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Tuesday, October 12

Severed head turns up in case of missing jet skier

The severed head of the lead Mexican investigator looking into the disappearance of an American has been delivered to authorities in Mexico, the sheriff's department on the Texas side of the border says. [More]

Cartoonist Seeing Red After 'Muhammad' Cartoon Yanked

An award-winning cartoonist is seeing red after editors at The Washington Post and other newspapers pulled a "very tame" cartoon that alluded to the Prophet Muhammad. [More]

NC Woman Arrested After Body Is Found in Freezer

The girlfriend of a missing North Carolina man has been charged with murder after police found the man's body stuffed in a freezer in their home. Investigators are trying to locate the couple's missing son. [More]

Woman in labor robs Walmart

Police in Alliance, Ohio, say a woman in labor robbed a Walmart with an accomplice and was taken to the hospital after they arrested her. [More]

Man who stabbed boy wanted to kill a kid

A man accused of repeatedly stabbing an 8-year-old boy playing video games at a restaurant arcade had spent weeks stalking potential victims at area shopping malls, police said Monday. [More]

Blonds-Only Island Resort Stirs Racism Charges

The blonds of tiny Lithuania have decided to turn one corner of the Indian Ocean island of the Maldives into a blonds-only resort. [More]

Woman acquitted in Oprah school scandal

A woman accused of abusing teenagers at Oprah Winfrey's school for girls in South Africa was acquitted of the charges Monday, and Winfrey said she was "profoundly disappointed" by the trial's outcome. [More]

Town to Naked Cowboy: Put on some clothes!

A constable in a small New York community slapped the Naked Cowboy, a well-known street performer, with a summons for being shirtless in public. [More]

Woman, 101, to become U.S. citizen with help of 69-year-old document

Eulalia Garcia Maturey has outlived two husbands, her two children and decades of bygone immigration laws. At 101, Maturey will become a U.S. citizen on the 101st anniversary of her crossing into the United States from Mexico. [More]

NY governor race awhirl after Paladino remarks on gays

New York's race for governor erupted in a storm over gay rights and calls for tolerance on Monday after comments by the Republican candidate that children should not be "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option." [More]

Obama touts $50 billion transportation proposal

President Barack Obama on Monday lobbied for Republican support from Capitol Hill for a burst of spending on transportation projects, calling his proposal a jobs creator for the middle class and an overdue investment in the country's foundation. [More]

Obama Highway Plan Fuels Talk of Gas Tax Hike

"We have come to the conclusion after much discussion that a gas tax increase likely is going to be necessary going forward," Jill Ingrassia, managing director of government relations and traffic safety advocacy at AAA said. [More]

Nearly half of Obama's supporters have now given up on him

Nearly half the people who once considered themselves supporters of President Barack Obama don't anymore. [More]

Church financier faces Ponzi scheme trial

A former pastor is headed to trial in Indiana for allegedly taking some money parishoners thought was going toward building churches and using it to buy himself and his sons planes and sports cars. [More]

Courteney Cox and David Arquette separate

Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced Monday they have been separated for some time but said they remain committed parents and "best friends." [More]

Explosives found at NY cemetery in '09 cause scare

A caretaker doing gardening work at a historic cemetery dug up a plastic garbage bag containing military-grade explosives last year and left it at the site, where it remained until a volunteer told authorities about it Monday, setting off a big police response. [More]

Obama rally streaker bared all for $1 million bet

Billionaire Alki David says a man arrested after streaking at President Barack Obama's weekend rally in Philadelphia was trying to win a $1 million Internet challenge. [More]

Gap Drops New Logo; Back To White On Navy Blue

Last week, the retailer changed its iconic blue and white logo — the one it had used for two decades. But the new logo for the clothing retailer wasn't well received. [More]

Monday, October 11

Drunk man rescued after chasing goose into river

Wausau rescued and arrested a drunken man who plunged into the Wisconsin River while chasing a one-legged goose. [More]

State trooper faces charges after dashboard camera shows brutal attack on female motorist

Shocking video has emerged of a Dallas police officer slamming a handcuffed woman face first into a concrete wall, leaving her with a deep gash to her chin. [More]

$50,000 bond set for man accused of stealing ambulance

A Chicago man was ordered held on $50,000 bond Sunday on charges alleging he stole an ambulance that had two paramedics inside working on his friend in the Garfield Park community. [More]

Miss. Judge Again Asks Courtroom to Say Pledge After Jailing Lawyer for Refusing

A Mississippi judge again asked everyone in his courtroom to stand and pledge allegiance to the flag, despite an uproar over whether he has the right to make such a request. [More]

California spent nearly half a billion on college freshmen who later dropped out, study finds

At a time when California's public colleges are battling to maintain state funding, a report says that over a five-year period, the state spent nearly half a billion dollars to educate first-year college students who dropped out before their sophomore year. [More]

An ugly, temporary answer to California's intractable budget problems

With few services left to cut, little left to tax and almost no political will or legislative experience to move past partisan bickering, the state budget was bound to be a disappointment. [More]

Cigar guy unmasked

Nicknamed ‘Cigar Guy’ he became an overnight internet phenomenon after the picture appeared in The Mail on Sunday. [More]

New York TV reporter charged with child sex assault

A reporter for New York City's Fox 5 station has been arrested in New Jersey, accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl. [More]

Mom tries bribe to get daughter off Facebook

With social networking cutting into family and study time, one South Carolina mother is offering her daughter $300 to stay off Facebook for a month, she says. [More]

Trapped Chilean miners argue over who's out last

After more than two months trapped deep in a Chilean mine, 33 miners were tantalizingly close to rescue on Sunday and officials said they were so giddy with confidence of success they were arguing over who would be the last one out. [More]

Lawyers compete for big payoff, control in BP case

More than 100 lawyers are battling for the biggest chunks of what is likely to be a multibillion-dollar settlement for Gulf of Mexico oil spill victims, jockeying for spots on the elite team that will control the plaintiffs' cases. [More]

10-10-10: Vegas chapels busy on symmetrical date

Churches, banquet halls and other wedding venues across the country were extra busy Sunday as couples seeking a perfect 10 rushed to tie the knot on a once-in-a-century milestone: Oct. 10, 2010. [More]

Ohio baby a perfect 10: Arrives at 10 a.m. on 10/10/10

Proud parents in Cleveland are thinking of their baby as a perfect 10 — partly because of the way he arrived over the weekend. [More]

Top Obama national security aide resigns

President Barack Obama's national security advisor James Jones is retiring and will be replaced by deputy Tom Donilon, in a new shake-up Friday of key White House staff portfolios. [More]

Justin Bieber to debut his own nail-polish line

Justin Bieber is ready to give his fans a total beauty treatment. The 16-year-old singer has partnered with Nicole by OPI to design a collection of nail polishes inspired by his hit songs. [More]

Sunday, October 10

Man stabs random child 5 times at eatery in N.Y.

An 8-year-old boy, who was repeatedly stabbed at a Long Island, New York, restaurant, was recovering from a punctured lung and other wounds Saturday, police said. [More]

Miss USA winner who had title taken away dies in L.A.

Leona Gage, who in 1957 was named Miss USA but had the title stripped the next day when pageant officials learned she was married and a mother of two, has died in Los Angeles, her son said today. She was 71. [More]

Judge tells school to admit nose-pierced NC girl

A federal judge ordered a North Carolina school to admit a 14-year-old high school student suspended for wearing a nose piercing she says is part of her religion, and the teenager headed to science class Friday afternoon. [More]

Mich. couple gets 4 years in prison in Stamos case

A Michigan couple convicted of trying to extort $680,000 out of "Glee" actor John Stamos were each sentenced Friday to four years in prison. [More]

Weed wars: California braces to inhale

As the vote approaches, California is drawing the eyes of the world much as it did in 1996 when it became the first of what are now more than a dozen states to green-light medical marijuana. [More]

Facebook Billionaire Gives Money To Legalize Marijuana

"Dustin Moskovitz confirmed that he has recently given (an additional) $50,000 in support of Proposition 19, which is seeking to legalize marijuana in California this November. [More]

Investor couple makes killing on Apple, without owning shares

Donnie and Kathy Fulbright of North Carolina will tell you: Real estate is all about location. Whether prescience or luck, the Fulbrights recently turned their $6,000 investment into a new life. Apple paid the couple $1.7 million for their land (less than one acre). [More]

Over 52? Then you're probably grumpy

Being older than 52 is nothing to laugh about because that's the age when they start becoming grumpy, according to a British survey on Friday. [More]

Yard Sale Skeleton Turns Out to be $3,000 Real Thing

A Florida man thought he was buying a Halloween decoration when he spent $8 for a box of bones at a yard sale. But when he and his wife got the box home, they realized it was an actual human skeleton. [More]

FBI busted tracking student, demands GPS spy gear return

Several days ago a 20-year-old student discovered a GPS tracking device hidden on his car. After his friend posted a picture of it online, speculating about its ties to a secret FBI investigation, the feds came a-knockin', according to They wanted their toy back. [More]

Obama signs technology access bill for disabled

Blind and deaf people will be able to more easily use smart phones, the Internet and other technologies that are staples of life and work under a bill signed into law on Friday. [More]

Jones resigns as NSC chief

In another White House shake up, President Barack Obama on Friday announced that his national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, was stepping down. [More]

Price tag for drilling rules put at $183 million a year

A yearly $183 million estimated price tag for new offshore drilling regulations - along with uncertainty about new rules to come - could cause some energy companies to shift away from Gulf of Mexico exploration, oil and gas industry officials warned Friday. [More]

Wife meets China's jailed Nobel winner

The wife of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo met her jailed husband Sunday, activists said, apparently to inform him he had won the prestigious award amid a media blackout in China. [More]

Saturday, October 9

Trapped Chile miners emerge to fame, movie contracts - and angry wives

A drill carving a rescue shaft broke through the rock into their subterranean dungeon early on Saturday, 65 days after they were trapped by a huge rockfall. Some will emerge to fame and fortune. Others just want to fade rapidly back to obscurity. And a few have some serious explaining to do. [More]

Angle: Reid helped child molesters get Viagra

In the ugliest ad so far in Nevada's contentious Senate race, Republican Sharron Angle accuses Democrat Harry Reid of helping to put Viagra in the hands of child molesters. [More]

Sam Donaldson ranch killer to go free

A young man who was 14 when he shot and killed his family on a New Mexico ranch owned by newsman Sam Donaldson is expected to go free on Saturday, his 21st birthday, his lawyer said. [More]

Brown campaign apologizes for calling Whitman a "whore"

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has apologized to Republican rival Meg Whitman after an aide referred to her in a recorded voicemail message as a "whore" because of her attempt to curry favor with a law enforcement union. [More]

Former 'CHiPs' star charged with securites fraud

Federal regulators on Thursday brought securities fraud charges against more than a dozen penny-stock promoters — including Larry Wilcox, who played California Highway Patrol officer Jonathan "Jon" Baker on the hit TV show "CHiPs." [More]

Connecticut man won't testify at sentencing of family's killer

Dr. William Petit has "regretfully decided" against testifying because he said Connecticut's law on victim impact statements is unclear and could provide convicts with grounds to appeal their sentences. [More]

$9 billion N.Y.-N.J. tunnel not dead after all

Under pressure from the Obama administration, Republican Gov. Chris Christie agreed Friday to rethink his decision to cancel construction of a $9 billion rail tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City. Christie is concerned about the $5 billion estimate for cost overruns, but the head of the Regional Plan Association said "This is a potential overrun that's many years down the road." [More]

Steve Fossett’s 800-MPH Jet Car for Sale

The car Steve Fossett was developing to set a land-speed record is for sale to anyone with an interest in supersonic driving and a pile of money to finance it. [More]

NC Woman Arrested After Body Is Found in Freezer

The girlfriend of a missing North Carolina man has been charged with murder after police found the man's body stuffed in a freezer in their home. Investigators are trying to locate the couple's missing son. [More]

Woman whose house burned down wins $80,000 in lottery

A Trigg County, Ky., woman whose home was destroyed by a fire last month won $80,000 Thursday in the Kentucky Lottery's Gold Bar Bonanza Ultimate Second Chance drawing. [More]

Chinese activists savour dissident's Nobel win

China's rights community on Saturday savoured the Nobel Peace Prize given to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo but warned the award could spell trouble after police rounded up activists celebrating the win. [More]

Friday, October 8

Postal Service Ballots Get Lost — In the Mail

The American Postal Workers Union has extended its internal election after thousands of ballots appeared to have gotten lost... in the mail. [More]

Senate nominee was just flirting with student

South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene was just trying to flirt with a teenage college student when he allegedly showed her online pornography in a campus computer lab last year, his attorney said Thursday. [More]

Pregnant Women May Have 1 or 2 Drinks Weekly Without Harm, Study Finds

Five-year-old children born to light drinkers showed no increase in socioemotional difficulties or cognitive deficits compared with those born to mothers who abstained during pregnancy, according to the study published today in the Journal of Epidemiological and Community Health. [More]

Teen shot in behind over sagging pants

Police say a 45-year-old Memphis man angry over two teens' sagging pants shot one in the buttocks during an argument. [More]

How a cell phone picture led to girl's suicide

At age 13, Hope Witsell struggled in middle school. Not because her class work at Shields Middle School in Ruskin, Florida, was challenging, but because Hope was being bullied. [More]

Attorney: Calif. city owes money to ousted manager

An attorney for a former city manager charged in a corruption scandal claims the Southern California city of Bell owes his client a severance package and other benefits. [More]

Cash flies from back of armored car

Motorists and passersby took to an Indianapolis street to retrieve money that spilled onto the road from the back of an armored car, officials said. [More]

Polanski victim 'very relieved' he wasn't extradited to U.S.

Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when director Roman Polanski had unlawful sex with her in 1977, said she is "very relieved" that the filmmaker was not extradited from Switzerland. [More]

New York seeks to ban sugary drinks from food stamp buys

Using food stamps to buy sodas, teas, sports drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages would not be allowed in New York City under a new government effort to battle obesity. [More]

Toni Braxton is bankrupt, again

U.S. singer Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy a second time, citing millions of dollars in debt, according to media reports Friday. [More]

Texas octogenarian arrested on voter fraud charge

An 81-year-old San Antonio woman has been arrested on charges that she used her dead sister's identity to vote a second time in the 2008 general election. [More]

Mother Learns on Live TV That Missing Daughter Is Dead

An Italian mother whose anguish over her missing daughter gripped the nation for weeks was told on live TV that the teenager had been slain, allegedly by the girl's uncle, whose house was hosting the show. [More]

Woman pushing great great great grandson has purse stolen

An 84-year-old woman was injured during a strong-armed robbery Wednesday in Winter Haven. [More]

Money manager who crashed plane gets 10 years

An Indiana money manager who stole from investors and tried to fake his death by parachuting out of a plane and crashing it was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday. [More]

Thursday, October 7

72,000 stimulus payments went to dead people

More than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison, a government investigator says in a new report. [More]

Duke coed’s scandalous sex ratings are viral sensation

Karen Owen's tongue-in-cheek “unofficial senior thesis” on sex with Duke athletes spread from the three friends she originally e-mailed to the whole 14,000-strong student body and, eventually, to websites the whole world can see. [More]

Boat captain says whaling protester ordered him to let boat sink

The skipper of a Sea Shepherd protest boat damaged in a collision with a Japanese whaling ship said Thursday that the head of the conservation group ordered him to let the vessel sink because it would help win public support. [More]

What's Waiting Up Here for Trapped Chilean Miners?

A baby girl. A wedding. A mistress and pissed off wife. Fame. Fortune? These are just some of the things that await the 33 men trapped in a Chilean mine when they emerge from their captivity. [More]

Cops: Cocaine, meth sold at medical pot clinics

About $350,000 worth of marijuana products were seized during raids at 16 locations across Southern California — including several medical marijuana dispensaries, police said. [More]

$162 million in stimulus funds not disclosed promised transparency on how the government spends every dollar of stimulus money, but there's $162 million the website doesn't disclose. [More]

Toy gun leads to Florida boy's expulsion

When a 7-year-old boy brought a toy gun to his Florida school last year, its zero tolerance policy kicked in, resulting in an expulsion that has put the child's life on hold. [More]

ACLU sues NC school over student's nose piercing

The American Civil Liberties Union claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that a North Carolina school violated the constitutional rights of a 14-year-old student by suspending her for wearing a nose piercing. [More]

ACLU sues SC jail over Bible policy

A South Carolina jail was sued Wednesday over its policy barring inmates from having any reading material other than the Bible. [More]

Miss. judge jails attorney for not reciting pledge

A Mississippi judge ordered an attorney to spend several hours in jail Wednesday after the attorney chose not to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in court. [More]

Black judge rejects plea deal for 'white boy'

A black judge from western Pennsylvania rejected a plea agreement for a man accused of fighting with police during a traffic stop, saying it was "a ridiculous plea that only goes to white boys." [More]

NY ex-comptroller to plead guilty

Former New York state Comptroller Alan Hevesi has turned himself in and will allegedly plead guilty to a felony corruption charge for taking gifts while running the state's multibillion dollar pension fund. [More]

Forbes: First Lady Michelle Obama is Most Powerful Woman

One look at the 2010 World's 100 Most Powerful Women list and it is clear that Forbes has come up with a new ranking that reflects the New Order. Lady Gaga (No. 7) and Ellen DeGeneres (No. 10) share top 10 billing with Michelle Obama (No. 1). [More]

Ohio executes man who killed lover over ATM card

An Ohio man who bludgeoned his girlfriend to death and then stole her ATM card to buy crack cocaine apologized to the woman's family before he died by lethal injection Wednesday. [More]

Smoking chimp dead at 52

A chimpanzee famous for his smoking habit has died at a South African zoo at the age of 52 - 10 years older than his species' average life expectancy. [More]

Data overload block tracking of sex offenders

A company that provides electronic monitoring to track sex offenders, parolees and others said its system shut down after unexpectedly hitting its data storage limit, leaving authorities across 49 states unaware of offenders' movement for about 12 hours. [More]

Owner of Segway Donates 1,000 Segways for Wounded Warriors Before His Death

America’s wounded warriors lost an advocate last week when the British philanthropist and Segway tycoon Jimi Heselden died in a freak accident while riding one of his vehicles. Before his death, Heselden donated 1,000 Segways, a gift valued at more than $5 million. [More]

10 leading U.S. private land owners

They grow timber, offer hunting or produce energy on their property. The three largest private landholders in America each have enough acreage to qualify their plots as the 49th largest state. No nosy neighbors for miles. [More]

Texas College Student Shot and Killed in Mexico

University of Texas at Brownsville spokeswoman Amy Lynch said 19-year-old freshman Jonathan William Torres was killed Wednesday in Matamoros. [More]

Wednesday, October 6

No pay, no spray: Firefighters let home burn

Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. [More]

Water moccasin bites tourist at Orlando hotel pool

A tourist is in intensive care after being bitten by a poisonous snake near a Florida resort's swimming pool. [More]

Banned Books Week: 25 titles you won't believe got banned

Where there are books, there seem to be people who want to ban them. 'A Light in the Attic,' by Shel Silverstein was challenged because a parent was worried that this collection of poems "encourages children to break dishes so they won't have to dry them." [More]

Rick Sanchez Tells Jon Stewart Sorry

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez apologized to "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart Monday, four days after the journalist called the comedian a bigot during a satellite radio interview. [More]

Mom pleads guilty in plot to impregnate girl

A western Pennsylvania woman accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to drug her 13-year-old daughter so he could try to impregnate her has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors. [More]

White House To Go Solar, Again

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that the White House, already growing organic vegetables, is going green with rooftop solar panels. In 1979 President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House roof, however they were removed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. [More]

Obama promotes family-friendly hours at businesses

President Barack Obama is promoting flexible workplace hours and policies like mobile workplaces, flexible schedules, and supports paid leave programs. [More]

Barack Obama laughs off seal mishap

Barack Obama was able to laugh off an embarrassing mishap as the presidential seal fell off his lectern and clattered to the stage as he was delivering a speech. [More]

Woman says 'hoe' carved on chest after date goes awry

Kansas City police are investigating an attack on a 22-year-old woman who claims a weekend encounter at a motel left her with the word “hoe” cut into her chest. [More]

Defiant Times Square bomber jailed for life

A Pakistani-American was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for his botched car bomb attempt in New York's famed Times Square, but in a chilling statement warned that jihadist war "has just begun." [More]

Cops: Mass. woman threw dog poop in driver's face

Police said Tuesday that the woman, whose name has not been released, admitted tossing doggie dung at the driver because she believed he was speeding. [More]

11 High School Dropouts Who Found Success Anyway

Every year an alarming number of high school students decide to call it quits on their education. While many, if not most, live to regret the decision, quite a few dropouts have done pretty well for themselves. [More]

High court to hear military funeral protest case

The father of a Marine killed in Iraq is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a $5 million verdict against members of a fundamentalist church who picketed his son's funeral with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates the USA." [More]

Man's shredded $14.5 million lotto ticket claim a hoax

A Florida man's story to get his hands on $14.5 million in lottery winnings has been shredded. [More]

Driver cuts off truck, abducted Calif. girl flees

An 8-year-old girl who was abducted by a stranger while playing outside a Fresno home escaped from her captor Tuesday morning after a driver recognized the suspect's vehicle and cut it off, police said. [More]

Daughter expected to testify in NJ incest trial

The daughter of a New Jersey man accused of raping five of his daughters and impregnating three is scheduled to testify in her father's trial Wednesday. [More]

Rep. Tierney's wife to plead guilty to tax charges

The wife of U.S. Rep. John Tierney has agreed to plead guilty to charges she helped her brother conceal what authorities say was an illegal offshore gambling business that generated millions of dollars. [More]

Hiker followed shade during 6 days in desert

A 64-year-old man who was stranded for six days in the Joshua Tree desert in Southern California said Tuesday he survived by staying still in a small canyon and moving only to follow the shade. [More]

Hands-only CPR saves more lives in cardiac arrests

Hands-only CPR doesn't just eliminate the "yuck factor." A new study shows it can save more lives. [More]

Conn. jury convicts man in deadly home invasion

A paroled burglar was convicted Tuesday of murdering a woman and her two daughters in their suburban home during a night of terror that drew comparisons to "In Cold Blood" and bolstered efforts to retain the death penalty in Connecticut. [More]

Tuesday, October 5

Man in wheelchair wins lawsuit to enjoy ‘Chipotle Experience’

A federal court ruled that Chipotle Mexican Grill’s 45-inch-high wall screening its food-preparation counter was too high for Maurizio Antoninetti, who uses a wheelchair. He couldn’t watch his food being prepared, so he was denied the full “Chipotle Experience.” [More]

Hyatt guest claims male employee wore her underwear

A Los Angeles woman says that when she walked into her room at the Hyatt in Deerfield, she was alarmed to discover a strange man wearing one of her skirts and a pair of her high-heels. [More]

Police nab suspected panty thief

Police said they have detained a suspect in a months-long string of women's underwear thefts at the University of Mississippi. [More]

3 corruption trials in a day? NJ says no big deal

In most places, three unrelated, high-profile political corruption trials on the same day would be pretty big news. New Jersey is not most places. [More]

Trainee mistook store clerk for robber

Authorities say a deputy trainee fired eight times at a liquor store manager after mistaking the man's finger for a gun as he pointed toward fleeing robbers. [More]

Man shoots self after spotting skunk

Police in Florida said a man attempting to take care of a skunk on his friend's property accidentally shot himself in the hand and face while loading a rifle. [More]

Federal Judge Faces Charges in Drug Case

A longtime federal judge in Georgia was charged Monday with buying cocaine, marijuana and other illegal drugs from a stripper with whom he was having an extramarital affair. [More]

Msnbc to ‘lean forward’ in two-year brand campaign

Cable news network msnbc said Tuesday it is launching a two-year, multimillion-dollar marketing campaign, embracing its politically progressive identity with the new tagline “Lean Forward.” [More]

20 government workers with super-sized pay

City managers get free luxury cars, firefighters get half-million-dollar lump payments and, in California, one city worker is being paid $500,000 annually during retirement. [More]

Casino owners, senators charged in Ala bingo probe

After the governor began raiding the state's electronic bingo halls, casino owners sent lobbyists to the Capitol with orders to make their Vegas-style parlors legal. [More]

Mom finds son inside toy vending machine

A 9-year-old boy figured out a way to cheat one of those claw-grabbing toy vending machines by crawling inside it over the weekend. [More]

Monday, October 4

94-Year-Old Man Beaten To Death at California Nursing Home

Authorities say an 81-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder for allegedly beating to death his 94-year-old roommate at an Orange County nursing home. [More]

Man charged with locking girlfriend in dog kennel

A 29 year-old man from St. Paul who authorities say locked his girlfriend in a dog kennel earlier this week was charged Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court. [More]

Carjacker who couldn't drive stick sentenced

A West Palm Beach man who tried to carjack a woman in the parking lot of a jail shortly after his release is going back behind bars. [More]

New survey on sex in U.S. biggest since 1994

The male-female orgasm gap. The sex lives of 14-year-olds. An intriguing breakdown of condom usage rates, by age and ethnicity, with teens emerging as more safe-sex-conscious than boomers. [More]

Conn. prison inmates have choice of violent books

Inmates in Connecticut prisons have access to true crime books and works of fiction that depict murder and graphic violence, with no apparent restrictions based on a reader's criminal history. [More]

Pa. man rescued from manure pit after accident

Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say a man was pitched into a 15-foot-deep manure pit after the loader he was operating tumbled over a chain-link fence. [More]

Ben & Jerry's to drop 'All Natural' from labels

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is dropping the phrase "all natural" from all labels after a request from a health advocacy group. [More]

10 items with ludicrous markups

Convenience often comes at a price. You'll pay dearly for the luxury of enjoying a candy bar from the minibar in your hotel room, for example. [More]

Chavez vows to radicalize after Venezuela election

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez vowed to "radicalize" his socialist revolution even further after legislative elections that gave the opposition one of its strongest showings during his more than 11 years in power. [More]

Verizon Wireless to Pay Up to $90M in Refunds

Verizon Wireless could pay out up to $90 million in refunds to cell phone customers who were improperly charged for inadvertent Web access or data usage over the past several years. [More]

Sunday, October 3

San Francisco considers banning Happy Meals toys

San Francisco has a long history of bold public health and environmental stances, going after everything from plastic bags in grocery stores to cigarettes to sugary drinks. The latest target: Ronald McDonald. [More]

Parents sue NYC over handling of son's brain

A Staten Island couple are suing New York City after learning that their dead son's brain was on display at a city morgue. [More]

School sells ads on notes home to parents

Schools in Peabody, Mass., needed some extra money, so they've started selling advertising space in letters that are sent home to parents. [More]

Residents long suspected corruption in Bell

A few would-be whistleblowers suspected for years that the government in this working-class Los Angeles suburb was corrupt and that leaders were secretly paying themselves six-figure salaries. [More]

Ethics panel faces partisan split over trial dates

The House ethics committee split along party lines Tuesday as Republicans demanded pre-election trials for two prominent Democrats, Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters. [More]

Months after winning $1M in lottery, man wins $2M

The odds against winning $1 million in the Lottery: Astronomical. How about doing it twice? [More]

Man awarded $52,000 for demolished house

A Texas court awarded a man $52,000 in damages from the city of San Antonio for the unlawful demolition of his house. [More]

20 kidnapped in Mexican resort city of Acapulco

Gunmen kidnapped 20 men who were traveling together in Mexico's Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco, authorities said Saturday. [More]

Beware of prepaid debit cards' hidden costs

Prepaid debit cards are similar to regular debit cards in the way payments are made, and these handy little pieces of plastic are reloadable. [More]

Case dropped against man accused of threatening census worker

Prosecutors have dropped their case against a 66-year-old man accused of threatening a census worker. [More]

Little Debbie truck stolen

Police in Kansas said a stolen Little Debbie truck was found abandoned with the airbags deployed and a trail of empty boxes leading from the truck to the road. [More]

Grandma in DUI offered sandwich

A police officer in Florida says a grandmother tried to avoid a drunken driving arrest by offering to make him a grilled cheese sandwich. [More]

Saturday, October 2

Woman charged with beating 6-year-old with cord

A 21-year-old woman was arrested Thursday, accused of beating a 6-year-old girl with an electrical extension cord because the child spilled milk in a car, police said. [More]

Rutgers suicide incident raises legal issues

Amid intense public attention, Tyler Clementi's family remained quiet Friday, except to say that their personal tragedy has raised a host of legal issues for the country. [More]

Michigan mom accused of faking son's cancer

An unemployed Detroit-area mother accused of drugging and shaving her healthy 12-year-old son so he appeared to have cancer, then accepting thousands of dollars in donations for his treatment. [More]

Pregame Prayers at Pee Wee Football Games Are Out of Bounds, Florida Dad Says

Football and prayer don't belong in the same backfield, says a Florida dad who wants his hometown to stop a Pee Wee football league from having kids perform voluntary pregame prayers. [More]

Police: $5 lottery ticket traded for sex

In a bizarre twist of a prostitution arrest, a Troy man told police he was paid $35 and a winning lottery ticket after agreeing to let another man perform a sex act on him, an official said Wednesday. [More]

US apologizes for '40s syphilis study in Guatemala

American scientists deliberately infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis 60 years ago, a recently unearthed experiment that prompted U.S. officials to apologize Friday and declare outrage over "such reprehensible research." [More]

Veteran's family denied WH tour because of shorts

The White House apologized Thursday for turning the family of a Medal of Honor recipient away from an exclusive tour last week because the late veteran's 10-year-old grandson was wearing shorts. [More]

Nobel experts predict low-key prize after Obama

After the unusual ruckus caused by honoring Barack Obama less than nine months into his presidency, Nobel experts believe the peace prize committee will opt for a more low-profile choice. [More]

Woman who nabbed child gets 24 years in prison

For posing as an immigration official and kidnapping the infant child of migrant workers, Amalia Tabata-Pereira will spend 24 years in prison – about one year for every hour the child was away from her parents. [More]

Chippendales stumbles in trademark attempt

The male erotic dancer company Chippendales stumbled on Friday when an appeals court ruled that it could not trademark the bow tie and shirt cuffs that the men wear. [More]

Grand jury indicts accused California kidnappers

California kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard and her two young daughters will be spared from having to testify in open court any time soon following a grand jury indictment of the couple charged with kidnapping and holding her captive for 18 years. [More]

Friday, October 1

Legendary TV producer Stephen J. Cannell has died

Television producer Stephen J. Cannell, known for his work on shows including "21 Jump Street" and "The A-Team," died Thursday, his publicist said. Cannell was 69. [More]

He was holding it for somebody else

Police in Florida said a suspect arrested for drug possession denied ownership of the cocaine he was found to be concealing in his buttocks. [More]

CNN anchor lashes out at network, Jon Stewart

Rick Sanchez gave a radio interview on the day that he lost his coveted 8 pm timeslot. That was probably a mistake. [More]

UPDATE: CNN's Sanchez fired after calling Stewart a bigot

CNN says that anchor Rick Sanchez has been fired, a day after he called Jon Stewart a bigot while on a radio show. [More]

Teacher Accused of Taping Sex With 70 Children

An El Paso, Texas, high school dance teacher was jailed without bond Thursday on charges of sexual exploitation of minors and possessing child pornography, allegedly including 200 videotapes of himself having sex with as many as 70 children. [More]

New York to spend $27 million to replace street signs

New York officials said it will cost about $27.5 million to replace all of the city's street signs. [More]

Oregon woman arrested after failing to register with sex offender list

Officials arrested a Junction City, Oregon woman Sept. 29th , in West Union for Failure to Comply with the Iowa sex-offender registry. [More]

Family sues over Pa. dad's unheeded 911 calls

The children of a man who died after waiting 30 hours for help despite 10 calls to 911 during a record-setting February snowstorm are suing, saying his death happened because of a total breakdown of the emergency medical system. [More]

Health care law may hamper limited insurance plans

The new health care law could make it difficult for companies like McDonald's to continue offering limited insurance coverage to their low-wage workers. [More]

Drunk man drives drunk woman to station

Police said a 40-year-old man faces drunk driving charges after he drove an intoxicated woman to the police station. [More]

FBI: Dean forced students to do chores

Investigators say a former vice president and dean at a New York university forced students to cook, clean, wash clothes and chauffeur her family - and threatened that their scholarships would be revoked if they refused. [More]

American on Jet Ski Shot in Mexican Waters

An American tourist was shot in the back of the head in Mexican waters on Thursday after being ambushed by armed boaters, a Texas sheriff said. It happened on a lake where run-ins with pirates had already put fishermen and Texas officials on alert. [More]

Hiker missing 6 days in Calif. desert found alive

A real estate broker survived six days without food or water in the desolate Joshua Tree National Park by staying still and writing messages to his family on his hat, telling them what kind of funeral he wanted, who they could trust and how much he loved them, his wife said. [More]

Mich. dad who used 2-year-old as shield gets jail

A Michigan judge has sentenced a father to a year in jail and parenting classes after he used his 2-year-old daughter as a shield during a confrontation with a Taser-wielding police officer. [More]

JFK Pilot Says He's No Hero

The hubbub surrounding the pilot who made an emergency landing at New York's Kennedy International Airport last weekend had reached such a level of adulation by Thursday that he felt compelled to clear the air. "I'm no hero," he said. [More]

Obama charges up young voters at concert

Grasping for the electric energy that propelled him to the White House, President Barack Obama whipped up young supporters at a rally Thursday night, where the boisterous crowd tried to shout down any talk of an "enthusiasm gap" among Democrats. [More]

Man charged with arson after burning ex-girlfriend's photos

A man in a combative relationship is accused of setting fire to photos of his current flame in their apartment — putting neighbors' units at risk of burning, police said. [More]

Thursday, September 30

Actor Tony Curtis dies at Las Vegas-area home

Tony Curtis, who defiantly worked to mold himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob to a respected actor with such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot," has died. He was 85. [More]

Student's apparent suicide linked to webcast of sexual encounter

A Rutgers University student who apparently committed suicide was the unknowing target of an internet broadcast showing him in a sexual encounter in his dorm room. [More]

Record number of children die in hot cars in 2010

According to the Kansas-based organization Kids and Cars, 48 children have died of hyperthermia after being left or becoming trapped in a hot car or truck. The previous record of 47 was set in 2005, says Janette Fennell, the group's founder and president. [More]

Tiger Mistress Shops Sex Tape

One of Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses is shopping an alleged sex tape she says she made with Tiger Woods. [More]

Case dropped against man accused of threatening census worker

Prosecutors have dropped their case against a 66-year-old man accused of threatening a census worker. [More]

Judge hands out condoms hidden in acorns

Police said a district judge from Intercourse, Pa., hid condoms inside acorns and handed them out to women in the state Capitol complex last week. [More]

Snooki becomes an author

Simon & Schuster announced Wednesday it will publish a novel by Nicole Polizzi, aka Snooki, of the reality TV show "Jersey Shore." [More]

Lindsay Lohan admits herself to rehab

A person close to the actress, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, says the 24-year-old star has entered a rehabilitation facility. [More]

Calif. Teen Who Endured Gay Taunts Dies After Hanging Himself From Tree

A 13-year-old Central California boy who was a target of taunts from classmates has died nine days after hanging himself from a tree. [More]

Buying a business? Make sure the seller owns it

A flood victim down on his luck found the opportunity he thought would turn his life around. He bought a new business and worked it for a week, but then the real owner showed up. [More]

Sex Offender Jailed for Failing to Report New Address Under Bridge

A New York man who served a year behind bars for attempted sexual abuse 14 years ago is heading back to prison for failing to report his new address under a bridge. [More]

Shoplifter inspired by TV

Police in Illinois said a Nordstrom employee accused of stealing more than $30,000 in merchandise from the upscale store told them TV helped him hatch the plot. [More]

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