Robbery Ends In Group Hug!
Police on Washington's Capitol Hill are completely baffled by an attempted robbery that began with a handgun put to the head of a teenager and ended in a group hug. No kidding. A group of friends were eating dinner on the back patio of a DC residence when a hooded man slid through an open gate and pointed a handgun at the head of a 14-year-old girl. According to witnesses he said, "Give me your money, or I'll start shooting." Everyone froze, including the girl's parents, until one guest, 43-year-old Cristina Rowan, spoke and said, "We were just finishing dinner. Why don't you have a glass of wine with us?" So the robber had a sip of their Chateau Malescot St-Exupery and said, "Damn, that's good wine." Cristina then offered him the bottle. The robber, with his hood down, took another sip and a bite of cheese and then put the gun in his sweatpants. Then it gets really weird. The robber then said, "I think I may have come to the wrong house. Can I get a hug?" Cristina then stood up and wrapped her arms around the armed man and the four other guests followed. The guy then walked away with the glass of wine in his hand. Nothing else was stolen and no one was hurt. They did call 911 as soon as the guy was out of site. (The Washington Post)

I Must Have Been Drinking
In Verona, Kentucky, 20-year-old Andres Vasquez called 911 and first told the operator that someone had "thrown" his truck on top of him. A little later he finally admitted he was drunk, had had a one-vehicle accident, was trapped upside-down and was in dire pain. Over the next two hours he kind of faded in and out as operators pleaded the entire time for Andres to just say where he was so that they could send a rescue team. But each time they asked, Andres' answer was the same -- "I'm under the blanking truck!" He finally gave a clue as to his whereabouts and was rescued. (Kentucky Enquirer)

He Should Have Called Ghostbusters
From the "Totally Lame Excuses" department, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 34-year-old Donald Duncan Jr. was recently convicted of invasion of privacy. This all went down after his wife discovered a hidden-camera video of two girls disrobing in a bedroom in the couple's house. Donald's only excuse was that he had set up the camera because he suspected there were ghosts in the house and he wanted video proof. (Patriot-News)

Murder Leads to Marriage
In the case of Traci Nagy and Jonathan Cinkay, had there been no murder -- there would have been no marriage. Tracy was alternate juror No. 3, and Jonathan was juror No. 6 at a murder trial in New York City. The two made goo-goo eyes on the first day of the trial and it kind of grew from there. They picked up their marriage license last week, and Queens Supreme Court Justice Daniel Lewis, who presided over the murder case, is to marry them next month. Tracy said in the jury room they discussed movies, travel - everything but the case, which was banned from discussion. She added, "It was a very good way to get to know someone." However, the warm feelings didn't do the murder defendant much good. He was convicted. (

Man Becomes First To Swim at North Pole!
37-year-old British explorer Lewis Gordon Pugh has become the world's first person to swim at the North Pole. He swam one kilometer in 18 minutes and 50 seconds in the 28-degree water-- the coldest waters a human has swum in. Even polar bears would be unable to swim at that temperature and Lewis wore only a pair of Speedos, a swim cap and goggles. He said, "The water was absolutely black. It was like jumping into a dark black hole. It was frightening. The pain was immediate and felt like my body was on fire. I was in excruciating pain from beginning to end and I nearly quit on a few occasions." Ultimately his swim was to raise awareness about global warming and he noted, "It's a tragedy that it's possible to swim at the North Pole. I hope my swim will inspire world leaders to take climate change seriously." Lewis' incredible ability to withstand the icy cold has been developed over years of training. Before he dives in, he spends around 15 minutes using mind power alone to superheat his body. His pulse rate shoots up from 70 to 160 a minute and his temperature rises from 37C to 38.4, causing him to sweat profusely. This enables him to withstand swimming in water so cold it would kill anyone else within seconds. (BBC News)