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Thursday, November 26

Dad doing errand locked kids in trunk

Massachusetts police say a man locked his two young sons in the trunk of his car while he ran an errand. Fall River police say Michael Monahan put his kids, ages 3 and 6, in the trunk of his Pontiac Trans Am for several minutes Tuesday morning while he went shopping. [More]

Judge Angry at Bank Cancels Couple's $525G Mortgage

A Long Island couple is home free after an outraged judge gave them an amazing Thanksgiving present — canceling their debt to ruthless bankers trying to toss them out on the street. OneWest is involved in a similar case in California, where it's trying to foreclose on an 89-year-old woman, despite two court orders telling it to stop. [More]

Berlusconi estranged wife eyes $65 mln a year

Veronica Lario, the wife of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is seeking 43 million euros (65 million dollars) a year in a divorce settlement, the Corriere della Sera newspaper said Thursday. [More]

Train Operator Fired After Ignoring Dad's Calls for Help

Portland's mass transit agency has fired a light-rail train operator who ignored a father's calls for help after his 3-year-old son was left behind at a station last week. [More]

Shaquille O'Neal Pays for Funeral of Murdered Girl

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl whose kidnapping and murder have made national news headlines. [More]

Couple 'gatecrash' Barack Obama's White House dinner

Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed Tuesday night’s White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Tareq and Michaele Salahi who are reportedly possible participants in an upcoming reality TV show on Washington housewives; “The Real Housewives of DC” entered the White House state dinner without an invitation. [More]

Man dies after day trapped upside-down in cave

A man stuck upside-down in a cave for more than a day died early Thursday, despite the efforts of dozens of rescuers, authorities said. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Indigenous [in·dig·e·nous] adj.  Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment. "The cactus is indigenous to Arizona." [More]

Blasts lead to arsenal at ex-doctor’s apartment

About 35 pipe bombs, an assortment of firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in a former doctor's apartment following two loud explosions, police said Wednesday. [More]

Town manager fired over porn star wife eyes Alaska job

A Florida town manager who was fired because he married a porn star is now a finalist for a city manager job in a small southeast Alaska town. [More]

Cheesecake brings state investigations

Nine-dollar-a-slice cheesecake at taxpayer expense angered local lawmakers and it apparently isn't sitting too well with the state of Florida, either. [More]

Cops Search for Missing Lottery Winner

Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a former lottery winner who vanished several months ago. [More]

Thief From 1955 Gives Iowa Catholic College $500

An anonymous letter with $500 and a plea for forgiveness sheds some light on a long-forgotten crime at an Iowa Catholic college. [More]

Wednesday, November 25

Truck Accident in Texas Leaves 18 Illegal Immigrants Hurt

Authorities say a truck carrying illegal immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico has plummeted more than 40 feet off a cliff in southwest Texas. All 18 aboard were injured. [More]

Cocaine-snorting rabbi cleared of drug dealing

A rabbi who enjoyed cocaine-fuelled parties with escort girls has been cleared of drug dealing. [More]

Official in charge of closing Gitmo quits

The official in charge of closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center has resigned, the Pentagon said Wednesday. [More]

Polanski wins bail in Switzerland, in jail for now

A Swiss court granted Roman Polanski bail on Wednesday, accepting $4.5 million to allow him to remain under house arrest at his chalet. The director will stay in prison for up to 10 days while the Swiss government decides whether to appeal. [More]

Rocket man crashes in Atlantic during Africa-to-Spain flight

A Swiss pilot ditched safely into the chilly waters between Morocco and Spain today after a technical malfunction ended the first attempted intercontinental crossing on jet-powered wings. [More]

Florida Students Suspended for 'Kick a Jew Day'

Ten students at a Naples middle school were suspended after district officials say they participated in "kick a Jew day." [More]

Dad leaves boy to visit strip club

A man was arrested after police said he left his 5-year-old son in a tractor-trailer while he ducked into an Indianapolis strip club to drink. [More]

Best Buy Ad Touting Muslim Holiday Sparks Debate

A Best Buy ad with a Muslim theme is raising questions of how retailers should mark religious holidays. The ad on wishes Muslims a happy Eid al-Adha. [More]

Police Nab 'Paralyzed' Mafia Boss

A convicted Mafia boss who got out of jail by faking paralysis and anorexia has been arrested at a restaurant after more than two months on the run, police in Sicily said Tuesday. [More]

Lawyer: Loophole protects public nudity

A New York lawyer whose client was cleared of lewdness charges said a legal loophole allows public nudity in the city. Tom Hillgardner said prosecutors dropped their case against Kathleen Neill, 26, because they were afraid going forward would expose a legal loophole allowing most forms of public nudity. [More]

Georgia church robber: 'Sorry but I’m poor'

Someone made off with loot from a Georgia church but also left behind an apology. [More]

Alaska Catholic Diocese Agrees to $10M Sex Abuse Settlement

The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks in Alaska and representatives of almost 300 alleged victims of sex abuse by clergy have agreed on a settlement of almost $10 million. [More]

Historic Photos Found Under Bridge

A historic trove of Texas photos was found dumped beneath a Fort Worth bridge, local TV station WFAA reported Sunday. The discarded shots include those of a young George H.W. Bush; Gwendolyn Brooks, a poet who was the first black author to win a Pulitzer Prize; and the motorcade of President John F. Kennedy, moments before his assassination. [More]

Obama Shatters Spending Record for First-Year Presidents

President Obama has shattered the budget record for first-year presidents - spending nearly double what his predecessor did when he came into office and far exceeding the first-year tabs for any other U.S. president in history. [More]

Severed Leg Found in California May Be Related to Homicide

Investigators are probing whether a severed human leg found in a rural area of Sutter County may be related to a nearby missing-person case. [More]

Florida Man Gets Stuck in Supermarket Air Vent in Alleged Burglary Attempt

A Florida man who recently had finished a stint in jail for burglarizing a supermarket was caught allegedly trying to break into the same store — this time getting stuck in the supermarket's ventilation system. [More]

Off-reservation tribal casinos raise concerns

Gambling opponents say a number of Indian tribes are trying to game the system to get closer to lucrative big-city markets by seeking to build casinos well away from their reservations. [More]

Wikipedia shows signs of stalling as number of volunteers falls sharply

It was one of the internet’s most ambitious, radical and ultimately successful ideas. Fears are increasing, though, that the Wikipedia project could be starting to stall. Every month tens of thousands of Wikipedia’s editors are going “dead” — no longer actively contributing and updating the site [More]

O.J. judge can't stop nameplate theft

Los Angeles Judge Lance Ito, famous for presiding over the O.J. Simpson murder trial, says he's given up on replacing nameplates stolen from his courtroom. [More]

Missing boy spent 11 days wandering New York subways

A 13-year-old teenager with Asperger's syndrome spent 11 days in October wandering New York's vast subway system until a police officer recognized him from a missing persons' poster, according to police and the youth's mother. [More]

Tuesday, November 24

California Police Search for Man Who Stole Nun's Purse

Police in Southern California say a man has been caught on surveillance videotape stealing a nun's purse at a Los Angeles-area supermarket. [More]

CBS books Lambert after ABC cancels appearance

Adam Lambert's racy American Music Awards performance cost him a gig on "Good Morning America," but he will perform live instead on ABC's morning rivals at CBS. [More]

Google apologizes for offensive image of first lady

Confronted with the return of an offensive image of First Lady Michelle Obama to the top of its image search engine, Google is now using some of its own ad space to offer an explanation on how its results are determined. [More]

Public defender arrested for drug deal

Authorities in Florida said a Miami-Dade County assistant public defender was arrested after allegedly selling Oxycodone tablets to an undercover officer. [More]

Democrats Call for War Tax

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey and other top Democrats are demanding a new tax to cover the expense of the war. Their proposal would impose a 1 percent levy on middle-class taxpayers, and a higher rate for those earning more. [More]

Chef Paula Deen attacked by ham

Celebrity chef Paula Deen got an unexpected serving of ham — across her face. The Food Network star was helping unload 25,000 pounds of donated meat for an Atlanta food bank on Monday when someone threw one of the hams and accidentally smacked her. [More]

DOT fines airlines for six-hour tarmac delay

The Department of Transportation issued a $100,000 fine against Continental Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines for stranding passengers in Rochester, Minn., for nearly six hours last August. [More]

Lacrosse Players Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Sexual Assault

Three lacrosse players at a Connecticut college have been charged with conspiring to sexually assault a female student. [More]

Pennsylvania Cancer Patient Mugged in Own Driveway

Police near Pittsburgh have been searching for someone who mugged a 71-year-old cancer patient in her own driveway. [More]

Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges. [More]

Florida Man Allegedly Douses Kid With Gasoline, Threatens to Set Him on Fire

A Hillsborough County man was arrested after authorities say he reportedly threw gasoline on his girlfriend's son and threaten to set him on fire. [More]

Judge denies bail for man accused of setting wife on fire

A judge today refused to set bail for a man accused of throwing lighter fluid on his estranged wife and then setting her ablaze. [More]

Census worker hanged himself

The Census Bureau employee found dead in September killed himself and staged his death to look like a homicide, state and federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday. [More]

Almost 1 in 4 borrowers underwater

Nearly one in four U.S. borrowers owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth, a worrisome sign that the housing recovery could be threatened by a wave of defaults, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. [More]

Man Gets 14 Years in Jail for Mosque Firebombing

A federal judge sentenced a man who firebombed a mosque in central Tennessee to 14 years in prison. [More]

Union Head Resigns Amid Criticism Over Scout Project

A union leader in Pennsylvania has resigned after being criticized for threatening legal action over an aspiring Eagle Scout's volunteer project. [More]

Senate health bill targets ‘Cadillac’ plans

Schoolteacher Kinzi Blair makes only $46,000 a year, but she has what many would consider a "Cadillac" health plan, now targeted for a big tax increase by health reformers. The Senate Democrats' bill, unveiled last week, would impose up to a 40 percent tax on current insurance premiums on quality health plan coverage. [More]

ACORN Dumped Sensitive Documents as Probe Began, Private Investigator Says

A private investigator says he found tens of thousands of sensitive documents dumped outside a California ACORN office just days after the state attorney general announced an inquiry into the community organizing group. [More]

Eye doc in trouble over blunt advice

A 77-year-old North Carolina eye doctor is in hot water with the state Medical Board after a patient said he called her fat. [More]

Agent showing house finds pile of bones

A Louisiana real estate agent showing a house got to the basement and found about 100 human bones in a corner. [More]

Suspect in Fort Hood shootings might use insanity defense

An attorney for an Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people during an attack at Fort Hood says his client will likely plead not guilty and may pursue an insanity defense at his military trial. [More]

Chief guilty of 3 counts in Parker-Broderick case

An eastern Ohio police chief was acquitted of burglary charges Monday but convicted of three other felonies in an alleged break-in at the home of a woman who carried twins for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. [More]

Is Obama's "Hope" fading fast?

A new offensive has been launched against President Obama, and if it catches on it may make as much noise as a Birther at a Town Hall. It’s the new “Hope Is Fading Fast” t-shirt from LA streetwear company Freshjive. What makes this image significant, is that it comes from the left. [Click for photo] [More]

McDonald's changing its logo in Europe

McDonald's is going to change the colours of its logo from yellow on green to promote a more eco-friendly image in Europe. [More]

Text message exposed Sen. Ensign’s affair

A Nevada man whose wife had an affair with Sen. John Ensign said he discovered the relationship after intercepting a text message around Christmas in 2007. [More]

Girl May Have Arranged Classmate's Gang Rape

A 14-year-old Alabama girl might have helped arrange the gang rape of her ninth-grade classmate and could face charges as an accomplice based on her comments in a televised interview, a district attorney said. [More]

British police arrest people ‘just for the DNA’

Britain has built the world's biggest DNA database without proper political debate and police routinely arrest people just to get their DNA profiles onto the system, the genetics watchdog said in a report on Tuesday. [More]

China executes two over tainted milk scandal

Two men were executed in China on Tuesday for their roles in a contaminated milk powder scandal that led to the deaths of at least six infants and sickened up to 300,000, state media said. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Antithesis [an·tith·e·sis]  1. Direct contrast; opposition.  2. The direct or exact opposite: "Hope is the antithesis of despair." [More]

Prostitute in Berlusconi Sex Scandal Writes a Book

The prostitute at the center of Premier Silvio Berlusconi's sex scandal claims in a new book that she slept with him on the understanding he would help her set up a countryside inn but she got "nothing" in return. [More]

Man Dies in Fall From Moving Horse Trailer on Highway

Authorities say a man was killed after he fell out of a horse trailer traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike. [More]

Mass. woman seeks funds for turkey's eye surgery

A Massachusetts woman is seeking donations from fellow pet lovers to help pay for eye surgery for her turkey named Jerry. [More]

200,000 animals face slaughter at festival

Hundreds of thousands of Hindus gathered at a temple in southern Nepal on Tuesday for a ceremony involving the slaughter of more than 200,000 animals, a festival that has drawn the ire of animal-welfare protesters. [More]

South Carolina shoots holes in gun battle by peddling tax-free weapons for Black Friday

The great state of South Carolina is putting its own sick twist on Black Friday with a tax holiday on firearm purchases. Not cars. Not clothes. Certainly not books. Just guns. [More]

Heidi Klum takes Seal's last name

Heidi Klum has officially changed her name to Heidi Samuel, taking Seal's last name, four years and four kids after getting hitched. [More]

Regis Philbin taking leave of absence for surgery

Regis Philbin will be taking a leave of absence from his long-running ABC daytime talk show to undergo a hip replacement surgery. [More]

Monday, November 23

Suspended sentence for 'Robin Hood banker'

A German bank manager who secretly transferred money from rich clients to heavily indebted customers has been sentenced to a 22-month suspended jail term. [More]

Ex-prosecutor pleads not guilty to bribery charges

A former federal prosecutor and prominent New Jersey defense attorney whose past clients have included Queen Latifah and Lil' Kim has pleaded not guilty to bribery, drug and prostitution charges. [More]

Pittsburgh Approves $50,000 'Middle Finger' Settlement

Pittsburgh City Council has tentatively approved paying $50,000 to settle a free speech lawsuit filed by a man cited for giving a city police officer the middle finger. [More]

Ex-FBI agent who watched JFK autopsy reflects on death

Jim Sibert has answered the questions for 46 years, ever since the night he observed the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy. [More]

London police explode illegally parked car

A British man said police told him they blew up his car because it was parked illegally near the prime minister's office and raised terrorism fears. [More]

Pastor robbed after knock on church door

Police in Lincoln, Neb., are investigating the armed robbery of a pastor at his church. [More]

SC gov faces 37 charges he broke state ethics laws

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose tryst with an Argentine lover blossomed into a wide-ranging scandal, is accused of breaking ethics laws by using taxpayer money for pricey airline seats, taking state planes for personal and political trips and occasionally tapping his campaign chest to reimburse himself for travel. [More]

Pennsylvania Police Arrest Woman for Allegedly Stealing Her Children's Identities

A southwestern Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on charges she used her father's identity, and those of her two young children, to try to open up dozens of credit card accounts. [More]

Patrons toke medical marijuana in Oregon cafe

At first glance, the Cannabis Cafe, in a former adult club called Rumpspankers, looks like any other coffee shop. Customers sip coffee while playing cards, working on computers, or sharing a meal. [More]

Judge blocks law allowing guns in bars

A judge on Friday blocked a Tennessee law that allowed people to bring handguns into restaurants and bars. [More]

Convicted Murderer Seeks Sex Change Operation

A convicted murderer serving a life sentence goes before a Boston judge to ask for electrolysis treatments as she seeks a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation. [More]

Couple Plead Guilty To Stealing $750,000 from Orphans

Richard and Yvonne Reyes of Rancho Cucamonga, California pleaded guilty on Friday to charges they stole $750,000 in inheritance money from orphans in their care. [More]

Man Finds His Long-Lost Dad Is Charles Manson

A man has spoken of his anguish after discovering his long-lost father is apparently the notorious serial killer Charles Manson. Matthew Roberts, 41, tracked down his biological mother after she put him up for adoption in 1968. [More]

Teen allegedly broke into house seeking snack food

A 17-year-old Sheboygan boy was charged Thursday after breaking into a neighbor’s house in search of snack food, according to a criminal complaint. [More]

Jackson's doctor returning to work

Michael Jackson's doctor is expected to return to work at his Houston medical clinic for the first time since before the pop star's death. An attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray says the cardiologist plans to resume office hours on Monday at Armstrong Medical Clinic. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Oxymoron [ox·y·mo·ron]  A phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, for example, “wise fool” or “to make haste slowly.” [More]

Policeman guilty of faking fiancée's death in car crash

A police officer today pleaded guilty to murdering his fiancée, a fellow police officer, and then faking a fatal car crash. [More]

Patient trapped in a 23-year 'coma' was conscious all along

A car crash victim diagnosed as being in a coma for the past 23 years has been conscious the whole time. [More]

Cities find the fine print is costing millions

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is struggling to save his city from fiscal calamity. Unemployment is at a record 28 percent and rising, while home prices have plunged 39 percent since 2007. The 66-year-old Bing, a former NBA all-star with the Detroit Pistons who took office 10 months ago, faces a $300 million budget deficit — and few ways to make up the difference. [More]

EBay apologizes for Web site glitch

Online auction giant eBay apologized Sunday for a daylong glitch that inactivated the search function on its Web site, and said it will compensate sellers for their losses. [More]

This is Earth calling: you're a dad

An astronaut on the space shuttle Atlantis has become a father while in orbit, with his wife back on Earth giving birth to their daughter, NASA says. [More]

Tiburon, Calif. to record every car coming and going

A novel anti-crime surveillance program that will record the license plate number of every car entering and leaving Tiburon should be up and running within six months, officials said Thursday. [More]

Program to help truckers attracts drug smugglers

A U.S. program that offers trusted trucking companies speedy passage across American borders has begun attracting just the sort of customers who place a premium on avoiding inspections: Mexican drug smugglers. [More]

Sunday, November 22

Lawyer: 9/11 defendants want platform for views

The five men facing a New York trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday. [More]

Democrats buy Louisiana vote for $100 million

On the eve of Saturday's showdown in the Senate over health-care reform, Democratic leaders still hadn't secured the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the 60 votes needed to keep the legislation alive. The wavering lawmaker was offered a sweetener: at least $100 million in extra federal money for her home state. Landrieu then walked onto the Senate floor Saturday to announce her yes vote on the health-care bill. [More]

Man Guilty of Scaring His Grandmother to Death

A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty in what prosecutors said was a case of scaring a 79-year-old North Carolina woman to death. [More]

Michigan Boy Shot While Ringing Doorbells as Prank

Authorities say a 15-year-old boy who was ringing doorbells as a prank in Livingston County was shot by a 69-year-old man at one of the homes. [More]

Orthodox Jews protest Saturday shift at Intel

Around 3,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrated Saturday outside an Intel plant in Jerusalem to protest its operating on the Jewish Sabbath, which they view as a desecration of the sanctity of the holy city. [More]

Jackson moonwalk glove sells for $350K in NYC

The shimmering, white glove Michael Jackson wore when he premiered his trademark moonwalk dance in 1983 was auctioned off for $350,000. [More]

Kennedy says RI bishop banned him from Communion

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has banned Rep. Patrick Kennedy from receiving Communion, the central sacrament of the church, in Rhode Island because of the congressman's support for abortion rights, Kennedy said in a newspaper interview published Sunday. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Intrepid [in·trep·id] adj.  1. Resolutely courageous; fearless. Persistent in the pursuit of something.  "A team of intrepid explorers." [More]

Facebook smile costs woman her benefits

A Canadian woman has learned that Facebook can be a double-edged sword after an insurance company cut her health benefits, claiming she was healthy after seeing pictures of her smiling in a bikini at the beach. [More]

Citizenship language scam exposed

An investigation by The Sunday Times has found that staff at English language colleges in London and Birmingham have been offering migrants who speak little or no English Home Office-regulated English and Citizenship certificates for £250 each. Tests are rigged to allow almost anyone to pass. [More]

Ohio suspect may have eaten evidence

Police say a bank robbery suspect in Ohio may have eaten evidence when he gobbled a piece of paper while handcuffed and lying across the hood of a police cruiser. [More]

Man fatally stabbed over subway seat

A subway passenger was stabbed to death in front of horrified riders in a dispute with another man over a seat in the car in midtown Manhattan, police said. [More]

Saturday, November 21

Judge Sentences Trooper for 'Half-Baked' Murder Plot

A former Wyoming state trooper was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for kidnapping a truck driver in what prosecutors say was an aborted murder plot. [More]

Parents of Rape Victim Charged With Felony Child Abuse

Police have arrested the parents of an 8-year-old Liberian girl who was allegedly kidnapped and raped by four boys on felony child abuse charges. [More]

Bike thief struck by vehicle during getaway try

Two people stole a bicycle, where the owner of the bicycle saw the theft and chased both suspects, according to the Tampa police. While fleeing, one of the individuals was struck by a vehicle, sustaining a serious head injury and was transported to Tampa General Hospital. [More]

Billboard in Colo. links Obama with jihadists

A billboard showing President Barack Obama wearing a turban has sparked a lot of attention at the suburban Denver used car dealership that put it up. [More]

Police: Dye pack ruined bus escape

A suspected bank robber in St. Petersburg, Fla., who fled on a city bus was arrested not long after the dye pack in his haul exploded, police said. [More]

South Carolina Jury Finds '3 Hebrew Boys' Guilty of Ponzi Scheme

Three South Carolina men have been found guilty of bilking thousands of investors out of more than $80 million. The men called themselves the "3 Hebrew Boys" after the biblical tale of men who survived an inferno because of their faith. [More]

Chicago Mayor Says Media 'Kicked' Oprah Out of Town

Mayor Daley's decision to blame the media for Oprah Winfrey's career-altering choice to pull the plug on her syndicated talk show after her 25th season is preposterous. But it's also incredibly revealing. [More]

Oprah's departure presents problem for TV stations

Television stations now have 18 months to consider programming that will replace Oprah Winfrey. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Ambiguous [am·big·u·ous] adj.  Open to more than one interpretation: an ambiguous reply. Doubtful or uncertain. [More]

U.S. Plastic Surgeons Object to the Health care Bill's Bo-tax

Plastic Surgeons are fighting mad about a Senate proposal in the health reform bill that would levy a tax on most elective cosmetic procedures. [More]

Former Marine Charged in Death of 'Cathouse' Prostitute

A former Marine was charged Friday with six counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in a burning home, including a prostitute featured on the HBO reality series "Cathouse." [More]

Boy, 2, Pulls Baby Girl From Arizona House Fire

A 2-year-old boy dragged a 1-year-old Arizona girl Friday from a house fire that killed her mother and injured two other adults, authorities said. [More]

NC girl raped, killed on day she was taken

A 5-year-old North Carolina girl was raped and killed the same day she was taken from her home, according to an arrest warrant released Friday. Shaniya Davis was sexually assaulted and asphyxiated Nov. 10, the day her mother reported her missing from the trailer park. [More]

Easyjet apologizes for Holocaust Memorial photo shoot

Easyjet is a European regional carrier that has quickly carved out market share with discount prices and targeted marketing. However, a recent public relations faux pas is causing controversy. [More]

Mexican teen pleads guilty to killing U.S. Border Patrol agent

A Mexican teenager pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a U.S. Border Patrol agent last summer while attempting to rob him of government property in a remote area east of San Diego, according to a plea agreement announced today. [More]

New York Man Found Guilty After Leaving Aging Dad to Die in Hot Car

A New York state man has been convicted of reckless endangerment after leaving his 85-year-old father in a car on a hot day and finding him dead three hours later. [More]

Hand model Christina Ambers sues building for $10M over alleged mistreatment since she wed doorman

A famous foot-and-hand model is suing her stuffy upper East Side building because workers there made her life miserable after she fell head over heels for a lowly doorman. [More]

Lincoln letter to schoolboy sells for $60,000

Less than a month before the Civil War's start, a newly inaugurated President Lincoln took time from his frantic schedule to write to an Illinois boy whose classmates didn't believe he'd met the president. [More]

Critics say UN food summit wasteful, ineffective

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, blamed for plunging his people into starvation, used his platform as Tuesday's opening speaker at the U.N. anti-hunger summit to decry what he called his neocolonialist foes. [More]

Man Freed After Killing Wife in Sleep

A British man who said he strangled his wife during a nightmare about fighting off an intruder has been found innocent in her death. [More]

Vicks nasal spray recalled over bacteria

Procter & Gamble is recalling Vicks Sinex nasal spray in the United States, Britain and Germany after finding it contained bacteria, the company said. [More]

Warrant: Drug in Jackson case came from Vegas firm

A powerful anesthetic recovered from Michael Jackson's bedside after he died had been purchased in Nevada by his doctor who had it shipped to California, court documents show. [More]

Friday, November 20

Cop Gets 7-day Paid Vacation for Tasering Child

A police officer who used a stun gun on an unruly 10-year-old girl after he said her mother gave him permission has been suspended — not for using the weapon but for not having a video camera attached when he used it. [More]

The Internet Weighs 550 Million Tons

For the first time, somebody has spent the time to precisely and scientifically calculate the weight of the Internet. [More]

Bankrupt Diocese Fights to Keep Paying Pedophile Priests' Benefits

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington is obligated to pay retirement benefits to six priests who are confirmed pedophiles, church officials argued in a bankruptcy court filing seeking permission to keep making the payments. [More]

Hacked E-Mails Fuel Global Warming Debate

A trove of e-mails stolen from a leading climate-research group in Britain has sparked an online debate over global warming data. Bloggers claim the e-mails reveal that scientists colluded and manipulated data to support global warming theories. [More]

Closing arguments start in Amanda Knox trial

An American student and her Italian boyfriend staged a burglary in the apartment where they had just killed a British student in an attempt to sidetrack the investigation, prosecutors said Friday in closing arguments at their murder trial. [More]

Miley Cyrus tour bus overturns, killing one

Virginia State Police say one person was killed when a tour bus belonging to Miley Cyrus overturned, but the 16-year-old "Hannah Montana" star was not on board. [More]

Hasan E-Mail to Radical Imam: 'I Can't Wait to Join You'

The Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in the Fort Hood massacre told a radical Muslim imam, "I can't wait to join you" in the afterlife, in one of several e-mails exchanged between the two men, ABC News reported on Thursday. [More]

Political correctness and Ft. Hood killings

The reluctance of some in the media to confront what so many viewed as obvious questions concerning the gunman's real motives has caused many to question whether we have, as a culture, become too politically correct. [More]

Environmental Groups Biting Hand That Feeds Them

The U.S. government hands out millions of dollars each year to various environmental organizations to help protect fish, wildlife and other aspects of the environment. And every year, those same groups spend millions (of taxpayer dollars) suing the government over everything from forest policy and carbon emissions to water quality and wolf habitats. [More]

Botax? Nip/tuck levy to help fund health plan

They call it the "Botax." The White House and Senate Democrats have turned to a proposal to tax breast implants, tummy tucks, wrinkle-smoothing injections and other procedures as they search for ways to pay for costly health care overhaul plans. [More]

Insurance Mailer Exposes ID Numbers

Thousands of Medicare recipients in Pennsylvania and beyond may be at risk for identity theft after an insurance company mailed postcards that included the recipients' names and Social Security numbers. [More]

Obese man dies after 8 months in home recliner

When an ambulance brought Daniel Webb home from the hospital after he hurt his knee in March, paramedics warned the then 550-pound man he probably wouldn't be able to get up from his recliner if they put him there, his wife said. Webb told them to leave him there anyway. He would sit in that recliner, slowly dying, for the next eight months. [More]

New Orleans mayor hails Katrina ruling

Calling the ruling "huge," New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Thursday reacted to a federal judge finding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' failure to maintain a shipping channel led to catastrophic flooding during Hurricane Katrina. Nagin said he hopes the court decision will "open up the floodgates" for others to file lawsuits against the federal government, including his Louisiana city. [More]

NY court OKs out-of-state gay marriage benefits

New York state's top court ruled on Thursday that public officials have the authority to recognize out-of-state gay marriages and pushed state lawmakers to decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. [More]

Union ramps up efforts to organize T-Mobile

Union officials in the United States are teaming up with their German counterparts in a bid to organize workers at wireless carrier T-Mobile USA. [More]

'I want my mammograms!'

A government task force says women in their 40s don't need annual mammograms, but Sara Fought would beg to differ: She says she's alive today because a routine mammogram found cancer when she was 42. [More]

Group recommends less-frequent Pap tests

Only days after a federal panel scaled back on breast cancer screening recommendations for many women, another organization -- the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - has done the same for a screening credited with drastically reducing the rates of cervical cancer in the U.S. [More]

Missouri Girl Said Hobby Was 'Killing People'

On an Internet site, 15-year-old Alyssa Bustamante listed her hobbies as "killing people" and "cutting." It may have sounded like a teenage exaggeration, but authorities say she fulfilled her words. [More]

Philip Morris ordered to pay $300 million to smoker

A Florida jury on Thursday ordered cigarette maker Philip Morris USA to pay $300 million in damages to a 61-year-old ex-smoker named Cindy Naugle who is wheelchair-bound by emphysema. [More] Correcting Errors Regarding Stimulus Job Numbers

Government officials are responding publicly to the recent discovery by ABC News that the stimulus job reporting website contains numerous errors and reporting inconsistencies. [More]

Miss Calif. pageant gives ad time to gay group

The Miss California USA pageant director who became embroiled in a war of words with former title holder Carrie Prejean has donated 30 seconds of free ad time to the state's largest gay rights group. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

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." [More]

Arizona Couple Indicted in Airport Luggage Thefts

Authorities say an Arizona couple has been indicted in the theft of nearly 1,000 pieces of luggage from baggage claim carousels at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. [More]

Osama Bin Laden's son wants to work for United Nations

Omar Bin Laden, son to September 11, 2001 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, wants to join the United Nations as a peace campaigner. [More]

California Requires More Energy-Efficient TVs

California regulators have adopted the first energy-efficiency standards for televisions in the U.S., a move that will eventually ban power-hungry sets from the state's store shelves. [More]

Chaz Bono: Sex change is his 'best decision'

Chaz Bono says beginning the sex-change process to turn him from a woman to a man is "the best decision I've ever made." [More]

Students arrested after 32% tuition hike sparks protests

Authorities arrested dozens of angry students at the University of California, Davis, campus late Thursday after they refused to vacate the school's administration building in protest of a 32-percent tuition hike. [More]

Man who was Tased on buttocks sues city of Boise

Gerald Amidon is suing several Boise police officers for compensatory and punitive damages, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was shocked and threatened with a stun device last winter. [More]

Movie popcorn, soda = 3 burgers, 12 butter pats

New laboratory tests conducted by the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest reveal that a $12 medium-popcorn-and-soda combo sold at Regal, the country’s largest movie-theater chain, contains 1,610 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat — the equivalent of three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with 12 pats of butter. [More]

Police: Attempted robber was too quiet

Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man whose whispered demands for money went unanswered at a Deltona dollar store. [More]

Stars who have Lost Fortunes

Nicolas Cage has become the latest celebrity to have his financial woes made public. Recently forced to sell his prized comics and castles after a 2008 financial collapse, Cage is putting the blame on his former business manager, charging in a law suit (going to court in 2010) that Samuel Levin "lined his pockets with several million dollars in business management fees while sending Cage down a path toward financial ruin." [More]

Son-in-law pushed under Jeep

Authorities in West Virginia said a mother's argument with her daughter culminated in the mother shoving her son-in-law in front of an oncoming Jeep. [More]

Dad accused of killing son over sex abuse claim

A 37-year-old father irate over hearing his 15-year-old son had sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl made the teen strip at gunpoint, marched him to a vacant lot and shot him to death despite pleas from the boy and his mother, a relative said. [More]

Oprah ending show after 25 years

Oprah Winfrey was set to announce Friday that her powerhouse daytime television show, the foundation of a multibillion-dollar media empire with legions of fans, will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air. [More]

Army fears anti-Obama politics at Palin event

The U.S. Army plans to prevent media from covering Sarah Palin's appearance at Fort Bragg, fearing the event will turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama, officials said Thursday. [More]

Gotti jury deadlocked, could lead to fourth mistrial

The Teflon Son heard familiar good news from a federal jury on Thursday: They're deadlocked. [More]

Top Model Found Dead at Paris Apartment

A top South Korean model who was a fixture at fashion week in Paris and London was found dead at her apartment in Paris, an official said Friday. [More]

Mom Begs Burglars to Return Dead Son's Ashes

An Arizona mom is begging the burglars who terrorized their home to return the one item they can't put a monetary value on — her dead son's ashes. [More]

Kellogg warns: Brace for an Eggo shortage

Kellogg Co. says there will be a nationwide shortage of its popular Eggo frozen waffles until next summer because of interruptions in production at two of the four plants that make them. [More]

Customs Agents Seize 316,000 Bongs Disguised as Christmas Ornaments

Customs officials say they got a surprise when they found 316,000 glass bongs disguised as Christmas ornaments at the Los Angeles harbor. [More]

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