LIVING TO TELL
All boozed up and in the path of a locomotive
The train in central Iowa ran him over. He got up with just cuts and bruises. How much of it he remembers is unclear. The 17-year-old Altoona teen told city police he had been drinking at a music festival when he blacked out Sunday night, the Des Moines TV station KCCI reported. Two Iowa Interstate Railroad engineers told the police they spotted something between the rails just before 11 p.m. When they realized it was a person, they slammed on the emergency brake. The engine and first car rolled over the teen before the train came to a stop. The railroad is pressing a trespass charge against him.
Not suited for travel
Escape didn't go quite as planned
He was in a Mexican prison and wanted out. She figured she'd help. She put her common-law husband in a suitcase following a conjugal visit. All was well until staff at the prison in Chetumal noticed that she seemed nervous and was pulling a black, wheeled suitcase that looked bulky. Spokesman Gerardo Campos said Monday that guards checked the bag of 19-year-old Maria del Mar Arjona and found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina curled up inside in the fetal position. He is still serving a 20-year sentence for illegal weapons possession. She's in lockup, too, and charges are pending.
After 130 years, case is closed
A skull dug up in a back garden has solved a 130-year-old mystery surrounding the murder of a wealthy London widow. Julia Thomas was slain by her housekeeper in 1879, but her head was never found. In October, excavators discovered a skull in nature documentarian David Attenborough's back garden. He lives near where Thomas was slain. Putting two and two together, detectives connected the skull with the murder case. West London Coroner Alison Thompson ruled Tuesday that the skull belonged to Thomas.
Nosy monkey likes himself in pictures
A macaque monkey in Indonesia prefers to take his own pictures. Of himself. The friendly primate took a camera from a wildlife photographer at a park north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi before snapping himself in a variety of poses, the Daily Telegraph of London reported Monday. The monkey went to check out British photographer David Slater's equipment before becoming fascinated with his own reflection in the lens, according to Slater, who was on the island to take pictures of the black macaques, who are rare and critically endangered.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources