In brief: Driver who killed eight 'smoked pot'
A speeding car plowed head-on into a group of cyclists in southern Italy yesterday morning, killing eight of them, officials said. The driver had been smoking marijuana, police said.
Mangled bikes were strewn about the scene near Lamezia Terme in Catanzaro. As well as the eight cyclists killed, four people were injured: two cyclists, the driver and a young boy who was in the car with him, said Maria Dolores Rucci, commander of the road police.
Secret Santas in golden handshake
Secret Santas are roaming the streets of North Carolina, handing out $100 (€75) handshakes.
The 'Charlotte Observer' reported that the crew of donors, who insist on anonymity and take thousands of dollars from their own bank accounts, handed out the $100 bills to anyone who looked like they could use it.
Woman saved from burning car
A Florida police officer shot out the rear passenger window of a burning car to rescue a woman.
Jimmy Jalil drew his gun after he and another man who stopped to help made nearly a dozen attempts to break the window. The driver was killed when the car crashed into a telegraph pole on a motorway in Boca Raton.
Library thief is brought to book
A jobless bookworm has been accused of stealing 222 books valued at $5,432 (€4,048) from an Alabama library.
Regina Smith was arrested after library workers saw a woman stealing two books. Police said she took mainly crime novels, mysteries and vampire stories. She had a library card but sneaked books out and kept them.
Man gets 18 years in parking death
A US man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for fatally shooting another man during an argument over how close one had parked to the other.
Sixty-one-year-old Harry Ray Coleman, who was convicted in July of second-degree murder, was sentenced on Saturday. The fight started when 52-year-old Robert Schwerin became upset because Coleman's Hummer was parked too close to his GMC Yukon.