Teen sees error of ways, 24 hours later
Police in Hinsdale, Ill., say that Alex Holmes, 17, walked into a doughnut shop on Tuesday and made off with $167, robbing the clerk with what turned out to be a BB gun. Then he came back the next night. Not to rob it again, or even grab a raspberry-filled. Instead, he plunked every cent he took down on the counter and apologized. The confused clerk, who speaks limited English, refused his offer of a hug, then he left on his bicycle. Luckily, both the robbery and the return are on video, and police found him minutes after the return. Despite returning the cash, they arrested him. "It's still an armed robbery," Detective Charles Leuver told the Chicago Tribune. "But it shows remorse. It could help him down the road."
Cold case files
For Kelly Clarkson, man starts singing
The hosts at KISS-FM in Phoenix weren't ready for Carl when they held their confession contest on Wednesday. They offered concert tickets for the best confession, and Carl called in with a story about how he witnessed a murder near Cincinnati in 1988. The man was a bully, Carl said, and a group tied him up. "I figured we were just going to torment him, give him a little taste of what he has been giving out his entire life," he said. "Then ... they pushed him off the pier into the water." He said authorities found the man's body two days later. The FBI is looking into the case, and Carl says that if he wins, he would like Kelly Clarkson tickets.
Feeling no pain
Vodka numbs man, but gravity is issue
Alexei Roskov of Moscow went through three bottles of vodka, then he went through the window of his fifth-floor apartment. He fell 50 feet to the ground, but somehow landed with barely a scratch. So he stood up, dusted himself off, and staggered back up to his apartment. When he got there, his wife, Yekaterina, was not remotely pleased. She called an ambulance and set in on what a dumb thing he had done and how he shouldn't have done it and what would the neighbors think and lay off the vodka and ... well, after that Roskov just decided that it was best to leave again. "I have no idea why I jumped the first time," he said, "but when I came back up and I heard my wife screaming angrily, I thought it was best if I left the room again — out the window." He was okay that time, too.
Divorce even faster with texting option
Under Islamic Sharia law, a man can divorce his wife by saying "I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you." Bam, done. A man in Saudi Arabia has broken some new technological ground on that count, though, texting the decree to his now ex, according to Arab News. It is the first known divorce by text in Saudi Arabia. The man couldn't do it face to face because, according to the paper, he was in Iraq participating in a jihad.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.