Italy's top criminal court has ruled that a hungry homeless man who took a package of hot dogs from a supermarket committed no crime.
The man had been about to leave the store after paying for breadsticks but not for the hot dogs and some cheese he had in his pocket. He was convicted of theft,and sentenced by a lower court in Genoa to six months in prison and a PS115 fine.
The Rome-based Cassation Court on Monday ruled that man was driven by necessity to take a small quantity of food. A columnist in Turin newspaper, La Stampa, wrote Tuesday the high court's ruling "reminds everyone that in a civilised country not even the worst of men can die of hunger."
An Ohio man who got a police officer's help to find a bit of marijuana lost in his yard has been charged with misdemeanour drug abuse. The patrolman's body camera video shows an intoxicated man admitting he lost the drug. The Alliance officer said he didn't want children to find it and then located it in the grass. The man asked if he'd throw it back on the ground. The officer refused.
Police said the officer had found the man stumbling along the road and tried to get him home safely.
Some commenters suggested the man has an alcohol problem and criticised Alliance police for sharing the video on Facebook. Capt. James Hilles told the Akron Beacon Journal it was just a light-hearted example of silly things people say to officers.
A retiree in a tiny community in North Dakota has paid tribute to Prince in perhaps the most unique way a farmer can.
Gene Hanson is a retired farmer in Edgeley who always liked the song Purple Rain. On Friday, he hopped on his tractor and plowed on a football field-size version of the late musician's symbol into his corn field. The 75-year-old said he found an image of the symbol on the Internet. He put it on his tractor's dash and followed the pattern. When done, he got on his airplane to check it out. He couldn't believe that it had turned out so well. The tribute is only temporary. Hanson said the field was seeded Monday. Prince died April 21 in suburban Minneapolis at age 57.
A bear caught rummaging through a refrigerator in an apartment in Colorado's mountains turned out to be more scared than scary.
Firefighters said the black bear may have gotten into the Avon apartment through an open window or door early Saturday morning. The resident locked himself in his bedroom and called for help. About a half dozen firefighters and deputies responded, at first yelling to scare the bear. Then they quieted down as one gently pushed open the apartment door and a small bear emerged, head first. They stomped and yelled as it ran down the hallway to try to keep it from getting too comfortable around humans. Firefighters posted a video on Facebook as a reminder to people to close their windows and doors now that bears have emerged from hibernation.