In brief: Wesley Snipes in jail for Christmas
Actor Wesley Snipes has been ordered to begin a three-year prison sentence before the festive holidays for failing to pay tax.
The 48-year-old father of four, who was convicted in 2008 on three counts of wilful failure to file income tax returns, had asked a judge if he could surrender on January 6 in Pennsylvania, instead of tomorrow.
But a Florida judge said Snipes had had plenty of time to prepare "for the impact that his incarceration will have upon members of his family" since he was sentenced more than two years ago.
German wild boar comes off wurst
A German butcher faces steep bills after a wild boar tore through his shop in an hour-long rampage. However, Rainer Kraemer will recover some of his losses by selling slices of the slain beast.
The boar wandered out of a forest and into the shop in Hoehr-Grenzhausen and caused about €5,000 in damage before being shot by a hunter.
Cops win animal rights plaudit
New York's police department and the Chicago Transit Authority won praise and "compassion awards" this week for their humane methods of killing mice.
The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said the police department deserved the award for replacing glue traps that make for a slow and cruel death with devices that snap the neck of mice.
KC musician jailed for abusing boys
A former member of KC and the Sunshine Band has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sex crimes involving teenage boys.
Bassist and music producer Richard Finch pleaded no contest in central Ohio's Licking County to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and several other charges.
Suicide gun did not kill publicist
The gun a man used to kill himself as undercover police tried to talk to him about the murder of a Hollywood publicist was probably not the weapon that had been used on her. Harold Smith shot himself with a handgun as Beverley Hills police investigating the murder of Ronni Chasen approached him.
A coroner's report had stated that Ms Chasen (64) appeared to have been shot with 9mm hollow-point bullets in her car on November 16. However, a law-enforcement official said Smith's gun was not a 9mm weapon.