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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
· Update: Auto rescue bill in peril. Republicans were in full revolt against their party's lame-duck president over the measure, balking at helping Detroit's struggling Big Three without hefty concessions from autoworkers and creditors, and furious about an environmental mandate House Democrats insisted on including in the measure.
· More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims. The UN global warming conference currently underway in Poland is about to face a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore.
· Angry Ford dealer blasts imports in ads. A South Carolina Ford dealer angered over the proposed bailout of U.S. automakers blames the nation's sour economy on Congress and criticized buyers of Japanese cars, calling the vehicles "rice ready ... not road ready" in a radio ad.
· Embattled Ill. gov. could still fill Senate seat. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could still appoint someone to fill Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat despite charges that he tried to barter it away for cash or a plum job in what prosecutors call "a political corruption crime spree."
· Stroke victim beaten, starved. A barely speaking stroke victim was tied down like a dog while his much younger ex-girlfriend let her drug addict lover use the senior as a punching bag, a judge heard yesterday.
· Deal reached in principle on $15B auto bailout. A government "car czar" with the power to force U.S. automakers into bankruptcy would dole out $15 billion in emergency loans to the failing industry under an emerging deal between the White House and congressional Democrats.
· Ton of Marijuana Seized From Cloned UPS Truck in Arizona. Arizona Department of Public Safety Detectives have confiscated about $1.2 million worth of marijuana from a truck that appeared identical to a United Parcel Service truck.
· Leno's move to prime time becomes monologue fodder. "A lot of people were shocked," Jay Leno joked Tuesday night. "They didn't know NBC still had a prime time." Craig Ferguson on CBS also had a little fun with it. "Jay's getting a little older now," Ferguson said. "So 10 p.m. is kinda 'late night' for Jay."
· Another arrest made in shackled teen case. A fourth person was arrested Tuesday in the case of a kidnapped teen who escaped captivity wearing only boxer shorts and a shackle on his ankle, police said.
· Obama works to distance himself from Ill. governor. Though Barack Obama isn't accused of anything, the charges against his home-state governor — concerning Obama's own Senate seat no less — are an unwelcome distraction. And the ultimate fallout is unclear. As Obama works to set up his new administration and deal with a national economic crisis, suddenly he also is spending time and attention trying to distance himself from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and charges that the governor was trying to sell the now-vacant Senate post.
· Marilyn Monroe heir's pricey 'shenanigans' over actress' famous photos. A judge accused the legendary bombshell's heir of "unacceptable shenanigans" in a battle over licensing famous photos and fined her $200,000 Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
· Drunk school bus driver 12 times over the legal limit. Vermont State Police say a drunk bus driver ready to begin his route was more than 12 times over the legal limit. Police say his preliminary blood alcohol content was .242 percent.
· Stolen High School Computer Snaps Pictures Of User. Authorities are searching for suspects who stole a laptop from a local high school, and have released photos of the suspect taken by the computer's anti-theft program.
· Dixie Chicks Sued for Defamation. A man whose 8-year-old stepson was killed in 1993 has sued all three members of the country-pop group for defamation, singling out frontwoman Natalie Maines for her comments suggesting he played a role in the boy's death.
· Sen. Craig loses appeal in airport sex sting case. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has lost his latest attempt to withdraw his guilty plea in the Minneapolis airport men's room sex sting that effectively ended his Senate career.
· Illinois governor taken into custody on corruption charges. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody today on corruption charges stemming from the appointment of President-elect Barack Obama's Senate replacement. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff John Harris are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery.
· Half of rescued borrowers still end up in default. More than half of delinquent homeowners whose mortgages were modified earlier this year ended up redefaulting within six months, a top bank regulator said Monday.
· Calling In 'Gay' to Work Is Latest Form of Protest. Some same-sex marriage supporters are urging people to "call in gay" Wednesday to show how much the country relies on gays and lesbians, but others question whether it's wise to encourage skipping work given the nation's economic distress. Organizers of "Day Without a Gay" — scheduled to coincide with International Human Rights Day and modeled after similar work stoppages by Latino immigrants.
· Oprah Winfrey says she weighs 200 pounds. When it comes to her weight, Oprah Winfrey has always been straightforward. The talk show queen continues the honesty, saying in the January issue of "O" magazine out Tuesday that she now weighs 200 pounds and has "fallen off the wagon" when it comes to healthy living.
· NYC Eatery Charges 3 Percent For Food You Waste. At Hayashi Ya Japanese restaurant on the Upper West Side it's all you can eat for $26.95, unless your eyes are bigger than your stomach and then - like the sign says - it will cost you extra.
· Leno to reportedly stay at NBC, move to prime time. NBC reportedly has signed its late-night star Jay Leno to a contract that will keep him at the network and move him to prime time. Under the new deal, Leno, whose "Tonight" show hosting job will go to Conan O'Brien next June, would have a new show airing 10 p.m. Eastern every weeknight, according to The New York Times.
· 3 dead after military jet crash3 dead after military jet crash. A military jet crashed into a residential neighborhood in San Diego, California, on Monday as it tried to land at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, killing three people in a home, authorities said.
· Nagging Wife, Sausage Help Man Win $4.2M Lottery. A "nagging" wife who pushed her husband to buy a lottery ticket helped scoop the $4.2 million first prize — with only minutes to spare. The man from New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, bought his ticket just two minutes before ticket sales closed Saturday night.
· Woman surrenders in shooting of Ruffalo's brother. A woman wanted by police in connection with the shooting of actor Mark Ruffalo's brother surrendered on Monday, along with a man authorities named a "person of interest" in the case.
Monday, December 8, 2008
· Zucker says NBC may scale down programming hours. A terrible fall season at NBC is forcing the network to consider scaling back the number of hours it airs programming, Chief Executive Jeff Zucker told an investor conference Monday.
· Field Trips Canceled After Students See Autopsy of Classmate. A medical examiner's office in Michigan has canceled public school tours after a high school group watched the autopsy of a 14-year-old girl from their district.
· Woman Accused of Letting Teen Daughter Dance at Sex Party. Detroit police say they raided a sex-for-cash party involving 19 adult female prostitutes and two 16-year-old girls, including the hostess's daughter.
· Tribune files for bankruptcy. Media conglomerate Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, as the owner of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Cubs and other properties tries to deal with $13 billion in debt.
· Merrill CEO seeking 2008 bonus of $10 million. Merrill Lynch & Co Chief Executive John Thain has suggested to directors that he get a 2008 bonus of as much as $10 million, but the battered company's compensation committee is resisting his request, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the situation.
· Detroit Church Prays for Bailout With SUVs at Altar. With auto workers in the pews and sport-utility vehicles at the altar, one of Detroit's largest churches on Sunday offered up prayers for Congress to bail out the struggling auto industry.
· Obama: Days of 'pork as a strategy' are over. President-elect Barack Obama on Sunday warned officials around the country who want to fund projects with federal dollars: no more business as usual. "How are we going to make sure taxpayers are protected? You know, the days of just pork coming out of Congress as a strategy, those days are over," Obama told NBC's Tom Brokaw in an interview on "Meet the Press."
· Recycling goes from boom to bust as economy stalls. Just months after riding an incredible high, the recycling market has tanked almost in lockstep with the global economic meltdown. As consumer demand for autos, appliances and new homes dropped, so did the steel and pulp mills' demand for scrap, paper and other recyclables.
· NY Times Co to borrow against building. The New York Times Co plans to borrow up to $225 million against its mid-Manhattan headquarters building, to ease a potential cash flow squeeze as the company grapples with tighter credit and shrinking profits, the New York Times reported on its website Monday.
· Obama Pledges Not to Smoke in White House. Obama told the magazine Men's Health in an interview for its November issue that he wished he had more time for staying fit and that he still occasionally smoked a cigarette.
· Heart attack patients get 'big chill' treatment. For years, doctors have tried cooling people to limit damage from head and spinal cord injuries, strokes and even prematurity and birth trauma in newborns. Now doctors will be testing a new and dramatically speedier way of doing this for a much more common problem - heart attacks, which strike a million Americans each year.
· College graduate wants 50 jobs... in 50 states. It's hard enough these days to find and then keep one job. But a California college graduate is planning to land 50 jobs... in all 50 states by the end of 2009.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
· Court OKs Diaper Evidence at Astronaut Lisa Nowak's Trial. Diapers, latex gloves and other items found in an ex-astronaut's car can be used as evidence when the woman accused of driving 1,000-miles to confront a romantic rival goes to trial, an appeals court ruled.
· Sunny von Bulow dies after 28 years in coma. After spending nearly 28 years in an irreversible coma, heiress and socialite Martha "Sunny" von Bulow died Saturday in a New York nursing home, according to a family statement. She was 76. Von Bulow was subject of one of the nation's most sensational criminal cases during the 1980s. Her husband, Claus, was accused of trying to kill her with an overdose of insulin.
· Secret Santas in 3 states spread cheer, $100 bills. Two secret Santas descended on thrift stores, a health clinic, convenience store and an auto repair shop to dole out $20,000 in $100 bills, hugs and words of encouragement to unsuspecting souls in need.
· Angry Laid-Off Workers Occupy Factory in Chicago. About 250 union workers occupied the Republic Windows and Doors plant in shifts Saturday and say they won't go home without assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay.
· Indicted La. congressman loses re-election bid. Nine-term Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who has been battling scandals and a federal indictment for the past three years, lost his bid for re-election on Saturday. In 2005, Jefferson's private homes in Washington and New Orleans were raided, and FBI agents say they found $90,000 in cash stashed in one of his freezers.
· Girl, 10, Dies in Texas Christmas Parade Float Accident. A trailer carrying children in a Christmas parade struck and killed a 10-year-old girl who had jumped out of a pickup truck driving among the floats Saturday, police said.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
· Proposed fee on smelly cows, hogs angers farmers. For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if a federal proposal to charge fees for air-polluting animals becomes law.
· Hyperinflation forces Zimbabwe to print $200 million notes. Cash-strapped Zimbabwe revealed plans Saturday to circulate $200 million notes, just days after introducing a $100 million bill, Finance Minister Samuel Mumbengegwi said. Last week the price of a loaf of bread soared from 2 million to 35 million Zimbabwean dollars.
· B-word on son's head lands mom in jail. A Delaware County woman was arrested after her 9-year-old son told police she held him down and scratched a derogatory word onto his forehead before sending him to school.
· Wearing 'almost homeless' sign, ex-executive seeks work. Paul Nawrocki says he's beyond the point where he cares about humiliation. That's why he weekly takes a 90-minute train ride to New York, where he walks the streets wearing a sandwich board that reads: The former toy-industry executive needs a job.
· Update: Simpson could have taken plea deal for less time. O.J. Simpson is headed to prison for at least nine years, but a prosecutor says he could have spent less time behind bars if he had accepted a plea deal before he was convicted.
· Deadlock over Detroit bailout may soon end. Help may soon be on the way to the struggling U.S. auto industry after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed off her opposition to using funds from a fuel-efficiency research program for a bailout, two congressional officials said Friday.
· Worker says 'Joe the Plumber' cover-up was forced upon her. The Ohio state worker who unwittingly ran an improper child-support check on the man known as Joe the Plumber told lawmakers yesterday that a deputy director later "dictated" how she was supposed to cover it up.
· Witness: 'Sopranos' actor knew friend had gun. Former "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato knew a fellow junkie was carrying a gun before a break-in that led to the deadly shooting of an off-duty police officer, a drug dealer testified Friday.
Friday, December 5, 2008
· Update: Atheist sign stolen, found in Washington state ditch. An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch. The sign stated "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
· Border Patrol chief charged with hiring illegals. The regional director of Homeland Security, Customs, and Border Protection was charged today with repeatedly hiring illegal immigrants to clean her Salem home after one cleaner wore a wire during an undercover investigation.
· Teacher sorry for binding girls in slavery lesson. A white social studies teacher attempted to enliven a seventh-grade discussion of slavery by binding the hands and feet of two black girls, prompting outrage from one girl's mother and the local chapter of the NAACP.
· O.J. Simpson sentenced to nine to 33 years. Former football great O.J. Simpson will spend anywhere from nine to 33 years in prison and his co-defendant, Clarence C.J. Stewart will spend 7.5 to 27 years for their roles in a Las Vegas armed robbery case.
· Milwaukee neighborhoods could print own money. Residents from the Milwaukee neighborhoods of Riverwest and East Side are scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss printing their own money. The idea is that the local cash could be used at neighborhood stores and businesses, thus encouraging local spending. The result, supporters hope, would be a bustling local economy, even as the rest of the nation deals with a recession.
· Taxpayers furious over homeowner bailouts. Many Americans are outraged that their money is being spent to rescue irresponsible mortgage borrowers. Still, that probably won't stop government officials.
· Some bailout holdings down $9 billion. Stock intended to eventually earn taxpayers a profit as part of the Bush administration's massive bank bailout has lost a third of its value — about $9 billion — in barely one month, according to an Associated Press analysis. Shares in virtually every bank that received federal money have remained below the prices the government negotiated.
· Obama's 3 Million Donors Asked to Pay Clinton Debt. President-elect Obama is emailing millions of Americans, asking for their help in paying down Hillary Clinton's multimillion-dollar presidential campaign debt.
· Trio used bat, knife, belt on shackled teen. The three alleged abusers of a 17-year-old teen, who escaped captivity with a shackle on his ankle, tortured him with a bat, knife and belt, court documents released Thursday contend.
· Oil May Dive to $25 Next Year. Crude oil prices may crash below $25 a barrel next year and gas prices could fall below $1 a gallon if the global recession spreads to China, an energy analyst and CEO said Thursday.
· Paris jewelery thieves pull off $64 million heist. Armed robbers burst into a famed Paris jewellery store and snatched valuables including diamonds worth 50 million euros (64 million dollars), a source close to the enquiry said Friday.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
· Feds clean up Bonds indictment, again. Federal prosecutors in San Francisco indicted Barry Bonds for a third time today, once again rewriting the charges facing the former Giants star to correct technical errors. Under the new indictment, Bonds is charged with 10 counts of lying under oath and one count of obstruction of justice, all in connection with the steroids scandal.
· Gun club, police chief indicted in boy's Uzi death. Three men, including a small-town police chief, were indicted Thursday on involuntary manslaughter counts in the gun-fair death of an 8-year-old who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi that a prosecutor said he never should have been allowed to handle. The fair had promised shooters would have certified instructors, but the 8-year-old was supervised by an uncertified 15-year-old boy.
· Man sentenced in bizarre collar-bomb robbery plot. A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison in a deadly bank robbery plot - described by the judge in the case as "incredibly bizarre" - in which a pizza deliveryman died when a bomb affixed to his neck exploded.
· Paulson Considers 4.5% Mortgage Rates. The Treasury, which already has a program to buy mortgage- backed securities issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, could step up those purchases to drive down interest rates on some loans to 4.5 percent, the official said on condition of anonymity.
· Regis Philbin's insurer pays for damage to cruiser. Greenwich officials say Regis Philbin's insurance company will pay $2,700 for damage the celebrity caused when he backed his SUV into a town police car after attending a party and dining.
· Will Supreme Court take case on Obama's citizenship? The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama's election.
· Big Three Spending Millions On Lobbying. As Congress mulls over a bailout for U.S. automakers, some may be thinking about more than jobs and the economy. The auto industry spent nearly $50 million lobbying Congress in the first nine months alone.
· GM may pull plug on Saturn. General Motors Corp. launched its Saturn division in 1985 as a "different kind of car company," one given the task to sell cars in a new way and compete with Japanese juggernauts like Honda and Toyota. The idea, simply, was to make money on the small, economical vehicles that had always been losers for the Detroit giant.
· Mumbai Gunman Was Promised Cash for Family if Killed. The only gunman captured during the terror attack on Mumbai says he was promised that his impoverished family would get $1,250 if he died fighting for militant Islam, security officials said.
· Officials: Pakistan group leaders linked to attack. India has evidence that two senior leaders of a banned Pakistani militant group orchestrated the 60-hour siege of India's financial capital that killed 171 people, Indian officials said Thursday.
· Automakers May Go Bankrupt for Bailout. General Motors Corp and Chrysler LLC are considering accepting a pre-arranged bankruptcy as the last-resort price of getting a multi-billion dollar government bailout, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing a person familiar with internal discussions.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Voracity; Voracious [vo·ra·cious] adj. Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous. 2. Having or marked by an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; greedy: "A voracious reader."
· The strange defense of Phil Spector: He's scary. Since his murder retrial began a month ago, Phil Spector has heard himself described as a gun-obsessed boor with a mouth filthier than a truck stop restroom and mood swings as sharp and scary as a dagger. Surprisingly, this ugly portrait came courtesy not of prosecutors - although they've offered their own unflattering character sketch - but from the legendary music producer's own lawyer.
· Homeland Security chief warns that for Napolitano, tough job awaits. Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday that his likely successor, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, will inherit an improving immigration situation but also will face smarter terrorists increasingly bent on using major high-tech weapons.
· Girl from iconic Great Depression photo: 'We were ashamed.' The photograph became an icon of the Great Depression: a migrant mother with her children burying their faces in her shoulder. Katherine McIntosh was 4 years old when the photo was snapped. She said it brought shame - and determination - to her family.
· Oil Prices Fall to $45 on Weak Economy. Oil prices sank to fresh 3-year lows Thursday in Asia as more bleak news from the world's largest economy signaled that crude could tumble below $40 by the end of the year.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
· Worker faces rap in Manhattan Court sex attacks. A city worker who supervised troubled teens raped and sexually abused underage girls inside the Manhattan Family Court building, prosecutors said Tuesday.
· Louisiana tops list of unhealthiest U.S. states. Louisiana has displaced Mississippi as the unhealthiest U.S. state and other Southern states were close rivals due to high obesity and smoking rates in new rankings that deemed Vermont the healthiest.
· Si se puede! Richardson accepts Commerce Secretary Job in Spanish. Gov. Bill Richardson is the first Hispanic named to Obama's cabinet. "Si se puede!" Richardson said, echoing Obama's supporters' "Yes we can!" mantra as he delivered a portion of his acceptance remarks in Spanish.
· Ala. county sets 'Barack Obama Day' as new holiday. A small central Alabama county whose mainly black residents gave Barack Obama more than 70 percent of the vote on Election Day has created an annual holiday in honor of the president-elect. The Perry County Commission voted 4 to 1 to observe the second Monday in November as "The Barack Obama Day." County offices will close and its roughly 40 workers will get a paid holiday.
· Atheist group posts “there is no God” display next to nativity scene. An atheist group has unveiled an anti-religion placard in the Washington state Capitol, joining a Christian Nativity scene and “holiday tree” on display during December. The placard reads: “At this season of the Winter Solstice may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.“
· Aunt faces charges in shackled teen mystery. Police arrested a third suspect in the bizarre case of an emaciated, nearly naked teenager who is said to have escaped his captors and wandered into a gym with a shackle on his ankle, authorities said Wednesday.
· Newspaper 'Steals' Empire State Building in Just 90 Minutes. The New York Daily News drew up fake documents, created a bogus notary stamp and filed paperwork with the city and successfully took ownership of the $2 billion property on Monday. To further enhance the absurdity of the heist, included on the bogus paperwork were original "King Kong" star Fay Wray as witness and Willie Sutton, the notorious bank robber, as the notary.
· Sex abuse allegations against evangelist detailed. A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses evangelist Tony Alamo of sexually abusing five girls on separate occasions beginning in 1994, including a period when he was serving a tax-evasion sentence at a halfway house in Texarkana.
· Man arrested for assaulting girlfriend with a sweet potato pie. A Florida man has been charged with domestic battery after authorities say he slammed a hot sweet potato pie in his girlfriend's face during the couple's Thanksgiving dinner. According to a Martin County Sheriff's Office report, 46-year-old Christopher Ford threw the pie because he didn't like the food.
· Polanski attorneys move to get case dismissed. Attorneys for Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski are asking a California court to dismiss a 30-year-old sex offense case against him, claiming prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. "We are looking forward to seeing Mr. Polanski in court as the matter is litigated," said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
· Passengers kept in plane for 9-hours on runway. Dense fog forced Flight 670, en route to Los Angeles International Airport, to be diverted to Ontario International Airport about midnight, where it sat on the tarmac until mid-morning. Just why the passengers were forced to wait for so long on the cramped aircraft remained a matter of dispute Monday.
· Islamic fashion struts conservative catwalk. After years of turning heads with her riotously colorful frocks in Malaysia, fashion designer Tom Abang Saufi can't decide whether to shed a few shades on her batik dresses for the Middle East.
· Simon Cowell's lawyers warn press about harassment. Lawyers acting for The X Factor judge Simon Cowell have warned UK newspapers not to harass their client after a tracking device was allegedly found attached to his Rolls Royce last week.
· O.J. Simpson Facing 18 Year Prison Sentence. State authorities are recommending that O.J. Simpson and a co-defendant be sentenced to 18 years in prison for the gunpoint robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers, according to documents filed Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
· Customers injured in crush suing Wal-Mart. Two customers are suing Wal-Mart for negligence after being injured in a mad rush for post-Thanksgiving bargains that left one store employee dead, the men's attorney said Tuesday.
· Big Three want more money in bailout. The plans included salary cuts for top executives, the sale of corporate jets by General Motors and Ford and the possible elimination of two GM brands - Pontiac and Saturn. But the Big Three are also now asking the government for as much as $34 billion instead of the $25 billion they originally wanted.
· Teens Charged In Nursing Home Abuse. A group of teenagers working at a Minnesota nursing home abused and sexually humiliated elderly residents suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, prosecutors allege.
· Patrick Swayze denies reports he is near death. "Dirty Dancing" star Patrick Swayze, who has pancreatic cancer, on Tuesday denied tabloid stories that he is near death. Swayze, 56, said in a statement he was home with his family for the holidays after finishing work on his new television series "The Beast."
· Kmart worker shot helping coworker. Police say it started with an argument between a female employee and her boyfriend in the front of the store. The man, later identified as 30-year-old Anthony Birch, followed the woman into the store by way of the back loading dock, where the altercation continued. At some point Birch pulled out a gun and fired a shot. A male coworker came to the aid of the woman and he was subsequently shot.
· Colo. man charged with libel over Craigslist posts. A man accused of making unflattering online comments about his former lover and her attorney on Craigslist has been charged with two counts of criminal libel.
· Indictments against Cheney, Gonzales dismissed. A judge dismissed indictments against Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday and told the southern Texas prosecutor who brought the case to exercise caution as his term in office ends.
· Regulators reject FCC cell tower backup rules. Federal regulators have rejected proposed changes by the Federal Communications Commission that would require all U.S. cell phone towers to have at least eight hours of backup power. "We believe that having backup power for America's communications networks during times of emergency is vitally important for public safety," said FCC spokesman Robert Kenny.
· 1 in 5 young adults has personality disorder. Almost one in five young American adults has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more abuse alcohol or drugs, researchers reported Monday in the most extensive study of its kind.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Oxymoron [ox·y·mo·ron] n.pl. A phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, for example, “wise fool” or “to make haste slowly.”
· Former UCLA hospital worker admits selling records. A former employee of UCLA Medical Center pleaded guilty Monday to selling information from the medical records of celebrities and high-profile patients, including Britney Spears and Farrah Fawcett, to the National Enquirer.
· Big Three automakers to submit plans to Congress. Detroit's automakers, making a second bid for $25 billion in funding, are presenting Congress with plans Tuesday to restructure their ailing companies and provide assurances that the funding will help them survive and thrive.
· Kosher meat gets scarce after raid. The shortage of kosher meat is the result of the collapse of Agriprocessors Inc., formerly the largest kosher meatpacking company in the nation. In May, nearly 400 workers were arrested in an immigration raid at the company's Postville, Iowa, slaughterhouse.
· Shackled Emaciated Teen Runs To Gym. A missing teenager ran into a fitness center Monday with an inch-thick chain shackled to his ankle, and he may have been held captive, Tracy, Calif. police said.
Monday, December 1, 2008
· Jennifer Hudson's Brother-in-Law Arrested in Family Murders. Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law has just gone from "person of interest" to prime suspect in the slayings of her mother, brother and nephew.
· Dow plunges 680 points after recession confirmed. Stocks tumbled today, with fears about the economy driving a selloff as manufacturing slumped to a 26-year low and the U.S. economy was officially declared to be in a recession.
· Pirates attack cruise ship. A luxury cruise ship carrying 690 passengers and 386 crew has been attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, en route to Oman. The ship was approached yesterday by two small skiffs which fired several shots. No one on board was hurt and Nautica's captain Jurica Brajcic was able to take evasive action and outrun the two boats.
· FBI arrests Birmingham mayor. Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was arrested Monday and the 101-count indictment against him has been unsealed. This morning, U.S. Attorney Alice Martin announced that Langford, along with friend Al LaPierre and businessman Bill Blount, face charges of conspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns.
· Husband Dies Trying to Save Pregnant Wife. A Farmington Hills man was killed Saturday morning after he was hit by his own car. The man got out of the car to help his pregnant wife after she fell getting into the couple's mini van.
· Ex-mayor's aide: 'I lied under oath.' The former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s chief of staff has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. She pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice.
· Obama: Clinton has my 'complete confidence.' Barack Obama today announced Sen. Hillary Clinton as his pick for secretary of state, calling her an "American of tremendous stature who will have my complete confidence." Obama also confirmed that he is keeping Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his current post.
· Victim turns tables on robber, Tampa police say. If you're going to rob someone, putting down your gun is usually not a good idea. Tampa Police say 41-year-old Jerome Haggins walked into a home on Nebraska Avenue Saturday night around 11pm, and pointed a gun at the six men inside.
· N.J. road sign quotes Hitler, concerns motorists. A sign that quotes Adolf Hitler is causing a mild stir among motorists along county Route 565, especially because it was created by a member of the township Board of Education. One side of the sign reads, "Give me your childs mind and I will ... A. Hitler." The other side says, "If you love me teach my children," and on the next line, "Jesus."
· Mumbai cemetery won't bury gunmen. A Muslim graveyard has refused to bury nine gunmen who terrorized Mumbai over three days last week, leaving at least 172 people dead and wreaking havoc at some of its most famous landmarks. "People who committed this heinous crime cannot be called Muslim," said Hanif Nalkhande, a trustee. "Islam does not permit this sort of barbaric crime."
Word of The Day by WordThink
Assiduous [as·sid·u·ous] adj. 1. Constant in application or attention; diligent: "An assiduous worker who strove for perfection." 2. Unceasing; persistent: "Assiduous cancer research."
· Unprotected computers useless within two hours of going online. In just under two hours an unprotected computer was rendered unusable through online attacks in an experiment in today. The experiment was designed to show what a household with a computer put itself at risk of everyday, and was carried out by NetSafe and IBM.
· Madonna, Alex Rodriguez in Mexico City. New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was in the Mexican capital on the same weekend the pop star was performing there. When asked what he thought about being in the city at the same time as Madonna, Rodriguez said it was "very good," without elaborating.
· Car salesman allegedly passes out in vehicle borrowed from his employer. A 20-year-old car salesman is facing charges of drunk driving after he was found “passed out” in a vehicle he borrowed from his employer, according to an arrest affidavit released Sunday.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
· Sex invariably spells trouble, says Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader, on Friday said sex spelt fleeting satisfaction and trouble later, while chastity offered a better life and "more freedom."
· Denver family found dead in Aspen home. A founding partner of a Denver investment bank, his wife and their two children were found dead Friday in a house with high levels of carbon monoxide on an $8.9 million estate just east of Aspen.
· International hotels draw elites and terror threat. Consider how a city looks to a terrorist seeking targets. There's the airport — inviting, but heavily secured. There's the U.S. Embassy, perimeter guarded by crack local forces and Marines. And there's the plush international hotel, open to anyone with a decent outfit and money for a cup of coffee.
· 350,000 Illegal Immigrants Sent Home in 2008. Nationwide deportations have increased to nearly 350,000 immigrants sent home through September 2008. The trend is expected to continue. But experts and immigration officials aren't certain whether deportations — which affect less than 3 percent of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. this year — are an effective means of controlling that population.
· U.S. ‘Black Friday’ Sales Rise 3%. U.S. holiday retail sales increased 3 percent yesterday from a year earlier, research firm ShopperTrak said. Sales rose to $10.6 billion, the Chicago-based company said in a statement.
· Rosie Live DOA, Rosie Says. TV buff like Rosie O'Donnell knows the Nielsen score: Rosie Live ain't living on. Rosie Live, broadcast, yes, live on NBC on Wednesday, was billed not only as O'Donnell's return to TV after her public divorce from The View, but as TV's return to the random-guest-star ways of the variety genre.
· Desperate times call for taxing measures. Massachusetts is unleashing a fierce array of cyber tools and data-mining devices to chase down tax cheats who owe almost $2 billion to the state at a time when revenues are shrinking and the budget deficit has hit $1.4 billion.
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Precarious [pre·car·i·ous] adj. 1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: "The precarious life of an undercover cop." 2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions: "His kingdom was still precarious." 3. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: "A precarious solution to a difficult problem."
· Deal on donors paves way for Clinton Cabinet post. President-elect Barack Obama planned to nominate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as his secretary of state on Monday, transforming a once-bitter political rivalry into a high-level strategic and diplomatic partnership.
· Captured terrorist's account of Mumbai massacre reveals plan was to kill 5,000. The only terrorist captured alive after the Mumbai massacre has given police the first full account of the extraordinary events that led to it – revealing he was ordered to ‘kill until the last breath’. Azam Amir Kasab, 21, from Pakistan, said the attacks were meticulously planned six months ago and were intended to kill 5,000 people.
· Taj Mahal hotel owner: We had warning. The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, temporarily increased security after being warned of a possible terrorist attack, the chairman of the company that owns the hotel said Saturday. But Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata said those measures, which were eased shortly before the terror attacks, could not have prevented gunmen from entering the hotel.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
· Police: Driver said 'shove' Maine seat belt law. A motorist protested Maine's seat belt law during a traffic stop by telling a police officer that Maine officials could "shove" the law in a specified body cavity.
· At the Santa Paula Airport, Steve McQueen was a pilot, not a celebrity. 'The Great Escape' superstar spent much of his last year living with his girlfriend in an airport hangar. Pilots remember him as a generous man who enjoyed quiet respect and cheap beer.
· Car tries to beat train by driving under crossing gate. A passenger train smashed into a sedan that drove into its path in central Florida on Friday night, killing three people in the car. The car drove past the crossing's lowered gates into the path of the train, police said.
· Driver charged with DWI after dragging hydrant past police. Jeremy Aron was drunk Friday morning when he smashed his Subaru into a fire hydrant and dragged the hydrant past an off-duty police sergeant, police said.
· Update: Black Friday stampede broke down doors at Wal-Mart. A stampede of shoppers in a Valley Stream Wal-Mart on Friday morning left one worker dead and at least three patrons injured after an impatient crowd broke down the store doors and trampled an employee, police said. "This crowd was out of control," said Nassau Police Det. Michael Fleming, whose squad is investigating.
· Police looking for "savage" Wal-Mart shoppers. Police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify who trampled to death a Wal-Mart worker after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at a suburban store and knocked him down, leaving a metal portion of the door frame crumpled like an accordion. Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like "savages."
· Survey: French Men Say They Need Bigger Condoms. The French say they need the largest condoms in Europe while Greeks get by on smaller ones, according to a Europe-wide study by a German firm that provides advice on condoms.
· Girl Scouts fighting to stay relevant, hip. After almost 100 years, Girl Scouts are fighting to stay relevant and hip. Shuttering camps is a difficult and emotional side effect of an ambitious plan to streamline Girl Scouts and roll out a whole new "leadership" program to revive interest in the 2.6 million-girl organization. With membership falling by 250,000 in just five years, the Scouts are doing a lot of soul searching.
· OPEC struggles to find balance in oil market. Ministers from Arab oil-producing countries met here Saturday ahead of an emergency gathering of the larger OPEC cartel to find a way to stem plunging energy prices caused by plummeting demand amid the global economic meltdown. "There is total confusion... They basically thrive when oil prices go up, and now they are crying uncle when prices go down."
· Black Friday traffic takes down Sears.com. Sears.com was inaccessible to U.S. shoppers for two hours on Friday in what was the most notable Web hiccup of the holiday gift-buying season's official start. Other sites, including Amazon.com Inc., experienced minor slowdowns.
· Indian forces kill last gunmen in Mumbai. Indian commandos killed the last remaining gunmen holed up at a luxury Mumbai hotel Saturday, ending a 60-hour rampage through India's financial capital by suspected Islamic militants that killed 195 people and rocked the nation.
Friday, November 28, 2008
· Qantas jet turns back after offshore service center forgot to put oil in motor. A Qantas jet serviced days ago in Hong Kong had to turn back to Perth yesterday when an engine oil warning light flashed in the Airbus A330 cockpit. Aviation sources said the engine starter motor sheared off because no oil had been put into the motor after its overhaul.
· Worker dies at Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede. A Wal-Mart employee died and four others were hurt in the Black Friday rush to get into the Valley Stream store this morning. The injuries occurred as the shoppers crammed into the Wal-Mart when the doors opened at 5 a.m. Some 2,000 shoppers were waiting to get inside the store for Black Friday sales.
· Winona Ryder "loses" $125,000 worth of jewelry. Sticky-fingered actress Winona Ryder mysteriously lost a diamond-encrusted bracelet and ring worth more than $125,000 on loan to her, according to the New York Post.
· Judge says perfume lawsuit can proceed. A city of Detroit planner can proceed with her lawsuit alleging a co-worker's perfume made it difficult for her to breathe and impossible to do her job, a federal judge has ruled.
· Cop wins huge award after chair he sat in broke, sending bullet into his leg. A veteran NYPD detective who accidentally put a bullet in his knee after he stumbled out of a busted chair in a Brooklyn station house hobbled away last week with a cool $4.5 million jury verdict.
· Nearly half of Mexican cops fail police tests. Almost half of Mexican police officers examined this year have failed background and security tests, a figure that rises to nearly 9 of 10 cops in the border state of Baja California, the government reported.
· 3 Shot In Violent Dunkin' Donuts Robbery. Authorities are looking for a group of armed men who staged a violent robbery at a Dunkin' Donuts in Delray Beach. Police spokesman Jeff Messer said three people were shot Wednesday night but are expected to recover.
· Man Punished With Work for Throwing Pie at Vermont Governor. A man who hit Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas in the face with a pie during an Independence Day parade in Montpelier will spend five days on a work crew for the stunt.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
· Here they are - the Top 10 Political Turkeys of 2008. November 27 may be Turkey Day in America, but in the world of politics, every day is turkey day. Turkeys are foolish creatures - overstuffed, noisy and self-important. A lot like the politicians on the list of Turkeys of the Year.
· Rosie O'Donnell's show flops on NBC. The network's attempt to revive the primetime variety show failed to draw an audience Wednesday night, with Rosie O'Donnell tying for the evening's lowest-rated program.
· Football fan says bathroom sex scandal "ruined my life." A 38-year-old married Iowa woman who was caught having sex with a 26-year-old stranger in the men's room at an Iowa Hawkeye football game in Minneapolis last weekend says she’d had so much wine before kickoff that she doesn’t remember walking into the restroom, the man she had sex with in a stall, or when the police opened the door.
· Lawsuit claims man was dragged from his home and charged with public intoxication. A Roanoke man is asking for $10 million in a lawsuit that says city police officers improperly arrested him. According to the lawsuit, officers pushed their way into his house, seized George William Roberts, dragged him outside and charged him with being drunk in public.
· Man Arrested in Gruesome Killing of Ark. TV Anchorwoman. Police on Wednesday arrested a man on a capital murder charge in the beating death of a popular television anchorwoman but offered neither a motive behind the attack nor details about why they suspected him.
· Things You Didn't Know About Thanksgiving. In 1953, someone at Swanson overestimated the amount of turkey Americans would consume that Thanksgiving. With 260 tons of frozen birds to get rid of, a company salesman named Gerry Thomas ordered 5,000 aluminum trays and created the first-ever TV dinner.
· Tip, DNA lead to arrest in student's slaying. Police in Reno, Nevada, say they have solved one of their most haunting cold cases, arresting a construction worker in the slaying of 19-year-old college student Brianna Denison.
· Nichols Shot Court Reporter Over Baked Goods. Court reporter Julie Brandau baked homemade treats for the jurors in Judge Rowland Barnes' courtroom - an act that cost Brandau her life at the hands of Brian Nichols.
· Thief uses lubricant to swipe ring on woman's hand. Police said a thief used a Vaseline-like lubricant to swipe an expensive ring off an elderly woman's hand in broad daylight. Authorities said two men bumped 80-year-old Helen Artim's car, then asked her to open her trunk to check for damage.
· GM Said to Study Shedding Saab, Saturn, Pontiac to Win U.S. Aid. General Motors Corp., working to cut costs to win $12 billion in government loans, is studying whether to shed its Saturn, Saab and Pontiac brands in addition to Hummer, people familiar with the matter said.
· GM Asks U.S. FAA to Bar Public Tracking of Leased Corporate Jet. General Motors Corp., criticized by U.S. lawmakers for its use of corporate jets, asked aviation regulators to block the public’s ability to track a plane it uses.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
· Carnage in India; hotels under siege. Gunmen have targeted nine locations in south Mumbai, including two luxury hotels. A state spokesman put the death toll at 78. Gunmen are holding hostages at the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, police said. One witness told reporters gunmen had tried to find people with U.S. or British passports.
· NY subway terror threat emerges on busy travel day. Police bolstered security in subways and trains Wednesday after the government warned that al-Qaida suicide bombers were contemplating an attack on New York's mass-transit systems during the holiday season.
· Jury convicts mom of lesser charges in online hoax. A Missouri mother on trial in a landmark cyberbullying case was convicted Wednesday of three minor offenses instead of the main conspiracy charge in a cruel Internet hoax that apparently drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.
· Men guilty over fake penis scam. The makers of a prosthetic penis to help men cheat on drugs tests have pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy in a US federal court. The device was sold with a heating element and fake urine to help people test negative for illegal substances.
· Cash-Strapped NYC Goes On Ticket Blitz, Adding 200 New Traffic Agents. New York City's latest move to close the budget gap is annoying New Yorkers to no end. Soon, you may not be able to avoid the police no matter what you do. The city is putting 200 more ticket-writing traffic agents to work.
· South Korea seeks to jail actress for adultery. South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a popular actress who tried to overturn the country's law that criminalizes adultery be thrown in jail for a year and a half for having an affair, local media reported.
· Accused drunk driver ends up running over himself. A 21-year-old man was accused of driving drunk and leading police on a chase that finally ended with him running over himself. The man was treated for minor injuries at a Santa Fe hospital.
· Americans' Food Stamp Use Nears All-Time High. Fueled by rising unemployment and food prices, the number of Americans on food stamps is poised to exceed 30 million for the first time this month, surpassing the historic high set in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.
· Volcker to head board of economic experts. President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce that Paul Volcker will head a new economic recovery board, two sources close to the transition team tell CNN.
· "Butt Bandit" Case Cracked. Nebraska's notorious "butt bandit" was charged today with a public indecency spree in which he allegedly lathered his private parts in baby lotion and then left "butt and penis prints on local business windows" all over town.
· Destroyed Pirate 'Mother Ship' Actually Thai Boat. The pirate "mother ship" sunk last week by the Indian navy was actually a Thai fishing trawler that had been commandeered hours earlier by pirates, an international maritime agency said Wednesday.
· Dad raped daughters for 27 years. A British man was jailed Tuesday for raping two of his daughters and fathering nine children over 27 years, a case with echoes of Austria's Josef Fritzl. The two daughters were made pregnant 19 times; there were nine births, five miscarriages and five terminations.
· Burke crowned 'Dancing with the Stars' queen. Brooke Burke waltzed away with the mirror ball trophy on the "Dancing with the Stars" finale. The 37-year-old TV personality and mother of four dominated the seventh season of the popular ABC dancing competition.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
· Natalee Holloway sold to Venezuelan, Joran says. Disappeared US teenager Natalee Holloway was taken to an Aruba beach by Joran van der Sloot and sold there to a Venezuelan man who 'wanted a blonde girl,' Joran Van der Sloot said.
· Former TV Anchor Gets 3 Years Probation in E-Mail Snooping Case. A popular TV newsman has been sentenced to three years of probation for obsessively hacking into his co-anchor's e-mail and leaking gossip about her to the press. Larry Mendte admitted hacking into Alycia Lane's e-mail hundreds of times.
· Daughter convinces President Bush to pardon her dad. A Conroe, Texas man can thank his daughter - and her homework assignment - for his presidential pardon. Danny Pue was among 14 people pardoned by President Bush Monday afternoon.
· Dubai 'sex-on-beach' couple escape jail term. A British couple convicted for having sex on a public beach in Dubai will not face jail after a judge suspended their prison sentences, their lawyer said Tuesday.
· NJ church shooting suspect captured in Georgia. A California man accused of driving to New Jersey and fatally shooting his estranged wife and another man inside a church has been captured in Georgia.
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Synergism [syn·er·gism] n. Interaction of discrete agencies or conditions where the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual parts. "All the stockholders saw considerable synergism in the merger." [also Synergy].
· Jet pack pilot flies across 1,500-foot-wide canyon. A daredevil wearing a jet pack has flown across a 1,500-foot-wide canyon in southern Colorado. The sponsoring Go Fast Sports & Beverage says Eric Scott took 21 seconds to cross the Royal Gorge at 75 mph on Monday.
· Freed sailors: 'Pirates are animals.' Five Indian sailors who were among the crew of a Japanese-owned cargo ship hijacked by pirates and held for two months before a ransom was paid said Monday their captivity was "total desperation."
· Vick hoping to move closer to freedom with plea. Michael Vick arrived in a suit and shackles for a court appearance Tuesday where he was expected to plead guilty to state dogfighting charges, a necessary step to make him eligible for early release.
Monday, November 24, 2008
· GM ends 9-year endorsement deal with Tiger Woods. General Motors Corp. said Monday it is ending its nine-year endorsement deal with golf superstar Tiger Woods as the automaker continues to cut expenses and hoard cash while trying to survive the worst sales downturn in a quarter-century.
· One Half of ‘Hannity & Colmes’ Is Leaving. “Hannity & Colmes” will soon be without “Colmes.” Alan Colmes, the longtime liberal half of the Fox News prime time program, will leave the show at the end of the year, the network announced Monday. His departure will represent a major change to Fox’s evening lineup.
· Billionaire Club Goes Broke. Running out of money may seem unlikely for a private resort whose members includes billionaire Bill Gates and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, but that's the fate that will befall the ultra-exclusive Yellowstone Club this week unless it can line up another loan.
· Anthonys Say They Feel Ambushed By Taping, Release Of FBI Interviews. "That distinct odor, that's something you don't forget," George Anthony said in the FBI interview. "I believe something was placed in the back of that trunk. I don't want to believe it was my granddaughter." George Anthony also said in the interview that his daughter had lied.
· N.Y. Christmas Boat Parade Changes Name, Loses Fans. An annual parade of boats on a Long Island river that dropped "Christmas" from its name has apparently lost lots of supporters. The change was made after some residents complained the name wasn't inclusive enough.
· Army post sees new cases of sex misconduct. Twelve years after a military sex scandal that led to changes in Army training, Fort Leonard Wood has seen stream of cases in which drill sergeants have been accused of sexual misconduct with female trainees.
· Man shot by dog recovering. Henry Marcum has nothing but kind words for the dog that shot his 23-year-old son this weekend. Marcum says his son, Matthew, was standing in Tillamook Bay at the start of duck-hunting trip when his dog jumped into the boat, setting off a 12-gauge shotgun.
· Man Killed at Scientology Center Had Church Ties. Police said a man who waved a pair of Samurai swords on the grounds of a Hollywood Scientology building had a "previous relationship" to the church, but released little other information about the man shot and killed by a security guard.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
· Update: Screen Actors Guild to seek strike authorization. The Screen Actors Guild said Saturday it will ask its members to authorize a strike. The producers' alliance condemned the SAG decision and said it remains the only major Hollywood guild without a labor deal this year. "Now, SAG is bizarrely asking its members to bail out the failed negotiating strategy with a strike vote - at a time of historic economic crisis," a producers' statement said. "The tone-deafness of SAG is stunning."
· Disgraced pastor returns, as Christian insurance salesman. Ted Haggard, the former superstar pastor disgraced two years ago in a sex-and-drugs scandal, has returned - this time as a Christian insurance salesman.
· 'Dinner Impossible' does the improbable. After getting dumped from Food Network's "Dinner: Impossible" series in March following revelations that he'd exaggerated details of his resume, Robert Irvine is making a comeback on the same show.
· We Seek Snitches, Albuquerque Police Want Ad Says. An ad this week in a local newspaper asks "people who hang out with crooks" to do part-time work for the police. It reads in part: "Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK."
· 31 year-old Maine teacher is found guilty of having sex with a 13 year-old, gets 30 day sentence. A former teacher at a Lubec elementary school was sentenced Friday in Washington County Superior Court to 30 days in jail for having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old.
· Maine Store's Alleged Obama Assassination Pool Sparks National Outcry. The owner of a Maine store has sparked intense outcry over a sign that invited customers to bet on a date when President-elect Barack Obama would be assassinated.
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Innocuous [in·noc·u·ous] adj. 1. Having no adverse effect; harmless. 2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid. [the seemingly innocuous e-mail actually contained a malicious virus].
· Casey Listed 'Nanny' As Job On Resume. In an interview with FBI investigators, George Anthony said that his daughter, Casey Anthony, listed "nanny" as one of her jobs on a resume. Casey Anthony, 22, is jailed on first-degree murder charges in the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter, Caylee, who was last seen in mid-June.
· Greeley mayor shows student $3 Obama bill. Greeley Mayor Ed Clark, a former police officer who also is the head of security at the University Schools charter school, said today that he has apologized to the family of a student that he showed the bill to. According to the Greeley Tribune, the fake $3 bill is emblazoned with an image of Obama wearing a Middle Eastern headdress Clark describes as a "prince's hat."
· Astronauts try to work out kinks in urine machine. Astronauts hope they have a solution for getting a pivotal piece of equipment working so it can convert urine and sweat into drinkable water and allow the international space station to grow to six crew members.
· Missing Teenage Girl Found in Illinois Teacher's Closet. A missing 17-year-old girl was found hiding in a closet at a male teacher's home near Chicago after he told police he didn't know where she was.
Satuday, November 22, 2008
· Teen abandoned in Nebraska hours before law change. A 14-year-old boy from Yolo County, Calif., was left at a hospital in Kimball, Nebraska on Friday, just hours before the state Safe Haven law changed to limit legal abandonments to babies 30 days old or younger.
· Saudi royals "shot in arm" for home of Mayo Clinic. Rochester officials say members of Saudi Arabia's royal family spent enough during a visit to the Mayo Clinic to give the area's economy a shot in the arm. Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Brad Jones says a conservative estimate of the royal family's spending is up to $1.5 million.
· Pirates release tanker hijacked in September. Somali pirates have released a hijacked Greek-owned tanker with all 19 crew safe and the oil cargo intact, Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry said Saturday. The ship's management company said a ransom was paid but did not say how much.
· Update: Prosecutor who had Cheney indicted yells at judge. A county prosecutor who brought indictments this week against Vice President Dick Cheney and others pounded his fist and shouted at the judge Friday during a routine hearing.
· Fla. student arrested for passing gas at school. According to a report released Friday by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the 13-year-old boy “continually disrupted his classroom environment” by intentionally breaking wind.
· Sex-crimes prosecutor accused of raping colleague. A sex-crimes prosecutor in California has pleaded not guilty to tying up and raping a colleague while threatening her with an ice pick and a handgun.
· Obama outlines rebuilding plans to create jobs. President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday outlined his plan to create 2.5 million jobs in coming years to rebuild roads and bridges and modernize schools while developing alternative energy sources and more efficient cars.
· Hollywood actors guild to seek strike. The Screen Actors Guild said Saturday it will ask its members to authorize a strike after its first contract talks in four months with Hollywood studios failed despite the help of a federal mediator. SAG represents more than 120,000 actors in movies, television and other media.
· Kin outraged, distraught over teen's cyber suicide. The family of a college student who killed himself live on the Internet say they're horrified his life ended before a virtual audience, and infuriated that viewers of the live webcam or operators of the Web site that hosted it didn't act sooner to save him. "Some members of his virtual audience encouraged him to do it, others tried to talk him out of it, and some discussed whether he was taking a dose big enough to kill himself."
· Mortgage meltdown results in pets going to pound. Furry signs of a down-trending economy peer dolefully from every kennel at the Broward County Humane Society shelter in Florida and hundreds of others across the country.
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Autonomous [au·ton·o·mous] adj. 1. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed. 2. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: "an autonomous judiciary."
· Top Republican says Obama "off to a good start." A top Republican said on Friday that Democratic U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is "off to a good start" and indicated he was pleased to see President George W. Bush get ready to leave.
· Space Tourist Wants $21 Million Back for Canceled Mission. Japanese millionaire Daisuke Enomoto had planned to dress up as his favorite cartoon character in outer space and spent $21 million to make it happen. Now he claims the company that was supposed make his dream come true brushed him aside with little more than a "sorry, no refunds."
· U.S. Develops Tiny Flying Robots. U.S. military engineers are trying to design flying robots disguised as insects that could one day spy on enemies and conduct dangerous missions without risking lives.
Friday, November 21, 2008
· GM to return two leased jets amid criticism. General Motors Corp will return two of its leased corporate jets amid intense criticism in Washington this week on the luxury travel arrangements of its chief executive even as the company pleads for federal aid.
· Boston city councilor arrested for taking bribe. A Boston City Council member has been arrested for allegedly taking a $1,000 bribe from a person he believed was a businessman, then lying to FBI officials. Last month, former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson was arrested for allegedly taking $23,500 in bribes from undercover agents.
· Teacher chokes kid, charges dropped. Parents of 10-year-old Keenan Dixon are outraged, because child abuse charges are being dropped against his music teacher Robert Nicholson. Nicholson was arrested last month after he admitted he choked the boy and carried him six feet during music class.
· Horror as teenager commits suicide online. A 19-year-old man has committed suicide live on the internet encouraged by others who were watching, according to reports. The teenager, named as Abraham K Biggs, from Broward County, Florida, took an overdose of pills while broadcasting himself on Justin.tv, a live video streaming website.
· Cell Phone in Man's Chest Pocket Stops Bullet. A man says his cell phone saved his life. A stray .45-caliber bullet hit R.J. Richard's chest while he was mowing the lawn — hitting so hard he thought it was a stone kicked out by his tractor. He pulled out the phone.
· Verizon staff had unauthorized access to Obama's cell. Records from a cell phone used by President-elect Obama were improperly breached, apparently by employees of the cell phone company, Verizon Wireless said Thursday.
· Man who got head stuck in vent charged with trespassing. The man who got his head stuck in a vent on the roof of a Des Plaines restaurant and nearly died has been charged with one count of criminal trespassing and one count of criminal damage, Des Plaines police said on Thursday.
· Anthony Family Attorney Resigns. The attorney representing George and Cindy Anthony, the parents of Casey Anthony, who is charged with first-degree murder in the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee, resigned, saying he didn't have the control over the case or his clients that he needed to be effective.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
· Democrats demand Big 3 offer survival plan. Democratic congressional leaders seeking to salvage a bailout of the Big Three automakers demanded car executives provide a business survival plan on Thursday in exchange for their support for up to $25 billion in loans.
· Copyright claim to university's name `baffling.' Robert Lutczyk, who sits on both the Oshawa and Durham Region councils, registered a copyright for "University of Ontario Institute of Technology" in 2005 and has recently forbidden several newspapers from printing the phrase under threat of legal action.
· Drunk drivers flood hospital ERs, escape DWI charges. By some estimates, 50 percent of the people brought to the ER are legally too drunk to drive but ER doctors are not required to run blood alcohol tests. Under a 60-year-old federal statute, insurance companies can deny payment for treatment of injuries caused by intoxication, so many hospitals would be penalized for running blood alcohol tests.
· Taco Bell lawyers get tough with rapper 50 Cent. Rapper 50 Cent is facing a challenge to his street cred — from Taco Bell. The squabble is over a fake letter sent out by Taco Bell Corp. asking 50 Cent to change his name for one day to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent to help publicize its value menu.
· eHarmony to Provide Gay Dating Service After Lawsuit. Online dating site eHarmony will create a service for same-sex matching in a settlement of a 2005 complaint that the company's failure to offer such a service was discriminatory.
· Co-pilot had breakdown, flight attendant helped land jet. An Air Canada co-pilot having a mental breakdown had to be forcibly removed from the cockpit, restrained and sedated, and a flight attendant with flying experience helped the pilot safely make an emergency landing.
· Texas Teacher Arrested for Giving Topless Photo to Boy, 14. A 27-year-old woman has been arrested on charges of distributing harmful material to a minor after a 14-year-old's parents found a topless photo of her on his cell phone.
· Astronaut Who Lost Tool Bag Admits Mistake. The astronaut who lost her tool bag on a spacewalk admitted that she made a mistake and said she should have checked to make sure it was tied down. The backpack-size item was one of the largest things ever lost on a spacewalk.
· Possible New Witness in Natalee Holloway Case. A new witness has come forward in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, bringing a Dutch college student back into the spotlight as a prime suspect.
· Calif. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage ban. California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.
· Boy accused in dad's killing gets holiday break. An 8-year-old suspected of killing his father and another man will be allowed to leave a juvenile jail for 48 hours to spend Thanksgiving with his mother, a judge ruled. Police said the boy confessed to shooting the men, and a tape of the interrogation was released.
· Dead Teen's Mom Testifies in MySpace Suicide Trial. The grieving mother of a Missouri girl told a jury Wednesday how her daughter hanged herself with a belt after receiving cruel messages on her MySpace account, some of which were from a boy whose identity was later revealed to have been invented by a neighbor.
· Detroit School Superintendent asked to cut her personal security budget. Two armed police officers currently escort Detroit Public School (DPS) Superintendent Connie Calloway all around the city and state. The DPS superintendent's security unit is the most extensive in the country and exceeds that of school leaders in districts four to eleven larger such as Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
· Big Three auto CEOs flew private jets to ask for taxpayer money. Some lawmakers lashed out at the CEOs of the Big Three auto companies Wednesday for flying private jets to Washington to request taxpayer bailout money. "There is a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hand, saying that they're going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses," Rep. Gary Ackerman said.
· Microsoft: No Yahoo buyout deal. Microsoft Corp. is no longer interested in buying all of Yahoo Inc., CEO Steve Ballmer said Wednesday. "Let me be clear," Ballmer said at Microsoft's annual shareholder meeting. "We are done with all acquisition discussions with Yahoo." His comments sent Yahoo shares diving by 20 percent to $9.22. Microsoft had earlier offered $33 per share before being rejected by Yahoo.
· Spitzer hooker: 'My Side of the Story.' Ashley Dupre, the 23-year-old former escort who was the target of intense media scrutiny in the days after Gov. Eliot Spitzer's resignation from public office, has stepped forward to give her first television interview.
· Kansas City Student Could Face Charges for Hugging School Social Worker. A junior high school student could be charged with sexual battery after allegedly giving a school social worker an "inappropriate" hug, MyFOXKC.com reported. The employee at Chisholm Trail Junior High School told an assistant principal that the 13-year-old boy embraced her in a way that made her uncomfortable, according to police.
· FBI Agent Slain Serving Drug Warrant In Pittsburgh Suburb. An FBI agent was shot to death at an Indiana Township home during a large, regionwide drug bust early Wednesday morning, and the homeowner was taken to a hospital in police custody.
· Student bonfire blamed for Los Angeles wildfire. A group of college students who lit a ridge-top bonfire are being accused of accidentally sparking one of a trio of once-ferocious wildfires that collectively destroyed about 1,000 homes and blacked more than 65 square miles. The students, aged between 18 and 22, apparently believed they had put out the fire before leaving.
· Ted Stevens' defeat in Alaska marks end of an era. On the day the longest-serving Republican in Senate history turned 85, Sen. Ted Stevens was ousted by Alaska voters troubled by his conviction on federal felony charges and eager for a new direction in Washington, where Stevens served since Lyndon B. Johnson was president.
· Astronaut loses tool bag during spacewalk. Things didn't go quite according to plan for astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper during her spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday. First, a grease gun inside her tool bag leaked, coating everything inside with a film of lubricant. While she was trying to clean it up in the absence of gravity, the whole bag floated away.
· Update: Pirate 'mother ship' destroyed, official says. An Indian warship has exchanged fire with a pirate "mother vessel" off the hijacking-plagued Horn of Africa, leaving the ship ablaze in the Gulf of Aden, an official said Wednesday.
· Boy, 8, gives taped account in shooting deaths. An 8-year-old Arizona boy suspected in the deaths of his father and another man can be heard in a videotape of his police interview telling officers that he shot both men after he came home from school.
· Oil groups expect $40 barrel. The world’s national oil companies expect oil prices to fall further and will cancel most planned investment projects even at current levels, according to the head of a Chinese state-owned group.
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Eclectic [e·clec·tic] adj. 1. Composed of elements drawn from various sources 2. Not following any one system, but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems. "An eclectic taste in music; an eclectic approach to managing the business.
· World leaders powerless to act against pirates. Somali pirates struck again yesterday, seizing an Iranian cargo ship holding 30,000 tons of grain, as the world’s governments and navies pronounced themselves powerless against this new threat to global trade.
· Wal-Mart truck used to smuggle immigrants. Four illegal immigrants were found in the back of a Wal-Mart truck, and the driver and two alleged accomplices were accused of trying to smuggle them through a Border Patrol checkpoint.
· Vice President indicted by Willacy County grand jury. A Willacy County, Texas grand jury under District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra returned multi-count indictments Monday against Vice President Dick Cheney, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, plus several other public officials. They all face a stream of criminal charges including abuse of office, profiting from office, and murder.
· Blind woman threatened with suit over 1-cent. A 74-year-old blind woman was shocked when her daughter found a letter from the Massachusetts city saying a lien would be placed on her home unless she paid an overdue water bill. The amount? 1 cent.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
· Kansas Preacher Pushes Obama Muslim Message. A Wichita, Kansas preacher says he will not remove a message on his church sign that says President-Elect Barack Obama is a Muslim. The sign is staying up despite the fact that Obama is a Christian.
· Former Obama opponent now suing to prove President-elect's citizenship. Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and other members of the party have filed suit in California Superior Court in Sacramento to stop the state from giving its electoral votes to President-elect Barack Obama until documentary evidence is provided to prove Obama is indeed a natural born citizen of the United States.
· After more than 400 lawsuits, disabled man can sue no more. Jarek Molski filed more than 400 suits under the Americans With Disabilities Act before a federal judge barred him from future litigation. The judge branded Molski a "hit-and-run plaintiff," accusing him of systematic extortion of businesses across California. Molski, who has used a wheelchair since a motorcycle accident two decades ago, sued restaurants, bowling alleys, wineries and other retail outlets for insufficient handicapped parking, misplaced handrails and other violations.
· Convicted Ex-Border Agents Hope for Pardons From Bush. Supporters of two former Border Patrol agents facing years in prison for the shooting of a fleeing drug smuggler are urging President Bush to commute their sentences. And if that fails, their lawyers plan to take their case to the Supreme Court.
· Update: Yahoo CEO finally sees shares rise. Yahoo shares added as much as $1.91 or 18 percent to the equivalent of $12.54 in Frankfurt from the close of $10.63 in U.S. trading yesterday, after CEO Jerry Yang announced he was stepping down.
· Oregon Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scam. An Oregon woman who is out $400,000 after falling for a well-known Internet scam says she wasn't a sucker or an easy mark. Janella Spears of Sweet Home says she simply became curious when she received an e-mail promising her $20.5 million if she would only help out a long-lost relative identified as J.B. Spears with a little money up front.
· Homeless man fined $100 million over California fires. A homeless man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to pay more than $100 million for starting two fires, including one that burned more than 66,000 acrea in California two years ago.
· Half of nation's docs want to quit, survey says. Nearly half the respondents in a survey of U.S. primary care physicians said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years if they had an alternative. Many said they are overwhelmed with red tape from insurance companies and government agencies.
· Big Three beg for aid as bailout bill stalls. Detroit's Big Three auto makers are begging Congress for a $25 billion government rescue, while the legislation clings to life support on Capitol Hill and top lawmakers and the White House suffer from bailout fatigue.
· Update: Pirates Make Contact With Owner of Oil Supertanker. Somali pirates who hijacked an oil super tanker yesterday have begun to negotiate with the vessel’s owners and have taken the ship toward the pirate haven of Eyl, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday. The Saudi-owned Sirius Star, which was carrying two million barrels of oil valued at $100 million was captured with its multi-national crew.
· Goodwill finds, returns $7,500 left in old shoebox. It took some fancy footwork, but a Goodwill store in Illinois has found the owner of $7,500 in cash who mistakenly turned over the money with a donation of old shoes.
Monday, November 17, 2008
· Stalemate dims prospects for $25B auto bailout . Prospects dimmed Monday for enactment of a $25 billion bailout for the faltering auto industry before year's end, as congressional Democrats and the Bush administration seemed headed for a stalemate.
· Somali pirates hijack Saudi tanker loaded with oil. In a dramatic escalation of high seas crime, Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi supertanker loaded with crude hundreds of miles off the coast of East Africa - defeating the security web of warships trying to protect vital shipping lanes.
· "Back to the Future" star loses $11 million house to fires. Christopher Lloyd picked through the charred remnants of his Montecito, California, home Monday morning, resigning himself to the fact it cannot be rebuilt. The "Back to the Future" and "Taxi" star showed ABC's "Good Morning America" what remained of his $11 million home in the exclusive celebrity neighborhood northwest of Los Angeles.
· Thousands of illegal immigrants freed from Texas jails. A review of thousands of criminal and immigration records shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials didn't file the paperwork to detain roughly 75 percent of the more than 3,500 inmates who told jailers during the booking process that they were in the U.S. illegally. Hundreds of convicted felons — including child molesters, rapists and drug dealers — also managed to avoid deportation after serving time in Harris County's jails, according to the Chronicle review.
· Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban charged with insider trading. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Mark Cuban on Monday with insider trading stemming from a 2004 sale of stock in an Internet company.
· Washington Father Uses Two Young Sons in Attempted Burglary. Police say a 28-year-old man used his two young sons — 7 and 4 — to help him attempt to steal nearly $8,000 worth of goods from the Burlington Kmart.
· Postmaster General Investigated for Sweetheart Mortgage. The Postal Service is investigating whether the nation's postmaster general improperly received a sweetheart deal on a mortgage from Countrywide Financial Corp., the chairman of the service's governing board said.
· Mother turns children in for Milwaukee robbery. A mother who turned in her teen daughter and son to police in a Milwaukee gas station robbery is being praised for her actions. She called police Friday after seeing a video of the robbery on a local TV station.
· W. Virginia Town Shrugs off Poorest Health Ranking. As a portly woman plodded ahead of him on the sidewalk, the obese mayor of America's fattest and unhealthiest city explained why health is not a big local issue. "It doesn't come up," said David Felinton, 5-foot-9 and 233 pounds, as he walked toward City Hall one recent morning. "We've got a lot of economic challenges here in Huntington. That's usually the focus."
· She warned of crane disaster: Buildings Dept. did nothing despite division chief's red flags. The Buildings Department ignored warnings from a division chief that a problem-plagued crane should be grounded months before it collapsed, killing two workers at an East Side high-rise. Whistleblower Bethany Klein, then head of the department's cranes & derricks unit, warned in an e-mail nine months before the May 30 disaster the tower crane was at risk of "catastrophic failure."
· Student Dies After Prop Gun Discharges Before Play Performance. A 17-year-old Washington County high school student died Saturday after firing a blank-shooting prop pistol used for a play. Authorities say the Desert Hills student died from head injuries. The pistol was found in the student's hands shortly before the play "Oklahoma!" was scheduled to begin.
· Obama Pledges 'Whatever It Takes.' In his first television interview since his historic election, Obama said he has spent the days since the election from doing "whatever it takes" to stabilize the economy, restore consumer confidence and create jobs to getting sound health care and energy policies through Congress.
· Week ahead: Weathering bad news. Investors returning to work Monday face what is expected to be a weeklong display of the depth of the downturn - a torrent of bad economic news. With stocks down roughly 35% year-to-date - as measured by the Dow 30 - has Wall Street already factored in the worst?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
· Japan - world's No. 2 economy - in recession. Japan fell into a recession in the third quarter for the first time since 2001, as the impact of the global slowdown took its toll on the world's No. 2 economy.
· 'Sopranos' actor on trial in NYPD cop slaying. Lillo Brancato Jr. was a young actor with a solid resume: He made his debut in 1993 in "A Bronx Tale" opposite Robert De Niro, went on to appear in more than a dozen movies and played a doomed mobster wannabe in HBO's "The Sopranos." Now, however, at the age of 32, Brancato faces charges of second-degree murder and other crimes in the 2005 killing of a police Officer.
· Priest apologizes for ordering car with Obama stickers removed. A Fairfield priest who had asked for a car with several Obama for President stickers to be removed from the church parking lot a week ago apologized to churchgoers for his outburst.
· Police officer's criminal sex case questioned. Strapping a gun to your side and coercing a woman to perform a sex act is usually called sexual battery. Doing it to an intoxicated woman while on duty and wearing your police uniform can lead to abuse-of-power charges and years behind bars. But after a local officer was accused of doing just that, Davie, Florida police and prosecutors decided on a different charge: unlawful compensation.
· Alabama Man Survives Being Run Over by Eight Train Cars. Talk about being lucky — a north Alabama man is alive after being run over by a train on Thursday afternoon. Huntsville Fire and Rescue officials said a train engineer spotted 61-year-old Arnold Romine lying across railroad ties.
· Guard shot during robbery attempt at Waldorf-Astoria. Gunfire erupted in the storied Waldorf-Astoria hotel during a brazen robbery attempt Saturday at a lobby jewelry store, wounding a security guard and sending guests diving for cover.
· Vt. town grows divisible over Pledge of Allegiance. No one is sure when daily recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance fell by the wayside at Woodbury Elementary School. But efforts to restore them have erupted into a bitter dispute in this town of about 800 residents, with school officials blocking the exercise from classrooms over concerns that it holds children who don't participate up to scorn.
· Obama: Say Goodbye to BlackBerry? Sorry, Mr. President. Please surrender your BlackBerry. Those are seven words President-elect Barack Obama is dreading but expecting to hear, friends and advisers say, when he takes office in 65 days. In addition to concerns about e-mail security, he faces the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondence in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpoenas.
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Visceral [vis·cer·al] adj. 1. Instinctual: proceeding from instinct rather than from reasoned thinking or intellect. "A visceral business decision." 2. Emotional: characterized by or showing crude or elemental emotions.
· The world has never seen such freezing heat. A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record. It wasn't. The temperature readings had simply been carried over and repeated from the prior two months.
· Gay advocates protest marriage ban across nation. Gay rights supporters waving rainbow colors marched, chanted and danced in cities coast to coast Saturday to protest the vote that banned gay marriage in California and to urge supporters not to quit the fight for the right to wed.
· Wanted: Stockbroker Turned Murderer. He was a clean-cut, well-dressed Arizona stockbroker by day. But when he lost the suit and tie, authorities say, Paul Merle Eischeid became one of America’s most dangerous criminals.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
· UAW leader: Workers will make no more concessions. Even as Detroit's Big Three teeter on collapse, United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger said Saturday that workers will not make any more concessions. Gettelfinger also called on Congress to act quickly on a bailout plan for the auto industry.
· Chicago Aldermen ring up $40K from circus. The circus industry, its lobbyist and his associates have contributed more than $40,000 in cash and circus tickets to Chicago aldermen in recent years as they've worked to block a proposed elephant-cruelty ordinance championed by Ald. Mary Ann Smith.
· Massachusetts debates raising gas tax. Just hours after approving a whopping $100 million Turnpike toll hike, Massachusetts leaders yesterday were openly mulling a gas tax increase in a stunning double-whammy to beleaguered Bay State motorists.
· Weak economy increases Spam demand. Through war and recession, Americans have turned to Spam from Hormel as a way to save money while still putting something that resembles meat on the table. Now, in a sign of the times, it is happening again, and Hormel is cranking out as much Spam as its workers can handle.
· Dad Chains Himself To Meter To Save Girl. In a desperate attempt to prevent his power from being turned off, a father chained himself to the meter outside his home saying his daughter, who requires a feeding tube and other electrical equipment, could die without electricity.
· Jury awards $2.5 million to teen beaten by Klan members A jury awarded $2.5 million in damages on Friday to a Kentucky teenager who was severely beaten by members of a Ku Klux Klan group because they mistakenly thought he was an illegal Latino immigrant, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.
· Man In Wheelchair Robs Bank. A wheelchair-bound man who robbed a Space Coast Credit Union branch on Merritt Island, Fla. Friday afternoon was arrested minutes later, and the stolen money was found in his prosthetic leg, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.
· Husband's foreign deals may pose issue for Clinton. Former President Bill Clinton's globe-trotting business deals and fundraising sometimes put his activities abroad at odds with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and it could cause complications for her if President-elect Barack Obama picks her to be secretary of state.
· NTSB: Design flaw led to Minnesota bridge collapse. Federal regulators said support plates that were about half as thick as they should have been were the likely cause of the August 1, 2007, bridge collapse in Minnesota that killed 13 people and injured 145.
Friday, November 14, 2008
· Man Shot by Best Friend Lived Through 32 of 45 Shots. Prosecutors say a man shot by his best friend 45 times lived through the first 32 shots. They highlighted the findings of pathologists at Freddie McDowell Jr.'s murder trial Thursday after defense testimony claimed the 24-year-old man suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
· Criminal Charges Possible in Teen's Football Practice Death. Louisville police say an investigation into the death of a high school football player who collapsed at a practice during 94 degree heat, has been turned over to prosecutors.
· Franken seeks access to rejected ballots. Democrat Al Franken, locked in a tight Senate race headed to a statewide recount, sued Thursday for access to data on voters who had their absentee ballots rejected.
· Girl Runs Off After Being Dropped at Nebraska Safe Haven. Police are looking for a 17-year-old girl after she ran off when she realized her mother was taking her to a hospital to drop her off under Nebraska's Safe Haven law. According to Methodist Hospital staff, the girl ran off before reaching the emergency room. Her 14-year-old brother stayed. He's now in state custody.
» 'Please don't bring your teenager to Nebraska.' Moms and dads rushing to dump their kids at Nebraska hospitals have worried officials scrambling to change the state's "safe haven" law. "Please don't bring your teenager to Nebraska," Gov. Dave Heineman told CNN. "Think of what you are saying. You are saying you no longer support them. You no longer love them."
· Senior Aide to Barbara Boxer Fired After Being Charged in Child Pornography Sting. A senior aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was fired from his post last week after he was charged with distributing and receiving 600 child pornography files.
· Mayors of Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Phoenix seek bailout share. Three big city mayors asked the federal government Friday to use a portion of the $700 billion financial bailout to assist struggling cities. The mayors—Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Shirley Franklin of Atlanta and Phil Gordon of Phoenix—made their request in a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
· Dallas school district issues fake Social Security numbers to illegal immigrant employees. Years after being advised by a state agency to stop, the Dallas Independent School District continued to provide foreign citizens with fake Social Security numbers to get them on the payroll quickly. Some of the numbers were real Social Security numbers already assigned to people elsewhere.
· SC priest: No communion for Obama supporters. A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."
· Mexico City to give out Viagra to men 70 and older. Mexico City is giving out free Viagra and other impotence drugs to men 70 and older. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says the city is implementing the plan because sexuality "has a lot to do with quality of life and our happiness."
· Designer Anand Jon convicted of sexual assault. Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting girls and women, some of them aspiring models who authorities say were lured to Los Angeles with rarely fulfilled promises of jobs and stays at luxury hotels.
· Kanye West says he's 'voice of this generation.' Kanye West is to music what Michael Jordan was to basketball - at least that's what West thinks, in his humble estimation. "I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice," he said in a recent interview.
· Crowd of 1 million could attend Obama inauguration. President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is expected to draw 1 million-plus to the capital, and already some lawmakers have stopped taking ticket requests and hotels have booked up.
· Town reaches settlement in 'dirty dancing' case. Nobody puts Rebecca Willis in a corner. A small mountain town has agreed to pay $275,000 for banning her from a community hangout after residents complained about her dirty dancing. Willis, then 56, was told to stay away from the Marshall Depot community center eight years ago.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
· King family seeks to cash in on MLK-Obama items. Zealous guardians of his words and his likeness, the family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is demanding a share of the proceeds from the sudden wave of T-shirts, posters and other merchandise depicting the civil rights leader alongside Barack Obama. A family member said the estate is entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in licensing fees - maybe even millions.
· Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend not happy with prison life. Italian con man Raffaello Follieri, who went from dating actress Anne Hathaway to serving a prison term for fraud, isn't enjoying the "unspeakably unsanitary" conditions at a jail in Brooklyn.
· Post office $2.8 billion in the red. The Postal Service ended its fiscal year $2.8 billion in the red, battered by a faltering economy that cut the amount of mail being sent. The mail being sent dropped by 9.5 billion items. The cost of sending packages will go up again in January.
· Banks warned to stop hoarding. The head of the Senate Banking Committee Thursday said banks receiving money as part of the $700 billion federal bailout must step up their lending to consumers and businesses.
· Pregnant Man Expecting Second Child. Thomas Beatie, the controversial "pregnant man" who gave birth to a daughter earlier this year, reveals to Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview that he is pregnant again with his second child.
· Covert camera found in Stamford train station women's bathroom. Metro Transit police arrested and seized the computer of a janitor who allegedly photographed women in the bathroom of the Stamford, CT train station.
· Catholic Church cuts off ACORN funding. The Roman Catholic Church is cutting off funds to the community organizing group ACORN, citing complaints over its voter registration drives, and allegations that Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, had embezzled nearly $1 million.
· Israel soldier gets 21 days in prison - for yawning. An Israeli soldier got three weeks in the slammer for yawning during a ceremony this week to mark the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, his mother said. The concerned woman said her son yawned "without covering his mouth" while the commander of his air force base was speaking during the memorial event.
· Did you notice less spam today? The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide dropped drastically overnight after a Web hosting firm identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged in spam activity was taken offline, according to security firms that monitor spam distribution online.
· MSNBC retracts false Palin story; others duped. MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the network said Wednesday.
· Royal Navy in firefight with Somali pirates. Pirates caught redhanded by one of Her Majesty’s warships after trying to hijack a cargo ship off Somalia made the grave mistake of opening fire on two Royal Navy assault craft packed with commandos armed with machine guns and SA80 rifles.
· Oregon Man Gets 6 Years for Texting 12-Year-Old Girl. An Oregon man has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for attempted rape after a mother discovered his inappropriate text messages on her 12-year-old daughter's cell phone.
· Disgraced Pastor Says He Was Abused as a Kid. Disgraced evangelical pastor Ted Haggard says he was sexually abused as a child and that the experience "started to rage in my mind and in my heart" when he was caught up in a sex scandal involving a male prostitute.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
· Fake New York Times announces 'Iraq War ends' to surprise of New Yorkers. A bogus "edition" of The New York Times hit city streets Wednesday, with a look into a fantasy future filled with phony headlines taking aim at the paper and the Bush administration. "IRAQ WAR ENDS," read the lead story headline, while other pieces included an apology from Condoleezza Rice for lies about WMDs.
· User Sues Classmates.com. When Classmates.com told Anthony Michaels that his former school chums were trying to contact him, he upgraded to the premium membership. But once he'd parted with the $15, Michaels learned the shocking truth: No one was trying to contact him at all. Classmates.com's come-on was a lie, and he'd been scammed.
· Artistic Director Resigns Amid Prop. 8 Boycott. The artistic director of the California Musical Theatre resigned Wednesday, after gay and lesbian artists threatened a boycott for his support of a ban on same-sex marriage.
· Fan of Abdul found dead near 'Idol' judge's home. A fan of Paula Abdul whose failed audition for "American Idol" aired in season five was found dead in a car near the home of the pop star and judge she admired, authorities said Wednesday.
· $585 million price-fixing fine over LCD displays. Three major electronics manufacturers have agreed to plead guilty to a price-fixing conspiracy and pay $585 million in criminal fines for their roles in the pricing of LCD display panels, the Justice Department said Wednesday
· AmEx Requests $3.5 Billion in U.S. Aid. American Express Co. which is being hit by slowing consumer spending and rising defaults, is seeking roughly $3.5 billion in taxpayer-funded capital from the federal government, according to Wall Street Journal sources.
· Detroit automakers don't have a clue. The effort by General Motors Corp. to secure a federal bailout faces an overlooked hurdle: skeptical politicians, policy makers and industry analysts who don't think the world's largest auto maker is capable of turning itself around. "Detroit has had a lot of time to understand what it takes to compete. They wouldn't stand up to the labor-union bosses, and now they're facing the consequences," said Rep. Jeb Hensarling.
· As More Companies Seek Aid, 'Where Do You Stop?' The US government could be entering a bottomless pit of bailouts if it starts propping up failing companies outside the financial sector—including the struggling auto industry, economists say. "At some point you have to say this doesn't make any sense anymore," Bill Isaac, former chairman of the FDIC says.
· Lawmaker says AIG executive should resign after resort event. A key Democratic lawmaker called Tuesday for the resignation of American International Group's CEO after the troubled insurer held a $343,000 financial planners conference last week at a posh Arizona resort.
· Lawsuit Claims Victoria's Secret Bras Cause Rashes, Hives. A lawsuit filed against Victoria's Secret claims the brand's popular bras are responsible for injuring customers, causing rashes, hives and even permanent scarring, ABC News reported Tuesday. Tests revealed that the bras contained formaldehyde, a chemical used in embalming.
· Pitt is manhandled by his own bodyguard. In a bizarre incident at a Los Angeles screening of his new movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Brad Pitt was grabbed, pushed and spun around by a plainclothes security guard who had been hired by the venue to protect him from a pack of aggressive photographers.
· Madonna lays down law with strict rules for kids. Guy Ritchie has been re-united with his sons for the first time in weeks, but the meeting reportedly came with a list of 12 strict rules from estranged wife Madonna. Madonna's rules insist that Ritchie must allow the boys to only drink Kabbalah water - spring water that has been blessed by Kabbalah religious leaders. They also forbid toys that are "spiritually unsound." The kids are forbidden from looking at newspapers, magazines, TV or DVDs, and they must only eat macrobiotic, vegetarian food with no processed or refined food.
· Stuck on tarmac? Airlines not required to help passengers. A federal task force that spent nearly a year wrestling with ways to assist people delayed for hours aboard planes parked on tarmacs has finalized its recommendations - none of which requires airlines and airports to do anything. Among the problems: The task force was unable to agree on whether "lengthy" is one hour, two hours or 10 hours.
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Dogmatic [dog·mat·ic] adj. 1. Expressing rigid opinions; Prone to expressing strongly held beliefs and opinions. 2. Asserting opinions in a doctrinaire or arrogant manner; opinionated.
· Atheist group's new Christmas message: Be good, not godly. Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington buses starting next week and running through December.
· Edwards Avoids Affair in First Speech Since Scandal. John Edwards didn't have to dodge tough questions from an Indiana University audience Tuesday, when the former presidential candidate returned to the stage three months after admitting to an extramarital affair.
· Foley breaks silence on sex scandal. Even today, two years after Mark Foley's very public fall from grace, the former congressman can't explain why he sent lurid, sexually explicit computer messages to male teens who had worked as Capitol Hill pages. Foley insists he did nothing illegal and never had sexual contact with teens, just inappropriate Internet conversations. These were 17-year-olds, just months from being men, he insists. "There was never anywhere in those conversations where someone said, 'Stop,' or 'I'm not enjoying this,' or 'This is inappropriate' ... but again, I'm the adult here, I'm the congressman," Foley said.
· Bush regrets. President Bush says he regrets some of his more blunt statements on the war on terror and wishes he had not spoken in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner only a month after U.S. troops in Iraq were deployed. "I regret saying some things I shouldn't have said," Bush told CNN when asked to reflect on his two terms as president. "Like 'dead or alive' and 'bring 'em on.'"
· Yellowstone Ski Resort for Super Rich Files Bankruptcy. The exclusive Yellowstone Club resort in Montana, a residential club for the ultra-rich, on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Critics accuse the club's founders, Tim and Edra Blixseth, of going on a spending spree. Listings of the Blixseths' assets include at least four foreign estates, two luxury jets and fleets of boats and vehicles.
· Board of Elections: Tim Robbins went to the wrong poll site. Tim Robbins' difficulty in voting on Election Day was his own fault, New York City's Board of Elections maintains. The Board said Robbins should have gone to the new site and that this problem would have arisen earlier had Robbins voted in either the presidential primary in February or a second primary in September. The confusion appears to stem from the double registration of Robbins.
· Mortgage Help on the Way. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are under government control, said they would help streamline the modification of loans for potentially hundreds of thousands of homeowners who are 90 days or more behind on their mortgage payments.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
· GM shares hit 65-year low amid liquidity concerns. General Motors Corp shares plummeted to a 65-year low on Tuesday, extending recent steep declines on concerns the automaker might run desperately short of cash by early next year. GM's shares closed down 13 percent, or 44 cents, at $2.92.
· Sheriff to ban deputies from mixing drinking, guns. The sheriff of Los Angeles County plans to prohibit his off-duty deputies from carrying their guns while drinking because several have been accused in recent years of firing weapons while intoxicated.
· Poll shows lukewarm support for federal auto bailout. While the auto industry's push for government aid is gaining steam in Washington, a lot of Americans don't think bailing out the industry should be a priority. GM is running out of cash and said it needs about $11 billion to $14 billion on hand just to run day-to-day operations. GM shares fell $1 yesterday, or 23%, to close at $3.36 a share
· ABC ditched NASCAR coverage with 34 laps left. ABC ditched its NASCAR coverage for "America's Funniest Home Videos" with 34 laps left in Sunday's race. Jimmie Johnson's seventh win of the season was interrupted by cats running into walls and dancing brides falling on the floor.
· Secret Service Officer in Sex Sting. A Secret Service sergeant was arrested early Saturday after he allegedly tried to solicit sex from a D.C. police officer working undercover as a prostitute, authorities said.
· Photographer races clock to honor last few World War I vets. A Michigan photographer races the clock to photograph the dwindling number of surviving World War I veterans around the world. He knows of only 10 living veterans worldwide.
· Amid poor economy, even mighty Harvard struggling. Despite amassing an almost $37 billion endowment, Harvard University is warning that the economic slowdown has reached America's richest university.
· Feinstein Urges Web Sites Not to Sell Scalped Inauguration Tickets. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is overseeing Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony, is asking Web sites like eBay not to sell scalped inauguration tickets - which could be sold for up to $40,000 online.
· Obama daughters asked to appear on "Hannah Montana." President-elect Barack Obama's two young daughters have been invited to appear on popular kids television show "Hannah Montana," actor Billy Ray Cyrus said an interview aired on Monday.
· Ahmadinejad's letter to Obama sparks storm in Iran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received praise from Iranian opposition politicians and withering criticism from its conservatives after he sent Barack Obama a letter last week congratulating him on winning the U.S. presidential race.
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Extemporaneous [ex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous] adj. 1. Unrehearsed. Done or said without advance preparation or thought; impromptu: "An extemporaneous lecture." 2. Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text: "An extemporaneous speech."
· American Express becomes a bank; gets government funds. American Express won Federal Reserve approval to become a commercial bank, gaining access to government funds as credit-card defaults climb with economies slowing around the world.
· Confusion at 'Dallas' reunion rankles fans. A weekend event organized to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Dallas" has created a drama worthy of the Ewing family itself after angry fans complained they didn't get the access to cast members they'd ponied up for - while others got close to the stars without paying.
· Trump Files Suit Against Lenders. Donald Trump filed suit against the lenders on his unfinished Chicago skyscraper, plunging the project into legal turmoil and highlighting the credit crunch's pervasive effects on real estate.
· Michelle Williams' father to be extradited to US. Michelle Williams' father, a prominent stock market trader, agreed Tuesday to return to the United States to face tax evasion charges. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service wants to question the 65-year-old Virgin Islands resident about a possible $1.5 million in unpaid taxes. Michelle Williams received an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress for her performance in the 2005 film "Brokeback Mountain," playing the wife of Heath Ledger's character.
· Obama asks Bush to provide help for automakers. The struggling auto industry was thrust into the middle of a political standoff between the White House and Democrats on Monday as President-elect Barack Obama urged President George W. Bush to support immediate emergency aid. The Bush administration, which has presided over a major intervention in the financial industry, has balked at allowing the automakers to tap into the $700 billion bailout fund, despite warnings last week that General Motors might not survive the year.
· Holocaust survivors to Mormons: Stop baptisms of dead Jews. Holocaust survivors said Monday they are through trying to negotiate with the Mormon church over posthumous baptisms of Jews killed in Nazi concentration camps, saying the church has repeatedly violated a 13-year-old agreement barring the practice.
· Obama seeks new approach in Afghanistan. President-elect Barack Obama plans to try a more regional approach to the war in Afghanistan including possible talks with Iran, The Washington Post reported, citing national security advisers to Obama.
Monday, November 10, 2008
· Man arrested for stealing 15 Communion wafers. A Florida man was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly tried to steal "a handful of communion wafers" from a priest at a Catholic church. The 15 wafers were valued at $1.
· Released Texas Child Killer Suing Over Confinement. A federal judge will consider a lawsuit against state officials filed by a man convicted of killing an 8-year-old girl who says he's being illegally deprived of his chance to re-enter the community.
· Postal Service Looks To Cut 40,000 Jobs In First Layoff In History. "We lost 2 billion dollars and like any other business we have to stay afloat." And to keep from sinking, the U.S. Postal Service is considering cutting thousands of jobs nationwide.
· MSNBC Extends Keith Olbermann’s Contract. Keith Olbermann, the anchor of “Countdown,” will remain at MSNBC through the next presidential election season. The new contract is valued at about $7.5 million a year, one of the people said.
· Fed Defies Transparency Aim in Refusal to Disclose. The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.
· GM share price downgraded to $0. Deutsche Bank downgraded General Motors Corp. to sell from hold, with a price target of $0, saying the car maker may not be able to fund its U.S. operations beyond December without government intervention.
· NC teen who studied crash deaths dies in wreck. A North Carolina teenager who studied teen highway deaths as a senior high school project is dead after a crash. 18-year-old Shannon Nicole Adkins graduated last spring after turning in a report about the risks facing young drivers.
· Nurse in Times Square war photo reunites with Navy. A 90-year-old who says she's the woman being kissed by a sailor in Times Square in one of World War II's most famous photographs reunited in town with the Navy on Sunday - days before she is to serve as grand marshal of the city's Veterans Day parade.
· Police: No Video of Death of Alleged Cop Killer. Internal reports at the Prince George's County jail reveal that a video camera failed to record the first five minutes when guards arrived in a cell to find a dead inmate. The camera did not start recording until after Ronnie White was removed on a stretcher.
· Farrakhan Says Obama 'New Beginning.' Farrakhan said that Obama will only be able to make positive changes with help from "God and people of good will," and he urged the Chicago-based movement's followers to do their part. Farrakhan admitted he stayed quiet about his support for Obama during the past few months out of fear his words would harm the Illinois senator's bid for the White House.
· Barack a hot name for new babies. Decontee Williams was so excited by Barack Obama's victory on Tuesday night that she started jumping up and down — and went into labor. Twelve hours later, Barack Jeilah was born.
· Texas Councilman Holds Summit Over Teens' Saggy Pants. Dallas Councilman Dwaine Caraway is on a mission: He wants those wearing low-hanging, baggy pants to pull them up. As part of his ongoing campaign against saggy, underwear-exposing pants, the mayor pro tem held a summit Saturday.
· 4-day school week could ease money woes. If school districts continue to feel the state budget pinch, Arizona students could see a three-day weekend. The Arizona Legislature forecast a state budget shortfall as high as $1.1 billion.
· Gasoline Prices Drop 48 Cents in Two Weeks. The latest Lundberg Survey of 5,000 gas stations around the country shows prices for a gallon of regular self-serve, as of Friday, at $2.30. The cheapest gas is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at $1.89 for regular.
· New AIG Plan to Leave U.S. With $150B in Exposure. The U.S. will end up with total exposure of about $150 billion in investments, the Journal said, up from the recent total of $123 billion. That's an unprecedented level of investment in a private company. The initial AIG deal of $85 billion had come under fire from all sides - from lawmakers and citizens upset by what they saw as a bailout that took on too much risk and didn’t deserve the money.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
· Oregon city elects transgender mayor. Plenty of politicians reinvent themselves, but few do it quite like Mayor-elect Stu Rasmussen. Rasmussen had twice before been mayor of the small city 45 miles south of Portland. Those terms, however, were before his breast implants and before the once-discreet crossdresser started wearing dresses and 3-inch heels in public.
· Asphalt shortage delays road repairs nationwide. Expect a bumpier drive. An asphalt shortage is delaying road maintenance projects in communities nationwide. Asphalt is becoming scarce as U.S. refiners overhaul their equipment to maximize output of highly profitable fuels such as diesel and gasoline, using inexpensive — and hard to process — crude oil.
· Black churchgoers celebrate, give thanks for Obama's win. Pastor Shirley Caesar-Williams opened her sermon Sunday at Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church with a prayer of thanks for the election of Barack Obama - at the risk of her flock getting "more excited over this than you do over the word." "God has vindicated the black folk."
· Jersey City councilman urinated on concert crowd. A drunken Jersey City councilman was arrested for urinating on a crowd of concertgoers from the balcony of a Washington nightclub, police and club sources said Saturday.
· Cash Hidden in Ohio House Walls Becomes Contractor's Nightmare. The windfall discovery amounted to little more than grief for contractor Bob Kitts, who couldn't agree on how to split the money with homeowner Amanda Reece. "If these two individuals had sat down and resolved their disputes and divided the money, the heirs would have had no knowledge of it," said attorney Gid Marcinkevicius.
· Obama: Yes, I'll tax the rich. Despite speculation to the contrary, President-elect Barack Obama will act on his campaign promise and roll back the Bush administration's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, an Obama senior adviser said.
· 90-Year-Old Living With 3 Siblings' Bodies. A 90-year-old woman apparently has been living in a house with the bodies of her three siblings, one of whom may have been dead since the early 1980s, police in suburban Chicago said.
· Mini nuclear plants to power 20,000 homes. Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the laboratory which developed the first atomic bomb. The miniature reactors will be factory-sealed, contain no weapons-grade material, have no moving parts and will be nearly impossible to steal because they will be encased in concrete and buried underground.
· Slain father taught boy to use guns, priest says. A man who police believe was shot and killed by his 8-year-old son had consulted a Roman Catholic priest about whether the boy should have a gun and had taught him how to use firearms, the clergyman said.
· Russian navy: 20 dead from poison in sub accident. The fire safety system on a new Russian nuclear-powered submarine malfunctioned on a test run in the Sea of Japan, spewing chemicals that killed at least 20 people and injured 21 others, officials said Sunday.
· U.S. Asks Venezuelan Diplomats in Houston to Leave. The State Department is asking officials at the Venezuelan consulate in Houston to leave the country. The State Department says the South American country's government violated international protocol by moving its offices in that city before receiving permission.
· Engine fell off Mexican jet before crash. An engine fell off a Mexican government jet before it crashed, killing the second-highest official in the nation, the Cabinet member in charge of the investigation said Saturday.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
· Automakers struggle to survive past mistakes. At Ford Motor Co. they called it "Blue," a team set up around the year 2000 to design an array of small, fuel-efficient cars to compete with the Japanese. It didn't get far because no one could figure out how to make money on low-priced compacts with Ford's high labor costs. Ford's labor costs are $30 per hour more than Japanese companies pay their workers.
· After Push for Obama, Unions Seek New Rules. After making millions of phone calls and knocking on millions of doors to elect Barack Obama, the nation’s labor unions have begun a new campaign: to get the new president and Congress to pass legislation that would make it easier for workers to unionize.
· With polls closed, William Ayers now complains of being a 'cartoon character.' Now that all the votes are cast and his South Side Chicago neighbor Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States, William Ayers, the founder of the violent Weather Underground in the 1960s, granted a newspaper interview.
· Mexico Seizes Hundreds of Drug-Cartel Weapons in Record Raid Near U.S. Border. The Mexican army on Friday announced that it has made the largest seizure of drug-cartel weapons in Mexico's history. The cache of 540 rifles, 165 grenades, 500,000 rounds of ammunition and 14 sticks of TNT were seized at a house in the city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas.
· Obama apologizes to Nancy Reagan for seance remark. President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan on Friday to apologize for a remark about seances he made during his first news conference earlier in the day. When a reporter asked Obama if he had spoken with any ex-presidents since his election on Tuesday, he responded that he had spoken to all former presidents "that are living." "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances," he said.
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Ephemeral [e·phem·er·al] adj. 1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "The ephemeral nature of slang." 2. Living or lasting only for a day, as with certain plants or insects.
· Thousands Come to Orlando to Search for Missing Toddler Caylee Anthony. More than 3,000 volunteers from 30 different states are descending on the Orlando area this weekend for a massive search for missing toddler Caylee Anthony, who is believed to be dead.
· Palin calls attacks 'cruel' and 'cowardly.' Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called former aides of Sen. John McCain "jerks" for circulating unflattering stories about her since the Republican ticket lost its bid for the White House Tuesday. "Those were taken out of context and that's cruel," Palin said. "It's mean-spirited. It's immature."
· Gun Sales Surge on Fears of Dem Crackdown. Gun enthusiasts nationwide are stocking up on firearms out of fears that the combination of an Obama administration and a Democrat-dominated Congress will result in tough new gun laws.
· Ted Turner says Fonda's faith didn't cause split. It wasn't religion that broke up his marriage to Jane Fonda, Ted Turner declares in a new memoir. He says he was "upset" when he discovered his wife's "conversion," but "it wasn't because she had become Christian," the 69-year-old Turner writes in "Call Me Ted," which comes out next week.
Friday, November 7, 2008
· O.J. Simpson Won't Get a New Trial in Robbery-Kidnap Case. O.J. Simpson was denied a new trial Friday by the Nevada judge who presided over his conviction in the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.
· Atlanta courthouse shooter guilty of murder, faces death. Brian Nichols was convicted Friday of murdering four people in a shooting rampage that began at a courthouse in Atlanta. The jury next must decide whether he should be executed for his crimes.
· Woman who cut off baby's arms to be released. A Texas woman who killed her 10-month-old daughter by cutting off her arms with a kitchen knife is being released from a state mental hospital. Dena Schlosser killed her baby in 2004 and was found not guilty by reason of insanity two years later.
· Killer of wife's teen lover sentenced. A Tennessee man convicted in the fatal shooting of his teacher wife's student lover will spend 47 more days in jail, followed by 12 years on probation, a judge ruled at a sentencing hearing today.
· GM reports $2.5B 3Q loss, says running out of cash. General Motors Corp. said Friday it lost $2.5 billion in the third quarter and warned that it could run out of cash in 2009 if the U.S. economic slump continues and it doesn't get government aid.
· Bloomberg wants plastic bag tax. NYC Mayor Bloomberg wants to nickel and dime residents at the grocery store - taxing an extra 5 cents for every plastic bag. The controversial charge could raise at least $16 million for the cash-strapped city.
· Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. Blames Media for Controversy. Barack Obama's former pastor, speaking Thursday at a forum about race and religion, criticized the media's coverage of a controversy that threatened to derail Obama's campaign and caused the president-elect to sever ties with his longtime spiritual leader.
· Automakers Ask Congress for 'Immediate' Funding. Detroit's automakers appealed to congressional leaders Thursday for $25 billion more in federal loans, low-interest emergency borrowing and a share of the Wall Street bailout to help rescue an ailing industry battered by the economic crisis.
· Microsoft CEO: No interest in buying Yahoo. Microsoft's chief executive said Friday the software giant is not interested in renewing its bid for struggling search engine company Yahoo. "We made an offer, we made another offer, and it was clear that Yahoo didn't want to sell the business to us and we moved on," Ballmer said. "We are not interested in going back and re-looking at an acquisition. I don't know why they would be either, frankly. They turned us down at $33 a share." Yahoo shares last traded at $13.96 on the New York Stock Exchange.
· Lieberman may have day of reckoning with Democrats. Sen. Joe Lieberman met Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss Lieberman's future with the Democratic caucus. "While I understand that Sen. Lieberman has voted with Democrats a majority of the time, his comments and actions have raised serious concerns among many in our caucus," said Reid, D-Nevada.
· Caylee Anthony's Grandfather Worried About Death Smell in Daughter's Trunk. Newly-released documents reveal that the grandfather of a missing Florida toddler worried about the smell of death he detected coming from his daughter's car trunk.
· Mental Illness May Determine Fate Of Mother Of Missing Caylee Anthony. The mental health of Casey Anthony, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee, could be the key to determining her fate.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
· Spitzer won't be charged in prostitution scandal. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will not be charged in connection with the prostitution scandal that prompted his resignation, the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York said Thursday.
· U.S. Stocks Tumble in Market's Worst Two-Day Slump Since 1987. U.S. stocks slid, sending the market to its biggest two-day slump since 1987, after jobless claims jumped and the shrinking economy crushed earnings.
· Ellen DeGeneres laments gay marriage ban. Ellen DeGeneres says she is "saddened beyond belief" by the passage of a constitutional amendment in California banning gay marriage. DeGeneres contributed $100,000 to fight the amendment on Tuesday's ballot.
· Italy's Berlusconi hails "suntanned" Obama. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave an enthusiastic, if unconventional, welcome on Thursday to the election of Barack Obama, citing among his attributes youth, good looks and a "suntan."
· Oil drops 6 percent on recession concerns. Oil prices tumbled 6 percent on Thursday on expectations that demand would slow further after the International Monetary Fund predicted developed economies would deliver their worst performance since World War II.
· Yahoo suggests Microsoft should make new offer. Now that the ad deal with Google Inc. is off, Yahoo Inc. CEO Jerry Yang says his company is open to a new offer from Microsoft. Yahoo's Yang turned down Microsoft's $33 a share offer earlier this year. Yahoo's stock closed Wednesday at $13.92.
· Brooklyn Marine sergeant & wife tortured, slain in California. A Brooklyn-raised Marine sergeant and his new bride were tortured and killed execution-style in their California home - allegedly by four other Marines under his command.
· Teen compacted in garbage truck. A teenage boy survived after he was accidentally dumped into the back of a recycling truck and compacted. Police say the 14-year-old Milwaukee boy ran away from a boot camp-style school for teens Monday and hid among cardboard in a large recycling bin.
· Taxpayers may pay legal bills for mortgage execs. When the government took over mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers inherited more than just bad debts. They're also potentially on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in legal fees for the executives at the center of the housing market's collapse. Like many large companies, Fannie and Freddie had contracts promising to cover legal bills for their executives.
· Obama campaign workers angry over unpaid wages. Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning.
· Buyers boycott Saddam yacht. The sale of a luxury yacht once owned by former dictator Saddam Hussein, moored until recently off France, has met with muted interest from would-be buyers. That followed a report in Britain's Sunday Times which said the 270-foot yacht, featuring gold-tap bathrooms, a helicopter landing pad and a secret escape passageway, should fetch $30 million.
· How Obama's win may impact Americans' mental health. Improved race relations and short-term relief from soaring stress levels are among the likely after-effects of Barack Obama's Tuesday night victory, say experts in mental health and race relations. "Now that people know we're going to have a change, it will give them hope and ease fears for a while."
· Spector's ex-girlfriend testifies: 'He's easy to forgive.' Phil Spector's ex-girlfriend acknowledged Wednesday that she attended events with the rock music legend after she says he pistol-whipped her and threatened her with guns, telling the court that "he's easy to forgive."
· Airline crew subdues passenger with duct tape. An airline crew used duct tape to keep a passenger in her seat because they say she became unruly, fighting flight attendants and grabbing other passengers, forcing the flight to land in North Carolina.
· Gay rights backers file 3 lawsuits challenging Prop. 8. After losing at the polls, gay rights supporters filed three lawsuits Wednesday asking the California Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8, an effort the measure's supporters called an attempt to subvert the will of voters.
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Esoteric [es·o·ter·ic] adj. 1. Difficult to understand; abstruse. 2. Not publicly disclosed; confidential. 3. Of rare, special, or unusual interest: Her software success was based on an esoteric programming language.
· Is Rev Jesse Jackson crying tears of joy... or tears of frustration? Tears streamed down the face of the Reverend Jesse Jackson as he waited to hear Barack Obama's victory speech.
But cynical commentators wondered if they were tears of joy for America's first black president or of frustration because the veteran civil rights leader knows he will be an outsider looking in at the new administration.
· CNN beams in guests with new hologram technology. CNN's tryout of holograms was the talk of TV on a night where networks brought forth all sorts of gizmos and gadgets to cover Barack Obama's election as president. It was already being parodied Wednesday in an online mash-up, substituting CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin's voice with Princess Leia of "Star Wars."
· Ark. woman arrested for huffing asks for can back. Police arrested a woman for public intoxication after she reportedly demanded an officer return the can of compressed air she was inhaling "so she could finish getting high."
· Woman hit by stray bullet at NASCAR race in Texas. A NASCAR fan in her recreational vehicle at Texas Motor Speedway was wounded by a stray bullet after someone apparently fired a gun into the air, police said.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
· Election sends three NASA supporters packing. The House Science Committee lost three strong NASA supporters Nov. 4 when U.S. voters elected a new Congress and chose Democrat Barack Obama as the next president.
· California voters ban gay-marriage. Voters put a stop to same-sex marriage in California, dealing a crushing defeat to gay-rights activists in a state they hoped would be a vanguard, and putting in doubt as many as 18,000 same-sex marriages conducted since a court ruling made them legal this year.
· Attorney General Brown Says Current Gay Marriages Are Legal. California Attorney General Jerry Brown says the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed before midnight Tuesday should remain valid in California, but says future gay weddings will not be considered legal under Proposition 8.
· Stocks fall as investors ponder Obama presidency. A case of post-election nerves sent stocks plunging Wednesday as investors again anxious about recession began questioning what impact a Barack Obama presidency will have on business and the overall economy. The Dow Jones industrials dropped 486 points and the major indexes all fell more than 5 percent.
· Determined Texas woman, 92, votes in ambulance. Betty Owen is 92 and after a stroke four years ago, needs a feeding tube and can't walk. But she was determined not to miss Tuesday's election. She arrived at her polling place on a gurney in an ambulance, where an election judge climbed aboard with an electronic voting machine and let her cast her ballot.
· Fed Hires Failed Bank Executive. The Federal Reserve Bank is drawing jeers for hiring a former top executive from the now-defunct investment bank Bear Stearns to help it gauge the health of other banks.
· Michael Crichton dies of cancer. Michael Crichton, the million-selling author who made scientific research terrifying and irresistible in such thrillers as "Jurassic Park," "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain," has died of cancer.
· Israel-Hamas violence disrupts Gaza truce. Hamas fired dozens of rockets at Israel on Wednesday after Israeli forces killed six Palestinian militants in an eruption of violence that disrupted a four-month-old truce along the Gaza Strip's frontier.
· 2008 campaigns cost $5.3 billion. The 2008 campaign was the costliest in history, with a record-shattering $5.3 billion in spending by candidates, political parties and interest groups on the congressional and presidential races.
· Sex Scandal Fells Florida Democrat in Former Mark Foley District. Despite the election's leftward trends, it isn't a surprise that Republican Tom Rooney beat out incumbent Democrat Tim Mahoney for his House seat today. News broke that Mahoney had an affair with a woman on his staff, after which he fired her and allegedly paid $121,000 to avoid a sexual harassment lawsuit.
· Coleman wins Senate race against comedian Al Franken; Recount likely. Republican Norm Coleman has won a second term in the U.S. Senate, surviving a stiff challenge from former comedian Al Franken. Coleman squeaked past Franken by the narrowest of margins: a few hundred votes with nearly 2.9 million cast. The margin appeared certain to trigger an automatic recount.
· Convicted felon Alaska Sen. Stevens holds slim lead with thousands of votes still to be counted. Alaskans will have to wait a little while longer to find out if U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has been re-elected just days after becoming a convicted felon. Stevens, a Republican, held a slim lead, 48 percent to 47 percent, over Democrat Mark Begich with 96 percent of precincts voting.
· Indicted La. congressman survives crucial vote. Facing trial on bribery and money laundering charges, U.S. Rep. William Jefferson won a Democratic primary runoff against a former television reporter who argued the scandal negated the influence he built during 18 years in Congress.
· MLB agents ponder beating potential tax increase. Looking ahead to the new Obama administration, some baseball agents already are thinking about trying to beat a possible tax increase for their well-paid clients. As a Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama has proposed increasing the top federal income tax rate from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, where it was under the Clinton administration.
· Diddy votes: "I felt like my vote was the vote that put him into office." New York remained a deep blue state on Election Day, going Barack Obama's way big-time. Still, as Diddy cast his ballot for the Democratic presidential candidate Tuesday, he couldn't help but feel that he had made a difference. "I felt like my vote was the vote that put him into office," Diddy said.
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Pugnacious [pug·na·cious] adj. 1. Quarrelsome or combative in nature; belligerent. 2. Expressing an argument or opinion very forcefully: Rather than maintaining a calm demeanor, his boss was quite pugnacious.
· Obama makes history; turns to sobering challenges. His name etched in history as America's first black president, Barack Obama turned from the jubilation of victory to the sobering challenge of leading a nation worried about economic crisis, two unfinished wars and global uncertainty. "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned.
· Democratic majorities stronger, tougher. The Democratic congressional majority grew broader and more muscular in Tuesday's historic elections, with new members ousting Republicans in the House and Senate and a team of their own heading to the White House.
· Obama victory sets off jubilation. From the avenue in Atlanta where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born to a giant lakefront rally in Chicago, Americans black and white celebrated Barack Obama's election with tears, the honking of horns, screams of joy, arms lifted skyward.
· McCain concedes presidency, congratulates Obama. Republican John McCain concedes the presidential race to Barack Obama, saying the Democrat has achieved a "great thing" for himself and the country with his historic victory. McCain - with wife Cindy on one side and running-mate Sarah Palin on the other - urged his supporters to put aside partisan differences and work to get "the country moving again."
· Analysis: For Obama, now comes the hard part. Audacity won. Now Barack Obama must validate the hope and deliver the change he promised. He's already changed America by becoming the first black man to win the White House. His challenge is to change the course of its government and guide it through hard times and past the current financial crisis. "The Audacity of Hope," the title of his book, could also have been the title of his campaign.
· Obamas may bring new fashion sense to White House. The Obamas' first official appearance as first family-elect will be long remembered for many weighty historic reasons, but it could also signal another new beginning: An entirely different fashion sense in the White House.
· Russia to deploy missiles in Kaliningrad. President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia will deploy missiles in its Baltic Sea territory in response to U.S. missile defense plans. He has not said how many missiles will be deployed or whether they will be fitted with nuclear warheads.
· Fox News' Brit Hume leaving for family, religion. After 12 years at Fox News Channel and four decades in the news business, Washington managing editor Brit Hume will leave "Special Report" and daily journalism for a quieter life, spending time with his grandchildren and following his Christian faith.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
· Three Chicago Election Judges Removed For Misconduct. Chicago election authorities have removed three election judges. Chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Langdon Neal says one judge was drunk, one was being abusive and one was impersonating an election judge.
· Man mocks Obama with "a load of crap." Democrats are criticizing a 38-year-old man who parked a trailer load of manure across the street from Whitehall's Democratic campaign office to protest presidential hopeful Barack Obama. He also posted a sign in the manure mocking Obama's "change we can believe in" slogan as "a load of crap."
· Bus Driver Threatened To Stop On Railroad Tracks. A school bus driver was suspended 20 days without pay after telling students she'd stop on railroad tracks and leave them there if they didn't shape up.
· Suspicious Text Messages Sent to Voters. The Maryland Attorney General's office and the ACLU is investigating text messages being sent to voters telling them the lines are too long at the polls and to come back tomorrow.
· Phony Virginia Flier Culprit Found. Virginia state elections officials have identified the person responsible for a phony election flier that told Republicans to vote on Tuesday and Democrats to vote a day later.
· Sign-stealing professor resigns. Professor Philip Busse, a journalist and political activist from Portland, Ore., will be charged with misdemeanor theft for stealing John McCain lawn signs. "Sure, I understand that stealing a sign will not change anyone's mind, and, most likely, will only embolden McCain supporters' disdain for liberals. Even so, yanking out the signs was one of the single most exhilarating and empowering political acts that I have ever done," professor Busse said.
· The morning after: Half of us will be disappointed. The outlook is obvious but often overlooked: In a deeply divided nation, on the first dawn after we choose a new leader, every ray of victory's sunshine brings a corresponding thundercloud of defeat and bitterness.
· Two More Teens Abandoned Under Nebraska's Safe Haven Law. Two more teenagers have been abandoned at Nebraska hospitals under the state's much-criticized safe haven law, bringing the number of mostly older children dropped off to 26 since July, authorities said.
· World hopes for a 'less arrogant America.' A world weary of eight years of George W. Bush was riveted Tuesday by the drama unfolding in the United States. Many were inspired by Barack Obama's focus on hope, or simply relieved that — whoever wins — the current administration is coming to an end.
· America Heads to the Polls. The Democratic presidential nominee plans to make a campaign stop in Indianapolis Tuesday after voting in Chicago. Then he returns to Illinois for what has become an election day tradition - playing basketball. McCain's schedule takes him first to Phoenix to vote, and then to Colorado and New Mexico - both states President Bush won in 2004 but that are trending Democratic this year.
· Frozen mice cloned. Japanese scientists have cloned mice whose bodies were frozen for as long 16 years and said on Monday it may be possible to use the technique to resurrect mammoths and other extinct species.
· Joe the Plumber gets warning, not speeding ticket. Police stopped "Joe the Plumber" for speeding last week but didn't issue a ticket out of concern it would reflect negatively on the Toledo department, an officer's report said.
· Maybe some people shouldn't vote. Get-out the-vote groups now register young people at rock concerts. Is that really a good idea? Many kids don't know much. At a HeadCount concert, "20/20" asked some future voters, "How many senators are there?" One said 12; another, 16; and another, 64. One girl guessed, "50 per state." Most kids didn't know what Roe vs. Wade was about. "Roe vs. Wayne?" said one. "Segregation, maybe?" "Where we declared bankruptcy?" HeadCount's Marc Brownstein concedes that a lot of voters are uninformed, but said: “Democracy is not about taking the most educated portion of the society and having them decide who's going to run the entire society."
· Pregnant woman assaulted in courthouse parking lot. A pregnant woman was slugged in the face as she waited for a handicapped parking spot to open up outside the Greene County Courthouse Monday in an incident partially caught on tape.
· What If the Polls Are Wrong? There have been almost 160 national polls in the last six weeks. Most of those polls have Barack Obama ahead of John McCain, including our ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll, that has Obama comfortably ahead 53-44. But what if the polls are wrong?
· Fla. board keeps Klan leader's name at high school. A Florida school board voted late Monday night to keep the name of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader at a majority black high school, despite opposition from a black board member who said the school's namesake was a "terrorist and racist."
· Troopergate report clears Palin, says she broke no laws. Gov. Sarah Palin violated no ethics laws when she fired her public safety commissioner, the state personnel board concluded in a report released Monday. "There is no probable cause to believe that the governor, or any other state official, violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with these matters," the report says.
· Man nabbed for DUI twice in less than 6 hours. Police say a central Pennsylvania man was arrested on drunken driving charges twice in less than six hours. The man's first arrest came just before 11 a.m. Sunday after police said his car hit the back of a stopped vehicle in Manheim Township, Lancaster County.
Monday, November 3, 2008
· DNA links bones near plane crash site to Fossett. Authorities say they've positively identified some of Steve Fossett's remains: two large bones found a half-mile from where the adventurer's plane crashed in California's Sierra Nevada.
· Obama's Grandmother Dies. A tragic turn of events for Sen. Barack Obama: his ailing grandmother died of cancer at 86. Here's a statement from Obama and his sister: "It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility."
· Seattle Newspaper Publishes Photos and Home Addresses of McCain Supporters. The Stanger, which touts itself as "Seattle's Only Newspaper," has decided to photograph and publish the addresses of people having McCain/Palin sign on their property.
· Stevens Juror Lied About Father's Death. The juror who was dismissed from the trial of Sen. Ted Stevens to attend her father’s funeral in California has admitted that her father had not died and that she went to California to go to a horse race.
· U.S. Auto Sales Fall; GM Calls Month Worst Since 1945. U.S. auto sales plummeted in October in what General Motors Corp. called the worst month since 1945, as reduced access to loans and a weaker economy kept consumers off dealer lots.
· Girl Lied About School Rape. A 15-year-old girl who claimed she was dragged into a school bathroom and raped at knifepoint made the story up to conceal a sexual encounter she had off-campus, Putnam County sheriff's deputies said.
· N.D. Teacher of the Year barred from reception. North Dakota's new Teacher of the Year was barred from a reception held to honor top teachers because she declined to join the North Dakota Education Association, education officials said.
· Armed, masked man waving U.S. flag shuts down highway in Southern California. Authorities have closed a stretch of highway in the Santa Barbara, Calif., area after a masked man appeared on an overpass holding a handgun and waving an American flag.
· Bombastic Bushkin: Johnny Carson was Depressed, Tormented Man. Johnny Carson's longtime lawyer is blowing the lid off the secret life of the beloved "Tonight Show" host — painting him as a sad, depressed man who cheated on his wives, was tormented by his mom and refused to visit his son in a mental hospital.
· Chavez offers talks with "black man" in White House. Anti-U.S. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez predicted on Sunday the "black man" will win the U.S. presidential race and offered to hold talks with him to improve ties between the superpower and one its biggest oil suppliers.
· Study links teen pregnancy to sexy TV shows. In findings that covered 718 teenagers, there were 91 pregnancies. The top 10th of adolescents who watched the most sexy programing were at double the risk of becoming pregnant or causing a pregnancy compared to the 10th who watched the fewest such programs, according to the study published in the journal Pediatrics.
· Coal official calls Obama comments 'unbelievable.' A West Virginia coal industry leader said he was shocked by comments made by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. "If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted," Obama said.
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Incongruous [in·con·gru·ous] adj. 1. Lacking in harmony; incompatible. 2. Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent: a plan incongruous with reason. 3. Not in keeping with what is correct, proper, or logical; inappropriate: incongruous behavior.
· John Daly says he has a logical explanation for his drunken Hooters fiasco. According to Winston-Salem police, Daly appeared ``extremely intoxicated and uncooperative,'' but Daly said the whole episode could have been avoided if his friends had realized he tends to sleep with his eyes open when he's tired, stressed and has been drinking.
· Woman sues after crashing wheelchair at state fairground. A woman who was injured when she lost control of her wheelchair and struck a metal barrier at the flea market has sued Metro government — and the security guard who wouldn’t let her husband pull the car up to the door, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Davidson County Circuit Court.
· Simon Cowell's Girlfriend Gives Him the Boot. American Idol contestants beware: Simon Cowell might be a bit crankier this season. The A.I. judge was recently dumped via phone by his longtime girlfriend, Terri Seymour, his rep confirms to People magazine.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
· Update: Trick-or-treater, mistaken for robber, killed. An ex-convict who thought he was being robbed gunned down a 12-year-old trick-or-treater, spraying nearly 30 rounds with an AK-47 assault rifle from inside his home after hearing a knock on the door, police said Saturday.
· $8 for your vote. Barack Obama and John McCain uncorked massive get-out-the-vote operations in more than a dozen battleground states Sunday, millions of telephone calls, mailings and door-knockings in a frenzied, fitting climax to a record-shattering $1 billion campaign. Together, they'll spend about $8 per presidential vote.
· IRS, Justice Target Undisclosed Assets In Swiss Accounts. The legendary secrecy of Swiss banks has come under fresh assault lately from U.S. and European authorities who say their citizens have used the privacy to hide assets and dodge taxes.
· Michigan woman limits her treats to McCain supporters only. A suburban Detroit woman decided to scare up the vote among neighborhood children by just offering treats to John McCain supporters. TV station WJBK says a sign outside Shirley Nagel's house warned: No handouts for Obama supporters, liars, tricksters or kids of supporters.
· To collect from Lehman Brothers, wait in line behind the lawyers. Lehman has already begun selling off assets to settle its debts. One of the first things to go was the corporate jet. The debtors sold the plane for $24.9 million on Oct. 29, with the approval of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. Why not use the windfall to repay some creditors promptly? It doesn't work that way, says Lynn LoPucki, a law professor at Harvard and UCLA and expert in corporate bankruptcies. "The lawyers and all the other professionals who work on the case get paid first."
· CEOs, famous investors hit hard by market plunge. Here's something that might provide a bit of solace amid the plunging values in your retirement accounts: Warren Buffett is losing lots of money, too. So are Kirk Kerkorian, Carl Icahn and Sumner Redstone.
· Husband busted in wife's poisoned-coffee slaying. A Long Island woman who cops say was poisoned with cyanide by her husband has died. Her husband, David Steeves, 43, was arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly sprinkling powdered potassium cyanide in his wife's coffee while she cooked.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
· Neighbors shocked after trick-or-treater shot. A 12-year-old boy was shot to death through a front door while trick-or-treating with his family, shocking residents of a South Carolina neighborhood where most people know each other well.
· Zamboni driver on thin ice. A woman has been charged with impaired driving after she was seen operating a Zamboni erratically at the Kingsville Arena, hitting the boards and falling asleep slumped over the wheel.
· Obama's Aunt is in the U.S. Illegally. Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.
· School Clams Up on 'Gay' Pledge Cards Given to Kindergartners. A California school system refuses to say what action, if any, it will take after it received complaints about a kindergarten teacher who encouraged her students to sign "pledge cards" in support of gays.
· Panicked Students Suspended For Calling Parents During Evacuation. At least nine students at Thomas Jefferson Middle were suspended this week for trying to call their parents on cell phones during an evacuation for a gas leak.
· I killed my wife and you won't find her, jeweler says. A Manhattan jeweler who reported his wife missing nearly a month ago admitted killing her and disposing of her body near their Westchester home, authorities said Friday.
· Designer's lawyer: 9 women lied in rape claims. A defense attorney for fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander told jurors Friday in closing arguments that his client should be acquitted of rape charges because his accusers are lying and seeking revenge.
Friday, October 31, 2008
· Texas Mom Throws 4-Year-Old Daughter Into Traffic. A woman has been charged with child endangerment, a state jail felony, for beating her 4-year-old daughter before throwing her into the path of an oncoming vehicle, police said.
· Boy Sent Home From School For Dressing As Jesus. A Paramus, NJ middle school student was sent home Friday after he came to school dressed up as Jesus for Halloween. "It was offensive to some students," the boy said, when asked what school officials told him the reason for being sent home was.
· Judge halts New York plan to turn yellow cabs green. New York City's plan to turn its entire fleet of yellow cabs green by 2012 was halted on Friday by a federal judge who ruled that regulation of fuel emissions standards falls under federal, not city, authority.
· Accused molester blames 8-year-old girl. Midvale, Utah police arrested a 27-year-old man Thursday night, a month after he allegedly sexually abused his girlfriend's 8-year-old daughter - and then blamed the incident on the child.
· Stevens: 'I've Not Been Convicted Yet.' Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens told one of his home-state newspapers Thursday that "I've not been convicted yet," despite being found guilty of seven felonies in his federal corruption case earlier in the week.
· Three Reporters From McCain-Endorsing Newspapers Removed From Obama's Plane. Journalists from three major newspapers that endorsed John McCain - the Washington Times, the New York Post and the Dallas Morning News - have been booted from Barack Obama's campaign plane. The three newspapers' reporters were told to find alternative transportation by Sunday so that the plane could accommodate "network bigwigs" and reporters from two black magazines, Essence and Jet.
· Man sets self aflame at Seattle college. A 61-year-old former University of Washington staff member doused himself with gasoline and set himself ablaze Thursday in the midst of a crowded campus plaza. He died a short time later.
· Two arrested after Obama effigy found on Kentucky campus. Two men have been arrested in connection with an effigy of Sen. Barack Obama hanging from a tree outside a building at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, police said Thursday. "This was a serious incident. It caused a lot of wounds to be opened from racial tension," authorities said.
· Obama Lays Plans to Kill Expectations After Election Victory. Confident in an Election Day win, the campaign looks to lower supporters' expectations on concerns their hopes of 'change' are unrealistic, a senior aide says.
· Searchers Find Bones, Fossett's License at Crash Site. Searchers have found what appear to be two large human bones near the crash site of Steve Fossett's plane in California's Sierra Nevada, along with the adventurer's tennis shoes and driver's license, authorities said Thursday.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
· Woman Buys Foreclosed Home and Gives It Back to Owner. A Texas woman went to a housing auction distraught about the prospect of watching strangers bid on her foreclosed home. Then one of those strangers bought it back for her.
· Cindy Sheehan's Campaign Headquarters Heavily Damaged in Late Night Attack. Just 5 days before the election, at 3a.m. on October 30th, all of the front windows of the Cindy Sheehan for Congress campaign offices were shattered. Although staffers had been in the office less than an hour earlier, no one was in the building at the time of the incident. No one was hurt and there were no witnesses.
· Disney Worker, 13 Others, Arrested In Undercover Child-Porn Operation. Fourteen men, including a worker at Disney's Animal Kingdom, were arrested Thursday in an undercover child pornography investigation in Polk County.
· Heidi Klum and Seal will leave U.S. if McCain wins. Seal and Heidi Klum join the list of celebrities threatening to leave the U.S. if John McCain wins Tuesday. Seal told this month's Vanity Fair: "If McCain is elected and America staggers on further towards the abyss, then we will leave the country." Seal is British and can't vote in the U.S. anyway.
· Ohio: Can't check voter fraud because system "too fragile." It is impossible to cross-check nearly 700,000 voter registrations filed this year without crashing Ohio's registration system, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said Thursday. She added that the entire system will have to be rebuilt after next week's election so that fraud can be more easily detected. Brunner said she discovered the system was too fragile to double-check the names.
· Unable to vote, noncitizen immigrants volunteer. From Florida to California, they're working hard on the upcoming election - knocking on doors in ethnic neighborhoods, manning the phones in myriad languages and distributing political flyers. But come Tuesday, they won't vote. They can't: They're not citizens.
· Update: Covering the Tracks of Murder. The Long Island man charged with killing his teacher wife choked her to death and then staged an elaborate scene to make it look like she was abducted after her car got a flat tire, police said Thursday.
· Lawsuit: Priest seduced me. A Viagra-popping vicar from a Queens Catholic church seduced a parishioner by insisting it was "ordained by God," the woman, Judith Rodrigues-Lytwyn, charged in a lawsuit against the priest.
· Obama's prime-time ad skips over budget realities. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office. A sampling of what voters heard in the ad, and what he didn't tell them.
· Update: West Hollywood Homeowners Pull Down Sarah Palin Effigy. An effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been taken down from a West Hollywood home, after the homeowner discussed the situation with the city's mayor.
· FBI Warns of 'Anthrax' Letters Sent to Media Outlets. The FBI is warning media outlets to be vigilant about opening their mail after a California man was arrested on suspicion of sending more than 100 hoax letters labeled "anthrax" to newspapers and TV stations.
· Body of missing Long Island teacher found; husband arrested. Long Island teacher Leah Walsh's husband was arrested in her murder Wednesday night - hours after the missing woman's naked body was found in a ditch near her home, police said.
· Hidin' Biden. While his windy, off-point pontification was the stuff of legend among his Senate colleagues, Senator Joe Biden is now leashed to a teleprompter even when he is talking in a high school gym that is three-quarters empty.
· Hudson deaths add to South Side Chicago's violence. During the same weekend that county pathologists conducted autopsies on the bodies of actress-singer Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother, they also examined the bodies of six other people who'd been gunned down or beaten to death. The deaths are yet another reminder of the bloodshed on Chicago's streets this year — when the city has seen more homicides than both New York and Los Angeles. And it explains why residents of Hudson's childhood neighborhood say it's not surprising that people may have heard gunfire coming from her family home but didn't bother to call police.
· Yahoo, AOL may merge. Yahoo Inc and Time Warner Inc's AOL unit are looking at each other's books to figure out how much money they could make together and where costs can be saved, a person familiar with the talks said on Wednesday, indicating a merger may be on the way.
· Huffington Post writer stabs her lesbian lover 200 times with screwdriver. A woman who lived with her ex-partner in Boynton Beach, Florida stabbed her former lover more than 200 times with a Phillips-head screwdriver and then tried to conceal the killing, police said.
· Girl returns $1,000 found in Richard Simmons tape. The best bargain at the Salvation Army thrift store in Kailua-Kona was a Richard Simmons videotape. But Mikela Mercier, 11, decided to pass up the chance to buy the tape for a few coins after she found a surprise inside: $1,000 in $100 bills.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
· Golfer John Daly Passes Out At Hooters, Spends Night In Jail. PGA golfer John Daly spent a night in jail this weekend after Winston-Salem police found him intoxicated outside a Hooters restaurant, police said.
· Gov't prepares loan modification plan. The government is preparing to unveil a plan as soon as Thursday guaranteeing around 3 million mortgages to troubled homeowners, sources said. The government is contemplating a guarantee of about $500 billion in mortgages. More than 4 million American homeowners with a mortgage were at least one payment behind on their loans at the end of June.
· University President: Obama effigy a “despicable act.” An effigy of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was found hanging from a tree on the University of Kentucky campus this morning, according to university officials. UK President Lee Todd said officers with both the University Police Department and the Lexington Police Department are investigating the incident, and the Secret Service has been notified.
· Casey Anthony has infamous pen pal. Convicted killer Scott Peterson has been writing to Casey Anthony, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Peterson, who's now on California's death row, was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife Laci.
· Obama Accepting Prepaid Credit Cards. “Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed,” reports the Washington Post’s Matthew Mosk.
· Nebraska Governor (finally) calls for safe haven special session. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman called a special legislative session in the wake of numerous abandoned children at Nebraska hospitals, saying the law needs to be rewritten to focus on its original intent - protecting infants.
· 'America's Sheriff' Facing Corruption Trial in California. Opening statements begin this morning in the federal public corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona, who was once dubbed "America's sheriff." The 53-year-old Carona is charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering. Also charged are his alleged mistress and his wife.
· Lincoln library director axed. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich fired the executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday after revelations that he was arrested for shoplifting. Rick Beard, 61, made more than $200,000 a year, but was pinched trying to steal a $40 DVD box set at Target.
· Obama's daughter: "Are you going to interrupt my TV?" Flush with cash from his record-shattering fundraising, Barack Obama will be a one-man television blitz on Wednesday, saturating prime-time with a 30-minute ad that includes CBS, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, and BET. Appearing on Jay Leno's talk show Monday, Obama's wife, Michelle, said 10-year-old daughter Malia got a little worried to hear that her dad's infomercial would blanket TV. "'You're going to be on all the TV? Are you going to interrupt my TV?'" Malia asked.
· Substitute Teacher Drunk In Class. A substitute teacher at Edmond Memorial High School in Oklahoma was arrested Friday on suspicion of being drunk in class. Charlene Banks, 48, slurred her speech, stood unsteadily and generally smelled like alcohol, police said.
· Jerry Seinfeld stirred fear over cookbook battle. In court papers filed Tuesday, Missy Chase Lapine, the author of "Sneaky Chef," is suing Seinfeld for defamation and his wife, Jessica, for copyright infringement. She claims Jessica Seinfeld's best-selling cookbook "Deceptively Delicious" is a ripoff of her one-of-a-kind idea for sneaking veggies into kid foods.
· Warden's wife, killer lived as couple, witness says. The wife of a deputy warden and the prisoner she's accused of helping escape lived as man and wife in a small trailer on a chicken ranch in east Texas for more than a decade, an investigator testified Monday.
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Austere [aus·tere] adj. 1. Markedly simple without adornment or ornamentation. [an austere office] [an austere style of writing]. 2. Strict or stern in appearance or manner [an austere critic].
· California man killed by police in mistaken identity. A newlywed killed by police after he stepped outside his Aanaheim home to confront suspected burglars was shot in a case of mistaken identity, police said. Julian Alexander's father Jerry said Alexander got married last weekend and his 19-year-old wife is expecting a baby in December.
· Actress' death center stage again in Spector trial. The death of actress Lana Clarkson at Phil Spector's hillside castle stunned Hollywood five years ago. It is a distant memory now as Spector, the eccentric musical genius behind some of rock 'n' roll's biggest sounds, goes on trial for a second time. It's a year since the jury in his first murder trial failed to reach a verdict, bringing a mistrial and now a retrial.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
· 'Arrogant' former Detroit mayor sentenced to jail. Calling him "arrogant and defiant," a Wayne County Judge today sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to four months in jail with no early release under the terms of a plea deal.
· McCain camp demands L.A. Times release video. John McCain's campaign is demanding that the Los Angeles Times release a video of a party for a prominent Palestinian activist that Barack Obama attended in 2003.
· Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew shot multiple times. "It wasn't a case of a stranger-type homicide," said Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis. While nobody has been charged with the murders, cops are holding 27-year-old William (Flex) Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia.
· Hudson suspect had June drug arrest. Documents show that the suspect in the Chicago murders of three members of Jennifer Hudson's family was arrested for drug possession in June, but state officials didn't revoke his parole.
· Ohio man fires at teens who vandalized his McCain lawn sign. According to a Warren Township Police Department report, Patrick Wise, 16, yelled, "This is for Obama" as he knocked over the McCain sign in Kenneth Rowles' yard. Rowles allegedly grabbed a rifle and fired three times at the duo as they sought to drive away, striking one of the boys.
· DA: Criminal charges possible in boy's Uzi death. Authorities in Massachusetts are considering whether criminal charges should be filed in the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a gun show.
· Dow jumps nearly 900 as investors seek bargains. It's been another astounding day on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones industrials soaring nearly 900 points as investors scooped up stocks that were pounded lower in recent sessions.
· Los Angeles Sheriff: 'Sarah Palin' hanging by a noose is not a hate crime. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said the mannequin sporting a beehive hairdo, glasses and a red coat does not rise to the level of a hate crime because it was part of a Halloween display. "If the same display had been made of a Barack Obama-like doll, for example, authorities would have to evaluate it independently," Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
· BrassiereGate: State senator arrested by FBI. State Senator Diane Wilkerson allegedly stuffed a $1,000 cash payoff into her bra during a meeting with an informant. Wilkerson was arrested this morning after an 18-month undercover investigation by Boston Police and the FBI in which she allegedly accepted eight bribes worth $23,500.
· Speeder: 'It was my cell phone's fault.' Police jailed a Springfield teen after she sped away from a state trooper through a construction zone at 107 mph - and then told the trooper she was having trouble seeing while talking on her cell phone, according to Oregon State Police.
· 'Obama Wins!,' newspaper declares. For The New Mexico Sun News it is either a major scoop or “Dewey Beats Truman” déjà vu 60 years later. “Obama Wins!” is the headline of the edition on newsstands now, complete with “special collector’s edition” in red bold typeface.
· Even many liberals hate MSNBC. In a room full of television industry executives, no one seemed inclined to defend MSNBC on Monday for what some were calling its lopsidedly liberal coverage of the presidential election. MSNBC is "completely out of control," said writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat.
· Woman files lawsuit over husband's missing brain. The outraged widow of a Central Islip, New York man has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit charging that his brain has been lost for more than two years following an autopsy by the Office of The Suffolk County Medical Examiner.
· Stevens to Alaska voters: 'Stand with me.' Proclaiming his innocence, convicted Republican Sen. Ted Stevens asked Alaskans to "stand with me" as he pledged to defend the Senate seat he has held since 1968. A jury on Monday convicted Stevens of seven counts of making false statements on Senate ethics forms to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and work on his Alaska home from an oilfield contractor at the center of a corruption investigation in the state.
· Colin Powell: Stevens' reputation 'sterling.' Colin Powell, the retired Army general and former secretary of state, characterized Sen. Ted Stevens in court Friday as a "trusted individual" and a man with a "sterling" reputation.
· Teenager Runs Away, Hides in Garbage Bin, Ends Up in Garbage Truck. Hamden police say a 13-year-old boy escaped injury after he ended up in the back of a garbage truck after hiding in a commercial trash container. Police say the boy was hiding in the bin after running away from the Children's Center. The trash container was picked up and emptied into a garbage truck Monday morning.
· NY jewelry model settles lawsuit over sexy video. A model has settled a $5 million lawsuit against a New York City jewelry company for an Internet video in which she writhes and moans suggestively on a bed. A Manhattan judge filed a notice of the settlement last week.
· Bad split has a worse end for Danny Huston, Katie Jane Evans. Actor Danny Huston's divorce from model Katie Jane Evans took a tragic turn this month when the beauty committed suicide by jumping off her roof.
Monday, October 27, 2008
· Woman Crosses From Georgia to Nebraska to Abandon Her 12-Year-Old Son at 'Safe Haven.' A woman drove her 12-year-old son from Georgia to Nebraska to abandon him under the state's unique safe-haven law, the 20th child left at a hospital since the law took effect in July. Nebraska's Legislature have agreed to amend the law in January so it applies only to infants up to 3 days old.
· Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama. Law enforcement agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 88 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday.
· Sen. Ted Stevens found guilty on all counts in corruption case. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has been convicted of lying about free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor. The Senate's longest-serving Republican, Stevens was found guilty on all seven counts of making false statements on Senate financial documents.
· Thieves Cart Off Heavy, Worthless Fence. A large fence weighing hundreds of pounds was stolen in broad daylight in front of a Sacramento home, but experts say that the metal is worth virtually nothing if sold for scrap. The fence sold for scrap, is worth about a penny a pound, making the 700 pound fence worth about $7.
· U.S. newspaper circulation declines. U.S. newspapers reported sharper circulation declines in the latest figures released by an industry group on Monday, pointing to more glum times ahead for publishers already racked by falling advertising revenue.
· Officer killed by suspected illegal immigrant drunk driver. A 25-year-old police officer is dead at the hands of a suspected drunk driver in the country illegally. "There are some who believe that illegal aliens are just busboys, landscapers and janitors. In reality, they're criminals," Mark Spencer, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association said.
· Palin Hanging From Noose Sparks Controversy In West Hollywood. A mannequin has been outfitted to look like Sarah Palin - with glasses, a beehive wig and a red business suit - and is hanging from a noose outside a West Hollywood residence. The display also depicts a devilish John McCain emerging from flames.
· Pastor who paddled son headed to trial. The child-abuse case involving a Poynette, WI pastor who paddled his son hard enough to cause bruises as a form of discipline is headed for trial. Barry W. Barnett Jr., 43, entered a not guilty plea on a charge of felony physical abuse of a child at his preliminary hearing.
· Body of child found on South Side Chicago may be Julian King. Authorities said the child may be 7-year-old Julian King, who went missing from the crime scene Friday where the bodies of the mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found in their home.
· Half-ton man gets married... after being taken to the wedding in a custom-made truck. Manuel Uribe, 43, wore a white satin shirt and had a sheet wrapped round his legs as he wed his longtime girlfriend, Claudia Solis, in front of 400 guests in a civil ceremony in Monterrey, northern Mexico.
· Panhandlers aren't paying up. Chattanooga officials want people who beg for money to pay the fines they often receive for panhandling. But Chattanooga City Court has collected only $279.75 of the $8,958.75, or about 3 percent, of the fines and court costs levied since the City Council expanded downtown’s no-panhandling zone in May 2007.
· Police spend £35,000 on a new force logo - but it looks just like their old one. Both are eight-pointed stars which support a crown, bear a coat of arms and are emblazoned with the words 'Norfolk Constabulary.'
· 227%: The staggering interest rate on credit card designed to 'help' families this Christmas. Britain's most expensive credit card, which carries an interest rate of 227 per cent, is being promoted as a solution for hardpressed families this Christmas. The Easy Shop card is linked to Argos and offers one possible solution to parents who do not have the cash to buy presents for the children.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
· Arkansas TV anchor dies days after attack. Anne Pressly, the morning anchorwoman for CNN affiliate KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, died Saturday from injuries sustained in an assault. She was found in her home Monday, beaten around the head, face and neck. A tearful colleague paid tribute: "Life was easy for Anne Pressly. But it is her death that is so very hard for all of us." Police have yet to identify a suspect in the attack.
· Obama campaign cuts off TV station after tough interview with Joe Biden. WFTV-Channel 9's Barbara West conducted a satellite interview with Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday, and the Obama camp was not pleased with the reporter's questions.
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Disingenuous [dis·in·gen·u·ous] adj. Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating. 'It was disingenuous of her to claim she had no financial interest in the legal case.'
· Crystal Cathedral TV preacher removed by father. Crystal Cathedral founder Rev. Robert H. Schuller has removed his son as preacher on the church's weekly "Hour of Power" syndicated TV broadcast due to "different ideas as to the direction and the vision for this ministry.".
· 4 high school cheerleaders killed in Tennessee crash. A rural East Tennessee community was grieving Saturday for four high school cheerleaders who died in a fiery car crash hours after they had been cheering on their football team.
· Home that nurtured a star now harbors a calamity. It was the cradle of Jennifer Hudson's greatest triumphs. It's now the scene of her darkest hour. The Oscar-winning actress and singer has often credited her rise to fame to her upbringing in the impoverished neighborhood on Chicago's South Side where she went to grade school and sang in church.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
· Texas bank robbery suspect flees in style. Economic times may not be that tough for a suspected bank robber in the Dallas area. Irving police said the on-the-lam suspect used a limousine as his getaway vehicle.
· Companies start competing for bailout money. The bailout is now the hottest lobbying game in town. Insurers, automakers and American subsidiaries of foreign banks all want the Treasury Department to cut them a piece of the largest government rescue in U.S. history. The betting is that many with their hands out will be successful.
· The Stink in Flatulence Controls Blood Pressure. New research has found that cells lining mice's blood vessels naturally make the gas and this action can help keep the rodents' blood pressure low by relaxing the blood vessels to prevent hypertension (high blood pressure). This gas is "no doubt" produced in cells lining human blood vessels too, the researchers said.
· Criminal Complaint Filed Against New Detroit Mayor. Interim Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. could be facing legal and political fallout for signing an affidavit, under oath, saying he did not owe any election related fines; however, he did in fact owe $42,000.
· TV Anchor's Credit Card Used at Gas Station After Attack. The credit card of a television anchor woman left in critical condition after a brutal beating in her home was used in the minutes following the attack. Anne Pressly's credit card was used at a Shell gas station near her Little Rock, Ark., home.
· The Washington insider who made Obama rich. Barack Obama, the son of an absent African father and a mother who relied on government-issued food stamps to feed her children, became rich in a more modern manner – on the back of a book deal.
· Legace injured after tripping over the carpet for VP candidate Palin. Blues goalie Manny Legace left after one period Friday night with a hip injury that occurred when he slipped on the carpet placed on the ice for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
· Rail Agency Sues Contractor Over L.A. Train Collision. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority has filed a lawsuit against a contractor stemming from the deadly collision of one of its Metrolink commuter trains and a freight train on Sept. 12.
· Government Computers Used to Get Information on 'Joe the Plumber.' Public records reveal driver's license and SUV information on 'Joe the Plumber' was obtained from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database.
Friday, October 24, 2008
· New Allegations in Mahoney Sex Scandal. Current and former members of the staff of Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-Fla) say he has yet to come completely clean about his multiple affairs, abusive behavior and alleged ethical lapses.
· Mother, brother of Jennifer Hudson killed in Chicago. The mother of Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson has been killed, according to reports in Chicago. The other victim was identified as Jennifer's brother, Jason.
· Students face punishment for `Hit a Jew Day.' At least four students from a suburban St. Louis middle school face punishment for allegedly hitting Jewish classmates during what they called "Hit a Jew Day."
· Funeral Home Owners Evicted. A funeral home owner was evicted and all of the belongings were tossed out into the parking lot on Friday morning. The Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office removed the remains of five deceased and cremated remains of 22 people.
· Isiah Thomas Taken to Hospital for Overdose. Former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas was taken to White Plains Hospital Center today after overdosing on sleeping pills, WABC-TV reported, citing police.
· Police: McCain volunteer made up robbery story. Pittsburgh police say a McCain campaign volunteer made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter "B" scratched on her face in a politically inspired attack. 20-year-old Ashley Todd is being charged with making a false report to police.
· 'Don't STOP! PLEASE': Ex-Detroit Mayor's Steamy Texts With Aide Released. More sexually explicit text messages between the city's former mayor and his ex-chief of staff were released Thursday, just days before Kwame Kilpatrick goes to jail for lying about their affair.
· Oil trades around $63 despite OPEC cuts. Oil prices fell sharply to around $63 a barrel Friday amid weakening global demand for crude - prices that have more than halved since their historic high of around $147 in July.
· Mom Whose Baby Ate Crack Cocaine at Party Won't Go to Jail. A Buffalo, N.Y., mother whose baby boy ate crack cocaine and opiates at a party was spared jail time because a judge was impressed by her efforts to turn her life around.
· Man: She hit herself with the refrigerator. A man told an Okaloosa County sheriff's deputy his girlfriend had hit herself with the refrigerator door several times to get him in trouble, according to his arrest report.
· Court upholds Bianca Jagger's apartment eviction. New York's top court upheld Bianca Jagger's eviction from a rent-stabilized Manhattan apartment, concluding that foreigners on tourist visas generally can't claim New York digs as a "primary residence."
· 3 Cups of Coffee a Day May Shrink Women's Breasts. The study found that three cups a day was enough to start making breasts shrink, with the effects increasing for every additional cup of coffee consumed.
· Greenspan Says Economic Crisis Not His Fault. Badgered by lawmakers, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan denied the nation's economic crisis was his fault on Thursday but conceded the meltdown had revealed a flaw in a lifetime of economic thinking and left him in a "state of shocked disbelief."
· Up to 50 Teens Exposed to HIV at Missouri High School. Students at a suburban St. Louis high school headed to the gymnasium for HIV testing this week after an infected person told health officials as many as 50 teenagers might have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
· Brooklyn man accuses 5 cops of sodomy attack in subway. Prosecutors are investigating allegations that five cops chased a 24-year-old Brooklyn man into a subway station, knocked him down and sodomized him.
· Actress Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail. Italian con man Raffaello Follieri was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Thursday for scamming investors out of millions by claiming to be a Vatican insider.
· Claim: McCain supporter attacked, 'B' carved into young woman's face. A 20-year-old woman who was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield was also maimed by her attacker, police said. When the attacker saw a McCain bumper sticker on her car, the attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using his knife to scratch the letter "B" into her face.
· Duke lacrosse accuser introduces her new book. The woman at the center of the Duke lacrosse scandal said she is not lying and that “something did happen to me” the night of March 13, 2006, according to an excerpt from her new book.
· Parking Garage Owner Commits Suicide After He and Jay Leno are Sued. A Manhattan parking-garage exec killed himself just days after he and "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno were sued for allegedly swindling an elderly Macy's heir out of two pricey cars.
· Cyclists 'braved freezing cold temperatures' to promote global warming awareness. Student volunteers from colleges around New York State braved freezing cold temperatures on their bikes to send a message to state and federal political candidates: pay attention to global warming and the energy crisis.
· With $605 million already, Obama asks only $10 more from each of us. According to an e-mail plea to supporters, tonight's the absolute deadline to donate $10 more and receive your special edition Official Obama-Biden car magnet. Having now collected more than $605 million altogether, the freshman senator shows no concern over the appearance of buying the presidency.
· Update: Charge Dropped Against Elderly Woman In Football Flap. Charges were dropped Wednesday evening against an 89-year-old Blue Ash woman charged with stealing a football from some neighbor children. Edna Jester was charged earlier this week with petty theft for refusing to return a child's football that landed in her yard.
· NBC denies paying Anthonys for interview. NBC News confirmed it paid a "nominal" fee for photographs as part of its coverage of the Casey Anthony case, the same day her parents appeared on the Today show. A spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail: "NBC News does not pay for interviews. NBC News paid a nominal licensing fee for photos, which is standard in the industry." She would not say how much NBC News actually paid.
· Oprah sued over man's arrest on extortion charge. A Louisiana man has filed a lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey, claiming she and an attorney made false statements that led the FBI to arrest him on charges that he tried to extort the talk-show host. Keifer Bonvillain, who had the charges dismissed, seeks damages of $180 million from Winfrey.
· CNN reporter: Media bias or just clueless? Gov. Sarah Palin sat down for an interview on CNN yesterday, with CNN correspondent Drew Griffin's questions becoming a focus after he blatantly misrepresented a recent Byron York column in the conservative National Review.
· Anti-tax author banned from selling his advice. A federal judge has permanently barred convicted tax rebel and author Irwin Schiff and a co-defendant from preparing tax returns and marketing products advising people that no law requires Americans to pay federal income taxes.
· Ex-ACORN worker: 'I paid the price' for voter registration fraud. Clifton Mitchell helped register nearly 2,000 voters for the community group ACORN. But not one of them actually existed. "I regret it. I paid the price for it," he said. Mitchell was convicted last year and spent nearly three months in prison. He's one of the few ACORN workers convicted of voter registration fraud.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
· 3,000 professors sign to support William Ayers. More than 3,000 educators nationwide, including six Brown University professors, have signed a statement supporting William Ayers - the man Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain called a "washed-up terrorist" at the third presidential debate.
· Construction begins for Obama's election night bash. Construction is underway for a massive stage in Chicago where Barack Obama could declare victory on election night. Tens of thousands are expected to gather in Grant Park just 13 days from now.
· Hillary Clinton: Another 'Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.' Stepping back into the campaign spotlight, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton came to Minnesota tonight to urge the election of comedian-commentator-candidate Al Franken to the Senate. "Al Franken was taking on the vast right-wing conspiracy before other people even admitted it existed," she said.
· Christian Academy teacher charged with sex with minor. Cynthia Horvath, 45, a former Warner Christian Academy teacher was charged today by two police departments with unlawful sexual activity with a minor, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student who attended the South Daytona school.
· Pennsylvania woman receives $19,000 settlement after swearing at her toilet. The city of Scranton is paying a woman $19,000 to settle a lawsuit spawned by her arrest on disorderly conduct charges for swearing at her overflowing toilet.
· Teen shoots himself while talking on the phone. Authorities say a 16-year-old West Palm Beach boy was talking on the phone and playing with a handgun when it went off. He was found dead at the scene.
· Public schools become focus of gay marriage ban. A girl in pigtails bounds into the kitchen after school and asks her mother to guess what she learned that day. "I learned how a prince married a prince, and I can marry a princess," she exclaims to her mortified mom.
· Suspect Steals Cash, Leaves Thumb. A man was ordered to be held without bail after police tied him to a recent armed robbery. But at least he has his thumb back. According to charging documents, one of the victims took control of Bryan Perez's machete during a struggle and hacked off his right thumb.
· Official Portraits Draw Skeptical Gaze. The Defense Department awaits the expected February completion of a $46,790 portrait of controversial former secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. It will grace a Pentagon hallway lined with portraits of his predecessors, as well as one from Rumsfeld's first stint as defense secretary from 1975 to 1977, officials said.
· Brutally Beaten Arkansas Anchorwoman Likely the Victim of Random Robber, Not Stalker. An Arkansas TV anchor savagely beaten in her bed was likely the victim of a random robbery and may not have been targeted because of her local celebrity status, police said Tuesday. KATV personality Anne Pressly, 26, remained in critical but stable condition after the brutal attack at her home.
· Venomous Snake Bites 2 Texas High School Students in Class. School officials in Big Sandy, Texas said Tuesday the students were bitten by a cottonmouth snake their teacher had misidentified as non-venomous.
· Protester Attempts to Handcuff Karl Rove for 'Treason.' An anti-war protester confronted former Bush administration aide Karl Rove while he spoke at a San Francisco mortgage bankers' meeting. A statement by the group Code Pink identified the woman as 58-year-old Janine Boneparth, who tried to handcuff Rove in what she called a citizen's arrest for "treason."
· Web Site Offers STD Alerts By E-Mail. How does a person tell someone they have slept with that they may have exposed that person to a sexually transmitted disease? A San Francisco group says more than 50,000 people have sent e-cards through its Web site to tell sexual partners they should get tested for diseases.
· San Francisco may become safe haven for prostitutes. In this live-and-let-live town, where medical marijuana clubs do business next to grocery stores and an annual fair celebrates sadomasochism, prostitutes could soon walk the streets without fear of arrest. San Francisco would become the first major U.S. city to decriminalize prostitution if voters next month approve Proposition K.
· New York Woman, 76, Arrested for 73rd Time When Wallet Disappears. A 76-year-old woman who gave her address as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has been arrested for the 73rd time in almost four decades, this time on charges of stealing a police decoy wallet in a supermarket and stuffing it in her bra.
· Update: Miss Louisiana Teen USA Stripped of Title. Miss Louisiana Teen USA was stripped of her tiara last night, just days after she allegedly skipped out on a dinner bill and left behind a purse containing her ID - and pot.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Ostensible [os·ten·si·ble] adj. 1. Intended for display, open to view. 2. Being such in appearance, plausible rather than demonstrably true or real. [the ostensible purpose of the trip was business].
· Republicans Could Lose Valuable Members on Election Day. Not only are Republicans expected to suffer double-digit losses in the House and Senate on Election Day, but some of their longest-serving members could be on their way out.
· Do five simple things a day to stay sane. Simple activities such as gardening or fixing a bicycle can protect mental health and help people to lead more fulfilled and productive lives, a panel of scientists has found.
· Figure from O.J. trial sues 'Dr. Phil' show. The memorabilia dealer who led O.J. Simpson to a hotel room where an infamous robbery occurred filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the "Dr. Phil" show claiming his remarks in an interview were spliced to change their meaning.
· Hunters Discover Marijuana Farm Worth Millions in Utah Mountains. Hunters in central Utah hoping to find some deer this weekend stumbled instead on a marijuana farm worth millions growing in the mountains.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
· No retrial: Case against Britney Spears dismissed. The criminal driving-without-a-license case against Britney Spears in Los Angeles has been dismissed. A mistrial was declared Tuesday following two full days of deliberations. Jurors were deadlocked 10-2 in favor of acquitting the pop singer of any wrongdoing. Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Michael Amerian plans to run for City Attorney next year, but said Spears was being treated the same as any other driver.
· 'A-Team' actor's son arrested in I-80 pot bust. This plan didn't come together. The Utah Highway Patrol on Tuesday said it found 38 pounds of marijuana inside a car driven by the son of the actor who played Col. John "Hannibal" Smith on the television show "The A-Team." The suspect, Christian Peppard, had told police that he was traveling to Dearborn, Mich., to visit his father's grave.
· Beauty Queen Arrested After Skipping on Restaurant Bill. Reigning Miss Teen Louisiana USA Lindsey Evans and three friends were arrested over the weekend for leaving a Bossier City restaurant without paying their bill.
· Chicago Republicans Fume as McCain Links Obama To 'Corrupt' City. John McCain's claim that Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama is part of a "corrupt Chicago political machine'' doesn't sit well with many Chicago Republicans.
· Wrongly convicted Fla. man pardoned after 24 years. Alan Crotzer already has received $1.25 million in compensation for spending more than 24 years in prison for crimes he didn't commit, and Tuesday he was pardoned for two other offenses.
· TV ad on health care, immigrants raises furor. A Wisconsin ad depicts a young man standing beside a busy street, holding up a homemade sign with "Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens" written on it. "This is really good news for illegal aliens," the actor says. "They don't even have to live here, and health care is free. This is kind of like that idea of giving Wisconsin welfare checks to people from Illinois, only a lot better." NAACP member Deborah Speckmann was outraged, adding the reference to welfare checks in the ad "hits black people."
· Obama campaign selling Chicago election night coverage packages to news outlets. The Obama campaign is putting a hefty price tag on the best camera and reporting positions for news organizations covering Barack Obama's outdoor election night activities in downtown Chicago.
· AIG suspends lobbying amid backlash. AIG, the US insurer bailed out by the government, has suspended its lobbying activities a week after ruling out such a move amid a growing backlash over its use of taxpayers’ money.
· Murtha: I didn't mean to say my constituents are 'racist' - they're 'rednecks.' Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Monday some of his constituents in western Pennsylvania are "rednecks" and the entire region just five to 10 years ago was "really redneck." The comments come one week after he called his own constituents "racist."
· Former child actor found guilty in yacht killings. A California jury has convicted a man of murdering three people, including a couple who were tied to an anchor and thrown off their yacht into the Pacific Ocean.
· Woman, 89, Arrested for Keeping Football Thrown in Her Yard. Police in Ohio say an 89-year-old woman is facing a charge of petty theft because neighborhood children accuse her of refusing to give back their football. Edna Jester was arrested last week in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash. Police Capt. James Schaffer says there has been an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood over kids' balls landing in the woman's yard.
· Obama to Leave Campaign Trail to Visit Sick Grandmother. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is canceling nearly all his campaign events Thursday and Friday to visit his suddenly gravely ill 85-year-old grandmother in Hawaii.
· Fat Inmate Hid Pot In Fat Folds Of Stomach, Police Say. Police have filed additional charges against an inmate who they say tried to hide illegal drugs inside a Northside prison in the folds of his stomach.
· Why 'sorry' isn't in many CEOs' vocabularies anymore. Elected officials in the past have said "I'm sorry" for everything from marital affairs to cross-dressing to corruption, and CEOs tossed around apologies like horseshoes at the company picnic. Legal concerns weigh heavily on any words that might be construed as an admission of guilt.
· So long, suckers. Millionaire hedge fund boss thanks 'idiot' traders and retires at 37. The boss of a successful US hedge fund has quit the industry with an extraordinary farewell letter dismissing his rivals as over-privileged "idiots" and thanking "stupid" traders for making him rich. Andrew Lahde became one of the biggest names in the investment industry when one of his funds produced a return of 866% last year, largely by forecasting the US home loans industry would collapse.
· Hulk Hogan's son out of Fla. jail after crash term. The 18-year-old son of celebrity wrestler Hulk Hogan has been released from jail in Florida after serving five months for causing a serious traffic crash. Nick Bollea was released from the Pinellas County Jail early Tuesday morning.
Monday, October 20, 2008
· Update: Neb. lawmakers reconsider safe-haven rules. Stung by the abandonment of children as old as 17 at Nebraska hospitals, the governor and lawmakers struck a deal Monday to rewrite the state's safe haven law so it applies only to infants up to three days old. A rash of drop-offs in recent months, particularly those of teenagers and from out of state, thrust the state into the national spotlight.
· Mahoney's wife files for divorce. The wife of Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney filed for divorce today, one week after news broke that Mahoney had an affair with a former staffer and paid $121,903 to stop a threatened lawsuit when the staffer threatened a lawsuit.
· Sen. Joe Biden: We'll have an international crisis under Obama. "Mark my words," the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned Sunday. "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
· Cab Driver Accused Of Raping Passenger. A cab driver is accused of raping a female passenger he was supposed to be taking home from a sports bar. The 23-year-old victim told the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that she had driven her own vehicle to Soho Sports Bar in Arlington, but an off-duty officer suggested that because she had a lot to drink she should take a cab home.
· Copper thefts leave youth sports scrambling. In the past five years, copper prices have risen about 300 percent. Copper thieves who normally hit construction sites or electric substations recently have become more resourceful. They're yanking copper wiring from light poles on athletic fields. "It's becoming an epidemic that's affecting everyone," says a Georgia electric cooperative official, "and the cost of damages often falls on the consumer, or in the case of athletic fields, the teams that use them."
· GM-Chrysler plan to merge within two weeks. Negotiators hope to finalize a merger agreement between General Motors (GM) and Chrysler before the presidential election and are lobbying for government financial assistance to help clinch the deal.
· Muslim backlash fears hit PlayStation game. The release of one of the most hotly awaited computer games in the past year has been delayed over concerns some of the background music may offend Muslims.
· 2-Year-Old Girl Found Crammed in Van Among Illegal Immigrants. Authorities conducting a traffic stop in Phoenix, Arizona were shocked to find a two-year-old girl crammed inside a van along with 12 other illegal immigrants.
· College students making anti-cancer beer. U.S. college students say they are using genetic engineering to create beer with resveratrol, a substance in grapes shown to reduce cancer and heart disease.
· Suspect in Golf Cart Eludes Utah Sheriff Cruisers. A Utah sheriff's office has found that it shouldn't underestimate the golf cart as a getaway car. A suspect in a souped-up cart managed to elude officers who pursued him last month through an alfalfa field — but only for a while.
· Crook caught drinking during liquor store robbery. A man was arrested in a South San Francisco liquor store Saturday night after he was found drinking in the store's walk-in beer cooler while attempting a burglary, according to police.
· 'Worst dressed' critic Mr. Blackwell dies. Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86.
· United Airlines pilot arrested on suspicion of being drunk. The 44-year-old man was led off the plane by police following a breath test at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 1 on Sunday morning. The Boeing 777 United Airlines flight was had been scheduled to fly to San Francisco.
· If Elected ... How would a President Obama govern? 47-year-old Barack Obama hasn't finished his first term in the U.S. Senate, and before that had just eight years as a state lawmaker under his government belt. Think discipline, efficiency and secrecy. "Obama's discipline is less about the importance of secrecy and more about making the organizational trains run on time," said Princeton University political historian Julian Zelizer.
· U.S. pilot was ordered to shoot down UFO. Two U.S. fighter planes were scrambled and ordered to shoot down an unidentified flying object over the English countryside during the Cold War, according to secret files made public on Monday. The pilot, Milton Torres, now 77 and living in Miami, said it spent periods motionless in the sky before reaching estimated speeds of more than 7,600 mph. After the alert, a shadowy figure told Torres he must never talk about the incident and he duly kept silent for more than 30 years.
· Customers Regret Locking in Heating Oil Prices. Families, businesses and organizations that locked in home heating oil prices this summer worry their good intentions will turn into high bills. It recently fell from its high of $4.76 per gallon in July to about $3.27 a gallon last week.
· How Colombo crime family boss Bill Cutolo's son paid back his killers. William Cutolo Jr. still can't believe the mobsters who put a bullet in his father's head were stupid enough to bury the body - or disrespectful enough to leave him in his loafers.
· Obama opens 6-point lead over McCain. Democrat Barack Obama has expanded his national lead over Republican John McCain in the U.S. presidential race to 6 percentage points, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Monday.
· Teenage hacker admits Scientology cyber-attack. A teenager hacker has admitted carrying out a cyber attack that crashed Church of Scientology websites as part of a campaign by a mysterious underground group, justice officials said.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
· She still stands by her man - Eliot Spitzer, celebrates anniversary. It's been seven hard months since Silda Wall Spitzer awoke to the news that her husband - New York's governor - patronized high-priced hookers. Seven months since she stood ashen-faced by Eliot Spitzer's side as he resigned in disgrace.
· Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for president. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president Sunday, describing the Illinois senator as a "transformational figure."
· It's official: Obama will be next president. "100% Barack Obama is going to win!" said Speaker Nancy Pelosi at Georgetown's Café Milano. "He's going to be our next president and a great president at that. We're all excited to work with him."
· Former UCLA exec pleads guilty to body trafficking. The former chief of UCLA's cadaver program pleaded guilty Friday for his role in selling donated body parts to medical, drug and research companies in a scheme that netted up to $1 million, prosecutors said.
· Hospital wristband colors can be a risky shorthand. At various hospitals across Texas, at least six colors are used to denote do-not-resuscitate orders. Hospitals use color-coded wristbands, which usually contain some printed information, as shorthand to communicate conditions of patient care. But the meaning of the colors varies widely, according to the Texas Hospital Association. And confusion can prove deadly.
· Alaska Sen. Stevens testifies gifts appeared unsolicited, unwanted. Some people worry, when they've been away from home, that they might return to find something missing. Sen. Ted Stevens described a different problem. Time and again, he testified Friday, he returned home to find something new and expensive. A new porch. A balcony. A fully stocked tool chest. A gas grill. A steel staircase. Rope lighting. A generator. "I literally walked in and found all new furniture," Stevens testified.
· Update: Kidnapped boy found safe in Las Vegas. Cole Puffinburger, who was abducted Wednesday in what authorities are calling a drug-related kidnapping, has been found safe in Las Vegas, Nevada, a police spokesman said.
· Live from New York: Palin appears on 'SNL.' Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeared on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," along with Palin lookalike Tina Fey. The opening sketch also featured a surprise visit by Alec Baldwin.
· Sarah Palin sets 'SNL' ratings record. Sarah Palin's visit to "Saturday Night Live" drew the show's highest overnight rating in 14 years. Last night's telecast, hosted by Josh Brolin and featuring musical guest Adele, averaged a 10.7 rating and 24 share in 56 metered markets, according to Nielsen Media Research.
· Obama Brings In $150 Million in September. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised more than $150 million in September, a stunning and unprecedented eruption of political giving that has given him a wide spending advantage over rival John McCain.
· Christie Brinkley's Ex Peter Cook and Diana Bianchi Star in Sex Tape. Rumors of an explicit home video showing Christie Brinkley's hubby Peter Cook having sex with his curvy teen office worker Diana Bianchi have made the rounds for months, and now Page Six can reveal the truth - it does exist.
· Source: Madonna agrees to $104 million settlement. U.S. pop star Madonna has agreed to give her husband, director Guy Ritchie, nearly $104 million in cash and property as part of their divorce, a source says.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
· Italian prosecutor seeks life term for American slay suspect. Italian prosecutors on Saturday accused an American student of fatally stabbing her British house mate in a Satanic rite and asked a court to put an alleged African accomplice in prison for life, defense lawyers said.
· Man Sues Fla. Strip Club Over Dancer's Flying Shoe. An angry wife or girlfriend might not be the only thing to worry about when visiting a strip club. A man suing a Pompano Beach club claims a performer's shoe flew off during a pole dance, shattered the mirrored ceiling and caused glass and the shoe to hit him.
· Face-off over converted garage could land woman, 83, in jail. La Quinta, Calif., resident says the space was a bedroom when she bought the house 30 years ago, but the city says it's her responsibility to undo the illegal conversion.
· City mistakenly taxed granny for 39 years. An Agawam, Massachusetts grandmother’s dispute over four decades of taxes assessed on land she doesn’t even own has come to an abrupt and anticlimactic end: a $36 abatement. “They’re gonna pay me $36 for 39 years,” exclaimed 88-year-old Valeria Novak, who was being taxed since 1970 on approximately 8,000 square feet of “back land” she didn’t own.
· Some early voters angry over switched votes. "When I touched the screen for Barack Obama, the check mark moved from his box to the box indicating a vote for John McCain," said Virginia Matheney, who lives in Kenna, W.Va.
· Florida Congressman admits 'multiple' affairs but no crimes. U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney, embroiled in an adultery scandal and a tight race for re-election, admitted Friday to having at least two affairs but insisted he broke no laws and did not violate his oath of office. The first-term Democrat conceded that one of the affairs began as he was running on a family values platform to replace Republican Mark Foley.
· N.Y. Congressman convicted of drunken driving. Rep. Vito Fossella was convicted Friday of drunken driving in suburban Virginia, another blow from a late-night traffic stop that exposed secrets of his personal life and wrecked his career. The arrest led to revelations that he had fathered a child from an extramarital affair.
· Farrakhan Says 'New Beginning' For Nation of Islam. The Nation of Islam, a secretive movement generally closed to outsiders, has planned a rare open-to-the public event at its Chicago-based headquarters in what the Minister Louis Farrakhan deemed a "new beginning" for the group. The Nation of Islam has taught that whites are descended from the devil and that blacks are the chosen people of Allah.
· Ayers' University of Nebraska-Lincoln Speech Canceled. Safety concerns have forced University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials to cancel plans for William Ayers to speak on campus. Ayers, who founded a group in the late 1960s that claimed responsibility for bombing several government buildings, was to speak Nov. 15. “Bill Ayers is a well-known radical who should never have been invited,” Gov. Dave Heineman said earlier Friday. “The people of Nebraska are outraged."
· Nevada Governor Sued for 2nd Time in a Week. Nevada's governor, already facing a lawsuit from a woman claming he threatened to rape her, is now being sued by a government staffer who claims she was forced from her old job because he thought she was leaking information.
· Police Officer's Son Held in Shooting Near Detroit High School. A teenager suspected in a shooting that killed a 16-year-old high school junior and seriously injured three others is the son of a Detroit police officer.
· Man Hacks Wife to Death Over Facebook 'Single' Status. A British man who killed his wife with a meat cleaver because she changed her Facebook status to "single" was sentenced to at least 14 years in a U.K. prison Friday, the Daily Mail reported.
· Grandfather arrested in drug-related abduction. The man wanted for questioning in the drug-related abduction of his 6-year-old grandson in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been apprehended in California, a dispatcher for a San Bernardino County detention center said early Saturday.
· California Officials Bring Back Music-Making Asphalt. The folks who silenced the nation's first "musical road" are singing a different tune. Workers on Wednesday began carving grooves on Avenue G that will produce notes of the "William Tell Overture" when cars drive over them.
Friday, October 17, 2008
· Girlfriend Ran Over Boyfriend at Sarasota Bar. A woman is facing DUI manslaughter charges, after cops say she ran over her boyfriend in the parking lot of a bar in Sarasota, killing him. Witnesses told cops that after she ran her boyfriend over, she told him to quit "faking" his injuries.
· Kid kills man trying to steal marijuana. A 13-year-old runaway charged with murder might have acted in self-defense when he killed a man who tried to steal the marijuana the boy was allegedly selling, police said.
· Math mistake sees hundreds of teachers laid off. The Dallas, Texas, school district laid off hundreds of teachers Thursday to avoid a projected $84 million deficit. The deficit was caused by a massive miscalculation in the budget.
· George Hamilton: I slept with my stepmom when I was 12. Whoa, mama! Actor George Hamilton confirmed during an interview on "The View" Thursday that he bedded his stepmother - at the tender age of 12. The perpetually tanned star reveals the shocking sexual escapade in his new memoir, "Don't Mind If I Do."
· Wall Street: Fall of the fat cats. Oliver Stone, who wrote and directed the film "Wall Street" 21 years ago, says the main character in his story, unprincipled stockbroker Gordon Gekko, has been overtaken by reality. "I never thought it would go to this level," Stone told CNN's Larry King. "I thought the Gordon Gekkos of the world would die out. But they got worse."
· Judge upholds move to stop Internet gambling sites. Dozens of Internet gambling sites have 30 days to block Kentucky users or their domain names will be transferred to the state, a Franklin Circuit judge ruled Thursday in a case with potential international ramifications.
· Seventh grader called racist for wearing Palin t-shirt. She's only 12 years old but Ashleigh Jones is feeling the heat of this election year. That’s because the seventh grader was called a racist by Orlando classmates for wearing a pro-Sarah Palin t-shirt.
· Firefighter in Internet drug bust 'is an idiot.' He is one of the Bravest, but maybe not among the brightest. Staten Island Firefighter Michael Seise put an ad on Craig's List offering to sell drugs - and even hinted that he was a member of the FDNY, a police source said Thursday. "This guy is an idiot," said the source. "There's really not much else to it."
· 8th grade textbook has Barack Obama chapter. The Racine, Wis. school district’s use of an eighth grade textbook that includes a chapter on Democrat Barack Obama but nothing on his opponent John McCain is being called "unfair and troubling."
· Get ready for 'change' we haven't seen since 1965. If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.
· 'Joe the Plumber' says he has no plumbing license. Joe the Plumber said Thursday he doesn't have a license and doesn't need one. Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, the nickname Republican John McCain bestowed on him during Wednesday's presidential debate, said he works for a small plumbing company that does residential work. Because he works for someone else, he doesn't need a license, he said.
· Phil Spector's case moves toward jury selection. A witness at Phil Spector's murder retrial will be allowed to testify that the record producer used incendiary language about women and once stated that they should be shot, a judge has ruled.
· McCain, Obama roast each other at charity dinner. John McCain and Barack Obama swapped self-deprecating jokes instead of campaign jabs last night, McCain saying he had replaced his team of senior advisers with "Joe the Plumber" while the Democrat claimed his own "greatest strength would be my humility."
· Political Roast Quotes. "Chris Matthews . . . he used to like me," McCain said, joking that the MSNBC host "found somebody new - somebody who opened his eyes - somebody who gave him a thrill up his leg." "Maverick, I can do, but messiah is above my pay grade." "So, you know, I had fun with the media and we all know the press is really an independent, civic-minded and nonpartisan group - like ACORN." McCain added, "ACORN is helping to register groups previously excluded, overlooked and underserved - second graders, the deceased, and Disney characters." Obama said, "I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn't think I'd run for president . . . If I had to name my greatest strength, it would be my humility; my greatest weakness."
· Warren Buffett: Why I'm Buying U.S. Stocks Now. Warren Buffett wants the world to know that it's time to get greedy right now, as fear sends stock prices plunging across the globe. "A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. And most certainly, fear is now widespread, gripping even seasoned investors."
· Illinois sheriff to resume foreclosure evictions. An Illinois sheriff said Thursday he'll soon resume evictions at foreclosed properties after reaching a deal that he says will keep "innocent tenants" from being victimized.
· Bomb seriously injures lawyer in Clayton, Mo. Emergency vehicles line the streets of downtown Clayton, Missouri after a high-rise office building was evacuated after a package exploded next to a lawyer's car.
· Rodney Dangerfield's widow settles video lawsuit. A judge in Los Angeles has ordered a former friend of Rodney Dangerfield not to distribute video footage of the late comedian taken during the final years of his life.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
· New York Mom Sentenced for Packing Knives, Shotgun in Baby Stroller. An upstate New York woman will spend up to three years in prison for packing more than diapers in her baby's stroller. Stephanie Wilson of Utica pleaded guilty last month to carrying an unloaded sawed-off shotgun in the buggy, where police also found several knives and a box cutter. Wilson said she needed the weapons for self protection.
· Grandma with five dead husbands freed. A Georgia grandmother who came under suspicion because all five of her husbands had died was released Thursday from a North Carolina jail where she had been held on charges in one of their deaths. Betty Neumar, 76, posted $300,000 bond late Thursday morning at the Stanly County jail, where she's been since her arrest in May.
· Update: Murtha apologizes for calling western Pennsylvania 'racist.' Rep. John Murtha, a supporter of Barack Obama's presidential bid, apologized Thursday for calling western Pennsylvania "a racist area."
· Madonna blasts 'emotionally retarded' Guy Ritchie on stage. With a costly divorce looming, Madonna couldn't resist launching a thinly veiled attack on her soon to be ex husband Guy Ritchie as she took to the stage in Boston last night.
· Britons sentenced to jail in Dubai for beach sex. A Dubai court sentenced two Britons to three months in prison on Thursday and ordered their subsequent deportation for having sex on a beach in the booming Muslim Gulf emirate.
· Suit against God thrown out over lack of address. A judge has thrown out a Nebraska legislator's lawsuit against God, saying the Almighty wasn't properly served due to his unlisted home address. State Sen. Ernie Chambers filed the lawsuit last year seeking a permanent injunction against God over "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants." Chambers, who has served a record 38 years in the Nebraska Legislature, is not returning next year because of term limits.
· Thief picks wrong house to burglarize. A San Antonio homeowner shot and killed a man early Thursday morning who was trying to break into his bedroom window. The homeowner, a firearms instructor, was home alone at 3:00am and in the bedroom the burglar was attempting to enter.
· Good samaritan in legal mess. Jimmy Hill offered up this mobile home to friends of the family six months ago. They lived in Tampa, and wanted to relocate to Pasco county. But his effort to put a roof over this family's head has come back to haunt him. Now they're trying to take his home.
· Pumpkin symbol marks sex offenders' homes. The Scarlet Letter for Maryland sex offenders this Halloween will be a bright orange pumpkin. That is the symbol on a sign they are required to post on their doors with a warning, in capital letters, to trick-or-treaters: "No candy at this residence."
· Thieves Stealing Car-Mounted GPS Units, Navigating To Victims' Homes. Thieves are breaking into parked cars and stealing GPS units that are then used to navigate to the victim's home in a new Orlando crime trend raising concerns. "You can just press home (on the GPS unit) and it will take you straight to your house."
· Guy Ritchie goes for Madonna's millions - and there's no prenuptial. The marriage is over - but the war has just begun. Madonna didn't make Guy Ritchie sign a prenuptial agreement - and now he's going after a chunk of her massive fortune. The pop icon and her director hubby are said to be worth $521 million.
· David Duchovny, Tea Leoni split. From sex rehab to divorce. According to People.com, David Duchovny and Tea Leoni have announced that they have gone their separate ways. The announcement comes on the heels of Duchovny's public bout with sex addiction, for which he went into rehab this past summer.
· Obama plans giant election night party. Obama campaign officials are leaning toward Hutchinson Field on the south end of Grant Park in Chicago as the site of their election night party. If Grant Park is chosen as the venue, it would not be the first big outdoor event for Obama.
· John McCain goes on attack at debate. John McCain threw the kitchen sink - and "Joe the Plumber," too - at Barack Obama during Wednesday night's final, in-your-face presidential debate. Hours after Wall Street saw the Dow's steepest percentage drop since 1987, each candidate claimed to have the better cures for the sick economy. And each did his best to pummel the other's ideas as bad for Joe the Plumber.
· Ohio plumber becomes focus of debate. Who is Joe the Plumber? He is Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio man looking to buy a plumbing business who came to symbolize the notion of "spreading the wealth" in Wednesday night's third and final presidential debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.
· Secret Service says "Kill him" allegation unfounded. The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.
· Southwest Airlines posts 1st loss in 17 years. Southwest Airlines Co. lost money for the first time in 17 years as it had to write down the value of its fabled fuel-hedging transactions in the third quarter.
· John Paul was wounded in 1982 stabbing. The late Pope John Paul was wounded by a knife-wielding priest in 1982, a year after he was shot in St Peter's Square, but the injury was kept secret, his former top aide says in a documentary film.
· FBI Reported to Begin Probe of Florida Congressman. The FBI has reportedly begun its own preliminary investigation into an ABC News report that West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL) hired an alleged mistress to work on his official staff and then paid her $121,000 to keep her from going public and filing suit after she was fired.
· Jay Leno sued over antique car. The estate of a Macy's department store heir has sued U.S. comedian and car collector Jay Leno, saying a Manhattan garage stole the heir's 1931 Model J Duesenberg and illegally sold it to Leno in 2005.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
· Grandma burned in fire pit, checks cashed. The family of a dead elderly woman cremated her remains on a makeshift barbecue and continued collecting her retirement checks amounting to more than $25,000, authorities in Northern California said.
· Murtha: Western Pennsylvania residents are racist. Pennsylvania's 17-term Democratic congressman John Murtha says his district of western Pennsylvania is racist and that could reduce Barack Obama's victory margin in the state by 4 points.
· Man arrested for DUI in wheelchair. A Georgia man was arrested after he was allegedly driving a motorized wheelchair scooter while intoxicated. Police say 59-year-old Robert Gibson was stopped at the local high school.
· Dow plunges 733 points. Stocks tumbled more than 700 points today as recession fears resurfaced after a weaker-than-expected retail sales report and dour comments on the economy from Ben Bernanke and another Federal Reserve official.
· Jury selection begins in Spears case. Jury selection has begun in Britney Spears' driver's license case. The 26-year-old pop singer is charged with a single count of driving without a valid California license.
· Kids Pulled From Transgender Teacher's Class. A teacher's gender "reassignment" surgery has caught the attention of some parents who want to know why the school district didn't notify them ahead of time about the change.
· Florida Man Sent To Jail For Keeping Lawn Brown. An homeowner's association sent a notice that Joseph Prudente, 66, had to replace the sod at his Saint Petersburg home. Prudente said when it came down to paying his two-month late mortgage or buying grass, he paid his mortgage. The HOA took him to court over the issue and when Prudente didn't show up, he was held in contempt and ordered to go to jail.
· Bottled water has contaminants too, study finds. Tests on leading brands of bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants often found in tap water, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group. The findings challenge the popular impression — and marketing pitch — that bottled water is purer than tap water, the researchers say.
· Caylee's mother indicted, arrested after car swap. The mother of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony was arrested Tuesday in a traffic stop, shortly after a grand jury indicted her on seven counts, including capital murder, for the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter. After the indictment, undercover officers followed Casey Anthony as she traveled in her mother's SUV. The officers saw the SUV stop under a highway overpass, at which point Anthony got into another vehicle and drove off. Officers made the traffic stop after she entered the second vehicle.
· Rev. Jesse to world: Prepare for a new America under Obama. Rev. Jesse Jackson told participants at the World Policy Forum in France that "fundamental changes" were on its way, including important US foreign policy changes in the Middle East, where "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end.
· African-American enthusiasm could tip scales toward Obama. African-Americans cast 10 percent of the ballots for president in 2000 and about 12 percent in 2004. Obama aides believe if that percentage increased just modestly in 2008, it could make the difference in at least a half-dozen states: Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
· Update: 'Too-fat' inmate dies from lethal injection. An Ohio death row inmate was executed Tuesday after the Supreme Court rejected his last-minute plea that he was too overweight to be put to death.
· Eleven die in Mexico border attacks as US upgrades travel alert. Eleven died in various attacks in Mexico's northern state of Chihuahua, an official said, as the United States warned its citizens to increase vigilance when travelling south of the border.
· Lawyer for Anne Hathaway's ex, Raffaello Follieri, begs for mercy. The lawyer for conman Raffaello Follieri begged a judge Tuesday to go easy on Anne Hathaway's ex, vowing the scamster will return to Italy, never to be heard from again. Flora Edwards blamed the 30-year-old entrepreneur's downfall on his zest for the Hollywood lifestyle, complete with starlet girlfriend Hathaway at his side, while he crisscrossed the globe in private jets.
· Oil watchdog agency 'cult of corruption.' Bobby Maxwell kept a close eye on the oil industry for more than 20 years as a government auditor. But he said the federal agency he worked for is now a "cult of corruption" -- a claim backed up by a recent government report.
· Seoul jails 'sex for secrets' spy from North. A North Korean woman accused in a sensational espionage case involving sex and poisoned needles was sentenced Wednesday by a South Korean court to five years in prison.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
· Grand Jury Returns Indictment For Capital Crime In Casey Anthony Case. A Central Florida grand jury issued a sealed murder indictment for a capital crime in disappearance of 3-year-old Caylee Anthony. Prosecutors did not immediately release the name of the indicted suspect, saying the person has not been arrested yet.
· Killer won't die from obesity. A 5-foot-7, 267-pound double murderer who says he's too fat to be executed humanely passed a pre-execution exam Tuesday and was cleared to receive a lethal injection as the U.S. Supreme Court denied his latest appeal.
· Obama to Plumber: My Plan Will 'Spread the Wealth Around.' Barack Obama told a tax-burdened plumber over the weekend that his economic philosophy is to "spread the wealth around" - a comment that may only draw fire from riled-up John McCain supporters who have taken to calling Obama a "socialist" at the Republican's rallies.
· Grandfather testifies against Caylee's mom. The grandfather of missing toddler Caylee Anthony arrived at an Orlando, Florida, courthouse Tuesday morning as a grand jury convened to investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding the 3-year-old's disappearance.
· Teen plunges to death in egg-tossing prank gone wrong. David Diaz, 19, and a few friends were hurling eggs off a roof in New York when some of their targets below got angry. Diaz apparently tried to escape by bolting over a brick wall that he thought separated one building from another, friends and police source said. Instead, Diaz fell six stories to his death shortly before 1:30 a.m.
· Ringo Starr says he has no time for fan mail. Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has told his fans in a bizarre online video message to stop sending him fan mail as he is too busy to sign or read it, and it will only be "tossed."
· Texas Teacher Offered Better Grade for Sex. A teacher initially placed on leave over a book controversy has been charged with trying to have sexual contact with three students, allegedly even asking one girl what she would do for a better grade.
· Washington father, stepmother charged with mistreatment. A father and stepmother accused of withholding a 14-year-old girl's food and water so drastically that she weighed only 48 pounds have been charged with criminal mistreatment. The girl told the deputy her stepmother believed she was a behavioral problem and restricted her water to about half a small cup each day - about 6 ounces - to discipline her, court papers said. The girl said she was given primarily toast to eat.
· Dress In Woods 'Very Similar' To Caylee's. A grand jury could charge Casey Anthony with murder Tuesday after reports surfaced that searchers found clothing that is "very, very similar" to an article of clothing belonging to missing Caylee.
· 'Brady' star: I swapped sex for drugs. The "Brady Bunch" actress who starred as Marcia Brady admits in a new memoir she was a cocaine fiend who swapped sex for drugs, partied at the Playboy Mansion and bedded Greg Brady.
· ACORN registers Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse tried to register to vote in Florida this summer, but Orange County elections officials rejected his application, which had an ACORN stamp on it. ACORN signed up 1.3-million voters nationwide and about 152,000 in Florida.
· TSA uniforms, badges often go missing. The Transportation Safety Administration isn't doing enough to track down security badges and uniforms of former employees, according to a new report. A government watchdog group's report found dozens of examples of former employees keeping their uniforms and security badges long after they've left the job.
· Woman Changes Name to Web Address in Protest. You can call her CutoutDissection.com, Cutout for short, but just don't call her Jennifer. The former Jennifer Thornburg — whose driver's license now reads Dissection.com, Cutout — wanted to do something to protest animal dissections in schools.
Monday, October 13, 2008
· Field Trip to Teacher's Lesbian Wedding Sparks Furor. First-graders in San Francisco took a field trip to City Hall to celebrate the marriage of their lesbian teacher on Friday, but opponents of same-sex marriage in the state say the field trip was an attempt to “indoctrinate” the students.
· Second Out-of-State Teen Abandoned in Nebraska Under Safe Haven Law. A second teenager from outside Nebraska has been left at an Omaha hospital under the state's unique safe-haven law, apparently after his parent flew to the city specifically to abandon him, state officials said Monday.
· Bush administration learns from Brits. The U.S. Treasury will invest as much as $250 billion in banks, and get equity stakes in return, according to a person briefed on the proposal. The plan mirrors steps taken by European nations early Monday.
· Today marks the biggest point gain in the Dow's history. Stocks bounced back from their worst week ever with one of their best performances in history as investors cheered a global cash infusion designed to unthaw the credit market and avoid a global meltdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 950 points, or more than 11 percent. It was the biggest point gain in the Dow's history — nearly double the prior record of 499.2 points set back in 2000.
· Congressman's $121,000 Payoff to Alleged Mistress. West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor Republican Mark Foley resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him.
· Saddled With Debt, Some Decide to Torch Vehicles. Burdened by debt and driving home from a night of gambling in West Virginia, Sergio Lopez launched a scheme that at the time must have seemed like a good idea.
· 14-year-old shot during Mich. toilet paper prank. A toilet paper prank has led to the shooting of a 14-year-old by a southwestern Michigan man who believed strangers were trying to break into his home.
· Chicago may get 'gay-friendly' high school. Gay students bullied so much by classmates that their grades suffer may get a school more "friendly" to them in Chicago. Local officials say the proposed Pride Campus will not be a "gay" school but is likely to include students who have been victimized for their sexual orientation or perceived orientation.
· New York Priest Charged With E-Mailing Porn. A priest who serves as a youth minister at a Roman Catholic university is charged with e-mailing pornographic videos to a Colorado detective posing as a 14-year-old.
· One in three recent Atlanta Police Academy graduates have criminal records. More than one-third of recent Atlanta Police Academy graduates have been arrested or cited for a crime. The arrests ranged from minor offenses such as shoplifting to violent charges including assault. More than one-third of the officers had been rejected by other law enforcement agencies.
· World stock markets soar after last week's rout. Global stock markets rebounded strongly on Monday after last week's historic sell-off as governments from Europe to Australia and the U.S. intensified efforts to ease a financial crisis that threatened to the throw the world into recession.
· Gas prices drop fast: Closing in on $3. Gas prices dropped by a record amount in the last two weeks, falling by more than 35 cents a gallon, the publisher of a national survey said today. Crude plunged to a 13-month low on Friday, ending down $8.89 to $77.49 a barrel - a far cry from the $147.27 a barrel seen in July.
· `Chihuahua' fetches $17.5M to win another weekend. Disney's family comedy "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," with Drew Barrymore providing the voice of the pooch, was the No. 1 flick for the second-straight weekend with $17.5 million.
· Saudi prince to build tallest building. Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal says he will build the world's tallest building in the Saudi city of Jeddah. Sunday's statement by his firm, Kingdom Holding Company, says the building will be more than a kilometer (3,281 feet) high and will be part of a larger project that will cost $26.7 billion.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
· 7-year-old gets an ACORN vote. O'jahnae Smith is ready and registered to vote this November. There's only one problem: She's 7 years old. The Connecticut girl is 11 years too young - and nobody in her family knows how she ended up on a voter registration form submitted by ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
· 30,000 Florida felons illegally registered to vote. More than 30,000 Florida felons who by law should have been stripped of their right to vote remain registered to cast ballots in this presidential battleground state, a Sun Sentinel investigation has found.
· Cleric: Replace capitalism with Islamic financial system. Muslims should take advantage of the global financial crisis to build an economic system compatible with Islamic principles, influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said on Sunday. "All riches are ours... the Islamic nation has all or nearly all the oil and we have an economic philosophy that no one else has," Qaradawi said.
· Florida mailman bitten by snake during his rounds. Forget rain, sleet or snow. The bite of a poisonous snake wasn't enough to keep Florida mail carrier Efraim Arango from his appointed rounds Friday. The 66-year-old was bitten as he put mail inside a mailbox. He told authorities that he shook his arm and thwacked the snake against his car door to break its grip.
· Thief empties fuel tank, steals water, not gas. A thief broke into a cemetery Thursday night and drained a 250-gallon fuel tank expecting gasoline but instead left with about 200 gallons of water, police said.
· Man hits parked cop car — with deputy inside writing a traffic ticket. A Naples man faces DUI charges after a three-car crash on Collier Boulevard sent one deputy and one driver to Physician’s Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.
· Polygraphs proposed for Ind. congressional debate. Two challengers for an Indiana congressional seat have agreed to be hooked up to lie detectors during a debate, but an official with the incumbent's party dismisses the idea as "bizarre."
Saturday, October 11, 2008
· Louisiana residents pay $27 million for Pitt's next movie. Already on the hook for billions to bail out Wall Street, taxpayers are also finding themselves stuck with a growing tab for state programs designed to increase local film production. One of the most shocking bills has come due in Louisiana, where residents are financing a hefty share of Brad Pitt’s next movie — $27,117,737, to be exact.
· Ex-president Carter slams Bush on market crisis. Former President Jimmy Carter said on Friday the "atrocious economic policies" of the Bush administration had caused the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
· Cop who cried ‘Bigfoot’ tries to get rehired. Chief Jeff Turner says he fired Former Clayton County Officer Matthew Whitton because the officer ruined his credibility when he and Rick Dyer sought media attention, saying they found the body of the legendary man-ape.
· Children's safety group wants city off of Google's Street View. A national children's advocacy group is pushing to get Pittsburgh removed from the Street View of Google's map search until the technology is refined so pedophiles can't use it to pinpoint children's homes, schools and playgrounds.
· All that money you've lost — where did it go? Trillions in stock market value — gone. Trillions in retirement savings — gone. A huge chunk of the money you paid for your house, the money you're saving for college, the money your boss needs to make payroll — gone, gone, gone.
· O.J. Simpson's lawyers request another trial. Lawyers for O.J. Simpson have filed a motion for a new trial, saying he was denied a fair hearing when two African-Americans were dismissed from the potential jury pool.
· Homeless man dies after being set ablaze in LA. A homeless man died after being doused with gasoline and set on fire on a street where he had lived for many years and was a familiar face to local residents.
· Businessman Accused in Wife's Death Found Dead. A Japanese businessman accused of conspiring to have his wife murdered in Los Angeles 27 years ago has been found dead in an apparent suicide, less than 24 hours after arriving in the continental United States to answer to the charges.
· FBI files show long hunt for Jack Anderson sources. In caustic comments on internal FBI memos, legendary bureau director J. Edgar Hoover referred to prominent columnist Jack Anderson with undisguised contempt, calling him "a jackal" as agents combed his articles for errors and hints about possible sources.
· Larry Hagman excited about 30th `Dallas' reunion. Larry Hagman was reluctant to be on a new TV show called "Dallas" when he first read the script in the late 1970s, figuring there wouldn't be any money in it. And now fans from across the world are paying as much as $1,000 apiece to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the debut of what became one of the most popular prime-time soap operas in TV history.
· Man Charged With Assault After Injuring Police Officer With Sex Toy. An Australian police officer patrolling the Bathurst 1000 Supercars event has been injured after being struck on the head with an adult sex toy.
Friday, October 10, 2008
· Troopergate report: Palin abused power. A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state's public safety commissioner. Palin supporters have called the investigation politically motivated.
· Jose Canseco detained at Mexican border in drug bust. Former baseball slugger and admitted steroid user Jose Canseco was detained for over nine hours at a San Diego Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility Thursday after border agents caught him trying to bring human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) across the border from Mexico.
· Colin Powell testifies Stevens' word is 'sterling.' Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell testified in Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial Friday, saying the Republican from Alaska has a "sterling" character. "He was a trusted individual whose word you could rely on," said Powell, a retired four-star Army general who spent about 40 years in public service.
· Court: Being drunk not a crime. The Utah Supreme Court ruled Friday that someone can't be charged with public intoxication simply for being drunk. The court clarified that someone must pose a threat to themselves or others and that being drunk doesn't necessarily mean a threat could occur.
· Barack 'Osama' on ballots. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's last name is spelled "Osama" on hundreds of absentee ballots mailed out this week to voters in Rensselaer County, New York.
· World Bank Under Cyber Siege in 'Unprecedented Crisis.' The World Bank Group's computer network — one of the largest repositories of sensitive data about the economies of every nation — has been raided repeatedly by outsiders for more than a year.
· Chicago cell phone law may be softened after Alderman ticketed. Chicago motorists who get caught talking on cell phones while driving without a hands-free device would no longer lose their driver's licenses, under a mayoral plan that would spare a North Side alderman political embarrassment. Last year, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) got pulled over and ticketed for yakking on his cell phone while driving.
· Strong-arm robber in Mich. ends up $30 in the hole. Police said a strong-arm robber got locked in a chokehold by his intended victim and ended up $30 in the hole. When the robber tried to flee with $50, police said he was tackled by his victim. Detective Lt. Michael Torey said the victim got his money back and that the robber was so scared he gave the man $80.
· Fed employee learns from Wall Street. A now-suspended federal employee said Thursday that he and a former exotic dancer-nude model racked up more than $280,000 in fake charges on a government-issued credit card.
· Investor proposes Microsoft buy Yahoo for $22 per share. A small Yahoo investor proposed a new deal on Thursday to sell the company to Microsoft Corp for $22 a share, a 74 percent premium to yesterday's closing price of $12.65.
· 'Austin Powers' Actor Charged in Unsolved Gang Rape. Joe Son, who played the character Random Task in the first "Austin Powers" movie, has been charged by California authorities in connection with an unsolved 1990 Christmas Eve gang rape.
· Obama buying up pre-election national television time. Barack Obama's front-running White House campaign is buying up half hour chunks of prime-time television time on top US networks for a pre-election broadcast, an aide said. A campaign source said late Thursday that the Obama campaign had secured time on the NBC network and would also buy time on Fox.
· Anthony's Search In Secret, DNA Testing Requests To Be Considered. An attorney for the mother of missing Caylee Anthony will press a judge for access to crucial evidence, for permission to let Casey Anthony leave her home in secret to search for the girl and a stoppage of some DNA testing.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
· Stocks Stomped in Financial Freefall. Another washout overtook Wall Street Thursday, sending major averages down as much as 7 percent as traders bailed out of the credit-battered stock market. The market's afternoon selloff sent the Dow below 9,000 for the first time in five years, closing at 8,579.
· GM shares fall to lowest level since 1950. General Motors shares fell more than 31% to $4.76 per share - their lowest level since 1950 on Thursday amid financial market turmoil and the car maker's report of European sales declines through the first nine months of 2008.
· National Debt Clock runs out of digits. In a sign of the times, the National Debt Clock in New York City has run out of digits to record the growing figure, marking the federal government's current debt at about $10.2 trillion.
· AIG Cancels Another Resort Meeting After Criticism. AIG, the insurer that vowed to temper spending after hosting a conference at a California resort amid a federal bailout, scrapped a similar event planned for next week. The conference, scheduled to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in California's Half Moon Bay, was canceled today "after a re- evaluation of the costs under the new circumstances,'' said spokesman Joe Norton.
· Nancy Benoit’s family loses suit over nude photos. Judge Thomas Thrash ruled that Hustler magazine photographer Mark Samansky did not violate the privacy of Benoit, the former professional wrestling personality and wife of deceased wrestler Chris Benoit.
· Driver Puts Out Lit Cigarette in Police Officer's Eye Over Parking Ticket. An angry driver in Canada extinguished a lit cigarette in the eye of a police officer writing him a parking ticket on Tuesday. Jozef Baksay, 55, was charged with assault with a weapon and assault of a peace officer.
· ACORN helps secure Obama win. Ohio voters, including Domino's pizza worker Christopher Barkley, claimed yesterday that they were hounded by the community-activist group ACORN to register to vote several times, even though they made it clear they were already registered. Barkley estimated he'd registered to vote "10 to 15" times. Freddie Johnson, 19, filled out registration cards 72 times over 18 months, officials said.
· Parents: Dump your brats in Nebraska. More than a dozen children have been abandoned under Nebraska's new safe-haven law, which allows children as old as 18 to be abandoned by parents without fear of prosecution. The case of a 14-year-old girl from Iowa has stoked fears of an influx of unwanted out-of-state children.
· Well rested after resort vacation, AIG hits up Fed for billions more. The Federal Reserve is lending up to $37.8 billion to AIG to give the troubled insurer access to more much-needed cash. The new program is on top of the $85 billion the federal government agreed to lend to AIG three weeks ago to prevent the global company from collapsing, CNNMoney.com reports.
· Update: After government rescue, insurance firm AIG partied at swank resort. Days after federal officials agreed to an $85 billion bailout of American International Group, the insurance firm spent more than $440,000 for a corporate retreat at a swanky California resort. [With Invoice]
· Deputy Accused Of Gathering Nickels After I-95 Big Rig Crash. At least one Brevard County sheriff's deputy is being investigated on suspicion of gathering some of the federal government's scattered nickels that remain along Interstate 95 nearly a month after a crash involving a U.S. Treasury truck.
· Illinois sheriff: No foreclosure evictions on my watch. Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said Wednesday he is suspending foreclosure evictions in Cook County, which had been on track to reach a record number of evictions, many because of mortgage foreclosures.
· Criminals targeted in U.S. "kidnap capital." The criminal underworld in the sun-baked Arizona capital of Phoenix has long enjoyed the hot money profits from illicit smuggling of drugs and people over the border from Mexico. But now its members are living in fear as they are stalked by kidnappers after their proceeds, authorities say.
· Palin's husband testifies he never pressured official. The investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's dismissal of a state official moved forward on two fronts Wednesday. Palin's husband, Todd, said in a sworn affidavit released Wednesday night that he never pressured the state's public safety commissioner to fire Palin's former brother-in-law, a state trooper who had divorced the governor's sister.
· Playboy's Hugh Hefner, girlfriend call it quits. Hugh Hefner is down a girlfriend. Hefner and Holly Madison, one of E!'s "The Girls Next Door," are no longer dating. Hefner said he's been "down in the dumps" about the split.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
· 'Perfect storm' could give Dems 'magic 60' in Senate. In the face of an economy in crisis and a deeply unpopular president, some analysts believe the situation is ripe to give Democrats a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate in November.
· Opec members seek emergency meeting. Members of the Opec oil cartel are considering an emergency meeting in Vienna next month as oil prices dropped to $87 a barrel - their lowest level in nearly a year.
· Surveillance Video Proves Casey Anthony Is Thief. Newly released surveillance videos show the mother of missing Caylee Anthony shopping at different Central Florida stores using stolen checks, according to investigators. If Anthony is convicted of all 13 check fraud charges, she could be sentenced up to 65 years in prison.
· Update: Man indicted in hacking of Palin's e-mail account. The son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker pleaded not guilty Wednesday to hacking the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. David Kernell, 20, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was brought into court wearing handcuffs and shackles on his ankles.
· Ex-actor guilty of yacht killings, defense says. The attorney for a former child actor accused of throwing a couple off their yacht bound to an anchor told a jury Tuesday his client is guilty of those two murders and a third, but shouldn't be put to death.
· School Bus Driver Accused Of Stopping On Railroad Tracks As Threat. A Central Florida school bus driver is accused of stopping a school bus on some railroad tracks and threatening to kill the more than 50 children aboard if they misbehaved.
· Fact check: Obama, McCain twist records. Both candidates stretched facts, sometimes past the breaking point, as they addressed the financial crisis and misrepresented each other's position on health care during their second presidential debate.
· Peter Cook: It's Christie Brinkley's fault that I cheated on her. Christie Brinkley's most recent ex-husband, Peter Cook, using the oldest excuse in the book, said he went catting around because the supermodel wasn't meeting his needs at home.
· Fed orders emergency rate cut to 1.5 percent. The Federal Reserve has ordered an emergency interest rate cut of a half a percentage point to cope with the worst financial crisis since the 1929 stock market crash.
· Nick Nolte escapes his burning home in Malibu. Actor Nick Nolte jumped out a window and used a hose to fight a fire that broke out in his Malibu home Tuesday. The 67-year-old actor scraped his arm and inhaled some smoke but was not hospitalized, said Los Angeles County fire Inspector Sam Padilla.
· Documents say detainee near insanity. A U.S. military officer warned Pentagon officials that an American detainee was being driven nearly insane by months of punishing isolation and sensory deprivation in a U.S. military brig.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
· After Bailout, AIG Execs Head to California Resort. Less than a week after the federal government committed $85 billion to bail out AIG, executives of the giant AIG insurance company headed for a week-long retreat at a luxury resort and spa. AIG documents show the company paid more than $440,000 for the retreat, including nearly $200,000 for rooms, $150,000 for meals and $23,000 in spa charges. "Their getting their pedicures and their manicures and the American people are paying for that," a congressman said.
· Chief AIG shareholder calls in sick for Congressional appearance. A day after Congress put Lehman Brothers' chief fat cat on the hotseat, the largest individual shareholder of AIG called in sick for his apprearance.
· ACORN office in Vegas raided in voter-fraud probe. Nevada state authorities are raiding the Las Vegas headquarters of an organization that works to get low-income people to vote. A Nevada secretary of state's office spokesman said that investigators are looking for evidence of voter fraud at the office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also called ACORN.
· 10-year-old crashes van while driving 90 mph. Sheriff's deputies say a 10-year-old was driving upwards of 90 mph when he crashed a van carrying two other children and two adults who had been drinking and taking pills.
· Oops! Iranian report of stand-off with U.S. fighter jet was actually Hungarian plane. An Iranian news agency sparked fears of an international standoff and left the Pentagon scrambling to identify its planes today after it reported that a US jet had strayed into its territory and been forced to land.
· California Mother Who Drove Son, Friends to Fatal Gang Fight Convicted of Murder. A Long Beach mother who drove her teenage son and his friends to a fatal fight with a rival gang has been convicted of second-degree murder.
· Fed to buy massive amounts of short-term debts. The Federal Reserve announced Tuesday a radical plan to buy massive amounts of short-term debts in a dramatic effort to break through a credit clog that is imperiling the economy.
· Ohio congressman's office evacuated over suspicious package. The office of an Ohio congressman who has fought against pork barrel spending was evacuated over a suspicious package that turned out to be full of bacon.
· Woman fined $200 for donating 'litter' to homeless shelter. A woman’s donation to the local homeless shelter led to her being charged by police for littering. Among the donated items were “a sneaker,” “half a shutter,” and a cabinet door.
· McCain linked to group in Iran-Contra case. GOP presidential nominee John McCain has past connections to a private group that supplied aid to guerrillas seeking to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua in the Iran-Contra affair, according to the Associated Press.
· Prosecutors move to delay Rezko sentencing. Federal prosecutors moved Monday to delay indefinitely the sentencing of convicted fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, sending their strongest hint yet that he is ready to spill his political secrets.
· School Principal Allegedly Created Fake Classes. Electronic messages show Torrington, Ct. officials believed the high school's principal created fake classes last year to help another employee gain retirement credits.
· Frank says GOP housing attacks racially motivated. Rep. Barney Frank said Monday that Republican criticism of Democrats over the nation's housing crisis is a veiled attack on the poor that's racially motivated. The Massachusetts Democrat, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said the GOP is appealing to its base by blaming the country's mortgage foreclosure problem on efforts to expand affordable housing through the Community Reinvestment Act.
· A Different Member of the Keating 5 Introduces the Boss at Obama Rally. "You don't get introduced by John Glenn every day," Bruce Springsteen said yesterday at an Obama get-out-the-vote rally at Ohio State University. Former Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, was - along with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. - one of the Keating Five, the handful of senators who met with federal regulators to urge them to ease up on the savings and loan owned by contributor Charles Keating. Hours after Glenn introduced the Boss at the Obama rally, the Obama campaign launched a campaign attacking McCain for his Keating Five activities. They made no mention of Mr. Glenn.
· Fan use linked to lower risk of sudden baby death. Using a fan to circulate air seemed to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in a study of nearly 500 babies, researchers reported Monday. Placing babies on their backs to sleep is the best advice for preventing SIDS, a still mysterious cause of death.
· Sherrif's deputy kills ex-girlfriend, then taunts fellow police via email. A sheriff's deputy accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in Kentucky taunted state police in an e-mail exchange Monday, threatening a county jailer and telling police he was going to "make them earn their money" in their search for him.
Monday, October 6, 2008
· Casey Anthony Seeks OK To Travel To Search For Missing Daughter. Casey Anthony, the mother of missing 3-year-old Caylee, is seeking freedom from her home confinement restraints so she can have the ability to travel and search for her daughter.
· Jury hears Sen. Stevens curse on wiretapped call. The jury in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens Monday heard the Alaska Republican use an obscenity to describe the Justice Department investigators pursuing him, as prosecutors played audio of government wiretaps as evidence against him.
· Oprah sued for defamation. The ex-headmistress of Oprah Winfrey's school for girls in South Africa sued the talk show host for defamation, claiming Winfrey falsely suggested she tried to cover up abuse at the school. The lawsuit seeks more than $250,000 on five defamation and related counts.
· Driver Charged With DUI In Fatal Bus Crash. The driver of a casino bus that was seen weaving erratically moments before it careened out of control on a rural Northern California road and flipped over, killing eight people and injuring 35 other s was arrested early Monday on the suspicion of driving under the influence charges, authorities said.
· Six People Found Dead Inside Home in Gated Community. Six people were found dead early Monday morning inside an exclusive community in the San Fernando Valley, according to LAPD. Initial reports indicated all the victims were from one family.
· Congress hears Lehman sought millions for execs. Days from becoming the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, Lehman Brothers steered millions to departing executives even while pleading for a federal rescue, Congress was told Monday.
· Fossett Plane Recovery Won't Resume Until Next Year. California officials say recovery efforts around the site of adventurer Steve Fossett's downed plane might not resume until summer. Snowfall ended the search in the Sierra Nevada on Friday. Madera County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart says she does not expect weather conditions to improve enough for crews to return to the site this year.
· Oil Falls Below $90 as Financial Turmoil Spreads. Oil prices have fallen below $90 a barrel on worries that the spreading financial crisis will exacerbate a global economic slowdown and cut demand for crude oil.
· Frito-Lay Inc. sued following religious complaint. A Salt Lake City truck driver is suing Frito-Lay Inc. because he says the company retaliated against him after he requested not to deliver Christmas trees, saying it made him feel uncomfortable because of his Jewish faith.
· Simpson jury: We relied on tapes, not witnesses. The jury that convicted O.J. Simpson of robbery and other charges relied mostly on audio and video evidence - and very little on testimony from prosecution witnesses - jury members said Sunday.
· Darpa Budget Cut $130 Million for 'Poor Execution.' Congress just cut $130 million from Darpa's budget for next year, citing "poor execution" of previous funded projects. Some in charge of the purse strings say the Pentagon's premiere research agency wasn't spending the cash it was given. The agency's chief figures Darpa is being punished for holding its contractors accountable for their work.
· Fraud plagues prepaid calling card market. Over the past decade, the prepaid calling card business has mushroomed into a $4 billion industry that has injected new competition into the market for international phone calls and provided a critical lifeline to connect immigrants with family and friends back home. But consumer watchdogs and government officials warn that certain segments of the market are plagued by fraud and deceptive practices that give consumers fewer minutes than they pay for and tack on all sorts of hidden and unfair "junk fees."
Sunday, October 5, 2008
· Oregon county to pay $1 million to parents of murdered daughter. An Oregon county has agreed to pay more than $1 million to the parents of a Stanwood High School student who was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend. Dayna Fure's parents alleged in their federal civil rights lawsuit that police failed to protect their 18-year-old daughter.
· Fairgoers Catch, Save Toddler Dropped By Mom Dangling From Carnival Ride. A group of fairgoers caught and saved a toddler who was dropped nearly 40 feet from a carnival ride as her mother dangled above the crowd.
· American Airlines to begin unbundling fees next year. The idea of paying a single, simple fare to fly on an airliner is becoming as quaint as stewardesses in short skirts. American Airlines is about to accelerate the trend of breaking the cost of a trip into an airfare plus many smaller fees.
· Europeans scramble to save their own failing banks. Germany joined Ireland and Greece on Sunday in guaranteeing all private bank accounts, putting Europe's biggest economy at odds with calls for a unified European response to the global financial meltdown.
· CNN's Citizen Journalism Goes `Awry' With False Report on Jobs. CNN's plunge into online citizen- journalism backfired yesterday when the cable-news outlet posted what turned out to be a bogus report claiming that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack. Apple shares fell as much as 5.4 percent after the post on CNN's iReport.com. The event underscores the need for news organizations to verify content generated by users before it is published, William Grueskin, dean of academic affairs at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, said.
· Faith healers plead not guilty in son's death. The parents of an Oregon City teenager who died during attempts to heal him with prayer have pleaded not guilty to charges of criminally negligent homicide.
· OJ Simpson no longer a touchstone of US racial politics. In 1995 many African-Americans saw OJ Simpson as an innocent man persecuted because of the colour of his skin. This time, he is unlikely to receive similar sympathy.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
· Woman convicted of prostituting daughter. A Kenosha, Wis. woman has been convicted of prostituting her then-15-year-old daughter. Authorities say the woman charged men $25 to $45 for sex with her 15-year-old daughter and tried to sell her 14-year-old daughter into prostitution as well.
· Bailout bill includes IRS snooping. The bailout bill includes giving the Internal Revenue Service new authority to conduct undercover operations. It would immunize the IRS from a passel of federal laws, including permitting IRS agents to run businesses for an extended sting operation, to open their own personal bank accounts with U.S. tax dollars, and much more.
· O.J. Simpson guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping. Former gridiron great O.J. Simpson was found guilty Friday of all 12 counts in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas, Nevada, casino hotel last year. After the verdicts were read, deputies immediately handcuffed Simpson and led him out of the courtroom. The verdict came 13 years to the day after Simpson was cleared of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.
· Officials finish at Fossett site as storm blows in. Investigators finished up Friday at the scene of Steve Fossett's plane crash in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada just as dark clouds rolled in and winds picked up ahead of a storm that threatened to bury any remaining evidence under 2 feet of snow.
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Eccentric [ec·cen·tric] adj. 1. Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern. 2. n. One that deviates markedly from an established norm, especially a person of odd or unconventional behavior. "His eccentricities now extend to never leaving his home.
· Lawmaker Accused of Fannie Mae Conflict. Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s. So did Frank’s partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront of the agency’s push to relax lending restrictions.
· Palin-Biden the most-watched vp debate ever. Thursday's highly anticipated face-off between Alaska governor Sarah Palin and Delaware senator Joe Biden was the most-watched vp debate of all time. Last night's event was seen by nearly 70 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
· Apple denies report of Steve Jobs heart attack. An Internet report claiming that Apple Inc chief executive Steve Jobs has had a heart attack is not true, the company said on Friday. Responding to a report in "iReport", a citizen journalist web site owned and operated by Time Warner Inc's CNN, Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told Reuters by email: "It is not true."
· Judge bars footage of Anna Nicole's breast surgery. A judge ordered a Texas doctor and his wife on Friday not to distribute videotaped footage of Anna Nicole Smith's breast augmentation surgery in 1994. The order settles a lawsuit filed last year by Howard K. Stern, the executor of Smith's estate, who was trying to stop Dr. Gerald Johnson and his wife from distributing the tapes of the former Playboy Playmate.
Friday, October 3, 2008
· Update: Fannie Mae forgives loan for 90-year-old woman who shot herself. Fannie Mae said it will set aside the loan of a woman who shot herself as sheriff's deputies tried to evict her from her foreclosed home. Addie Polk, 90, of Akron, Ohio, became a symbol of the nation's home mortgage crisis when she was hospitalized after shooting herself at least twice in the upper body Wednesday afternoon.
· Helio Castroneves indicted on tax evasion charges, in court in handcuffs and leg chains. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and TV "Dancing With The Stars" champion Helio Castroneves pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he used offshore accounts to evade U.S. taxes on more than $5 million in income. The 33-year-old race car driver, who appeared in court in handcuffs and leg chains, was ordered released on $10 million bail.
· Neighbors recount days after barbecuing of A&M student. Neighbors of a Houston man accused of killing his girlfriend and destroying her remains on a pair of barbecue pits testified Thursday. A neighbor said the killer told her the smell of the grilling was "the spices."
· Boy, 7, goes on killing spree in zoo. An “expressionless” seven-year-old boy broke into a zoo, bludgeoned to death giant lizards and fed them – and other live animals - to a crocodile named Terry in Outback Australia this week. The boy killed 13 animals in total, including a large turtle, bearded dragons, goannas and lizards including Thorny Devils and Western Blue tongues, which are hard to find in captivity.
· Congress OKs historic bailout bill by big margin. With the economy on the brink and elections looming, Congress approved an unprecedented $700 billion government bailout of the battered financial industry on Friday and sent it to President Bush for his certain signature.
· Woman, 90, shoots self inside foreclosed home. A 90-year-old Akron, Ohio, woman who shot herself as sheriff's deputies tried to evict her from her foreclosed home became a symbol of the nation's home mortgage crisis Friday.
· Some remains found in Fossett plane wreckage. A small amount of human remains has been found in the wreckage of the plane that adventurer Steve Fossett was flying when he disappeared last year, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Thursday.
· Man shoots himself in arm after being denied sex. Authorities say a Fort Myers man shot himself in the arm after his girlfriend refused to have sex with him. The Lee County Sheriff's Office reported that a 29-year-old man and his girlfriend returned home from a bar early Wednesday morning.
· Suspended officer, girlfriend indicted on sex charges. A suspended Moorestown police officer and his girlfriend were indicted yesterday on charges they sexually assaulted three female minors over a period of eight years.
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Oxymoron [ox·y·mo·ron] n.pl. A phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, for example, “wise fool” or “to make haste slowly.”
· $100 Library Card Fee Stirs Outrage. Treasure Island Beach is a great place to read a book. But people in this Pinellas County community may think twice before they check a book out of the local library. As of Wednesday, Treasure Island residents have to pay $100 for a library card.
· Man released from jail arrested again in jail parking lot. A Port Charlotte man was released from its County Jail at 6:30 a.m. this morning and arrested a short time later after he was caught burglarizing a vehicle and "carhopping" in the jail and adjacent Public Safety Building parking lots.
· The Obama channel. Channel 73 on the Dish Network is now The Obama Channel. Obama's media buying strategy has been marked by a willingness to work the angles and to try to pick up a few votes at the margins.
· Wells Fargo acquiring Wachovia for $15.1 billion. In an abrupt change of course, Wachovia Corp. said Friday it will be acquired by Wells Fargo & Co. in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal, wiping out Wachovia's previous plan to sell its banking operations to rival suitor Citigroup Inc. A key difference is that the Wachovia deal will be done without government assistance, while the Citigroup deal would have been done with the help of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
· Stakes high, Palin tops expectations. While both vice presidential candidates succeeded in their only debate of the campaign Thursday night, the stakes were much higher and the bar was much lower for Palin. So, in the contest of low expectations, Palin won.
· Update: Cop commits suicide after stun gun death. A police lieutenant committed suicide Thursday, days after he ordered another officer to fire a stun gun at a naked, distraught man who then fell to his death, police said.
· Charges against Alaska senator could be dismissed. Government prosecutors in the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens waited until Wednesday night to give the defense documents that could help the senator's case, drawing a stern rebuke from the trial judge.
· Bank Robber Uses Craigslist To Hire Unsuspecting Accomplices. A man robbed an armored car outside a Monroe, Washington bank and used a dozen unwitting accomplices to act as decoys during his getaway. He hired the accomplices on Craigslist and instructed them to wear very specific clothing.
· Update: Searchers find wreckage possibly belonging to Fossett. Search teams looking for millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett may have found the wreckage of the plane he was flying when he disappeared more than a year ago.
· Women's shelter cuts Bernhard after gang-rape line. A women's shelter on Wednesday cut headliner Sandra Bernhard from its annual benefit after she said Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin would be "gang-raped by my big black brothers" if she ever visited New York.
· Teacher: Student, 13, 'was like a man to me.' A former math teacher sentenced to federal prison for a sex crime with a minor says the age of the 13-year-old schoolboy she fled with to Mexico didn't matter to her.
· Bailout Bull's-Eye for Kids' Arrow-Makers' Tax Break. Rose City Archery Inc., an Oregon company that makes arrows used by children, hit a bull's-eye with Senate legislation that would rescue Wall Street banks. Senators attached a provision repealing a 39-cent excise tax on wooden arrows designed for children to an historic $700 billion financial-markets rescue that passed last night by a vote of 74-25. It's one of dozens of tax breaks benefiting Hollywood producers, stock-car racetrack owners and Virgin Islands rum- makers.
· Bid of $1.75 on eBay buys Michigan home. With a winning bid of just $1.75, a Chicago woman has won an auction for an abandoned home in Saginaw. Joanne Smith, 30, recently was the top bidder for the home during an auction on eBay.
· Paparazzi called in tip on Locklear. A photographer who called 911 to report Heather Locklear allegedly driving erratically runs a paparazzi agency and profited from images she took of the actress's subsequent arrest, the woman's attorney said Wednesday.
· Caylee Anthony's mom named suspect in disappearance. Investigators have named Casey Anthony a suspect in the mid-June disappearance of her toddler daughter, Caylee, Florida authorities said Wednesday. Police had previously labeled Anthony - who authorities said didn't report the 3-year-old child's disappearance until mid-July - a "person of interest" in the case.
· October remains the month for political surprises. Heading into the final weekend of the 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry was feeling good about his chances of winning the White House. Then Osama bin Laden weighed in with the most recent "October surprise" to land with a thud on a presidential campaign.
· SAG negotiators ask board for strike vote. The Screen Actors Guild's negotiating committee voted Wednesday to support a strike authorization vote, a tactic meant to break stalled contract talks with Hollywood studios.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
· Money sent home by Mexicans in US drops 12 percent. Mexicans living in the U.S. sent home 12 percent less money in August, the largest drop on record since the Bank of Mexico began tracking remittances more than a decade ago, the central bank reported on Wednesday.
· VP Debate Moderator Pens Pro-Obama Book. Gwen Ifill, who is moderating Thursday's vice-presidential debate, is releasing a book on Barack Obama and other young black politicians who are "forging a bold new path to political power."
· Items Belonging To Fossett Found. Some of lost air adventurer Steve Fossett's personal belongings may have been found in the California woods not far from the Nevada state line, prompting a new search. Chances of finding remains are slim. “He's probably been eaten. This is not the first time this has happened,” said David Baumwohl. “When people land in alpine wilderness, there's bears, mountain lions that'll eat the body.”
· $28M settlement reached in Big Dig death lawsuit. The family of a woman killed when a Big Dig tunnel ceiling collapsed has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for more than $28 million, attorneys said. The settlement was announced Tuesday night by attorneys for the husband and three adult children of Milena Del Valle, who was killed in July 2006 when part of a tunnel ceiling collapsed on her car.
· Anthony Protesters, Fights Costing $4,000-A-Week, Sheriff Says. The Orange County Sheriff's Office is shelling out nearly $4,000 a week of taxpayer money to keep demonstrators in check outside the home of missing Caylee Anthony.
· Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she voted to ban last year. The payments have quadrupled since Mr. Pelosi took over as treasurer of his wife's committee in 2007, according to the Washington Times.
· Judge Describes Sharon Stone as Overreacting Parent. Sharon Stone has so overreacted to her 8-year-old son's health issues that she suggested he get a Botox treatment for his smelly feet, according to the judge in the actress's custody case.
· Winfrey's mom countersues store for its $156K bill. Oprah Winfrey's mother says she shouldn't have to pay a nearly $156,000 debt to a high-end fashion store because store officials shouldn't have extended credit to her.
· Finger-pointing expected as Stevens trial resumes. When he first took the witness stand, oil contractor Bill Allen told a federal court jury that he really liked Sen. Ted Stevens. That said, Allen now is expected to start pointing fingers at his old friend.
· Beenie Man cleared of tax evasion in Jamaica. A Jamaican judge has cleared Grammy-winning musician Beenie Man of tax-evasion charges, saying the government never informed him of his legal rights. Jamaican authorities have said the singer and rapper owed nearly US$1 million in overdue taxes.
· FDIC wants to raise deposit insurance limit. The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has told lawmakers that a federal bank regulator will seek authority to increase the deposit insurance limit to a level above its current $100,000.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
· Florida congressman apologizes for Palin comments. Rep. Alcee Hastings, an African-American congressman from Florida, is apologizing for his comment that black and Jewish voters should not support Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because "anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks."
· Corpse Abuser Sent to Prison. A former worker at the Cincinnati morgue who has admitted to raping the body of a murder victim in 1982, will spend the next three years in prison. 55-year-old Kenneth Douglas was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for gross abuse of a corpse and 18 months again for violating his parole on drug trafficking charges.
· Candidates propose big boost for deposit insurance. Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama proposed Tuesday that the government insure consumers' bank deposits up to $250,000 by raising the $100,000 federal limit as each sought to navigate the unpredictable politics of the financial crisis. Both sides also rolled out fresh advertisements tying the other to the Wall Street crisis.
· And What About Those 95 Democrats? Yes, House Republicans didn't deliver many votes and 66% of them voted against the bill. But considering that only a dozen votes needed to switch in order to provide a different outcome, and 95 Democrats in the House voted against it, critics are now wondering why couldn't House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have assured a different outcome considering how important she said its passage was.
· 5 arrested after court fine paid with marked bills. A group of suspected thieves in Kern County may need to learn the concept of "unmarked bills." A restaurant known as The Homestead in the high desert town of Inyokern had a tradition of customers hanging dollar bills on its walls, usually inscribing them with messages and other distinguishing details. Last week a man used 10 of the bills, some with the word "Homestead" on them, to pay a court fine, and a clerk immediately recognized them.
· Searsport lawyer accused of exposing himself - again. Peter Mason, who was found guilty of indecent conduct last week, has been charged with a second, similar offense. Mason, 59, was convicted last Tuesday of indecent conduct during a jury-waived trial. He was convicted of exposing himself to a woman while he was parked at the On the Run store.
· CNN anchor gets restraining order. A Maine man showed up outside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters earlier this month, claiming anchorwoman Robin Meade used on-air body language to tell him to travel to Atlanta, according to a police report.
· Robbers leave loot because getaway car to small. Two armed robbers hijacked a security van with $1.3 million inside but were forced to abandon more than half the cash because their small getaway car could not carry it all.
· Oregon Hospital Tells Grandpa He's Pregnant. John Grady Pippen of Gold Beach doesn't look pregnant. And he's not. But after a hospital visit earlier this month, the staff gave the 71-year-old grandfather pain pills and paperwork explaining his delicate condition. "Based on your visit today," the paperwork told him, "we know you are pregnant."
· Merv Griffin's company sues Ed McMahon. Court documents show a company founded by Merv Griffin is suing Ed McMahon for a $100,000 loan it claims has gone unpaid. The Griffin Group Inc. claims it loaned the money to McMahon, Johnny Carson's sidekick on the "Tonight" show, in 2005.
Monday, September 29, 2008
· House defeats $700B financial industry bailout. The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, ignoring urgent warnings from President Bush and congressional leaders of both parties that the economy could nosedive into recession without it.
· Kids' corpses found in freezer. Sheriff's deputies in southern Maryland on Monday continued to investigate the discovery of the bodies of two small children in a freezer in a Lusby, Md. home. Calvert County authorities said they found them Saturday as they were investigating a report of an injured child.
· Mindy McCready Going Back to Jail. Mindy McCready will voluntarily surrender to authorities Tuesday to serve 60 days in a Tennessee jail for a probation violation, her rep said. The country singer, 32, was arrested for violating her probation for prescription drug fraud.
· Cadbury says Chinese-made chocolate have melamine. A Cadbury spokesman says preliminary results show its Chinese-made chocolates contain the industrial chemical melamine. The spokesman declined to give his name because of company policy.
· Afghan woman police director gunned down. Two gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a high-ranking woman police official in Afghanistan's largest southern city Sunday. Malalai Kakar, 41, was the head of the department of crimes against women in Kandahar city, Ayubi said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
· Woman tied to track, cut in half by train. A 27-year-old woman has been cut in two after being tied to a railway track in Thailand. Police suspected the murder was the result of a love affair, noting the woman had divorced her husband last year.
· Driver was shot before he towed illegally parked car. Police are investigating the death of a wrecker driver who was gunned down and killed at a southwest Houston apartment complex early Sunday evening. Investigators said the wrecker driver was on his way to tow a vehicle that was parked illegally.
· German jigsaw puzzle is world's biggest. Some 15,000 enthusiasts have assembled the world's largest jigsaw puzzle in the southern German town of Ravensburg, Europe's biggest puzzle maker said. Puzzle maker Ravensburger AG said 1,141,800 pieces were put together in only five hours on Sunday.
· Bruce Springsteen confirmed for Super Bowl performance. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will take the stage during the Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show in Tampa on Feb. 1st, the NFL confirmed on Sunday.
· Largest Chevrolet Dealership Files for Bankruptcy Protection. Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the largest U.S. Chevrolet auto dealership, sought bankruptcy protection, citing a declining automobile market after it closed 14 showrooms and fired most of its 3,200 employees last week.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
· Man killed after armed woman with restraining order opens fire. A man is dead after trying to break into a woman's home and she opened fire on him. According to police the woman had a restraining order against the man.
· Detroit Police Sergeant Accused of Having His Wife Murdered Found Hanging in Park. Police tell the Detroit Free Press that 38-year-old Sgt. David Cobb was found dead Friday night in Sterling Heights, a city 15 miles north of downtown Detroit.
· Pelosi: Rescue is not a bailout but a `buy-in.' Democratic leaders in Congress are praising a $700 billion rescue package for the financial industry as a vital move to shore up the sagging economy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the proposal is not a Wall Street bailout. Instead she calls it a buy-in to help the economy get turned around.
· Sex offender dies after resident caught him near daughter's room. A jobless sex offender is dead after a struggle with an Indianapolis resident who found him near his teenage daughter’s room wearing nothing but a mask and latex gloves, police say.
· Quadriplegic Man Pleads Guilty to Secretly Filming Young Girls in Shower. A quadriplegic man accused of secretly videotaping young girls while they took showers pleaded guilty to reduced charges in federal court in Mobile.
· L.A. coroner who performed celebrity autopsies dies. Ronald N. Kornblum, the Los Angeles County coroner who performed autopsies on such celebrities as John Belushi, Natalie Wood, Karen Carpenter, William Holden and Truman Capote, has died. He was 74.
· Adult diapers on catwalk in Tokyo. In most ways it is a Tokyo fashion show much like any other, except for one minor detail - the models proudly strutting their stuff are wearing white diapers over their black stockings.
· Texas homeowner acquitted of killing teen intruder. A Texas jury acquitted a man accused of killing a boy who broke into his home — a case that sparked outrage in this border city, where many thought the man should not have even been charged.
· Three held as Mohammed book publisher set ablaze. Police arrested three men on Saturday in connection with a fire at the offices of the publisher of a book about the Prophet Mohammed and his child bride.
· Calls rise among Republicans for Sarah Palin to step down from GOP ticket. Sarah Palin faces the biggest test of her month-old candidacy with this Thursday's vice presidential debate, but many Republicans are already convinced the Alaska governor is not ready for prime time - and may never be. "It was fun while it lasted," conservative National Review columnist Kathleen Parker regretfully concluded last week. "But circumstances have changed since Palin was introduced as just a hockey mom with lipstick."
· Officer Mistakenly Shoots Officer. A police officer was injured after being mistaken for a suspect and shot by another officer. Police were responding to a possible home invasion Friday night. One saw the other holding a gun in a bedroom and fired.
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Assiduous [as·sid·u·ous] adj. 1. Constant in application or attention; diligent: "An assiduous worker who strove for perfection." 2. Unceasing; persistent: "Assiduous cancer research."
· Heather Locklear arrested in Calif. on DUI count. Heather Locklear was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in the upscale Santa Barbara area, authorities said Sunday.
· S.F supervisor wants Tommy Lasorda ousted. San Francisco County Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier is trying to oust Tom Lasorda as grand marshal of the city's Italian American parade on Oct. 12. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she has introduced a resolution for another "local Italian American athlete" such as Joe Montana or Barry Zito to take the former Dodgers manager's place. And, asked if supervisors might have better things to spend their time on, Alioto-Pier didn't back down.
· Congress leaders announce tentative $700 billion Wall Street bailout plan. After marathon talks, congressional leaders declared early Sunday morning they had reached a tentative deal on an unprecedented $700 billion bailout of the nation's imperiled financial markets.
· Heath Ledger's estate to go to daughter. Heath Ledger's two-year-old daughter Matilda Rose will inherit the late Australian actor's entire estate, estimated to be worth 20 million dollars. The 28-year-old actor, who died in New York in January from an accidential overdose of prescription drugs, had named his parents and sisters as the beneficiaries in his will.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
· Teacher At School For The Deaf Charged With Sexually Assaulting Student. A former teacher at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford was charged this morning with sexually assaulting a student, police said. Julie A. Denno, 27, of Ballston, N.Y. was arrested on a warrant charging her with second-degree sexual assault and impairing the morals of a minor, police said.
· Obama, McCain argue over war, taxes in 1st debate. In a faceoff that returned again and again to judgment, John McCain portrayed himself as a battle-tested elder running against a naive rookie, while Barack Obama suggested the Republican is a hothead who made the wrong choices on the Iraq war, corporate taxes and more.
· Fact checking the first presidential debate. Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain stretched the facts in accusing each other of kowtowing to the oil industry and sprinkled other dubious assertions across the landscape of public policy in their first presidential debate.
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Precarious [pre·car·i·ous] adj. 1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: "The precarious life of an undercover cop." 2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions: "His kingdom was still precarious." 3. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: "A precarious solution to a difficult problem."
· Simpson asked me to bring gun, witness says. The man who is expected to be the prosecution's final witness in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping case testified Friday that the former football star asked him to bring a gun to a hotel room confrontation at which they planned to recover memorabilia.
· Mayor candidate brags: I've had more people sit on my face than you have. Fort Lauderdale mayoral candidate Steve Rossi is running an unconventional campaign. For one thing, he says he doesn't plan to raise money for his Spring 2009 run. For another thing,
he's using a joke that some could view as lewd, as one of his slogans.
· Trial of accused cat killer Joseph Petcka ends in a hung jury. Cat-killer Joseph Petcka still has nine lives left - and the ex-minor league pitcher owes it all to one juror who refused to convict him in five days of tense deliberations.
Friday, September 26, 2008
· WaMu CEO: 3 weeks work, $18M. Washington Mutual Chief Executive Alan Fishman could walk away with more than $18 million in salary, bonuses and severance after less than three weeks on the job, according to the terms of his employment agreement.
· Texas mom who set fire that killed daughter gets life in prison. A woman who set her three young daughters on fire, killing one of them, has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole in a plea deal that spared her the possibility of the death penalty.
· Jailed mom accused of beating stepdaughter released due to pregnancy. A woman charged with severely beating her stepdaughter has been released from jail after a judge lowered her bail because she is pregnant and said to be suffering from a variety of medical conditions.
· Woman Sitting in Road Killed by Car. Baltimore County police say a 33-year-old woman was fatally struck by a car when she got out of her car after quarreling with her husband and sat down in the road.
· Bank Teller Thwarts Would-Be Robber. Police said a bank teller in suburban New York had a simple question for a would-be robber: "Are you serious?" Police said that was enough to spook the female suspect, who fled the Roslyn Savings Bank in Centereach late Thursday afternoon without a dime.
· Man Accuses Maryland Doctor of Stapling Buttocks Shut. Arguments began Monday in a federal lawsuit alleging that a Maryland doctor stapled a man's rectum shut during an operation, rendering him unable to move his bowels for 17 days, the Baltimore Examiner reported.
· Warren Buffett opens up about his love life. The world's richest man is finally opening up about his complicated love life. Warren Buffett, whose shrewd investing has swelled his Berkshire Hathaway assets to nearly $278 billion, reveals in a new biography that "the biggest mistake I ever made" was letting his late wife, Susie, walk out the door of their Omaha home.
· 'Rocket Man' Soars Across English Channel. A Swiss adventurer using a jet-propelled wing has flown across the English Channel from France in less than 10 minutes. Yves Rossy landed safely in a field near Dover on Friday. He leapt from a plane at an altitude of more than 8,800 feet, fired up his jets and made the 22-mile trip from Calais, France, to Dover, England.
· Daughter of radical Islamic cleric is a pole-dancer. The daughter of the radical Islamic cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed is a pole dancer. Yasmin Fostok, 27, has admitted rebelling against her father's strict Muslim beliefs by performing semi-naked in London bars and nightclubs.
· Somali pirates 'seize 30 tanks.' Pirates off the coast of Somalia have seized a Ukrainian ship carrying T-72 tanks, an official has said. Ukraine's foreign ministry said the ship had a crew of 21 and was sailing under a Belize flag to the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
· WaMu becomes biggest bank to fail in US history. Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc., which was founded in 1889, is the largest bank to fail by far in the country's history. Its $307 billion in assets eclipse the $40 billion of Continental Illinois National Bank, which failed in 1984, and the $32 billion of IndyMac, which the government seized in July. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized WaMu on Thursday, and then sold the thrift's banking assets to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $1.9 billion.
· CEOs who got out before crisis left with millions. With a Wall Street bailout looming that will almost certainly limit CEO pay, some of the poster boys of the financial crisis have already fled the scene, taking millions of dollars in severance packages with them.
· A bad day for the GOP on politics, bailout plan. Even for a party whose president suffers dismal approval ratings, whose legislative wing lost control of Congress and whose presidential nominee trails in the polls, it was a remarkably bad day for Republicans.
· China banks told to halt lending to US banks. Chinese regulators have told domestic banks to stop interbank lending to U.S. financial institutions to prevent possible losses during the financial crisis.
· California voters to consider bullet train project. A century and a half after California built its first railroad, the Golden State may be about to launch the most ambitious rail project undertaken by any state — a nearly 800-mile system of bullet trains that can top 200 mph.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
· Evangelist arrested on child sex charges. Evangelist Tony Alamo was arrested Thursday in Flagstaff, Arizona, on charges related to a child porn investigation, an FBI spokesman said. Alamo was charged under a federal statute with having knowingly transported a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.
· Update: NYPD Admits Violating Guidelines in Tasering Man Who Fell to His Death. A naked and emotionally disturbed man who jabbed an eight-foot-long fluorescent light tube at a police officer fell three stories to his death in Brooklyn after police Tasered him. The order to employ the Taser under these circumstances appear to have violated guidelines, which specifically state that "when possible, the CED should not be used…in situations where the subject may fall from an elevated surface."
· Ky. man claims penis amputated without consent. A Kentucky man who claims his penis was removed without his consent during what was supposed to be a circumcision has sued the doctor who performed the surgery.
· Colorado Cop Accused Of Arranging Tryst With Mom, Daughter. A former police chief for the town of Calhan and current police officer with the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs is accused of trying to arrange a sexual tryst with a woman and her 13-year-old daughter, Colorado Springs police said Thursday.
· Bush, Congress at record low ratings. A paltry 11 percent rated Congress positively, beating the previous low of 14 percent in July. Only 29 percent of Americans gave Bush a positive grade for his job performance.
· Mother of Missing Tot Caylee Anthony Sued for Defamation by Alleged Baby Sitter. A woman has filed a defamation lawsuit against the mother of a missing Florida toddler after she claims she was accused of kidnapping the child. Attorney John Morgan says Zenaida Gonzalez has never met Casey Anthony, who he says accused Gonzalez of taking her daughter Caylee in June.
· Update: Gas Passing Charge Dropped. A West Virginia man will not face a criminal charge for allegedly passing gas in the face of a policeman who arrested him Monday night for drunk driving. The misdemeanor battery count against Jose Cruz was dropped today by prosecutors.
· Tentative meltdown deal: Bush, McCain, Obama meet. President Bush and the two men fighting to succeed him joined forces Thursday at a historic White House meeting on a multibillion-dollar Wall Street bailout plan, aiming to stave off a national economic disaster. Key members of Congress said they had struck a deal earlier in the day, but its future was unclear.
· "Suspicious" bag of hot dogs outside Philly ballpark cause bomb scare. The discovery of several hot dogs in packages outside Citizens Bank Park brought the bomb squad out and forced the temporary evacuation of the stadium Wednesday evening.
· Prosecution says Alaska senator thumbed his nose at public. Prosecutors in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens called the Alaska Republican a crafty politician in their opening arguments Thursday, saying he failed to report $250,000 worth of gifts and services from a large oil services contractor Veco Energy - considered one of the state's biggest employers.
· Naked man falls to his death after Tasered by cops. Naked and perched on a ledge, a disturbed man fell to his death in Brooklyn Wednesday when cops Tasered him without placing an air bag below, witnesses and police sources said.
· Documents: Casey Anthony Sent 553 Cell Text Messages, Two About Daughter. A series of more than 550 text messages sent by Caylee Anthony's mother reveal the woman did not appear to be worried about her daughter in the days the girl was missing.
· Santa Cruz council OKs smoking pot at festival. Medical marijuana patients will once again be allowed to smoke dope in San Lorenzo Park Saturday, after city leaders temporarily lifted a smoking ban to allow for a festival celebrating the medicinal herb.
· House clears $25bn for carmakers. The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a $25bn package of low-cost loans to help hard-pressed carmakers and their suppliers finance plant modernisation at a time of restricted access to public capital markets.
· NBC's Russert says he made `dumb' statement. News reporter Luke Russert said he made a "dumb" misstatement on the "Today" show Wednesday when he suggested that smart people supported Barack Obama for president.
Word of The Day by WordThink
feckless [feck·less] adj. 1. Careless and irresponsible. "The kids were feckless during spring break." 2. Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective - unlikely to be successful. "It was a feckless attempt to make the company a success."
· Male Officer Arrested In Miniskirt, Wig. A male probation officer in northwest Florida wearing a blond wig, black miniskirt, fishnet stockings and no shoes has been charged with driving under the influence and drug possession.
· Deal close on $700 billion financial bailout plan. President Bush is bringing presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain into negotiations on a $700 billion rescue of Wall Street as Democrats and Republicans near agreement on a bailout plan with more protections for taxpayers and new help for distressed homeowners.
· Man Digs 200-Yard-Long Pit At Home, Dumps 600 Tons Of Debris, Police Say. A man is accused of dumping an estimated 600 tons of debris into a massive pit he dug at the Lake County home he rents, deputies said.
· Fire destroys pool house at Ludacris' home. Authorities say a fire destroyed a pool house at rapper Ludacris' home outside Atlanta. The fire was put out within 30 minutes but destroyed the pool house, which is larger than most homes.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
· Man Arrested for 1,000th Time. He's hit another a milestone. A Lexington man, famous for how many times he's been arrested, took his 1,000th trip to jail. Police arrested Henry Earl for alcohol intoxication, a charge he's faced hundreds of times before.
· Thieves Steal Puppy of 10-Year-Old Boy With Cancer. Malicious thieves reportedly broke into the Georgia home of a 10-year-old cancer patient and stole his new puppy. Even worse is that detectives think the culprits know Ryan Morgan and are aware that he is sick.
· Pregnant Woman Struck By Stray Bullet Inside Wal-Mart. A pregnant woman was struck by one of six bullets fired by an armed robber who was shooting at officers while being chased inside the Casselberry, Florida Wal-Mart this afternoon, police said.
· Girl, allegedly abused by teacher, was at the center of an earlier sex abuse case. A teenager who was molested by a West High School guidance counselor also has been sexually assaulted by a history teacher at the school, prosecutors allege.
· Colorado Man Survives Being Hit by Train Hours After Being Hit by Car. A man who suffered head injuries after being hit by a train in Boulder also survived an earlier hit-and-run collision that sent him to a hospital.
· Copper thieves destroy 17 AC units at school. Eighteen classrooms in a Phoenix school were left without air conditioning after copper thieves destroyed 17 units beyond repair. The removal of $500 worth of copper coils and a few compressors from the 17 units at William R. Sullivan Elementary School resulted in $125,000 in damages.
· John McCain suspends Presidential campaign. John McCain said he will suspend his presidential campaign on Thursday to return to Washington to help with bailout negotiations. The Arizona senator asked the Presidential Debate Commission on Wednesday to postpone Friday’s scheduled debate with Barack Obama so that he can work on the financial crisis bailout plan now on Capitol Hill.
· Truck Driver Was On Phone During Crash That Killed Teen Girl. The driver of a semi that smashed into the back of a school bus admitted he was on his cell phone, according to Captain Gregory LaMont of the Florida Highway Patrol. Four students were in critical condition after the horrific bus crash claimed the life of 13-year-old girl.
· David Blaine Caught Taking Standing-Up Breaks. David Blaine is not really hanging upside down for 60 hours, according to FOXNews.com's eyewitness who photographed the magician standing right-side up Tuesday. The revelation would seem to deflate Blaine's latest stunt, but a representative for the 35-year-old magician said he never intended to stay upside down for 60 consecutive hours. "About once an hour he has to come down for a medical check, to stretch, and to relieve himself," his rep said.
· Buffett bets $5 billion on Wall Street. Architects of a proposed $700 billion financial bailout and lawmakers wrangled in a second day of Congressional hearings, as billionaire Warren Buffett gave the transformed financial landscape a vote of confidence with a $5 billion investment in embattled banking titan Goldman Sachs.
· Biden, Obama kept 'Bridge to Nowhere' alive. Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden routinely mocks his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for her onetime support of the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere." But Biden and his running mate, Barack Obama, voted twice to keep the project alive.
· Man Passes Gas, Charged with Battery on Officer. As if getting a DUI wasn’t enough, a man arrested for driving under the influence got in a lot more trouble at the police station. When police were trying to get fingerprints, police say Jose Cruz moved closer to the officer and passed gas on him. From the criminal complaint: "The gas was very odorous and created contact of an insulting or provoking nature with patrolman."
· PETA Urges Ben & Jerry's To Use Human Milk. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.
· Update: Bill O’Reilly’s web site hacked. With Bill O’Reilly’s BillOreilly.com being compromised over the weekend, personal details including passwords in plain text for 205 of the site’s members have been leaking across Internet forums. A message to members issued by Bill O’Reilly stated: "Rest assured that we are on this. Our defense of Sarah Palin has led some criminals to attempt to disrupt our enterprise. At this moment federal authorites and our attorneys are compiling information against these people. Again, if any person is bothered in any way - please let us know. We stand behind our products but, most importantly, we stand behind you."
· CHP investigating whether ticket was 'fixed' for sex. The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether a recently retired officer “fixed” a woman's speeding ticket in exchange for sex. Two search warrant affidavits filed in Vista court allege that CHP Officer Abram Carabajal met Shirin Zarrindej of Encino at an Oceanside hotel shortly after her ticket was dismissed in court.
· Green idealists fail to make grade, says study. People who believe they have the greenest lifestyles can be seen as some of the main culprits behind global warming, says a team of researchers. According to the researchers, people who regularly recycle rubbish and save energy at home are also the most likely to take frequent long-haul flights abroad. The carbon emissions from such flights can swamp the green savings made at home, the study claims.
· Md. Delegate Who Called for DUI Plates Charged. A Maryland state delegate who called for "DUI" license plates that would be issued to people convicted more than once of drunken driving has been charged with driving under the influence himself.
· Pilots suspended, fired for sleeping during flight. Two pilots for Hawaii's Go airlines who slept through their flight's landing procedure were suspended for the careless and reckless operation of an aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday. The pilots, who have been fired by Go, completed their suspensions on September 9, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.
· FBI investigating Wall Street companies at heart of meltdown. The FBI is investigating four major U.S. financial institutions whose collapse helped trigger a $700 billion bailout plan by the Bush administration.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Obtuse [ob·tuse] adj. 1. Lacking quickness of perception or intellect. 2. Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: "An obtuse remark." 3. Not distinctly felt: "An obtuse pain."
· MySpace hoaxer let friends know about plot against late teen. The California woman charged with orchestrating a cruel online hoax that led to the suicide of a teenage girl was once so pleased with her prank that she shared details of the ongoing scheme with her hairdresser and other acquaintances, according to prosecutors.
· New dad Clay Aiken comes out of closet. Clay Aiken is finally confirming what many people suspected: He's gay. The cover of the latest People magazine shows Aiken holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: "Yes, I'm Gay." The cover also has the quote: "I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things."
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
· Man arrested after he throws two pit bulls at deputy. An Oakhurst man is in custody after tossing two pit bull dogs toward a Madera County sheriff’s deputy. While inside the back of the officer’s patrol car, Christopher Robesky, 37, tried to head-butt his way out, while shouting, “Wait till I get out of jail... You’re dead. You better hope they keep me in jail for a long time.”
· How Travis Barker and DJ AM Survived Plane Crash. "[Travis and Adam] told me that they slid down the wing on the right side of the plane," Lieut. Josh Shumpert of the South Congaree Police Department tells PEOPLE.
· Grand Jury Ponders Fate of Politician's Son in Palin Hack. A federal grand jury will hear evidence Tuesday against David Kernell, son of Democratic Tennessee State Rep. Mike Kernell, in the hacking of Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's e-mail. Meanwhile, hackers reportedly attacked the Web site of Fox news commentator Bill O'Reilly, who has condemned the Palin attack.
· Lehman, AIG workers get one break. Employees of Lehman Brothers and insurance giant AIG looking to cry in their beer following a week of turmoil at the troubled companies can at least find a half-priced drink at one Chicago restaurant.
· UMass chaplain offered college credits to students campaigning for Obama. University of Massachusetts officials yesterday quashed efforts by an Amherst campus chaplain to offer two college credits to any student willing to campaign in New Hampshire this fall for Democrat Barack Obama.
· 15 train robbers killed by poison gas. At least 15 Indian train robbers looking to steal diesel from a freight carriage died Saturday after inhaling poison gas stored in another tank they accidentally broke open, police said.
· CEO murdered by mob of fired Indian workers. Corporate India is in shock after a mob of fired workers bludgeoned to death the chief executive who had dismissed them from a factory in a suburb of Delhi.
· Idaho cheerleaders ditch skimpy uniforms after complaints. Less than a month into the football season, the Idaho Vandals are undergoing another makeover after spectators complained that cheerleaders' uniforms were flashing a little more than school spirit.
· Weakening economy, tougher laws cited for drop in illegals. The wave of immigrants entering the United States slowed dramatically last year as the economy faltered and the government stepped up enforcement of immigration laws. The nation added about a half million immigrants in 2007, down from more than 1.8 million the year before.
· Mom charged with neglect after leaving her kids with baby sitter for days. An exotic dancer was arrested on child neglect charges after she reportedly left her two young children with a baby sitter for days because she wanted to spend more time with a boyfriend.
· Thief admits sex fairy tale. A woman who sued her financial-firm CEO boss - accusing him of turning her into his sexual gofer - admitted yesterday that she made up the salacious tale to draw attention away from her thievery.
· Democrats want pay limits, loan aid in financial bailout. Democrats won key additions to the Bush administration's proposed $700 billion Wall Street rescue, but fear of growing populist anger against the bailout sent stocks plunging again. Democrats said the White House agreed to include help for homeowners facing foreclosure and allow congressional oversight.
· Judge rules in McMahon's favor in hospital lawsuit. Ed McMahon's lawsuit against a hospital and doctors he claims failed to properly diagnose and repair his broken neck has passed a key legal hurdle.
· Robert Wagner reveals love affair with Stanwyck. Robert Wagner's marriage to Natalie Wood was known to all. His love affair with Barbara Stanwyck was a secret - until now. In his new memoir "Pieces of My Heart," Wagner writes of his four-year romance with the star of such classics as "Stella Dallas" and "Double Indemnity."
Monday, September 22, 2008
· Woman gets at least 15 years for fatal dog attack. A woman whose dogs viciously attacked and killed her neighbor in the hallway of their apartment building seven years ago was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Marjorie Knoller was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2001 mauling death of Dianne Whipple, but a judge later reduced the charge.
· 60th Emmys hit all-time ratings low. The three-hour 60th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony received a 3.8 rating/9 share in the preliminary adults 18-49 demo - the lowest in Nielsen's recorded People Meter history. That's 12% below last year's previous Emmy record low.
· Oil prices skyrocket. Oil prices spiked more than $25 a barrel Monday — the biggest one-day price jump ever — as anxiety over the government's $700 billion bailout plan battered the dollar and touched off frenzied buying of safe-haven investments including crude.
· 11-Year-Old Leads Police on High-Speed Chase. An 11-year-old who stole his foster mother's car led police on a high-speed chase through western Pennsylvania, striking a cruiser and slamming into a utility pole, officials said.
· Obituary of Edward Merritt. Edward "Bruce" Merritt was born April 3, 1951 in North Carolina. His older sisters regularly beat him up, put him in dresses, and then forced him to walk to the drugstore to buy their Kotex and cigarettes.
· George Michael is arrested in a public toilet again. Singer George Michael apologized to fans on Sunday and promised to "sort himself out" after being arrested and cautioned by British police for alleged drug possession, Reuters reports. The arrest happened Friday outside London in a public toilet.
· Legal and illegal, Latino labor rebuilds Texas. All along the Texas coast, Latino immigrants are hauling away fallen trees, slashing through storm-tangled brush, patching punctured roofs. These workers, who get picked up off the street by homeowners looking for quick, cheap labor, are helping to rebuild the devastated cities of southeast Texas.
· Bankruptcy judge orders victim to pay back thief. Mark Poveromo feels ripped off twice over. A judge ordered him to repay money he collected from a builder convicted of stealing from him - and told him to kick in the thief's attorney fees, too.
· Toddler found wandering parking lot with beer in his bottle. An Oklahoma City mother was charged Monday with child neglect after neighbors found her 3-year-old son wandering around the parking lot of their apartment complex with beer in his bottle.
· Fury at $2.5bn bonus for Lehman's New York staff. Up to 10,000 staff at the New York office of the bankrupt investment bank Lehman Brothers will share a bonus pool set aside for them that is worth $2.5bn, Barclays Bank, which is buying the business, confirmed last night.
· Market was 500 trades away from Armageddon. The market was 500 trades away from Armageddon on Thursday, traders inside two large custodial banks tell The Post. Had the Treasury and Fed not quickly stepped into the fray that morning with a quick $105 billion injection of liquidity, the Dow could have collapsed to the 8,300-level - a 22 percent decline.
· Last major investment banks change status. The Federal Reserve said Sunday it had granted a request by the country's last two major investment banks — Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley — to change their status to bank holding companies. They will now be able to take deposits, bolstering the resources of both institutions. The change continued the biggest restructuring on Wall Street since the Great Depression.
· Officer to discontinue popular 'Detroit Uncovered' Web site. Police officer John K. Bennett plans to discontinue his popular "Detroit Uncovered" Web site, he said Sunday. "My work here is done," Bennett said in a weekend posting on his site, noting the recent departures of two public figures harshly criticized, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings.
· China's food safety watchdog boss steps down. The head of China's product quality watchdog resigned Monday in the wake of the tainted baby formula scandal that has sickened nearly 53,000 infants, highlighting a breakdown in the country's food safety system only a year after a major overhaul.
· Dinner plans save Pakistan's rulers from hotel bomb attack. Pakistan's president, prime minister and other Cabinet members were supposed to have been at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad when a massive truck bomb detonated outside, killing 57 and injuring 266, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Monday.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
· Rangel: I Didn't Mean To Call Palin 'Disabled.' After repeatedly calling Governor Sarah Palin "Disabled" Friday morning, Charles Rangel later said "Governor Palin is an obviously healthy person who in no way fits the description of disabled. I meant to say then, and I am saying now, that she entered the campaign with a disadvantage in the area of foreign policy."
· FBI serves search warrant against UT student in Palin case. The FBI is stepping up its investigation into the hacking of personal e-mail of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin by a University of Tennessee student. Law enforcement sources tell WBIR-Knoxville that agents with the FBI served a federal search warrant at the Fort Sanders residence of David Kernell early Sunday morning. David Kernell is the son of Mike Kernell, a Democratic state representative from Memphis.
· U.S. Bailouts May Include Foreign Banks. In a change from the original proposal sent to Capitol Hill, foreign-based banks with big U.S. operations could qualify for the Treasury Department’s mortgage bailout, according to the fine print of an administration statement Saturday night.
· Obscene gesture at deputy leads to arrest. A 34-year-old motorist was arrested over the weekend after he gave a Dodge County Sheriff's deputy the middle finger. "One would think that if you do not have a valid driver's license and have open intoxicants in the vehicle you may not want to attract attention to yourself," Deputy Roy Jaster said.
· Wis. man convicted of robbing toddler's piggy bank. A man convicted of stealing $20 from a toddler's piggy bank has been sentenced to six years in prison. Four-time convicted burglar Ryan Mueller was convicted Thursday of felony burglary as a repeat offender in a Sheboygan, Wis., court.
· Police Search For Motorists Who Stuffed Pockets With Nickels After Treasury Rig Crash. Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for at least four motorists who stuffed their pockets with nickels spilled seconds after a fatal U.S. Treasury big rig crash.
· Rockwell Illustration 'The Runaway' Turns 50. You've seen it hundreds of times, the picture you could call Norman Rockwell's enduring gift to the law enforcement community. The trooper and young boy who Rockwell used as models for the illustration were honored by the Massachusetts State Police in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publishing of "The Runaway."
· The World's Largest Gold Vault. Nearly $200 billion worth of gold rests on bedrock five stories underground, 30 feet below the city's subway system, inside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's vault.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
· Rape Case Thrown Out When 'Victim' Sends Accused Love Letters in Prison. A Winnipeg man awaiting trial for rape has had all charges dropped after the alleged victim admitted she sent the accused cards and explicit love letters behind bars.
· AP Poll: Racial misgivings of whites an Obama issue. Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks—many calling them "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles.
· Counselor tried to smuggle drugs into prison. A former Rikers Island drug counselor faces felony charges after he was caught trying to smuggle heroin and cocaine into the jail when he worked there, authorities said. Juan Delarosa, 56, was found carrying 109 bags of heroin and two bags of cocaine as he went to work at the city jail on Rikers Island, police said.
· Explosion at Pakistan Marriott hotel kills 40. A massive truck bomb devastated the heavily guarded Marriott Hotel in Pakistan's capital Saturday, killing at least 40 people and wounding at least 100. Officials feared there were dozens more dead inside the burning building.
· 4 killed in SC plane crash; drummer, DJ injured. Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and a popular disc jockey were critically injured in a Learjet crash in South Carolina that killed four people, authorities said Saturday.
· Nashville pumps dry after panic about rumor of no gas. Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy: An estimated three-fourths of gas stations in the Nashville, Tennessee, area ran dry Friday, victim of an apparent rumor that the city was running out of gas. "Everybody has just gone nuts," said Mike Williams, executive director of the Tennessee Petroleum Council.
· Mother Warned 2-Year-Old Son Moments Before He Shot Himself in Eye. Moments before a Jewett City toddler fatally shot himself, his mother warned him not to touch his father's gun because of the "bad boo boos" it could cause.
· O'Reilly Hacked for Comments about Palin Hack. A hacker claims to have cracked the web site of Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly and purloined a list of subscribers to the site, which includes their names, e-mail addresses, city and state, and the password they use for their registration to the site. The attack was retaliation for comments that O'Reilly made on the air this week about web sites that published e-mails obtained from the Yahoo account of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
· Nev. judge dismisses gun case against Jerry Lewis. A Las Vegas judge has dismissed a firearms charge against entertainer Jerry Lewis. Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Karen Bennett-Haron dismissed the case Friday after attorneys agreed to let the 82-year-old comedian off without fines. Lewis was cited in July for attempting to carry an unloaded concealed weapon through McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
· Burglar Falls Through Ceiling of Pharmacy. Police say 29-year-old David Gene Legros Jr hurt himself during his unexpected fall and struggled to regain his composure when he was breaking into a pharmacy last weekend.
· Scott Peterson's ex-girlfriend may lose house. The California woman who became notorious as the girlfriend of convicted wife-killer Scott Peterson may lose her house to foreclosure. Amber Frey, who testified against Peterson during his 2004 trial, bought a house in Clovis in 2005, taking out a $431,000 mortgage.
· World's largest atom smasher down for 2 months. The world's largest atom smasher - which was launched with great fanfare earlier this month - is more badly damaged than previously thought and will be out of commission for at least two months, its operators said Saturday.
· Pennsylvania Town Says Couple Runs Swingers' Club Inside Church. A Pennsylvania couple is fighting to maintain a church they run from a Huntingdon Township home, which officials say is really a raunchy swingers club where single men have to pay for access but women come for free.
· Hackers post Bill Maher on Iraq cleric's Web site. The Web site of Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric was hacked on Friday, with the attackers' messages saying they are Sunnis upset over fatwas, or edicts, issued on the site. A entity called Group XP placed a video of comedian Bill Maher making fun of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and his advice to the Shiite faithful.
· Accused Up-The-Skirt Photographer Nabbed When Victim 'Snaps' Back. Police arrested a man accused of taking a cell phone picture under a subway rider's skirt after the victim said she used her own phone to snap back.
· Lehman lifeline was critical to chip maker AMD. With Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD)'s cash reserves dwindling and the chip maker's overall financial health deteriorating to dangerous levels last year, the company was thrown a lifeline by Lehman Brothers, the investment bank now in bankruptcy. The $1.5 billion in AMD debt that Lehman scooped up in August 2007 demonstrates the important role that banks like Lehman and other investment firms play in helping prop up wobbly companies by pouring money into them when they're down.
· Workers Find Hand Grenades Near Highway. Workers in Lake County discovered at least two hand grenades in a wooded area of Lake County Florida Friday morning, forcing officials to close a nearby road, deputies said.
Friday, September 19, 2008
· Rep. Rangel Calls Palin 'Disabled.' Already under fire for his tax troubles, Manhattan Congressman Charles Rangel put his foot in his mouth on Friday, when he called Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "disabled."
· Investigator: Palin probe to end before election. The Alaska lawmaker in charge of the abuse of power investigation of Sarah Palin promises the probe will be finished before the election, after all - even though key witnesses won't testify.
· Sandra Bernhard issues 'gang rape' warning to Sarah Palin. Sandra Bernhard issued a blistering warning to Sarah Palin during a performance of her new one-woman show. The Republican V.P. nominee would be "gang-raped by my big black brothers" if she enters Manhattan, Bernhard said.
· Their house survived Ike, but it's the only one left. Ike's storm surge last week devastated the Bolivar Peninsula town, flattening most of the roughly 200 homes there. Warren and Pam Adams' yellow house at the beach - supported 14 feet off the ground by wooden columns - was the only house on Gilchrist's Gulf Coast side not to be flattened.
· Bailout may reach 2 trillion. The Feds' overnight pledge to pump "hundreds of billions of dollars" into buying bad bank debts sparked a Wall St. rally Friday and temporarily fended off fears of economic doom.
· Russian minister says war with the United States not possible. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yakovenko said on Friday there was no possibility of a war with the United States and Russia wants the European Union to guarantee security in Georgia.
· Vermont candidate to prosecute Bush if she wins. Lots of political candidates make campaign promises - but not like Charlotte Dennett's. Dennett, 61, the Progressive Party's candidate for Vermont Attorney General, said Thursday she will prosecute President Bush for murder for the deaths of thousands of people in Iraq if she's elected Nov. 4.
· Woman Gets Life For Sex With 5-Year-Old. A Florida woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for having sex with a 5-year-old boy. A jury in Sanford convicted Kelly Lumadue, 33, for videotaped sex acts with the boy.
· Trial likely in Spears driving case. Britney Spears' trial for driving without a valid California license is set for next month - and the attorney representing her in the criminal matter isn't happy about it. J. Michael Flanagan, the pop singer's attorney, said Spears had a valid license in Louisiana - and under normal circumstances - she should be allowed to pay a $10 fine for the misdemeanor violation, and not face criminal prosecution and wasting the court's time.
· Train Victim's Cell Kept Calling Loved Ones After He Died. One local family whose loved one died in the Metrolink collision is still questioning something that happened that night. They got several phone calls from 49-year-old Chuck Peck after the crash. But they now know he died on impact.
· Rep. Foley won't face charges. Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley isn't expected to face charges after a lengthy investigation into his lurid messages to underage congressional pages, two federal law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.
· SEC bans shorts for financials. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission took what it called "emergency action" on Friday and temporarily banned investors from short selling 799 financial companies.
· Guardian Angels Appear Outside Anthony Home. Members of the Guardian Angels appeared outside of the home of missing Caylee Anthony's family after a series of escalating altercations between protesters and the girl's grandparents.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
· Damages limit at issue in LA train crash. In the wake of the deadly train collision in Los Angeles, California's U.S. senators are questioning a federal law that sets a $200 million limit on damage payouts to victims of a train crash.
· New chief causes rebellion, Chicago cops say. Serious crime is up but arrests are down in Chicago, Illinois, and some police officers say they are working the streets less aggressively out of resentment toward their new chief and fear of being second-guessed by him. Superintendent Jody Weis was brought in to clean up a department embarrassed by a string of brutality cases.
· Report: Palin's E-Mail Hacker is Son Of Democratic State Legislator. A college student claiming to be the hacker who obtained access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail on Tuesday said he read all of the e-mails in the Palin account and found "nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped." The hacker's father, when reached at home, said he could not talk about the matter and would have no comment. The father is a Democratic state representative in Tennessee.
· Transformer glitch shuts down biggest atom smasher. The world's largest particle collider malfunctioned within hours of its launch to great fanfare, but its operator didn't report the problem for a week.
· Microsoft's 'I'm a PC' ad images made on Macs. Several digital images that Microsoft posted on its Web site to trumpet its new "I'm a PC" advertising campaign were actually created on Macs, according to the files' originating-software stamp.
· Amish Parents Sue Sheriff's Department For $35 Million. Members of the Amish community in Bergholz, Ohio, have filed a $35 million federal lawsuit against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. The plaintiffs claim their civil rights were violated when armed deputies got involved in a child custody dispute.
· Some of Ike's missing may have just washed away. The death toll from Hurricane Ike is remarkably low so far, considering that legions of people stayed behind as the storm obliterated row after row of homes along the Texas coast. But officials suspect there are more victims out there and say some might simply have been swept out to sea.
· Denver college professor assigns students to write essay critical of Palin. Metro State College is investigating a professor who asked students to write an essay critical of Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin.
· Swiss restaurant to serve meals cooked with human breast milk. The owner of the Storchen restaurant in the exclusive Winterthur resort will improve his menu with local specialities such as meat stew and various soups and sauces containing at least 75 per cent of mother's milk.
· Confirmed: Train engineer was texting on the job. The Metrolink train engineer involved in last week's fatal collision near Los Angeles sent text messages from his cell phone while on the job, investigators said.
· NBA player: National Anthem is for whites. Dallas Mavericks Josh Howard's decision-making has again come into question after he was filmed disrespecting the national anthem. When the camera gets to Howard, he says: " 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on. I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black."
· Man killed while trying to steal copper cable carrying 11,000 volts. A man was killed trying to steal a copper cable which was carrying 11,000 volts, an inquest heard today. Kirk John Thompson was electrocuted at the derelict Panteg steelworks, in Pontypool, South Wales, when his bolt cutters pierced the plastic coating of a cable still connected to the National Grid.
· TV producer found dead, kid at feet. Detectives were chasing down leads Wednesday night in the mysterious death of a former CNN producer whose body was found in her tony Manhattan apartment - her crying young daughter clutching her legs.
· Rock-Throwing Protesters Try To Drag Missing Girl's Grandfather Into Street. A group of rock-throwing protesters shined flashlights into the windows of the home of missing toddler Caylee Anthony's grandparents and fought with the family early Thursday before trying to drag Anthony's grandfather into the street.
· Callers dialing for N.J. Democrats get sex chat offer instead. A misprint in a telephone book has led to some callers dialing a phone sex service while trying to reach a New Jersey political organization.
· Judge says McCain is a 'natural born citizen.' A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to remove John McCain from the California ballot because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled late Tuesday that the law at the time of McCain's birth automatically granted citizenship to offspring of U.S. citizens.
· Engineer in train collision led 'lonely' life. In the years leading up to his death in the locomotive of a commuter train, engineer Robert Sanchez's life was marked by personal tragedy, jail time, and concerns about his health and job security. His HIV-positive companion had committed suicide, he was concerned about his diabetes and he feared a brush with the law that could end the career he loved.
· Man acquitted in Aug. accused of robbing same bank. A man acquitted a month ago of robbing a bank has been arrested in another robbery at the same bank. The man, 35, was accused of robbing Liberty Bank on Tuesday, police say.
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Supercilious [su·per·cil·i·ous] adj. 1. Full of contempt and arrogance. 2. Behaving as if or showing that a person thinks they are better than other people, and that their opinions, beliefs or ideas are not important, condescending: "He spoke in a haughty, supercilious voice."
· Stuck 'agent' tells cops of secret bomb mission. It wasn't the preferred way to enter the Knoxville Museum of Art, but Richard Anthony Smith told police he was on a mission. The 25-year-old Knoxville man called 911 from his cell phone before dawn Wednesday saying he was trapped in an air conditioning duct leading from the museum roof, Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.
· Hit man: FBI agent was on mob's payroll. A mob hit man who claims responsibility for 20 killings testified Wednesday that he fatally shot a gambling executive in 1982 but that a former FBI agent on trial for murder set events in motion that led to the assassination. John Martorano said leaders of Boston's Winter Hill Gang got protection and tips from former agent John Connolly.
· Brad Pitt donates money to support gay marriage. Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to fight California's November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.
· Fourth baby dies from tainted formula. Chinese officials reported the death of a fourth baby Thursday in the country's expanding contaminated infant formula case. The tainted milk powder has already sickened more than 6,200 babies.
· RIAA Decries Attorney-Blogger as 'Vexatious' Litigator. The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a "vexatious" litigator and is seeking unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him in his defense of a New York woman accused of making copyrighted music available on the Kazaa file sharing system. Lory Lybeck, a Washington state defense attorney leading a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing the RIAA of allegedly engaging in "sham" litigation tactics.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
· Woman Suffers Orgasm-Related Stroke. Sex triggered a life-threatening stroke in a healthy 35-year-old Illinois woman, her doctors report. Sex- and orgasm-triggered strokes in relatively young women and men are rare, but not unheard of.
· Governor Sarah Palin’s email account hacked. Hackers broke into the Yahoo! e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as Alaska's governor. "This is a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law," the McCain campaign said in a statement.
· Saudi Arabian cleric: 'Mickey Mouse must die.' Sheikh Muhammad Munajid claimed the mouse is "one of Satan's soldiers" and makes everything it touches impure. The cleric, a former diplomat at the Saudi embassy in Washington DC, said that under Sharia, both household mice and their cartoon counterparts must be killed.
· 30% of San Francisco's illegal juvenile offenders actually adults. Nearly 30 percent of the felony offenders San Francisco juvenile justice officials have reported to federal immigration authorities since the city stopped shielding youths from deportation have turned out to be adults, authorities say.
· Patient Contracts Hepatitis-C From Dialysis Center. A New York City dialysis center was shut down by the state Health Department and hundreds of patients were urged to be tested after at least one patient contracted hepatitis C from treatment at the center.
· Ryan O'Neal and Son Arrested for Alleged Drug Possession. Actor Ryan O'Neal and his son, Redmond, were arrested Wednesday at the actor's Malibu, Calif., home for alleged drug possession, a sheriff's spokesman confirms.
· Senate Majority Leader on Economic Woes: 'No One Knows What to Do.' Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asked today what actions Congress can take, said, bluntly, "No one knows what to do. We are in new territory here."
· Couple fight gender-neutral language in wedding license. Last month, Rachel Bird exchanged vows with Gideon Codding in a church wedding in front of family and friends. As far as Bird is concerned, she is a bride. To the state of California, however, she is either "Party A" or "Party B." Those are the terms that have replaced "bride" and "groom" on the state's new gender-neutral marriage licenses.
· CNN's Jack Cafferty: Only Racism Explains Close Polls. The differences between Barack Obama and John McCain couldn't be more well-defined. Obama wants to change Washington. McCain is a part of Washington and a part of the Bush legacy. Yet the polls remain close. Doesn't make sense…unless it's race.
· Video Shows Owner Kissing Man Who Stole Maserati. Shortly before her Maserati was stolen from the parking lot of the Blue Martini nightclub, the owner was kissing and caressing the suspect on the hood of the Italian sports car, police say.
· Newborn Found Alive In School Trash Can. A healthy newborn was found alive in a trash can at a Valley middle school on Tuesday, Phoenix fire officials said. The 14-year-old mother gave birth to the child inside the administration building, police said.
· Sheboygan women files landmark case over Web links. Jennifer Reisinger says the Sheboygan city attorney ordered her to remove from her Web site a link to the city’s police department, in what she believes was retaliation for her support of recalling Mayor Juan Perez, according to the suit filed last week.
· FDIC insurance fund dwindling. Banks are not the only ones struggling in the growing financial crisis. The fund established to insure their deposits is also feeling the pinch, and the taxpayer may be the lender of last resort. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. fund has slipped below the minimum target level set by Congress, which could be forced to tap tax dollars through the Treasury Dept.
· NFL Player Posts Photo Of His Genitals. Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley apologized Monday for posting an explicit photo of himself on his Web site. Cooley said he was studying in the nude, and he didn't examine his photo closely before posting it.
· Government steps in again, bails out AIG with $85B. The U.S. government stepped in Tuesday to rescue American International Group Inc., one of the world's largest insurers, with an $85 billion injection of taxpayer money.
· Lehman unloads it banking divisions to Barclays. Lehman Brothers, which a year ago had a market capitalization of more than $33 billion, is now unloading its once-prized businesses for what passes as pocket change on Wall Street.
· Alaska AG: State employees won't honor subpoenas. Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday when the attorney general said state employees would refuse to honor subpoenas in the case.
· Clinton blindsided by scheduled event with Palin. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled an appearance at a New York rally next week after organizers blindsided her by inviting Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, aides to the senator said Tuesday.
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Ambivalence [am·biv·a·lence] n. 1. Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow. 2. The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, object, or idea.
· U.S. captures $187 million drug haul in submarine. The U.S. coast guard captured a submarine-like vessel equipped with sophisticated navigation equipment and stuffed with seven tons of cocaine, Costa Rican authorities said on Tuesday.
· Commuter train engineer didn't apply brakes in fatal crash. The National Transportation Safety Board said a Metrolink train that slammed head-on into a freight train Friday did not apply its brakes, according to preliminary data from the investigation.
· Couric gets second Palin interview. Second in the broadcast network competition to talk to Sarah Palin: Katie Couric. The CBS anchor will spend two days on the road with the Republican vice presidential candidate. Awarding Couric the interview also appears to be a clear message from the McCain campaign to NBC News.
· Offshore drilling up to Senate after House passage. Offshore oil drilling, which has dominated energy debates in the presidential campaign, is now coming to the Senate. The House late Tuesday approved on a 236-189 vote legislation that would open waters 50 miles off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and natural gas development - if the adjacent states agree to go along. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where Democratic leaders are expected to mold it to their liking in the next few days.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
· World's shortest man, leggiest woman meet. London's Trafalgar Square routinely serves as a stage for mimes, jugglers and other acts, but the tourist attraction drew an exceptionally curious crowd Tuesday when the shortest man who can walk met the woman with the longest legs.
· 'Transformers' beauty: I had crush on stripper. Megan Fox has nothing to hide. The candid 22-year-old "Transformers" star, who's currently engaged to actor Brian Austin Green, opened up to GQ about her love life, telling the magazine she was once in love with a female stripper.
· Girl raped after being jailed with 21 men. A 15-year-old girl arrested on petty theft charges was left for weeks in a jail cell with 21 men, who raped her, tortured her and only allowed her food in exchange for sex. Her screams could be heard from the street. Yet Brazilian police refused to act, and it took a tip to the local media to finally free her.
· Pelosi: Don't Blame Democrats for Financial Crisis, It's All GOP's Fault. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appearing on MSNBC today, said the Democrats had no role in the current financial crisis, and that all the blame belongs to President Bush and the rest of the Republican Party. When asked whether the Democrats “deserve some responsibility” regarding the economic crisis, Pelosi responded: “No.”
· Bidens Gave $369 Annually to Charities. Delaware Senator Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for vice president, and his wife reported giving a small fraction of 1 percent of their income to charity during the past decade, well below the national average, tax records show. Biden and his wife, Jill, earned $319,853 last year.
· Study Finds That 35 Percent Of BlackBerry Users Would Choose Their Device Over Their Spouse. Of all the possible things that can come between spouses, you can now add BlackBerrys - or more precisely - BlackBerry addiction to the list.
· Adviser says McCain helped create the BlackBerry. Move over, Al Gore. You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry. At least that's the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Waving his BlackBerry personal digital assistant and citing McCain's work as a senator, he told reporters Tuesday, "You're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create."
· Woman leaves 10-month-old home alone, goes out gambling. A woman left her 10-month-old baby at home alone while she went to a casino to gamble with a friend early Saturday, according Mesa police. The girl was found crying and in a wet diaper by her grandparents, who live next door.
· Barbra Streisand headlines fundraiser for Obama. How does Barack Obama lure wealthy donors to a big-money fundraiser in Hollywood? Bring in Barbra Streisand as the headline performer. The Oscar-winning singer and actress was to perform Tuesday night on Obama's behalf in Beverly Hills. It was to be a two-step evening with a reception and dinner costing $28,500.
· 'Sagging Pants' Law Ruled Unconstitutional. A judge in Riviera Beach has ruled a city law banning sagging pants is unconstitutional in the case of a 17-year-old who spent a night in jail for having his underwear exposed.
· John McCain campaign tries to quell 'Troopergate.' Sen. John McCain campaign is trying to put to rest the ethical controversy that's come to be known as "Troopergate," releasing e-mails supporting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's contention that she dismissed her public safety commissioner over budget disagreements, not because he wouldn't fire her ex-brother-in-law.
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Innocuous [in·noc·u·ous] adj. 1. Having no adverse effect; harmless. 2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid. [the seemingly innocuous e-mail actually contained a malicious virus].
· Anti-Theft Lunch Bag. Stealing your co-worker's lunch is a downright contemptible act, and if you've ever had your lunch stolen, you know the the frustration and anger it causes. Here is a possible solution.
· 'Blue Collar' Comic Blames Former Employee For Drug Arrest. Ron White of the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" said a former employee angry over not getting a severance tipped off Florida police that he was carrying marijuana. White didn't deny he was carrying marijuana. He said his California doctor prescribes him the drug for medical use, though he did not say for what condition.
· Witness in Simpson trial says gun brandished in incident. A witness who says he was robbed by O.J. Simpson testified that a gun was brandished during the incident as the former football star's robbery and kidnapping trial opened.
· Jolie, Pitt donate $2 million for kids in Ethiopia. Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt have donated $2 million to create a center, named after their adopted daughter, Zahara, for Ethiopian children affected by AIDS and tuberculosis.
· Gen. David Petraeus leaves Iraq after 20 months. David Petraeus, the American general who presided over Iraq's pullback from the brink of all-out civil war, relinquished his command Tuesday to Gen. Ray Odierno under a cascade of official thank-yous.
Monday, September 15, 2008
· Gasoline retailers charge as much as $7.00 in North Carolina. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has sent subpoenas to seven gasoline retailers who reportedly charged as much as $7.32 a gallon for regular fuel last week.
· Police: Fleeing woman ran herself over. A 63-year-old woman attempting to flee from police officers in Baker County, Fla., accidentally ran herself over with her own van, police allege. Baker County Sheriff Joey Dobson said when Mary B. Davis allegedly attempted to leave the scene of a domestic dispute call in her van, she crashed into a riding lawnmower and fell from her vehicle where she was then run over.
· Update: Obama camp denies he tried to delay troop withdrawal. Barack Obama’s campaign denied a New York Post report Monday that said the Democratic presidential candidate privately tried to persuade Iraqi political leaders to stall an agreement on scaling back American troops in Iraq while publicly campaigning for a speedy withdrawal.
· Casey Anthony Arrested - Again. Casey Anthony, the mother of a missing 3-year-old Orlando girl, has been arrested for a third time. Anthony turned herself in to Orange County authorities Monday afternoon on new check fraud charges.
· Warning System Could Prevent Train Crashes. Federal investigators said Sunday that a collision warning system they called for could have prevented the head-on crash last week between a commuter train and a freight train that killed 25 people. The NTSB has long pressed for such a system on all trains, but the industry has resisted on the grounds that it is too expensive.
· Chevy to temporarily halt Vette production due to economy. It's been more than a decade since the "recession-proof" Chevrolet Corvette had to endure a production cut due to excess dealer inventory, but that's apparently the case once again.
· City employee admits selling equipment on eBay. A Scottsdale employee was placed on paid administrative leave and could face criminal charges for allegedly selling about $450 worth of city equipment on auction Web site eBay. Brian Rickard has worked for the city since 2001, and receives an annual salary of $67,329.60, according to the city.
· Prosecutor plays tapes of angry, cursing O.J. O.J. Simpson's angry voice rang out in a Las Vegas courtroom today as a prosecutor opened the fallen gridiron great's robbery trial by playing an audiotape of the hotel room confrontation at the heart of the case. The profanity-laced tirade, one of several audiotapes that will be played for jury, opened the trial of Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart.