In brief: 'Ghost' vials sold in online auction
TWO glass vials purportedly containing the ghosts of two dead people sold for NZ$2,830 (€1,460) in an online auction that ended on Monday night.
The seller, Avie Woodbury of Christchurch, New Zealand, said they were the spirits of an old man who lived in the house during the 1920s and a disruptive little girl. Since an exorcism at the property last July led to their 'capture', there had been no spooky activity, she said.
Porn mag wanted murder pictures
US AUTHORITIES say they will not give 'Hustler' magazine crime scene and post-mortem photos of a college student who was murdered. One politician called the porn publication's request "vile" and "disgusting".
'Hustler' had sought photos of Meredith Emerson (24), whose decapitated body was found in January 2008 in the north Georgia woods.
Casino in black after $200m sale
THE Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City has been salvaged by its $200m (€147m) sale to Carl Icahn.
The activist investor bought the casino out of bankruptcy for 80pc less than it had been expected to fetch before the recession hit.
Sex fears over women on subs
CONCERNS have been raised about possible sex scandals if women are allowed to serve on British military submarines.
It is reported that there are fears within the Royal Navy about what could happen when members of the opposite sex live in such close quarters for months at a time. A spokesman for Britain's ministry of defence said the policy on women serving in submarines was under review.
'Safety' teacher in gun accident
THE head of a school in Montana, USA, was showing students his antique black powder muzzle-loader gun when he accidentally fired it into a classroom wall.
Dwain Haggard, who used take part in re-enactments of the American Civil War, took the gun as part of a history lesson. He had recently begun a school safety campaign.
Man smuggled 14 birds in trousers
A MAN who smuggled songbirds into Los Angeles from Vietnam by hiding them in his trousers is facing up to 20 years in prison.
Sony Dong was arrested at the city's airport and found to have 14 birds wrapped in cloth and strapped to his legs and ankles.