WHEN a woman in Iowa decided she wanted to have her father murdered, she tried to hire a hitman through Craigslist.
Her request prompted several people to call the police in Dubuque, who also called Megan Schidt (23) who gave the undercover officer a photograph of her father and asked for him to be killed. She faces charges of attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder.
GIRL'S MUM SITS EXAM
A MOTHER in Paris has been fined more than €8,500 for sitting an English exam for her daughter.
The woman, who has only been named as Caroline D, tried to trick exam invigilators that she was her 19-year-old daughter Laetitia. However, her ruse was rumbled and she was arrested at the end of the exam.
A BRIDGE NOT TOO FAR
POLICE in Russia investigating the theft of a bridge did not have to look too far. They followed drag marks in the road leading from where the bridge was stolen to a house of a 23-year-old man's house in Frolovo, a village in the northern Vologda region.
There they found the bridge, which the thief had cut down into smaller pieces in an attempt to sell as scrap metal.
PIRATE CRISIS TALKS
HEADS of State from 25 West and Central African countries along the Gulf of Guinea have met in Cameroon to address escalating piracy, trafficking and other illicit activities in the strategic region.
A report this month said that piracy affected more ships and sailors off West Africa than off Somalia's coast last year, and cost West Africa up to $950m (€726m) last year.
AN anti-crime group in Mexico City is offering a $750,000 (€573,316) reward for information that leads to finding 12 young people who were kidnapped in broad daylight from an after-hours bar in the capital.
The council's president Luis Wertman said the group hoped to find the young men and women alive. Prosecutors said the abductions were linked to a dispute between two rival drug gangs in the Tepito neighbourhood.
SCHOOL HUNGER STRIKE
A HUNGER strike to protest against massive lay-offs in the Philadelphia school district is in its eighth day.
Meanwhile, dozens of music teachers slated to lose their jobs played a heartfelt farewell concert yesterday at district headquarters.