A treat to clog up your Braveheart
Chefs have created a calorific treat to rival the deep-fried Mars Bar -- deep-fried butter balls. The snack, popular in the US, has been given a Scottish twist as it is cooked in Irn Bru batter. Edinburgh bar The Fiddler's Elbow is serving the dessert for what is thought to be the first time in Scotland.
The sticky dessert, called 'Braveheart Butter Bombs', is served with an Irn Bru ice cream and coulis. A variation featuring deep-fried whisky instead of Irn Bru will also be offered.
Teen 'Santa' gets stuck in chimney
A US teenager has learned the hard way that he is no Santa Claus. George Herrera (18) got stuck in a chimney while trying to sneak into his house in Stockton, California.
He was stuck for about 90 minutes before emergency crews were called. When they arrived they could see his legs sticking out of the fireplace. Fire crews secured ropes around his wrists and hauled him up about eight feet with the help of a fire engine ladder. He was unhurt.
Salvation Army's golden donation
A generous donor has left a valuable coin in a Salvation Army collecting tin -- again.
The South African Krugerrand, worth about €1,300, was found in the tin outside a Walmart store near Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. The currency has been appearing in Gettysburg area collecting tins for several years, but no one knows who to thank for their generosity.
'Abducted' owl is returned to rehab
A beloved tiny, partly blind and flightless owl stolen last week from a US avian rehab centre has been returned.
Officials with The Raptor Trust in Long Hill, New Jersey, said Simon, an eastern screech owl, was returned unharmed on Friday night. A good Samaritan had told them the bird would be returned if no charges were filed. Lauren Butcher, the trust's education director, said officials did not believe that person was involved in the abduction.
McCartney gives new album details
Paul McCartney is releasing an album of standards -- plus two new songs of his own.
The former Beatle announced yesterday that his new disc would be out February 7. It doesn't have a title yet. He's already streaming one song, 'My Valentine', on his website. Mr McCartney says he and John Lennon were inspired in their own writing by some of the standards. Some of them he first heard when his father performed them at home on the piano.