Desk sells for £3m
A desk believed to have once been owned by the mistress of King Louis XV of France has sold for more than £3m (€3.72) at auction.
The desk was the highlight of an auction at Christie's in London. Djahanguir Riahi, a French-Iranian, amassed a world-class collection of 18th Century furniture and works of art, and pieces from his collection made almost £20m (€24.8m) at the London sale.
Feeling the heat
A Colorado man faces arson charges after police say he spat flaming streams of lighter fluid at two other men.
James Pachokas told officers he spits fire for money, but witnesses told police that he used a lighter to ignite the fluid as he spat it towards two other men.
Thief seeks salvation
A thief who made off with cash from a Salvation Army red kettle at a northern Ohio mall has apparently had a change of heart.
Police near Youngstown said that two days after the kettle was emptied, someone left $130 (€100) and an apology.
Nazi guard in appeal
A former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived in the US for more than 50 years has taken his fight against deportation to the nation's highest immigration court.
The Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Virginia, heard the appeal from 88-year-old Anton Geiser of Sharon, Pennsylvania. His lawyer argues that the father of five was forced to join the SS against his will at 17.
Snake slayers wanted
Florida wildlife officials are looking for a few good snake slayers as they enlist the public to combat a proliferation of pythons.
Combating a surge of pets turned predators, officials have placed a bounty on the Burmese python in an attempt to eradicate the species from the environmentally sensitive marshy region known as the River of Grass.
NY gets storm smart
New York City will work on upgrading building codes and evacuation-zone maps, hardening power and transportation networks and making sure hospitals are better prepared for extreme weather after Superstorm Sandy, mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.
As a start, utility Consolidated Edison has agreed to spend $250m (€193m) on getting its electrical, steam and gas systems in shape to withstand a Category 2 hurricane, Mr Bloomberg said.