Teen's 'dead body' text backfires
A teenager thought it would be funny to text a random phone number saying she had hidden a body, but the joke backfired.
The number texted by the 15-year-old Arkansas girl belonged to a detective. Police did not find the prank funny. The girl was released with a warning.
Man's feline fine with cruelty ticket
A man tied his cat to a rock after it was unable to keep up with him jogging in a Colorado park.
A passer-by saw Setho Franco (19) tie the pet's lead to the rock while he finished his run. Franco was ticketed by police on suspicion of "domestic animal cruel treatment". The cat was not injured.
Boy (8) takes his sister (5) for drive
An eight-year-old boy took his five-year-old sister on a drive in the middle of the night and crashed the family car into a tree, writing it off. Nobody was hurt.
The driver told a Utah police officer he needed to take his little sister to the store. Police returned the children to their parents who did not realise the children went on a joyride.
Gold prospectors clash with police
Thousands of illegal gold miners battled police for control of a regional capital in Peru's Amazon basin. At least three people were killed.
Outnumbered riot police fired tear gas against miners who wielded clubs and rocks and tried to seize strategic facilities in Puerto Maldonado. The miners are fighting government efforts to regulate small-scale gold extraction, which is ravaging the rainforest.
Nightmare fear for 'Field of Dreams'
"Should we build it and would they come?" are the questions facing the Iowa town where the movie 'Field Of Dreams' was filmed as it considers a $38m (€29m) plan to turn the farmland into one of America's largest youth baseball complexes.
A couple wants to buy the farmhouse and field featured in the 1989 film. But the project has pitted neighbours against each other over issues such as services.
Bull survived by 400,000 offspring
"Jocko", ranked as the world's third most-potent breeding bull, has died of natural causes leaving behind as many as 400,000 offspring.
Jocko had an industrious 17-year career donating some 1.7 million sperm straws to keep alive the Prim'Holstein cattle strain.