Kidman, 7 others hurt on movie set
LOS ANGELES, California
Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and seven other people suffered minor injuries on a Los Angeles movie set on Thursday when her car crashed into a light pole during filming, police said. Kidman, who was behind the wheel of a Jaguar rigged for filming when it struck the pole, was examined at a local hospital after the incident, Los Angeles Police spokeswoman Karen Smith said.
Staying at Cinderella's
A family of four were singled out by fate on Friday to become the first Walt Disney World guests to spend the night in the Cinderella Castle.
Lisa and Jim Fouch and their children, 16-year-old Brad and 8-year-old Hannah, were the winners of one of the top prizes in Disney's "Year of a Million Dreams" celebration.
A computer randomly picked the person sitting in a certain seat in the Star Tours ride at Disney-MGM Studios to stay in the castle Thursday night. Brad Fouch, a "Star Wars" fan, had wanted his family to take the ride. And it was Brad who was the lucky winner when a computer, at random, chose his seat on the ride as the winner of the daily contest.
Getting back into jail
An Irish convict who stole a car to get back to prison after missing a weekend release deadline has been given a six month suspended jail sentence.
Trevor Doyle, 25, grabbed the vehicle after falling asleep on a bus and overshooting his stop near Shelton Abbey open prison in Arklow on Ireland's southeast coast, Wexford district court officials said Thursday.
The court, which would not reveal the man's prior conviction, also fined him 300 euros (US$390) for failing to submit to a breathalyzer test.
Snakes at the spa
TALMEY EL'AZAR, Israel
Hold the Dead Sea salts and tea-tree oil. An Israeli health and beauty spa has introduced a new treatment to its menu - snake massage.
For 300 shekels (US$70), clients at Ada Barak's spa in northern Israel can add a wild twist to their treatment by having six non-venomous but very lively serpents slither and hiss a path across their aching muscles and stiff joints.
"I'm actually afraid of snakes, but the therapeutic effects are really good," customer Liz Cohen told Reuters Television as Barak let the snakes loose on her body.
Barak uses California and Florida king snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes in her treatments, which she said were inspired by her belief that once people get over any initial misgivings, they find physical contact with the creatures to be soothing.
Joker gets Dutch I.D.
Is The Joker, one of Batman's fiercest enemies, a Dutch citizen?
A 35-year-old man from the western Dutch town of Hellevoetsluis convinced local authorities to issue him an identity card with a picture that shows him as The Joker, Dutch news agency ANP reported on Thursday.
The man also managed to apply for a driver's license picturing him with the cartoon character's trademark white skin and dark hat.
ANP said the man was working in the security sector and had wanted to show that current rules for identity papers were insufficient.
Policeman's topless stunt
A Florida city has agreed to pay US$35,000 to a teenage girl who was forced by a policeman to perform jumping exercises while topless in order to avoid arrest on an indecency charge.
The Pensacola City Council approved the payment on Thursday night to settle a lawsuit the girl filed against the city police department.
Officer Shawn Patrick Shields approached a parked car and found two partially dressed teenagers inside in April 2003, according to a police report. The officer put the 16-year-old girl and 19-year-old man into his police car and threatened to arrest them for lewd behavior.
The girl said Shields suggested she instead perform topless exercises as a punishment and shined his flashlight on her while she did jumping jacks.
Shields resigned under pressure, pleaded no contest to a criminal charge of extortion and was ordered to serve two years on probation, police Lieutenant Randy Stull said.
Kidman, 7 others hurt on movie set