In brief: Madoff collection fetches €29,000
Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's collection of wines and spirits has sold at auction for almost twice its estimated value. Proceeds will go to the victims of his crimes.
The collection was sold for $41,530(€29,000). Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence for masterminding a multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme.
Voters consider circumcision ban
Voters will soon be asked to consider a ban on the circumcision of male children in the state of San Francisco.
A campaign to ban the practice has received enough signatures to go to a referendum in November. Supporters say it is a form of genital mutilation but opponents argue a ban would be a violation of religious freedoms enshrined in the US constitution.
35 dead in Taliban attack on camp
Taliban fighters killed at least 35 Afghan road labourers and engineers in a five-hour gun battle at a work camp in eastern Afghanistan yesterday.
In one of the most deadly attacks in recent months, a suicide bomber rammed into the gates of the camp in a car, allowing up to 100 attackers to open fire with assault rifles, heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
Folding your arms can ease pain
Crossing your arms after burning your hand or suffering an injury could lessen pain, scientists have discovered.
Researchers at University College London found that crossing the arms across the body may confuse the brain over where pain is occurring.
Actor in a coma after overdose
'Grease' star Jeff Conaway is in a coma following a suspected pain killer overdose.
The actor's manager, Phil Brock, yesterday said the 60-year-old actor was found unconscious at his home. Conaway is in a Californian hospital and his recovery is uncertain, he said.
End of the world parties planned
According to American Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping the world is set to end tomorrow. However, thousands of non-believers are getting ready to throw "rapture parties".
Atheists say they will celebrate their prediction that the world will not end. Mainstream Christians have also scoffed at Camping's prediction, although, unlike the atheists, they are not planning parties.