Aug 1, 2014

Man expelled from Croatia for punching endangered monk seal

A man has been fined and expelled from Croatia after he punched a Mediterranean monk seal, one of the world’s most endangered species, reports said on Thursday. Dozens of tourists and locals had gathered on the beach at Gortan bay on the northern peninsula ...

Jul 16, 2014

Taco Bell worker shoots customer with BB gun

Police say a Taco Bell employee used a BB gun to shoot a customer who was enraged when no one came to the drive-thru window to take his order. Twenty-six-year-old Steven Noska was to be arraigned Tuesday on charges including assault and battery with ...

Jul 11, 2014

Utah man admits stealing rare dinosaur footprint fossil

A Utah man has admitted to stealing, and then throwing away, a very rare fossilized dinosaur footprint, but will not spend any time in prison, according to court documents. Jared Ehlers, a 35-year-old construction worker, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in ...

Jul 10, 2014

Underworld suspect kills self in clinic amid standoff

A 52-year-old former mobster fatally shot himself Wednesday after a four-hour standoff with police at a clinic in Okayama Prefecture, police said Thursday. Susumu Yoshioka had been served an arrest warrant for alleged violations of the Law on Punishment of Organized Crime and Control ...

Jul 3, 2014

Kudo-kai fourth yakuza syndicate blacklisted by U.S.

The U.S. Treasury Department slapped economic sanctions on a major yakuza underworld syndicate and its leaders Wednesday, the fourth such Japanese gang to be blacklisted. The department said it has frozen any assets held by Kudo-kai, its president, Satoru Nomura, and its chief, Fumio ...

Jul 2, 2014

Knox ex says he wasn't with her all evening

The ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox, on trial with her for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, distanced himself from his co-defendant Tuesday, saying the two had not been together for the whole evening when the crime took place. Raffaele Sollecito, convicted alongside Knox ...

Jun 17, 2014

Japanese falling victim to crime at Brazil World Cup

Takeshi Itai, a Japanese tourist attending the World Cup in Brazil, was visiting a slum, or favela, in the eastern region of Salvador when five men brandishing guns approached his taxi. Luckily for Itai, a 34-year-old from Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, the taxi was able ...

Quebec sees second jailbreak involving helicopter

Jun 9, 2014

Quebec sees second jailbreak involving helicopter

The search widened Sunday for three inmates who escaped the day before with the help of a helicopter from a detention center in Quebec City. It was the second helicopter-aided inmate escape in Quebec Province in two years. The three men escaped from the ...