a storm drain in Adelaide's southern suburbs. Their exact status updates have not been released.

News for 09-01-2009
Shoplifter returned to ask for job
COLNE, England, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- British police said they arrested a man who showed up for a job interview at a store he had stolen from three days earlier.

Pair Of Turkeys Found Stuffed With Cocaine
Two turkeys are recovering after being cut open by drug smugglers and stuffed with five kilogrammes of cocaine.

Three Arrested for 75-cent Robbery
GAINESVILLE, FL (AP) -- Gainesville police have arrested three suspects in connection to a robbery that netted 75 cents. Gainesville Police Department spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg says three men approached a 17-year-old Monday and demanded $5. When the teen could only produce 75 cents, one of the men punched him in the mouth.

Man Facing Up to Life in Prison for $7 Robbery
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL -- A man from St. Johns County is facing up to life in prison for a home invasion robbery that netted $7. A jury on Wednesday found Rodney L. Dallas guilty of a first degree felony.

Police: Robber left traffic ticket
IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Police in upstate New York said they tracked down a bank robbery suspect using a traffic ticket left behind at the scene.

Woman arrested in air freshener attack
NICEVILLE, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested a woman for attacking a smoker with air freshener sprayed from a can.

Sea lion dies of sex exhaustion
Berlin - A male sea lion from California called Mike has died of exhaustion after over-exerting himself during the mating season in an animal park in Nuremberg, Germany, the city said on Tuesday.

News for 08-24-2009
Barber tries to rob store over bad beef jerky
CLEVELAND — Police said a Cleveland barber became so upset by what he considered bad beef jerky that he returned to the store where he bought it and tried to rob the owner. Police said the 28-year-old barber walked into the store where he bought the snack, just two doors down from his barbershop, and tried to rob the owner Thursday night.

Orange cop charged with pretending to be twin, sexually assaulting woman
MILFORD -- An Orange police officer was charged Friday with posing as his twin brother to trick a 25-year-old woman into having sex with him at his parents' Milford home last month.

Old Man Teaches Traffic Manners with Bricks
An old man in a northwestern Chinese city has won wide support online for throwing bricks at cars that run red lights through pedestrian crossings. Yang Zhiguo, a retired school teacher in Lanzhou City, capital of Gansu Province, threw bricks at cars that didn't stop at a crossing in his neighborhood last Thursday, Lanzhou Morning Post reported yesterday.

Man glued to toilet seat
A man had to be rescued after he became glued to the seat of a public toilet in Cairns in an embarrassing prank, Australian police say. The 57-year-old man found he had become stuck to the seat after using a cubicle in a male bathroom at the Cairns shopping centre on Saturday.

News for 08-14-2009
Man accused of sex act
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque man faces indecent exposure charges after police say children saw him simulating a sex act with his car in a grocery store parking lot.

Police: Man tried to sell fake TV
SAN LEANDRO, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A California man tried to fool someone into buying an oven door the man said was a flat-screen TV, police said.

Woman finds Peephole in Bedroom, Neighbor Arrested
SILVERDALE, WA -- A man is under arrest, accused of voyeurism. But this alleged peeping tom has taken the crime to a new level. Last week, April Miller made the creepy discovery while she was getting ready to move out of her apartment.

Church bell resumes when locals bang pots
MEZZEMA, Italy, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Residents of a small Italian town said their local priest has resumed ringing local church bells after a pause requested by the town's only tourist.

Mom Accused of Cutting Off Son's Genitals Blames Dog
HOUSTON — Prosecutors told jurors Monday that a Texas woman accused of cutting off her infant son's genitals two years ago was a drug abuser who showed no remorse or concern for her child as he was on the verge of death.

FBI: Robber showed ID to teller
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Authorities in Alaska said a bank robber showed his ID and gave his name and bank account number to a teller before the crime.

Banner tells Miller to stick to singles
MALIBU, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A California millionaire paid for a banner to be flown over a beach after seeing former Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller hitting on his girlfriend, sources said.

Cops arrest gator-carrying bicyclist
BOUTTE, La., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man riding a bicycle with an alligator around his neck was arrested after he dropped the reptile on the ground and ran off as police approached.

Chief: Tasing 76-year-old probably not 'best way'
GLENROCK, Wyo. - Glenrock Police Chief Tom Sweet says two officers "probably didn't do things the best way" when they used a Taser on a 76-year-old man driving an antique tractor in a parade.

News for 08-05-2009
A sticky end: Scorned women exact painful revenge on cheating husband with superglue
Three women exacted a painful revenge on a cheating husband they discovered had been sleeping with them all at the same time - by superglueing his private parts. The angry women lured married father Donessa Davis to a motel where they decided to humiliate him. The ambush was set up by the man's wife after she discovered he had been cheating on her with as many as five women.

Grieving mother fined £86 by crematorium for taking too long to say goodbye to dead baby boy
When her son died at the age of only five weeks, Terrie Rouse was naturally heartbroken. At his funeral, she could not bear to leave his tiny coffin and spent a few extra precious minutes with it before allowing it to be taken away for cremation. Her grief turned to shock, however, when officials told her she had taken too long to say goodbye – and fined her £86.

News for 07-28-2009
Man sleeping in dumpster gets picked up with trash
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities said a man, who had been sleeping in a Dumpster, sustained minor injuries after he was picked up by a garbage truck along with the trash. Authorities said that when firefighters and paramedics arrived, they heard Kevin Hallaran, 52, banging on the metal sides of the sanitation truck asking for help.

Land mine left in Goodwill donation box
ARVADA, Colorado - A land mine found in a suburban Denver Goodwill donation box forced the evacuation of a strip mall.

Blind border collie gets his own guide dog
Black and white hound Clyde is totally blind and relies on his partner and fellow collie Bonnie to guide him everywhere. She stays inches from Clyde's side while guiding him on walks or to food or water, and lets him rest his head on her haunches whenever he becomes disorientated.

Man with fetish charged with stealing eyeglasses
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An Illinois man was accused of stealing more than $45,000 worth of eyeglasses from suburban Milwaukee stores because he enjoys being around eyewear. Jerry Lowery, 38, was charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count of fleeing an officer. The charges carry a maximum penalty of more than 120 years in prison and a $310,000 fine.

Civilian arrested as Army deserter
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 27 (UPI) -- A Seattle man said he was arrested at a Charlotte, N.C., airport and detained as an Army deserter, even though he has never been in the military.

Dad Killed Girl to Avoid Child Support
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A father who had no interest in his 4-year-old daughter did the unimaginable -- hurling her off a 120-foot cliff to avoid paying child support, a prosecutor said Monday during the man's murder retrial.

Australian Woman Trapped for a Week Beside Toilet
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- An Australian woman was rescued after spending a week wedged between her toilet and the bathroom door, an official said Tuesday.

Burglars pick wrong place to sleep it off
SWANSEA, Wales, July 27 (UPI) -- After stealing about $1,154 in liquor, two burglars decided to celebrate and got so drunk they fell asleep instead of escaping, police in Swansea, Wales, said.

Bikini-clad carjacker held in robbery bid
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Police in Mississippi say a woman was carjacked by a bikini-clad suspect, who they say later tried to rob an RV dealership. Southaven Police Chief Tom Long said the 24-year-old suspect approached another woman in her driveway and demanded the car on Thursday.

News for 07-24-2009
Two north suburban men charged in beauty contest beating
Two men -- at least one of whom was a contestant in a beauty pageant -- were charged early Wednesday with using a trophy to beat a judge because they allegedly did not like his vote in the West Side competition earlier this month.

Girl hit by plummeting tortoise loses memory
Cheng Cheng, 12, was walking with her aunt Ling Lang at Chongqing in China when she was struck by the plummeting tortoise. Lang said: 'I was walking and suddenly I heard a scream from my niece who was behind me and I looked round to see her lying on the ground covered with blood. 'There was a tortoise lying beside her and I could see it had hit her on the head.'

$3 Million NIH Grant Continues Lesbian Health Research at UIC
Newswise — The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has received a $3 million federal grant to continue research to identify risk factors for excessive drinking among lesbians.

Theft ends in torn genitals
THE attempted armed robbery of a Russian hairdresser became a three-day sex ordeal for the would-be thief.

A DRUNK Romanian thought he'd hit on a good idea to solve his toilet troubles — sticking TWO HAMMERS
These incredible x-rays show how Viorel Firoiu attempted to nail his severe constipation with the help of his handy tools. The intoxicated 48-year-old turned up at his local hospital complaining of excruciating stomach pain. Worried doctors, in Orlea, southern Romania, carried out scans and were knocked sideways to find he had not one but TWO hammerheads stuck in his rear end

Fire fighters rescue boy from tambourine
Fire fighters received a bizarre call out yesterday after a boy managed to get a tambourine stuck around his neck while at a Napier day care centre. A fire crew was sent to Kidspace on Kennedy Road shortly before 9am. A spokesman from the Napier Fire Service said it took a crew member around a minute to remove the tambourine. The boy and instrument both came away unscathed from the incident. 3 News

Fla. woman practiced dentistry in garage
NAPLES, Fla. – Florida officials have arrested a woman for allegedly practicing dentistry in a garage she converted into an office with a drill set and black reclining chair. Rosa Maria Toledo, 56, was arrested Tuesday. In her garage deputies found a cabinet containing dental castings, molds, dental crown glues, partial dentures and bridges.

Pittsburg State's Joe Windscheffel Out for Season After Zebra Attack
Division II football players like Pittsburg State's Joe Windscheffel don't always have it as easy as major college players are perceived to. Many of them hold down jobs, in addition to their full-time school schedule and a practice schedule that isn't a whole lot different from their big-time brethren. In the case of Windscheffel, the need to get some work done off the football field has cost him any chance of playing this season.

News for 07-21-2009
People With Same First and Last Name Getting Married
FLORIDA -- It's not too unusual to hear stories of married couples who met online. But it IS unusual when that couple that meets online and marries also has the same name. In this case, it's a guy from Texas named Kelly Hildebrandt and a gal from Florida named Kelly Hildebrandt. In three months, they're getting married.

Police bust lemonade stand in Pennsylvania
CHESTER, Pa., July 19 (UPI) -- The deputy police chief in Haverford Township, Pa., says a police officer's decision to shut down a lemonade stand run by children was a misunderstanding.

Dog Drags Newborn From Family Home in Ky
LEXINGTON, KY (AP) -- A father was frantically calling 911 to report his missing newborn when he spotted the baby, bleeding from the mouth and clutched in the mouth of a family dog who had carried him from his crib to the heavily wooded backyard.

News for 07-17-2009
Masked ball descends into orgy
Halswell House in Somerset was hired for £9,000 by a group of 350 revellers who arrived in a fleet of Porsches, BMWs and Aston Martins. They were all wearing long cloaks and masks and the party continued normally until midnight - when they stripped down to leather pants, corsets and suspenders. The guests then started kissing and a mass orgy ensued with couples having sex "everywhere".

Lincoln man made up robbery story to explain nudity
Police say a 19-year-old man made up a story about being robbed to explain why he was walking around Wilderness Park au naturel Monday afternoon.

City to investigate death of Montreal woman killed by falling concrete slab
The Régie du bâtiment and the City of Montreal have launched an investigation into the death of a woman who was struck and instantly killed by a piece of falling concrete Thursday evening.

News for 07-15-2009
Bride's bouquet brings down plane
The traditional throwing of a bride's bouquet for luck ended in disaster at an Italian wedding when the flowers caused a plane to crash.

A Chinese trucker has been fined for having a shower while driving his lorry on a motorway
A police patrol car spotted water leaking from the driver's cab as it sped along the Jinyi expressway, reports Changjiang Business Daily. "We worried the driver may not have known about a mechanical problem so we signalled him to pull over at a service station," said a police spokesman.

Police: Drunk man mowed neighbor's lawn
WELLS -- Police arrested a Wells man on a drunk driving charge July 6 after a homeowner reported the man was mowing a lawn with a riding lawnmower without consent.

News for 07-13-2009
Teen pregnant after ‘swimming in pool’
A WOMAN is suing an Egyptian hotel claiming her daughter got pregnant - from using the swimming pool. Magdalena Kwiatkowska's 13-year-old returned to Poland from their holiday expecting a baby. Magdalena believes the teenager conceived from stray sperm after taking a dip in the hotel's mixed pool. She is now seeking compensation from the hotel.

Prisoner escapes after switching identity with twin brother
Simon Peter Maclellan, 27, from Gosport, Hants, has not been seen since Friday afternoon when he was released by magistrates.

Same-sex penguin couple split
SAN FRANCISCO, July 12 (UPI) -- Linda the penguin has split up two male penguins who lived as a nesting couple for six years at the San Francisco Zoo, caretakers said.

Teenage boy sucked into pool pump
A 14-year-old schoolboy from the Isle of Man has died while on holiday in Thailand after being sucked into a swimming pool pumping system.

Texting Teen Falls Down Manhole
We all know that walking and texting is a tough combination -- but a Staten Island teen learned the hard way when she fell into an uncovered sewer manhole while trying to send a message.

News for 07-06-2009
Calif. Students Get X-Rated Version of Class DVD
ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California elementary school teacher sent her students home for the summer with a video of class memories, only the DVD included six seconds of her having sex on a couch.

'Dumpster-diving' woman ends up at regional landfill
WINCHESTER -- "Dumpster diving" turned dangerous for a Boyce woman found alive in one of the large bins at the regional landfill Thursday morning.

Man cuts off own penis during drunk DIY
Mr Keen, 54, suffered horrific injuries as he used the saw to cut wood for a cabinet he was making in his home workshop. He rang the emergency services operator and said: "Help me – I'm bleeding to death."

Man runs 100 yards on fire and breaks world record
Keith Malcolm, from Aberdeen, was doused in petrol before sprinting 259ft ablaze to beat the previous fire-run record of 227ft. To claim the record the amateur stuntman wore eight layers of protective clothing, including four layers of fireproof undergarments, a Formula One fireproof jacket and three overalls.

4 go on trial for roles in Texas school ‘fight club’
McALLEN, Texas - Grainy cell phone videos showing developmentally disabled students forced to fight each other will likely be shown to jurors this week as four former employees at a Texas school go on trial.

News for 06-24-2009
ND deputy accused of vomiting at concert arrested
FARGO, N.D. – A sheriff's deputy and his mother face charges of disorderly conduct after the deputy vomited on people at a Kenny Chesney concert in Fargo and refused to leave, authorities say. Police Sgt. Mark Lykken said Stark County Deputy Justin Krohmer, 26, and his mother, Susan, 47, whose husband is the Ada, Minn., police chief, were arrested after the Saturday night incident.

Oldest man thanks cigarettes, whisky & wild, wild women
London: Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man, attributes his longevity to "cigarettes, whisky, and wild, wild women". The Brit, who has spent 113 years and 14 days on earth, is currently living at St Dunstan's care home for blind ex-service personnel in Ovingdean, near Brighton.

News for 06-23-2009
Man digs 50ft hole to fish - in his kitchen
A Chinese farmer dug a 50ft hole inside his house to go fishing. Li Huiyan, of Chongqing, hired 30 villagers for six months to dig the hole in his kitchen, reports IC Media. He wanted to reach an underground river which he suspected was full of fish.

Man reported drug dealer robbery
MELBOURNE, Fla., June 19 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a man called 911 to report a marijuana dealer had taken his money without giving him drugs.

Robbers caught on Google Street View
Dutch police have arrested twin brothers on suspicion of robbery after their alleged victim spotted a picture of them following him on Google's Street View.

Man Wins Georgia Lottery, Twice
A 62-year-old Augusta, Ga. man struck it big twice in the Georgia Lottery. Earl Fritz won the top prize of $777,777 in the instant game Super Lucky 7's. That dwarfed the $1,000 he won a week earlier in a different game.

Truck carrying 40K pounds of beer overturns in Vt.
SWANTON, Vt. (AP) — Police say a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of beer overturned in Vermont and closed a highway for several hours.

Tel Aviv search for mattress containing $1M life savings
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- It was supposed to be a pleasant surprise, but turned into the shock of a lifetime. A woman in Tel Aviv, Israel, gave her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise gift, throwing out the old tattered bed her mother had slept on for decades. The gesture ended up bankrupting Annat's mother, who had stuffed her savings of nearly $1 million inside her old bed for decades, Annat told Israel Army Radio.

News for 06-16-2009
Elementary school accidentally shows porn
BROOKLYN, N.Y., June 14 (UPI) -- A hardcore pornographic movie was accidentally screened at PS 17 in Brooklyn, N.Y., school officials said. Students from five classes at the school had assembled to watch "Camp Rock," a Disney Channel movie starring the Jonas Brothers, but after a teacher powered up the DVD player and walked away to get the Disney movie, a skin flick began to play, the New York Post reported Sunday.

City to employees: Wear underwear
BROOKSVILLE, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- The City Council of Brooksville, Fla., has approved a citywide dress code requiring city employees to wear underwear, deodorant and properly-fitted clothes.

Michigan man accused of spitting on a police officer's Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich
BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities said a man faces a felony charge after allegedly spitting on a police officer's McDonald's breakfast sandwich. Police said a 32-year-old man was working the drive-thru window at the southwest Michigan restaurant when an unidentified officer bit into an Egg McMuffin on June 3 and immediately realized something was wrong.

Polish woman wakes up in morgue
WARSAW, Poland, June 15 (UPI) -- An 84-year-old woman, declared dead by a doctor in central Poland, woke up in a morgue as morticians were preparing her for a funeral, doctors said.

Man had broken leg for 29 years
Steve Webb, 49, broke his left leg in a motorbike crash when he was 20-years-old. But after suffering decades of pain he found it had never actually healed.

Tough customer won't end siege of Castle
It was after midnight when Ariel Wade rolled into the drive-through at the 24-hour White Castle, one block from the State Capitol. Wade rolled away "madder than fish grease" after the staff refused to hand over any burgers. The reason: She was riding in an electric mobility scooter. The drive-throughs are for licensed motor vehicles only. White Castle says it's a safety measure that's standard in the industry, to keep pedestrians from getting creamed by cars.

News for 06-02-2009
Family axes wedding plans, Egyptian cuts off penis
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family, police reported Sunday. After unsuccessfully petitioning his father for two years to marry the girl, the man heated up a knife and sliced off his reproductive organ, said a police official.

Urinals among top memorabilia requests
NEW YORK, May 31 (UPI) -- An executive involved in the sale of pieces of the old Yankee Stadium says urinals are a hot commodity for those seeking New York Yankees mementos.

News for 05-27-2009
Nebraska Cigarette Thief Wore Beer Carton as Disguise
LINCOLN, Neb. — Police in Nebraska are looking for a man who stole cigarettes while disguising himself with a beer carton on his head.

Governor General eats raw seal heart to support hunters
Canada’s Governor General began her Arctic tour by gutting a freshly slaughtered seal and eating a slice of its raw heart, according to media reports.

Residents of 'Butt Hole Road' club together to change street's unfortunate name
In the end, the constant jokes were just too much to take for the long-suffering residents of Butt Hole Road. Groups of youths used to visit the street and bare their backsides for photographs while many delivery firms simply refused to believe it existed.

News for 05-26-2009
Ohio Man Attacks Neighbors, Is Shot Dead
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A man who didn't get his nightly telephone call from his mother while she was traveling mistakenly claimed his neighbors had kidnapped her and stormed into their house to kill them before police officers shot him dead in a bloody standoff, authorities said.

Would-be gangster shoots off own manhood
Lukas Neuhardt, 27, had forgotten to put the safety catch on when he stuffed the gun into his trouser pocket to impress pals in Saarbruecken, Germany.

Deputy Accused Of Smuggling Porn Into Juvenile Jail
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Friday, accused of smuggling pornography into the juvenile section of the county jail.

China bridge jumper 'gets a push'
Lai Jiansheng, 66, said he was fed up with the desperate man's "selfish activity" which caused huge traffic jams in Guangzhou, southern China.

Indonesia to make disabled pedestrians wear signs
DISABLED pedestrians in Indonesia are required to wear signs identifying them as handicapped under new traffic regulations passed unanimously by parliament.

News for 05-14-2009
Mentally Disabled Forced Into 'Fight Club' at Texas Home
Terrified residents at a Corpus Christi, Texas, state school for the mentally disabled were forced to be part of a brutal "fight club" operated by night shift employees, who made videos of the sessions with their cell phones, the newly released videos show.

Amish Teen Ticketed for Having Beer in Buggy
LEON, N.Y. (AP) -- Police cracking down on rowdy Amish youths ticketed a teenager for having beer in his horse-drawn buggy when they pulled him over on a western New York road. They said the 17-year-old was charged with underage possession of alcohol after he was stopped by deputies late Monday night in the town of Leon, 40 miles south of Buffalo.

Plumber 'gives birth' to twin in scene reminiscent of Alien
A plumber's embryonic twin spilled out of his stomach, in a scene reminiscent of the movie Alien.

Woman bites lover's penis off in car crash
A boss and his secretary who were having an affair saw their romantic tryst interrupted in a wince-inducing manner - after a car crash led her to accidentally bite his penis off.

Preacher gives congregants $50 each
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio, May 9 (UPI) -- A Cleveland Heights, Ohio, preacher befuddled congregants when he began passing out money rather than passing the collection plate.

Texas Boy, 7, Dies After Shot in Mistaken Trespass
HOUSTON (AP) -- A 7-year-old boy who was allegedly shot in the head by a couple who thought he and three other people were trespassing on their property died Saturday, authorities said.

Landlady transforms pub into 'smoking research centre' in legal loophole so customers can smoke indo
With her pub struggling to survive, landlady Kerry Fenton needed a way to bring in business - fast. So when one of her regulars claimed he had found a 'legal loophole' to get round the smoking ban, she decided to act on his advice.

Surgery saves frog injured by lawnmower
BATCHELOR, Australia, May 12 (UPI) -- An Australian veterinarian said a green tree frog that underwent surgery for injuries caused by a lawnmower is recovering nicely.

Port Orange man calls 9-1-1 to report robbery of drug money
Instead of scoring 20 pounds of pot, two men were robbed at gunpoint of the $12,000 they were carrying to make the purchase, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Rotten Office Fridge Cleanup Sends 7 to Hospital
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- An office worker cleaning a fridge full of rotten food created a smell so noxious that it sent seven co-workers to the hospital and made many others ill.

'How dare you point a gun at me!' Hero father wrestles armed raider to floor... and makes him cry
This is the moment a have-a-go hero reduced an armed robber to tears - by grabbing his gun and pinning him down until police arrived. Leslie Shott, 34, confronted the hooded youth after he burst into a shop brandishing an airgun. The yob pointed the pistol at Leslie's face but the brave welder simply grabbed the barrel, wrestled him to the ground and told him: 'How dare you point a gun at me!'

Bowl of chili used to fend off robbers in Claiborne County
When two men broke into her home, Wanda Bray defended herself with what she had - a bowl of chili and some household objects.

News for 05-04-2009
Man cut off finger to protest overdue wages
BELGRADE (Reuters) - A Serbian union official who chopped off his finger and ate it in a protest over wages that in some cases have not been paid in years, said Monday he did it to show how desperate he and other workers were.

Naked motorist arrested on DUI after crashing pickup truck into emergency room at ND hospital
BISMARCK, N.D. - Police in North Dakota say a naked motorist has been charged with driving under the influence after crashing a pickup into a hospital emergency room. No one was hurt.

Sisters, Age 65 and 70, Accused of Dealing Heroin
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A northeastern Pennsylvania prosecutor said he's shocked that two sisters accused of selling heroin are 65 and 70 years old. Monroe County District Attorney David Christine told reporters Wednesday that to look at the suspects, it's hard to believe the charges they face.

Alaska man shoved officer to join brother in jail
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man shoved a police officer just so he could join his brother in jail. Thirty-five-year-old David Jacob Ginnis pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault on a police officer and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with the full sentence suspended.

Woman accused of sex acts with dog, toddler
Police call it one of the most shocking and disturbing crimes they’ve seen after a woman allegedly broadcast herself on a webcam having sex with her toddler child and her dog.

3rd-grader expelled over alleged 'hit list'
HAMILTON — Officials at a private elementary school in Hamilton have expelled a third-grader accused of making a "hit list" that included students and a teacher.

Man says he shot himself in his sleep
NORTHPORT, Ala., April 30 (UPI) -- An Alabama man with a bullet wound in his shoulder told police he shot himself by accident while sleeping with a 40-caliber handgun.

Teenager burned alive in scene from horror movie was 'caught up in love triangle'
A teenager who was doused in petrol and burned alive had an affair with the girlfriend of one of his alleged killers, jurors were told today. Simon Everitt, 17, was seen arguing with one of the accused Jonathan Clarke shortly before he disappeared on June 6 last year.

Alleged Drunk Driver Leaves $26,000 Trail of Destruction
FREMONT, Neb. — Police say a woman arrested in Nebraska on suspicion of drunken driving hit fences, garages and a house as she left a $26,000 trail of destruction.

Couple Arrested for Sex on Lawn at Windsor Castle
LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II was at home at Windsor Castle, the sentries who guard her were on duty, and the large park surrounding the magnificent building was full of tourists on a Sunday afternoon. So it didn't take long for people to realize that something was out of order when an inebriated couple arrived from a nearby restaurant and began having sex on a grass bank outside the castle, according to witnesses.

Wife: Bank told hubby about account
NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- A New York woman has sued her bank for letting slip to her husband that she had $800,000 in an account in her own name.

News for 04-24-2009
Pregnant woman tries to rob bank, gets call
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Police are looking for a pregnant woman they say tried to rob a North Carolina bank at gunpoint but left empty-handed after answering her cell phone. Fayetteville police spokeswoman Teresa Chance said Wednesday the woman had a handgun and demanded money when she entered a Carter Bank & Trust branch at 9:43 a.m. Tuesday.

Live shark left outside newspaper office
A LIVE shark dumped on the doorstep of an Australian country newspaper office had local police puzzled today, with authorities vowing to charge the person who left it with animal cruelty.

Clown banned from wearing giant shoes
A clown has been told he cannot wear his giant comedy shoes during his act because they breach health and safety rules.

News for 04-22-2009
Record attempt reaps 217K texts, $26K bill
PHILADELPHIA - Their thumbs sure must be sore. Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt, exchanging a thumbs-flying total of 217,000. For one of the two, that meant an inches-thick itemized bill for $26,000.

Mom ordered daughters out, drove off
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Usually, it's an empty threat: "If you kids don't stop fighting, I'm going to stop this car right now and leave you here!" But a mother from an upper-crust New York suburb went through with it, ordering her battling 10- and 12-year-old daughters out of her car in White Plains' business district and driving off, police said Tuesday.

Suspected bank robber burned by dye packs exploding in his pants
Last Thursday, a man walked into the Wachovia Bank in the 2700 block of Smith and reportedly told the teller he had a gun and ordered her to give him money. Fearing for her life, the teller gave the man some cash bundles with exploding dye packs in them. The susp

Naked woman assaults firefighter, starts blaze while heating chicken wings, police say
SCRANTON — A city woman faces aggravated and simple assault charges for fighting with a firefighter who tried to get her to leave an apartment building where a fire had been reported, police said.

News for 04-17-2009
Man shocked when hooker steals pants
An Athens man complained to police after he picked up a prostitute who stole his pants and wallet while he was in a motel room bathroom, according to an Athens-Clarke police report.

Man jailed for urinating on woman during flight
HONOLULU – A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to three weeks in jail for urinating on a 66-year-old woman during a Continental Airlines flight last month from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Jerome Kenneth Kingzio, a resident of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, was sentenced after pleading guilty Tuesday to assault charges in federal court in Honolulu.

Hair Stylist Keeps Armed Robber as Sex Slave
In what is either the weirdest Russian crime story of the year so far or a new low in yellow crime journalism, a female hair stylist in the Kaluga region is suspected of holding an armed robber in captivity as a sex slave for two days after he unsuccessfully tried to knock over her beauty salon.

News for 04-13-2009
Queens Center Mall suicide jumper lands on teen relaxing in a massage chair
A distraught woman jumped 60 feet to her death at the crowded Queens Center Mall Wednesday, landing on a teenager relaxing in a massage chair.

Teen's phone meets dad's hammer after mega-bill
CHEYENNE - In one month, a Cheyenne teenager sent 10,000 text messages and received about the same - all while her family's plan did not include texting.

The adventures of Tom Thumb: The tiny puppy set to be the world's smallest dog
He is a third of the size of an average guinea pig, and weighs in at just a few ounces - but this tiny puppy could be a big deal when it comes to world records.

Motel Manager Charged With Hiding Camera in Shower
Marion County deputies arrested 49-year-old Barry Alexander on Thursday. A woman staying at the Tall Pines Motel in Ocklawaha told deputies her shower had been broken for three days and she had been using the manager's. She said she found the camera in the floor vent.

Polar bear attacks woman at Berlin Zoo
BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- A polar bear attacked a woman at Berlin Zoo Friday afternoon after she climbed a fence and jumped into its habitat during feeding time, police said Saturday.

News for 04-08-2009
Woman calls 911 over lack of shrimp in fried rice
HALTOM CITY, Texas – A woman called 911 to report she didn't get as much shrimp as she wanted in her fried rice at a Texas restaurant. Haltom City police on Tuesday released the taped emergency call, in which the customer is heard telling the dispatcher, "to get a police officer up here, what has to happen?"

Man shoots himself during "Watchmen" movie
Eugene (KMTR) – A man shot himself to death in a Eugene movie theater just after midnight Monday morning.

Pa. police issue traffic ticket for over $37,000
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A police captain in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley said it's the highest fine he's ever seen on a traffic ticket: $37,554.54. Bethlehem Police Capt. David Kravatz said the major violation was not getting the "super load" permit that was needed because the truck was hauling a 213,000-pound steel cylinder. Police cited the driver and truck owner.

Chinese worker blows himself up over unpaid wage claim
Han Wushun, a migrant worker from Sichuan Province, said he was owed the money after working for a road and bridge construction company in the western province of Xinjiang for three months in 2007.

Boy drives 1,300 miles to Texas rodeo grounds
JETERSVILLE, Va. - A 13-year-old Virginia boy apparently loaded his family's pickup truck with food, clothes and his dog, hitched up a trailer with two horses in tow and drove nearly 1,300 miles to Texas, police said. The teen's parents found him safe Friday.

Driver faces jail after 'dead' deer wakes up
A Polish driver is facing a prison sentence after a 'dead' deer he left on the back seat of his car regained consciousness.

Pop star dressed as pineapple robbed
STOCKHOLM - Police say a Japanese pop star dressed up as a pineapple has been robbed while shooting a music video in southern Sweden.

Brothers charged with attempted murder of two young playmates 'slashed from head to toe' with Stanle
Two brothers aged ten and 11 appeared in court today charged with attempted murder over an attack that left two young playmates with serious head injuries and knife wounds.

Overboard Dog Comes Home After 4 Months on Island
SYDNEY (AP) -- A pet dog swept off a sailboat in choppy seas off Australia was found alive four months later on a remote island -- and returned to her family, who'd thought she was dead.

News for 04-07-2009
Footballer given yellow card for distracting a penalty taker by breaking wind
The referee decided the Chorlton Villa player made the noise deliberately and the spot-kick, which was saved, was retaken. The second time it went in. Then Villa's goalkeeper was sent off for saying the referee was "the worst he had seen in years".

News for 04-02-2009
911 call: Woman locked inside car
KISSIMMEE , Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a woman dialed 911 to report that she had locked herself in her car and the electrical system wasn't working.

Mom Drugged Daughter So She'd Get Pregnant
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania mother has been charged with giving her 13-year-old daughter drugs and alcohol so the woman's boyfriend could get the girl pregnant, police said Thursday.

Woman stuffs unfaithful boyfriend’s sex toy with glass wool
A young woman stuffed her boyfriend’s sex toy with glass wool after finding out he had been unfaithful to her. As a result, the man had to be taken to hospital for vital surgery.

News for 04-01-2009
Gay hate jokes get banned
A BID to halt legislation banning gay jokes which stir up hatred was defeated yesterday. MPs from all parties tried to include a defence of “free speech” into the Bill which makes it a criminal offence to incite hatred over sexual orientation.

Angry customer blasts McDonald's drive-through
A McDonald's drive-through was shot up early Sunday after a customer was angered that the restaurant had shifted from the lunch menu to the breakfast menu, police said.

Judge Rules Pole Dancing Is Art Qualifying for Sales Tax Exemption
After reviewing DVDs of exotic dancers, an administrative law judge has determined that pole dancing is "no small feat"—and it's also art qualifying for a tax exemption. The judge, Catherine Bennett, ruled the Albany-area club Nite Moves was entitled to a “dramatic arts” tax exemption and did not have to pay $129,000 in sales taxes, the New York Law Journal reports. The state of New York had contended it was owed taxes on cover charges and dancer fees paid between 2002 and 2005.

Lonely spinster in seedy shame
A SEX-STARVED woman has undergone a painful two-hour op to remove a giant PINE CONE. Surgeons have revealed embarrassed spinster Mirjana Gavaric is recovering after getting steamy with the seedy item in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

Lemon cola becomes holy water in Norway baptism
OSLO (Reuters) - A Norwegian church used lemon-flavoured cola instead of water in a baptism ceremony after its taps were temporarily turned off because of freezing temperatures, daily Vaart Land said on Tuesday.

Police in cotton swab killer mix-up
BERLIN (Reuters) – German police are struggling to explain why they chased a phantom serial killer for 16 years after confusion over an innocent woman's DNA samples. Police in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg had searched since 1993 for a woman they believed had taken part in more than 40 crimes, from murders to muggings. Her DNA was found repeatedly at crime scenes in Germany, France and Austria.

News for 03-31-2009
Man charged with drunk driving on bar stool
NEWARK, Ohio - A 28-year-old man has been charged with drunken driving after crashing his motorized bar stool, Ohio authorities said.

News for 03-27-2009
Giant Willy Spotted On Satellite
Two pupils who used weed killer to draw a giant penis on their school lawn can now see the naughty image from satellite photos posted on the internet.

Man tries to buy beer in the buff
A Hendersonville man was charged with public indecency after he allegedly tried to buy beer in the buff. James T. Golden, 48, of Pecanwood Court, is alleged to have twice entered the Stop N Buy at 137 Walton Ferry Road completely nude to purchase beer.

Michigan Man Sentenced to 90 Days in Prison for Sex Act With Car Wash Vacuum
SAGINAW, Mich. — A man police caught performing a sex act with a car wash vacuum has been sentenced to 90 days in prison.

911 call: Someone's trying to steal my beer
TAMPA, FL -- A Tampa woman was behind bars Thursday morning, accused of misusing the 911 system. Police say Evon Cavett called 911 three times to complain her roommate was stealing her beer.

News for 03-26-2009
Man runs 52 marathons in 52 days
TOKYO, March 23 (UPI) -- A Japanese man says he ran 52 marathons in 52 days, culminating with his entry in the Tokyo Marathon this week, and he thinks it's a world record.

Teen auctions virginity for £50k
Eighteen-year-old Alina Percea is offering a weekend of unprotected sex but has only drawn bids of £5,000 so far and has just three days to go.

'Deathbed confession' man charged
A US man who thought he was dying and confessed to having killed a neighbour in 1977 has been charged with murder after making a recovery, US media say.

Ex-NY Trooper Admits He Wrote Fake Traffic Tickets
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- An ex-New York state trooper has admitted in court that he issued fake traffic tickets to a man he'd argued with.

Fireman dresses as Spider-Man to rescue boy
BANGKOK - A Thai firefighter dressed as Spider-Man to rescue an autistic boy who climbed onto a third-floor balcony and dangled his legs over the side because he was nervous on his first day of school.

Letter shock for grieving parents
THE parents of a girl who died suddenly two months ago have been sent a letter from her school demanding she improves her attendance. Signed by the deputy headmaster, the letter threatened to ban Megan Gillan from the end of year prom.

Romania Weighs Decriminalizing Consensual Incest
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Surprising as it may seem, incest is not always a crime in Europe. Three European Union nations -- France, Spain and Portugal -- do not prosecute consenting adults for incest, and Romania is considering following suit.

News for 03-23-2009
New Jersey Scraps Plans to Ban Genital Waxing
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey is smoothing out differences over a plan to ban bare-it-all bikini waxing. The state on Friday decided to reverse course on the proposal after angry salon owners complained about losing business ahead of swimsuit season.

It's a snap! Busted boner puts owner in sick bay
PHUKET CITY: Vachira Phuket Hospital on Wednesday morning received a transfer patient in a lot of pain from a somewhat embarrassing illness – a broken penis.

News for 03-18-2009
Malaysian mistakes woman for a monkey, shoots her
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -Police said a man in Malaysia shot his neighbor as she picked sapodilla fruit in his tree thinking she was a monkey. Police chief in eastern Pahang state Yahaya Othman said the woman was gathering fruit Thursday when her neighbor shot her. Yahaya said the man came home and saw rustling in the tree and fired into it. "Then there was screaming ... and only then did he know it was his neighbor."

Finn creates USB 'finger drive'
A Finnish computer programmer who lost one of his fingers in a motorcycle accident has made himself a prosthetic replacement with a USB drive attached.

Arizona Sanitation Worker Crushed in Garbage Truck Compactor
PHOENIX — Phoenix police say a sanitation worker has been crushed to death in the compactor of his garbage truck.

'Will anyone sleep with my Down's syndrome son?' Mother makes appeal for a lover for 21-year-old Ott
Like most mothers Lucy Baxter wants her child to live a fully rounded life - including the experience of a physical relationship and even finding love. But her 21-year-old son Otto has Down's syndrome and has had trouble finding a partner. So she is appealing for women to come forward so Otto can 'enjoy the same experiences as other men his age'.

Indonesia Cleric Detained for Marrying 12-Year-Old
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A Muslim cleric whose marriage to a 12-year-old girl triggered controversy in Indonesia has been detained along with the girl's father on suspicion of violating the child protection law, police said Wednesday.

Conn. teacher accused of forcing 5-year-old boy to eat his lunch from a garbage can
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A kindergarten teacher in a Bridgeport school has been arrested for allegedly forcing a 5-year-old boy to eat his lunch from a garbage can.

Duck who thinks she is a dog baffles onlookers
Essy the duck wags her tail, tries to bark, and competes for treats with her canine companions – two Staffordshire cross dogs.

Family who are 'too fat to work' say £22,000 worth of benefits is not enough
A family of four with a combined weight of 83 stone (1162 pounds) say they are "too fat to work" and need more than the £22,000 they currently receive in benefits.

News for 03-12-2009
Ga. Man Arrested Sneaking Back Into Jail
WOODBINE, Ga. -- A Camden County inmate was recently arrested as he was trying to sneak back into jail. Sheriff Tommy Gregory said Saturday that Harry Jackson, 25, of St. Marys had broken out of the jail and strolled to a nearby convenience store, where he broke in and stole more than a dozen packs of cigarettes.

Woman Injured in Power Tool Sex Toy Encounter
LEXINGTON PARK, Md. -- Some sexual experimentation landed a southern Maryland woman in a hospital with injuries tough to imagine and even more difficult to forget.

News for 03-11-2009
Church gives free gas to first-timers
IRMO, S.C., March 9 (UPI) -- A South Carolina pastor said her church is offering free gas cards to new visitors as a means of helping out worshipers hit by the faltering economy.

Man says he moved pot plants to keep burglars away
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Authorities said a man stopped with 17 marijuana plants in the bed of his pickup told police he was moving them to protect them from burglars who robbed his house the night before. Police said they arrested a 26-year-old man after receiving a tip that two men were loading pot plants onto a truck around noon Saturday. Police reported finding the plants beneath a cover in the truck bed.

13-year-old caught driving 85 mph
TAUPIRI, New Zealand, March 9 (UPI) -- A 13-year-old boy was caught driving almost 85 mph while his father slept in the passenger's seat, officials in New Zealand said.

Pa. plans liquor store training
HARRISBURG, Pa., March 9 (UPI) -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has announced a $173,000 program to train state liquor store employees to use their best manners at work.

Pink dolphin draws in tourists to Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana
The unique bottlenose - first spotted in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary in Louisiana, by boat captain Erik Rue, 42, in 2007 - has surfaced again. And comments from heavy-hitters including the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society suggest it’s real.

'Sexting' teenagers face child-porn charges
ORLANDO — After his former girlfriend taunted him, Phillip Alpert remembered the nude photos she e-mailed to him while they were dating.

Pet Store Expects Fish Shipment, but Gets Corpse
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Employees of a Pennsylvania pet store expecting a shipment of tropical fish and salt water got a man's dead body instead. Mark Arabia owns the Pets Plus store in northeast Philadelphia, where the mix-up was discovered Tuesday. He says he learned the body was that of a 65-year-old San Diego-area man who died of early onset Alzheimer's disease.

NY Assemblyman Wants to Tax Patrons of Strip Bars
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- You might call it a ''pole tax.'' The New York legislator who brought the nation its first law against driving while using a cell phone is proposing a $10 tax for patrons of nude and seminude dance clubs and strip bars.

News for 03-06-2009
Boy killed by exploding office chair
A young Chinese boy has died after an office chair he was sitting on exploded, according to reports. The 14-year-old suffered massive blood loss after the chair's gas cylinder burst, sending parts of the metal chair into his rectum.

Man at border asks for manners, gets pepper spray
BLAINE, Wash. - A Canadian says he got a face full of pepper spray after repeatedly asking a U.S. border inspector in Blaine, Wash., to say please. Desiderio Fortunato says he thought the inspector who told him to turn off his engine Monday was rude and asked him to say please.

Woman 'bit off' partner's tongue
A Tyneside woman deliberately bit off her boyfriend's tongue during a drunken birthday kiss, a court has heard.

Nine-year-old 'incest victim' aborts twins - Church Complains
A nine-year-old girl who was carrying twins, allegedly after being raped by her stepfather, has undergone an abortion despite complaints from Brazil's Catholic Church.

S.C. Man Charged After Gun Goes Off in Class
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina technical college student was arrested after authorities said a gun went off in his pocket during class. Reports released by police Thursday show the 19-year-old student originally said the gun fell from his pocket and went off during class at York Technical College on Wednesday.

Teen fined for 'oinking' at cops
SOLNA, Sweden, March 4 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old Swedish boy has been fined $22 for insulting a police officer after he called a pair of officers "pigs" and made oinking noises at them.

News for 03-04-2009
Woman has 911 meltdown over McNuggets
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida woman called 911 three times after McDonald's employees told her they were out of Chicken McNuggets.

Neb. Deputies Say Man Stuffed Cat Inside 'Bong'
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A man who tried to cool out his hyper cat by stuffing her into a boxlike homemade bong faces cruelty charges -- and catcalls from animal lovers. Lancaster County sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call Sunday alleged they saw 20-year-old Acea Schomaker smoking marijuana through a piece of garden hose attached to a duct-taped, plastic glass box in which the cat had been stuffed.

Wis. student accused of urinating in drink in second incident at school
HARTFORD, Wis. (AP) — For the second time in three months, police are investigating whether a high school student urinated in a drink before someone took a sip. Police said Tuesday a 16-year-old boy at Hartford Union High School urinated in a drink and offered it to his basketball teammates in November. A 15-year-old boy took a sip and stopped when other boys laughed.

Unexpected passenger: Eagle busts through truck driver's windshield in Nevada
ELKO, Nev. - A Florida truck driver got an unexpected passenger when an eagle busted through the windshield of his semitrailer on Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada. Matthew Roberto Gonzalez of Opalocka, Fla., reported to the Nevada Highway Patrol Monday afternoon that he had just struck an eagle while driving westbound on I-80 near Wells, about 100 miles west of the Nevada-Utah line.

Mass. Wal-Mart Customer Finds Teeth in Wallet
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- A customer shopping at a Wal-Mart for a wallet claims he found something that definitely didn't fit the bill: human teeth. Police say the man found 10 human teeth Saturday when he unzipped a compartment in the wallet. One tooth had a filling.

Man mistakenly gave $10K to thrift store
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 3 (UPI) -- A Florida man credited thrift store employees with returning $10,000 that was mistakenly mixed in with plastic grocery bags that he donated.

Woman found phone in bag of chips
JANESVILLE, Wis., March 3 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin woman said she discovered a Nokia cell phone inside a bag of Clancy's Ripple Potato Chips that she purchased at an Aldi store.

News for 02-27-2009
Mich. man pleads no contest in vacuum sex act case
SAGINAW, Mich. — A man has pleaded no contest to indecent exposure after police said he was arrested for performing a sex act with a car wash vacuum. The Saginaw News reported 29-year-old Jason Leroy Savage entered the plea Wednesday in Saginaw County Circuit Court. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but will be treated as one at sentencing on March 25.

Man says veteran status should let him steal candy
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Authorities arrested a man who claimed he was justified in stealing candy at a truck stop because he had served in the military. Police said an officer confronted a 31-year-old man at the truck stop early Monday morning. The officer reported finding several packages of candy and nuts, two black T-shirts and a 20 oz. bottle of beer in his pockets.

Robbers use fake chimney to cut into bank
NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Thieves equipped with industrial blowtorches used a fake chimney as a shield while they cut through the roof of a New York City bank branch, police said.

Woman, 70, Whacks Intruder in Head With Sauce Pan
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- The 70-year-old wife of an Ohio judge said teens who tried to rob her made her so angry that she whacked one in the head with a sauce pan. Ellen Basinski said she was on the phone with her husband Tuesday when four boys pushed their way into her home in Elyria, west of Cleveland.

Man Living in Cave Faces Foreclosure
You've heard plenty of stories about foreclosures, but the latest victims of this brutal recession are about to lose their cave. That's right. For nearly five years, Curt Sleeper and his family have lived in a cave. His mortgage is about to come due and, like millions of other Americans, he can't refinance.

Octomom Gets $1 Million Porn Offer From Vivid Entertainment
Vivid Entertainment has made a $1 million offer to Nadya Suleman to make a pornographic video. In an offer letter obtained by, the president of the pornography studio and distributor Steven Hirsch says the company would release the film under their "Vivid-Celeb imprint, which has released titles starring such personalities as Pamela Anderson, Kim Kardashian, and most recently, former Miss USA Kelli MCarty."

News for 02-26-2009
Booze Bust in Brunei Nets 1, 382 Beer Cans on Boat
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) -- It was a beer run on the high seas. Brunei's customs officers arrested two men who tried to smuggle 1,382 cans of contraband beer by boat into the Muslim-majority country, a news report said Wednesday.

Calif. woman who just lost her job nearly loses bag full of cash and checks
CONCORD, Calif. - A woman who just lost her job would also be out thousands of dollars if it weren't for the honesty of a good Samaritan. Police said a man who found a bank bag full of money and checks in a shopping center parking lot over the weekend flagged down police and turned it over.

Baby-faced boy Alfie Patten is father at 13
BOY dad Alfie Patten yesterday admitted he does not know how much nappies cost — but said: “I think it’s a lot.”

Police say man reports own drunken driving
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania man called 911 to inform authorities he was too drunk to drive and was pulling his car over as a precaution, state police allege.

13-year-old hijacks, smashes Beijing bus
BEIJING, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A 13-year-old boy stole a city bus in Beijing, smashed it into a dozen vehicles and knocked down two utility poles before the escapade ended, police say.

Thief says police grabbed wrong guy
NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Police in New York said an alleged armed robber confessed loudly to his entire neighborhood after police apprehended the wrong man.

Stuart man, 75, tackles hefty robber who stole his computer
STUART — A 75-year-old Stuart man chased down a 6-foot 1-inch, 230-pound, 29-year-old robber who had just snatched his laptop computer and printer on Sunday.

McDonald's: No workers comp for employee shot protecting patron
Fast food giant McDonald's has denied workers compensation benefits to a minimum wage employee who was shot when he ejected a customer who had been beating a woman inside the restaurant.

California Dentist Says Groping Was Part of Treatment
Woodland, CA — The attorney for a Woodland dentist told jurors that his client massaged women's chests as part of a medical treatment.

News for 02-25-2009
Doughnut shop worker slashes man's tires
NATICK, Mass. (AP) — All the customer wanted was coffee. Instead, he needs four new tires. Police say a worker at a Massachusetts Dunkin' Donuts slashed the tires on a customer's Jeep after the two got into an argument Tuesday.

News for 02-19-2009
Sex pest brush turkeys targeting chickens, say scientists
AMOROUS brush turkeys are raping chickens as their numbers rise in Brisbane and they look for a mate, a leading Queensland biologist says.

Outrage brewing over proposed 1,900% beer tax hike
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Five Oregon state lawmakers want to impose a hefty tax on beer and have introduced a bill that brewers say would cripple them.

The world's longest ear hair
HIS ear hair is 25cm long and still growing but Indian grocer Radhakant Baijpai has no intention of trimming it.

Chinese mistress contest takes tragic turn
BEIJING, China (CNN) -- A married Chinese businessman who could no longer afford five mistresses held a competition to decide which one to keep. The businessman and his spurned mistress met in Qingdao, pictured here last August, local media report. But the contest took a fatal turn when one of the women, eliminated for her looks, drove the man and the four other competitors off a cliff, Chinese media reported.

News for 02-12-2009
Man runs out of gas after robbing gas station
CAPE HAZE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities said they arrested a man who apparently forgot to fill up when he was robbing a gas station. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said a 23-year-old man used a Bowie knife to rob a Cape Haze gas station early Sunday. Deputies said the man pulled the 12-inch blade and demanded money. But when he left, a customer followed him and called 911.

Incest dad's rented flat on e-Bay
ST. POLTEN, Austria, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A tenant of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man accused of using his daughter as a sex slave, is offering tourists a chance to stay in his apartment.

Saudi judge sentences pregnant gang-rape victim to 100 lashes for committing adultery
A Saudi judge has ordered a woman should be jailed for a year and receive 100 lashes after she was gang-raped, it was claimed last night.

Police: 10-year-olds tried to sell pot
BURNETTOWN , S.C., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Police in South Carolina said a pair of 10-year-olds allegedly tried to trade Marijuana for money, bubble gum and pies.

Victim Dragged Under Van Identified as Ecuadorean
NEW YORK (AP) -- A pedestrian killed after he was hit by an SUV, then trapped under another vehicle and dragged nearly 20 miles, was identified Thursday as a 26-year-old Ecuadorean immigrant recently laid off from a construction job.

Husband Left Wife on Floor for 10 Weeks Before She Died, Police Say
MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. — Sheriff's officers have arrested an 82-year-old man after his wife died on the floor of their home, apparently about 10 weeks after she fell out of bed and was unable to get up.

Hackers Steal $9-Million From ATMs, 'Ocean's 11'-Style
If you're one of the many who envision hackers and identity thieves as pitiful, grubby men, slouched behind their computers in their parents' basements, peering at their computer screens with beady, glazed eyes, then the group of hackers that stole $9 million from global ATMs this past November might just put a new image in your mind.

'Joba-The-Not' sentenced for impersonating Yankee
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) - He signed autographs, sweet-talked star-struck women and even scored free food and drinks at bars and restaurants by claiming he was New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

News for 02-09-2009
Boy allegedly forced to use hands to unclog toilet
EAGAN, Minn. – An elementary school principal could be disciplined for allegedly forcing a 6-year-old boy to unclog a toilet with his bare hands. The principal of Rahn Elementary has been on paid leave since mid-December while the school district investigated a complaint from the boy's parents. The school board proposed disciplinary action on Thursday. The nature of the discipline wasn't made public.

Milkman delivered marijuana to elderly
BURNLEY, England, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A 72-year-old English milkman who claimed he provided marijuana for customers who needed it to ease their pain has received a suspended sentence.

Fla. Man Issued 50 Traffic Citations in 1 Day
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Elvis has left the vehicle. A man was arrested on more than 50 traffic citations -- all in one day. Police said Elvis Alonzo Barrett, 46, fled from police trying to stop him for a traffic violation Thursday morning. Police said he ran through red lights, crashed into another car and a fence. Police said they found crack cocaine and a crack pipe in his car.

Driver wins £20,000 for stress over parking tickets and sends bailiffs to collect his money
A motorist sued a council for £20,000 over the stress of receiving four parking tickets. Zun Noon, who refused to pay the four £50 fines, claimed he suffered emotional distress after bailiffs were sent round to reclaim the money.

Man attacks teen with beer can
CRESTVIEW - A 32-year-old man was arrested for battery after he attacked a 16-year-old with a beer can.

Stiff response to sex toy mystery as dildos appear on rural road
RESIDENTS in a rural area of Darwin have renamed their street "Dildo Boulevard" after 30 sex toys were found lying in front of a house on Friday morning.

Lemonade shortage prompts 911 call
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A 66-year-old man is facing charges for calling 911 to complain that a Florida fast-food restaurant was out of lemonade, police say.

16 illegals sue Arizona rancher
An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border.

News for 01-30-2009
Robber scared grandmother to death
RALEIGH, N.C. - Larry Whitfield was on foot, his getaway car wrecked, his rookie attempt at robbing a bank thwarted by a set of locked doors, according to detectives. Looking for a place to hide, police say, he found himself inside the home of a frightened old woman.

Pizzeria owner accused of beating man over calzone
PALM COAST — Flagler County authorities said a restaurant owner pistol-whipped and beat a customer who complained that his takeout order was incorrect. The owner of Goomba's Pizzeria was charged with aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon and released on bail.

Study: Women's armpits smell of onions
A Swiss research group says a study it conducted found that women's underarms typically smell like onions, while men's smell like cheese. Firmenich of Geneva, Switzerland, said its research on the armpit sweat of 24 men and 25 women found that women typically release an onion-like smell due to the combination of bacteria and a sulfur-containing compound, The Daily Telegraph said Thursday.

News for 01-27-2009
Boy, 14, Dupes Police, Patrols Chicago for 5 Hours
CHICAGO (AP) -- A 14-year-old aspiring police officer donned a uniform, walked into a Chicago police station and managed to get an assignment -- patroling in a squad car for five hours before he was detected, police said Sunday.

Woman arrested for overdue library book
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A woman charged with theft after failing to return a book to an Iowa library said she believes her arrest was "extreme." Shelly Koontz, 39, said she was arrested at her Independence home at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and charged with a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree theft for failing to return "The Freedom Writers Diary" to the Jesup Public Library after checking the book out in April, The (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Gazette reported Monday.

Man buys used iPod, gets 60 pages of sensitive military data
After purchasing a used iPod, a New Zealand resident found that it wasn't much use for rocking out. Instead of playing MP3s, the gadget contained 60 pages of data on US military personnel, mission briefings, and equipment deployment.

Woman stabs boyfriend during reconciliation dinner
A 47-year-old woman from a small town in northern Sweden has been arrested after stabbing her partner during a romantic get-together designed to repair their rocky relationship.

Car not built to fly, flies onto roof
Emergency services had to rescue a man from his car after he managed to crash it into a church roof in Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany, today. The 23 year-old from Chemnitz was severely injured in the accident. According to the police the driver missed a turn, ploughed on up a sloping field and then finally 'took off' to land in the church roof.

News for 01-23-2009
Beer more important than knife wound
A man who was stabbed at the York Hotel opted to return to the bar to finish his beer rather than seek medical attention.

News for 01-19-2009
A triple-dog dare: Boy's tongue stuck on pole
HAMMOND, Ind. - In a scene straight out of the movie "A Christmas Story," a 10-year-old boy got his tongue stuck to a metal light pole.

‘Sexting’ surprise: Teens face child porn charges
In an unusual legal case arising from the increasingly popular practice known as “sexting,” six Pennsylvania high school students are facing child pornography charges after three teenage girls allegedly took nude or semi-nude photos of themselves and shared them with male classmates via their cell phones.

Mexico Police Accused of Spray-Painting Teens
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- Four teenagers say police in a northern Mexican town spray-painted their hair, shoes and buttocks to teach them not to paint graffiti on public property.

Hundreds queue up to cash in as ATM machine pays out DOUBLE
In the gloomy days of credit crunch Britain, it was a stroke of luck no one was going to turn down. When a cash machine began issuing customers with double the amount they had requested, the word spread like wildfire.

Man cuts off finger in court over debt
LISBON (Reuters) - A Portuguese businessman said he cut off one of his fingers in court with a butcher's knife in an "act of despair" after a judge refused his offer to settle a 170,000 euro debt and said part of his farm must be sold.

Paramedic molests date-rape drug girl in ambulance
A paramedic called to help a teenage girl after her drink was spiked with a date-rape drug is facing jail for sexually assaulting her in the back of the ambulance.

Cops Tase 54 Year Old Woman For Sitting In Wrong Seat At Football Game
Wisconsin Police were caught on camera tasing a 54 year old woman and confining her to a wheel chair after she sat in the wrong seat at a football game in Madison.

Mich. dad told to pay for child's birth or wed mom
FLINT, Mich. – The state of Michigan is giving a father a choice: pay the medical cost of his daughter's birth or marry the girl's mother.

News for 01-12-2009
Woman plans to sue over knife left in head
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida woman who claims part of a knife was left inside her head after she was stabbed three years ago said she plans to sue the hospital that treated her.

Topless Coffee Shop Approved After Rousing Debate
VASSALBORO, Maine -- Planning officials in Vassalboro unanimously approved Tuesday evening a proposal for a topless coffee shop in their rural town.

Rhode Island Boys Stole Car to Get to School on Time
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Two Woonsocket High School boys did the right thing by trying to get to school on time. It was the way they got there that police had a problem with. Police tell The Call of Woonsocket the boys ages 15 and 16 stole a car Tuesday morning in order to make it to school on time.

Texas Death Row Inmate Pulls Out Eye, Eats It
A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye, authorities said Friday. Andre Thomas told officers he ate it.

Fire Rampages Through $28M Tenn. Castle-Home
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A luxurious castle-like home in Johnson City, Tenn., has been badly burned by fierce flames.

Woman posts ad for wedding party
LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A Ukrainian woman whose family cannot attend her wedding in London has posted an ad for people to sit on her side of the church. The Telegraph on Sunday reported the unnamed woman posted her ad on the classifieds Web site for 30 people to sit with her.

Spear fisherman spears self in crotch
aussie fisherman.jpg Aussie spear fisherman Greg Robertson is recovering in hospital after a freak accident in which he speared himself in the groin with a speargun. Yep, that bit made me cross my legs too.

Giant plasma TVs face ban in battle to green Britain
Energy-guzzling flatscreen plasma televisions will soon be banned as part of the battle against climate change, ministers have told The Independent on Sunday.

Man 'stabbed girlfriend to death' in row over kitten's name
A man stabbed his partner to death after a disagreement about naming their new kitten exploded into a fatal argument, a court heard today.

Spurned saleswoman defecates on porch
A spurned saleswoman took her revenge on a housewife who refused to answer the door by defecating on her doorstep. The 31-year-old woman said she refused to answer the door of her Florida home as she didn't recognise the car parked outside. But the suspected Mary Kay cosmetics saleswoman, apparently angered by the snub, decided to leave an unconventional calling card.

Fla. sheriff seeks portly 'ninja' in theft attempt
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A ninja, or at least someone dressed like one, is lurking in the shadows of Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says a heavyset man with a visible potbelly and a ninja costume unsuccessfully tried to steal two different ATMs over the past two weeks.

News for 01-09-2009
Masturbating driver fined for 'bizarre' pleasure cruise
A Darwin man has been fined $2,000 for filming himself masturbating while speeding along the Stuart Highway.

Nigeria bikers' vegetable helmets
Motorcyclists in Nigeria have been wearing dried pumpkin shells on their heads to dodge a new law forcing them to wear helmets, authorities say.

NY man wants kidney back in divorce
LONG ISLAND, New York (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Divorces can get ugly, especially when you're not ready to let go. "There is no deeper pain you can ever express than betrayal from someone who you loved and devoted your whole life to. And I saved her life," said Dr. Richard Batista. Dr. Batista says his wife broke his heart. Now he wants her kidney.

'I tripped and fell ... honest'
SHOCKED surgeons were forced to use their imagination after operating on woman with a huge can of hairspray stuck in her bum.

Naked man arrested at Wal-mart
Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested a nude man looking for a fight Sunday at the Wal-Mart on Industrial Boulevard.

Pensioner banned from driving until 3000
Luba Relic had her disqualification increased after being convicted for crashing her Honda Civic in a car park while driving without a licence. The pensioner, who has appeared in court more than 70 times on a variety of charges in recent years, insisted she was a "good driver" and had been unfairly targeted by police.

News for 01-07-2009
New York Man Arrested for Posing as Doctor and Convincing People To Given Themselves Rectal Examinat
New York police have arrested construction worker, John Brady, 49, in a rather odd crime. Brady is accused of calling people and posing as a doctor. He would then convinced them to give themselves a rectal examination while he was on the telephone. He has been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment.

Shoplifting mother caught with parenting book
A 37-year-old Oxford woman was arrested Jan. 2 for allegedly shoplifting a parenting book while accompanied by her two young children.

Skier Suffers Exposure
JANUARY 6--In a bizarre incident that will surely lead to litigation (or an out-of-court settlement), a skier at Colorado's ritzy Vail resort was left dangling upside down and pantsless from a chairlift last Thursday morning.

News for 01-06-2009
Wife accused of killing husband by 'setting his penis alight'
A MOTHER of three accused of murdering her husband by setting his genitals alight allegedly told neighbours she was a "jealous wife" who had learned he was having an affair, a court heard today.

News for 01-05-2009
Man tries to fool cops by calling 911 during stop
SARASOTA, Fla. – Authorities said a Sarasota man about to be pulled over by police tried to lure officers away by making a fake 911 call. Officers said they were following a 28-year-old man's car Monday to make a traffic stop when they got a 911 call for an armed robbery happening several blocks away.

Ambulancemen ‘decided dying man not worth saving’
Two ambulancemen have been arrested by police after they were heard allegedly discussing whether they should bother to resuscitate a disabled man who had collapsed at home and subsequently died.

Homeless man ordered to wear underpants
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A New Zealand homeless man accused of obscene exposure has been released on bail with one important condition -- he must wear underwear.

Girl, 17, Reports Herself to Police as a Drunken Driver
BISMARCK, N.D. — Police get calls about drunken drivers all the time, but rarely do they come from the alleged offender. A 17-year-old girl in Bismarck called 911 on New Year's Eve "to report herself driving under the influence," police Lt. Randy Ziegler said. "I've never heard of such a thing happening, and neither has anyone here."

Texas Jail Closed for 'Dangerous Conditions,' Guards Could be Indicted
FORT WORTH, Texas — A jail in northern Texas has been closed and its nearly 60 inmates transferred as authorities investigate what they call dangerous conditions for jailers and those behind bars — including cells that locked from the inside or contained recliners.

Conn. man's last lotto ticket wins $10M for widow
DANBURY, Conn. – On the day that Donald Peters died, he unknowingly provided financial security for his wife of 59 years and their family. Peters bought two Connecticut Lottery tickets at a local 7-Eleven store on Nov. 1 as part of a 20-year tradition he shared with his wife Charlotte. Later that day, the 79-year-old retired hat factory worker suffered a fatal heart attack while working in his yard in Danbury.

Dad Ordered to Pay Child Support Kills Son
NEW ORLEANS — A man who initially told police gunmen kidnapped his 2 1/2-year-old son was arrested Saturday, accused of committing an "extremely hideous" murder because he was ordered to pay child support, Police Superintendent Warren Riley said.

Man Discovers Neighbor Is His Long Lost Sister
A brother and sister in England spent 40 years trying to find each other — then discovered they lived only 300 yards apart. Ken Whitty, 64, walked past 62-year-old Yvonne’s house countless times and even saw her in the garden, but did not recognize her.

News for 12-31-2008
Amateur crimefighters are surging in the US
For Mr Invisible, the first and last blow to his burgeoning career as a superhero was an unexpected punch that flattened his nose. “After months of designing my costume, getting my street moves just right, it was my first week out as a Real Life Superhero – and probably my last. This tiny, tiny girl did not like me trying to calm down her screaming boyfriend. She blindsided me, I’m still bruised. It’s dangerous out there,” said the deflated would-be crime fighter last week.

Woman Fights Off Naked Home Invader
TROUTDALE, Ore. -- A naked man fled the home he broke into Tuesday morning after the woman who lives there attacked his genitals, police said.

Bank apologizes for $145B overdraft error
IRVINE, Scotland, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A Scottish man said his bank has apologized after his online statement showed his account was overdrawn by $145 billion. Donald Moffat, 38, a full-time student and part-time care worker, said his account with bank Barclay's showed two withdrawals Tuesday morning of about $72 billion each, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Vt. Man Wins $650K After Pulling Ticket From Trash
BERLIN, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont man is $650,000 richer after retrieving a lottery ticket he had been given for Christmas but accidentally threw away. Steven LeClair of Richford got the ticket for the Dec. 24 Tri-State Megabucks drawing as a gift from his mother. But it was in a gift bag that LeClair threw out, not knowing it was inside.

News for 12-29-2008
Wind blows man up tree
A Chinese man had to be rescued by firefighters after he was reportedly blown onto a tree by a strong gust of wind.

Four-legged shoplifter takes $2.79 bone
MURRAY, Utah, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Workers at a Murray, Utah, grocery store said surveillance video recorded a dog walking into the store and taking a rawhide bone.

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary apologises after baby was born on floor
A pregnant woman was left unattended for hours and had to give birth on a hospital floor despite her desperate appeals for a bed.

Robbers steal marijuana from man's home at gunpoint
FAIRBANKS -- Fairbanks police got an unusual report on Christmas morning. A man told them his marijuana had been stolen at gunpoint.

Priest 'ruins Christmas' for kids
A Catholic priest has been criticised by parents in a city in northern Italy for telling their children that Father Christmas does not really exist.

Man Arrested After Days Spent Unnoticed in Family's Attic
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A family did not realize they had an unexpected Christmas guest until a man who had been in their attic for days emerged wearing their clothes, police said.

Failed party trick lands Swedish man in burn unit
A Swedish man’s attempt to impress his girlfriend on Friday night backfired, putting him in the hospital with serious burn injuries and facing allegations of endangering the public.

News for 12-23-2008
Mice suspected in deadly cat fire
Mice may be responsible for a blaze that killed nearly 100 cats at an animal shelter near the Canadian city of Toronto, officials say.

Driver banned for having world's most untidy car
Police have banned a woman driver's car from the road - for being too untidy. The Vauxhall Astra was so full of junk, magazines, old clothes and even bits of furniture that they could barely see the driver at it roared down a motorway in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Clown strip searched at airport
A clown wearing colourful pantaloons, huge shoes and a flashing police helmet was strip searched by airport security guards.

'Ecstasy was for my dog'
A TERRITORY businessman who pleaded not guilty to possessing more than 70 ecstasy tablets told Darwin Magistrates Court he thought they were birth control pills for his dog.

Lonely Man Jumps Into Polar Bear's Cage in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) -- A man jumped into the Berlin zoo enclosure of famed polar bear Knut on Monday, but officials were able to keep the animal away from the intruder by distracting him with a leg of beef, police said. The 37-year-old man jumped over a fence into a water-filled ditch at the edge of the bear's enclosure Monday morning, police said in a statement.

Landlord forced to live in neglected home
CLEVELAND, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Cleveland judge sentenced a landlord accused of multiple code violations in dozens of rental properties to spend house arrest in one of the neglected units.

No Divorce For Eight-Year-Old
An eight-year-old girl who was married off to a 58-year-old must stay with the man until she reaches puberty, a Saudi court has ruled.

Man with bullet in head goes to work
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - A man who was hit by a stray bullet in the back of the head is back at work — with the slug still stuck in his skull. E.T. Strickland, 74, a commercial real estate seller, said the bullet hurts, but not enough to keep him from his job.

Dead man receives calls in grave
NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- New York defense lawyer John Jacobs continues to receive voice-mail messages three years after he was buried with his beloved cell phone.

News for 12-19-2008
Dutch pick penis-shaking term as top word
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Dutch dictionary company says Web visitors have voted "swaffelen" -- an English slang verb meaning to swing one's exposed penis -- as the word of the year.

Man's 11 lottery tickets all winners
HAMPTON, Va., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A Virginia man who bought 11 identical lottery tickets for the same drawing has won $1.1 million from a game with a top prize of $100,000, gaming officials say.

Armed burglars demand man's eggbeater
TAMPA, Fla. – It really must have been a special item. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, two men entered a man's home early Sunday and demanded his eggbeater. One suspect was holding a pistol while the other brandished a knife to the resident's neck.

Stabbing follows spat over TV remote
ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A St. Paul, Minn., woman was being held on $50,000 bail after allegedly stabbing her ex-boyfriend while arguing over control of the TV remote, police said.

Cat given contact lenses
A 15-year-old cat's eyesight has been restored by contact lenses in what's believed to be a medical first.

Smell Like a Burger, Get All the Ladies
Hey ladies, don't you just love a man who smells like charred meat? Burger King has read your thoughts and answered your prayers with FLAME™, a new limited-edition body spray for men.

Father offers daughter to shoe-thrower
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian man said on Wednesday he was offering his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in Baghdad on Sunday,

Baby born with 'foot in brain'
US surgeons operating on a brain tumour in a baby boy found a tiny foot inside his head. Doctors operated on three-day old Sam Esquibel after finding what looked like a microscopic tumour on an MRI scan. But while removing the growth, they also found a nearly perfect foot and the partial formation of another foot, a hand and a thigh.

Wrong inmate released from Tenn. jail
NASHVILLE, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A burglary suspect walked out of a Tennessee jail posing as another man with a similar name who had been ordered released on his own recognizance.

News for 12-16-2008
Man Arrested for Throwing Sandwich at Girlfriend
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Police say a Port St. Lucie man was arrested for throwing a sandwich at his girlfriend, the second food attack that sent a man to jail in about a month.

Gambler sues casino over $900 million binge
CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian gambler who lost millions in a A$1.4 billion ($909 million) gaming spree is suing one of the country's largest casinos, claiming he was targeted by managers despite a known gambling addiction.

Police allege sacked employee killed his former boss
A man has been charged with first-degree murder after a shooting at an office Christmas party in Vancouver Friday.

Woman told to remove Christmas lights
LONDON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A British housing association has apologized to a homeowner who was told to remove her Christmas lights so they would not offend non-Christian neighbors.

Woman told to remove Christmas lights
LONDON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A British housing association has apologized to a homeowner who was told to remove her Christmas lights so they would not offend non-Christian neighbors.

eBay cancels auction of man's soul
LONDON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Internet site eBay has canceled a British man's auction for his soul. Dante Knoxx, 24, had offered the "used" item for a starting bid of $37,600 or a "Buy it now" price of just more than $1 million, The Daily Mail reported Monday.

Mom says computer Scrabble game swears
LONDON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A British mother says she was shocked to discover a Nintendo's Scrabble 2007 game's computer was choosing to play swear words against her 8-year-old son.

Nagging Wife, Sausage Help Man Win $4.2M Lottery
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A ''nagging'' wife who pushed her husband to buy a lottery ticket helped scoop the $4.2 million ($7.7 million New Zealand dollar) first prize -- with only minutes to spare. The man from New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, bought his ticket just two minutes before ticket sales closed Saturday night.

Santa demands toy ransom
A mystery Santa demanded a toy ransom for an orphanage after pinching a builder's £3,000 digger. Jaroslaw Kryzwonos was ordered to buy £200 of toys for the children's home in Lublin, Poland, in a phone call from a man identifying himself as Father Christmas.

The kiss of deaf - Chinese man ruptures girlfriend's eardrum
BEIJING (Reuters) - A young woman in southern China has partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend ruptured her eardrum during an excessively passionate kiss, local media reported Monday.

Deer Crashes Into Michigan 4th-Grade Classroom
COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- A fourth-grade class in Michigan learned firsthand about animal behavior when a deer crashed through a window and into its classroom.

Honest Tenn. woman finds $97,000 in Cracker Barrel restroom, but returns it to owner
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Murfreesboro woman says she returned $97,000 she claims to have found in a Cracker Barrel restroom, but police said Tuesday they have no report of the find. Billie Watts, 75, told The Daily News Journal that she discovered the money inside a tapestry bag hanging from a hook on a stall door last Thursday.

Police Arrest Man on 'Mission' in Bathroom Ceiling
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) -- Bare footprints on a toilet seat led sheriff's deputies to find a man hidden away inside a Baxter County gas station ceiling, apparently ''on a mission'' to steal, officials said Tuesday.

California KFC workers suspended after bathing in deep sink used to clean dishes
Three employees of a Kentucky Fried Chicken have been suspended for bathing in a deep sink used to clean dishes. The prank was discovered after one of the young women posted photos on a social networking site of the trio posing and cavorting in the steaming water in their underwear and swim wear.

Ton of Marijuana Seized From Cloned UPS Truck in Arizona
Arizona Department of Public Safety Detectives have confiscated about 2,118 pounds of marijuana from a truck that appeared identical to a United Parcel Service truck.

No, it's not Santa: Burglar gets stuck in chimney
ST. LOUIS - Santa aside, that trip down the chimney doesn't work so well after all. Police arrested a burglar early Wednesday who spent a harrowing three hours stuck inside the chimney of a pawn shop.

Man sprays 'toilet-papering' teens with fox pee
WILLMAR, Minn. - A 50-year-old man who told authorities he was fed up with teens toilet-papering his house decided to defend his property — with a squirt gun filled with fox urine.

News for 12-15-2008
'Drunk pedestrian' on roof won't come down, seeks more beer
FORT PIERCE — When the Binney Drive resident returned from work Wednesday night, he noticed something that could be considered unusual — a 28-year-old woman drinking beer on his roof.

News for 12-09-2008
Drunk driver had severed fuel nozzle still attached to car
Meet April Westfall (and her green Subaru wagon). The Nevada woman was arrested early yesterday on a drunk driving rap. And while there's nothing special about a 4:30 AM DUI bust, the circumstances of Westfall's arrest are unique.

Man fined for swearing at TV
Plumber Martin Solomon, 62, was heard by neighbours as he shouted 'foul and offensive language' at his TV, magistrates in Stroud, Glos, heard.

Woman arrested after ill-timed smoke break
MUNCIE, Ind. - Police say a Muncie woman was arrested after asking a state trooper whether she could smoke -- and then trying to light up a marijuana joint.

Charred monkey meat found in man's luggage
A passenger has been caught with three charred monkeys in his luggage as he passed through customs. The man had flown into Washington from the African city of Bangui, in the Central African Republic, when he was stopped at Dulles International Airport after a sniffer dog alerted customs officials.

News for 12-08-2008
Woman finds cash-stuffed boots at store
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin woman says she found a wad of cash in a pair of boots she purchased at a thrift store.

Fla. Authorities Find Grandfather Dead in Freezer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities responding to a suicide in Florida have made a chilling discovery -- a body stored in a carport freezer.

Woman swept to sea during proposal on Oregon coast
NESKOWIN, Ore. – A romantic marriage proposal on the Oregon coast turned deadly for the bride-to-be when a wave swept her out to sea. Scott Napper had taken 22-year-old Leafil Alforque to Proposal Rock near Neskowin Beach to pop the question at a place that got its name from couples ready to marry. Napper and Alforque had been dating since they met on the Internet in 2005.

Tiny Texas Town Heads to Las Vegas for Vacation
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- The tiny town of Cranfills Gap really needs a vacation. That's why Las Vegas tourism officials decided to fly nearly half the 350 residents to the desert playground for a five-day getaway and publicity stunt.

Dog outside overnight, freezes to sidewalk; survives because of 'layers of fat'
An elderly border collie mix froze to the sidewalk when it was left outside overnight in single-digit temperatures, but the “morbidly obese” dog survived due to insulation from layers of fat, according to the Sheboygan County Humane Society.

Man stabs himself to incriminate ex-friend
SAN CLEMENTE, CA -- A young man who told San Clemente police he was jumped and stabbed apparently made up the story in an effort to get an ex-friend in trouble.

Minn. Teen Girls Charged in Nursing Home Abuse
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) -- Two teenage girls who worked at a nursing home have been charged with abuse, accused of taunting, spitting on and groping residents who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Bar sued for toilet seat breakdown
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A woman is suing a Pennsylvania sports bar and restaurant, saying she got stuck inside a toilet bowl for 20 minutes after the seat broke.

Smuggler makes ass of himself
A would-be smuggler was arrested after trying to outrun border police with £300,000 of cigarettes in a horse and cart.

Man Allegedly Attacks Speed Camera With Pickax
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A 26-year-old man faces criminal charges after being accused of using a pickax to attack a speed enforcement camera recently installed along a Phoenix-area freeway.

Shoplifting Suspect Uses Taser On Wal-Mart Worker
Two suspected shoplifters are arrested after one of them zapped a Wichita Wal-Mart employee with a Taser. Police said that two Wal-Mart workers on Wednesday afternoon confronted a pair of women who tried to leave the store without paying for merchandise. At that point, one of the women fired an electroshock from the Taser.

Street cleaner finds $20,000 shredded
LINCOLN, England, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A street cleaner in Lincoln, England, says police have allowed him to keep a bag containing an estimated $20,000 in shredded cash he found in a trash bin.

Fla. authorities say intoxicated man had his 9-year-old son take him on a beer run
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) _ Authorities in southwest Florida say an intoxicated man had his 9-year-old son take him on a beer run. Cape Coral police arrested the 27-year-old man last week, after seeing a pickup truck drive onto a median.

Man Says God Ordered Him to Ram Vehicle at 100 Mph
SAN ANTONIO — A man who rammed his truck into a woman's vehicle on a highway early Friday told authorities he crashed into her while going more than 100 mph because God told him "she needed to be taken off the road."

GPS unit leads car down stairs
TRIESTE, Italy, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- An Italian man said his car's satellite navigation system guided him to make a right turn that led his car to roll down two flights of stairs in Trieste.

Conn. man arrested after allegedly lighting a small charcoal grill inside his apartment
LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) _ Police arrested a 44-year-old man who lit a small charcoal grill inside his apartment, endangering his neighbors. Police charged him with second-degree reckless endangerment after two people became ill.

Throw Christmas Tree: Tannenbaum Used as Weapon
PARRISH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Florida man who lives with his parents has been charged with attacking his father with a Christmas tree and its metal stand.

$400,000 found hidden in SUV
BOSTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The Massachusetts State Police said an SUV that was pulled over during a routine traffic stop was found to contain more than $400,000 in a hidden compartment.

News for 12-02-2008
Man beats attacker with giant candy cane
A California man used a 2-foot decorative lawn candy cane to beat and subdue a neighbor who allegedly attacked guests with a knife, police say.

Sperm donor fathers 46 children
A Dutchman known as Europe's most committed sperm donor says he's fathered 46 children and is willing to keep at it.

14 snakes found in woman's bedroom in the Northern Territory
IT WOULD be enough to put phobia sufferers in their grave - 14 carpet pythons slithering around in your bedroom.

The boy with the extra set of teeth
At the age of 5, my son Jayan had a routine set of dental X-rays that showed a disturbing fact. The X-rays revealed that he possessed not one, not two, but three sets of front teeth. There were his baby teeth, his permanent teeth and in between, an extra set. A bonus pair, if you will.

Lucky Kansas Man Wins 2 Vehicles In 10 Days
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) ― In a span of 10 days, a man learned he won two automobiles in separate contests. Michel Horton picked up his newest ride on Friday, a 2008 "Bon Jovi Special Edition" Saturn Outlook, at a dealership in Topeka. He was notified of the win on Oct. 15.

Student arrested for 'passing gas' at Fla. school
STUART, Fla. – A student at a Florida school has been arrested after authorities said he was "passing gas" and turning off his classmates' computers. According to a report released Friday by the Martin County Sheriff's Office, the 13-year-old boy "continually disrupted his classroom environment" by intentionally breaking wind. He then shut off some computers other students were using.

GPS guides Norwegian tourists into trouble in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Three Norwegian tourists came under fire and one was shot after the satellite navigation system in their car guided them straight into one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous slums.

Parking space price tag: $500,000
VAIL, Colo., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A resident of the ski resort town of Vail, Colo., said he is seeking $500,000 for his parking space in the Vail's Founders garage.

Accused drunk driver ends up running over himself
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- A 21-year-old man was accused of driving drunk and leading police on a chase that finally ended with him running over himself. The man was treated for minor injuries at a Santa Fe hospital and booked in to the Sandoval County detention center on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police officer, careless driving and two other outstanding traffic warrants.

Police confused tomatoes for pot
SHIELDAIG, Scotland, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- An elderly Shieldaig, Scotland, woman said police raided her home after mistaking the tomato plants in her window for marijuana.

Disgruntled 8-year-old boy crashes teacher's car
BERLIN (Reuters) - An eight-year-old German schoolboy who wanted to complain to his mother about being sent out of class took his teacher's car and crashed it, police said.

Bank 'robber' actually a cardboard cutout
SOMERVILLE, N.J., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- It appears the 'robber' spotted by police inside a bank in Somerset County, N.J., was actually a cardboard figure, authorities say.

Teen role model reports $10,000 find
FEDERAL WAY, Wash., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A Washington state teen who turned in a satchel containing a customer's life savings says he wouldn't be much of a Sunday school teacher if he had kept the bag.

Neighbors not saluting 7-story 'flagpole'
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Folks in an Illinois community say the 75-foot-tall cell phone tower disguised as a flag pole and planned for a local park isn't going to fool anyone.

News for 11-24-2008
Mom Allegedly Burns 'Wimp' Into Daughter's Neck With Cigarette
MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — A West Virginia mother faces charges after being accused of burning the word "wimp" into her 6-year-old daughter's neck.

Lawyer: Alcohol testing device is racist
A lawyer representing a man arrested in Fairfield for drunken driving says the state's breathalyzers discriminate against black people. "They are KKK in a box," said lawyer James O. Ruane of Shelton. "We really have some racist machines here."

Woman Wins $2.4M in Her First Trip to Vegas
HONOLULU (AP) -- A 24-year-old woman, on her first trip to Las Vegas, is worrying less about the nation's economy. That's because Jessica Agbunag won $2.4 million on Wednesday at a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at the California Hotel and Casino.

Rapper gets 20 years after writing shooting song
DUBLIN, Ga. (Map, News) - He shot a man twice and felt so good about it, police said, a rapper wrote a song describing the shooting and calling out the victim by name. A judge sentenced 25-year-old Rico Todriquez Wright Monday to spend the next 20 years in prison after his victim mentioned the hip hop confession to police.

Teen In Trouble For Hugging Teacher
OLATHE, Kan. -- Olathe, Kan., police are investigating after a 13-year-old student hugged his teacher.

Men plead not guilty to digging up grave
MADISON, Wis., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Three men charged with attempted theft after they allegedly tried to dig up a grave have pleaded not guilty, said the Grant County, Wis., clerk of courts.

Released prisoner refused to leave
OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Officials with the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights said they had to call the police after a released prisoner refused to leave prison grounds.

Lost cockatiel spoke to owners on phone
GWERSYLLT, Wales, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Gwersyllt, Wales, woman who found a missing cockatiel said the bird uttered its first words in her care when she put it on the phone with its owners.

When Ronald "R.J." Richard jumps on his tractor to do yard work, he normally clips his cell phone to the hip pocket of his overalls.

Octogenarian Charged With Dealing Pain Pills
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Law enforcement authorities arrested an 81-year-old man who illegally sold powerful prescription pain relievers. The arrest followed a raid on a home Monday by the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement.

Nude photos lost at McDonald's get online
A man is suing McDonald's Corp after he left his mobile phone at one of the chain's restaurants and nude photos of his wife ended up online.

Mailman lauded for withholding junk mail
APEX, N.C., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Residents along mailman Steve Padgett's route in Apex, N.C., say he's their hero for refusing to deliver at least seven years' worth of junk mail.

Panda attacks man who wanted hug
GUILIN, China, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A Chinese college student who wanted to hug a panda bear climbed into its pen, but instead of getting a cuddle he was mauled by the animal, officials said.

Mom who lost hands & feet 'so happy to be out' of hospital
A Brooklyn mom was released Friday from the hospital where, she says, a medical bungle turned her into a quadruple amputee.

Oregon Man Shot by Dog During Hunting Trip
PORTLAND, Ore. — Henry Marcum has nothing but kind words for the dog that shot his 23-year-old son this weekend.

News for 11-21-2008
Penis in pasta jar led to police chase
A man caught with his penis in a jar of pasta sauce continued "pleasuring himself" as police tried to wrestle him to the ground, a court has heard.

NC undercover officers use Taser on pallbearer
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Five sheriff's deputies will be disciplined after they used a Taser while serving an arrest warrant on a man at his father's funeral, a North Carolina sheriff said Wednesday.

News for 11-19-2008
Police: Nearly $180,000 in abandoned safe
Police in Lawrence, Mass., said they are investigating the origins of an abandoned safe found with nearly $180,000 inside.

Police: Carjackers couldn't drive manual
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Police in Kansas City, Mo., said attempted carjackers were forced to abort their theft when the vehicle turned out to have a manual transmission.

$7,500 Mistakenly Left in Shoes Donated to Goodwill
GLEN CARBON, Ill. — It took some fancy footwork, but a Goodwill store in Illinois has found the owner of $7,500 in cash mistakenly donated with old shoes.

Homeless Man Receives 45 Months, $101M Fine for 2006 California Fires
LOS ANGELES — A homeless man has been sentenced to 45 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $101 million in restitution for starting two fires, including a 2006 blaze that burned more than 163,000 acres in Los Padres National Forest.

City threatens lien over 1-cent bill
ATTLEBORO, Md., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A 74-year-old blind Massachusetts woman says the city of Attleboro has threatened to put a lien on her home if she doesn't pay an outstanding bill of 1 cent.

8-year-old admits double shooting in police video
ST. JOHNS, Ariz. – An 8-year-old boy accused in the deaths of his father and another man gave police conflicting accounts about the shootings, at one point saying, "I wasn't shooting any guns" before admitting to firing at least two shots at each of the men.

NT woman wakes during surgery but is paralysed and unable to scream
A NORTHERN Territory woman says she will have nightmares for the rest of her life after an horrific operation gone wrong at the Alice Springs Hospital.

Woman: Burglar stole 'everything'
NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A New York woman said a burglar stole so many large items from her house that he would have needed a moving truck to remain inconspicuous.

German Medic's Account Confirms Hitler Had Only One Testicle
An extraordinary account from a German army medic has finally confirmed what the world long suspected: Hitler only had one testicle.

Fla. boy allegedly tried to bribe mom
FORT PIERCE, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- An 11-year-old Fort Pierce, Fla., boy tried to bribe his mother with a $5 bill to refrain from calling the police after he hit her with a saw, police said.

Listeners complain after 'Deport' contest
PERTH, Australia, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A Perth, Australia, radio station has drawn complaints for a competition that reunited long-lost relatives only to rip them back apart.

Teenage Girl Stabs 5 During Brawl After High School Football Game
STUART, Fla. — Investigators were searching Saturday for a teenage girl they say stabbed five others during a melee that ensued after a high school football game in southeast Florida.

Alabama Man Survives Being Run Over by Eight Train Cars
HUNTSVILLE, Ala — Talk about being lucky — a north Alabama man is alive after being run over by a train on Thursday afternoon. Huntsville Fire and Rescue officials said a train engineer spotted 61-year-old Arnold Romine lying across railroad ties. Witnesses said the conductor sounded the horn and tried to stop the train.

Court hears girl beaten 'just for the hell of it'
WINNIPEG -- A five-year-old girl was beaten bloody with a metal rod and had her face shoved in her own vomit before one final beating left her dead on the family's dirty basement floor, a Manitoba court heard Thursday.

Man arrested in death of neighbor
Denver police have made an arrest in the killing of a neighbor who complained about a loud party.

News for 11-14-2008
Neb. man arrested after allegedly attacking his girlfriend for making him macaroni for dinner
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) _ An unemployed man faces a domestic assault charge after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend last Saturday for making him macaroni for dinner. Investigator Dale Matuszczak said the woman called for help after locking herself in a bathroom.

Resort plans nude "anything goes" party
CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian holiday resort will hold a month-long, nude "anything goes" party to combat an expected economic downturn, media reports said on Thursday.

Canadian prisoner, too fat for cell, released early
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian prison authorities were forced to release a 450-pound (205 kg) drug gang member this week because he was too large for his cell, the Journal de Montreal newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Man's coffin kills wife on way to cemetery
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Police say a woman has died on the way to a cemetery when a traffic accident hurled her husband's coffin against the back of her neck.

Cat home after going missing for 13 years
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A Santa Rosa, Calif., couple said their beloved pet cat, George, has finally returned home after he went missing more than 13 years ago.

Former thief makes amends
A Bristol shop has received an apology letter and £100 from a former drug addict who stole 400 cigarettes in 2001.

Portable urinal disguised as golf club
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A Miami Beach, Fla., urologist said he has invented a stealth urinal resembling a golf club for players too busy to stop their game to relieve themselves.

Menu glues dog's jaws together
A Scottish terrier, trained to pick up its mistress' mail, ended up in the hands of an English vet after a fast-food menu glued its teeth together.

Gering boys told to apologize, publicly
GERING, Neb. — Brothers Kip and Cole Russell shivered as the sun set late Wednesday afternoon. The wind picked up, but they knew they weren't going anywhere. Brothers Kip and Cole Russell in Gering with their signs. (To read the signs, click the photo to enlarge it.) The brothers were going to spend the next hour and another hour Thursday publicly apologizing for shoplifting from the nearby Dollar General store in Gering.

Judge awards man $100,000 in false arrest
SOUTH VENICE - A North Port man has been awarded $100,000 for pain and suffering after he was falsely arrested and charged with molesting a 5-year-old neighbor.

172 grandchildren gather for funeral
SALFORD, England, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The funeral of Maggie Ward in Salford, England, drew a sizeable crowd -- including her 172 grandchildren -- the family said.

News for 11-10-2008
Armless thief steals TV
Police in Germany are hunting a thief with no arms who managed to walk out of a shop with a 24-inch TV.

Woman sues fortune teller for $13,200
NAPLES, Fla., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida woman has filed suit in small claims court to recover $13,200 she paid to a fortune teller.

Heart-op man dies watching porn
Chris Nicholls, 23, collapsed after getting over-excited as he viewed the blue movie in his bedroom, an inquest heard.

Policeman jailed for sex on the job
LONDON (Reuters) - A British police officer who admitted having sex with one woman while on duty and propositioning another after she had been arrested was jailed for four months on Friday.

90-Year-Old Living With 3 Siblings' Bodies
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- A 90-year-old woman apparently has been living in a house with the bodies of her three siblings, one of whom may have been dead since the early 1980s, police in suburban Chicago said.

Runaway teen compacted by recycling truck
MILWAUKEE - A teenage boy has survived after being accidentally dumped into the back of a recycling truck and compacted, police said.

Councilman vows to quit alcohol after public urination bust
Pea-brained Jersey City Councilman Steven Lipski swore off booze Sunday - two days after he was busted for urinating on a crowd of revelers at a Washington D.C. nightclub.

Real life Batman faces super test
ISTANBUL - The mayor of Batman, a city recently under scrutiny due to unsolved murders and increasing rates of female suicides, will sue the director of the movie "Batman" movie. Not a superhero with supernatural abilities, or a person wealthy enough to buy high-tech toys to fight evil, but a simple human being named Hüseyin Kalkan, the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party mayor of the southeastern city of Batman, declared war against his city’s namesake superhero, Batman.

News for 11-07-2008
Donkey brothel fares well
Two brothers from Sincelejo, tired of being one of the many unemployed on Colombia's Caribbean coast, decided to set up a brothel. In this tropical brothel you won't find a variety of luscious mamis though. Thirty donkeys are available to fulfill the randy man's needs.

DEPARTMENT store staff were left shocked after discovering a burglar tucked up in bed with some of their plastic female dummies.

Naked Japan major nabbed with women's underwear
TOKYO (Reuters) – A male Japanese air force major caught naked while shopping for women's underwear has been suspended from his duties for 10 days, a spokeswoman at his base said on Friday.

Alleged drunk driver surprised after Alaska police accuse him of stealing a car
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) _ A North Pole man was surprised when police accused him of stealing a car from a gentlemen's club in Fairbanks. The man, 27, explained to officers that he was in his Chevy Cavalier. The only problem, police said, was that he was behind the wheel of a Ford Escort.

Jogger Runs Mile With Rabid Fox Locked on Her Arm
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities in Arizona say a jogger attacked by a rabid fox ran a mile with the animal's jaws clamped on her arm and then drove herself to a hospital. The Yavapai County sheriff's office said the woman told deputies she was on a trail near Prescott on Monday when the fox attacked and bit her foot

Branch saves cat in 17-story plunge
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A cat's last-second grasp of a tree branch is credited with saving its life just before it ended a 17-story fall from an apartment west of Toronto.

Victim drives sleeping rapist to police station
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand rape victim drove her rapist to a police station when he fell asleep in his car after assaulting the woman, local media reported on Wednesday.

9-year-old boy caught driving to grandma's house
TOKYO (Reuters) - A 9-year-old boy was caught driving his parents' car alone after police received a report about an unmanned vehicle moving down the street.

Car impounded after dog drives away from car wash
PRYOR, Okla. (AP) — A dog waiting in a car while at a car wash slipped the vehicle into gear and drove in a loop before the car came to a stop. Pryor police officer Brent Crittenden said the dog's owner was washing the vehicle when the 70-pound pit bull jumped on the dash and somehow shifted the car into reverse.

Careful burglar takes no chances and wears 2 masks
BEAUFORT, S.C. — It could be called the case of the careful cat burglar. Authorities said a man wore not one, but two masks when he broke into a house in Beaufort on Wednesday. The Beaufort Gazette reported the suspect got away with a woman's purse and several other items.

Tampa man allegedly uses grandpa as human shield
TAMPA, Fla. — Authorities said a 22-year-old Tampa man used his grandfather as a shield while he was being arrested. According to an arrest affidavit, the man pulled his 72-year-old grandfather out of a chair and in front of officers Wednesday morning.

Man accused of driving in the buff on interstate
A 30-year-old man faces criminal charges after police said he was spotted driving nude on Interstate 84 in Southbury. Troopers said the man was driving nude on I-84 Wednesday morning near Exit 14, near the state police barracks.

Prayer scared off attempted robber
GREENSBORO, N.C., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Police in Greensboro, N.C., said a woman scared off an attempted robber by praying too loudly for the suspect's comfort.

News for 11-05-2008
Waiters Given $10,000 Tip
An Omaha restaurant's staff has been treated to an early Christmas after receiving a tip of more than $10,000.

Airline wants extra for prosthetics
LONDON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A British double-amputee said a budget airline has told him he will need to pay extra to bring his spare prosthetic legs with him on vacation.

Couple arrested for having sex at Bills game
The call came out early in the third quarter Sunday to investigate numerous complaints of a commotion in a ladies’ restroom across from Section 336 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

News for 11-04-2008
Diarrhea no excuse for speeding
TRELLEBORG, Sweden, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A court in Trelleborg, Sweden, has ruled that a woman's diarrhea was not a sufficient reason for her to break the posted speed limit while driving.

Zamboni driver charged with drunk driving
KINGSVILLE, Ont. - A 34-year-old woman from Kingsville, Ont., has been charged with impaired driving - on a Zamboni.

Cat gets new lease on life
A cat brought to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Friday with a crossbow arrow lodged in its head went home with minor injuries on Tuesday.

Senior interrupts jewelry story robbery
LONDON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A senior citizen is said to have thwarted two youths breaking into a jewelry shop in London with sledgehammers.

'Superman' goes bad on Halloween
NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Superman, the "Man of Steel," Friday night became the "Man of Steal," taking part in a New York home intrusion robbery, police say.

Superg-Looed: Man Stuck To Toilet
A 35-year-old man has been taken to hospital stuck to a public toilet after a prankster covered the seat with glue.

Mom, Daughter Hire Hitman to Kill Dad
MANASSAS, Va. — An 18-year-old Manassas woman has pleaded guilty to arranging with her mother to have her father killed.

Crystal meth found in boy's trick-or-treat bag
RAMSEY, Minn. - When their children returned from Halloween trick-or-treating, a couple found suspected methamphetamine and $85 in cash among their 7-year-old son's Snickers bars and Skittles.

Eighth-Grade Boy Sent Home From School for Jesus Christ Halloween Costume
PARAMUS, N.J. — Dressing up as Jesus Christ for Halloween turned out to be a problem for a northern New Jersey boy.

Texas Mom Throws 4-Year-Old Daughter Into Traffic
AUSTIN — A woman has been charged with child endangerment, a state jail felony, for beating her 4-year-old daughter before throwing her into the path of an oncoming vehicle, police said.

Wrong guy was guest of honor at Mo. wake
BALLWIN, Mo., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A Missouri family says the toughest part about the wrong body being brought to their father's wake was getting the funeral home staff to believe them.

Couple offer free mortgage for hole-in-one
STILLWATER, Minn., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A Stillwater, Minn., couple said the mortgage on their for-sale house will be paid off if the buyer makes a hole-in-one at a local golf course.

'Ghost car' racks up tickets
CHICAGO, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Chicago police say they are investigating how a 1992 Chevrolet Lumina racked up nearly $4,000 in tickets in the year after it was presumed crushed.

Sexy Teacher Strips for Students
A 20-something German teacher was caught on camera (video below) performing a sexy strip tease for her 15 year-old students at a start of term party in Hungary. The teacher, who was meant to be supervising the party, joined in on a game of truth or dare and decided to seductively remove her clothes.

Teen arrested breaking into police station
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The long arm of the law didn't have to reach too far to arrest one Australian teen-ager, who was caught breaking into a police station in the early hours of Monday.

Telecoms worker builds his own plane
A Chinese telecom worker has made a successful test voyage in the plane he built himself from scratch.

Nudists seek clothing-optional voting
LAND O' LAKES, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Residents of the clothing-optional Caliente Resorts in Land O' Lakes, Fla., said they are lobbying to create the first clothing-optional U.S. polling place.

Suspect fled into police dog's yard
BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Police in Brisbane, Australia, said a fleeing armed robbery suspect made an unlucky move when he hopped into a police dog's yard.

Soup kitchen opens for dogs
BERLIN (Reuters) - A soup kitchen exclusively for dogs has opened its doors in Berlin providing pets of the homeless and unemployed with a free meal, the director of the establishment said on Friday.

multi-millionaire banker has won $1 million (£600,000) a year for life on a lottery scratchcard game
Keenan Altunis, 33, has just left for a Caribbean holiday with his family, which was already booked before his win. He lives in a £750,000 apartment in Clerkenwell, London, with his wife and one-year-old daughter.

Priest and two nuns quizzed by police after beating up a restaurant boss in Italian town
The 49-year-old victim suffered neck and stomach injuries in the attack which also left his restaurant 'looking like a Wild West saloon.' Tables and chairs were overturned and plates smashed during the fracas which erupted over a dispute over ownership of the venue.

News for 11-03-2008
A VICAR turned up in agony at a hospital — with a potato stuck in his bottom.
The clergyman told stunned casualty nurses he fell backwards on to his kitchen table while hanging curtains. He happened to be nude at the time of the mishap.

King of fighting crickets arrested
SHANGHAI police have smashed a professional cricket fighting ring in a raid that snared the city's most notorious handler of the insects, state media reported today.

Teenager changes name to Captain Fantastic
A teenager has changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.

News for 10-30-2008
Woman guilty of one-eyed drunken driving
OREBRO, Sweden, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A woman in central Sweden who alleged she drove with one eye closed to avoid double vision is guilty of drunken driving, a court has ruled.

Suspect tries to carjack off-duty officer pursuing him
ORLAND -- A wanted man tried to carjack an off-duty Orland police officer Wednesday morning, who had joined a pursuit of the suspect in his private car.

T-Shirt Banned At Colorado High School
School officials in Louisville, Colo., say they banned a popular T-shirt because the phrasing implied drug use and engaging in sex.

Nurse's 'naughty knickers' were on eBay
LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A British nurse who used her hospital e-mail address to sell her underwear on eBay could be barred from hospital premises, officials said.

Woman kicked off train not pantless
MURRAY, Utah, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Utah Transit Authority said a woman booted from a train for being nude below the waist turned out to be wearing a miniskirt concealed by her jacket.

Texas Man Found Guilty of Using Home as Sex Club
DUNCANVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A man illegally used his home to run a sex club in his quiet suburban Dallas neighborhood, a municipal jury ruled Tuesday.

Teen Gets Time for Grandma in 'Gangster Rap' Video
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida teenager has been sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for coaxing his senile grandmother into holding a gun and threatening to shoot ''all the pigs'' in a homemade ''gangster rap'' video.

Vietnam Suspends Plan to Ban Small-Chested Drivers
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Faced with mounting public criticism, Vietnam's Health Ministry suspended a widely ridiculed plan to ban short, thin and small-chested drivers.

Police: Children brought to robberies
ALBUQUERQUE, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Police in Albuquerque, N.M., suspect two children, ages 1 and 4, were likely taken along to robberies allegedly committed by their mother.

News for 10-28-2008
Reluctant groom sets hotel on fire?
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese man set fire to the hotel where he was due to get married at the weekend, rather than go through with the ceremony later the same day, newspaper reports said Monday.

Man drives drunk to protest drunk driving charge
VIENNA (Reuters) – An Austrian man, charged with drink driving, drove to a police station to complain about the charge whilst drunk, officials said on Monday.

Man Urinates on Dog After Owner Spurns Sex
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- A 36-year-old man took revenge on his roommate after she refused to have sex with him by allegedly urinating on her dog, police said. Police said the man was arrested early Thursday morning on tentative charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct related to domestic violence.

Meet Mr Green Genes - the world's first glow-in-the-dark cat
His eyes glow ghoulishly in the right light, just like any other cat's - but so do his nostrils, gums and tongue.

Kindergarten Sex Ed Becoming Mandatory in England
LONDON (AP) -- It's a controversial idea in a land known for prudishness about sex -- teaching kids as young as 5 about the birds and bees.

Ohio Woman Gives Birth to Triplet Granddaughters
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Not only has a 56-year-old Ohio woman given birth to triplets, but they're her own granddaughters. Jaci Dalenberg, of Wooster, carried the babies as a surrogate for her daughter, Kim Coseno. The two identical twins and their sister were born by Caesarean section Oct. 11 at the Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights and are still in the hospital's care. They were more than two months premature and each weighed less than three pounds.

Colo. Couple Get Marijuana With Order of Tacos
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado couple found an unusual topping on their order of tacos: a small bag of marijuana.

Up to 50 Teens Exposed to HIV at Missouri High School
NORMANDY, Mo. — Students at a suburban St. Louis high school headed to the gymnasium for HIV testing this week after an infected person told health officials as many as 50 teenagers might have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS.

Cannibal cult mother who skinned son and made him eat his own flesh gets 9 years in jail
Klara Mauerova, 31 - a member of a sinister religious cult and her sister Katerina led the sickening torture of her eight-year-old son Ondrej and his ten year-old brother Jakub.

12 teenagers die after having alcohol-made drink in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Twelve teenagers died and 10 others were having medical treatment in hospitals and their homes after they consumed alcohol-brewed drink on Monday in Indramayu regency of West Java province in Indonesia, the local police spokesman named only Suhiro said on Thursday.

A gang of rogue cops clobbered a Brooklyn man they saw smoking a joint, then sodomized him with a walkie-talkie antenna during a broad-daylight attack in a subway station, law-enforcement sources and the victim's lawyer said yesterday.

Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama
WASHINGTON – Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.

Man Shot, Robbed of Final Paycheck on Day He's Laid Off
DETROIT — A 37-year-old man who had been laid off from his job at a plant in Saginaw was shot in Detroit by a robber who made off with about $1,700 — the sum of the victim's final paycheck from his job.

Car shows porn on dashboard display
WINDSOR, Ontario, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A Canadian pizza delivery driver in Windsor, Ontario, says his car's wireless rear-view camera system shows pornography when he drives on a certain street.

German police seek speeding British Muppet
German traffic police have been left looking like proper muppets by a British prankster. An Audi TT with British registration plates has been repeatedly caught speeding on roads in the Bavarian city of Bayreuth. But because continental speed cameras are set up for left-hand drive vehicles, the cameras keep missing the driver’s face.

News for 10-27-2008
The Stink in Farts Controls Blood Pressure
A smelly rotten-egg gas in farts controls blood pressure in mice, a new study finds. The unpleasant aroma of the gas, called hydrogen sulfide (H2S), can be a little too familiar, as it is expelled by bacteria living in the human colon and eventually makes its way, well, out.

Near-nude man runs down street firing crackers from head
A MAN running down the street in nothing but underwear and a bike helmet adorned with exploding fire crackers caused a stir in Mt Isa last night.

Train delayed after man gets arm stuck in toilet
A high-speed TGV train en route to Paris was delayed for over two hours after a passenger got his arm stuck in the toilet, France Info radio reported today.

News for 10-23-2008
'Drunk' pilot is arrested on jet
AN airline pilot was arrested in a jet’s cockpit minutes before take-off yesterday on suspicion of being DRUNK.

Robbery suspect escapes with cash, leaves thumb
WASHINGTON – Police said a man suspected in an armed robbery at an alleged brothel in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood left some evidence at the scene — his thumb.

Police Say Fake Cop Busted After Stopping Real One
z was arrested Tuesday after pulling over an off-duty Hartford police lieutenant.

Woman fails driving test - after four gins
A woman was disqualified from her driving test after she failed a breath-test - on the written section of her exam.

Self-avowed racist accused of biting child, casting black magic "spells"
MUNCIE -- A rural Muncie man who last year proclaimed his hatred for blacks and Jews on the steps of city hall has been accused of repeatedly biting a 9-year-old boy.

Police arrest naked burglary suspect
LONDON (Reuters) - A naked man was arrested on suspicion of burglary Wednesday after getting stuck in the chimney of the Tesco store he was allegedly trying to steal from, police said.

New York Woman, 76, Arrested for 73rd Time When Wallet Disappears
NEW YORK — A 76-year-old woman who gave her address as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has been arrested for the 73rd time in almost four decades, this time on charges of stealing a police decoy wallet in a supermarket and stuffing it in her bra.

"General Custer" Mustache Gets Cop Suspended
Toledo, OH (WSPD-AM) - An Ohio Police officer will spend three days at home on unpaid suspension for not trimming back his "General Custer" style mustache.

News for 10-21-2008
Police arrest Mich. man for car wash vacuum sex
THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police say a Michigan man has been arrested after "receiving sexual favors from a vacuum" at a car wash.

Man In Gorilla Suit Wins Bet, But Gets Arrested
A man who went to buy cigarettes in a gorilla suit to win a bet with his girlfriend is now being accused of receiving stolen property. Altoona police said they noticed a 20-year-old man walking down the city's Sixth Avenue just after midnight on Wednesday dressed as an ape.

Pa. Man Chews Through Belly-Busting, 15-Lb. Burger
CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) -- It took Brad Sciullo 4 hours and 39 minutes to finish a marathon. A meat marathon, that is. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound western Pennsylvania chef is the first person to eat a monstrosity called the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser: a 15-pound burger with toppings and a bun that brought the total weight to 20.2 pounds.

Suspected robber uses stolen cell phone; nabbed when family member calls and gets victim
RENO, Nev. (AP) _ A suspected robber was arrested after he used a stolen cell phone to call a relative, and the relative later called back and instead got the victim who had transferred the number to a new phone, police said Thursday.

Bank wants $280,000 back
Altoona man arraigned on theft, receiving stolen property charges. The Altoona man who unexpectedly found an extra $280,000 in his bank account late last year - and proceeded to spend more than half of it - has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

Drinking mom asks daughter, 9, to drive
TORONTO (Reuters) - An Ontario woman was charged with a traffic violation after having her nine-year-old daughter drive her home following a night of drinking.

Father takes son to court for idleness
LAGOS (Reuters) - A father took his 20-year old son to an Islamic court in northern Nigeria for idleness, asking that he be sent to prison for refusing to engage in productive activities, state news agency NAN said Friday.

Father takes son to court for idleness
LAGOS (Reuters) - A father took his 20-year old son to an Islamic court in northern Nigeria for idleness, asking that he be sent to prison for refusing to engage in productive activities, state news agency NAN said Friday.

World record sandwich? Iranians eat evidence
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran failed Friday to register what it said would be the world's largest sandwich in the Guinness book of World Records after people rushed forward and began eating it -- before it was measured.

British Burglar Says 'Sorry' With Flowers
LONDON (AP) -- A repentant robber in England sent his elderly victim a bouquet of flowers to apologize for frightening her, police said Friday. A 91-year-old woman received the flowers and a note after confronting a burglar in her home around 4 a.m. on Oct. 9, police said.

Colorado woman claims she shot her husband in the knee after he begged her to do it
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) _ Authorities said a woman who shot her husband in the knee won't face charges because he begged her to do it. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's office said a 35-year-old woman accused her husband of being drunk and becoming violent during an argument.

Wallet Missing More Than 60 Years Returned To Family
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- More than 60 years after Mary Ruth Justice's wallet disappeared, her family returned to Georgia College & State University to claim it.

89-Year-Old Woman Arrested For Taking Ball
BLUE ASH, Ohio -- She took a teenager's ball and wouldn't give it back. Now 89 year-old Edna Jester from Blue Ash is facing charges.

Cannibal chef given life sentence
A chef who stabbed his lover to death before cutting flesh off his thigh and cooking and eating it has been jailed.

Fla. woman chooses to go jail over $7.45 bill
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A woman decided to go to jail rather than pay her bill at a Fort Pierce Waffle House restaurant. The total she went to jail over: $7.45. According to a police report, Maryanne O'Neill, 66, ordered coffee and a sandwich at a Waffle House restaurant on Saturday but refused to pay the bill.

Snake spoils woman's fashion contest fun
CANBERRA (Reuters) - A woman voted best-dressed at an Australian fashion contest was unable to collect her prize after she was bitten by a deadly snake, local media said on Monday.

Dead Bear Covered With Obama Signs Found at School
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) -- Police at Western Carolina University and wildlife officials were investigating the discovery early Monday of a dead bear cub draped with a pair of Barack Obama campaign signs.

News for 10-16-2008
Judge rules sex act (Tea Bagging) not a party prank
CALGARY -- Placing his genitals on the face of a passed out minor wasn't simply a prank, a judge said yesterday in jailing a former Calgary man.

Idaho Mother Gets 10-Year Sentence After Boyfriend Impregnates 9-Year-Old Daughter
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An eastern Idaho woman whose boyfriend impregnated her 9-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Dozens get gas in Wis. for 35 cents after mistake
Sure, gas prices have come down lately. But to 34.9 cents a gallon? That's what Kelly Joosten and dozens of other motorists paid at a Citgo station Monday. The sign advertised $3.43 for a gallon of premium fuel, but the pump cost read $0.349 a gallon.

32 Cats, Note From Ill Owner Left With Ala. Vets
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) -- Five veterinary clinics in eastern Alabama received 32 surprises in the last week: Healthy cats in containers and carriers, along with notes from an anonymous donor saying she is dying from cancer.

Daughter, Grandson Allegedly Cremate Dead California Woman, Steal Her Retirement Checks
An elderly California grandmother allegedly was cremated in her backyard by her daughter and grandson, who then cashed her monthly retirement checks for nearly a year, authorities say.

Judge Tosses Hair Dye Lawsuit for Blonde Who Had Less Fun as Brunette
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A judge has brushed off a Connecticut woman's claim that L'Oreal Inc. ruined her social life when she accidentally dyed her hair brunette with one of its products.

Suit against God thrown out over lack of address
LINCOLN, Neb. - A judge has thrown out a Nebraska legislator's lawsuit against God, saying the Almighty wasn't properly served due to his unlisted home address. State Sen. Ernie Chambers filed the lawsuit last year seeking a permanent injunction against God.

Man making kebabs next to corpse
LONDON (Reuters) - A man discovered making kebabs near a corpse has been banned from managing food businesses and fined 3,800 pounds, Wolverhampton City Council said Tuesday.

Man tries to pay for meal with pot
VERO BEACH, Fla. - A McDonald's cashier called 911 after a Vero Beach drive-thru customer allegedly offered to pay for his meal with marijuana. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office said the cashier called Monday with a description of the vehicle the suspect had been riding in.

Police test horse for alcohol
Traffic police in Romania tested a horse for alcohol after the cart it was pulling hit a man who was sitting on a bench.

Patient plays banjo during brain surgery
A musician who underwent brain surgery to treat a hand tremor played his banjo throughout to test the success of the procedure.

Man Wins Contest With 1, 528-Pound Pumpkin
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) -- Thad Starr's giant pumpkin really began putting on weight in August -- a lot of weight. The pumpkin gained about 30 pounds a day on its way to victory Monday at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay. Starr's pumpkin finished at a record 1,528 pounds.

Texas Teacher Offered Better Grade for Sex
ABILENE, Texas (AP) -- A teacher initially placed on leave over a book controversy has been charged with trying to have sexual contact with three students, allegedly even asking one girl what she would do for a better grade.

Fat Boy, the pony who got drunk on fermented apples and fell into a swimming pool
It was not Fat Boy the pony's best night. First he ate so many fermented apples that he became drunk.

News for 10-13-2008
Strong-Arm Robber in Mich. Ends Up $30 in the Hole
WARREN, Mich. (AP) -- Police said a strong-arm robber got locked in a chokehold by his intended victim and ended up $30 in the hole. Police in the Detroit suburb of Warren said the robber approached a 36-year-old man and demanded money on Tuesday night.

Girl, 15, Faces Child Porn Charges for Nude Cell Phone Pictures of Herself
NEWARK, Ohio — Central Ohio authorities have filed felony charges against a 15-year-old girl accused of taking nude cell phone photos of herself and sending them to high school classmates.

Michigan Teacher Made Seventh-Graders Strip to Underwear in Search of Stolen $42
DETROIT — Three seventh-grade girls at a school in Monroe were ordered to strip to their underwear while a teacher investigated the alleged theft of $42, their parents charge.

Woman Allegedly Dumps Hot Water On Hubby's Groin
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) ― Authorities say a woman has been arrested in west Florida after pouring scalding hot water on her husband's groin. Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 52-year-old woman on Wednesday on a charge of aggravated battery with great bodily harm.

Judge sentences rap music fan to Bach, Beethoven
URBANA, Ohio—A defendant had a hard time facing the music. Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Boy, 4, Growing Second Skeleton
A 4-year-old boy in Watertown, N.Y., is growing an extra skeleton due to a rare genetic condition, the Watertown Daily Times reported Thursday.

Dad says he was asleep during sex
SELKIRK, Man. -- A Manitoba man is suing the mother of his child, claiming he shouldn't have to pay child support because he was asleep when she had sex with him.

Man sells wife's breast milk online
A Chinese man is selling his wife's excess breast milk online because he doesn't want it to go to waste.

Brown lawn means jail time
BAYONET POINT — On Friday morning, Joseph Prudente put on a pair of shorts and his "Grandpa Gone Wild" T-shirt. He took off his wedding band and put his heart medication in a plastic Wal-Mart bag.

Rattlesnake in mailbox bites mailman
NEW TAMPA - A mail carrier is recovering after being bitten by a poisonous rattlesnake that was hidden in a mailbox.

News for 10-10-2008
Burned! Washington state woman shot by stove
A woman in Washington state says her cast-iron stove shot her in the leg. Cory Davis tells the Peninsula Daily News that she had just stoked the heating stove in her home Sunday when she heard a loud bang and was struck in her left calf.

Worries After 30 Lesbians Impregnated by the Same Man
Unregulated sperm donation is leading to unusual situations in which the children of lesbians are mixing socially — creating a risk of incest. One of South Australia's foremost experts in reproductive technology - Andrew Dutney - said that in one reported case, about 30 lesbians were impregnated by sperm from one man, the Advertiser reported.

Alleged Des Moines burglar challenges victim to fight; winner takes all
A man who is alleged to have taken another man's property from his house in a recent burglary has challenged the victim of the crime to a fight, Des Moines police are reporting this morning. The winner takes all.

BRITAIN'S oldest virgin celebrates her 105th birthday
BRITAIN'S oldest virgin who celebrates her 105th birthday this weekend says no sex is the secret to her long life.

Man shot prostitute in the back because she got tired
A 20-year-old man shot a prostitute in the back because she got tired after having sex for 10 minutes, according to a recently released search warrant.

Man opts for 'I was stupid' sign outside plant
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - A man who caused damage at a waste water treatment plant in Eau Claire has decided to pick public humiliation over jail time to pay for his crime.

News for 10-08-2008
Defendant: ‘Guilty, I guess’
An Aspen man who was arrested in May for driving drunk and carrying a jar of cocaine entered a guilty plea yesterday for possession of marijuana, which he was not accused of.

Man Whose Girlfriend Was Stuck to Toilet Wins Lottery Jackpot Twice
A Kansas man whose girlfriend was physically stuck to the toilet in their home wins $20,000 in the state Lottery, for the second time this year.

Ex attacks over possum custody, police say it's not OK
A woman was arrested after she kicked in the door of her ex-partner's home, then kicked him, in a dispute over custody of a possum.

Elgin mom might have used nude photos of teen to mend breakup
Police are investigating whether an Elgin woman used nude photos of her daughter's 13-year-old ex-boyfriend as blackmail to get the two back together.

Man picks up 'dead' fox, wrecks after it revives
Tommy Fox was driving home from his job in Dover Wednesday at about 11 p.m. when a beautiful red fox dashed in front of his SUV. After he ran over the fox, he stopped his GMC Jimmy to get the fox to cut off its tail for a souvenir, and he put it in the back seat, said Dale Grandstaff, a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wildlife officer.

Female Fan's Kiss Ends Music Concert in Kuwait
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A Kuwaiti official says authorities abruptly ended a music concert by an Egyptian singer in this conservative Muslim country when a young female fan jumped on stage, hugged the male singer and gave him a kiss.

86 cats rescued from 2-bedroom Colo. condo
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - A Glenwood Springs animal shelter was trying to find homes for 86 cats rescued from a two-bedroom condominium. The Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter received the cats on Wednesday. Since then, workers have been scrambling to accommodate the animals at area shelters and homes.

Snake bites sleeping teen in bed
A TEENAGE girl woke when a snake that had slithered into her bed and wrapped itself around her neck bit her on the arm.

Authorities say man skipped jury duty to drink
JACKSON, Mo. - Curtis Lemons was supposed to report for jury duty in a drunk driving case. Instead, according to authorities, the 50-year-old Cape Girardeau man skipped the jury duty so he could drink himself.

Ex-Mich. Teacher Gets 180 Days for Upskirt Photos
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A former Michigan teacher convicted of trying to take photos up a 15-year-old student's skirt during class has been sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Woman was mistakenly declared dead
When Louis Johnson brought his wife to the emergency room on May 6, 2007, he didn't think they would be there long -- she just had a bad case of indigestion.

9 From Roswell, NM, Claim $200M Powerball Jackpot
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Roswell, N.M., is usually more associated with little green men than with greenbacks. But nine residents brought different attention to the town Friday when they claimed a Powerball jackpot worth more than $200 million.

Boy feeds Aussie zoo's animals to croc
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- A 7-year-old boy broke into a popular Outback zoo, fed a string of animals to the resident crocodile and bashed several lizards to death with a rock, the zoo's director said Friday.

Couple too heavy for plane to take off
A couple who weighed 38 stone (531 lbs) between them were told they were too heavy for their plane to take off.

Man Sets In-Laws on Fire
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- A man killed his parents-in-law by setting them on fire with a homemade flame-thrower, Austrian police said Saturday.

Washington High School Student Charged With Assault in Peanut Butter Bullying Case
WENATCHEE, Wash. — A 19-year-old accused of smearing peanut butter on the forehead of a fellow high school student with a peanut allergy has been charged with assault.

News for 10-07-2008
10-year-old crashes car; Bristol man and woman charged
BLOUNTVILLE — A 10-year-old boy reportedly driving almost 90 mph crashed a van Sunday and sent five people to the hospital. A Bristol man and woman who were in the van are facing numerous criminal charges.

News for 10-03-2008
Man arrested after excessive horn blowing
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Sometimes, blowing your own horn is too much of a good thing. Glen Falls police said an upstate New York driver who was stopped for blowing his vehicle's horn excessively was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Mom who took teens to gang fight denies wrongdoing
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A California woman accused of driving her teenage son and his friends to confront a rival gang insists she didn't plan for a 13-year-old boy to die in the fight.

Tenn. bus driver accused of DUI with kids aboard
LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in eastern Tennessee say they found a school bus driver passed out behind the wheel of a loaded bus that was stopped in the middle of a road.

Man swings machete in parking dispute
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man became so angry in an argument with a taxi driver over parking that he struck him on the head with a machete and chopped off the man's finger.

Teen robbed by topless blondes
A Florida teenager claims he was attacked and robbed by four topless blonde women on his way to work.

Man Arrested After Fireworks Ignite Inside Car
A Central Falls man faces criminal charges after the cigarette he was smoking inside a car apparently ignited fireworks. Police arrested a 28-year-old man on Sunday after an officer found a black 1997 Infinity smoking in the middle of the street.

Man shoots himself in arm after being denied sex
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Authorities say a Fort Myers man shot himself in the arm after his girlfriend refused to have sex with him. The Lee County Sheriff's Office reported that a 29-year-old man and his girlfriend returned home from a bar early Wednesday morning.

Wisconsin man burns his hands after using lighter while trying to siphon gas from a van
MUKWONAGO, Wis. (AP) _ Police said a man was arrested after he used a cigarette lighter while trying to siphon gasoline from a van. The man, who was visiting friends, went to drive home early Saturday but realized that he didn't have enough gas in his SUV.

£150 fine... for staying too long at the KFC
FAST food fan Natalie Jackson was hit with a £150 fine at KFC — for staying too long gorging on a monster-sized “family bucket”

News for 10-01-2008
Judges: Sheep sex doesn't make man a sex offender
A Calhoun County man who sodomized a sheep will not have to register as a sex offender because the sheep cannot be considered a victim of sexual assault under Michigan law, a court ruled this week.

Bride Gives Birth During Wedding
Emma Lowdon's contractions began as she tied the knot with her partner Sean Allum, 35, but she was determined to finish the service.

Aussie exposes online poker rip-off
Detective work by an Australian online poker player has uncovered a $US10 million cheating scandal at two major poker websites and triggered a $US75 million legal claim.

News for 09-30-2008
Iowa man faces charges after hugging officer
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A hug has landed an Iowa City man in hot water. An Iowa City man who thought a police officer just "needed a hug" faces several charges including assault on a peace officer and public intoxication.

New York tenants say landlord used dead cats to push them out of building
NEW YORK (AP) _ Tenants of a Brooklyn building said their landlord came up with a new idea for how to kick them out: Let the smell of the cats out of the bag. Dead cats, that is.

Teen killed woman, used stolen $6 for beer
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida teenager told police Monday that he slashed a woman to death during a burglary and a witness said the teen used the $6 he stole during the burglary to buy beer.

Man Accused of Killing, Cooking Ex on Barbecue to Stand Trial
Timothy Wayne Shepherd, 28, confessed last year to strangling Texas A&M student Tynesha Stewart, 19, last year, and now faces trial for the murder, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Girl who bleeds without being cut baffles doctors
Twinkle Dwivedi, 13, has a strange disorder which means she loses blood through her skin without being cut or scratched.

Owner saves dog from shark's jaws
ISLAMORADA -- Greg LeNoir watched in horror as the shark's mouth opened wide, chomping a large set of teeth on his beloved 14-pound dog, Jake.

Student celebrates $12 million lottery win
LONDON (Reuters) - The credit crisis and tight student budgets hold no fears for a British teenager who won 7 million pounds ($12.68 million) on the Lottery.

Udder Chaos: Middletown Woman Arrested In Cow Suit
Police in Middletown made a rather bizarre arrest Monday night, taking into custody a woman dressed in a cow suit who was seen acting erratically.

Man sues Md. doctor, says butt stapled shut
BALTIMORE – A man alleging a Maryland doctor stapled his rectum shut during an operation — causing him to go without defecating for 17 days — took his federal lawsuit to trial Monday in Baltimore.

News for 09-29-2008
Teen Tried To Kill Mom For Breast Implants
FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) ― A Colorado teenager hired men to kill his mother so he could use her money to get breast implants for his girlfriend, police said.

Cops nab motorist who owes $1.9M in traffic fines
SAO PAULO, Brazil—Brazilian police reportedly have caught up with a motorist who owes the equivalent of nearly $2 million in unpaid traffic fines. Folha OnLine said police stopped a 36-year-old man on Wednesday night and discovered he has been ticketed nearly 1,000 times since 2001, the year he bought his current car.

Man accused of posing as Dodger on field
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing a uniform from Dodger Stadium and posing as one of the team's players.

Iowa college apologizes for offensive typo
DES MOINES, Iowa - The president of an Iowa college says he's sorry about an unfortunate and offensive typo in a school handbook.

Couple say home's ex - owner tried to scare them out
GAHANNA, Ohio (AP) -- John and Jamie Petree couldn't believe their luck. The home they bought in this Columbus suburb was near family and quality schools. Its huge backyard promised years of afternoon fun for their 2-year-old daughter and about-to-be-born son.

Stunned Utah Resident Billed for 1.4 Million Gallons of Water
OGDEN, Utah — A Utah homeowner was billed for 1.4 million gallons of water for part of last winter, and even though Rick Baur disputes it, he paid the bill.

Aspiring Chef Dies After Eating Red-Hot Chili Sauce as a Dare
An aspiring chef died after eating a super-hot chilli sauce as part of an endurance competition with a friend.

Devout Muslim sues Tesco for making him carry alcohol
A Muslim who claims he did not know Tesco sold alcohol is suing the store for religious discrimination after having to carry crates of drink as part of his job.

Man Sues, Says Doctors Amputated Penis Without His Consent
A Kentucky man who claims his penis was removed without his consent during what was supposed to be a circumcision has sued the doctor who performed the surgery.

Arizona Fraternity's Vomit Prank Blamed for Car Crash
TEMPE, Ariz. — Police say members of an Arizona State University fraternity vomited milk from a campus bridge and caused a car crash that injured two people.

Father Buys Beer for 4-Year-Old Son
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- A father who bought a beer for his 4-year-old son at the Fond du Lac County Fair and shared it with the boy's 2-year-old sibling is cited after becoming belligerent when he was approached by police.

Man arrested for stuffing dead animals in lockers
DUBLIN, Calif.—Police have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of stealing dead animals from a veterinary hospital morgue and stuffing them into empty lockers at a Bay Area high school.

Father drops off 9 kids under Neb. safe haven law
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nine children were left at a hospital by their father late Wednesday under the state's new safe haven law, a move officials say illustrates the problems many feared when the rule went into effect.

Man hit by truck, then ticketed for jaywalking
BOISE, Idaho — A man who was hit by a truck near the city's downtown was also slapped with a citation. Boise police ticketed Ebrahim Balah, 62, for jaywalking shortly after the accident Wednesday.

Woman Strikes Husband With Hammer, Calling Him ''an Alien''
Round Lake Beach, IL. -- A north suburban woman who hit her husband on the head with a hammer said she thought he was an alien, police said Friday.

News for 09-25-2008
Man admits to pants-less doughnut run
YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A man who took his pants off before going out for doughnuts at a shop just north of New York City has pleaded guilty to public lewdness. John Greco admits he exposed his genitals in February while placing an order at a Dunkin Donuts drive-through in Yorktown.

London's Olympic Park toilets to turn away from Mecca out of respect for Islamic law
Toilet facilities are being built at London's Olympic Park so Muslims will not have to face Mecca while sitting on the loo.

Man Passes Gas, Charged with Battery on Officer
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As if getting a DUI wasn’t enough, a man arrested for driving under the influence got in a lot more trouble at the police station.

News for 09-24-2008
Neb. college town legislators ban the porch couch
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Relaxing on the porch in a ratty recliner might not be allowed in Lincoln any longer. The city council voted 5-2 Monday to ban porch couches and other indoor furniture used outside.

Son's advice becomes dad's sentence for stealing
KALAMAZOO, Mich - A judge has decided the best punishment for a man found guilty of stealing should be to take his son's words to heart—and wear them on his sleeve.

Italian pet owners face fines on dog mess tests
ROME (Reuters) - Dog excrement used to be merely a nuisance to pedestrians, now it could be used as evidence against pet owners and may lead to fines.

15 train robbers killed by poison gas
GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - At least 15 Indian train robbers looking to steal diesel from a freight carriage died Saturday after inhaling poison gas stored in another tank they accidentally broke open, police said.

Pockets full of jewels and panties, suspected Ceres burglar is 'debriefed'
A 24-year-old Ceres man with his pockets full of jewelry and women's underwear was arrested late Saturday after being chased from a home authorities say he was burglarizing.

This was not the "happy ending" William Halby was looking for. The 77-year-old Brooklyn lawyer owes tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes for wrongly deducting more than $300,000 in prostitutes, porn, sex toys and erotic massages, a state tax judge ruled yesterday. The ruling came despite the meticulous efforts of Halby - a tax lawyer - to prove the deductions were reasonable medical expenses in his effort to fight depression and erectile dysfunction brought on by age.

News for 09-22-2008
Illinois woman accused of bartending in the buff
DELHI, Ill. (AP) -- Here's a tip: Bartending nude can get you arrested. Sheriff's deputies doing a routine check this week at a southern Illinois bar say they discovered a not-so-routine sight. Authorities allege that 33-year-old Janet Brannon was naked while serving bar patrons at the Cabin Tavern in Delhi.

Man convicted of stealing from toddler's piggy bank
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - A man has been convicted of sneaking into a 2-year-old girl's bedroom and stealing $20 from a piggy bank while she slept and was sentenced to six years in prison. Four-time convicted burglar Ryan Mueller, 31, was convicted Thursday after a two-day jury trial of felony burglary as a repeat offender.

Bankruptcy judge orders victim to pay back thief
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Mark Poveromo feels ripped off twice over. A judge ordered him to repay money he collected from a builder convicted of stealing from him -- and told him to kick in the thief's attorney fees and court costs, too.

Accused Up-The-Skirt Photographer Nabbed When Victim 'Snaps' Back
NEW YORK — Police arrested a man accused of taking a cell phone picture under a subway rider's skirt after the victim said she used her own phone to snap back.

Okla. students brag on MySpace about party business; tax commission sends them $320,000 bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Be careful when you boast. Oklahoma college students who bragged on MySpace that their party business had served thousands of revelers have been hit with a state tax bill of $320,000.

Woman whose dogs mauled neighbor gets 15 to life
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a dog owner to 15 years to life in prison, seven years after her canines fatally mauled her neighbor in an upscale San Francisco neighborhood.

Grisly find: Dog brings child's foot to Ala. home
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- A family dog brought home a child's severed foot, but searchers combing surrounding woods in northwest Alabama found no signs of any other remains and don't know where the child might be.

Mom finds hungry stranger snoring in son's bed
BILLINGS, Mont. - A man was charged with burglary after he allegedly broke into a home, ate cheese from the refrigerator, made a mess in a bathroom and fell asleep on a child's bed.

News for 09-19-2008
Hotel fires philandering male staff
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A small hotel on Turkey's Mediterranean coast has fired all its male employees for repeatedly having affairs with foreign female guests, the manager said on Wednesday.

Stuck 'agent' tells cops of secret bomb mission
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It wasn't the preferred way to enter the Knoxville Museum of Art, but Richard Anthony Smith told police he was on a mission. The 25-year-old Knoxville man called 911 from his cell phone before dawn Wednesday saying he was trapped in an air conditioning duct leading from the museum roof, Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.

Update: Man who cleaned public restroom gets plunger award
SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) -- Steve Oswald isn't getting back the $156.94 he charged the city for cleaning a public bathroom. However, he did get the attention of city officials who promised to take better care of the bathroom -- and honored his efforts Tuesday with the Golden Plunger Award.