Time to say 'ciao'
Groom brings mother along on honeymoon
An Italian woman has filed for divorce a month after her wedding — because her husband took his mother on the honeymoon. Marianna, 36, and Stefano, 39, had a church ceremony in Rome (they can be identified only by first names because of Italian privacy laws). Marianna and her mother-in-law, who lives next door, didn't get along that well, but there was the honeymoon to look forward to. Except … the mother-in-law turned up at the airport, not to say goodbye but to join them for the trip, Britain's Daily Mirror reported. That's when Marianna found out Stefano had secretly booked his mother into the same five-star Paris hotel.
Open door policy
High security cell can't foil escape
Red-faced police officials in the British city of Leeds found out the hard way that for a state-of-the-art high security door to work properly, it must be shut. A 25-year-old burglar, who has been convicted of hundreds of offences and who had been locked up in a police station for violating bail conditions, simply walked out of his cell. Just to rub it in, reported the Daily Mirror, he flashed a cheeky victory sign at security cameras on his way out. He didn't enjoy his freedom for long and is back in his cell — with the door properly shut.
Mail carrier busted in coupon racket
A mail carrier on New York's Long Island is accused of pinching thousands of discount coupons intended for residents' mailboxes. Police say Thomas Tang, 38, stole more than 7,000 J.C. Penney Co. discount coupons he was supposed to deliver to the department store's customers. Police say Tang then sold the coupons on eBay. Tang was charged with grand larceny. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday and was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail.
Very local politics
He got their goat, so they got his
Frank Trigona of Jeannette, Pa., has had to move his four pet goats to a farm. Trigona says he bought the goats to graze on the weeds and high grass at his home last summer. He also named them after city officials, who didn't find that the least bit funny. Soon after, the City Council passed an ordinance banning goats and other barnyard animals from the town, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Trigona got hit with $935 in fines and court costs from a guilty verdict for illegally keeping the animals, and the goats now have a new home.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.