Gaga top-earning female musician
Lady Gaga towered over other female musicians in 2011, heading a list of top-earning women with an estimated $90m (€69m) in income, according to a Forbes.com survey.
The singer and performance artist made more than double her nearest rival -- country/pop artist Taylor Swift.
The Jackal jailed for life -- again
A Paris court yesterday convicted the Venezuelan-born terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal of organising four deadly attacks in France in the 1980s and sentenced him to life in prison -- again.
Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is already serving a life sentence in a French prison for a triple murder in 1975. France does not have the death penalty.
Woman scoops unclaimed $6.1m
The holidays this year will be especially memorable for a Kansas City woman who has received a state record $6.1m (€4.7m) from a Missouri unclaimed property fund.
The state treasurer maintains $600m (€461m) of unclaimed property, most of it cash from bank accounts, the contents of safe deposit boxes, stocks and bonds, according to the treasurer's office.
Wedding strippers cause village mob
Chinese police have arrested a man who hired two strippers to perform at his son's wedding after the performance was mobbed by villagers.
Zhang Cheng, from Xuzhou in eastern Jiangsu province, had originally wanted a band to play at the nuptials, but was then advised he could get performers whose show would have "special features".
Madonna signs three-album deal
Pop superstar Madonna has signed a new record deal with Universal which could see her releasing albums up to the age of around 60.
The singer, now 53, is to release a new album next year -- her first since 2008's 'Hard Candy'. The next release will be her first album to not come out on a Warner Brothers label, her musical home for nearly 30 years, after she signed a three-album deal.
Record £690,850 for Bronte work
An unpublished Charlotte Bronte manuscript has sold for a record value of £690,850 (€823,029) at auction.
The 'Young Men's Magazine, Number 2', was written when Charlotte was 14 and is set in Glass Town, the earliest fictional world created by the Bronte siblings.