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Thursday, November 5

Army base massacre: 12 killed in shooting at Fort Hood

[DEVELOPING] A gunman shot and killed 12 people and wounded 31 in a rampage at Fort Hood on Thursday, officials said. The gunman is identified as Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan of Virginia. Hasan was shot and is currently in stable condition - not killed as earlier reported. [More]

Diaper-wearing woman awarded $150,000

A Pennsylvania woman was awarded $150,000 in a discrimination suit claiming she had to wear diapers to work due to a lack of toilets. [More]

California Bus Driver Gets 26 Years for Crash That Killed 11

A Northern California bus driver involved in a crash that killed 11 people last year has been sentenced to more than 26 years in prison. [More]

Top 10 Hottest TV Foodies

Cooks who heat up the kitchen, and the airwaves! [More]

Suspect arrested in death of New Mexico nun

An arrest has been made in the case of a nun who was found slain in her convent earlier this week, federal authorities in New Mexico said Thursday. [More]

Senate Democrats advance climate bill without GOP

Senate Democrats sidestepped a Republican boycott Thursday, pushing a climate bill out of committee in an early step on a long and contentious road to passage. [More]

UN: $100 Billion for global warming is not enough

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently stated that the $100 billion suggested by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to combat global warming is not enough and needs to be "scaled up." [More]

SUV nearly slams into elephant

It's not unusual to see a deer or a cow crossing Oklahoma's rural highways. But an elephant? An Oklahoma couple driving home from church nearly slammed into a giant pachyderm that had escaped from a nearby circus late Wednesday. [More]

Woman: I got away from serial killing suspect

A Cleveland woman said Thursday that that she was choked and threatened this year by the man now charged with murder after the remains of several people were found on his property — and that she is racked with guilt for not speaking up earlier. [More]

Couple compensated $514 for fake cake

A Welsh couple whose wedding cake turned out to be a polystyrene fraud won $514 from the bakery in small claims court. [More]

Iowa mom guilty of murdering son, 2

An Iowa jury found Thursday that a mother with a history of depression knew right from wrong when she slashed her sons' throats, killing one and leaving the other permanently scarred. [More]

Scots students take short flight to school

A Scottish airline said six teenagers on a remote island will be taking 96-second flights to ensure they can attend school while a ferry is out of service. [More]

Michael Jordan's son keeps his Nikes; UCF loses $3m adidas deal

The University of Central Florida has lost its $3 million exclusive contract with adidas after basketball player Marcus Jordan's insisted on wearing his father, Michael's, Nike Air Jordans for the school's opening basketball game, the Orlando Sentinel reports. [More]

Mom gets jail after teen rides in box atop van

A woman pleaded guilty and will spend five days in jail after letting her daughter ride in a cardboard box on top of their van. Jackie Knott reportedly told police the box wouldn't fit inside the van so her daughter was sitting inside to weigh it down on the roof. [More]

Ex-NYC Top Cop Kerik Pleads Guilty

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to the White House and said he would also admit to tax crimes. [More]

Missing baby found alive in box under sitter's bed

A baby who had been missing for days was found alive late Wednesday in a box underneath the bed of the child's baby sitter, Florida authorities said early Thursday. [More]

Cat in Iowa Catches Swine Flu

An unidentified male cat in Iowa is believed to be the first in the nation diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, sparking concerns that pets may transmit the swine flu or that frightened pet owners may abandon their cats in droves. [More]

Woman arrested for having sex with friend's 15-year-old son

A woman has been arrested for allegedly having sex with the 15-year-old son of her friend. [More]

Northwest pilots appeal license revocation

The Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot Minneapolis by 150 miles have filed appeals of their license revocations with the National Transportation Safety Board. [More]

Sex Offender Supervision Blasted in Dugard Case

Corrections officials failed to properly supervise convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and missed opportunities to discover the girl he allegedly kidnapped and held in his backyard for 18 years, a report released Wednesday said. [More]

Democrats' plan to help 'uninsurables' questioned

You're afraid your cancer is back, and a health insurance company just turned you down. Under the health care bills in Congress, you could apply for coverage through a new high-risk pool that President Barack Obama promises would immediately start serving patients with pre-existing medical problems. Wait a second. Read the fine print. You may have to be uninsured for six months to qualify. [More]

Bill collector accused of demanding sex for debt relief

A bill collector was arraigned today after Roseville police said he offered to make a city woman’s bill go away in exchange for a sex act and then exposed himself to her before leaving her home. [More]

CNN Source: Carrie Prejean 'sex tape' spurred pageant settlement

The sudden end to a legal battle between dethroned Miss California USA Carrie Prejean and pageant officials was prompted by the revelation of a "sex tape," according to a source familiar with the lawsuits' settlement. [More]

How NBC got its ’89 Berlin Wall scoop

On the night of Nov. 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall came crashing down, NBC News was the only major TV network broadcasting live from the scene. [More]

Teen says he drowned 4-year-old to protect secret

A 14-year-old California boy told police he drowned his 4-year-old neighbor on Friday because the child had threatened to tell his mother the older boy had molested him, according to an affidavit made public Wednesday. [More]

Gunmen kill U.S. airman in Mexico bar attack

A gang of gunmen killed an off-duty U.S. airman and five other people early Wednesday at a bar in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, authorities said. [More]

'Massage therapy student' arrested for sexual assault

Police think there are more possible victims after a man claiming to be massage therapy student approached women offering a massage to complete his school volunteer hours and then proceeded to sexually assault a woman who believed him. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Gregarious [gre·gar·i·ous] adj.  1. Seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable. "She is a gregarious, outgoing person." [More]

Los Angeles Pastor Sued Over Alleged Sexual Abuse

A former employee is suing the pastor of a Los Angeles County church, claiming he sexually abused her over a period of years. [More]

Alabama police say drunk man confessed theft after being pulled over during traffic stop

Officials said a man gave deputies more than they asked for when he was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. [More]

Inmates come to guard's aid in jail attack

Hillsborough County, Florida, Deputy Kenneth Moon was alone at his station at a county jail facility near Tampa when an inmate attacked him with no warning. [More]

Victoria Gotti Goes on Profanity-Laced Tirade at Son's Trial

John "Junior" Gotti's mother unleashed a profanity-laced tirade Wednesday after a judge dismissed two anonymous jurors at her son's racketeering trial, saying he was being cheated of a fair trial as his father had been. [More]

U.S. criticizes Toyota statement on floor mats

Toyota Motor Corp. released misleading information about an investigation into problems with stuck gas pedals that led to a massive Toyota recall, the U.S. government said Wednesday, stressing the issue is still under review by federal safety regulators. [More]

FBI Hunts for 'Granddad Bandit' in Robbery Spree

The FBI has launched a nationwide manhunt for a man dubbed the "granddad bandit" for a series of bank robberies this year. [More]

Wednesday, November 4

Chimp Attack Victim Suing Connecticut for $150 Million

A Connecticut woman mauled and blinded by a chimpanzee is seeking to sue the state for $150 million, after the state was warned of the dangers posed by the chimp. [More]

Parents of Dead College Student Get $29,000 Hospital Bill

The parents of a California State University, Sacramento student who was allegedly beaten to death by a dorm mate were still reeling with shock when they received another jolt. [More]

Phoenix Police Says Teen Pushed Into Oncoming Traffic

Phoenix police are looking for those responsible for pushing a teenager into oncoming traffic Tuesday night in southwest Phoenix. The 15-year-old boy died at the scene. [More]

Robbery victim IDs suspect from old yearbook

After being robbed of his jacket, cell phone, keys and $300, a Pennsylvania man was left with the odd feeling that his assailants looked familiar. Police say that’s because they went to school together about 15 years ago. [More]

Clunker pickups traded for new pickups

The most common deals under the government's $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program, aimed at putting more fuel-efficient cars on the road, replaced old Ford or Chevrolet pickups with new ones that got only marginally better gas mileage. [More]

Health Care Reform Assumes Millions Would Pay Fine Rather Than Get Coverage

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in its study last week that the House health care bill would bring in $167 billion over 10 years in penalties from those who don't get coverage. $33 billion would be from fines paid by individuals who decline to buy insurance, and the rest from employers who don't offer insurance to workers. [More]

Man gets 3 years for sex with horse

A man caught having sex with a horse in a South Carolina stable has been sentenced to three years in prison. [More]

Colorado ski town votes to legalize marijuana

The Colorado ski town of Breckenridge has voted overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana. [More]

Town makes it illegal to own more than 3 cats

It's now illegal in one Massachusetts town to own more than three cats without getting a special license. [More]

Boy, 14, charged as adult in clothes-dryer murder of 4-year-old

A 14-year-old suspect in the murder of a 4-year-old boy found drowned and then stuffed into a clothes dryer in Mendota, California, has been charged as an adult, authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Proposed law would require pay for sick workers

U.S. employers who tell workers to stay home when they are sick will have to give them paid time off for up to five days under new federal legislation proposed on Tuesday. [More]

Internet travel companies are being sued by Florida

The state of Florida is after millions of dollars it claims some Internet travel companies are taking out of the state. Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum sued two of the companies - Expedia and Orbitz - Tuesday, claiming they have failed to reimburse Florida millions of tax dollars collected on hotel room rentals. [More]

Charity paid $25,000 sex harassment claim against director

Ray Gadd, the new interim director of Gulf Coast Jewish Community Services, says it's time for the $32 million-dollar-a-year charity to move beyond the forced resignation and suicide of its former director. [More]

Amish Bishops Charged for Failing to Report Sex Abuse

rosecutors have charged four Amish bishops in southwest Missouri with failing to report suspected child sex abuse. [More]

Arrests of Immigrants With Criminal Records on the Rise

Immigration agents assigned to track down people who have ignored deportation orders have increasingly arrested immigrants with criminal records during the past year, new data show. [More]

Lousiana JP quits over interracial marriage flap

A Louisiana justice of the peace who refuses to marry interracial couples resigned Tuesday, after weeks of calls for his ouster. [More]

Man Denied First Class Seat on United

A corporate executive with electronic retail giant Best Buy says a United Airlines gate agent denied him a seat in the first class cabin because he was wearing a track suit. [More]

Defeat in Maine a harsh blow to gay-marriage drive

Voters in Maine on Tuesday overturned a law allowing same-sex couples to wed, dealing a fresh setback to the U.S. gay marriage movement in a race that attracted national attention. [More]

New Mexico Boy Charged With Murder in Father's Death

An 11-year-old New Mexico boy who police say reported he fatally shot his father because the man was punishing him was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder. [More]

GOP sweep: Big governor victories in Virginia, New Jersey

Independents who swept Barack Obama to a historic 2008 victory broke big for Republicans on Tuesday as the GOP wrested political control from Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, a troubling sign for the president and his party heading into an important midterm election year. [More]

Obama 'not watching returns'

Hours after urging reporters not to draw sweeping conclusions from Tuesday's gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told POLITICO President Barack Obama wasn't even keeping an eye on the results. [More]

3 ND college students found dead in sunken Jeep

Three North Dakota college softball players believed to have been on a stargazing trip were found dead inside a Jeep after signals from their last desperate phone calls helped lead authorities to a rural farm pond. [More]

Tuesday, November 3

Priest accidentally shows racy photos during fundraiser

The Rev. Edward P. Lyman was using his personal computer to project an informational DVD about the diocesan Annual Appeal fundraiser when he accidentally showed the "minimally attired adult males" that were stored on his computer. [More]

Florida Man Going Through Divorce Allegedly Kills His 2 Children, Self

A Clay County man undergoing a divorce shot and killed his two sleeping children while his wife was showering and then shot himself, authorities said. [More]

Illinois Pastor Fills Church Pews With Cash Giveaway

The Lighthouse Church of All Nations is giving out cash prizes at each service to three "blessed and highly favored" churchgoers who happen to be sitting in the seat number picked from a bag by the pastor. [More]

Man Who Claimed Stabbing Didn't Want To Go To Work at Blockbuster

A man who claimed he was attacked and stabbed in Edgewater Monday night has admitted he stabbed himself because he didn't want to go to work. [More]

Al Gore could become world's first carbon billionaire

Last year Al Gore's venture capital firm loaned Silver Spring Networks, a small California firm, $75m to develop energy-saving technology. The deal appeared to pay off in a big way last week, when the Energy Department announced $3.4 billion in smart grid grants, the New York Times reports. Of the total, more than $560 million went to utilities with which Silver Spring has contracts. [More]

Robber can sue - if he posts $10,000

A man who was shot and allegedly beaten by party store operators he had just robbed was ordered Monday to post a $10,000 bond in order to continue his lawsuit against them. [More]

PGA Tour golfer banned for doping

Unheralded American Doug Barron has become the first player to be banned by the PGA Tour for taking performance-enhancing drugs. [More]

Update: Police auction of infamous chair halted because it's not a La-Z-Boy

The La-Z-Boy people complained that the recliner isn't their brand, as was advertised for the eBay auction. Now the auction will have to start all over again. [More]

Philadelphia transit workers strike

A union representing thousands of transit workers went on strike early Tuesday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, shutting down buses, subways and trolleys that carry almost a million people daily. [More]

New York detective charged with killing grandma was drunk

NYPD Detective Kevin Spellman was blind drunk when he slammed a car into a Bronx grandmother and killed her, a law enforcement source said Monday. [More]

Man Accidentally Pulls Eject Lever While Flying in Jet

A passenger enjoying a civilian joyride accidentally cut the trip short when he ejected himself from the plane after grabbing the eject lever while trying to brace himself. [D] [More]

Man steals ambulance to get back to his car

A 31-year-old Detroit man who was stranded at a southeast Michigan hospital was arraigned Monday after he stole an ambulance to get back to his car, authorities said. [More]

Update: Woman hit with car by Iraqi father in Ariz. dies

A young Iraqi woman whose father allegedly hit her with his car because she had become too Westernized died from her injuries Monday after laying in a coma for nearly two weeks. [More]

Ex-con charged in 4 fatal shootings in 'Mayberry'

A soured love affair may have led an ex-convict to gun down four men in the town that inspired the idyllic community of Mayberry on the 1960s TV series "The Andy Griffith Show," police said Monday. [More]

Man gets federal prison term for pointing laser at planes

A Southern California man who aimed a laser beam at two airliners as they approached an airport has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for disrupting the flights. [More]

Notes may contain 150-year-old Worcestershire recipe

A former employee of British company Lea and Perrins discovered what may be the original 150-year old recipe for Worcestershire sauce, his daughter says. [More]

House health care proposal estimated to cost $1.2 trillion

The health care bill headed for a vote in the House this week costs $1.2 trillion or more over a decade, according to numerous Democratic officials and figures contained in an analysis by congressional budget experts, far higher than the $900 billion cited by President Barack Obama as a price tag for his reform plan. [More]

Abortion Clinic Director Quits After Watching Procedure

The former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeast Texas says she had a "change of heart" after watching an abortion last month — and she quit her job and joined a pro-life group. [More]

Forgotten garden sculpture fetches $118,000 at auction

A bronze sculpture used as a simple garden decoration for the past 40 years in Cleveland, Ohio, has sold at auction for $118,000. [More]

Half of U.S. kids will get food stamps

Nearly half of all U.S. children and 90 percent of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood, and fallout from the current recession could push those numbers even higher, researchers say. [More]

Bids reach $43,300 for motorized La-Z-Boy

Police in Minnesota said a motorized La-Z-Boy lounge chair involved in a drunken driving incident has garnered bids of $40,000 on eBay. [More]

U.S. sues St. Catharines company for defective bullet-proof vests

Lincoln Fabrics, a St. Catharines based maker of bullet-proof vests, knowingly made them out of material which degrades over time, says a U.S. lawsuit. The company is accused of jeopardizing law enforcement lives. [More]

Bug spray might be to blame in toddler's death

Bug spray that produces a fog to kill insects is likely to blame for the death of a 10-month-old South Carolina boy and injuries to his critically injured 2-year-old brother, authorities said today. [More]

Diamond ring dropped into trick-or-treater’s bag

A Halloween trick or treater in Ohio may have gotten a bigger treat than expected - a diamond ring. [More]

Monday, November 2

Man dressed as Breathalyzer charged with DUI

Police say James Miller was driving the wrong way out of the entrance to a one way street when he was pulled over. Cops found what was left of a case of Bud Light beer and registered a blood-alcohol level of .158, nearly two times the legal limit. [More]

Pepsico loses $1.26 billion default judgment

Two men who claim Pepsi stole their idea to sell bottled water sued company in Wisconsin and won a $1.26 billion judgment last month after the company didn't respond. [More]

CIT's bankruptcy filing a $2.3 billion loss for U.S. taxpayers

CIT filed for Chapter 11 protection on Sunday in an effort to cut $10 billion in debt. The move will set the U.S. Treasury – and American taxpayers – back by $2.3 billion. [More]

Inmate attacks his attorneys at Pinellas County Jail

Two days before his trial on rape charges, a Pinellas County Jail inmate attacked his two attorneys when they went to see him Saturday, sheriff's officials said. [More]

Update: Officials find gator that escaped at show and tell

Officials believe they have found an alligator that escaped from a wildlife officer who brought the animal to his daughter's school for show and tell. [More]

30 ways to outsmart the flu

As anxieties about H1N1 mounts, there are easy steps to keep your family safe from the flu this season. [More]

2 parachutes malfunctioned in NASA test flight

Two of three parachutes malfunctioned in the test flight of a prototype moon rocket earlier this week, causing major damage to the booster, NASA said. [More]

Update: Clinic Apologizes for Telling Muslim Doctor She Can't Wear Headscarf

A suburban Dallas medical clinic has apologized to a Muslim doctor for telling her during a job interview that she would not be allowed to wear her headscarf while at work. [More]

Bad moods can be good for memory

Bad moods can actually be good for you, according to an Australian study. Being sad makes people less gullible, improves their ability to judge others and also boosts memory. [More]

Man uses knife in sex attack on friend

A 23-year-old man performed a sexual act on a friend against her will Sunday morning, Tampa police say. [More]

Man on probation in sex case charged in machete threat

A 38-year-old man on probation for attempted sexual battery of a child swung a machete back and forth this morning and told his wife he was going to kill her and himself, Tampa police say. [More]

Public school nurses give swine flu vaccine to kids without parents' OK, sends child to hospital

School nurses mistakenly gave the swine flu vaccine to two students who didn't sign up for it - including a Brooklyn girl with epilepsy who wound up in the hospital. [More]

Caught on TV with her pajama pants down, she's suing

A former Naperville resident's pink Hello Kitty pajama bottoms slid down her hips while she was being arrested on an outstanding warrant in Naperville last year, and it was all caught on camera, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. [More]

Student who had sex with teacher sues school district

A former student who had sex with her Hillsborough County teacher is suing the school district for failing to protect her. [More]

Murder Trial Begins in Arkansas Anchorwoman's Murder

A man accused of killing a popular Arkansas television personality is going on trial. [More]

Misunderstanding Allegedly Led New Jersey Mom to Stab Son

A New Jersey mother who mistakenly thought she was losing custody of her children allegedly stabbed her young son, then tried to kill herself. [More]

Intoxicated bicyclist fatally struck by deputy's cruiser

A 26-year-old man on a bicycle was struck and killed by a Hillsborough County deputy's cruiser Sunday night. [More]

Fire at World Trade Center memorial

A 26 year old man is suspected of torching the chapel, housing 9/11 remains. Accident took place last Saturday morning (Oct. 31). Fire was quickly extinguished. [More]

Health care plan hits rich with big tax increases

The typical family would be spared higher taxes from the House Democratic plan to overhaul health care, and their low-income neighbors could come out ahead. Their wealthy counterparts, however, face big tax increases. [More]

Boy, 10, Killed by Tree While Trick-or-Treating

A 10-year-old boy who apparently was trick-or-treating in a New Hampshire neighborhood was killed after a tree snapped near its base and struck him. [More]

Yale University Student Found Dead on Campus

A 19-year-old sophomore at Yale University was found dead Sunday by his roommates inside their suite, the school said. [More]

No eternity with Marilyn Monroe as crypt auction fails again

A second attempt to sell a crypt on top of Marilyn Monroe's final resting place has failed, with not a single bid received for the burial spot in a celebrity-filled Los Angeles cemetery. [More]

Man accused of driving lawnmower drunk

A 29-year-old man in Belleview, Fla., is facing drunken driving charges for allegedly operating a riding lawnmower while intoxicated, authorities said. [More]

Navy Ship Built With World Trade Center Steel Arrives in New York

The new Navy assault ship USS New York, built with World Trade Center steel, has arrived in its namesake city with a 21-gun salute near the site of the 2001 terrorist attack. [More]

First U.S. man since 1982 wins NYC race

For the first time since 1982, an American man won the New York City Marathon on Sunday. [More]

Ex-worker to pay back half of $30,000 tip

An ex-University of Notre Dame catering employee has agreed to pay the Indiana school back for half of a $30,000 tip mistakenly deposited in her bank account. [More]

Sunday, November 1

Woman Calls Cops on Herself for Drunk Driving

911 dispatchers often get calls from people observing an impaired driver on the road. What makes the call Mary Strey made unique, is that she called 911 on herself. [More]

3-Year-Old California Boy Shoots Himself in Face With Handgun

Police say a 3-year-old Southern California boy is hospitalized in critical condition after shooting himself in the face with a handgun. [More]

Plastic Surgeon Stabbed to Death, Home Set on Fire

Someone stabbed a 45-year-old plastic surgeon to death, then set fire to his French Quarter home early Saturday. [More]

$1 Illinois Homes Won't Sell

The village of Barrington, Illinois put three older homes up for sale for just $1 each, but was not able to get any interested buyers. [More]

Girl shot dead after Calif. school football game

A 16-year-old girl died and two men were wounded after being shot following a football game at a Southern California high school. [More]

Five young adults charged in burglaries of celebrity homes

They've been called the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch and the Bling Ring. Now, five of the six young adults accused of burglarizing celebrity homes can be known as "booked." [More]

Largest cruise ship passes bridge challenge

The world's largest cruise ship cleared a crucial obstacle Sunday, lowering its smokestacks to squeeze under a bridge in Denmark. [More]

Man Found Not Guilty of Homicide in Fiancee's Death at Birthday Party

A western Pennsylvania jury has acquitted a man of homicide but convicted him of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his fiancee. [More]

'Palimony' figure Michelle Triola Marvin dies

Michelle Triola Marvin whose landmark lawsuit against her former lover, "Dirty Dozen" actor Lee Marvin, placed the word "palimony" into the family law lexicon and changed the legal rights of unmarried cohabiting partners, died Friday at age 76. [More]

Agassi: Shields’ motivational effort backfired

New excerpts published Friday from Andre Agassi's upcoming autobiography reveal the tennis great wore a hairpiece that nearly fell off at the 1990 French Open, became jealous during ex-wife Brooke Shields’ appearance on “Friends,” and how Shields put a photo of Steffi Graf — now married to Agassi — on the fridge for motivation to get in better shape before their wedding. [More]

Saturday, October 31

Mom, Toddler Son In Stroller Killed By Train

Police say a woman pushing a stroller across railroad tracks in western Pennsylvania was struck by a train and both she and her 2-year-old son died. [More]

Ford workers reject contract changes

Ford Motor Co. workers have overwhelmingly rejected contract changes that would have allowed the automaker to cut labor costs, leaving Ford at a disadvantage to its Detroit rivals as it continues its struggle to return to profitability. [More]

Ohio cops find at least 6 bodies at rapist's home

A convicted rapist who fled before police arrived to arrest him on new rape charges was arrested Saturday in his inner-city neighborhood after police found six decomposing bodies at his home. [More]

Clinic To Muslim Doctor: Policy Bars Headscarf

A Muslim doctor interviewing for a job at a suburban Dallas medical clinic says officials there told her she couldn't wear her headscarf in the workplace. [More]

Southwest kicks mom, cranky kid off flight

Kids will be kids, but one cranky 2-year-old was acting too much his age for a Southwest Airlines flight crew who kicked him off a plane getting ready to leave for San Jose. [More]

BBC crew member killed by an elephant

Anton Turner, who worked in Tanzania assisting with the filming of an episode of the CBBC series Serious Explorers, died after elephant's attack. [More]

2 Found Guilty In Rape Of 12-Year-Old

A jury on Friday found two men guilty of kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old girl, a day after the pair took the stand in their own defense. [More]

Kids Found Working Mich. Fruit Grower's Fields

Wal-Mart and two other top retailers said Friday they are suspending business with a large southwestern Michigan blueberry grower after investigators found children as young as 6 working in the grower's fields. [More]

Credit-card rates up before new law

Have you checked the interest rates on your credit cards lately? Odds are they're going way up. That's because credit-card companies are rushing to raise rates and tack on extra fees ahead of a law slated to take effect Feb. 22 that is supposed to limit such moves in the future. [More]

Man chokes woman, threatens to feed her to gators

As a 28-year-old Brandon man was choking the mother of his three children unconscious this morning, he told her he was going to kill her and dump her body at a gator pond, Hillsborough County deputies say. [More]

Friday, October 30

Police to start using license plate readers

Austin police on Sunday will begin using new automatic license plate readers on two patrol cars to help officers better find vehicles that have been reported stolen, were involved in violent crimes or are the subject of Amber alerts. [More]

Obama to lift HIV/AIDS travel ban

President Obama announced Friday that he will lift a 22-year-old ban on entry into the United States for people infected with HIV/AIDS. [More]

Due to 'No Child Left Behind' law, some states lowered standards

A federal study found that 15 states lowered their academic proficiency standards in order to avoid sanctions associated with the No Child Left Behind law. Secretary of Education Duncan said more states are "lowering the bar than raising it." [More]

Pirates demand $7 million for yacht couple

Somali pirates demanded a $7 million ransom for a British couple kidnapped aboard their yacht last week, a British agency said Friday. [More]

Fla. wildlife officer loses gator at show and tell

Officials say a Florida Panhandle Fish and Wildlife officer lost a 5-foot alligator after bringing it to his daughter's school for show and tell. Searchers scoured a wooded area surrounding the school Friday afternoon. The alligator jumped out of the man's vehicle Friday morning. [More]

Navy ship accidentally fires on Polish port

A crew member aboard a U.S. Navy ship accidentally fired a machine gun into the Polish port city of Gdynia on Wednesday while cleaning the weapon, Navy officials said Friday. [More]

Police officer mauled by dog he rescued

A Minnesota man who rescued a bulldog from a shelter was in the hospital on Friday after the dog attacked him, severing an ear and tearing away the skin from most of his face. [More]

Mechanic Allegedly Disables Parked Cars to Scam Drivers

Tennessee police say a mechanic was drumming up business by tampering with parked cars, then charging to help start them. [More]

Randy Quaid and wife no-shows for Calif. court

California prosecutors say they will seek the extradition of Randy Quaid and wife Evi after the couple were no-shows for a felony court hearing. [More]

University of Florida professor resigns amid sex probe

A University of Florida professor has resigned amid allegations he had sexual relations with students in his classes. [More]

Chaz Bono: I love being a man

Now that he’s finally in the body he always felt he belonged in, Chaz Bono says he’s enjoying something that took decades to accomplish. [More]

Wife Tries to Kill Husband Over Muslim Principles

A New York woman allegedly tried to slit her husband's throat because she said he wasn't the devout Muslim she thought she married five months ago. [More]

Firefighter Says He Found Boy Allegedly Killed by Mom

An emergency worker testified Thursday about finding the body of a murdered 2-year-old boy in brush near a northeast Iowa pond and a first-aid kit that the boy's brother used to try to help him. [More]

Ethics investigators probe dozens in Congress

House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling. [More]

15-year-old boy arrested for women's underwear theft

Police have been investigating after a home in West Hamilton was broken into last Friday. The only thing missing from the home was women's underwear. [More]

Police Sergeant Listed in FBI Probe Kills Self

A police sergeant who was being investigated in an FBI probe into police misconduct has committed suicide on the corner of a Southern California residential street. [More]

France's Jacques Chirac ordered to stand trial

Former French President Jacques Chirac has been ordered to stand trial in an alleged corruption scandal dating back to his time as Paris mayor — a case that caught up with him in retirement once he lost the judicial immunity of France's highest office. [More]

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