NEW YORK: Prosecutors say a New York City police officer charged with seeking to kill and eat women hinted in an online chat that his wife might have been on the menu.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that Gilberto Valle engaged in a grisly Internet chat with a man who said he was in India. They said Valle told the other man that his "girlfriend" and his wife were both 25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 meters) tall and 140 pounds (64 kilograms).
According to prosecutors, the other man asked if the wife was vegetarian and Valle said yes. Prosecutors said the man told Valle her meat would be lower quality.
The 28-year-old Valle is charged with planning to kidnap, rape, kill and eat women. Lawyers say he was merely fantasizing and intended no violence. (AP)
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Sacked staff hijack Twitter account
BRITAIN: The employees of British retailer HMV revolted when they were being laid off and how!
Some workers who were angry at being sacked decided to hijack the firm's Twitter account to broadcast their plight to more than 60 thousand followers, according to media reports.
After the company found out that some of the sacked workers had 'live blogged' their sacking, the firm's official administrator took over and had to release a statement on the social metworking site, confirming the sacking of 190 employees.
In an effort to do some damage control, the company admin deleted the posts from @hmvtweets account. However, the move came a little too late as social networkers had already passed around the screen grabs to their friends, which went viral on the internet.
Some of the rogue tweets were:
“We’re tweeting live from HR where we're all being fired! Exciting!!”
“60 of us being fired at once”.
Meanwhile, Deloitte has been appointed by the firm's management to take over the running of the firm following the admin collapse. They moved to do some damage control and posted a message on Twitter confirming the lay-offs.
"One of our departing colleagues was understandably upset. We’re still here thou, thx for supporting hmv thro these challenging times," the latest tweet said.
Too little, too late?
No fish tale: Couple on fishing trip buy 2 lottery tickets, win $1m prize
The lottery commission says the Weavers claimed their cash Monday and that they plan to pay bills and invest in their retirement. (AP)
Designer's revenge over unpaid bill
JAMAICA: Just desserts, you would say?
A restaurant in Jamaica has been in deep soup (virtually speaking), ever since it delayed the payment of its website designer.
The designer decided to take matters into his own hands, literally, and posted a 'Past Due Final Notice' bill on the retaurant's site.
Whenever web users click onto the homepage URL of the Caribbean Dutch Pot Restaurant, they are are directed to a copy of the bill, reports NineMSN.com.au.
The designer took this extreme step after the restaurant failed to clear his dues even after months of chasing them with the invoice.
The designer told the correspondent that the invoice will not be taken off till the dues of $1,500 is cleared.
Couple quit jobs over intimate emails
ABERDEEN: A woman who worked as a receptionist in an oil company was forced to quit her job after she forwarded an extremely personal chain of emails that she had exchanged with her fiance to the entire office.
The engaged woman sent out an email to the staff informing them that the sandwich van had arrived outside the office. She made the fatal mistake of sending out the email on top of the chain of intimate and private emails, reports a UK website.
The email became an internet sensation within the next few hours. The email even made waves on Twitter with the hashtag #sandwichvan.
The engaged couple were mortified when they realised the error and resigned from their jobs over the embarrassing incident.
Tourist's dreadlocks stolen at nightclub
SOUTH AFRICA: A man from Zimbabwe who spent a few hours in a nightclub in South African capital Johannesburg, passed out after indulging in a few too many drinks.
When he woke up he got the shock of his life. His long dreadlocks had disappeared.His head was shaved while he was unconscious, according to media reports in Gapyear.
He was found by his friends with his wallet and cellphone intact on his person. Only his hair was shaved off by unknown assailants.
Stylists told the website that shoulder-length dreadlocks can earn £50 and longer ones can fetch up to £175.
According to Sowetanlive.com, there is high demand for dreadlocks in Johannesburg and suppliers of the same are rarely if ever asked where they source it from.
Those with dreadlocks are vulnerable because of their hair. Their other material wealth is safe from such thieves.
Woman's bid to kill spider leads to bathroom explosion
AUSTRALIA: A woman who saw a spider in her bathroom decided to end the hairy animal's life.
The 66-year-old woman decided to spray an insecticide during her mission at her home in Sydney, reports ABC. She sprayed some of the chemical underneath her washing machine and soon after an explosion blew the bathroom out.
Emergency services were called in around 1pm who concluded that the deadly spray might have led to the explosion.
Judge fired after falling asleep in court
RUSSIA: A Russian judge has been fired after he caught 40 winks in court and then sentenced an outraged defendant to five years in prison.
Judge Yevgeny Makhno of Blagoveshchensk City Court in Russia's Far East was forced to resign Friday for obviously falling asleep several times while trying a businessman on charges of fraud.
The case became a national scandal after the defendant's lawyer posted several videos online of Makhno asleep in court. The videos were then shown on state television.
Makhno claimed that he was not sleeping, but listening with his eyes closed, the reports said.
But since a higher court decided not to punish him, Makhno only has to take an exam to be reinstated.
The defendant, however, will be given a new trial. (AP)