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Thursday, December 10

Woman who broke Tiger story may sue Rachel Uchitel for trashing her

Ashley Samson, the woman who spilled the beans on Woods' reported romps with New York party girl Rachel Uchitel, said yesterday she might sue Uchitel for trashing her as a liar and druggie. [More]

Woman sues debt collector over husband's death

Dianne McLeod recalls her husband, Stanley, getting so visibly upset when the debt collectors called that she had to take the phone away from him. She believes constant harassing phone calls and other tactics eventually killed him. She said they sometimes called up to 10 times a day and also called the McLeods' neighbors. [More]

New Yorker Cleared of Rape After Victim Says She Lied

A construction worker imprisoned for nearly three years was cleared by an apologetic judge on Thursday after his accuser admitted she lied about being gang raped to make her friends feel sorry for her. [More]

Man arrested with geckos in underpants

New Zealand authorities said a German tourist pleaded guilty to smuggling geckos and skinks in his underwear. [More]

Police: Drunk woman passed out on horse

Police in Tennessee said a horse rider participating in a Christmas parade was arrested when she drunkenly passed out atop the animal. [More]

Golf great Nicklaus says Woods' woes 'private'

Golf great Jack Nicklaus said Thursday that the uproar over Tiger Woods' car crash last month and published allegations of marital infidelity was "none of my business." [More]

NYC police: Officer kills Times Square scammer

A plainclothes cop chased a Times Square scam artist through sidewalks crowded with holiday shoppers and tourists Thursday, exchanging gunfire that shattered Broadway theater and gift shop windows, before killing the suspect near a landmark hotel, police said. [More]

Unions pressure Dems on health insurance tax

Unions leaders, among the most passionate backers of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, pressed Democratic senators Thursday to drop a tax on high-value insurance plans to pay for remaking the nation's system. At issue is a proposed 40 percent excise tax on insurance companies, keyed to premiums paid on health care plans costing more than $8,500 annually. [More]

Obama child statue unveiled in Indonesia

As the president of the United States prepared to receive his Nobel Peace Prize Thursday, Indonesia remembered "Little Barry" Obama with the unveiling of a bronze statue of him as a 10-year-old boy. [More]

$447 billion spending bill clears House

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $447 billion bill that boosts funding for large swaths of the U.S. government and reflects the priorities of Democrats who control Congress and the White House. [More]

Baby Swallows Cocaine, Rushed to Connecticut Hospital

Waterbury police say they arrested a mother of five children after her 11-month-old son swallowed cocaine and had to be hospitalized. [More]

Man charged with stealing 'Catwoman' jewelry

Prosecutors say they have charged a man suspected of stealing $25,000 in jewelry from Julie Newmar. [More]

Chris Cuomo leaving ABC morning show for '20/20'

ABC says Chris Cuomo is leaving "Good Morning America" to co-host the newsmagazine "20/20." [More]

School superintendent faces DUI returning from AA meeting

Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee David E. Lodes told police he was driving home from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting when he was arrested on drunken driving charges last month. [More]

Man Admits to Fatally Beating Landlord With Bat

A South Bend man admitted that he fatally beat his 77-year-old landlord with a baseball bat. [More]

Teen Stabbed Classmate Over Doughnut

Authorities in North Carolina have accused a teenager of stabbing a high school classmate during a fight over a doughnut. [More]

In an instant, these people became everyday heroes

A man sees a 75-year-old man stuck on railroad tracks and pulls him to safety. An off-duty emergency worker pulls a woman from a van after it crashes into an icy pond. An NBA star saves a woman from drowning. [More]

Tiger Woods Loses Sponsor... in Congress

California Rep. Joe Baca, an avid golfer who since 2000 has pushed legislation to award Tiger Woods a Congressional Gold Medal, said Wednesday that he is abandoning the effort. [More]

Woods scandal a boon to Internet publications

The Tiger Woods sex scandal has been a boon for online publications, even though it hasn't generated the same amount of Internet traffic as Michael Jackson's death or President Barack Obama's inauguration. [More]

Slimmed Down Golfer Daly is Back

John Daly for two decades has been the golfer who was synonymous with the term, "grip it and rip it". Now he is 100 pounds lighter, shedding the old image of the fat partying golfer. [More]

Chihuahuas crowding California shelters

California has more Chihuahuas than it can handle, and it has Hollywood to blame. There are so many Chihuahuas at shelters in Oakland, they have started shipping the dogs out of state, said Megan Webb, director of Oakland Animal Services. [More]

Man who ran over ducks guilty of animal cruelty

A driver who ran over and killed a mother duck walking her 12 ducklings across a Massachusetts mall parking lot has been sentenced to a year of probation. [More]

Man dressed as Santa tried to kidnap girl

Police near Cleveland say a man dressed as Santa Claus tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl walking to school. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Fortuitous [for·tu·i·tous] adj.  Happening by accident or chance. Happening by a fortunate accident or chance. Lucky or fortunate. [More]

Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize

President Barack Obama on Thursday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, paying tribute to activists who have taken on governments around the world while uncomfortably acknowledging his role as a leader at war. [More]

Full text of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world [More]

White House Acorn Cookies Surprise GOP Lawmaker

The irony of the White House dishing out acorn-shaped chocolate cookies seemed a little, well, "nutty" to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. King is one of the loudest voices calling for Congress to investigate ACORN. [More]

ACLU Loses Donor, One-Fourth of Yearly Donations

The American Civil Liberties Union has lost a quarter of its yearly donations after a major donor cut off $19 million in annual donations because of economic difficulties. [More]

Sister of suspected cop killer charged

The sister of the suspect in the killing of four police officers in Washington was charged Wednesday with helping another suspect connected to the crime elude authorities, prosecutors said. [More]

CBO: 10 Million Could Lose Employer Coverage Under DemCare Bill

According to the Congressional Budget Office, up to 10 million Americans could lose their employer health coverage under the bill now in the Senate. The greatest losses would be among low-wage workers in small businesses which would opt to pay the fines. [More]

Stephanopoulos to Join 'Good Morning America'

George Stephanopoulos will be joining "Good Morning America" as an anchor. Temporarily he will also continue hosting his "This Week" program. [More]

Wednesday, December 9

Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend sues for millions

Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend is suing the actor and his former business manager, claiming she is owed more than $13 million and a house the actor promised her. [More]

Two teachers caught undressed in classroom

Two female language instructors were tossed out of their Brooklyn high school after being caught "undressed" in an empty classroom. [More]

TSA puts 5 employees on leave over online posting

Five Transportation Security Administration employees have been placed on administrative leave since it was discovered that sensitive guidelines about airport passenger screening were posted on the Internet. [More]

Sandra Bullock's husband wins custody battle

Jesse James, reality TV star husband of Sandra Bullock, has won the latest battle in the ongoing custody feud he's had with his ex-wife, Janine Lindemulder. [More]

Tiger Woods in the buff?

Tiger Woods' putter could be the next thing on public display. A spokesman for Playgirl says they have what appear to be nude photos of the Woods and they plan on publishing them if they can confirm they're the real deal. [More]

Woods: 'I Will Wear You Out'

Raunchy text messages reportedly from Tiger to mistress Jaimee Grubbs published. [More]

Rachel Uchitel: 'I'm not a whore'

Tiger Woods’ accused mistress Rachel Uchitel says the entire scandal involving her alleged affair with the married golfer has been nothing short of “horrible.” [More]

Cheating On Your Spouse? Now You Can Be Sued

The next time a married man or woman glances your way, you might think twice before acting on impulse and frolicking between satin sheets. The scorned spouse could sue you. [More]

Tiger's Swedish in-laws used to media spotlight

When images of Barbro Holmberg being rushed to the hospital were broadcast around the world, it was the first glimpse many had ever had of Tiger Woods' mother-in-law. Back home in Sweden, however, Elin Nordegren's parents are quite used to the spotlight. [More]

'Biggest Loser' sheds history-making 239 pounds

The latest winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" is the biggest loser in the show's history. Danny Cahill, a 40-year-old land surveyor and musician from Broken Arrow, Okla., lost 239 pounds to win the $250,000 grand prize. [More]

Santa Letters Aren't All About Toys

A microscope. A new puppy. A mother. And absolutely, positively NO CLOTHES. From the humorous to the heart-wrenching, children's wish lists to Santa reveal that children aren't as toy-centric as parents think. [More]

2 firefighters lose jobs over skipped medical call

Two southwest Florida firefighters have lost their jobs after a lieutenant allegedly skipped an emergency medical call to coach a soccer game. [More]

Human remains found in plane wreckage

Deputies say they have recovered human remains from the wreckage of a Cessna found in a central Florida lake. [More]

Obama to receive his Nobel in Oslo tomorrow

Although he doesn't show up at the Copenhagen climate talks until next week, President Barack Obama won't be far from global warming issues when he lands in Oslo on Thursday to collect his Nobel Peace Prize. [More]

Man dresses up as mom to withdraw cash

Police said a Franklin man dressed up as his mother in an attempt to withdraw money from her bank account. Tita Nyambi, 25, was still at the Chase Bank in Franklin, in Somerset County, when police arrived Monday afternoon. [More]

Prominent Los Angeles Attorney Fatally Shot at His Home

Jeffrey Tidus died in a hospital at 9:30 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. He was shot 11 hours earlier and found on the driveway of his home in Rolling Hills Estates. [More]

Climate deal likely to cost trillions of dollars

If negotiators reach an accord at the climate talks in Copenhagen it will entail profound shifts in energy production, dislocations in how and where people live, sweeping changes in agriculture and forestry and the creation of complex new markets in global warming pollution credits. [More]

World's smallest mom has third child

A Kentucky woman known as the world's smallest mother says she has given birth to her third child, a healthy baby boy. Stacey Herald, 35, stands at only 2 feet, 4 inches tall. [More]

Tiger Woods ads vanish from US prime-time television

Advertisements featuring Tiger Woods have vanished from American prime-time broadcast and cable television amid blanket coverage of lurid claims of his infidelity. [More]

Zookeeper in critical condition after tiger attack

German police say a zookeeper is in critical condition after being attacked by three tigers. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Dexterous [dex·ter·ous] adj.  Skillful in the use of the hands. Having mental skill or adroitness. Done with dexterity. [More]

Hero pilot's hat to benefit two schools

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot whose forced landing in the Hudson River made him a hero, is selling a hat to benefit California schools. [More]

Ky. man tries to steal from police station

A Kentucky man is facing charges for allegedly stealing candy, a police hat and two hypodermic needles from an Ohio police headquarters, officials said. [More]

Bank may face animal cruelty charges after sanctuary eviction

Dan Mackenzie of Rhode Island was evicted yesterday from the farm that he ran as a sanctuary for unwanted animals that needed a safe place to stay. Left behind were 136 animals, including cats, dogs, sheep, horses, a llama, and even a 7-foot corn snake. [More]

AP sources: Dems reach deal to drop public option

After days of secret talks, Senate Democrats tentatively agreed Tuesday night to drop a government-run insurance option from sweeping health care legislation, several officials said, a concession to party moderates whose votes are critical to passage of President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. [More]

U.S. offers to pay Native Americans $1.4 billion

Thousands of American Indians would receive as much as $1,000 each if they accept a proposed $1.4 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit over government mismanagement of tribal lands. [More]

Tuesday, December 8

Florida woman attacked boyfriend with steak

Elsie Egan, 53, is facing a felony domestic abuse charge for allegedly striking her boyfriend several times in the head with a raw steak. [More]

Idaho Boy Gets Tongue Stuck on Metal Pole

It's become an annual winter tale: A young boy gets his tongue stuck to a metal pole, perhaps as the result of a dare. [More]

Obama: U.S. must "spend our way out of recession"

President Barack Obama outlined major new government stimulus and jobs proposals on Tuesday, saying the nation must continue to "spend our way out of this recession." [More]

Man feeds family on discarded bets

A New York man said he has cashed in nearly half a million dollars worth of betting slips during the past 10 years without buying a single ticket. [More]

Coffee tax collection costs dwarf revenue

Germany spent more than 30 times as much collecting taxes on coffee beans ordered online from abroad than it received in the tax revenues, the accounting office said on Tuesday. [More]

Mystery can of cash found at Kmart

Authorities in Iowa said they are trying to solve the mystery of who left a tin can holding $10,000 inside a Kmart store. [More]

13-year-old girl led troopers on high-speed chase

Police say a 13-year-old girl driving a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am led state troopers on a nine-mile freeway chase in central Pennsylvania at speeds of more than 100 mph. [More]

Deputy arrested for pointing gun at man having sex with her daughter

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office corrections deputy was arrested Monday for assaulting a man at gunpoint who was having sex with her daughter in the deputy's Belle Glade home. [More]

Autism seen as asset, not liability, in some jobs

Ron Brix’s longtime job as a computer systems developer for Wrigley, the gum and candy maker, required intense attention to detail, single-minded focus and a willingness to work on something repetitively until perfect. The secret he credits to his success? Autism. [More]

Hiker who cut off arm: My future son saved me

Six years ago, with his arm trapped under a boulder, Aron Ralston made the agonizing decision to cut it off to save his own life. On Tuesday, the dad-to-be said that a vision of the son he’d have in the future enabled him to survive: “What some might call a prophecy.” [More]

Bryant Gumbel reveals lung cancer surgery

Bryant Gumbel made an unexpected announcement Tuesday morning as a guest host on "Live! With Regis & Kelly." The host of HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" had surgery two months ago to remove a malignant tumor on his lung. [More]

Doctor Who Tried to Revive JFK Dies

Dr. Malcolm Oliver Perry II, who attended to President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital after he was shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, has died. He was 80. [More]

Police Arrest Amish Man in Buggy on DUI Charges

Police in central Pennsylvania say they arrested an Amish man on drunk driving charges over the weekend after he was found asleep in his moving buggy. [More]

Job Stimulus Cost Taxpayers $246,436 Per Job

The Obama Administration is touting that their stimulus program has saved or created 640,329 jobs since it was enacted back in February through the end of October. That amounts to a taxpayer cost of $246,436 per job. [More]

Supplies with Obama logo surprise school

Pencils and notebooks resembling President Barack Obama’s 2008 "Change We Can Believe In" campaign ads have been sold in at least one Columbia, Missouri school and other public schools. [More]

Dentist leaves baby in car while he drinks with stripper

Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies allege, the 39-year-old dentist left his 8-month-old daughter in a locked car, engine running, while he had a drink with a dancer at the Flashdance strip club. [More]

Update: Tiger Woods' mother-in-law admitted to hospital

Tiger Woods' mother-in-law was admitted to a hospital early Tuesday with a stomach ailment, a hospital spokesman said. [More]

Trooper sought blood results after Woods crash

A Florida trooper who suspected Tiger Woods was driving under the influence requested a subpoena for the golfer's blood results from the hospital he visited after crashing his SUV. But prosecutors rejected the petition for insufficient information. [More]

Humiliated Elin Nordegren purchases Swedish mansion

Tiger Woods' humiliated wife has bought herself a little island hideaway as reports swirled that she's moved out on her sex-crazed hubby. [More]

Man Faces Assault Charges for Throwing Tomatoes at Sarah Palin, Hits Police Officer Instead

A man was arrested for allegedly throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin from the second floor balcony during a book signing event at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Neither tomato came close to hitting the former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, but did hit a police officer in the face. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Chagrin [cha·grin] n.  A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event. [More]

'Family Ties' actor arrested after Colo. assault

Police say a former cast member of the 1980s television show "Family Ties" has been arrested for investigation of assault in Colorado. [More]

Transgender teen: McDonald’s discriminates

A transgender teenager says a McDonald's restaurant in Florida discriminated against him her when managers refused to interview her for a job, according to a complaint filed Monday. [More]

Inmate Who Faked Paralysis Recaptured

A convicted sex offender who led authorities on a weeklong manhunt after pulling off a daring escape during a prison transfer was captured Monday after a salesman recognized the inmate outside his Houston business and called police. [More]

Bradenton man in wheelchair killed while crossing U.S. 41

A 74-year-old Bradenton man was struck and killed Monday night as he rolled his wheelchair onto U.S. 41. [More]

Letterman jokes about Woods, himself

David Letterman, after a week off, dived right into material about Tiger Woods on the “Late Show” on Monday, joking that he wishes the golfer would stop calling him to ask for advice. [More]

Monday, December 7

No charges planned in chimp attack case

No charges will be filed against the owner of a chimpanzee that mauled and blinded a woman in February, Connecticut authorities announced Monday. [More]

Tiger Woods' popularity dropping: poll

Tiger Woods' popularity is dropping faster than his pants. A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows Wood's favorable rating among the public has dropped 24 percentage points since June. [More]

Reid Compares Opponents of Health Care Reform to Supporters of Slavery

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago. [More]

Court to Hear Christian Group's Case

The Supreme Court said Monday that it will decide whether a California law school violated the constitutional rights of a Christian group by denying it recognition as an official campus organization because it excludes gays and lesbians. [More]

Woman accused of indecent exposure

A Fort Pierce Police officer got more than he asked for during a Friday morning traffic stop, according to a Fort Pierce Police Department arrest report. [More]

Oregon Army Captain Pleads Guilty to Stealing $690,000

An Army captain from Oregon has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole nearly $700,000 from the government while in Iraq. [More]

Panic button to be available at social networking websites

The largest and most popular Internet social networking websites have announced they will install "panic buttons" on their sites. The so-called "panic button" is actually an Internet feature allowing a user to report online abuse and illicit activity. [More]

$10 an hour with 2 kids? IRS pounces

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is going after a single mother with two kids who makes $10 an hour at Supercuts. When she asked why she was being audited, the IRS told her: "You made eighteen thousand, and our data show a family of three needs at least thirty-six thousand to get by in Seattle." [More]

Police: Stolen tree balanced on bike

Police in Indiana said they arrested a man who was allegedly trying to ride his bicycle home with a stolen Christmas tree balanced on the handle bars. [More]

2 Ohio High School Students Found Shot to Death in Cemetery

The bodies of two students at an Ohio high school that had just won a state football championship were found in a cemetery in an apparent murder-suicide or double suicide. A pistol was found nearby. [More]

Pilots who overshot airport blame air traffic controllers

The Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot Minneapolis are blaming air traffic controllers in part for the incident. [More]

Pair charged with choking 81-year-old man

Two men have been arrested in a November home invasion in which an elderly man was choked and his prescription drugs taken, Clearwater police say. [More]

Pa. officer shot, killed while sitting in patrol car

A police officer responding to a domestic disturbance was shot dead as he sat in his patrol car outside a suburban Pittsburgh home where another man had been killed, authorities said. [More]

Bad Santas: Counterfeiters gear up for busy season

As people rush around shopping and spending, the U.S. Secret Service says counterfeiters are also gearing up for a busy holiday season. [More]

President and Democrats Meet Behind Closed Doors

Senators stayed in Washington over the weekend to hash out concerns and differences over their health care reform bill that they are currently debating. President Obama made a visit to Capital Hill as well to address his fellow Democrats. [More]

Meeting on Openness Closed to Public

It's hardly the image of transparency the Obama administration wants to project: A workshop on government openness is closed to the public. The event Monday for federal employees is a fitting symbol of President Barack Obama's uneven record so far on the Freedom of Information Act, a big part of keeping his campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent ever. [More]

White House Security Breached 91 Times

A report compiled by the Secret Service reveals security surrounding the president has been breached at least 91 times since 1980, The Washington Post reported on Monday. [More]

Gambler Who Lost $127M Claims Vegas Plot

During a year-long gambling binge at the Caesars Palace and Rio casinos in 2007, Terrance Watanabe managed to lose nearly $127 million. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Myopia; Myopic [my·o·pia] n.  Distant objects appear blurred - Lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning. [More]

Five AIG execs say may quit over pay

Five senior executives at American International Group told the bailed-out insurer last week they may quit if their compensation was cut significantly by the U.S. pay czar, the Wall Street Journal reported. [More]

U.S. forecasts smaller loss from bank bailout

The Treasury Department expects to recover all but $42 billion of the $370 billion it has lent to ailing companies since the financial crisis began last year, with the portion lent to banks actually showing a slight profit, according to a new Treasury report. [More]

Jones: July 2011 is 'not a cliff, it's a ramp' for starting pullout

Top aides to President Obama signaled that some U.S. troops could head home from Afghanistan by July 2011, but most would likely remain for several years. [More]

Air Force Reportedly Rescinds 'Saluting Arm' Tattoo Ban

The Air Force has reportedly rescinded a short-lived tattoo policy that prohibited body art on the "saluting arm" after turning away 26 recruits from basic training. [More]

Prisoner dupes guards, grows pot in cell

A British prisoner convinced guards his marijuana plants were tomato plants - and they even allowed him to decorate one as a Christmas tree, a source said. [More]

Garlic Dealers Cashing In On Flu Rumors

Garlic opportunists have been making millions since word got out that the little bulbs prevent swine flu. [More]

Sunday, December 6

Rat cooking lands reality show in hot water

Two stars of the reality TV show “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here” have been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly killing and cooking a rat to eat during filming. [More]

Florida girl, 3, dies after finding gun, shooting herself

A 3-year-old girl has died after finding a gun in a relative's Miami home and shooting herself. [More]

University Drops Mandatory Fitness Class for Fat Students

Obese students at a college near Philadelphia won't have to take a fitness class to graduate after all. Lincoln University faculty nixed the idea in a heated meeting Friday, following complaints the so-called "fat course" undermined a school principle of equal treatment. [More]

Salahis Accused of Bouncing $24K Check

The Virginia couple at the center of last week's White House security breach is now accused of bouncing a nearly $24,000 check for liquor purchased in Maryland. Meanwhile, at a Virginia courthouse Friday, Tareq Salahi was forced to give up a Patek Phillipe he was wearing to pay the couple's $2,000 debt to landscaper Mike E. Dunbar. [More]

Police Arrest Man for Rubbing Hamburger on Wife's Face

A 25-year-old Port St. Lucie, Florida man was arrested for allegedly rubbing a hamburger on his wife's face during an argument. [More]

Three more claim affair making it six mistresses for Tiger

Two more blonds and a brunette were added to Tiger Woods' sultry scorecard Saturday - bringing the married father of two to six over par on his betrayed supermodel wife. [More]

Official: Hacked climate e-mails look ‘bad’

The U.N.'s top climate official on Sunday conceded that hacked e-mails from climate scientists had damaged the image of global warming research but said evidence of a warming Earth is solid. [More]

Parents Under Investigation for Allegedly Strangling Daughter

Police say a 6-year-old McMinnville, Ore., girl has died after she was somehow strangled at her home. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Aesthetic [aes·thet·ic] adj.  1. Of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste.  2. Characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty. [More]

15-year-old Wis. cheddar sells for $50 per pound

A 15-year-old cheddar made in Wisconsin, possibly the most mature cheese for sale in the country, is selling well despite the $50-per-pound price tag, its producer said Saturday. [More]

George Washington letter sells for $3.2M

A letter penned by George Washington praising the new Constitution sold for $3.2 million at an auction, the highest price for a letter by America's first president. [More]

Suspected Jewelry Thief Turned in by Parents

Oceanside police say the couple recognized their son from a surveillance photo on a television newscast about last month's robbery. Police had been looking for the man suspected of stealing about $7,000 worth of jewelry. [More]

Saturday, December 5

Man Dies After Parachuting From Arizona Cell Phone Tower

Authorities say a man died after parachuting from a cell phone tower at night and hitting high-voltage power lines. [More]

Man who allegedly kept body in freezer arrested

Detectives have finally caught a South Florida man who allegedly killed his friend two years ago and stuffed him in a freezer. [More]

Professor sees Nancy Grace involvement in suicide

A Harvard professor says CNN Headline News host Nancy Grace's relentless questioning of a Florida mother three years ago contributed to her suicide, according to a filing in the family's wrongful death case. [More]

Junior' Gotti's 4th mob mistrial may be his last

A new judge, new charges, new star witness and a new jury added up to a familiar result — a mistrial for John "Junior" Gotti on racketeering charges. This one, though, might be his last. [More]

Baucus says girlfriend merited U.S. attorney nomination

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus defended recommending his girlfriend for appointment as Montana's U.S. attorney, saying today his one-time staff member and the former state prosecutor is "highly qualified." [More]

Number 4: Las Vegas Model Reveals Affair With Tiger

Jamie Jungers is revealing that her affair with Tiger Woods lasted two years. Jungers, a beautiful blonde model from Las Vegas, has made a deal to tell her story to a British newspaper. [More]

Alleged Tiger Mistress Angry About His Other Women

Rachel Uchitel, the Manhattan nightclub hostess linked to Tiger Woods, was none too happy when she first heard about other women whom the golf great may have been seeing. [More]

New York Woman Plotted to Kill Husband's Mistress's Unborn Child

A New York City woman faces charges that she tricked her husband's pregnant mistress into taking a drug that would cause an abortion. [More]

Pioneer pilot flies again - at age 99

A pioneer American female aviator whose career spanned 60 years took to the skies again - at the age of 99, friends said. [More]

Va. Tech report: Staff warned their families first

The prelude to the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history began with the shootings of two students in a dorm room at Virginia Tech. At least two administrators told family members about the dorm shooting well before the rest of the campus was notified about the gunman. Even garbage service was canceled before the rest of the campus was notified. [More]

Senate takes aim at insurance executive pay

Democratic senators are taking aim at insurance industry executive pay as they jockey for advantage in a rare weekend session to debate President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. [More]

Dallas man ordered to lose fake grass

A Dallas man who installed artificial turf in his yard after failing to grow grass said he is giving up his battle with City Hall to keep his faux lawn. [More]

Lottery theft suspect may have fled U.S.

Authorities in Texas said they have released a wanted poster of the suspected thief of a $1 million lottery ticket, but they fear he may have fled the country. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Expeditious [ex·pe·di·tious] adj.  Acting or done with speed and efficiency. [More]

Nicolas Cage wins UN award for humanitarian work

Nicolas Cage has won a U.N. award night for his humanitarian work and has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. [More]

Man Reported Car Problems Days Before Deadly California Crash

A San Diego County sheriff's report says a customer complained of gas-pedal problems with a dealer's loaner Lexus three days before the same car accelerated out of control and killed a California Highway Patrol officer and three family members. [More]

Couple decorate home with 60,000 lights

A Florida woman whose Christmas display features 60,000 lights coordinated with a handful of songs said the spectacle requires about a half a year of planning. [More]

Man downs 2.4 gallons of chowder

A Pennsylvania man set a professional eating record for non-solid food intake by downing 2.4 gallons of salmon chowder in just 6 minutes in New York. [More]

Friday, December 4

Italian court convicts Amanda Knox

An Italian court on Friday convicted American student Amanda Knox of murdering her British roommate and sentenced her to 26 years in prison. [More]

Tom Brokaw unhurt in NY highway wreck that kills 1

Former news anchor Tom Brokaw and his wife were involved in an accident in New York on Friday afternoon, but neither was injured in the crash that left one person dead and another injured. [More]

NY senator sentenced to probation, counseling

New York state Sen. Hiram Monserrate was sentenced Friday to probation and domestic abuse counseling for dragging his bleeding girlfriend through his apartment building lobby in a violent scene caught on security cameras. [More]

Danish Prostitutes Offer Free Sex to Climate Delegates

Copenhagen prostitutes are reportedly offering free sex to anyone attending the upcoming climate change summit who ignores warnings from the city's mayor to avoid their services. [More]

Senator: Tracking system found daughter's stolen car

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker says his daughter is "really sore" after being carjacked. Corker credits OnStar with helping locate the car and suspects. [More]

Student finds Jefferson letter

In a nondescript conference room tucked inside the library at the University of Delaware, a graduate student found a historian's equivalent to a needle in a haystack. [More]

Homeland Security chairman faces ethics probe

At a hearing in late March, the nation's credit card companies faced the threat of expensive new rules from an unlikely regulator: the House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.). Behind the scenes, some of Thompson's staffers sensed a different motive - an attempt to pressure the companies into making political donations to the chairman. [More]

Attorney's daughter: Mom had to have Woods deal

The daughter of high-profile attorney Gloria Allred says that when her mother canceled a news conference with one of Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses that could mean only one thing: She made a deal with the Woods camp. [More]

Ashley Dupre on Tigers' Alleged Mistresses: 'And I Was the Hooker?'

Ashley Dupre is teed off at all those Tiger Woods mistresses coming out of the woodwork. First of all, these gals are taking money and gifts while seeing a high-powered celeb, the infamous escort griped yesterday to The Post. Then, they're blabbing all about it in exchange for money. Hey, who's ho-ing now? [More]

Man arrested for trespassing on his own land

Jeremy Engelking will appear in Douglas County court this afternoon to face a trespassing charge. But here’s the kicker: The Superior man allegedly trespassed on his own property. [More]

Prisoner Mistakenly Released From Maine Jail

Maine police are searching for a maximum-security inmate who was mistakenly released from the county jail. [More]

Teen charged with strangling brother, 10

Ignoring his younger brother's plea of "Andrew, stop," a 17-year-old who told authorities he identified with a television serial killer strangled the boy, dragged the body to his car and drove to see his girlfriend, an Indiana prosecutor said Thursday. [More]

Diver Stung In Face By Deadly Jellyfish

A man is in intensive care after he swam face first into a potentially lethal jellyfish off the coast of Australia. [More]

Polanski begins house arrest in his Swiss chalet

Roman Polanski began his house arrest on $4.5 million bail Friday, rolling into the luxury resort of Gstaad in a police convoy to a warm welcome from his wife and children at his Alpine chalet. [More]

Search warrants served in ESPN reporter video case

FBI agents want Yahoo Inc. to turn over a video of a second naked woman they suspect was taken by an Illinois man already accused of secretly recording a nude ESPN reporter twice last year, authorities said Thursday. [More]

Woods in marriage therapy after admitting 'sins'

Tigers Woods was reportedly undergoing intense marriage counseling on Thursday, a day after the golf superstar admitted "transgressions" in his private life. [More]

Tiger Woods offers wife Elin Nordegren $80M to stay for seven years in revised prenup: report

Tiger Woods is finding out the hard way that "I'm sorry" is not enough. After publicly apologizing for his "transgressions," the golfing great reportedly offered to give his wife, Elin Nordegren, a cool $5 million to keep her from walking - and taking their two young kids with her. [More]

Tiger's tips to the president

The January issue of Golf Digest features a Photoshopped image of Tiger Woods caddying for President Obama with the headline: "10 Tips Obama Can Take from Tiger." Yes, really. And, yes, the issue obviously closed before the recent … unpleasantness. [More]

Storeowner: A little compassion changed would-be robber's life

Six months ago, a Long Island convenience store owner turned a would-be robbery into an act of compassion. On Wednesday, the shoplifter made amends with a $50 bill and a thank you letter for saving him from a life of crime. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Genteel [gen·teel] adj.  1. Refined in manner; well-bred and polite.  2. Free from vulgarity or rudeness.  3.Elegantly stylish: genteel manners and appearance. [More]

Secret Service puts 3 officers on leave over gatecrashing

The head of the Secret Service asserted today that the security breach at last week's White House state dinner was an aberration but has put three uniformed officers on leave. President Barack Obama says his confidence in the agency remains unshaken. [More]

Homeless brothers in line to inherit billions

Talk about a reversal of fortunes. Two brothers who are so poor they live in a cave on the outskirts of Budapest and get by selling scavenged junk are in line to receive a $6.6 billion inheritance from a long-lost grandmother. [More]

Players tee up at tournament without Tiger

A potentially explosive news conference with an alleged mistress was canceled and more details trickled out about the car accident that started all the trouble for Tiger Woods. [More]

Senator's daughter OK after carjacking

A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says the Tennessee Republican's daughter was carjacked in Washington, D.C., though she was not seriously injured. [More]

GM, Chrysler agree to reconsider dealer closings

General Motors and Chrysler will reconsider decisions to close thousands of dealerships as part of a compromise meant to stave off federal legislation that would require them to keep showrooms open. [More]

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