Lifeguard refused to don skimpy togs
A 61-year-old US man says he lost his job as a lifeguard when he refused to wear skimpy swim trunks for the annual swim test.
Roy Lester said he was forced out of the job after 40 years in 2007. He filed a lawsuit against New York state in 2009. It had been dismissed but was reinstated by an appeals court last week.
Workers spot world's largest rat
A giant South American rat, weighing at least 45kg, was spotted at a waste-water treatment facility in California recently before disappearing in the brush, according to a wildlife official.
The animal, which was identified as a capybara, is the world's largest rodent.
Labrador's IQ is through the woof
Labrador retrievers are known for their hunting skills but Beau, a black dog that lives in Montana, is winning acclaim for his math abilities.
Owner David Madsen says if he tells Beau there are six dogs at the park and three dogs leave, and then asks him how many are left, the dog replies: "Woof, woof, woof."
Indian activist on hunger strike
A renowned Indian anti-corruption crusader has struck a deal with police to hold a 15-day public hunger strike against corruption, where the activist's brief detention had sparked a sit-in protest.
Anna Hazare's ordeal struck a chord with hundreds of thousands of Indians fed up with rampant corruption.
Men charged with harassing Palin
A Pennsylvania man and his son have been arrested on charges of harassing Sarah Palin's family and lawyers.
The FBI said that Craig Christy and his son, Shawn, were placed under arrest at an FBI office yesterday. The pair were indicted by a federal grand jury in Alaska on Wednesday.
Candles add extra diamond sparkle
Candle flames contain millions of tiny diamond particles, a university professor has discovered.
Wuzong Zhou from the University of St Andrews in Scotland says 1.5 million diamond nanoparticles are created in a candle flame every second it is burning.