Couple 'made son sleep in coffin'
A north-eastern Pennsylvanian couple accused of making a seven-year-old boy sleep in a coffin have appeared in court on endangerment and unlawful restraint charges.
The nappy-clad boy was found crying in the basement of a home after neighbours heard him crying. His mother (26) and stepfather (31) were ordered to be taken to Lackawanna County Prison.
Driver caught multi-tasking
A motorist was caught driving while using a laptop, writing down the answers to a quiz on the radio and drinking coffee all at the same time, police said.
The behaviour was observed during a crackdown on distracted drivers by Hampshire police, with other offences including a man eating a pear with a knife while driving.
Rod's ready to spill secrets
Veteran music star Rod Stewart is to tell all about his life as a rock 'n roll lothario after signing a book deal.
The singer has signed a global deal with Random House for a memoir next year. "Forget skeletons in the closet; this one's going to be socks and knickers under the bed," he said.
Billionaire probed over TV punch-up
Russian billionaire and British media magnate Alexander Lebedev is being investigated for throwing a punch at a fellow entrepreneur on a prime-time television talk show.
Prosecutors said the case was opened after an initial investigation found Mr Lebedev had "inflicted bodily harm" on property developer Sergei Polonsky, who lost part of his fortune during the economic crisis.
Russian team gets drink-binge 'okay'
Russia coach Dick Advocaat will let his players go on a drinking binge next week if they qualify for the Euro 2012 finals.
"Tuesday evening they can drink as much as they want," the Dutchman told reporters ahead of the decisive Group B qualifier in Slovakia.
Car-toss cat back with her kittens
A cunning cat's instincts helped the RSPCA trace a litter of kittens left alone in a barn. The animal had been rescued after she was spotted being thrown from a car.
When the cat was released back to the roadside in Cambridgeshire where she was found, she meowed until inspector Jon Knight followed her -- leading him directly to her four kittens in a barn.