Manhole cover craze in New York
Manhole covers are the latest target for thieves in New York City.
More than 30 covers have been stolen in the city's Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx boroughs since early March, leaving dangerous holes in the roads and footpaths. Authorities believe they are being sold for scrap metal.
Pakistan suicide bomber kills 20
A suicide bomber killed at least 20 people and wounded at least 45 in an attack on a police checkpoint in north-west Pakistan yesterday.
The bomber struck near a crowded market in Bajaur, one of the unruly Pashtun tribal regions near the Afghan border. The Pakistan Taliban have claimed responsibility.
Man cheats death only to be hit again
A man who was pushing his SUV after it broke down was hit by a passing vehicle, got up and was struck again and killed by a second vehicle.
William Cassano was pushing his SUV in New Jersey when a passing motorist stopped to help him. As the driver was getting out of his vehicle, a car crashed into the back of Mr Cassano's SUV, throwing him 10 metres. Police say Mr Cassano got up, said he was okay, then was hit by another vehicle that killed him.
Con artist dressed as dead mother
A New York con artist has been convicted in a bizarre scheme that involved dressing up as his mother to collect her health benefits for six years after she had died.
Thomas Parkin (51) was convicted in Brooklyn of charges including grand larceny, forgery and perjury. He faces up to 83 years in prison.
Snake in the works causes power cut
A snake knocked out power to nearly 14,000 homes on the northwest side of Oklahoma's state capital.
The power failure occurred after the snake crawled into an electrical substation and touched a component that caused a switch to trip. Oklahoma Gas and Electric spokeswoman Karen Kurtz said the snake was evidently seeking shelter after heavy rains.
Asia losing sight due to education
STAYING indoors, poring over books and "intense" levels of education have been blamed for an epidemic of short-sightedness sweeping across eastern Asia.
Myopia, or short-sightedness, now affects between 80pc and 90pc of school leavers in major cities of countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, say experts.