In brief: Chavez camps out for flood victims
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez plans to govern temporarily from a tent given to him by Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi after inviting families made homeless by recent torrential rains to live in his palace.
The worst rains in a decade have wrought havoc in the country, killing more than 30 people and leaving more than 100,000 homeless.
Gambling nun in $850,000 case
A Catholic nun with a reputation for gambling trips to Atlantic City has been charged with embezzling more than $850,000 (€633,000) from a college.
Sister Marie Thornton, former vice president of finance at Iona College, New York, is charged with sending phony invoices to the school to pay off personal debt and expenses. The thefts occurred between 1999 and 2009, when Thornton resigned. She entered a plea of not guilty to a federal embezzlement charge.
Brother's rant for sister tops chart
A US student's video rant over an attack on his sister has become YouTube's most-watched video of the year.
Antoine Dodson gave an angry TV interview about an attempted rape against his younger sister. When a video turned his words into an auto-tuned song, the 24-year-old became an internet sensation with over 61 million hits.
Reindeer Cupid dies in accident
A reindeer was hit by a car and killed after escaping from a tourist attraction in England.
Police said the reindeer - called Cupid -- had escaped from a farm park in Norfolk, and was hit by a car after running into the road.
Son of Pink Floyd's Gilmour released
Charlie Gilmour, the son of Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour, was released on bail yesterday after being arrested over the violence which broke out during last week's tuition fees protest in London.
The 21-year-old was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage of the Union flag on the Cenotaph on December 9.
Orderly admits to body misconduct
A former New York City emergency medical orderly has pleaded guilty to misconduct charges after posting a photograph of a corpse on Facebook.
Mark Musarella took a picture of a woman who had been strangled and then put it on the website. Musarella was sacked by the hospital.