'Judge moody' helped
A FLORIDA judge accused of punching an assistant public defender after telling him "stop pissing me off" is stepping down temporarily for anger management counselling.
Video footage shows Brevard County Judge John Murphy challenging lawyer Andrew Weinstock to join him outside the courtroom to settle a dispute over the scheduling of a trial date. "If you want to fight, let's go out back and I'll just beat your ass," he said.
FURRY FRAUDSTER CAUGHT
A MAN who played a dancing hamster in car commercials and was a back-up dancer for Madonna has been charged with disability fraud.
Leroy Barnes claimed he was disabled when a piece of ceiling fell on him, and the California Department of Insurance said the 27-year-old, from Los Angeles, collected more than $50,000 (€36,810) in compensation benefits in 2010 and 2011.
FAKE TRAFFIC COP CUFFED
POLICE say a man impersonating an officer faces charges after signalling a real detective to pull over on a road in Florida.
St Johns County authorities said 20-year-old Matthew McMahon activated a red and blue light while driving behind an unmarked sheriff's car. Detective Chance Anderson pulled over and was shocked to see an unknown face behind the wheel of the other car.
EMBATTLED police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes has apologised for appearing in a controversial fly-on-the-wall TV documentary.
But she defiantly insisted she would carry on in the £85,000-a-year (€104,000) job despite accusations from officers in Kent that the Channel 4 programme made them a "laughing stock".
IMAGINE THE BIDDING
ORIGINAL manuscripts and drawings by former Beatle John Lennon, produced for two acclaimed books he wrote in the mid-1960s, sold for $2.9m on Wednesday, more than double the pre-sale estimate, Sotheby's auction house said.
PHARRELL STAYS 'HAPPY'
TO make a hit, you've got to get personal, says Pharrell Williams.
The R&B producer and singer has four Grammy Awards and three mega hit singles including a song that has galvanised fans to express how they're "happy". And the key, says the 41-year-old, has been tapping into audiences' thirst for sincerity and heartfelt personal stories.