In brief: Police comb the area for hair thief
Chicago police have a real head-scratching case on their hands as they try to root out who stole human hair from a beauty-supply company.
Police said a "very valuable" amount of hair was taken by burglars at the Beauty One shop. Authorities said the culprits pried open a steel door, then swiped the hair.
'Cannonball' man killed during stunt
A man has died after a safety net failed during a human cannonball stunt, police said yesterday.
The accident happened during a show by Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show at the Kent County Showground in Detling, England, yesterday.
Woman finds 7ft alligator in home
A Florida woman found an unwelcome guest in her bathroom -- a 7ft alligator.
Alexis Dunbar found it in her home in Palmetto, south of St Petersburg. Her boyfriend propped a table by the door until an officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came to take the alligator away. Ms Dunbar believes it used a dog door to get inside.
'Clown' gets jail term for extortion
A California man who wore a clown suit as a disguise when he went to pick up extortion money from his relatives has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Frank Salvador Solorza (46) was arrested in 2009 after he showed up at a San Mateo County home wearing a clown suit. Authorities say he picked up a case he believed contained the $50,000 (€34,300) from his cousins, who emigrated from Mexico.
Elderly pair sent marijuana in post
Police say an elderly couple were the unintended recipients of a very seedy delivery -- a 5lb brick of marijuana.
Police in Upper Darby, just outside Philadelphia, in the US, said the couple paid little attention to the package. Not recognising the name, they left it on their porch. When nobody claimed it, they opened it to find $10,000 (€6,800) in marijuana.
Moors boy's mum in plea to Brady
The mother of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett has revealed she may have just months to find out where her son is buried after she was diagnosed with cancer.
Keith Bennett (12) was taken by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964 on his way to his grandmother's house near Manchester, England. His mother Winnie Johnson (77) has made a DVD appealing to Brady after the diagnosis.