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Thursday, January 7

Burned body in trash identified as Playboy model

Paula Sladewski, a 26-year-old who once modeled for Playboy, was identified Wednesday by Miami police as the person found dead and "burned beyond recognition" in a trash bin on Sunday. [More]

The Most Painfully Obvious Newspaper Articles

"So far, they have determined that the crash occurred when the plane struck the ground" and "Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25" are among the revelations. [More]

Bomb suspect had been flagged for check at landing

Homeland Security officials said today they had flagged Christmas Day airline bomber Umar Abdulmutallab as someone who should go through additional security screening upon landing. [More]

Dad Put Daughter in Dryer and Turned It On, Police Say

An Ohio father is facing a laundry list of charges for allegedly putting his 7-year-old daughter in the dryer, closing the door and turning it on. [More]

Hanes drops ads featuring Charlie Sheen

Hanesbrands is ending its advertising campaign featuring Charlie Sheen because of domestic violence charges filed against the actor. [More]

Family sues funeral homes over brain in bag

A New Mexico family is suing two funeral homes over a gruesome incident in which members unwittingly accepted a bag containing a relative's brain and only became aware of it by the odor a day later. [More]

Doctor indicted in liver-transplant switch

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted the former director of the liver transplant program at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, for allegedly lying about a liver accepted for one patient but transplanted instead into another patient who was lower on the waiting list. [More]

Fighter jets escort plane after passenger becomes unruly

Two F-15 fighter jets escorted a passenger jet that had been headed for Hawaii back to Portland International Airport in Oregon after a passenger in coach became "uncooperative," an airline official said Wednesday. [More]

Jail-bound ‘balloon boy’ dad: It wasn’t a hoax

The Colorado father who pleaded guilty to a felony in the runaway balloon saga insisted in an interview set to air Friday that the event wasn't a hoax. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Sanguine [san·guine] adj.  Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: "a sanguine disposition;" "sanguine expectations." [More]

Recent controversies overshadow Chris Dodd's career

Sen. Chris Dodd's announcement that he is retiring follows an illustrious career, but one that has recently been overshadowed by controversies, political woes and personal tragedies. [More]

Experts: Despite cold snap, earth still warming

Experts say the recent cold snap doesn't disprove global warming — it's just a blip in the long-term heating trend. [More]

A third of calls to IRS help line won't get answers

Need help with your taxes? Good luck reaching the IRS. Three out of 10 people who call the toll-free help line this tax season won't get through to a human being — and that's if the agency meets its goals for service. [More]

Is Cash Cab for real?

First of all, the cab is a real, licensed cab. While host Ben Bailey is actually a comedian, he HAS taken and passed the New York City cabbie exam and is a licensed cab driver. So what about the contestants? Well, basically about ½ of them are pre-screened and about ½ are actually randoms off the street. [More]

Polanski lawyers seek sentence in absentia

Attorneys for Roman Polanski have filed a motion requesting the director be sentenced in absentia to resolve his 1978 child sex case, court filings showed. [More]

Houston mom accused of soliciting teen online

A Houston mother remained jailed Wednesday after authorities said she flew to Canada and lured a 16-year-old boy, whom she allegedly had an online sexual relationship with for more than a year, away from his home. [More]

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Nevada Gives Final Approval for First Male Brothel in State

A brothel about 150 miles northwest of Las Vegas has gotten final approval for plans to hire Nevada's first legal male prostitutes. [More]

Obama OKs Taxing High-End Health Plans

President Barack Obama signaled to House Democratic leaders Wednesday that they'll have to drop their opposition to taxing high-end health insurance plans to pay for health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. [More]

Activists pursue Japanese whalers by helicopter

An aggressive conservation group searched Antarctic waters by helicopter Thursday for a key Japanese whaling ship, renewing its relentless pursuit of the hunters just one day after one of its boats was wrecked in a clash. [More]

What's hot at CES, and why it matters

We're about to see a new wave of technological innovation kick-start the new year. Right now, more than 100,000 tech giants and gadget geeks are in one place: Las Vegas, Nevada. [More]

Wednesday, January 6

Baltimore mayor resigns under plea deal

Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned Wednesday as part of a deal with prosecutors, ending a three-year tenure that began with promise but unraveled amid embarrassing allegations that she stole from the poor. [More]

New York seeks $200 million yearly for September 11 trial

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday said the costs of hosting the federal trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other suspected September 11 plotters would top $200 million annually and formally requested that Washington cover the costs. [More]

Woman trashes McD's after bad burger experience

Police in Kansas City, Mo., are looking for a woman who went on a rampage at a McDonald’s because she didn’t like her hamburger. [More]

Slovak security test ends with explosives on plane

A failed airport security test ended up with a Slovak man unwittingly carrying hidden explosives in his luggage on a flight to Dublin. Irish officials and security experts said it was foolish for the Slovaks to hide actual bomb parts in the luggage of innocent passengers under any circumstances. [More]

Michelle Obama featured in PETA anti-fur ad

The fur is flying over a new ad campaign by an animal rights group the White House says is using first lady Michelle Obama's image without her permission. [More]

14 terror suspects mistakenly kill themselves

Fourteen suspected terrorists in Kabul died Tuesday night when the bus they rigged with explosives blew up prematurely, police said. [More]

Grandmother drowned grandson over divorced parents

A 71-year-old woman drowned her 5-year-old grandson in a bathtub while they were vacationing in the Florida Panhandle because she didn't want to see the boy grow up in a divorced home, authorities said today. [More]

Newark airport's security cameras not recording during Sunday breach

Cameras that might have shown the man who walked through security Sunday at Newark, New Jersey, Liberty International Airport were not recording during the incident, a federal official said Tuesday. [More]

Wall Street's Top Three Banks to Receive $49.5 Billion in Bonuses

Despite creating the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression with deceptive, potentially fraudulent trading practices that have left Main Street in ruins, the top three Wall Street banks will be handing out $49.5 billion in bonuses. [More]

Death sentence vacated due to man's low IQ

The death sentence of a Florida man convicted of the 1981 killing of a convenience store clerk has been vacated because his IQ is too low. [More]

Activist boat 'sliced in two' by Japanese whalers

A space-age powerboat sent to harass Japanese whalers was rammed and sliced in two in its very first clash on Wednesday, activists said, dramatically escalating hostilities in icy Antarctic seas. The whalers accused the Ady Gil's five New Zealand and one Dutch crew of trying to tangle the Nisshin Maru's rudder and propeller with rope, and aiming a "green laser device" at its sailors, as well as launching stink bombs. [More]

Bob Barker helps stop whaling with namesake ship

Five million dollars for an anti-whaling ship? Bob Barker says the price is right. Barker donated that amount to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which named its new 1,200-ton anti-whaling ship The Bob Barker. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

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

Broadcast TV in 2010: Death or rebirth?

While cable's renaissance means there are more networks with more "hit" shows than ever before, the windfall profits such success once guaranteed for the Big 4 are harder than ever to reach. [More]

Authorities Suspect $30M Fla. Lottery Winner Was Killed

In 2006, Abraham Shakespeare — a truck driver's assistant who lived with his mother — won $30 million in the Florida lottery. His good fortune may have cost him his life. [More]

Town told washed-up lobsters off-limits

A small Canadian seaside town in New Brunswick has been warned lobsters that wash ashore cannot be eaten because they weren't caught under license. [More]

Hunt For 'Peeping Tom' Who Snapped Himself

Detectives are trying to track down a peeping Tom who put a camera in a unisex changing room - and unwittingly photographed himself doing it. [More]

Roaches, rats, then arson used in strip club feud

Three employees of Platinum 21 in Atlanta were each sentenced today to federal prison on conspiracy to commit arson charges at a rival club. [More]

J&J heiress Casey Johnson had high-profile life

Heiress and socialite Casey Johnson lived a life of privilege that provided her great freedom - and made her a frequent topic of gossip columns in the years leading up to her death this week. [More]

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More cars junked than new ones bought in ’09

Americans scrapped more automobiles than they bought last year as the ragged economy reduced demand and some major cities expanded mass transit service, according to a new report. [More]

Banking chief Dodd to leave Senate: sources

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd will announce on Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November, two senior Democratic party aides said. [More]

Cop gets commendation for saving hero dog from cougar's jaws

The B.C. Mountie who shot a cougar that had its jaws clamped around the neck of hero dog Angel has received a commendation from his boss. Const. Chad Gravelle shot the cougar to save Angel - the dog that has become a media darling for saving a kid's life. [More]

Elvis fans love him tender on King's 75th birthday

Unconfirmed sightings aside, Elvis lives on for millions of his fans worldwide, and in cities across the globe many are getting ready to celebrate the King's 75th birthday on Friday. [More]

Randy Johnson retires after 22 seasons

While at home with his family this fall and winter, Randy Johnson thought long and hard about whether he could accomplish any more on the baseball diamond. [More]

Tuesday, January 5

Roaches, Listeria Found at Airline Caterer

A company that prepares food for major airlines says it has cleaned up its Denver kitchen after federal inspectors found roaches and listeria bacteria at the facility. The Food and Drug Administration warned the company, LSG Sky Chefs, that it could be barred from selling food to the airlines if it flunks further inspections. [More]

Grim Obama says terror attack 'dots' not connected

A grim-faced President Barack Obama declared Tuesday there was a deep failure of national intelligence in the botched Christmas Day airliner terror attack over Detroit, telling the nation the government had enough information to thwart potential disaster but could not "connect those dots." [More]

Lost crooks asked police for directions

Police in Connecticut said two thieves were arrested after stopping to ask a police officer for directions back to the highway. [More]

Gum Wrapper Chain Named Top Stunt

Guinness World Records said today that a Virginia man's constantly growing 62,000-foot chewing gum wrapper chain was named the top stunt of the past decade. [More]

Bottles of honey trigger security alarms at airport

Authorities say the suspicious material inside luggage that prompted the shutdown of a California airport turns out to be five soft drink bottles filled with honey. [More]

GOP leader doubts party can retake House

In an interview on the heels of his new book's release, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says Republicans won't win back the House in fall elections and might not be ready to lead even if they do. [More]

Teen fatally hit by Amtrak train

An Amtrak train traveling from New York to Washington struck and killed a 14-year-old girl Tuesday morning, the rail operator said. [More]

Denver Has More Pot Dispensaries Than Starbucks Shops

Denver has been crowned “America’s Cannabis Capital” by marijuana advocates, TheDenverChannel.com reported Tuesday. [More]

Man CALLS Police After Pot Plants Stolen

Investigators in the Florida Keys say they lured a suspected marijuana grower into turning himself in by leaving a ransom note in place of six seized pot plants. [More]

Domino's CEO Leaving; To Be University Of Michigan Athletic Director

Domino's Pizza Inc. Chief Executive David A. Brandon will step down in March to join the University of Michigan, his alma mater, as athletic director. [More]

C-SPAN: Health care talks should be televised

The C-SPAN television network is calling on congressional leaders to open health care talks to cameras — something President Barack Obama promised as a candidate. [More]

Socialite daughter of New York Jets owner has died

Casey Johnson, the socialite daughter of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and heiress to the Johnson & Johnson business empire has died, a spokesman for the family and police said Monday. She was 30. [More]

Dating site axes 5,000 'fatties'

A Denmark-based dating Web site strictly for "beautiful people" said more than 5,000 members were expelled during the holidays for putting on pounds. [More]

Wife Shoots Husband, Gets DUI Going to Hospital, Police Say

Police charged a Tennessee woman with shooting her husband and with driving drunk when she tried to get him to a hospital but had a wreck instead. [More]

3 lessons from a shirtless Tiger Woods

An image of Tiger Woods pumping iron and wearing nothing more than a wristwatch and a skullcap above the waist conjures up a number of thoughts, and none of them are what you’d file under the categories of “I regret those transgressions” or “I offer my profound apology.” And that's exactly why Vanity Fair’s February cover works. [More]

Police: Man ran off with suspect's loot

Police in New York said a bank robber dropped his bag of dye-stained cash while running from police and it was taken by an unidentified man. [More]

Quitting smoking may raise diabetes risk

Smoking is well-known as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, but scientists said on Monday that quitting the habit can raise the risk even more in the short term. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Solicitous [so·lic·i·tous] adj.  1. Marked by or given to anxious care and often hovering attentiveness. 2. Extremely careful; meticulous: "solicitous in matters of behavior." 3. Anxious or concerned: "a solicitous parent." [More]

Obama Appoints Transgender Woman

President Obama has appointed a transgender woman to a senior post at the Commerce Department. Amanda Simpson, 49, made the transition from male to female in 2002. [More]

Dems to shut GOP out of final health bill dealing

House and Senate Democrats intend to bypass traditional procedures when they negotiate a final compromise on health care legislation, officials said Monday, a move that will exclude Republican lawmakers and reduce their ability to delay or force politically troubling votes in both houses. [More]

10 bizarre divorce settlements

Divorce is almost always a messy business, but certain settlements between former beloveds can be somewhat absurd. Here's a look at some examples of offbeat divorce settlements. [More]

Man arrested after Wal-Mart incident

An Amelia man faces multiple charges after police said he stole a 12-pack of beer at Wal-Mart, drank it as he walked the store, shouted profanities at customers and threatened to kill a Fairfax police officer. [More]

Las Vegas Gunman Upset Over Social Security Benefits

A gunman upset over losing his Social Security benefits case, opened fire in the lobby of a federal building in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, killing a court officer and wounding a deputy U.S. marshal before he was shot to death. [More]

Secret Service confirms third crasher at White House state dinner

Another uninvited guest made it into the White House state dinner made famous by gate-crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the Secret Service announced Monday - exposing more holes in the security perimeter around President Obama. [More]

11-year-old accused of burning mom held in juvenile detention

An 11-year-old girl, held for psychiatric evaluation last week after she and a co-defendant were accused setting her mother on fire, was transferred out of the hospital and into juvenile detention over the weekend, officials said. [More]

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Blagojevich joins cast of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, along with baseball great Darryl Strawberry, singer-actress Cyndi Lauper and TV personality Sharon Osbourne, will be among 14 contestants on the new season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." [More]

New US flight checks 'discriminate against Nigeria'

Nigeria, home of the failed US plane bomber, Monday branded new security measures for passengers flying to the United States unfair and said they amounted to discrimination against its 150 million people. [More]

Man charged with slapping Tampa police horse

A 20-year-old Riverview man slapped a police horse in Ybor City, police say. [More]

Alleged stinky-house owner nixes TV offer

A Florida woman whose home has incurred more than $600,000 in code violations refused an offer to clean her house from the cable TV program "Hoarders." [More]

Tax preparers to face new regulation, IRS scrutiny

The IRS plans to require tax preparers to pass a test and register with the government to better police a largely unregulated industry used by most taxpayers. [More]

Florida Man Uses Infant as Stun Gun Shield

A 39-year-old Deltona man is facing criminal charges after using an infant as a shield for a stun gun. [More]

Oregon phone ban has loophole, challenges expected

The new law, which took effect Friday, exempts motorists who are on their handheld cellphones "in the scope of the person's employment if operation of the motor vehicle is necessary for the person's job." The exemption was intended for taxi drivers, delivery trucks, tow trucks and the like. [More]

Top couch potato sits for 48 hours

A New York man said he plans to distribute most of his winnings from spending 48 hours in a recliner at a restaurant to his friends and family. [More]

Morgan Freeman is new voice of ‘CBS News’

Nearly six months after Walter Cronkite’s death, his voice is leaving the “CBS Evening News.” His introduction of anchor Katie Couric was replaced Monday by a voiceover featuring actor Morgan Freeman. [More]

Max loses crown as top dog name in U.S.

Fan fever for the enormously popular “Twilight” franchise has spread its way to the pet world: Bella, the name of the series’ heroine, has usurped Max as the most popular dog name of 2009. [More]

Man accused of playing 'Russian Roulette' with ex-girlfriend

A 39-year-old Longmont man, who faces an attempted murder charge after police said he came close to killing his ex-girlfriend during an impromptu game of "Russian Roulette," is scheduled to enter a plea in the case Friday. [More]

Jordanian 'triple agent' killed CIA agents

Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a 'triple agent' who blew up seven CIA agents in Afghanistan, was a Jordanian doctor and Islamist who the authorities believed they had turned against al-Qaeda. [More]

Thousands mourn slain teacher

Thousands stuffed the bleachers on both sides of a California high school football field Monday night to remember a beloved teacher who was slain in Mexico a few days ago. [More]

State board accuses octuplet doctor of negligence

The fertility doctor who Nadya Suleman claimed helped her conceive her brood of 14 has been formally accused of negligence and violation of professional guidelines by the California Medical Board. [More]

4-Ton Statue Stolen From Utah Motorcycle Shop

Police say thieves must've used heavy equipment to make off with a 4-ton statue mounted outside a Utah motorcycle shop. [More]

Monday, January 4

Spanked Children May Grow Up to Be Happier

Young children spanked by their parents may grow up to be happier and more successful than those who have never been hit, a study has found [d]. [More]

Woman puts fist through drive-thru window over lack of nuggets

A Toledo woman, who allegedly put her fist through a fast-food drive-through window after being told her order couldn't be filled, appeared in court Saturday on a felony vandalism charge. [More]

Famed Mississippi Judge to Report to Federal Prison

Bobby DeLaughter, a former judge and prosecutor who helped convict the killer of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was expected to report to prison Monday for lying to FBI agents investigating judicial corruption. [More]

Court to Cops: Stop Tasing People into Compliance

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has set down new rules for when police officers may use Tasers. In particular, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Tasers can’t be used simply to force a non-violent person to bend to an officer’s will. [More]

Judge sworn in with hand on dictionary

A judge in New York state took the oath of office with his hand placed on a dictionary rather than a book of scripture because officials could find no Bible. [More]

NYC-funded handout called how-to for heroin users

A New York City-funded guidebook for heroin users offers information on how to prepare drugs carefully and care for veins to avoid infection. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Eclectic [e·clec·tic] adj.  1. Composed of elements drawn from various sources 2. Not following any one system, but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems. "An eclectic taste in music; an eclectic approach to managing the business. [More]

Stray Bullet Kills Boy Up To Three Miles Away

A four-year-old boy has been killed in a Georgia church by a stray bullet fired up to three miles away, according to reports. [More]

Obama adviser: No smoking gun in airline bomb plot

U.S. intelligence agencies did not miss a "smoking gun" that could have prevented an alleged attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Sunday. [More]

Dubai to open world's tallest building

Dubai is set to open the world's tallest building amid tight security on Monday, celebrating the tower as a bold feat on the world stage despite the city state's shaky financial footing. [More]

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U.S. considering lesser term for UBS whistleblower

The U.S. Justice Department is considering whether to ask a judge to reduce the jail sentence of Bradley Birkenfeld, the key informant in the U.S. tax fraud case against Swiss bank UBS AG. [More]

Census Bureau kicks off once-a-decade head count

The Census Bureau kicks off its $300 million campaign Monday to prod, coax and cajole the nation's more than 300 million residents to fill out their once-a-decade census forms. [More]

Sunday, January 3

Man killed when SUV plows into Calif. restaurant

Authorities say a 66-year-old man eating breakfast at a California fast-food restaurant was killed when a vehicle plowed through the corner of the building. [More]

Teenage Girl Accidentally Runs Over, Kills Brother

Police say a teenage girl accidentally ran over and killed her 17-year-old brother as the two played around in an Arizona shopping mall parking lot. [More]

Networks blur policy of not paying for interviews

Policies forbidding payment for news interviews increasingly seem like the network television equivalent of the 55 mph speed limit: a rule often winked at unless you're heading into a speed trap. [More]

Colorada landfills: not enough trash

Some landfill operators in Colorado say the recession is causing budget cuts, increased fees and layoffs due to a shortage of their only resource - trash. [More]

Tiger Woods affair: Ashley Samson paid heavy price for outing Rachel Uchitel

Ashley Samson says her decision to blow the whistle on Woods and Uchitel has resulted in plenty of mental anguish, fractured friendships and added stress in her personal life and her marriage. [More]

Calif. pastor takes in $2.4M after donations plea

Evangelical pastor Rick Warren's plea for donations to fill a $900,000 deficit at his Southern California megachurch brought in $2.4 million, Warren announced to cheers during a sermon at the church on Saturday. [More]

10 ways to get motivated for change in 2010

A new decade is about to start, and you may be tempted to set a copious list of resolutions for yourself in order to broadly "make life better." [More]

Snowboarder suffered ‘traumatic brain injury’

Top-ranked American snowboarder Kevin Pearce was in critical condition Saturday at a Utah hospital after suffering a “severe, traumatic brain injury” in a training accident, one of his doctors said. [More]

Panic room saved artist Kurt Westergaard from Islamist assassin

Just when Denmark thought the worst was over, Islamic fury has come back to haunt it with an assassination attempt on the artist whose cartoon of the prophet Muhammad as a suicide bomber had an explosive impact four years ago on the Muslim world. [More]

Law firm gorges on home defaults

If there's one industry that's not feeling the economy's sting these days, it's the business of filing foreclosure lawsuits. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Ephemeral [e·phem·er·al] adj.  1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "The ephemeral nature of slang." 2. Living or lasting only for a day, as with certain plants or insects. [More]

Researchers find remains of early 1900s plane in Antarctica

Remains of the first airplane ever taken to Antarctica, in 1912, have been found by Australian researchers, the team announced. [More]

Photo that reportedly shows John F. Kennedy on yacht with naked women ran in 1967 Playboy

A photo that appears to show John F. Kennedy sunning himself on a yacht filled with naked women is now being called into question by Playboy. [More]

Cities, counties take back corporate tax breaks

Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal's a deal. [More]

How to Make Your Sex Life a Priority

You’re so tired and distracted from your busy life that your sex life often amounts to a half-hearted kiss squeezed into the five minutes after the 11 o’clock news before you both fall asleep. Sound familiar? [More]

2010 grows more difficult for Democrats

An already difficult situation for Democrats in Congress is worsening as the 2010 political season opens. [More]

FAA watching American Airlines after 3 mishaps

The Federal Aviation Administration is increasing oversight of American Airlines after three mishaps during landings last month. [More]

Saturday, January 2

Drunken Homeland Security officer arrested

A 33-year-old employee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was arrested on New Year's Eve and charged with being intoxicated in public, as well as battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. [More]

Drunk Man Started Fatal Apartment Fire in Detroit

A Detroit fire official says a drunk man playing with fire started a blaze that killed at least two people in an apartment building and left one woman missing. [More]

Napolitano Feeling the Heat

Democrats have joined the ranks of those calling for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down following the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight a week ago. [More]

Colorado Man in Suspected Kidnapping Shot by Authorities

Police in Colorado shot and wounded a man Friday that officers said matched the description of a suspected kidnapper whose victim was found safe hours earlier in Wyoming. [More]

Danish police shoot 'terrorist' trying to enter Mohammed cartoonist's home

Danish police have shot a Somali man linked to al-Qaida who tried to enter the home of an artist who drew controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. [More]

Obama ties failed plane attack to al Qaeda

President Barack Obama said on Friday it appeared the man suspected of trying to bomb a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas was a member of al Qaeda and had been trained and equipped by the Islamic militant network. [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

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

U.S. loan program may have made things worse

The Obama administration’s $75 billion program to protect homeowners from foreclosure has been widely pronounced a disappointment, and some economists and real estate experts now contend it has done more harm than good. [More]

Couple arrested for abandoning daughter to gamble

A couple were arrested early on New Year's Day and accused of leaving their 8-year-old daughter alone in a hotel room while they gambled at the Hard Rock Casino. [More]

Talk of J.Lo's skin-tight outfit goes global

The sparkly, body-hugging getup Jennifer Lopez donned to perform in Times Square left little to the imagination - unless you were wondering where her famous booty went. [More]

Cop group's card played role in Times Square scare

An identification placard in a van that caused a security scare in Times Square isn't supposed to be used as a parking permit, according to a fraternal group for police officers and other law enforcement buffs that issued the card. [More]

World's Tallest Building to Open in Dubai

Dubai is set to open the world's tallest skyscraper Monday amid the Gulf emirate’s financial woes. [More]

Friday, January 1

Gays rush to marry at New Hampshire statehouse

Gay and lesbian couples rushed to marry in New Hampshire on Friday when at the stroke of midnight it became the fifth U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage, reversing some setbacks for the polarizing national movement. [More]

Update: Woman defies order to give child to ex-partner

A woman at the center of a complex dispute with her former lesbian partner defied a court order to give up custody of her 7-year-old daughter Friday, and police said she could face parental abduction charges. [More]

Update: TSA withdraws subpoenas of travel bloggers

Just days after serving subpoenas to two travel bloggers, the Transportation Security Administration withdrew the subpoenas late Thursday, saying its investigation into how the bloggers received a sensitive security directive "is nearing a successful conclusion." [More]

The wasteful avalanche of 12 million light bulbs

Twelve million low-energy light bulbs were mailed to households over Christmas by an energy company as part of its legal obligation to cut carbon emissions, despite government advice that many would never be used. The German-owned company saved millions of dollars by giving away the bulbs. [More]

17 ways to cure your hangover

A heaping plate of bacon and eggs isn't the only way to recover from an evening's festivities. Epicurious presents their favorite edible remedies for the big-head blues. [More]

Bonanno crime boss gets sweet deal

Bonanno crime boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano has persuaded the feds to bend the rules and let his ex-wife and his mistress visit him on alternate weeks in jail. [More]

Deputy gets probation for drunken Tasering

An Oregon sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to two years probation and ordered to stay off booze for using a stun gun in a strip club. [More]

3-Year-Old Boy Kills Cousin With Cop Dad's Gun

The Richland Parish sheriff says an off-duty policeman's 3-year-old son apparently shot and killed a 3-year-old cousin with his father's gun. [More]

Schwarzenegger can't furlough 3 unions, judge rules

An Alameda Superior Court judge has ordered the Schwarzenegger administration to stop furloughing thousands of state workers who are members of three big public sector unions, including Service Employees International Union Local 1000, offering them a huge legal victory as 2010 begins. [More]

TSA nominee gave misleading info to Congress

Acknowledging he has given inconsistent answers to Congress, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Transportation Security Administration wrote to lawmakers to explain a reprimand he received for running background checks on his then-estranged wife's boyfriend two decades ago. [More]

Times Square revelers greet 2010 with cheers

For all those reflecting glumly on the last 10 years of terror attacks, war and recession, Gail Guay has some advice: "Don't look back." [More]

WordThink - Word of the Day

Visceral [vis·cer·al] adj.  1. Instinctual: proceeding from instinct rather than from reasoned thinking or intellect.  "A visceral business decision."  2. Emotional: characterized by or showing crude or elemental emotions. [More]

Judge Dismisses All Charges Against Blackwater Guards

A federal judge dismissed all charges Thursday against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians on a crowded Baghdad street in 2007. [More]

Taliban suicide bomber invited on base

The Associated Press has learned that the suicide bomber who killed seven CIA employees at a remote outpost in southeastern Afghanistan had been invited onto the base and was not searched. A former senior intelligence official says the man was being courted as an informant and that it was the first time he had been brought inside the camp. [More]

CIA bombing raises question about safety protocols

The brazen attack that killed seven CIA employees at a remote outpost in Afghanistan is likely to raise questions about whether the agency could do more to protect its operatives on dangerous assignments. [More]

Former Gitmo detainees help al-Qaida grow in Yemen

As a prisoner at Guantanamo, Said Ali al-Shihri said he wanted freedom so he could go home to Saudi Arabia and work at his family's furniture store. Instead, al-Shihri, who was released in 2007 under the Bush administration, is now deputy leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a group that has claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day attempted bomb attack on a Detroit-bound airliner. [More]

AT&T becomes latest sponsor to drop backing of Tiger Woods

AT&T Inc. said Thursday it would no longer sponsor Tiger Woods (FSY), joining Accenture in dropping support for the world's top golfer, who's taking a break from the sport to focus on his marriage after his admitted infidelity. [More]

Man allegedly uses taxi in robbery

A man who allegedly used a taxicab Thursday to get to and from a motel robbery in Knoxville, Tenn., was arrested a short time later, in the cab, police said. [More]

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