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Thursday, November 12

Fort Hood Killer's Business Cards: SoA (Soldier of Allah)

Among the items at Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's dingy apartment were his Army-green business cards. Underneath his name on the cards listed himself as SoA (SWT). SoA is commonly used on jihadist Web sites as the acronym for "Soldier of Allah," according to investigators and experts. SWT is commonly used by Muslims as an acronym for Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, "Glory to God." [More]

Government sued for defunding scandal-hit ACORN

The scandal-hit liberal grass-roots group ACORN sued the U.S. government on Thursday, saying it did not have the right to cut off ACORN's federal funding because the group had not been convicted of a crime. [More]

US adult smoking rate rises

Cigarette smoking rose slightly for the first time in almost 15 years, dashing health officials' hopes that the U.S. smoking rate had moved permanently below 20 percent. [More]

Phoenix airport hikes security in baggage claim

Phoenix Sky Harbor International is increasing security patrols and video surveillance in baggage claim after last week’s arrest of a couple suspected of stealing nearly 1,000 bags. [More]

The Fed wants to be on your Christmas list

Not sure what to give Uncle Sam this Christmas? How about a nice, fat check to help whittle away at the $7.6 trillion national debt? [More]

Update: John King to replace Dobbs on CNN

John King is replacing Lou Dobbs on CNN. Jon Klein, CNN president, said Thursday that veteran reporter King will move into the 7 p.m. EST slot that's been vacated by Lou Dobbs. King will host a show about politics beginning early next year. [More]

Did Oprah Go Too Far in Nash Interview?

By showing the graphic images of a woman mauled by a chimpanzee, did Oprah Winfrey open the floodgates, exposing 56-year-old Charla Nash and her mangled face to a media world not nearly as sensitive as the famous television host? [More]

Tampa man calls 911, asks for sex, gets jail instead

Joshua Basso said his cell phone ran out of minutes Wednesday, so he called the one number he knew is always free — 911 — with an unusual request. He wanted someone to have sex with him. [More]

Radical Muslim Cleric Who Defended World Trade Center Bombers a Guest of NYC Mayor

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed to City Hall an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, later claiming he didn't know the radical Muslim cleric had been invited. [More]

Judge: Cannibal who ate mother "was starving, he needed to eat"

A Russian judge has reduced the sentence of a man who killed and cannibalized his mother after he confessed to the crime. The judge said, "he needed to eat." [More]

Wife pulls knife on husband over vodka

Police said a woman threatened her husband with a 7-inch knife after he threw away her bottle of vodka as she slept in their suburban Detroit home. [More]

'Balloon boy' parents to plead guilty

The Colorado parents in last month's notorious "balloon boy" case will plead guilty to offenses for creating a hoax that their son had flown away in a large balloon. [More]

Lou Dobbs abruptly departs from CNN

CNN news host Lou Dobbs signed off the network for good Wednesday. The anchor announced on Lou Dobbs Tonight that it would be his last broadcast, that he had been released from his contract, which ran through 2011. [More]

Hero Cop Describes Fort Hood Shooting

An officer who has been hailed as a hero in the Fort Hood massacre says the scene was "confusing and chaotic" but she remembers getting shot. [More]

Bank error leads to sale of couple's home

Chase officials have apologized for accidentally selling a Phoenix couple's home even though their modified mortgage payments were up to date. [More]

Update: School nixes cash-for-grades fundraiser in North Carolina

Administrators have nixed a North Carolina middle school's cash-for-grades fundraiser. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Petulant [pet·u·lant] adj.  1. Contemptuous in speech or behavior.  2. Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; rude. [More]

Woman Killed by Husband at Work Filed for Divorce

An Oregon woman had filed for divorce just a week before her estranged husband opened fire at the suburban Portland office park where she worked, fatally shooting her and injuring two of her co-workers before killing himself. [More]

Police Say Pilot Tried to Hit Them With Plane

Police say a pilot tried to hit officers with his plane at a small Georgia airport. [More]

MIA dog found in Afghanistan after 14 months

A bomb-sniffing dog that disappeared during a fierce battle in Afghanistan between Australian troops and militant fighters has been found and returned to its unit after more than a year. [More]

5 men charged with sex crimes against children

Authorities on Wednesday searched a rural property in western Missouri for bodies and buried glass jars containing notes written more than 15 years ago by children who may have documented sexual abuse by five members of their own family. [More]

White House Considers Using TARP Funds to Cut Deficit

The Obama administration, under pressure to show it is serious about tackling the budget deficit, is seizing on an unusual target to showcase fiscal responsibility: the $700 billion financial rescue. The administration wants to keep some of the unspent funds available for emergencies, but is considering setting aside a chunk for debt reduction. [More]

New Chair Protects Purses from Theft

The stacking chairs, presumably aimed at bars, cafes and restaurants, have a couple of slots in the seat so you can slip in the strap of your purse, thus securing it between your legs, safe from the wandering hands of light-fingered street thieves. [More]

Shaquille O'Neal's wife files for divorce

Shaquille O'Neal's wife is splitting up with the Cleveland Cavaliers center. [More]

California Man Charged for Wearing Unearned Military Medals

A Palm Springs man who was never in the military has been charged with wearing the Navy's highest honor. [More]

Blockbuster Offers Movie Rentals on SD Cards

Blockbuster is piloting a new movie-rental program that allows customers to load movies onto SD cards and play them back on mobile phones and TVs equipped with SD readers. [More]

Mike Tyson arrested in airport scuffle with paparazzo

Former boxing champ Mike Tyson was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge after a scuffle with a celebrity photographer who was following him at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, police said. [More]

Wednesday, November 11

Man Dies After Being Struck by Secret Service Vehicles

U.S. Park Police say a man was fatally struck by two U.S. Secret Service vehicles at a Suitland Parkway intersection. [More]

Arkansas Man Found Guilty of TV Anchor's Beating Murder

A jury has convicted a man of capital murder in the death of an Arkansas television anchorwoman beaten so badly her face was shattered. [More]

77 children given incorrect flu shot

What was thought to be the regular H1N1 Swine Flu vaccination for children Collier County school actually turned out to be a blunder as dozens of students were given the wrong flu shot. [More]

N.J. judge says quadriplegic can have guns

A New Jersey judge says a quadriplegic blocked from buying a gun to go hunting has the right to bear arms even though he will have to use a wheelchair mount to use the firearm. [More]

NC middle school sells test points to students for $20

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that a parent advisory council at Rosewood Middle School in Goldsboro come up with the fundraising plan after last year's chocolate sale flopped. The school will sell 20 test points to students for $20. [More]

Man tried to send flowers to Fort Hood gunman, calls him ‘a hero’

A Florida man says he is attracting the attention of the FBI after he followed those instructions, attempting to send a dozen yellow roses to the suspected gunman in last week’s Fort Hood massacre. [More]

‘Stripper-mobile’ with live dancers raises safety, decency concerns

Even the men who hand out “nude girls direct to your room” cards stopped their hawking long enough to do some gawking at the “stripper-mobile” as it rolled down the Strip on Monday night. [More]

Wedding ring found amid 10 tons of trash

Sanitation workers sorted through 10 tons of trash to recover a wedding ring accidentally thrown away by a New Jersey couple. [More]

Connecticut woman mauled by chimpanzee, unveils face on Oprah

If Charla Nash still had eyes, she too would be horrified. The Connecticut woman who was mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee revealed to the world Wednesday what was left of her face. [More]

Muggers Return Wallet After Seeing Army ID

A Milwaukee Army reservist's military identification earned him some street cred Tuesday, when he says four men who mugged him at gunpoint returned his belongings and thanked him for his service after finding the ID. [More]

Family sues over boy's death at gun show

The family of an 8-year-old boy who fatally shot himself at a gun show in western Massachusetts says the Uzi submachine gun jammed twice before he lost control of the weapon and fired into his head. [More]

Arkansas Anchorwoman's Face Shattered 'Like an Egg' During Attack

One blow ruined her smile and others crushed the middle of her face, but the attack on television personality Anne Pressly didn't end until after her jaw was forced to the back of her head and cut off blood flow to her brain, a medical examiner said Tuesday. [More]

Judge Guilty of Waving Gun During Road Rage Incident

An Erie district judge pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from accusations that he waved a gun during a traffic dispute. [More]

Women’s Soccer Gets Noticed For All the Wrong Reasons

The sport has gained viral attention as the violent play of a University of New Mexico defender, Elizabeth Lambert, has become an ignominious sensation on television, the Internet and talk radio. [More]

Man charged after pushing his girlfriend's car into river

A man was charged with domestic battery and illegal dumping after authorities said he pushed his girlfriend's car into a river. [More]

Sheriff cleared for balloon case comments

Boulder County's district attorney has decided no criminal charges are warranted against the sheriff who disclosed that child welfare workers were involved in the investigation in the runaway balloon case. [More]

Man tried scaring cat with lighter, killed mom

A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to accidentally starting a fire that killed his bedridden mother by using a lighter to get a cat to come out of hiding. [More]

Jury rejects rapist's sleepwalking defense

A man who claimed he was sleepwalking when he had sex with a woman while she slept next to her husband has been found guilty of rape. [More]

Update: NY school gunman upset over GI treatment

Police say a carpenter who brought a shotgun to an upstate New York middle school and held a principal hostage for more than two hours was upset by the treatment of U.S. soldiers. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

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. [More]

Thieves sought jewelry, got shampoo

Police in Chicago said thieves who failed to break through a salon into a jewelry store took some shampoo as a consolation prize. [More]

No bond for 3 teens charged as adults in burning of 15-year-old

Three teens accused of setting a 15-year-old friend ablaze were held without bond Tuesday on adult charges of attempted murder. [More]

Bags and behavior being screened by TSA at U.S. airports

If you are acting suspiciously at a U.S. airport, it is likely that someone is watching you. TSA behavior-detection officers are on the job at 161 U.S. airports. In 2008 alone, 813 arrests were made based upon detection officers identifying suspects. [More]

Researchers Plan Ice Cream That's Good For You

If the food scientists are successful, ice cream would become another so-called functional food, alongside whole oat products and foods made with soy protein, which have scientifically established health benefits beyond basic nutrition. [More]

Rapist who left 6-year-old victim in frozen field to be paroled

Almost 19 years ago in Vacaville, a 6-year-old girl in foster care was kidnapped from her home, bound and gagged with duct tape, raped and then abandoned in freezing temperatures in a rural field. [D] [More]

Credit card issuers share their pain with users

Banks are struggling to make money in the credit card business these days, and consumers are paying the price. Interest rates are going up, credit lines are being cut and a variety of new fees are being imposed on even the best cardholders. [More]

Judge dismisses Jackson father estate bid

A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a bid by Michael Jackson's father to challenge the two businessmen appointed executors of the pop icon's estate. [More]

12 People Accused of Stealing $87G Worth of Library Books

Authorities threw the book at 12 people Tuesday, accusing them of checking out pricey textbooks from a public library system outside Washington to sell for quick cash. [More]

'Junior' Gotti arrives in court about 2 hours late

The murder trial of John "Junior" Gotti — a case already marked by hysterical outbursts — took another weird turn on Tuesday when the mob scion refused to come to court. [More]

N.J. commuter train skips stop

New Jersey transportation officials said a commuter train failed to make a scheduled stop, making several people more than an hour late for their destinations. [More]

VW fans achieve record stuffing Beetle

Volkswagen lovers at the 21st annual Bug Jam broke a Guinness Book of World Record for sqeezing 17 people into a 1971 Beetle. [D] [More]

D.C. sniper executed in Virginia

John Muhammad was executed Tuesday seven years after carrying out sniper attacks that terrorized the nation's capital for weeks and left 10 people dead. [More]

Tuesday, November 10

UA pilot charged with being over alcohol limit

A United Airlines pilot who was pulled from his trans-Atlantic flight to Chicago shortly before takeoff has been charged with having too much alcohol in his system, British police said Tuesday. [More]

Anti-Fox lady leaving White House

As expected, Anita Dunn, the White House communications director who has tangled very publicly with Fox News, is leaving the White House at the end of the month. Her deputy, Dan Pfeiffer, will replace her, a senior White House official said Tuesday. "Anita working part-time is what most people do full-time," White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told The Associated Press. [More]

Woman drives into aquarium at Tampa airport

The driver and the child in her lap survived when a pickup slammed into a 1,500-gallon aquarium at Tampa International Airport, officials said. The tropical fish were not so lucky. [More]

Update: Astronaut Lisa Nowak Pleads Guilty to Burglary, Battery but Gets Light Sentence

A former NASA astronaut charged with attacking a romantic rival pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary and battery but was sentenced only to a year probation and no additional jail time. [More]

Gunman in Custody After Reportedly Taking Principal Hostage

A gunman is in custody Tuesday after reportedly taking the principal hostage at an upstate New York high school. [More]

Happiest States are Wealthy and Tolerant

Though you might not be able to run away from your problems, moving to another state could be good for the soul. New research suggests U.S. states with wealthier, better educated and more tolerant residents are also happier on average. [More]

UPS executive accused of rape kills self

A vice president for shipping giant UPS who was accused of raping a 21-year-old Indiana University student over homecoming weekend has committed suicide in Georgia, police said. [More]

Dropout, 21, wins $8.55 million poker event

A 21-year-old Michigan poker professional who chose cards over college won the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas early Tuesday, winning $8.55 million and becoming the youngest player to win the tournament in its 40-year history. [More]

Michael Jackson's father moves to oust will executors

The battle for control of Michael Jackson's estate took another turn Monday as the pop singer's father filed a challenge of the men named as executors in Jackson's 2002 will. [More]

Oregon police dog mistakenly bites wrong man while intruder flees

A Eugene man fighting a home intruder to defend his mother and young children was bitten by a police dog after officers mistook him for the prowler they had been chasing through the neighborhood. [More]

Ex-Miss California admits to making sex tape

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean calls a sex tape she made for an ex-boyfriend several years ago "the biggest mistake of my life." [More]

Plea deal offered in astronaut love triangle case

A plea deal has been offered in the case of a former astronaut accused of being involved in a well-publicized, violent love triangle, prosecutors said. [More]

Minnesota man charged with assaulting construction worker with a backhoe

Prosecutors charged the co-owner of a Hermantown construction company with allegedly assaulting a construction worker with a backhoe. The criminal complaint said a 48-year-old man told investigators he wanted to "nudge" the victim, but didn't want to hurt him. He also said it was a stupid thing to do. [More]

Man who took champagne nabbed for 63rd time

Chicago police said a West Side man who allegedly tried to walk out of a store with three expensive bottles of champagne under his jacket now has 63 arrests under his belt. [More]

Political corruption costs governments $1.6 trillion each year

As a five-day anti-corruption convention got underway on Monday in Doha, the capital of Qatar, the United Nations said the cost of political corruption to governments around the world is about $1.6 trillion each year. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Loquacious [lo·qua·cious] adj.  1. Talkative: tending to talk a great deal.  2. Given to fluent or excessive talk : Garrulous. [More]

College backs down on mini-dress expulsion

A Brazilian woman whose short, pink dress caused a near riot at a private college and led to her expulsion will be allowed to return to class. [More]

Man confesses to shooting Kan. abortion provider

Defiant and unapologetic, a man accused of shooting a Kansas abortion provider confessed to the slaying Monday, telling The Associated Press that he killed the doctor to protect unborn children. [More]

Letterman suspect wants charges dropped

A lawyer for the TV news producer accused of blackmailing David Letterman plans to ask a judge to dismiss an extortion case that prompted the late-night comic to acknowledge affairs with staffers. [More]

Lawyer: Woods' brother did not get proper care

A hospital did not do enough to care for the brother of James Woods when he went to the emergency room complaining of a sore throat and vomiting in 2006, a lawyer for the actor told jurors Monday at the trial of a wrongful death lawsuit. [More]

Robbery suspects found sleeping in Calif. garage

Authorities said four men were arrested after being found sleeping in a garage stacked with stolen property. [More]

Cops: Man kills mom, girlfriend, child, self

Authorities called several times to check on a family's well-being in a rural Texas home eventually found the bodies of four people. [More]

Man injured destroying fireworks

Authorities in Michigan said a 79-year-old man suffered cuts, abrasions and burns when he attempted to destroy old fireworks in a backyard fire pit. [More]

DC Sniper Mastermind Set to Be Executed

Unless Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine steps in, sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad will be executed today for the attacks that terrorized the nation's capital region for three weeks in 2002. [More]

Steven Tyler to take 'indefinite break' from Aerosmith

After decades of being one of the most notorious lead singers in rock n' roll history, Joe Perry confirms that Aerosmith front-man Steven Tyler has left the band. [More]

Monday, November 9

Would you let your daughter wear a "shag band"?

Colored bracelets supposedly signifying sex acts are the new children’s craze. [D] [More]

Fort Hood shooter attempted to contact Al Qaeda operatives

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News. [More]

Truck Falls 200 Feet Off San Francisco's Bay Bridge

A trucker is dead after his big rig plummeted 200 feet off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge early Monday and smashed onto an island below. [More]

Widow of cop who committed suicide over fatal Tasering sues NYPD

The widow of a cop who killed himself after he ordered the fatal Tasering of a deranged man sued the NYPD Monday because it "smeared" her husband. [More]

Woman passes driver's test on 950th try

A woman in South Korea who tried to pass the written exam for a driver's license with near-daily attempts since April 2005 has finally succeeded on her 950th time. [More]

Juvenile Life-Sentence Cases Raise Question Over Role of Judge

When a judge sentences a 13-year-old boy to spend the rest of his life in prison without a chance of parole for a crime in which nobody has died, is he meting out justice? Or is he acting as society's cop? [More]

Graffiti artist 'ran out of purple'

Police in Florida said a graffiti artist left an apology - not for the crime of vandalism, but for an artistic infraction: "Ran out of purple." [More]

Is Sammy Sosa whitening his skin?

One can’t help but do a double-take when looking at former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa these days. "He is going through a rejuvenation process for his skin," Rebecca Polihronis said. "Women have it all of the time." [More]

Trial lawyers could win bonanza in health care reform

With the House vote in favor of the health reform bill, the trial lawyers sliced themselves a nice little piece of that bonanza. In Section 2531(4)b, the new health bill will empower the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to states that reform their medical malpractice systems. There are just two conditions: Those reforms must not "limit attorneys' fees or impose caps on damages." [More]

Man provides photo for his own wanted poster

A British man on the run from police sent a picture of himself to his local paper because he disliked the mugshot they had printed of him as part of a public appeal to track him down. [More]

Fort Hood shooting suspect conscious, talking

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in last week's mass shooting at the Fort Hood Army Post, is conscious and talking, according to a spokesman for the Army hospital where he is being treated. [More]

Dozens Of Students Arrested For Food Fight

More than two dozen students were slapped with criminal charges in connection with a food fight in the cafeteria at a Chicago charter school. [More]

Police handing out tickets for air fresheners

Since 2004, the number of motorists stopped by Illinois State Police for breaking the obscure law has jumped 91 percent, which can include anything an officer deems to "materially obstruct" a driver's vision. The only exceptions are government-issued items such as I-PASS boxes and parking stickers. It is also an arbitrary excuse to pull over drivers and proceed to a more invasive search. [More]

Fort Hood suspect Nidal Malik Hasan attended same mosque as 9/11 terrorists

The Army major accused in the Fort Hood massacre went to the same Virginia mosque as two Sept. 11 hijackers in 2001 when a radical imam was the preacher, law enforcement officials said Sunday. [More]

NYC man wants $5 million for cat bite

A New York supermarket clerk is suing a deli owner for $5 million because of a bite he allegedly received from the defendant's cat, the clerk's lawyer said. [More]

Cleveland mayor’s niece lived with Anthony Sowell, suspected 'Cleveland Strangler'

The man accused of being the “Cleveland Strangler” lived for years with the niece of the city’s mayor in a stinking house where police have found 11 corpses. [More]

Man grabbing for dog gets bit in hands by gator

Joseph Canasta of Land O' Lakes got a shock and painful surprise when he reached under his car thinking his dog was resting there. What Canasta grabbed, though, turned out to be a 5-foot alligator that didn't exactly welcome the contact. [More]

Auto dealer tried to save business by gambling

A former Albuquerque auto dealer, faced with an ailing economy and difficulty getting credit for his dealership, says he turned to gambling last year in a bid to salvage the business. Ken Zangara racked up a $250,000 gambling loss just months before he closed his dealership. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

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. [More]

Ex-Navy Swimmer OK After 212-Foot Suicide Leap

The former Naval Academy water-polo player who miraculously survived a 212-foot suicide leap from the George Washington Bridge suffered no neurological damage from his ordeal. [More]

Workers tossed files during Yankee parade

New York City office workers who got carried away during the Yankees victory parade Friday apparently began tossing files and documents out the window when they couldn't get their hands on confetti. [More]

Illinois Driver Hits Two Deer in 10 Minutes

Kathryn Gowin was already spooked after she hit a deer with her Ford Explorer last week in southern Illinois. Then 10 minutes later, she hit another one. [More]

3 Women Shot to Death as They Sat in Car With Kids

Investigators on Sunday captured a man they believe opened fire on a car parked at a gas station in East St. Louis, killing three women, including an acquaintance of the suspect, state investigators said. Children inside the bullet-riddled vehicle escaped harm. [More]

Sunday, November 8

Woman accidentally shot by father was federal investigator

A father helping his 32-year-old daughter clean a pistol after target shooting accidently fired the weapon and killed her Saturday afternoon. [More]

Man Falls 5 Stories After Trying to Escape Disabled Elevator

A 34-year-old man who tried to exit a stuck elevator died after falling five stories down a Brooklyn elevator shaft. [More]

House passes health care reform bill

The biggest overhaul of America's medical system since Medicare took a big step forward Saturday night, narrowly passing the House with a controversial amendment to restrict coverage of abortion. [More]

1 killed, 3 injured in shooting near Vail

Gunfire erupted inside a bar near the ski town of Vail Saturday night, leaving one man dead and three others wounded, police said. A 63-year-old suspect was quickly arrested. [More]

California's 'oil change rapist' sentenced to 14 years in jail

A mechanic who worked at an Econo Lube shop in Orange County California lured women into a dark service pit to allegedly show them repairs needed to their car. He sexually attacked five of them. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Hubris [hu·bris] n.  1. Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.  2. A strong belief in a person's own importance: "He was punished for his hubris." [More]

Miss. gov’s son gets 2 holes-in-one in one round

A single hole-in-one is a big enough dream for most golfers. But two in one round? That's some luck. Reeves Barbour, the 30-year-old son of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, had two aces in a single round Oct. 25 on a Robert Trent Jones course in Gainesville, Va. [More]

Colo. Homeowner Finds Dead Body in Front Yard

Police suspect foul play in the death of a man found in the front yard of a Centennial home Friday morning. [More]

Autopsy Results Show North Dakota Softball Players Drowned

Authorities say preliminary autopsy results show drowning as the cause of death for three North Dakota college softball players found dead inside a sport utility vehicle that sunk in a rural farm pond. [More]

Wind-power company says western Maine site is too windy

A wind-power company says a western Maine site it's been looking at is too windy for turbines. [More]

Saturday, November 7

Army: Shooting suspect taken off ventilator

A U.S. Army spokesman says the man authorities say went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood has been taken off a ventilator but still remains in intensive care at a military hospital. [More]

Muslim Population in the Military Raises Difficult Issues

The deadly rampage at Fort Hood is forcing Pentagon officials to confront difficult questions about the military's growing Muslim population. [More]

Florida Whiskey Thief Seen on Security Camera Sought

Authorities are looking for the man they believe stole a $3,500 bottle of whiskey from a Weston liquor store. [More]

Massachusetts Man Says He Was Fired for Telling Colleague Her Gay Marriage Is Wrong

A manager at Brookstone claims he was unjustly fired after he told a colleague he thought her impending marriage to another woman was wrong. [More]

Truck Carrying Flu Vaccine Supply Is Stolen

The swine flu vaccine has become a coveted commodity all over the country, but someone in Milwaukee appeared at first glance to carry the notion to a new level this week, stealing off in a refrigerated truck that was hauling 930 of the prized doses. The truck and the vaccines were found about an hour later but the Milwaukee Health Commissioner says the vaccines are no longer considered safe to use. [More]

Suspect steals car to attend court

The California Highway Patrol say a man stole a car to make a court appearance on a previous auto theft charge. [More]

Barney Frank Present When Partner Arrested for Pot

Rep. Barney Frank admitted Friday that he was sitting on the porch of his partner’s Maine home when police came to arrest his partner for marijuana possession. [More]

Pelosi: Buy a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail

The failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. Those who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years. [More]

Health Care Hinges on Saturday Vote

President Barack Obama is traveling to Capitol Hill on Saturday to try to close the sale on his signature health care overhaul, facing a make-or-break vote in the House certain to be seen as a test of his presidency. [More]

Fort Hood suspect's religion was an issue, family says

While few official details have been released about Hasan, his family and others have given some insight into the man accused of killing 13 people and wounded 38 others in Thursday's massacre at Fort Hood Army Post in Texas. [More]

Friday, November 6

Joe Jackson seeks money from Michael's estate

Michael Jackson's father is seeking an allowance from his son's estate to help cover expenses that exceed $15,000 a month, according to court documents filed Friday. Michael Jackson's will, however, omitted any mention of his father. [More]

Man calls 911 to say marijuana missing

A 21-year-old Salem man reportedly called 911 to say that his marijuana was missing, but when deputies arrived, he was booked on drunken-driving charges instead, officials said. [More]

Wife faked own abduction to scam hubby

A wealthy health care executive came home one night in September to find a terrifying note from his wife, Quinn Gray: The 37-year-old housewife and mother of two had been abducted from her posh Florida beach community. Police say it was all a scam. [More]

New Jersey Jury Doesn't Buy 'Too Fat to Kill' Defense

A New Jersey jury has rejected a Florida man's claims that he was too fat to kill and has convicted him of murdering his former son-in-law. [More]

Prostitution Case Thrown Out Over Government Funded Sex

A Pennsylvania appeals court says state police mishandled a prostitution investigation in which they gave a private citizen $360 so he could pay for sex at a massage parlor along with $180 for his trouble. [More]

California Dad Accused of Killing Baby Daughter, Driving Cross-Country With Body in Trash

A man is accused of killing his baby daughter in a Southern California trailer park, then putting her in a trash bag and driving her body around the country. [More]

Judge OKs plea deal from 'Girls Gone Wild' founder

A judge sentenced "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis on Friday to time served and a year of probation for filing false income tax returns. [More]

1 killed, at least 5 injured in Orlando shootings

DEVELOPING: One person was killed and at least five were critically wounded in a shooting inside a downtown Orlando high-rise building Friday morning, authorities said. [More]

Winning bid for DUI recliner: $10,099

Obviously, some eBay bidders had second thoughts about owning a souped-up motorized recliner that was seized after Proctor police caught the owner driving it while drunk. [More]

Florida Special Needs Child, 3, Left on Bus for 6 Hours

Two former Osceola County school district employees face criminal charges after authorities say they accidentally left a 3-year-old special needs child in a bus for six hours. [More]

Florida Newlywed Allegedly Kills Bride, Kidnaps Friend

A Florida newlywed allegedly killed his bride and kidnapped a friend before surrendering to deputies after a dramatic six-hour standoff. [More]

Sex Can Trigger Short-Term Amnesia

Sex is one of the major triggers for the baffling medical condition called transient global amnesia in which patients lose their ability to retain immediate memory. TGA usually occurs after the person engages in strenuous activity - such as having sex or vigorously exercising. [More]

Oops! Drive-by Shooter Does it all Wrong

The suspect in an Appleton, WI drive-by shooting failed to open his own car window before he shot, with the broken window ultimately leading to his arrest. [More]

Fort Hood Shooter Yelled 'Allahu Akbar' Before Deadly Attack

The gunman behind the carnage at a Texas military base shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before unleashing a bloody rampage that left more than a dozen dead. Lt. Gen. Robert Cone told NBC’s "Today" show today that suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, made the comment, which is Arabic for "God is great!" before the rampage Thursday that also left 30 people wounded. [More]

Fort Hood suspect emptied his apartment

An Army psychiatrist suspected of opening fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood cleaned out his apartment in the days before the rampage that left 13 people dead, a neighbor said Friday. [More]

Police find mail carrier passed out drunk in his mail truck

Police officers reported finding a mail carrier passed out drunk in his U.S. Postal Service mail truck in Boynton Beach. According to a release, police received a 911 call Wednesday afternoon reporting a mail truck parked on the side of a road with the driver slumped over the wheel. Officers found a 29-year-old man, whose blood alcohol content was tested to be .264 and .258, more than three times the legal limit. [More]

Death toll rises to 13 in Fort Hood rampage

Military officials were starting Friday to piece together what may have pushed an Army psychiatrist trained to help soldiers in distress to turn on his comrades in a shooting rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 30 in Texas. [More]

Alleged shooter's name prompts response from American Muslims

When news first broke on the Fort Hood killings, the national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote a statement of condemnation. "While several news reports have cited one of the gunmen to be Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, IIC strongly emphasizes that this attack and its perpetrator are in no way representative of the Muslim people or the peace-loving religion of Islam," the statement said. [More]

Family of teen set on fire gets apology from suspects' mom

She walked to the cameras and could barely look up. With her lip quivering, Sherry Jarvis apologized to the family of 15-year-old Michael Brewer, who is clinging to life in a hospital burn unit. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

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. [More]

N.M. boy tells 911 operator he shot dad in anger

Desperation filled the voice of the boy on the other end of the phone line. Through fits of agitation and sobbing, he pleaded repeatedly with the emergency operator on the other end to send someone quickly. [More]

Gang Rape Good Samaritan Speaks

An 18-year-old mother from Richmond, Calif., has the distinction of being the only person of dozens who knew about the ongoing gang rape of a 15-year-old to actually alert the police. [More]

New Report Says 75 Percent of Young Americans Unfit for Military Service

It's tough enough selling military service to teen-agers who might not be so keen on getting their heads shaved or buy the whole "we do more by 9 a.m." line. And the fact that enlisting today could very well mean a visit to the front lines doesn't help, either. [More]

Man fined for calling 911 over missing box of orange juice from McDonald's

A 20-year-old man who called 911 to get his fast-food order straightened out has been told to pay a $300 fine. [More]

Morgan Freeman settles lawsuit over crash

Oscar winner Morgan Freeman has reached an out-of-court settlement with a woman who was his passenger in a car crash and later sued him, court documents showed on Thursday. [More]

Suicide probed in census worker case

Investigators probing the death of a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest increasingly doubt he was killed because of his government job and are pursuing the possibility he committed suicide. [More]

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