Hiccups soldier killed
A US soldier has admitted involuntary manslaughter after shooting his friend accidentally while trying to scare away his hiccups.
Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, said Patrick Myers, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was sentenced by a military court to three-and-a-half years in a military prison. Myers fatally shot Isaac Young (22) in September. He told police he thought the weapon had dummy rounds and he was trying to scare his friend to stop his hiccups.
Gnome killer jailed
A FORMER RAF sergeant who bludgeoned his wife to death with a garden gnome before stabbing her repeatedly has been jailed for four years.
Frederick Gilliard (76) told officers he "just lost it" after having a blazing row with Josephine, his wife of 54 years. He was suffering from a "depressive episode" at the time, Preston Crown Court heard.
Nine die in blast
At least nine people have died when fireworks for Chinese New Year celebrations exploded on a lorry in central China, destroying part of an elevated motorway and sending vehicles plummeting 100ft to the ground.
Twenty five vehicles were buried in the collapse, said the official Xinhua News Agency. It said nine people were confirmed dead and another 13 injured, including four in serious condition.
Earlier reports mistakenly said 26 people had died.
Briers has lung disease
THE star of 'The Good Life', Richard Briers (79) has revealed that he's battling chronic lung disease.
In an interview, the famously self-effacing star said that a lifetime of smoking has taken a heavy toll on his health, and that he must have consumed 500,000 cigarettes. "It is totally my own fault," he said.
Dog finds £100k 'stone'
KEN Wilman was stunned at the unusual stone his dog uncovered on Morecambe beach in northen England.
What the dog had discovered was, in fact, ambergris, found in a whale's stomach. It is known as floating gold, as it is an essential ingredient in perfumes. The find could be worth £100,000 (€115,000).
Pet's return worth £10k
A DOG owner has remortgaged her home to offer a £10,000 (€11,500) reward for the safe return of her missing pet.
Dawn Maw, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, said her four-year-old prize-winning German shorthaired pointer Angel was stolen last month.