In Brief: Sheep have lost their winter ways
Sheep may have lost their innate knowledge of how to cope with prolonged periods of snowfall, an influential British farmer has said.
Malcom Corbett, vice-chairman of the UK's national livestock board, reckons milder winters have caused flocks to fall out of the habit of finding mountain shelter.
Interest cools for Reichstag sauna
A sauna built for the German parliament is to close because very few people are using it. The facility in a building facing the Reichstag is to be converted into toilets.
Patrons of German saunas do not usually use swimming costumes, covering themselves instead with a towel.
PA to face trial after 'confession'
NATAVIA Lowery, the PA accused of killing her punk-rock pioneering, celebrity real-estate broker boss, is set to go on trial in New York.
Ms Lowery made a dramatic confession after the 2007 killing, weeping as she told police she had bludgeoned Linda Stein to death with a piece of exercise equipment, but later said that this confession was false.
Teen denies role in mother's death
A 17-year-old who US police in Houston, Texas, say admitted hiring a friend to kill his mother is now denying any involvement in her death.
Danish Minhas allegedly told investigators that he had hired a high-school classmate, 18-year-old Nur Mohammed, to kill his mother because she was "too controlling".
UAE sheik cleared of torture charges
SHEIK Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the UAE, who was tried in connection with the videotaped beating of an Afghan man, has been cleared of all charges.
The case had drawn intense media scrutiny because Sheik Issa is half brother of the Emirati president.
Sheen back to work after arrest
US actor Charlie Sheen is back at work at 'Two and a Half Men' and his producer said the actor's first show taping since his Christmas Day arrest was a "big success".
He was arrested in Aspen, Colorado, on suspicion of domestic violence against his wife Brooke.