In brief: Exploding fruit 'knocks man out'
A man who says he was knocked unconscious when a lid exploded off a jar of fruit and hit him in the face was offered $150,000 (€109,000) to settle his lawsuit.
Del Monte Foods of San Francisco and Cincinnati-based Kroger insist there is no credible evidence that the jar was unsafe, but they made the offer after a judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by Darryl Alexander of Michigan.
Indonesia volcano death toll now 304
The number of deaths caused by recent eruptions of Indonesia's most volatile volcano has risen to 304.
The National Disaster Management Agency said the toll climbed after some victims succumbed to severe burns and illnesses linked to the eruption. In addition, more bodies have been found in ash on the slopes of Mount Merapi. The agency said volcanic activity has now declined sharply and Merapi's current eruptions are not strong enough to endanger people.
Lohan loses out on Lovelace role
Lindsay Lohan won't be playing 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace in 'Inferno'. Writer-director Matthew Wilder says his production team is in negotiations with another actress and will make an announcement soon.
Some reports say the 24-year-old actress quit to focus on her court-ordered rehab for drug addiction; others say Wilder wanted her replaced. The 'Mean Girls' star is expected to be in rehab in southern California until at least January 3.
Half of women strip to hit scales
More than 50pc of women strip naked before they step on to scales in the hope it might give them a more favourable weight, a survey found. Four in 10 women go to the toilet before weighing themselves and 10pc hold their breath to step on a scale, according to research.
The questionnaire, conducted on 3,000 women, also found that 3pc of women stand on one leg while weighing themselves.