Boy (10) smashes five cars in joyride
A BOY of 10 stole a removal van in the US and crashed it into five parked cars.
The youngster took the vehicle as it was unloading furniture in Philadelphia. Police said he grabbed the keys from the rear door and jumped into the driver's seat. The joyride ended when the van hit the fifth car.
Firm's swinging expenses laid bare
A GERMAN insurance giant revealed employees put a trip to a swingers' hotel in Jamaica on company expenses when it published the results of an internal audit on a public website.
The reputation of Ergo, an insurance unit of Munich Re, suffered a blow last year when a newspaper reported that a subsidiary had hosted a sex party in Budapest in 2007 to reward top employees.
Soldier sues over lost frozen asset
A FORMER US soldier is suing a hospital claiming that excessive ice-pack treatment on his groin led to the amputation of his penis.
Michael Nash claims that a nurse in the service veterans' hospital, Kentucky, repeatedly put ice packs on him after surgery, causing frostbite and gangrene. He is seeking $10m (€7.7m) in damages.
US teacher tried to hire hitman
A FEUD between two Florida teachers led one to try to hire a hitman to kill the other.
Colleagues James Pepe and Robert Meredith fell out and Mr Pepe moved schools. But he suspected Mr Meredith was spreading rumours about him and tried to hire the hitman, who reported him to authorities.