Indian official ousted for money stunt
If you've imagined yourself rolling in dough, you might think twice before acting on that dream, at least if you're an Indian politician. Samar Acharjee, an official with India's Communist Party in the northeastern state of Tripura, decided to sleep on a bed of cash as his friend recorded the golden moment on a cellphone. In the blurry footage, he's seen lounging on stacks of rupee notes, worth about $24,000 in all. He tells the lens his ultimate goal is to sleep on a bigger bed, maybe six times as much. Party leaders were less than amused and Acharjee, 43, was chucked out for "anti-communist ideology" and "staining the image of the party."
Severed finger points to suspect
A severed finger left at a crime scene helped police in Arizona arrest a man suspected of trying to steal copper wire. An air conditioning company employee told Glendale police someone tried to steal the wire from his truck on Oct. 7. The spool of wire — worth more than $300 — had been pulled out from the truck, and what appeared to be a cut off finger was caught in the wiring. Forensic technicians were able to match the fingerprint to 29-year-old Joshua Allen Goverman.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.