In brief: Eight killed in motorway crash
EIGHT people died in a fiery 80-vehicle highway pileup in eastern Germany caused by clouds of wind-driven sand that blinded drivers yesterday.
Another 41 people were taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries after the crashes on the A19 autobahn, which links Berlin and the city of Rostock on the Baltic Sea.
Satellite provider guns for business
A chain of electronic stores in the US is offering free guns to first-time subscribers of satellite TV services.
The new promotions, being offered by a combination of RadioShack and Dish Network dealerships in Montana and Idaho, have attracted crowds from the merely curious to the firearm-friendly.
Switch in law for one-armed people
US lawmakers in Maine have approved legalising flick-knives for people with one arm, moving close to becoming the first state to make such a law.
Backers of the measure say legalising switchblades would eliminate a need for one-armed people to be forced to open folding knives with their teeth in emergencies.
Cowell interested in Fergie factor
Simon Cowell admits that Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has been discussed as a possible judge for the US debut of 'The X Factor'.
The music mogul is also adding more audition venues in an effort to widen the talent pool bidding for the show.
Diamond in the rough located
Sifting through dirt at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in the US, a visitor turned up the year's biggest find -- a 3.86-carat jewel called the Heart of Arkansas.
Park officials are not sure how much the gem is worth. A two-carat diamond found in the park three years ago was later sold for nearly $22,000.
Obama birth cert request dismissed
A Hawaii court has rejected a man's request to "inspect" US President Barack Obama's birth certificate, saying the plaintiff failed to state a valid claim to access the document.
The judge said the plaintiff did not show there were "compelling circumstances" requiring the Department of Health to show him the birth certificate.