NY murders work of just one person
A New York police official said one person may be responsible for leaving 10 bodies along a remote barrier beach since 1996.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said that detectives no longer think multiple killers are responsible. Mr Dormer has previously said as many as three people could have left bodies along a desolate Long Island roadway.
Prognosis good for ailing Michael
Singer George Michael's health is improving, doctors treating him in Vienna for pneumonia said in a statement last night.
The 48-year-old former Wham! frontman was hospitalised in the Austrian capital and diagnosed with severe pneumonia, forcing him to cancel the remainder of his European tour.
Number of turtle doves down 90pc
Turtle dove numbers have plummeted as farmland bird populations hit record lows, official figures have shown.
Turtle doves, a traditional symbol of love and one of the gifts in the song The 12 Days of Christmas, have decreased by more than 90pc since the 1970s and by more than half in the past five years alone, according to figures published yesterday by the British Environment Department.
Graverobber took guitar from coffin
A cemetery worker could spend 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to stealing an electric guitar from a casket. The cream-coloured Fender Telecaster was laid upon the body of Wisconsin guitarist Randall Jourdan.
Steven Conard (40), who worked at the Allouez Catholic Cemetery near Green Bay, allegedly told a fellow worker: "I have to have it. It's too expensive for a crypt." He will be sentenced in January.
Fed-up farmers say it with snakes
Two farmers fed-up with bribery demands emptied three bags filled with snakes in a busy tax office in northern India.
The 40 or so snakes of different sizes and species sent clerks and villagers running in Basti, about 200 miles from Lucknow.
Soldiers' presents clogging system
Well-wishers sending Christmas presents to soldiers in Afghanistan have been urged to stop -- because they are clogging up the postal system.
Army bosses said they appreciated the torrent of gifts sent to those serving abroad but appealed for them to make donations instead.