In Brief: Vampires make leap to academia
Vampires will ascend from the pages of trashy novels to the realms of academia when a British university holds a conference about them.
With many young people gripped by the recent 'True Blood' TV series, the University of Hertfordshire hopes the event will encourage students of all ages to study literature. The conference will be called 'Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires And The Undead In Modern Culture'.
Woman shot dead in dresscode row
A woman shot her cousin to death in a row that started because one woman did not think the other was dressed properly for Easter dinner.
Danielle Pickens arrived at the home of Evelyn Burgess in Columbus, Ohio, wearing a T-shirt and shorts. The women fought, then Burgess shot her cousin in the head.
Actor Redgrave dies, aged 70
Actor Corin Redgrave has died at the age of 70.
The actor, who is known for his stage, TV and film work, died surrounded by his family. Redgrave's wife Kika Markham said: "He died very peacefully. We will miss him so very much."
Immigrant killed three in car crash
An illegal US immigrant has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for a crash that killed three people inside a Colorado ice cream shop.
Francis Hernandez of Guatemala was sentenced for the deaths of Marten Kudlis, Deborah Serecky and Patricia Guntharp.
Japanese man executed in China
China's top court announced that a Japanese man was executed for drug smuggling, the first execution of a Japanese person since the countries established relations in 1972.
The Supreme Court said Mitsunobu Akano was executed after an attempt to smuggle drugs from China.
Oldest American dies aged 114
AN IOWA woman who became the oldest living American less than a month ago has died. Neva Morris of Ames, Iowa, was 114 years, 245 days old. She died on Tuesday . Eunice Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas, is now the oldest living American at 113 years of age.