In brief: Woman killed her friend with petrol
An Australian woman who killed a man by pouring petrol over him after she was told he had fondled her has been sentenced to seven years in jail.
Kerry McNiven pleaded guilty in August to the manslaughter of her friend Gary Stewart. Victoria State Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry said that several people witnessed Mr Stewart touching McNiven's breasts when she was passed out at a party in 2009.
AA call-out ends in nutty solution
An AA patrolman thought he was going to be unable to fix a broken-down car -- until he discovered a squirrel had been using the engine as a secret stash for hundreds of acorns.
Basingstoke patrol's Andy Smith initially struggled with the car, parked next to an oak tree on a farm in Micheldever, Hampshire. Eventually he found a blocked air pipe, and the cause of the problem became apparent.
Brave mice set up home in owls' nest
Two brave or possibly reckless mice are creating a stir on the internet after setting up home in an owl nest.
The wood-mice couple moved into the Barn Owl Tower, built for the birds of prey at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.
Stiffy's removed from shop shelves
A drink called Stiffy's is to be taken off the shelves after a complaint was upheld that it linked alcohol with sexual success.
The UK's Independent Complaints Panel, which enforces the Portman Group's code of practice on the promotion of alcohol, said the name alluded to sexual success.
Mum saves child in washing machine
A mother had to smash the window of a running washing machine to rescue her five-year-old daughter who had climbed inside at a laundry in Washington state.
Police said the machine started running even though it had been marked "out of order".
Olympus VP fired in alleged scandal
Japanese media are reporting that Olympus has fired its vice-president as a scandal over its past acquisitions and adviser fees shakes the company.
Japan's Kyodo news service and public broadcaster NHK yesterday both reported the dismissal of the executive, Hisashi Mori. Company officials were not immediately available for comment.