Lineker a top female
Gary Lineker has been subjected to a ribbing by BBC colleagues after being hailed by the head of BBC sport – in a list of the broadcaster's top female talent.
Director of sport Barbara Slater told MPs she was proud of the "fantastic women presenters" at her disposal. "We have Gary Lineker, we have Sue Barker, we have Gabby Logan, we have Clare Balding," she said.
NEANDERTHALS AT HOME
Neanderthals made themselves feel at home in much the same way as modern humans, research suggests.
Scientists studying an ancient cave shelter found evidence that Neanderthals thoughtfully organised their living space, assigning different areas to different activities. Neanderthals were similar to early modern humans but belonged to a separate human sub-species.
A long-forgotten novel that was out of print for almost half a century until its recent rediscovery has been named Waterstones book of the year.
'Stoner', by American novelist John Williams, counts Hollywood star Tom Hanks among its fans and has been a huge word-of-mouth success since it was re-published. The book, about the life and times of an American professor, was published in 1965 but soon forgotten.
LOW-COST SEX BANNED
Germany's biggest political parties have agreed to ban flat-rate sex offered by some brothels in the country.
They view as exploitative the special offers in some brothels where men can have unlimited sex for €100.
SWEET DEAL FOR SPROUT
A supermarket is to sell the much-maligned Brussels sprout in a sweeter "kid-friendly" form in time for Christmas.
Waitrose said it had worked with its growers to create a milder-flavoured sprout for children, who often reject the festive staple because of its perceived bitter taste.
MURDER ON FACEBOOK
A US man shot his wife dead then posted a photo of her body on Facebook.
Derek Medina (31), from Miami, has been charged with murdering 26-year-old Jennifer Alonso.
FERRY TAKEN FOR RIDE
A man stole a passenger ferry from a Seattle waterfront and took it out for a joyride.
Samuel McDonough illegally boarded the vessel and took it out into Elliott Bay.