Comet is sunburnt
SCIENTISTS say it appears a comet from the fringes of the solar system didn't survive its close encounter with the sizzling sun. Images from NASA spacecraft showed Comet ISON approaching for its journey around the sun yesterday, but nothing coming out on the other side.
US Navy solar researcher Karl Battams said "ISON probably hasn't survived this journey." Phil Plait, an astronomer who runs the "Bad Astronomy" blog, agreed, saying "I don't think the comet made it."
A police chief of a small Indiana town who agreed to be shot by a stun gun at a fundraising event to buy a new squad car says he raised about $800 (€588) in cash and received a $25,000 pledge from a company.
Knightstown Police Chief Danny Baker says he's been receiving calls from all over the US. His goal was to raise $9,000 so the town could lease a new squad car.
FROWNING AT CLOWNS
A police force has told members of the public to ignore people dressed as clowns if they meet them in the street.
Norfolk Police received a report from a member of the public alarmed by a clown sighting in Gaywood, near King's Lynn, this week. The person responsible was described as wearing a "full clown outfit" with a red suit and red hair.
An Australian hotel is declaring itself a graffiti Belieber, despite being at odds with the city council.
QT Hotel in the Gold Coast said it gave Justin Bieber permission to spray graffiti on its wall. The Canadian singer and others posted images online showing cartoon faces in fluorescent paint on an outdoor wall at the Queensland hotel.
SANTA REINED IN
A man who worked as a Santa Claus in a Massachusetts shopping mall has been ordered not to put the red suit back on until a court resolves a charge that he groped an adult coworker over the weekend.
The man, Herbert Jones (62), was arrested on Saturday and charged with one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14, Russ Eonas of the Plymouth County district attorney's office said.