A wedding castration
A wedding had to be delayed after a man cut off his testicles before going into the church where the ceremony was due to take place.
The Rev Bob Wallace said the man entered All Saints Church, in Hutton, Essex, south-east England, after harming himself outside. He said: "I don't want to elaborate on the incident, I'm more concerned that he is now getting the appropriate treatment."
Officials are trying to pin down the source of a deadly amoeba found in the water supply of a suburban New Orleans community.
Experts say the only danger is to people who manage to get the microscopic organism Naegleria fowleri way up their noses and into the brain.
FAIR COP IS WELL 'LIKED'
A US police chief has invited his nearly 85,000 Facebook followers to his small town's annual community festival this weekend and expects at least 1,000 from near and far to show up.
Brimfield Township chief David Oliver started the page more than three years ago.
JOKING JUDGE RESIGNS
A NEW Jersey judge who is also an established stand-up comedian and actor, has resigned after the state Supreme Court ruled he can't moonlight as an entertainer. The court said his comedy career was "incompatible" with judicial conduct codes.
"I'm not surprised by the result, but I'm very disappointed," Vince Sicari said. The 44-year-old lawyer, whose stage name is Vince August, has appeared on network television, in New York City comedy clubs and as a warm-up for Comedy Central audiences.
'LUXURY' JAIL MAY SHUT
THE daughter of toppled President Salvador Allende, Senator Isabel Allende, says those convicted of human rights violations during Chile's long dictatorship should be moved to common prisons, and out of the luxurious jail where they are serving life sentences.
President Sebastian Pinera says that he is thinking about closing the prison, where inmates enjoy tennis courts, gardens and cable TV.
850 SNAKES IN A HOUSE
THE authorities in New York have found 850 snakes including two 6ft Burmese pythons at an animal control officer's house.
Homeowner Richard Parrinello is a Brookhaven town animal control officer. He faces charges of owning the pythons and violating town codes by running a business at his home and without a permit.