RIO DE JANIERO (Wireless Flash) – It’s finally happened: Brazilian manufacturers have created an Osama bin Laden Halloween mask that’s selling like hotcakes in Rio de Janiero. One store reports it’s moving more than 25 masks a day.

MIAMI, Fla. – O.J. Simpson’s film career may not be dead after all. According to gossip reporter Flo Anthony, O.J. is slated to make a cameo appearance in a film called Whut Whut, starring rapper Noreaga. In addition, he is also getting lots of job offers from, of all places, India.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – There’s no reason for Crystal Gayle’s brown eyes to be blue. She’s just been inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame. Gayle, who is part Cherokee, has just recorded a new song called “Back When Times Were Good,” about American Indians through history.

ANGELES CITY, Philippines – Ladies of the evening are storming a Filipino city in the hopes of scoring big with American servicemen. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports pimps have been flooding Angeles City with “girls” in anticipation of the arrival of 160 U.S. Marines.

LONDON – A former Scrabble champion has reclaimed the title again with the word “waxworm” – a kind of grub – in this years national champion in England. 35-year-old Mark Nyman, who was World Scrabble Champion in 1993, will now return to the World Championship in 2003.

LANCASHIRE, England – Here’s soap in your eye: A British shopkeeper recently fought off three armed robbers by shooting liquid soap in their eyes.

FERMO, Italy – Talk about a soldier boy: Italy’s marine corps mistakenly called up an eight-year-old boy for military service. The little tyke reportedly asked his mom, “Do I really have to go?”

IMPHAL, India – Teetotalers in India are hoping to embarrass drunks into giving up the bottle. Vigilante groups in the northeastern state of Manipur have started punishing alcoholics by making them parade around with a chain of empty liquor bottles around their necks.

NAGOYA, Japan – Being a cop in Nagoya, Japan, can be a real drag – literally. That’s because a recent rash of purse snatchings has forced some of the cops to dress up like ladies with ponytails and sexy sneakers. So far, there have been no arrests, but no snatchings either.

CARACAS, Venezuela – A German tourist, lost in the Venezuelan jungle for six days, managed to survive on a diet of ants, leaves and water. The man said he stopped eating the ants after they burned his lips, but he did continue eating the leaves even though he “didn’t like them.”