Grape loss for Italy
LOVERS of exquisite wine wherever you are, if you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
Vandals have destroyed more than 62,000 bottles worth of choice Brunello di Montalcino of the exclusive Soldera label at the Case Basse vineyard in Tuscany.
Village cuts off phones
A VILLAGE council in the eastern Indian state of Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by women, saying the phones are "debasing the social atmosphere" by leading to elopements – a move that set off outraged protests from activists.
In addition to the ban, the Sunderbari village council has also imposed a fine of 10,000 rupees (€138) if a girl is caught using a mobile phone on the streets.
Girls can spot a cheat
WOMEN can tell with some accuracy whether an unfamiliar male is faithful simply by looking at his face, but men seem to lack the same ability when checking out women, according to an Australian study.
In a paper that appeared in the journal 'Biology Letters' yesterday, the researchers found that women tended to make that judgment based on how masculine-looking the man was.
Dad in chain reaction
A MAN behind a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic chained himself to the building's fence in protest, claiming that a botched DNA test led officials to wrongly deny his daughter American citizenship while also ruining his marriage.
Miguel Familia, a naturalised US citizen from the Dominican Republic, alleged that a DNA test ordered by the embassy to prove the girl was his daughter came back negative and she was denied residency in 2005.
Nudity ban in San Fran
SAN Francisco city leaders have given final approval to a ban on public nudity, a measure aimed at curtailing displays of nakedness that some residents and business owners say have gotten out of control in the famously tolerant city.
New shoes get boot
THE homeless man who received a new pair of boots from a police officer in New York's Times Square last month in what became a nationally celebrated act of kindness is once again walking the streets barefoot, having hidden the boots.
Jeffrey Hillmann (54) was spotted without shoes on Manhattan's Upper West Side, according to the 'New York Times'.