While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 30 edition

Glee star Mark Salling arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn

Actor Mark Salling, star of the hit television show Glee, was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Salling, 33, who played brash high school football player Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox network series about an unlikely school choir, was taken into custody in the Sunland neighbourhood north of Los Angeles, LAPD spokeswoman Liliana Preciado said.

He was being booked into a downtown Los Angeles jail, she said. Read more here.

Couple found guilty of planning London terror attack

A British court convicted a husband and wife of planning a terror attack on the 10th anniversary of the London suicide bombings earlier this year.

Mohammed Rehman, 25, used the Twitter name "Silent Bomber" and asked users whether he should bomb a shopping centre or the London Underground train network.

Rehman used as his profile picture an image of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group militant known as "Jihadi John", believed killed earlier this year, and was said by prosecutors to have had a "keen interest" in ISIS. Read more here.

ISIS 'fatwa' tells militants when it's OK to rape female sex slaves

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when "owners" of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond ISIS' previous known utterances on slavery, a leading Islamic State scholar said. It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the rape of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.

Among the fatwa's injunctions are bans on a father and son having sex with the same female slave; and the owner of a mother and daughter having sex with both. Read more here.

Smoking bad for pets: Study

Smoking is bad for pets too, the University of Glasgow says, citing an ongoing study into the effects of second-hand smoke on dogs and cats.

Research under way at the Scottish institution has found that pets living in a smoky environment have a higher risk of health problems including some animal cancers, cell damage and weight gain.

While dogs can take in significant amounts of smoke, the university study shows cats are "even more affected". Read more here.

Football: Fifa ex-VP 'took US$50,000 a month in bribes'

Fallen Fifa vice-president Eugenio Figueredo received US$50,000 (S$70,000) a month in "improper payments" from sports marketing companies, authorities in his native Uruguay alleged in an indictment.

The 83-year-old ex-football boss, one of seven top Fifa officials arrested at a Zurich luxury hotel in May, received "hefty sums" each month to ensure two firms retained their exclusive rights to various South American tournaments, said the indictment published by a Uruguayan court.

Figueredo, who was extradited from Switzerland to Uruguay last week, faces charges of fraud and money laundering, and is currently in jail pending trial. Read more here.