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Thursday, January 28

Camera May Reveal The First Person To Reach Mount Everest Summit

In June 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine left their camp just 800 feet from the summit of Mount Everest on a mission to be the first mountaineers to ascend the world's highest peak. They were never heard from again. Whether either man reached the summit — almost three decades before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's historic 1953 climb — has been an open question for 85 years. [More]

TSA agent reassigned over nap photo

A Transportation Security Administration agent at New York's LaGuardia Airport has been reassigned after a traveler photographed her napping while in uniform last week. [More]

Bank robber "sick of being poor"

An Erie man who was "sick of being poor" took a bus to Meadville, where he robbed a bank Tuesday afternoon, the FBI said. He rode home in a taxi. Cameron S. Minniefield was arrested Tuesday night. [More]

Mom accused of having sex with teenage son

A 41-year-old Nebraska woman is accused of having sex nightly with her teenage son when he was in seventh and eighth grades, officials said Wednesday. [More]

Another Horndog High teacher sex charge

New shenanigans have come to light ata New York high school, where two teachers were recently caught naked in a classroom and another was punished for getting too close to a student. [More]

Plane Carrying 2 MSNBC Hosts Makes Emergency Landing

MSNBC personalities Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were among the 16 passengers and three crew members on the Delta Connection flight from New York to Charleston. [More]

Ozzy Osbourne: I'm living on borrowed time

Ozzy Osbourne, the former front man of rock group Black Sabbath, says that after decades of living a life of drugs and sex, he's lucky to be alive today. [More]

iPad name draws feminine hygiene jokes

Punch lines about hygiene products flooded the blogosphere on Wednesday only moments after Apple Inc. announced it would call its new touch-screen computer the "iPad." [More]

Venomous cobra bites woman in Maryland

Authorities in the Baltimore area said an antivenom was flown in from Philadelphia after a woman was bitten by a venomous monacle cobra in a parking lot. [More]

Michael Douglas' son pleads guilty to drug dealing

The son of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas admitted in a New York court on Wednesday to possessing heroin and dealing large amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine out of his hotel room. [More]

Gayle Haggard: My husband's not gay anymore - for real this time

Ted Haggard's wife is standing by her man, no matter how many times he allegedly had homosexual affairs. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Guile [guile] n.  1. Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit. Particular skill and cleverness in tricking or deceiving people. [More]

Girl Sentenced for Beating Adoptive Mother to Death

A San Diego girl who admitted beating her adoptive mother to death with a claw hammer when she was 14 has been given 16 years to life in state prison. [More]

Mom nurses baby during guilty plea

A Wisconsin judge said he was surprised but not fazed when a mother accused of writing a bad check began nursing her baby while giving her guilty plea. [More]

Toyota recalls 1.09 million more vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. says that it will recall an additional 1.09 million vehicles in the United States over floor mat problems. [More]

Obama: 'I never suggested that change would be easy'

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama defended his campaign theme, saying "Democracy in a nation of 300 million people can be noisy." [More]

Chris Matthews on Obama: `I Forgot he was black'

MSNBC's Chris Matthews says President Barack Obama has done so much to heal racial divisions that he "forgot he was black" while watching his State of the Union address. [More]

California to get $2.25 billion in high-speed rail funding

California will receive $2.25 billion, the largest amount for any state, in federal economic stimulus funds to develop a high-speed rail line running from Anaheim to San Francisco - a big boost for the long-discussed project aimed at accelerating the state's economic recovery. [More]

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Mickelson hopes rival Woods returns soon

The biggest crowd at Torrey Pines on Wednesday formed a semicircle around the 10th tee to watch Phil Mickelson, who suddenly is more than a hometown hero. He is looked upon now to deliver star power in the absence of Tiger Woods. [More]

How to get the best seat in coach

Tips on getting the seat selection you want without paying the price. [More]

'Canine' woman denies killing dog

A Texas woman who calls herself a werewolf said a dog depicted in images posted to the Internet was already dead when she severed its head. [More]

Parents demand action on bullying

South Hadley school officials were sharply criticized last night by parents, students and residents outraged over the shocking suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince - an Irish-born high school freshman found dead in her home after being tormented by teen bullies. [More]

Man in coffin found still alive by undertaker

A 76-year-old beekeeper was stung by bees and collapsed. The next thing he knew he was waking up in a coffin with the undertaker standing over him. [More]

Wednesday, January 27

Ohio Woman Celebrates Lottery Win, Then Killed by Car

Authorities say a woman who had been out celebrating her lottery winnings at an Ohio bar was killed when she was struck by a car while walking along a road. [More]

After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday's Web Site

Since first introducing its pay structure last October, Newsday has managed to scrape together a grand total of 35 subscriptions. The web site redesign for subscriptions and relaunch costs were $4 million, according to The Observer. [More]

Travolta flies aid, Scientology to Haiti

Hollywood movie star John Travolta flew a plane-load of aid to Haiti along with a group of "ministers" from the Church of Scientology who performed Tuesday healing rituals on quake survivors. [More]

Apple's New iPad Tablet

Apple’s most anticipated launch since the iPhone just kicked off in San Francisco, with the introduction of the new iPad tablet. [More]

Update: Nancy Grace's deposition can be videotaped

A judge has ruled that talk show host Nancy Grace can be videotaped while answering questions in a wrongful death lawsuit. [More]

Man gets probation for $5M bank goof

A New York man sentenced to probation for failing to return $5 million mistakenly placed in his bank account said he contemplated suicide during the ordeal. [More]

David Copperfield's accuser charged with lying to police

A Seattle, Washington, woman who accused illusionist David Copperfield of sexually assaulting her more than two years ago has now been charged with prostitution and making a false accusation in another case, according to Copperfield's attorney and Washington state officials. [More]

Oregon says yes to taxing wealthy, businesses

Oregon has set aside its history of shooting down tax increases on statewide ballots, with voters endorsing higher taxes on businesses and the rich amid a brutal economic slump. [More]

Woman found guilty of planting rat in food at upscale restaurant

A woman who attempted to extort money from an upscale restaurant by putting a rat in her lunch entered no-contest pleas Tuesday to two criminal charges. [More]

Cage's former Vegas home sells for nearly $5M

A real estate broker says a Las Vegas mansion that belonged to Nicolas Cage before it was foreclosed on sold for nearly $5 million its first day on the market. [More]

Pete Doherty fined for carrying heroin in court

Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty was fined Wednesday for walking into a court last month with heroin in his pocket. [More]

Orlando woman dies after being shot by daughter

An 88-year-mother has died hours after authorities say she was shot by her daughter. [More]

2 teens steal firetruck, found 90 miles away

Two 17-year-olds fled from a juvenile diversion program at a Florida Keys campground in a stolen firetruck. [More]

$1 million used to tout stimulus funds at work in Ohio

A state senator from Ohio says his state is spending $1 million on road signs to advertise the use of stimulus money for road projects. In other words, the state is using your money to tell you it's spending your money. [More]

Va. Tech student’s remains found

The remains of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared in October after attending a Metallica concert were discovered Tuesday in a remote farm field about 10 miles from the venue, authorities said. [More]

100-year-old N.Y. child molester back in jail

A 100-year-old pedophile is been jailed again after failing to comply with terms of his parole, a newspaper reported Tuesday. [More]

Famed 79-year-old jewel thief faces charges

An international jewel thief who claims to have pocketed a small fortune in gems while shoplifting in ritzy stores from New York to Monte Carlo was arrested in Southern California for allegedly trying to steal a coat. [More]

100-Year-Old New Hampshire Woman Gets College Degree Day Before She Dies

It was Harriet Richardson Ames' dream to earn her bachelor's degree in education. She finally reached that milestone, nearly three weeks after achieving another: her 100th birthday. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Deciduous [de·cid·u·ous] adj.  Not permanent or lasting; ephemeral.  "The fire created a deciduous outlook for the company." [More]

Toyota halts US sales of Camry, 7 other models

The faulty gas pedals that prompted Toyota to suspend U.S. sales of eight of its most popular models — including the Camry, America's best-selling car — are also in its vehicles sold in Europe, an official with the automaker said Wednesday. [More]

Fort Hood heroes to be State of Union guests

Two police officers credited with stopping last year's shooting rampage at Fort Hood will be guests of the first lady during Wednesday's State of the Union speech. [More]

Obama to Announce High-Speed Rail Plan Post-Speech

A day after delivering a State of the Union address aimed at showing recession-weary Americans he understands their struggles, President Barack Obama intends to award $8 billion in stimulus funds to develop high-speed rail corridors and sell the program as a jobs creator. [More]

State of the Union speech unlikely to ease worries

President Obama's State of the Union speech Wednesday will be a tough sell for millions of Americans struggling under the weight of an economic recession, political analysts said. [More]

Olympic Superstitions Include Lucky Undies, Fortune Cookies

Years of training, special diets and elite coaching may not be enough to win an Olympic medal. That is when athletes turn to special socks, pictures of their kids or fortune cookies. [More]

PETA proposes robotic groundhog for Pa. festival

An animal rights group wants organizers of Pennsylvania's Groundhog Day festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic stand-in. [More]

McDonald's worker lost job over free cheese slice

A Dutch court has ruled that American fast food giant McDonald's was wrong to dismiss a female member of staff who added a cheese slice to a hamburger, thereby making it a cheeseburger, but still sold it to a colleague at the price for a hamburger. [More]

Anna Nicole Smith misplaced millions in jewels

Newly released government files offer a glimpse into the money troubles that plagued Anna Nicole Smith at the height of her notoriety, ranging from millions in missing jewels to unpaid utility bills. [More]

Smallest survivors pose one of biggest problems

The smallest survivors of Haiti's catastrophic earthquake are growing into one of the biggest problems in its aftermath. Many of the countless thousands of children scattered among Port-au-Prince's makeshift camps of homeless have nobody to care for them, aid workers say, leaving them without protection against disease, child predators and other risks. [More]

NBC, Conan O'Brien back in business

Conan O'Brien is getting "Justice" at NBC. Days after the network severed ties with the former host of "The Tonight Show," it picked up a pilot from his Conaco production company. [More]

California School District Bans Dictionary Over 'Oral Sex' Definition

A California school district has added a new book to the controversial list of literature that is considered unfit for young eyes. [More]

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Backroom health care deals fuel voter anger

Special legislative favors, especially one designed to secure a Nebraska senator's vote for the embattled health care package, ignited so much public outrage that President Barack Obama is calling them a mistake and House leaders say the bill can't be resurrected unless such sweetheart deals are scrapped. [More]

Super Bowl ad tied to debate over abortion

A coalition of women's groups called on the CBS network on Monday to scrap its plan to broadcast an ad during the Super Bowl featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother, which critics say is likely to convey an anti-abortion message. [More]

Intruder arrested at Susan Boyle's house

A British newspaper says singing sensation Susan Boyle was surprised by an intruder as she returned from recording a charity single for Haiti. [More]

Man Pulled Alive From Haiti Rubble 14 Days After Quake

A crowd of Haitian looters called for help from U.S. soldiers on Tuesday after finding a man buried in the rubble of a building that had been repeatedly scavenged since the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince two weeks ago. [More]

Tuesday, January 26

Man caught breaking into jail

Police in Oregon said a man they arrested for trying to break into a prison told officers he had used alcohol and marijuana before the incident. [More]

Filmmaker Who Targeted ACORN Arrested in Alleged Senate Phone Scheme

The independent filmmaker who brought ACORN to its knees last year with an undercover expose was arrested this week along with three others, including the son of a federal prosecutor, and accused of trying to interfere with the phones at Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office. [More]

Elin visits Tiger in sex rehab, hopes to avoid divorce

Elin Nordegren visited Tiger Woods at a sex addiction clinic last week and hopes to save their marriage for the sake of their children, according to Internet celebrity website reports Tuesday. [More]

Nancy Grace - Not Camera Ready for Deposition

Talk show host Nancy Grace doesn't want a camera to record her deposition in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit. Grace is being sued by Melinda Duckett's family. They blame her for inflicting emotional distress on the 21-year-old Florida mother during an appearance on her talk show. [More]

Boyfriend gets at least 9 months in burning-bed case

A 15-year-old boy who admitted to helping his 11-year-old girlfriend set fire to her mother will serve at least nine months in juvenile detention, his mother said, and remain under court supervision until he turns 21. [More]

Limo driver treats customers to cannabis

A mysterious New York limo driver who smokes complimentary marijuana with his passengers said he has been offering the $100 an hour service for 11 years. [More]

Girls may learn math anxiety from female teachers

Little girls may learn to fear math from the women who are their earliest teachers. Despite gains in recent years, women still trail men in some areas of math achievement, and the question of why has provoked controversy. Now, a study of first- and second-graders suggests what may be part of the answer: Female elementary school teachers who are concerned about their own math skills could be passing that along to the little girls they teach. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Vexatious [vex·a·tious] adj.  1. Full of annoyance or distress; harassed.  2. Causing or creating vexation; annoying. "Her ex-husband put her in a vexatious situation." [More]

Former hospital owners admit charging for unnecessary treatment

The former owners of a Los Angeles hospital have agreed to pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit over paying recruiters to bring in homeless people for unnecessary medical treatment. [More]

Lawyers Challenge Lowered Amount of ‘Shocking’ File Sharing Award

Lawyers for a music file sharer said Monday they would challenge a judge’s order reducing from $1.92 million to $54,000 the amount their client, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, must pay the recording industry for copyright infringement of 24 songs. [More]

S.C. politician's welfare remark called ‘immoral’

South Carolina's lieutenant governor, Andre Bauer, said "My grandmother told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed! You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that." [More]

Expert: Unusual names a Southern tradition

A retired Tennessee sociology professor says the tendency of Southerners to sport nicknames and unusual monikers is tied to traditions of the region. [More]

Pa. Woman Guilty of Cutting Baby From Teen's Womb

A woman who lured a pregnant teenager to her apartment, drugged her, cut out her baby, then killed her and tried to pass the infant off as hers was found guilty but mentally ill of second-degree murder and kidnapping. [More]

‘Idol’ contestant cut after dad talks to paper

Michael Lynche (a.k.a. Big Mike) was reportedly told to pack his bags after his father revealed to his local Florida paper, The St. Petersburg Times, that Michael had made the top 24 — a violation of Idol rules. [More]

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Large buck invades kitchen

An Illinois man who was awakened in the night by a ruckus in his home said he walked into his kitchen and was shocked to find a 10-to-12-point buck. [More]

Pernell Roberts, Eldest Son on Bonanza, Dead at 81

Pernell Roberts, the last surviving member of Bonanza's cast, has died of cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. [More]

Dad's Mass. death puts Kerrigan in spotlight again

Nancy Kerrigan's low-key family, which struggled with the attention brought on after an attack at a skating competition nearly derailed her Olympic dreams, has again been thrust into the spotlight with the death of her father after what authorities said was a violent struggle with his troubled son. [More]

Woman fights ruling that kept her in hospital

Samantha Burton wanted to leave the hospital. Her doctor strongly disagreed, enough to go to court to keep her there. [More]

Monday, January 25

Congress Went to Denmark, You Got the Bill

Thanks to recently filed Congressional expense reports there's new light shed on the Copenhagen Climate Summit in Denmark and how much it cost taxpayers: 106 people from the House and Senate (and spouses) attended at a cost of $1.1 million - not including the costs for 60 attendees from the Obama administration. [More]

Driver tries to frighten suicidal friend, crashes car

The driver of a 1997 Audi told Des Moines police Sunday that he was trying to scare a suicidal friend into wanting to live when he sped toward a light pole at a bend in a roadway. Damon Spartan, 24, of Des Moines, said he lost control, hit a curb and rolled his car. [More]

Priest accused of shoplifting at Wal-Mart

A Roman Catholic priest was accused of shoplifting butter and a sofa cover at a Wal-Mart in southern Illinois. Rev. Steven Poole also allegedly possessed a stolen laptop computer power pack. [More]

Anthony Defense: 'The Meter Reader Did It'

Lawyers for the Florida mom charged with killing her young daughter want to interview the ex-wife of the meter reader who found the little girl's body. Casey Anthony's attorneys say Roy Kronk's ex-wife is offering testimony that supports the contention that Kronk should be a suspect. [More]

Casey Anthony pleads guilty to check fraud

The Florida mother charged with killing her toddler daughter has entered a guilty plea to six counts of check fraud charges. [More]

Firms that broke law still get tax dollars

The federal stimulus program is funding roadway construction in many Massachusetts towns. But more than half of the companies that have received taxpayer dollars to perform the work have a history of breaking the law. [More]

Man finds $3,100 in old photo

A Florida man rescued a framed space shuttle photo from a trash bin — and found a wad of treasure in the process. [More]

Manhattan Judge Removes Al Qaeda Suspect From Courtroom After Upheaval

The judge had Aafia Siddiqui removed from the courtroom Monday after she began ranting about the proceedings. Two jurors were removed shortly afterward for unclear reasons and will be replaced by alternates. [More]

Missing lottery winner case keeps getting stranger

A Lakeland police officer was arrested this morning, accused of accepting money from a key figure in the case involving missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare. [More]

How to catch a thief: lock him in the lobby

Swiss police say a robber's attempt to loot the Zurich city treasury was foiled by quick-thinking officials who simply locked him in the lobby area. [More]

Kerrigan’s brother charged in father’s death

The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has been charged with assaulting their 70-year-old father, who died over the weekend after a disturbance at the family’s Massachusetts home. [More]

Elin busted Tiger's story using his cellphone

Tiger Woods' suspicious spouse busted the girl-crazy golfer by using his cellphone to text his mistress - while pretending to be him, a new report says. [More]

Man coughs up ring he tried to steal

Police say a man accused of stealing a $20,000 ring coughed up the evidence while officers were questioning him. [More]

Bill Gates worries climate money robs health aid

Bill Gates, the world's richest man and a leading philanthropist, said on Sunday spending by rich countries aimed at combating climate change in developing nations could mean a dangerous cut in aid for health issues. [More]

Picasso painting damaged at New York museum

The Pablo Picasso painting "The Actor" will undergo repair work, after a woman visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art fell onto the painting and tore the canvas, according to the museum. [More]

Woman charged after pit bull attack

Dorothy York, whose pit bull last week attacked and killed a neighbor's dog, was arrested Sunday afternoon on charges of felony animal cruelty and culpable negligence. [More]

Colorado Nazi group's adopt-a-highway raises eyebrows

It's a small sign igniting a big debate. An official state of Colorado Adopt-a-Highway placard announcing that a one-mile long stretch of US Highway 85 is sponsored not by the Boy Scouts or the Lions Club, but by the Nazi Party of Colorado. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Pedantic [pe·dan·tic] adj.  1. Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: "A pedantic attention to details." [More]

Car crashes into house, injuring 9-year-old

A vehicle crashed through a house where seven children were sleeping early Sunday morning, leaving a 9-year-old boy with a fractured skull. [More]

Obama uses teleprompters for elementary school speech

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, speaks to 6th grade students at Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Va. [photo] [More]

Barack Obama called for jury service

Chicago court told the US president will not be able to serve on jury as he prepares for Wednesday's state of the union address. [More]

Most say lots of stimulus dollars wasted

Nearly three out of four Americans think that at least half of the money spent in the federal stimulus plan has been wasted, according to a new national poll. [More]

Scientists Want to Exhume Leonardo da Vinci to Solve Mona Lisa Mystery

A team from Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage, a leading association of scientists and art historians, has asked to open the tomb in which the Renaissance painter died in 1519. [More]

Oliver Stone: Hitler 'enabled by Western bankers'

Adolf Hitler was a psychopath and a monster but rose to power thanks to big business leaders and other supporters who appreciated his vow to destroy communism and control workers, Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone said Monday. [More]

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Doctor glut causes confusion in Haiti

So many doctors are answering Haiti's call for medical aid that the largest hospital in Port-au-Prince has a new problem: organizing and finding good use for them all. [More]

Skydiver plans freefall from the stratosphere

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgardner plans a jump from a capsule attached to a helium balloon at 120,000 feet - nearly 23 miles. [More]

U.S. support for low mortgage rates set to end

For more than a year, the government pulled out the stops to revive home buying by driving down mortgage rates. Now, whether the housing market is ready or not, the government is pulling out. [More]

McCain says campaign finance reform is dead

Sen. John McCain says the movement he led to reform how political campaigns are financed is dead. [More]

Sunday, January 24

Celebrity Homes - Including Tiger's New Home

A collection of some of the most beautiful celebrity homes and estates in the world. [More]

Man playing 'GTA' arrested for grand theft auto

Sheriff's deputies in central Florida found a suspected car thief playing the "Grand Theft Auto" video game, and they later charged him with just that. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Mercurial [mer·cu·ri·al] adj.  1. Quick and changeable in temperament; volatile: "A mercurial temperament." [More]

Senior adviser: Obama has brought 'enormous change'

The White House rejected criticism Sunday that President Obama has not delivered on his promise of "change" during his first year in office. White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the president has brought about "enormous change." [More]

Trapped father survives with help of phone app

Alone in the darkness beneath layers of rubble, Dan Woolley felt blood streaming from his head and leg. Then he remembered - he had an app for that. [More]

‘Whites only' basketball league announced

The Augusta Chronicle reported on Tuesday that the All-American Basketball Alliance plans to kick off its inaugural season in June and hopes that Augusta will be one of 12 cities to host teams. But here's the kicker: According to a press release the newspaper and other Augusta media outlets received from the new league, "only players that are natural-born United State citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league." [More]

Flight diverted after man tries to open door

A United Airlines jetliner carrying 134 people en route to Las Vegas was diverted to Denver Saturday after a passenger tried to open an exterior door on the plane while it was in flight, officials said. [More]

Late spending frenzy fueled Senate race

Candidates and groups that supported them spent nearly $23 million on Tuesday’s US Senate election, burning through nearly all of it in the frenzied final three weeks of the contest, including $8.5 million on television advertising alone during the seven days leading up to the vote. [More]

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California Girl, 16, Starts Solo Sail Around World

A 16-year-old has set out to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. [More]

Details of arrest of bombing suspect disclosed

Badly burned and bleeding, the suspect in the attempted bombing of the Christmas Day flight to Detroit tried one last gambit as he was led away: He said there was another bomb hidden on board, officials said. [More]

Bin Laden claims Christmas bombing: Al-Jazeera

Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the botched Christmas Day bombing of a US airliner and said strikes on US targets will continue, in an audio statement broadcast Sunday on Al-Jazeera satellite television. [More]

Saturday, January 23

Update: TSA Worker Fired After Pulling Prank on Student

A college student returning to school after the winter break fell victim to a prank at Philadelphia's airport by a Transportation Security Administration worker who pretended to plant a plastic bag of white powder in her carryon luggage. [More]

Two New Yorkers Free After 'Drugs' Turn Out to be Candy

Two New York men were locked up and left in a jail cell for nearly a week after police officers mistook their candy for a bag of crack. The "drugs" were finally tested five days later and determined to be a popular coconut candy. The charges were dropped. [More]

Ohio Man Arrested for Stealing Jewelry Off Corpse

An Ohio man has been arrested in connection with a piece of jewelry that was stolen from a corpse that he was transporting to the county coroner's office. [More]

Holiday Inn's Human Bed-Warming Service

Holiday Inn has taken the unprecedented step of introducing human bed warmers into some of its British hotels, helping guests get a great night's sleep and keep the cold at bay. [More]

Comedian Andy Dick Arrested for Alleged Sexual Abuse

Comedian Andy Dick has been arrested for two counts of felony sexual abuse, while still on probation from his infamous 2008 arrest for pulling down a teen girl's top. [More]

Hospital Says Child Got Surgery on Wrong Body Part

Children's Hospital of Orange County says a child received surgery on the wrong body part this week but no permanent harm was done. [More]

450,000 borrowers at risk

Hundreds of thousands of troubled homeowners who are making lower mortgage payments on a trial basis are at risk of being kicked out of President Obama's foreclosure-prevention program. [More]

ACORN Employee Sues Undercover Filmmakers

An employee at a Philadelphia branch of ACORN, the national community organization under fire for allegations of wrongdoing, has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the two filmmakers who set off the controversy last fall with their undercover videos. [More]

Balloon boy mom's interviews contradict husband

A newly released video shows the mother of the 6-year-old boy purported to be in a runaway balloon finally acknowledging to authorities it was all a hoax — contrary to her husband's repeated public denials just before reporting to jail. [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]

Firefighter Hospitalized After Rescuing Dog

A German shepherd hoisted to safety from the storm-swollen Los Angeles river Friday is fine, authorities said, but the firefighter who splashed down in the daring helicopter rescue was hospitalized after being bitten by the dog. [More]

Dairy Farmer Kills 51 Cows, Commits Suicide

State police in New York say an upstate dairy farmer shot and killed 51 of his milk cows in his barn before turning the rifle on himself. [More]

California Teen Killed by Train

Caltrain officials say a train struck and killed a 19-year-old man near the same Palo Alto crossing where four high school students have committed suicide in the past year. [More]

Fast Food and Forced Sex at McDonald's, Starbucks and Taco Bell

According to ABC News and 20/20, major legal and public relations scandals are brewing for fast food giants Starbucks, McDonald's and Taco Bell involving numerous claims of franchise managers pressuring teenage girls in their employ to have sex with them. [More]

Judge denies Polanski in absentia sentence bid

A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied a bid by lawyers for Roman Polanski requesting the fugitive filmmaker be sentenced in absentia in his decades-old child sex case. [More]

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Democrats hope to recover from a lousy week

A one-two punch of bad news suddenly has Democrats facing an election year with campaign finance rules that favor Republicans and a Senate that can block Democratic initiatives. [More]

Lobbyists prepare for battle with President Obama over bank ‘fat cat’ curbs

Banking industry lobbyists are preparing to do battle, buoyed by a landmark US Supreme Court ruling striking down limits on corporations’ political spending, against the ambitious and agressive plans laid on Thursday by President Obama. [More]

New bank rules unlikely to hurt big institutions

President Barack Obama's latest broadside against big banks may have more bark than bite. Obama's plan to limit banks' size and risky trading has spooked investors, but analysts say it would have only marginal effect on the major banks. [More]

Oprah Winfrey plans to interview Jay Leno

Oprah Winfrey said she is set to interview Jay Leno, and her production company said an offer has been made to Conan O'Brien to appear. [More]

Conan says his last good 'Night' Puts away the nasty comments and thanks NBC for 20-year career

Conan O'Brien ended his "Tonight Show" career last night with a conciliatory hand to NBC, the network that forced him out of what he called "the best job in the world." [More]

Fawcett estate sues producer over alleged misdeeds

Farrah Fawcett's estate sued a producer Friday who collaborated with the actress, claiming he botched a documentary project and misused her company's money. [More]

Friday, January 22

Burger King adding beer to combo

Burger King is opening a restaurant in Miami Beach that will serve beer along with burgers and fries, the chain’s first U.S. location with alcohol. [More]

Boy found hanged in Texas school bathroom

A 9-year-old boy was found hanged in the bathroom of a Dallas-area elementary school in an apparent suicide, police said Friday. [More]

Suspect of Wife's Beheading Says She Abused Him

A western New York man accused of beheading his wife at the Muslim-oriented television station they founded will claim he was a victim of years of abuse. [More]

Mistress of Married Oracle President Posts 'Love' Billboards

A mistress catapulted retribution by plastering the country with billboards that show her nuzzling her married lover, Charles E. Phillips, president and director of Oracle Corporation and a member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. [More]

Trooper Misses Dead Body During Crash Investigation

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper apparently missed a dead body lying near the road during a crash investigation. [More]

Baby Dies After Father Apparently Left Him Alone for Bar

A five-month-old baby found dead early Thursday in a Denver suburb apparently died while his father left him to drink at a local bar. [More]

CEOs to Congress: Quit calling us for campaign cash

Dozens of current and former corporate executives have a message for Congress: Quit hitting us up for campaign cash. They say they are tired of getting fundraising calls from lawmakers — and fear it will only get worse after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling. [More]

Vermont Judge Gives Woman 30 Days to Appear in Court Over Lesbian Custody Dispute

A judge is giving a Virginia woman at the center of a lesbian custody dispute 30 days to appear in court with her 7-year-old daughter or face possible arrest. [More]

Air America Radio Dead

Air America Radio, a radio network that was launched in 2004 as a liberal alternative to Rush Limbaugh and other conservative commentators, on Thursday shut down abruptly due to financial woes. The network had some 100 radio outlets nationwide. [More]

Alaska man jailed for throwing taco

An Alaska man who hit a Taco Bell manager in the face with a double-decker taco has been sentenced to one day in jail and one year probation. [More]

Georgia Mom Forced Son to Kill Hamster

A Georgia woman is in jail after police say she forced her son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer as punishment for bad grades. [More]

Pilot diverts jet over Jewish teenager's in-flight prayer

A Jewish teenager trying to pray on a New York-to-Kentucky flight caused a scare Thursday when he pulled out a set of small boxes containing holy scrolls, leading the captain to divert the flight to Philadelphia, where the commuter plane was greeted by police, bomb-sniffing dogs and federal agents. [More]

California to Reduce Prison Population by 6,500 Inmates

California will begin to reduce its prison population by about 6,500 inmates over the next year under a state law that takes effect Monday. The bill was signed as part of last year's state budget package. [More]

Man Who Refused to Pay $3,000 Cab Ride Sentenced to Jail

A Memphis man who last month got a $3,000 taxi ride from Miami and then refused to pay the bill was sentenced to 35 days in jail. [More]

‘Murdering minister’ sentenced to 65 years

Jurors on Thursday sentenced a former Texas minister to 65 years in prison for murdering his wife and trying to cover it up as a suicide. [More]

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Acrimonious [ac·ri·mo·ni·ous] adj.  1. Bitter and sharp in language or tone; rancorous: "An acrimonious debate between the two candidates." [More]

Country's first legal gigolo starts work in Nevada

A brothel in a Nevada desert town has hired the state's first male prostitute, a muscular college dropout who abandoned a brief stint as a porn actor in Los Angeles to become the only legal gigolo in the United States. [More]

‘Miracle on Hudson’ jet lands on auction block

The plane that US Airways pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and crew landed on the river in New York Jan. 15, 2009, after a bird strike knocked out both engines is up for auction. [More]

Firm will remove Bible references from gun sights

A Michigan defense contractor will voluntarily stop stamping references to Bible verses on combat rifle sights made for the U.S. military, a major buyer of the company's gear. [More]

'He makes Tiger Woods look like an amateur'

John Edwards is certainly not the first pol to get caught in a sex scandal - but his mind-boggling string of lies may leave him looking like one of the most repulsive. [More]

National Enquirer plans to submit Edwards story for Pulitzers

Barry Levine, executive editor of the tabloid newspaper National Enquirer says he plans on submitting work on the John Edwards scandal for a prized Pulitzer. [More]

Jenkins wants more McGwire apologies

Ferguson Jenkins says Mark McGwire owes an apology to all those pitchers who gave up his home runs. The Hall of Fame ace sent an open letter to The Associated Press this week, telling the former home-run king: "You have not even begun to apologize to those you have harmed." [More]

Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Trysts, Golf, Skiing

From an extra day's hotel stay so military officials can fit in a round of golf to federal workers who fly business class instead of coach, questionable travel expenditures have remained a persistent problem across the federal government in recent years. [More]

Florida woman just out of prison allegedly steals car

A 49-year-old woman has been jailed in Pasco County, accused of stealing a car on her first day out of prison. [More]

Conan O'Brien exploring options after NBC split

Conan O'Brien is now a free agent after his $33 million settlement with NBC was finally completed early Thursday morning - but his hiatus probably won't last long. [More]

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Florida Man Stabs Wife Multiple Times, Jumps From Condo

Police say a husband fatally stabbed his wife and then was found dead after jumping from a condominium unit in Miami Beach. [More]

7 most overlooked tax deductions

Through deductions, American wage earners have the chance to pocket more income rather than hand over their hard-earned cash to the government. [More]

Obama bank plan shifts power from Geithner

For much of last year, Paul Volcker wandered the country arguing for tougher restraints on big banks while the Obama administration pursued a more moderate regulatory agenda driven by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. [More]

Is Geithner On the Outs in Obama's White House?

The Washington Post today speculates on whether Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is on the outs in the Obama Administration. The story hits all the dramatic notes from yesterday’s announcement that President Obama was proposing Paul Volcker’s version of a new Glass-Steagall Act over Geithner and economics advisor Larry Summers’ more modest plans for reform. [More]

Smokers with cancer could quit and double survival

People with early lung cancer who quit smoking could double their chances of surviving, a new study says. [More]

About 600 car dealers try to get businesses back

About 21 percent of the General Motors and Chrysler dealers whose businesses are being shut down by the automakers have filed paperwork appealing the decisions. [More]

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