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Thursday, November 11

Cops: Man beat wife over missing ricotta

A Chelsea man beat his wife over a missing ingredient for the lasagna he was making during “Monday Night Football” hours before she was found dead in their driveway, authorities said. [More]

Blasted tower falls the wrong way in Ohio

The former Ohio Edison Mad River Power Plant’s 275-foot smoke stack in Springfield, Ohio falls toward spectators and surrounding buildings as it falls the wrong way during its demolition. [video] [More]

Google fires employee who leaked salary hike plan

Google has fired an employee that leaked its plans to give a 10 per cent salary hike to all 23,000 of its employees across the world next year, according to a media report on Thursday. [More]

Drunk woman won't leave road, hit by truck

Moments after a 30-year-old woman refused to be helped off a road in which she was lying Tuesday night, she was hit by a Ford pickup. [More]

Court weighs sex differences in citizenship rule

The Supreme Court confronted a U.S. citizenship law with evident distaste Wednesday because it treats fathers and mothers differently, even as justices offered little hope to a Mexican-born man who says he should be declared an American. [More]

Condit's DNA found on Levy's underwear

Former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit's semen was found on underwear belonging to Chandra Levy, according to an FBI biologist testifying Wednesday in the trial of Ingmar Guandique, who is accused of murdering the Washington intern in 2001. [More]

Rape charge dropped after accuser commits suicide

Samantha Kelly endured merciless taunting from classmates after they learned that the high school freshman had accused a senior of rape. The weeks of harassment eventually became too much. [More]

Pentagon, NASA experts say mystery plume was plane

The Pentagon and NASA experts have determined that a billowing contrail seen streaking into the skies above Southern California was likely caused by an airliner and not a missile. [More]

Giada De Laurentiis Slams John Mayer Hookup Rumors

Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis is shutting down a tabloid report that says she hooked up with singer John Mayer. [More]

Crippled cruise ship expected in San Diego

Thousands of passengers on a crippled cruise ship being towed to San Diego, California, will disembark Thursday with personal tales from a three-day ordeal that left them without air conditioning and hot showers. [More]

Dog eats $300 cash, $900 in checks

The president of Washington state's West Seattle Soccer Club said his dog took an envelope of fundraising money and ate $300 in cash and $900 in checks. [More]

Mustang's 2 keys change pony car's performance settings

Ford Motor is announcing today that its next Mustang Boss 302 can be ordered with two ignition keys that give the car a split personality: one sweet and mannered for the street, the other rip-roaringly ugly for raceways. [More]

State pays $110K to settle with kidnapped trucker

The state of Wyoming has paid $110,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a Walmart trucker kidnapped last year by a rogue state trooper in an aborted murder plot. [More]

Eliot Spitzer's Favorite Hooker Wasn't Ashley Dupre, New Movie Says

According to the film, Ashley Dupre’s highly publicized “relationship” with Eliot Spitzer was actually nothing more than a two-hour rendezvous in a D.C hotel room. [More]

Woman sentenced in antifreeze margarita death

A woman drew a 23-year prison sentence Wednesday for killing her alcoholic boyfriend by lacing a jug of margarita cocktails with antifreeze at her apartment. [More]

Delivery robber recognized at restaurant

Police in Massachusetts said a man who robbed a delivery driver was arrested after apparently gaining a taste for the food and visiting the restaurant. [More]

Custody settled over kids of producer, slain wife

The parents of a TV producer whose wife was killed during a Mexican vacation will get permanent guardianship of the couple's two children under an agreement reached Wednesday. [More]

Wednesday, November 10

More federal workers' pay tops $150,000

The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office, a USA TODAY analysis finds. [More]

White House altered drilling safety report

The Interior Department's inspector general says the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the administration's six-month ban on new drilling. [More]

Woman sentenced in skimpy outfit murder

An Ohio woman who police say shot a relative to death amid a dispute over a skimpy Easter outfit has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. [More]

The Haircut Police

Orange County, Florida has seen a sharp increase in crime: Murders are up 45%. Maybe it’s because the police are busy with more important things. As the Orlando Sentinel reports: As many as 14 armed Orange County deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop … handcuffing barbers. So you may get mugged or murdered in Orange County, but at least you won’t get a bad haircut. [More]

Spam arrives for stricken cruise ship passengers

Helicopters have flown in cases of Spam to feed nearly 4,500 passengers on the stricken Carnival Slendor cruise ship as supplies run low. [More]

Army: No single action could have prevented Fort Hood killings

The Army must transform how it protects its soldiers, collects information about internal threats and communicates with the FBI and terrorism experts in an effort to prevent another incident like last year's shootings at Fort Hood in Texas, a report by the Army and the Department of Defense says. [More]

Pentagon still can't explain 'missile' off California

The Pentagon said Tuesday it did not know what created a vapor trail that crossed the skies off the Southern California coast and resembled a missile launch. [More]

San Francisco approves limits on toys with fast-food meals

San Francisco will soon be the first major U.S. city to restrict the fast-food industry's practice of giving away toys with children's meals, under a new law given final approval on Tuesday. [More]

Google Street View captures caravan thief

Eleven-year old Reuben Soames looked up his family's house on Google Street View and saw a strange man standing in the driveway next to the the family's camper - the same camper stolen from the yard a little more than a year before. [More]

Lawrence O'Donnell Calls Himself A 'Socialist'

Lawrence O'Donnell and prominent blogger Glenn Greenwald engaged in a heated debate on Friday's "Morning Joe" about the political direction the Democratic Party should take in the wake of their midterm election losses. [More]

Cat blamed for starting fire with toaster oven

Investigators believe a cat who liked to sleep on top of a toaster oven started a kitchen fire in Port Townsend by depressing the toaster lever. [More]

Taylor Swift named BMI songwriter of the year

Taylor Swift was named country songwriter of the year at the BMI Awards on Tuesday night, becoming the youngest person to win the award at age 20. [More]

Americans told to eat more cheese by government trying to tackle obesity

The U.S. government is trying to convince Americans to eat more cheese - at the same time as it is battling to fight obesity. Fast food giants like Domino’s Pizza and Taco Bell are getting help to promote and sell more cheese by Dairy Management, a marketing offshoot of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [More]

Tuesday, November 9

Limo stolen from church with bridal party inside

It wasn’t just the bride and groom with wedding day jitters on Saturday - part of the wedding party got quite a scare when they were carjacked in front of a church. [More]

Blaze started with picture fire

Police in Pittsburgh said a man set fire to his home while burning pictures of his ex-girlfriend. [More]

Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast

A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught by CBS affiliate KCBS's cameras Monday night, and officials are staying tight-lipped over the nature of the projectile. [More]

Mr. Goodwrench fired after 37 years

General Motors is asking Mr. Goodwrench to pack up his toolbox. The mechanic who served as the symbol of GM's dealer service brand for 37 years will be scrapped as of Feb. 1 in favor of "certified service" brands. [More]

Car thief left wallet, phone

Police in Pennsylvania said a drunk man who allegedly stole a car and crashed it into a pole left his wallet and cellphone behind in the vehicle. [More]

Woman in court for 8th DWI shows up intoxicated

A Fond du Lac woman convicted of drunken driving for the eighth time showed up intoxicated at her sentencing hearing, gets 18 months in prison. [More]

Oops! Google Maps Error Sparks South American Invasion

Google Maps is fixing an error in its map of Central America that gave Nicaraguan commanders an excuse to invade a disputed area also claimed by Costa Rica. [More]

Olbermann apologizes to fans for donation 'drama'

Keith Olbermann apologized to his fans — but not NBC News — on Monday for the "unnecessary drama" surrounding his two-day suspension for making political donations. [More]

'Conan' gives audience the moon in cable debut

Conan O'Brien's return to TV Monday night stuck close to the standard late night talk show format and set, but he could boast one innovation. [More]

Nancy Grace settles lawsuit over Florida woman's death

The parents and estate of a young woman who shot herself after she faced harsh questioning from talk-show host Nancy Grace have dismissed a lawsuit against CNN and the host. [More]

Michigan assistant AG fired after targeting openly gay student leader

An assistant attorney general in Michigan is out of a job, fired after targeting an openly gay University of Michigan student leader online and in person - then lying about his actions to investigators - state Attorney General Mike Cox said Monday. [More]

Dahmer childhood friend released from jury

A Cleveland cartoonist was dismissed from jury duty after informing the court of his childhood friendship with notorious serial killer Jeffery Dahmer. [More]

ACORN Official Charged With Voter Fraud

A former supervisor for the defunct political advocacy group ACORN agreed to a plea deal Monday in a case alleging that canvassers were illegally paid to register Nevada voters during the 2008 presidential campaign. [More]

'Wheel of Fortune' Phenom Caitlin Burke Shares Her Secrets

“I’ve got a good feeling about this.” With just the letter “L” revealed, "Wheel of Fortune" contestant Caitlin Burke managed to floor veteran host Pat Sajak by solving that 27-word puzzle. [More]

Drunk driver nabbed twice in two hours

Police say a persistent drunk driver managed to get himself busted twice in two hours over the weekend. [More]

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Being Ecofriendly

Think you don’t have time to be green? Here are seven small things you can do that have a big impact. [More]

Man refuses $2 million

Iowa state treasury officials said an 85-year-old man is refusing to claim $2 million being held for him by the state. [More]

Cruise ship adrift off San Diego after fire

A cruise ship that's been adrift since an engine room fire as it headed for Mexico is awaiting the arrival of two boats that will tow it back to shore. [More]

More than 14 feet long, boat-towing gator sets record

A man who trapped and killed an alligator so big it pulled his boat around a lake has snared what authorities say is Florida's longest gator on record, exceeding 14 feet. [More]

Monday, November 8

Alleged fraudster Allen Stanford beaten up by jail inmates as he awaits trial

Bloodied and bruised, this is the shocking picture of cricket tycoon Allen Stanford after a beating by jail inmates. His neck in a brace, his eye bleeding and half-closed and his head bandaged. [More]

Elizabeth Smart says she awoke to knife on neck

Elizabeth Smart remembers not being able to make out the threat, only the feel of cold knife at her neck. [More]

Too drunk for Facebook? This tool may help

Set the hours you feel most likely to give in to booze-fueled temptation, and the plug-in will ask you to pass a test before being able log on. [More]

Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate Twinkies every three hours to make a point: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most - not the nutritional value of the food. The premise held up. On his "convenience store diet," he shed 27 pounds in two months. [More]

A Restaurant Where Anyone over 350 Pounds Eats for Free

A restaurant in Chandler, Arizona will serve free food to anyone over 350 pounds. It’s called the Heart Attack Grill, and its managers just hired a 600-pound man named Blair River to be a model in their commercials. [More]

Residents of Missouri Town Block Protesters From Picketing Soldier's Funeral

Members of a small Missouri town banded together Saturday to block a controversial pastor and members of his Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funeral of a fallen U.S. soldier. [More]

Heroes wanted in climate science story

97% of climate scientists agree climate change is a reality and only 52% of the public say they agree. So what is the problem? "Scientists, academics, and politicians on the left, do not do stories very well," says Harvard political scientist Michael Jones. [More]

Man puts 'unloaded' shotgun in roomie's mouth, pulls trigger

19-year-old James Brett Hopkins grabbed a shotgun from his bedroom and brought it out on a screened porch, showing it off to his friends. [More]

Somali pirates alleged to have killed hostage on his yacht

A man was shot dead today after he refused to disembark from a yacht in the Indian Ocean that was hijacked by Somali pirates last week. [More]

MSNBC says Olbermann will be back on air Tuesday

MSNBC says Keith Olbermann will be back on the air Tuesday, ending his suspension for violating NBC's rules against making political donations after two shows. [More]

Obama Surprised By Political Cost Of Health Law

President Obama says the political cost of overhauling the health care system turned out to be higher than he had expected. And he admits that he gets discouraged at times when dealing with the economy. [More]

Man Dressed As Jesus Kicked Out Of Church

A man dressed as Jesus was kicked out of a St. Louis area church Sunday. Police were even called to get in the middle of the spiritual showdown. "We're called to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ, ambassadors should represent, and that's what I do. I try to represent my Lord and savior Jesus Christ," said Neal Thompson. [More]

Sunday, November 7

'I Pledge Allegiance'...But in Spanish?

Melissa Taggart says she was delighted that her son was learning a foreign language in the eighth grade - until she learned he was expected to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. And that he'd receive a zero if he didn't. [More]

N.J. Conductor Who Burned Koran to Sue Over Firing

A former New Jersey train conductor fired two days after publicly burning pages from the Koran on Sept. 11 is expected to file a lawsuit Friday seeking reinstatement and monetary damages. [More]

Teen charged with impersonating cop, pulling over female driver

A 17-year-old from Highland is facing charges of impersonating a police officer for allegedly pulling over a female driver with a strobe light, then going to her house two weeks later and claiming to be investigating a report of a loud noise. [More]

Mother jailed for getting five-year-old drunk

An Australian mother has been sentenced to eight months in jail for giving her five-year-old son alcohol shots and cheering him on as he drank them. [More]

Mexico: 18 in grave are missing Acapulco tourists

Relatives confirmed that 18 bodies found in a mass grave outside Acapulco are those of a group of travelers kidnapped in one of the Mexican resort city's most shocking drug-gang crimes, authorities said Saturday. [More]

Gunmen block roads after Mexican drug lord killed

Rival gunmen blocked roads near the U.S. border and strung up threatening banners on Saturday after marines killed one of Mexico's top kingpins, and Washington reaffirmed its support for the country's drug war. [More]

Drug cartels disrupt basic services in Mexico

Five Pemex workers went to their jobs at a government-owned gas compression plant near the Texas border six months ago and never returned. Masked men, apparently members of a drug cartel operating there, had warned employees of Petroleos Mexicanos that they were no longer allowed to enter the area. [More]

Ore. couple give condoms to teen trick-or-treaters

Having a safe Halloween took on a different meaning in one Oregon neighborhood, where trick-or-treating teenagers received condoms in their goodie bags. [More]

10 of this year's biggest winners — and losers

Here are 10 of this year's biggest winners — and losers - among the nation's elected officials: [More]

Moderate Dems Line Up in Opposition to Pelosi's Bid for Minority Leader

In the wake of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's stunning announcement on Friday that she will seek to remain as leader of the diminished House Democrats, moderate members of the party are beginning to line up in opposition. [More]

Missing turbine part key to A380 emergency probe

Investigators of last week's engine explosion on a Qantas superjumbo focused their search Sunday on a missing piece of turbine from the Rolls-Royce engine, and the airline said it hoped to have its grounded fleet of A380s back in service within days. [More]

Zenyatta falls short in quest for perfection

Put the blame on Blame for breaking Zenyatta's magnificent winning streak - and a lot of hearts, too. [More]

Gates: Let gays in military; Marine chief: don't

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday he hoped the outgoing Congress would approve legislation ending the military's ban on gays but was unsure of the prospects for success. [More]

Saturday, November 6

Why Washington’s Tax on the Rich Failed

Washington state’s proposed tax on the wealthy had been framed as a referendum on the rich. Its resounding defeat no doubt will be seen as proof that Americans aren’t so populist after all. [More]

Mother steals ill son's sedatives in hospital

A 42-year-old woman accused of injecting herself with drugs meant for an ill teenager at Children's Hospital remains in jail, and her husband said he's dealing with the challenge of explaining the situation to their ailing son. [CR] [More]

Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate

The black community's 72 percent rate eclipses that of most other groups: 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans were born to unwed mothers. [More]

Judge issues warrant for Randy Quaid's arrest

A Santa Barbara judge went ahead and forfeited Randy's $500,000 bail today after determining that the wannabe resident-of-Canada could have made an appearance at a hearing in SoCal this week but chose not to. [More]

Casino Winner Loses Big At U.S. Border

A U.S. citizen who won big at the Windsor casino Monday night became a big loser when he tried to bring his winnings back to America. [More]

AARP Raises Costs for Employees' Insurance Plans

AARP's endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Now the seniors' lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law. [More]

Married school officials accused of food stamp fraud

He was an assistant principal at Pasco Middle School in Dade City. She is an assistant principal at Bartels Middle School in Tampa. [More]

Substitute teacher bit autistic boy

Administrators at a Florida school said a teacher who bit a severely autistic 6-year-old boy on the arm will not be allowed back. [More]

Man who drove with $3,600 on roof gets cash back

A Cleveland bartender whose more than $3,600 in accumulated tips blew away said he's lucky the money was found by two apparently honest men. [More]

Man performs CPR on his dog after alligator attack

A Florida man shot at an alligator to free his dog from its jaws. Tom Martino started shooting into the water around the alligator to scare it into releasing the 9-year-old dog. He performed CPR on the dog until it coughed up water and started breathing again. [More]

Single mom can't pay $1.5M song-sharing fine

A Minnesota woman ordered to pay a recording industry trade group $1.5 million for illegally sharing music online doesn't plan to pay those damages as her attorneys continue to argue the amount is unconstitutional, she said Thursday. [More]

Inmate gave away pancakes, wins early release

An Ohio judge has granted early release to an inmate who was fired from a jail's kitchen for handing out too many pancakes — earning himself the nickname Mr. Pancake. [More]

Officials: Suspect lived unnoticed after 'death'

After the skeletal remains of a slain Las Vegas girl were found in the Louisiana woods, investigators reached a startling conclusion: The man suspected of kidnapping her was supposed to have died 16 years earlier. [More]

Daytona Beach woman tried to sell grandson

A woman and her boyfriend have been charged with trying to sell her infant grandson for $30,000. [More]

White House: Asia trip nowhere near $200 million a day

Cost estimates of President Barack Obama's 10-day trip to Asia remain up in the air, but they certainly are nowhere near as high as the $200 million a day some conservative critics claim, the White House said Friday. [More]

Wagner card sells for $262,900

A Baltimore Catholic congregation sold a rare Honus Wagner baseball card for $262,900 through a Dallas auctioneer. [More]

Chris Matthews Mocked With Sign: 'How's The Tingle, Chris?'

A Michele Bachmann supporter mocked Chris Matthews Tuesday night as the Minnesota congresswoman appeared live on MSNBC. [More]

Jill Clayburgh dead at 66

Jill Clayburgh, the sophisticated Hollywood and Broadway actress known for portrayals of empowered women in a career spanning five decades, highlighted by her Oscar-nominated role of a divorcee exploring life after marriage in the 1978 film "An Unmarried Woman," has died. [More]

Friday, November 5

Conviction overturned in microwave baby death

A state appeals court on Friday reversed a woman's murder conviction in her baby daughter's burning death in a microwave oven. [More]

MSNBC suspends Olbermann

MSNBC suspended liberal television host Keith Olbermann indefinitely on Friday for making donations to three Democratic politicians, a violation of NBC News policy against such contributions without prior approval. [More]

Man accused of wearing high heels out of store

A Pennsylvania man faces shoplifting charges after police said he tried to steal a pair of women's high-heel shoes by wearing them out of a department store. [More]

New Orleans getting back to normal

A Marine from Texas survived combat in Iraq only to be murdered in the French Quarter of New Orleans — stabbed to death even as he wore his dress-blue uniform complete with battle commendations pinned to his chest. [More]

Wyo. cops lose box of drugs that says 'METH' on it

Officials in Wyoming want people to be on the lookout for a black box with white lettering that says "METH," after a deputy lost a stash used to train police dogs. [More]

Actor David Cassidy charged with DUI in Florida

Former "Partridge Family" heartthrob David Cassidy has been charged with driving under the influence in Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol said his car was stopped around 6 p.m. Wednesday for weaving and nearly causing an accident. [More]

Broken elevator costs woman $250,000

A New York matchmaker who said she missed a $250,000 appointment when her apartment's elevator broke down wants her landlord to let her out of her lease. [More]

Man gets life for dismembering girlfriend

A north Florida man has avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty to dismembering and decapitating his girlfriend. [More]

Lawyer in dispute with gay student back at U.Mich.

An assistant attorney general in Michigan who was accused of harassing a gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan has been allowed back on campus — with restrictions. [More]

Lions maul man to death as he took shower

A tourist was mauled to death by a pride of lions as he showered under a tree at a safari camp in north-western Zimbabwe, state media reported on Thursday. [More]

Transgender member of GW women's basketball team wants to be identified as a man

A female-to-male transgender member of the George Washington women's basketball team wants to be identified as a man this season. [More]

Qantas CEO: 'faulty design' may be behind blowout

Qantas' chief said Friday a design fault or mechanical failure was probably what caused an engine on one of its Airbus A380s to blow out as it took off, prompting an emergency landing and worldwide safety inspections of the superjumbos. [More]

Six Americans killed in Mexico's drug war city

Gunmen have killed six U.S. citizens in separate attacks since Saturday in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, the U.S. consulate said on Thursday, as Mexico struggles to halt surging murders. [More]

Obama acknowledges his message didn't get through

President Barack Obama is acknowledging in the wake of this week's election rout that he hasn't been able to successfully promote his economic-rescue message to anxious Americans. [More]

Rove reacts to Obama saying GOP should be ‘in the back’

Former GOP strategist Karl Rove reacted Friday to President Obama’s remark last month that Republicans should “sit in back” in policymaking, saying that Obama should be “keenly aware of any metaphor that says people ought to be riding in the back of a moving vehicle.” [More]

Man in disguise boards international flight

Canadian authorities are investigating an "unbelievable" incident in which a passenger boarded an Air Canada flight disguised as an elderly man, according to a confidential alert obtained by CNN. [More]

'Storm Chaser' star dies at age 30

Meteorologist Matt Hughes, who starred on the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers," died after a successful attempt to take his own life. [More]

'Bachelorette' contestant Julien Hug found dead

Julien Hug, who had vied for Jillian Harris's love on Season 5 of "The Bachelorette," was found dead off a highway in the Southern California desert. [More]

GOP, Obama embrace Bush tax cuts compromise

A possible compromise on extending Bush-era tax cuts for rich and poor alike - at least for a while - is in the works after the Republican triumph in midterm elections. [More]

Bachmann bid for GOP leadership gets cool reaction

Self-proclaimed tea party leader Michele Bachmann's bid for a top Republican post in the House received a cool reaction Thursday from Speaker-to-be John Boehner, an early test of how GOP leaders will treat the antiestablishment movement's winners in Tuesday's elections. [More]

Thursday, November 4

'Hiccup girl' lawyer exploring brain disorder role in killing

The lawyer for the Florida teenager who gained fame three years ago as the "hiccup girl" and is now accused of murder said Wednesday that he will look into whether Tourette Syndrome or another brain disorder may have contributed to the crime. [More]

Delta flight attendants reject union

Thousands of flight attendants at Delta Air Lines Inc have for a third time rejected unionization, dealing a major setback to labor. [More]

Mom in Spain happy that her 10-year-old gave birth

A Romanian Gypsy woman whose 10-year-old daughter just gave birth in Spain says she's delighted to have a new granddaughter and doesn't understand why the birth has shocked anyone — let alone become an international sensation. [More]

Dye pack and saggy pants foil bank robbery

A gunman's saggy pants and a bright red dye pack derailed a bank robbery this afternoon on the Southeast Side, the FBI said. [More]

Snuffed out: Liberal pot laws fail across U.S.

Voters in four states rejected efforts to liberalize pot use in Tuesday’s polls, while in three other states they approved ballot measures that challenge the new health care bill. [More]

More than 20 tons of pot smuggled in border tunnel

Federal authorities in San Diego have made one of the largest marijuana seizures in the United States, confiscating more than 20 tons of pot that was smuggled into the country through an underground tunnel connecting warehouses on either side of California's border with Mexico. [More]

Scorecard on Palin's picks: wins, losses, errors

In races called, Sarah Palin-backed candidates won 37 of 52 House contests. She backed seven victorious gubernatorial candidates. In the Senate, she went six for 10 in races. [More]

$1 million barn pampers cows

Members of a Canadian family say they are hoping a new $1 million barn, featuring cow comforts including automated back scratchers, will boost milk production. [More]

100-year-old twins named world's oldest

A pair of 100-year-old sisters in Wales are being recognized as the world's oldest twins by Guinness World Records. [More]

Wednesday, November 3

Transgender Man on Women's Team

A 21-year-old transgender man will suit up for George Washington University's women's basketball team this year. [More]

Sheen's bad behavior is good news for 'Men'

After his latest round of shenanigans last week (after which he was hospitalized for a psych evaluation), the ratings went up for his CBS sitcom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. [More]

San Francisco law requires healthier fast food kids' meals

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 today to approve an ordinance that would limit toy giveaways in fast food children's meals that have excessive calories, sodium and fat. It also requires servings of fruits or vegetables with each meal. [More]

‘Hiccup girl’s’ hiccups return during court hearing

They were barely audible at first, but the more Jennifer Mee sobbed in court, the louder they got: Hiccups. Mee is charged with first-degree murder after police say she lured a man into a fatal robbery. [More]

Pizza chain offers $31,000/hr job

Take-out pizza chain hiring. Aged over 18, no experience required. Uniform provided. Salary: $31,000 an hour. [More]

'Wheel of Fortune' voice O'Donnell, 78, dies

Charlie O'Donnell, the announcer whose voice has opened "Wheel of Fortune" for decades, has died. [More]

The Witch is Dead: Coons beats O'Donnell in Delaware Senate race

Democrat Chris Coons easily won Delaware's Senate race Tuesday over Republican Christine O'Donnell, a tea party favorite who struggled to shake old cable-show footage in which she spoke out against masturbation and talked about dabbling in witchcraft as a teenager. [More]

Republicans take more than 60 House seats

The Republican Party will pick up more than 60 seats in the legislature, a statistical analysis of exit polls by CNN projects. That's a comfortable margin over the 39 seats needed to wrest control from the Democrats. [More]

GOP picks up 10 governorships from Democrats

Republicans appeared to have regained the majority of U.S. governorships Tuesday night, capturing 10 in states where the previous executives were Democrats, according to CNN projections of exit poll data. [More]

Voters reject legal pot in California

Californians heeded warnings of legal chaos and other dangers and rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have made their state the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use. [More]

'Superheroes' brawl at Conn. parking garage

Police in Connecticut said a man dressed as Captain America and another as Spider-Man have been arrested after getting into a fight in Stamford over the Halloween weekend. [More]

Body of Alabama Nurse Found in Trunk

The body of a 44-year-old nursing supervisor at Riverview Regional Medical Center's emergency department has been found in the trunk of her car in Gadsden. [More]

GE to Order 'Tens of Thousands' of Electric Vehicles

General Electric will order "tens of thousands" of electric-powered vehicles in about a week, CEO Jeffrey Immelt said. [More]

5 holiday shopping traps to avoid

Finding the right gift at the right price can be challenging, especially during the holiday season when deep discounts and door-buster sales abound. The latest issue of Consumer Reports highlights five traps holiday shoppers can avoid. [More]

Tuesday, November 2

Randy Quaid and wife miss California court hearing

Randy Quaid and his wife have failed to appear for an arraignment in their felony vandalism case in California. [More]

Berlusconi: Better to love women than gays

Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi dismissed calls Tuesday to resign over his involvement with an underage Moroccan runaway - and even created a new uproar by claiming it was better to love beautiful girls than gays. [More]

Man robs bank, then offers $1,000 for a ride

Police say a bank robber forgot to set up a getaway ride, so he offered $1,000 to people on the street for a lift after the heist. [More]

Obama pulls back on 'enemies' remark to Latinos

A day before the pivotal midterm elections, President Barack Obama pulled back from remarks he made last month when he called on Latino voters to punish their "enemies" on Election Day. [More]

Randy & Evi Quaid: We're running for our lives

Randy and Evi Quaid insist they aren't mentally unstable, using drugs or lying about being pursued by a mysterious and deadly group of celebrity-extorting assassins. [More]

How two spoonfuls of caffeine killed a man

Michael Lee Bedford, 23, from Mansfield England, was at a party in April when he swallowed caffeine powder that a friend bought online for $5.50, Nottingham Coroner’s Court was told. He washed the powder down with an energy drink, and around 15 minutes later began sweating and vomiting blood. [More]

Romantic Note Interrupts Conn. Home Invasion Trial

A Connecticut judge has rejected a defense motion to dismiss the last alternate juror in a deadly home invasion trial after she showed romantic interest in a court worker. [More]

Woman guilty of forcing pizza delivery driver to wear a bomb

A 61-year-old woman was convicted of participating in a bizarre plot in which a pizza delivery driver was forced to rob a bank wearing a metal bomb collar that exploded shortly after the heist, killing him. [More]

Ohio Teen Finds Family Members Dead, Thought It Was Halloween Prank

A 16-year-old boy thought he had stumbled onto a Halloween prank when he found the bloodied bodies of his brother, mother and stepfather in his family's home in northwest Ohio, authorities said Monday. [More]

16-year-old girl, boyfriend killed her dad

A 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend have been charged with murder after the teen's father disappeared. [More]

Dad drives into LA home, killing his baby

A young father deliberately slammed his pickup truck into the bedroom of his newborn daughter and her teen mother, killing both before witnesses rushed to free them from furniture and debris, police said Monday. [More]

Charlie Sheen files for divorce in Los Angeles

Charlie Sheen filed to end his marriage to his third wife Monday and stated in documents that the couple separated the same day as a Christmas 2009 altercation that led to assault charges against the veteran actor. [More]

Actor killed after being mistaken for real gunman

A night watchmen in the Philippines claims he was just doing his job when he shot and killed an actor on a movie set Saturday night. [More]

Man gets 5-day sentence for theft caught in photo

A man captured in a vacationing family's photograph as he stole their bag in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol received a five-day jail sentence and a nearly $500 fine. [More]

Stowaway survives flight over Siberia hiding in landing gear

A 17-year-old foster child survived a 50-minute flight hidden in a plane's landing gear in Siberia, Russian investigators said Tuesday. [More]

Yemen charges U.S.-born cleric with plot to kill foreigners

Yemen, under pressure to crack down on militants operating there after a foiled bomb plot involving U.S.-bound parcels, began the trial in absentia on Tuesday of a radical U.S.-born preacher wanted dead or alive by Washington. [More]

Monday, November 1

Teen killed by man whose Mercedes had just been egged

A suspect was being questioned by Atlanta police early Monday in the Sunday night death of a teenage boy shot repeatedly by a motorist whose car had just been egged. [More]

Report: Porn star planning to sue Sheen

A spokesman for 22-year-old adult film actress Christina Walsh, who was inside the suite when the incident occurred said a civil complaint is being drafted and that a suit could be filed against Sheen as early as this week. [More]

Drug experts say alcohol worse than crack or heroin

Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin when the combined harms to the user and to others are assessed, British scientists said Monday. [More]

Muscle-car maker Pontiac reaches end of the road

Pontiac, whose muscle cars drag-raced down boulevards, parked at drive-ins and roared across movie screens, went out of business yesterday. [More]

Jury recommends death in Fla. ninja slaying

A former karate instructor should be put to death for leading a group of men dressed like ninjas to rob and kill a wealthy Florida couple while their nine special-needs children slept or cowered nearby, a jury recommended Friday. [More]

Portrait emerges of woman whose mummified body was found in car

Though she had two master's degrees, she had filed for bankruptcy and was homeless when she was befriended by a real estate agent who let her sleep in a car. But after she died in the front seat, it was not reported to authorities. [More]

Baby taken after bagel altered drug test

A Pennsylvania couple claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that their newborn was taken by county officials when a drug test the mother took came out positive because she had eaten a poppy seed bagel. [More]

Intoxicated man hit squad car

Police in Indianapolis said an allegedly intoxicated man rear-ended an off-duty police officer and fled the scene before becoming stuck on a median. [More]

World's fastest supercomputer belongs to China

The United States no longer owns the world's fastest supercomputer. A computer called Tianhe-1A, unveiled on Wednesday at a conference in Beijing, China, can run calculations faster than the previous speed leader, a computer at a U.S. lab in Tennessee. [More]

Clerk's gun tops robber's salad dressing

Florida police said a teen who attempted to use a bottle of salad dressing as a weapon during a robbery was foiled when a clerk pulled a real weapon - a gun. [More]

Weird and wonderful excuses for missing work

We've all heard about "the dog ate my homework” alibi, but less commonly heard is the old “my finger is stuck in a bowling ball so I can't come to work” excuse. [More]

Nursing home worker accused of pawning residents' jewelry

Little things have been disappearing from residents' rooms at Atria Baypoint Village Assistant Living Facility since May. [More]

Sunday, October 31

Restaurant Owner Finds Man in Vent

The owner of a Virginia Beach restaurant had an unexpected item on the menu: a man dangling from an exhaust vent over the kitchen stove. [More]

Obama warns of policy rollback if Republicans win

President Barack Obama warned Saturday that Republicans could roll back his agenda if they prevail in Tuesday's congressional elections as he sought to rally Democrats in a final campaign push. [More]

Oops: Accused Fla. bank robber dropped wallet

Investigators knew a man accused of stealing $6,000 from a Florida Panhandle bank didn't stuff the cash in his wallet. That's because he somehow left it there, making it easy for authorities to find him. [More]

Man dies from caffeine overdose

A 23-year-old British man died after ingesting two spoonfuls of caffeine powder that had the same potency as 70 cans of energy drinks. [More]

Teens skip check with waiter on car roof

Three Chicago teenagers were charged with ditching a dinner bill and drove off with a waiter clinging to the roof rack of their SUV, police said. [More]

'Ugly' dating site marks first engagement

A British dating Web site geared toward the "aesthetically challenged" said it is celebrating its first member engagement. [More]

Report: Dying woman's emergency call outsourced

Comcast says the operator who couldn't find the address of a dying Florida grandmother who called for help wasn't an employee with the cable company. [More]

Saturday, October 30

Sex for ticket dismissal lands officer in prison

A former California Highway Patrol officer convicted of dismissing a speeding ticket in exchange for sex has been sentenced to two years in prison. [More]

Burglars leave notes thanking homeowners for loot

Two suspects face multiple charges after North Carolina police said they left notes thanking the homeowners for the $5,000 worth of electronics gear and food they stole. [More]

Baby killed for interrupting mom's Facebook time

A 22-year-old woman charged with shaking her baby to death pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder and faces 25 to 50 years in prison. [More]

Ohio McDonald's gives voting advice in paychecks

A handful of McDonald's employees in northeastern Ohio received handbills in their most recent paychecks suggesting they vote for three Republican candidates. [More]

"Yes we can, but..."

Being president is a lot harder than it looks. Or at least, that was the main takeaway from President Obama's appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." [More]

University posts info of 40K students

The Social Security numbers, grades and other personal information of more than 40,000 former University of Hawaii students were posted online for nearly a year before being removed this week. [More]

Alleged abuse victim arrested in priest's beating

William Lynch's life spiraled out of control in the 35 years since he alleges he and his brother were molested by a Jesuit priest. [More]

High School to Receive Anti-Bullying Training After 'Beat the Jew' Game

Students at a Southern California high school where seniors were disciplined for playing a "Beat the Jew" game will receive anti-bullying training. [More]

Michigan Girl Killed Before Giving Sexual Assault Testimony

Authorities believe a man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl abducted the girl from her home on the morning she was to testify against him and killed her later that day before killing himself. [More]

Teacher disciplined after taping child to chair

A teacher in Cape Breton, N.S., was disciplined after she allegedly taped a first-grader to a chair during class. [More]

Safety prompts police to quit using Remington 700 rifles

The police department in Portland, Maine, has become the latest law enforcement agency to stop using a popular sniper rifle over concerns the gun can go off without the trigger being pulled. [More]

Randy Travis and wife-manager divorce

Randy Travis and his wife-manager Elizabeth Travis have divorced. Family spokeswoman Maureen O'Connor confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the divorce was final. [More]

Wi-Fi service now reaches to the top of the world

Thanks to 3G towers newly installed near Mount Everest's base camp, explorers can surf the Web, tweet and post Facebook updates without worrying that their signals will disappear into thin air. [More]

Berlusconi amid scandal: 'I love women'

Premier Silvio Berlusconi issued an unapologetic defense of his lifestyle Friday amid the latest scandal involving his personal life, admitting that he intervened to secure the release from police custody of a 17-year-old Moroccan girl who had previously been at his villa. [More]

Friday, October 29

Estate tax rise has some planning death

Some people are so worried about the reinstatement of federal estate taxes that they plan to discontinue dialysis and other life-extending medical treatments so they can die before Dec. 31. [More]

New York Judge rules 6-year-old can be sued

A girl can be sued over accusations she ran over an elderly woman with her training bicycle when she was 4 years old, a New York Supreme Court justice has ruled. [More]

Woman gets 15-year sentence in cancer scam

A woman who bilked her friends out of thousands of dollars by pretending to have cancer has received a 15-year prison sentence. [More]

Mohammed tops list of English baby names

Last year's most popular name for baby boys in England has been knocked off - by Mohammed. The United Kingdom is about 4.6 percent Muslim, with just under 2.9 million Muslims. [More]

Panel: Halliburton used flawed cement on BP well

Halliburton Co. used flawed cement in BP Plc's doomed Gulf of Mexico well, which could have contributed to the blowout that sparked the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a White House panel said on Thursday. [More]

Arkansas school board member to resign over anti-gay post

A school board district member in Arkansas who came under fire for an anti-gay post on a social networking site regrets the comments and will resign his seat. [More]

Two-foot hole appears in plane at 31,000 feet

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what caused a two-foot hole to open up in the fuselage of an American Airlines jet during a flight from Miami to Boston this week, giving passengers a scare. [More]

TSA to phase in new pat-down procedures at airports nationwide

Airline passengers can expect to see as well as feel new pat-down procedures at U.S. airports over the coming weeks in an effort to provide another layer of security for travelers, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday. [More]

Arizona Beheading Raises Fears of Drug Violence

The gruesome case of a man who was stabbed and beheaded in a suburban Phoenix apartment has police investigating whether the killing is potentially the most extreme example of Mexican drug cartel violence spilling over the border. [More]

Woman, 88, says she hit 'vital spot' on intruder

A feisty 88-year-old Kentucky woman said she must have had perfect aim when she fought off an intruder by kicking him. [More]

A Mexico massacre in unfamiliar place: the capital

Armed men rumbled into a gritty neighborhood of the Mexican capital Thursday and gunned down six men hanging around a convenience store, fueling fears that one of the world's largest cities is falling prey to the cartel-style violence that has long terrorized other parts of the country. [More]

Toyota secretly bought problem cars, lawsuit says

Toyota secretly bought back from U.S. consumers vehicles it found with speed-control defects as part of a strategy to hide unintended-acceleration problems from safety regulators and the public, a revised lawsuit claims. [More]

Thursday, October 28

Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend, psychiatrist convicted of conspiracy

A jury today convicted Anna Nicole Smith's psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich and boyfriend Howard K. Stern of conspiracy counts but acquitted the doctor who prescribed drugs for her of all charges. [More]

Judge fines McDonald's $17,500 for obese employee

A Brazilian court has ordered McDonald's to pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there a dozen years. [More]

Actor James MacArthur from 'Hawaii Five-0' dies

Stage and screen actor James MacArthur, who played "Danno" in the original version of television's "Hawaii Five-0," died Thursday at age 72. [More]

'An Officer and a Gentleman' Actress Found Dead at 53

Lisa Blount, an actress and Oscar-winning producer who introduced herself to moviegoers as Debra Winger's friend in the classic film 'An Officer and a Gentleman,' was found dead at her home near Little Rock. [More]

'Botox Bandit' gets 5 years for Calif. burglaries

A Southern California woman known as the "Botox Bandit" has been sentenced to five years in prison for felonies including burglary, fraud and identity theft. [More]

Actor Quaid, wife released from custody

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have been released from a Canadian detention facility after she was declared a Canadian citizen, Canadian border officials said Wednesday. [More]

Connecticut Woman Gave 12-Year-Old Son Weapons to Fend Off School Bullies

A Connecticut woman is facing charges for allegedly sending her 12-year-old to school with weapons to protect himself from bullies. [More]

Man likely shot himself while sleepwalking

Police said a Boulder man who told police he woke up to a "bang" and realized he suffered a gunshot wound to his knee likely shot himself while sleepwalking. [More]

Parents Sue City After Son's Brain Put on Display in Morgue

A Staten Island couple is suing New York City after their deceased son's friends found his brain on display during a field trip to a morgue. [More]

Obama Exhorting Latinos to 'Punish Our Enemies'

President Barack Obama is encouraging Hispanic voters to turn their frustration over stalled immigration reform against Republicans on Election Day, saying Latinos should “Punish Our Enemies." [More]

Billy Ray Cyrus and wife announce divorce

Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Tish are ending their 17-year marriage. The parents of teen sensation Miley Cyrus have filed for divorce. In a statement released Wednesday, the pair said it was a "very difficult time for our family." [More]

Orlando mom gets 7 years in baby's starving death

An Orlando mother convicted of child neglect in the starving death of her 4-month-old daughter has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison. [More]

The Rat Pack Is Back

The Rat Pack' by Shawn Levy is a limited edition book that featuring some never before seen images of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and company. [More]

Comcast sued over response to emergency calls

The family of an 81-year-old grandmother who died waiting for paramedics to arrive at her home has filed a lawsuit against Comcast over its handling of her emergency calls. [More]

NJ governor cites dollars, cents in killing tunnel

In the end, it was all about dollars and cents. That's what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said before permanently scrapping a $9 billion-plus rail tunnel connecting his state and New York City, a decision that cements his reputation as a cost-cutter. [More]

Ind. parents told drop disabled kids at shelters

Indiana's budget crunch has become so severe that some state workers have suggested leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters if they can't be cared for at home, parents and advocates said. [More]

Aston Martin DB5 Driven by James Bond Sold for $4.1-Million

This historic car is capable of 145 mph and 0-60 in 7.1 seconds and has only 30,000 miles on the clock. [More]

Longest snake living in captivity dies

An Ohio zoo said the longest snake living in captivity has died. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said workers found the 24-foot python Wednesday morning dead from an apparent tumor. [More]

Wednesday, October 27

Food Network chef pleads 'no contest' in murder plot

Former TV chef Juan-Carlos Cruz faces nine years in prison after pleading "no contest" Tuesday to a charge of soliciting two homeless men to kill his wife, the prosecutor said. [More]

Florida Newborn Dies After Pit Bull Attack in Home

A newborn baby is dead after being attacked by a pit bull in a Florida home. [More]

School district must pay lesbian's fees

A federal judge has ordered a Mississippi school district to pay about $81,000 in legal fees and expenses in a lawsuit filed by a lesbian student who was told she would be ejected from a prom if she brought her girlfriend. [More]

Every cop in town quits after Mexico attack

The entire police force of a small northern Mexican town quit after gunmen attacked their recently inaugurated headquarters, according to local reports on Wednesday. [More]

Sheen leaves hospital after NYC hotel outburst

Charlie Sheen was briefly hospitalized Tuesday after security at the Plaza Hotel called police to report he was disorderly and had broken furniture in his room, police said. [More]

Serving Size

In this 1950s ad for soft drinks, the new 12-ounce size is labeled as “King Size.” Contrast that with the more recent offerings. [More]

Man on all-spud diet regrets 60-day goal

The Washington state man who's on a 60-day all-potato diet wishes he had set a goal of one month instead of two. [More]

Creator of TV cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle dies

Pioneering TV cartoon artist Alexander Anderson Jr. — who created Rocky the flying squirrel, Bullwinkle the moose and Dudley Do-Right the Canadian mountie — has died at age 90. [More]

Michael Jackson top-earning dead celebrity?

Michael Jackson's sudden death sparked an outpouring of grief around the world, but fans also opened their wallets to make him this year's top-earning dead celebrity with $275 million, Forbes said on Monday. [More]

6 Children Responsible for Robbing 9 Homes in Florida

Police in Palatka, Fla., say the children range in age from 10 to 15. The children face felony charges for allegedly stealing computers, jewelry, guns and other items in nine burglaries since April. [More]

Rand Paul volunteer ordered to court for scuffle

The volunteer with Rand Paul's Republican U.S. Senate campaign who stepped on the head of a liberal activist and pinned her face to the concrete said Tuesday the scuffle was not as bad as it looked on video and blamed police for not intervening. [More]

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