Flight out of this world
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has made its third rocket-powered supersonic flight in the Mojave Desert, soaring to a record 71,000 feet.
The craft used its rocket motor to reach its highest altitude to date. SpaceShip-Two and its two-member crew then glided to a safe landing north of Los Angeles.
BEER TO THE RESCUE
An off-duty Houston firefighter made the best of his resources when trying to put out a truck tyre fire -- he used the beer the truck was hauling.
Fire Captain Craig Moreau and his wife were driving home when they found an 18-wheeler truck on fire. The firefighter asked the driver what he was hauling and sprayed the beer on the tyres to extinguish the flames.
CAT IN PIPE FOR DAYS
A cat that spent at least three winter days in a north-west Ohio drainpipe has been rescued after initially refusing attempts to lure it out with tuna, the classic call of "here, kitty, kitty," and even a mobile phone app that meowed.
The male cat has been named Piper. It has a broken leg and other injuries.
BIEBER FACES CHARGES
Sheriff's deputies are investigating Justin Bieber for yet another dispute with his neighbours. Bieber has been named as a suspect in a vandalism and assault crime report for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbour's home in their gated neighbourhood last Thursday.
The 19-year-old allegedly egged the house while his neighbour and neighbour's daughter were on the balcony. They videotaped the incident. Bieber won't speak to deputies. A charge could rise to a felony.
US FOOTBALLER ROBBED
Burglars broke into a home belonging to American Football star DeSean Jackson and stole a silver 9mm handgun and more than $250,000 (€180,000) in cash and jewellery. No arrests have been made.
Jackson was the Philadelphia Eagles' leading wide receiver this season. He signed a five-year, $51m (€37m) contract before the 2012 season.
GREEN LIGHT TO SPEED
British spies are to be given a "licence to speed" for the first time, under changes to motoring laws. Officers currently have to abide by the rules of the road even when national security is under threat.
But transport minister Robert Goodwill is to hand them the same exemptions as police, fire and ambulance drivers.