'Drunk' budget speech
A PARLIAMENTARY hearing on Ukraine's budget was suspended for several hours this week after opposition deputies alleged that a deputy finance minister presenting the budget report was drunk.
Anatoly Myarkovsky, first deputy finance minister, spoke for 10 minutes on the government's budget performance in 2012.
ERECTION LAWSUIT ENDS
A JURY has cleared a doctor of negligence in a lawsuit filed by a Delaware truck driver who underwent a penile implant procedure and ended up with an erection that lasted eight months.
"We're stunned," attorney Michael Heyden said as he left the courthouse, where his client Daniel Metzgar (44) was suing urologist Thomas Desperito.
BUNGEE JUMP AT 90
A 90-YEAR-OLD man has leapt 131ft from a bridge for charity, becoming the oldest bungee jumper in Europe.
Bob Steele took the record-breaking plunge from Garry Bridge at Killiecrankie in Perth and Kinross yesterday.
NAKED GYMNAST PROBE
A TRAINED gymnast whose naked acrobatics and harassment of passengers at a San Francisco public transit station were captured on video and circulated widely on the internet is facing criminal charges over his antics.
Yeiner Alberto Perez Garizabalo (24) was caught on video doing handstands and contortions on turnstiles and front flips off a concrete newsstand – all in the nude.
TEEN DIES AFTER PLUNGE
A BRITISH teenager has died on holiday in Bulgaria after apparently plunging 10 floors from a hotel balcony at a seaside resort.
Liam Davies (19), known as Shaun, was on a package holiday with friends in the popular resort of Sunny West on the Black Sea. The teen, from Llanelli, south Wales, is believed to have fallen to his death on Sunday after returning to his hotel in the early hours of the morning following a night out.
SLEEP 'FIGHTS DIABETES'
CATCHING up on lost sleep may be one way to reduce the risk of diabetes, according to new research.
Scientists found that three nights of "catch-up" sleep improved the body's insulin response and helped to clear sugar from the bloodstream. Previous research has shown that restricting sleep can have a bad effect on insulin sensitivity. Both studies appear to show a strong link between sleep and the body's use of insulin. A poor insulin response can result in type 2 diabetes.