Rare fish given chips
Biologists are performing surgery on scores of endangered fish in New York's Hudson River.
Shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon are being caught in nets, put under anaesthetic and subjected to small incisions so transmitters can be inserted into their body cavities.
The idea is to track the fishes' movements and see how they are affected by the construction of a huge bridge spanning the river. In addition, it is hoped the information can boost the species' long-term prospects.
VISIT FROM 'WEED FAIRY'
A woman who calls herself the 'Weed Fairy' distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over the weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighbourhood.
Yeni Sleidi (23) says she does it to amuse people and to give them a break from stress.
She said 50 fliers had nuggets taped to them.
The fliers posted in Seattle came with the message: "These are tough times. Take this weed." Sleidi posted her free marijuana in Capitol Hill, an area known for its nightlife and counter-culture.
LOO THEFT MYSTERY
Officials in Alabama say they are investigating a series of thefts involving metal urinal components from restaurant bathrooms.
Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said authorities have been told of a man walking into men's rooms and stealing flush valves and supply lines from urinals. Mr Christian said the pipes were not made of copper and would have little value as scrap metal.
SHAM SHAMAN JAILED
A fraudster who posed as a faith healer to con victims out of almost £1m has been jailed for 10 years.
Juliette D'Souza (59), from Hampstead, north London, masqueraded as a shaman for 12 years to convince "clients" to hand over thousands of pounds to solve issues such as curing terminal illnesses or problems conceiving a baby.
'DOWNTON' ROLE FOR SUE
Sue Johnston is swapping the 'Royle Family' for high society with a guest role in ITV's hit drama 'Downton Abbey'.
The actress, whose roles include stints on 'Brookside and 'Coronation Street', will play Denker, who is lady's maid to Dame Maggie Smith's Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham.