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Wednesday, December 22

Appeals court: 'Fore' not required by law

A New York state appeals court ruled in favor of a Long Island golfer sued by a playing partner hit in the eye by an errant shot. [More]

Police: Pennsylvania Woman Peed in Store Freezer

A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief for urinating inside a convenience store's freezer and spoiling hundreds of dollars worth of food, police said. [More]

Woman With Gun at Charlotte TV Station in Custody

North Carolina police have taken a suspect into custody after a local TV station was forced to halt its evening newscast when a woman with a gun stormed into the station, sparking a standoff with police and forcing employees to evacuate. [More]

Tenn. man on tractor accused of assault

Authorities say a Tennessee man is being held after allegedly trying to run over three sheriff's deputies with a stolen tractor. [More]

Rider pulls knife on cabbie, leaves tip

A California taxi passenger may have an anger problem, but he's no Grinch. [More]

Study: Nearly 1 in 4 Students Fails Military Entrance Exam

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released Tuesday. [More]

'Rubber Man Syndrome' turns man into real-life Gumby

Todd Schaeffer can turn his head 180 degrees backward, bend his fingers completely back and fold his ears forward. He has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a connective tissue disease also known as 'Rubber Man Syndrome.' [More]

Staffer at rehab center accuses Lohan of battery

Lindsay Lohan is under investigation for an alleged misdemeanor battery against a female staffer at a rehab facility where the actress is receiving treatment, authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Alleged victim: Lohan 'had alcohol on her breath'

Lindsay Lohan is under investigation for an alleged misdemeanor battery against a female staffer at a rehab facility where the actress is receiving treatment, authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Rehab staffer accuses Lohan of battery, then fired

A day that began with authorities confirming Lindsay Lohan was being investigated for battery on a female staffer at a California rehab facility treating the starlet ended with the worker fired after giving an interview about the incident. [More]

Police: Florida Custodian Stole Gifts for Needy Families

Authorities say 47-year-old Barbara Williams took the wrapped gifts from the principal's office at Wilson Elementary School in Sanford. She was arrested Tuesday after being caught on security camera removing two bags of presents from the office last Friday. [More]

Police arrest 'unruly' female Santas

Police said a pair of female Santas arrested at an Ohio mall were part of an "unruly group," but members said they did nothing wrong. [More]

California boy, 9, is youngest U.S. chess 'master'

A 9-year-old California boy has become the youngest-ever chess "master" in the United States. [More]

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules, a Victory for Obama

The Federal Communications Commission has approved new regulations that will prohibit providers from limiting how their customers use the Internet at home. [More]

Government liabilities rose $2 trillion in FY 2010: Treasury

The U.S. government fell deeper into the red in fiscal 2010 with net liabilities swelling more than $2 trillion as commitments on government debt and federal benefits rose, a U.S. Treasury report showed on Tuesday. [More]

IL Governor Will Spend Christmas In Prison

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan, who held the state's top office just before the infamous Rod Blagojevich had it, will spend at least one more Christmas behind bars. A Federal Judge Tuesday denied Ryan's request "to vacate, set aside or correct" his sentence and set him free. [More]

Electric Cars Likely To Be Made Noisier for Safety

If you've enjoyed the utter quiet of electric cars, hold your ears: Legislation that would require a certain noise threshold for hybrids and electric vehicles has received unanimous approval in the Senate. [More]

Tuesday, December 21

NOW goes after Hooters for catering to kids

The National Organization for Women says Hooters is in violation of California blue laws because it allows kids into its restaurants. [More]

Flasher greets police at door with pants down

Mesa, Arizona police said a man answered the door with his pants around his ankles when an officer followed up on a complaint that he had previously exposed himself to a mother and her children. [More]

NPR's Totenberg Expresses Regret for Using Term 'Christmas Party'

NPR's Nina Totenberg asked her fellow panelists to "forgive the expression" when she mentioned a Christmas party she attended. [More]

Soon the government check won't be in the mail

Before too long, the government check will no longer be in the mail. Officials have settled on the dates when millions of people will no longer be able to get their Social Security and other benefit checks by mail. [More]

Lottery Winner Becomes One of LA's Biggest Philanthropists

After winning $112 million playing Lotto, Cynthia Stafford has become one of the biggest philanthropists in Los Angeles. [More]

Woman sues Google for exposing her underwear on Street View

A woman in Japan claims her obsessive-compulsive disorder worsened and she feared everything she did throughout the day was secretly recorded after Google Street View captured images of her underwear hanging out to dry. [More]

Broadway 'Spider-Man' stunt double falls to stage

The troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was plagued by its fourth accident since it began previews last month when an actor performing an aerial stunt fell about 30 feet, fire officials said. [More]

'Barney Miller' star Landesberg dies at age 65

Steve Landesberg may have been best known for his role as the intellectual and sometimes annoying Detective Sgt. Arthur Dietrich on the long-running 1970s cop comedy "Barney Miller." [More]

N.Y. governor fined $62,000 for soliciting World Series tickets

New York Gov. David Paterson contradicted his staff, the Yankees and common sense when he falsely claimed he always intended to pay for five tickets to the first game of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium, a state commission said in assessing him a $62,125 fine. [More]

Dictionary Editors Name 2010 Word of the Year

Austerity, the 14th century noun defined as "the quality or state of being austere" and "enforced or extreme economy," set off enough searches that Merriam-Webster named it as its Word of the Year for 2010, the dictionary's editors announced Monday. [More]

Dog in Germany gives birth to 17 puppies

A dog in Germany has given birth to 17 puppies, leaving their owner thrilled but fatigued after having to feed them with a bottle for several weeks because their mother couldn't cope with the demand. [More]

Monday, December 20

Man in Santa suit robs yacht club

olice in Rhode Island said a gunman in a Santa Claus suit robbed a yacht club bar of an unspecified amount of cash. [More]

Lack of toilets costs India $54 billion annually

A lack of toilets and poor hygiene practices in India cost Asia's third largest economy almost $54 billion every year, the World Bank said on Monday. [More]

Citigroup banker, 27, leaps to her death from 40-storey Trump building

An attractive banker and charity worker described as having 'everything anyone could want' jumped to her death from the roof of the 40-storey Trump Place building in New York. [More]

Las Vegas Showgirl Mysteriously Disappears

The disappearance of showgirl Debbie Flores-Narvaez has sent shockwaves through the Las Vegas entertainment community and left her family devastated. [More]

Fast Lane to Autism: Living Near Freeways

Having a mother who lived within 1,000 feet of a freeway while pregnant doubles a child's odds of having autism. [More]

Hal Needham's Six Greatest Stunts

When it comes to the most influential, iconic and pioneering stuntmen of all time, the nearly indestructible Hal Needham is it?one of the greatest to ever walk onto a movie set. Here are his six greatest stunts. [More]

Why we still can't watch live TV online

What's the difference between the big screen in your living room, the smaller screen on your laptop or the tiny one in your pocket? Size aside, there's quite a difference, media executives say. [More]

Wanted: Buyer for controversial Cape Wind energy

Cape Wind has outlasted a decade of government review, a slew of court brawls and fierce opposition from mariners, fishermen, Indian tribes and Kennedys just to win the right to sell its wind-fueled electricity. [More]

Best and worst movies of 2010

"Black Swan" soared, and "The Fighter" scored a knockout. But not every film was well received — even megastars Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler couldn't save "The Bounty Hunter." [More]

Sunday, December 19

Thief steals 'Honesty' sculpture

A wire mesh sculpture with dollar bills spelling out the word "honesty" has been stolen from an art gallery at a Minnesota college. [More]

Threatened store owner fights fire with gunfire

A robber threatened his victim with a bottle of gasoline and a lighter, only to find out the store's owner was packing even more firepower, authorities said Friday. [More]

Woman who tried to stop Florida gunman puts purse up for auction

A Florida school board member who rose to fame after she tried to stop a gunman with her purse has put her handbag up for sale, though it apparently has been removed from an online auction site. [More]

Oswald's coffin auctioned off for $87,469

The former coffin of presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald has been sold for $87,469, a California auction house said. [More]

Tiger's half-brother wants to reconnect

Earl Woods Jr. and his two siblings Kevin Woods and Royce Woods, also Tiger's half siblings, joined Tiger on his private jet to take their father's remains to Kansas. [More]

$152 million awarded in smoking suit

A Massachusetts court Thursday added $81 million in punitive damages to $71 million in compensatory damages it had already awarded to the family of a woman who died of lung cancer. [More]

NY drive-by shooter sentenced to 384 years to life

A man convicted of a deadly drive-by shooting spree using a gun police say he claimed came from the devil was sentenced Thursday to 384 years to life in prison. [More]

Bank of America cuts off WikiLeaks payments

Bank of America Corp said on Saturday it will not process payments intended for WikiLeaks, which has angered U.S. authorities with the mass release of U.S. diplomatic cables. [More]

Saturday, December 18

Duke lacrosse accuser convicted of child abuse

A woman who authorities said falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape four years ago has been found guilty by a North Carolina jury of misdemeanor child abuse and damaging property. [More]

Bones found on island might be Amelia Earhart's

The three bone fragments turned up on a deserted South Pacific island that lay along the course Amelia Earhart was following when she vanished. [More]

Judge: Jury can see, not hear, boy's Uzi death

A judge ruled Friday that jurors in the manslaughter trial of a former western Massachusetts police chief won't hear audio from the most graphic part of a video that shows an 8-year-old boy accidentally shooting himself to death with an Uzi submachine gun. [More]

2 Salvation Army Bell Ringers Disappear With Donations in Arkansas

The Salvation Army in central Arkansas says two paid bell-ringers have disappeared with their day's donations, the kettles and the bells they were using. [More]

TV weatherwoman denies claiming rape

A New York City TV weatherwoman has been unfairly caught in the eye of a media storm ever since police accused her of filing a false assault report, her lawyer said Friday. [More]

Calif. church bookkeeper charged with stealing $2M

A former bookkeeper is facing charges of stealing at least $2.1 million from the California church where she worked for 13 years. [More]

Schwarzenegger would consider role in Obama administration

The Terminator goes to Washington? Outgoing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he would consider a post in the Obama administration. [More]

Calif. city on brink of insolvency

The scandal-ravaged city of Bell is teetering on the brink of insolvency and drastic cuts in city services likely will be necessary to repair its finances, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. [More]

141 inmates escape Mexican border prison

Nearly 150 inmates escaped Friday from a state prison in the northern Mexico border city of Nuevo Laredo, and authorities said the breakout was probably helped by prison employees. [More]

Mexico outraged by killing of anti-crime crusader

Anger over Mexico's creaky, inefficient justice system boiled over after a mother who waged a two-year battle to bring her daughter's killer to justice was herself shot to death, possibly by the same man suspected of murdering the teenager. [More]

Randy Quaid's wife misses Calif. court hearing

It's another missed court date, another arrest warrant for Randy Quaid's wife, Evi. [More]

What will the big new tax law mean for you?

It's the most significant new tax law in a decade, but what does it mean for you? Big savings for millions of taxpayers, more if you have young children or attend college, a lot more if you're wealthy. [More]

Friday, December 17

Calif. man convicted in meat thermometer stabbing

A man accused of stabbing a moviegoer in the neck with a meat thermometer during a screening of the film "Shutter Island" at a Southern California theater has been convicted of attempted murder. [More]

Man unsuspecting getaway driver in bank robbery

A 26-year-old man thought he was doing a good deed when he gave a 70-year-old woman a ride to a Minnesota bank. But police say the woman robbed the bank, and the man was her unsuspecting getaway driver. [More]

Silly Products That Made Millions

From my pet rock to dog goggles, these business ventures sound ridiculous but still managed to turn their creators into millionaires. [More]

Woman ripped off in-law's nipple

Police in New Mexico said a woman ripped off her daughter-in-law's nipple during an alcohol-fueled altercation. [More]

Tiger Woods saga voted AP sports story of year

Tiger Woods' humbling return to the public eye, from his televised confession to a winless season on the golf course, was voted the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press. [More]

Ex-Calif. Police Chief Charged With Indecent Exposure

An arrest warrant has been issued for a former police chief of a small Los Angeles County suburb accused of publicly disseminating nude pictures of himself and exposing himself near hiking trails, officials said today. [More]

Vick says he would like a pet dog

Michael Vick is barred from owning a dog for a year and a half, but the star quarterback's comment that he'd like to bring one into his house generated renewed outrage — and support. [More]

Woman arrested over fire in boyfriend's crotch

A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., woman is in jail, accused of starting a fire in her sleeping boyfriend's crotch. [More]

Larry King ends his record-setting run on CNN

Larry King, America's interviewer-in-chief, ended his record-setting career as CNN's prime-time, talk-show host Thursday night with a serenade from Tony Bennett, a greeting from President Obama and a "Larry King Day" proclamation from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [More]

WikiLeaks founder Assange set free on bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was set free on bail Thursday after a senior British judge ruled that he could be released on conditional bail. [More]

Keith Olbermann Suspends Twitter Account Over Assange Controversy

The host of MSNBC's "Countdown" said he will suspend his Twitter account today following sustained attacks regarding his coverage of the rape charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. [More]

20 states ask judge to throw out Obama health law

Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government's powers in dangerous and unintended ways. [More]

US Congress passes contentious Obama tax deal

US lawmakers gave final approval late Thursday to President Barack Obama's contentious deal with Republicans to avert a New Year's tax hike and extend aid to the jobless, despite a Democratic rebellion. [More]

Hollywood's Growing Chorus of Obama Criticism

Hollywood's adoration for President Obama has never really been all that shocking, but what may be surprising is how famous singers and actors are increasingly saying they aren't so happy with the commander-in-chief. [More]

Thursday, December 16

Woman bitten by what she thought was toy

An Australian woman was recovering Thursday after stepping on what she thought was her son's rubber snake - it turned out to be a real snake, and venomous. [More]

Woman arrested for wearing hijab sues Georgia city

A Muslim woman who was arrested after she refused to remove her headscarf in a west Georgia courthouse filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Douglasville and the officers who arrested her, contending they violated her constitutional rights. [More]

Woman sues over canceled wedding

An Illinois woman whose former fiance called off their engagement four days before the wedding is suing him for the $95,942 she spent preparing for the date. [More]

14-Year-Old Accused of Stabbing 2 Kids in Rape Attack

Authorities in California have arrested a 14-year-old boy in the brutal sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl that left her with more than two dozen stab wounds. The girl's 18-month-old brother was also sent to the hospital with multiple stab wounds, police said. [More]

Update: WABC-TV's Heidi Jones suspended after filing phony cop report

WABC-TV weather forecaster Heidi Jones was suspended Wednesday for filing a bogus police report about a phony stalker and a Central Park assault. [More]

Tiger Woods' Ex Elin Nordegren Has New Boyfriend, Report Says

Elin Nordegren, ex-wife of golf superstar Tiger Woods, is allegedly getting close to a handsome student at her Florida college, The Sun reported late Monday. [More]

Hulk Hogan ties the knot in private Fla. ceremony

Hulk Hogan has tied the knot for a second time. His attorney told The Associated Press Wednesday that the celebrity wrestler and Jennifer McDaniel were married at Hogan's Clearwater Beach home Tuesday during a small, private ceremony. [More]

Saudi King's Entourage Displaces NYC Waldorf Guests

When guests are carrying aroma-filled pizza boxes into the elevators, you're definitely not at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel anymore. [More]

The worst-selling cars of 2010

After bottoming out in 2009, auto industry sales are slowly recovering. The U.S. will sell about 11.5 million cars and light trucks this year, up from 10.4 million in 2009. And the news only gets better: IHS Automotive forecasts sales of 12.8 million vehicles in 2011, and 17.1 million by 2015. [More]

Building hit by cars twice in one day

Employees at a northeast Wichita chiropractic office are left shaking their heads after the building was hit twice Monday by two different cars. [More]

Even daily exercise can't keep middle age chub away

Daily exercise over a period of 20 years helps to significantly reduce weight gain in middle age, but even that is not enough to keep away middle age bulges entirely, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. [More]

Thief suspected of burning down city's Christmas tree

Talk about a Grinch: Police say someone trying to steal copper wire burned down the city of Birmingham's 35-foot-tall Christmas tree. [More]

Wednesday, December 15

Woman, 71, beats down attacker with frying pan

Hutchinson, Kansas police say a 71-year-old woman knocked a man who attacked her unconscious with her frying pan. [More]

TV meteorologist faked assault claim

A meteorologist on ABC's local New York station was suspended Wednesday after police said she made up claims she was assaulted in Central Park. [More]

Health group sues McDonald's over Happy Meal toys

A California mother and The Center for Science in the Public Interest have sued McDonald's Corp. trying to get the fast-food chain to stop using toys to market meals to young children. [More]

Border Patrol agent killed in southern Arizona

The U.S. Border Patrol says that one of its agents has been killed in southern Arizona.The slain agent was shot after approaching a group of suspects, four of whom were arrested. [More]

Former TV chef insisted that wife's would-be killer not harm dogs

Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz told a homeless man he hired to kill his wife to avoid harming his two dogs and consider strangulation with pantyhose to avoid leaving a "bloody mess," according to newly released court documents obtained by The Times. [More]

Earmarkers feast on pork one last time before diet

In the waning days of the lame duck congressional session, Democrats controlling the Senate — in collaboration with a handful of old school Republicans — are pushing to wrap $1.27 trillion worth of unfinished budget work into a single "omnibus" appropriations bill. [More]

Judge rejects key part of Obama health care law

President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul was thrown into uncertainty Monday by a federal judge's decision to declare its central provision unconstitutional. [More]

Helmet-wearing gunman robs Bellagio casino of $1.5 million in chips

Police say they're trying to find a helmet-wearing gunman who robbed one of Las Vegas' most recognizable casinos of $1.5 million in casino chips Tuesday morning - and may also have robbed a different casino last week. [More]

Woman sues after $287M credit card bill

A Pennsylvania woman's lawsuit against Capital One claims she was harassed for months over an erroneous $286,651,237 credit card bill. [More]

Toddler Dropped in Boiling Water

A Dallas toddler has died after police say he was dropped in a pot of boiling water. [More]

Actor Rip Torn pleads guilty in Conn. break-in

Prosecutors say actor Rip Torn has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from allegations he broke into a Connecticut bank while drunk and armed. [More]

Fireman admits causing farmer's death with siren

A fireman has admitted causing the death of a farmer who was crushed to death by a herd of cows after they were startled by fire engine sirens. [More]

Ala. man accused in wife's diving death released

Jailers say an Alabama man charged with capital murder in the drowning of his new bride on a honeymoon scuba dive in Australia seven years ago is out of jail. [More]

California Teachers See `Amputations' as Brown Seeks $28 Billion of Cuts

California teachers and school administrators asked Governor-elect Jerry Brown to increase taxes and refrain from cutting their budgets at a forum he convened on closing projected deficits of $28.1 billion. [More]

Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond in Hall

Neil Diamond had been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for several years but never got a nomination to join music's prestigious club. But he was never really worried about it. [More]

Woman describes hitting school board gunman

A Florida school board member told Wednesday how she was ordered out of a meeting by an ex-convict armed with a gun, but returned to hit him with her purse in an attempt to save her colleagues. [More]

Tuesday, December 14

Michael Moore Pledges $20,000 to Get Julian Assange Out of Jail

Julian Assange is in the midst of a court hearing in London this morning to fight possible extradition to Sweden on sex-crimes charges and to try to secure bail for his release. Michael Moore has pledged $20,000 toward the cause. [More]

Security camera snaps naked man in Miss. cemetery

A man caught naked in a south Mississippi church cemetery says he was trying to take photographs of spirits. [More]

Man stabs parents, then is hit by train

A man stabbed his mother to death and gravely wounded his father Monday in their home, then fled into a nearby subway station, jumped onto the tracks and was struck by an oncoming train, police said. [More]

Survey shows mistresses get better gifts

American men spend twice as much on their mistresses during the holidays as they do on their wives, a survey reveals. [More]

7 ways to be happier, less stressed during the holidays

Ah, the holidays. They’re supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” and yet they have a way of turning into the most stressful time of the year. [More]

Thelma and Louise Wannabes Steal One Item Too Many

Two women in Oregon recently discovered that while you don't have to be a criminal mastermind to rob a bank, you may want to research the craft before trying. [More]

Justice Department Sues School for Refusing to OK Teacher's Pilgrimage to Mecca

The federal government sued a suburban Chicago school district Monday for denying a Muslim middle school teacher unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca that is a central part of her religion. [More]

Poll: Most want easier way to fire bad teachers

An overwhelming majority of Americans are frustrated that it's too difficult to get rid of bad teachers, while most also believe that teachers aren't paid enough, a new poll shows. [More]

Teacher sues over 'unruly' class

A New York teacher's lawsuit claims he was given "unruly" students purposefully to aggravate his heart condition and urge him toward retirement. [More]

'Jeopardy!' to pit humans against IBM machine

The game show "Jeopardy!" will pit man versus machine this winter in a competition that will show how successful scientists are in creating a computer that can mimic human intelligence. [More]

Man shot by officers pointed a water nozzle

A man shot to death by two police officers was found to have pointed a pistol-grip water nozzle at them rather than a weapon, the police chief said Monday at a news conference marked by sobs from the victim's relatives. [More]

Former Food Network chef sentenced in murder plot

The former host of the Food Network's "Calorie Commando" was sentenced Monday to nine years in a California prison after pleading no contest to soliciting two homeless men to kill his wife, Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez said. [More]

Hugh Jackman injured in Oprah show stunt

Australian movie star Hugh Jackman was slightly injured on Tuesday while performing a stunt during the taping of an Oprah Winfrey show at the Sydney Opera House. [More]

Arizona teacher claims $95 million Powerball prize

A substitute teacher from Fort Mohave walked into the Arizona Lottery's headquarters Monday and put two weeks of rumors, speculation and excitement to rest, claiming a $95.3 million Powerball prize. [More]

Richard Holbrooke's Last Words: 'You've Got to Stop This War in Afghanistan'

Right up until the very end, Richard Holbrooke was weighing in on world affairs. [More]

Monday, December 13

Santa Gets Lump of Coal

A politically correct West Village YMCA has fired Santa Claus in favor of Frosty the Snow Man this holiday season, saying they are in the midst of 'rebranding' the Christian organization. [More]

Body of man ravaged by wild dogs found in rural NM

Authorities say a 55-year-old old man was attacked and mauled to death by a pack of wild dogs in a rural part of New Mexico. [More]

Gawker Media websites hacked

After bringing the company's websites to a standstill Sunday, one or more hackers operating under the name Gnosis released a 500 MB file apparently containing Gawker's source code, commenter and staff passwords, and internal conversations between the company's employees. [More]

Leaving Metrodome cameras on pays off for Fox Sports

Before leaving its routine NFL game setup at Minneapolis' Metrodome Saturday, the Fox crew did something different: It left a camera on to continuously shoot the roof. [More]

The Real Da Vinci Code? Expert Spies Secret Symbols in Mona Lisa's Eyes

Italian art experts are investigating a real-life “Da Vinci Code” mystery after discovering tiny symbols painted into the eyes of the world-famous "Mona Lisa" portrait, according to a report in The Sun Monday. [More]

'I'm not a witch' picked as top quote of year

Christine O'Donnell's TV ad declaration "I'm not a witch" during her U.S. Senate campaign topped this year's best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian. [More]

Goon Over Miami: Jets Assistant Coach Apologizes for Tripping Dolphins Player

New York Jets assistant coach Sal Alosi apologized after blatantly tripping Miami's Nolan Carroll on the sideline during Gang Green's 10-6 loss to the Dolphins Sunday. [More]

Bea Arthur was a truck-driving Marine

Bea Arthur served up the jokes, making America laugh for decades on TV – but, as it turns out, the late actress also served her country in the Marine Corps during her youth. [More]

Pilot duped AMA with fake M.D. claim

He seemed like Superman, able to guide jumbo jets through perilous skies and tiny tubes through blocked arteries. As a cardiologist and United Airlines captain, William Hamman taught doctors and pilots ways to keep hearts and planes from crashing. [More]

Court rejects Ala. appeal in murder-for-hire case

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Alabama to reinstate the death sentence for a man convicted of a $100 murder-for-hire more than 20 years ago. [More]

Jesus' Great Grandmother Identified

The great-grandmother of Jesus was a woman named Ismeria, according to Florentine medieval manuscripts analyzed by a historian. [More]

Netflix, three others to join the S&P 500

Netflix Inc, F5 Networks Inc and Newfield Exploration Co will replace Office Depot Inc, The New York Times Co and Eastman Kodak Co in the S&P 500. [More]

Blockbuster laughed at Netflix partnership offer

Netflix's toppling of the traditional video-rental market and especially the Blockbuster chain will likely be studied by business students for years to come. [More]

How do you explain your cheap gift?

This holiday season is expected to be tough on a lot of people's budgets. But cutting back on gifts when you've been extravagant in the past isn't always easy. [More]

Sunday, December 12

Teen found dead near Boston likely fell from plane

A Massachusetts prosecutor said Friday it's likely that a North Carolina teen whose mutilated body was found in a Boston suburb fell from the sky after stowing away in an airplane wheel well. [More]

Wife stabbed hubby over TV remote

Police in Florida said a wife stabbed her husband of five months seven times with a steak knife when he refused to give up the TV remote. [More]

'Strippermobile' delivers Christmas donations

The "strippermobile" has made another run in Las Vegas, this time with properly dressed Santa's helpers riding for a good cause. [More]

Camel falls on audience at Fla. Christmas show

A camel and its rider are unhurt after toppling onto audience members during a rehearsal for a costumed Christmas pageant at a South Florida church. [More]

Man buckles in 'Diego' doll to drive in HOV lane

Diego was a model passenger, sitting quietly with seat belt buckled, never fidgeting. But it was the huge, unblinking eyes that made a Washington state trooper suspicious. [More]

Man exposed self to elderly woman

A 27-year-old Florida man has been arrested on accusations he stalked an 89-year-old woman and repeatedly masturbated in her yard, authorities said. [More]

NY woman, 29, guilty of assault with stiletto heel

A 29-year-old woman has been convicted of trying to kick out another woman's eye with her stiletto heel during a fight in a moving car after a night of bar-hopping in Buffalo, N.Y. [More]

Hackers steal Walgreens e-mail list, attack consumers

Pharmacy giant Walgreens had to swallow some bitter medicine on Friday when it told customers that a computer criminal had stolen its e-mail marketing list. [More]

Custer's last flag sells for $2.2 million

The only U.S. flag not captured or lost during George Armstrong Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn in southeastern Montana sold at auction Friday for $2.2 million. [More]

Saturday, December 11

Madoff son found dead of apparent suicide

Mark Madoff, the son of convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff, apparently killed himself while his wife was out of town and his 2-year-old son was asleep in a nearby bedroom, New York police officials said Saturday. [More]

Update: Mich. Burger King customer's death ruled homicide

A 67-year-old man police believe was homeless died after being punched and knocked to the ground during a scuffle with a 20-year-old Burger King employee in Detroit, and authorities ruled the death a homicide Friday. [More]

Boyfriend arrested in death of NYC designer

The son of an Oscar-winning songwriter was arrested Friday on charges of choking his Peruvian-born girlfriend, a fashion designer found dead and half-clothed in a bathtub overflowing with water in a posh hotel, police said. [More]

SC teen sets himself on fire at high school, dies

Authorities say a South Carolina high school student doused himself in flammable liquid and set himself on fire, killing him. [More]

Bug man accused of stealing from clients since '83

A southwestern Colorado exterminator is suspected of earning the trust of his customers — and their dogs — to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of items and cash over the course of nearly 30 years. [More]

Man, 71, gets 21 years for wheelchair bank robbery

A 71-year-old terminally ill man has been sentenced to 21 years in a California prison for rolling his wheelchair into a San Diego bank and holding it up with a replica BB gun. [More]

Reality star Hatch accused of violating probation

Reality TV star Richard Hatch is accused of violating probation on his tax evasion sentence, which he received for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize from the first season of "Survivor." [More]

Guilty verdict ends chapter of Smart's young life

After more than eight years of waiting, Elizabeth Smart has finally heard the word she's been waiting for: guilty. [More]

Elizabeth Smart aims to return to court - as a prosecutor

Ed Smart told HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell on Friday about his daughter's plans to become a lawyer. "when she gets a thought in her mind, she sticks to it." [More]

Missing girl, 12, found unharmed after 1 week

A 12-year-old girl who had been missing for a week was found unharmed Friday after she and the man accused in her abduction were recognized in a store in San Francisco, police said. [More]

Friday, December 10

Gambling nun accused of embezzling $850,000

A Catholic nun with a reputation for gambling trips to Atlantic City was accused of embezzling more than $850,000 from a college where she oversaw the school’s finances, officials said Friday. [More]

Man Dies After Punch by Detroit Burger King Worker

Detroit police say a 20-year-old Burger King employee who was arguing with a customer punched the 67-year-old man, who fell and later died. [More]

Video shows Miley Cyrus taking bong hit at party

The video obtained by TMZ was shot at a party at singer Miley Cyrus' house five days after her 18th birthday and reportedly involved smoking the legal hallucinogenic salvia. [More]

Transgender woman files privacy claim against DMV

A transgender woman on Thursday filed a claim against the California Department of Motor Vehicles, saying the clerk who handled her application for a new driver's license sent her a letter at home calling her gender change a "very evil decision" that would condemn her to hell. [More]

German city pares budget deficit with "sex tax"

Challenged with a $133 million deficit, one western German city has introduced a day tax on prostitutes to help whittle down its budget gap. [More]

Ohio couple's house robbed while woman gave birth

An Ohio military veteran and his fiancee say thieves broke into their home and stole Christmas presents and other items while they were at a hospital for their son's birth. [More]

Woman attacked over baby toy

Police in Florida said a woman attacked a fellow Walmart shopper because her baby was "squeezing a child's toy that was making a lot of noise." [More]

Former Miss Arizona gets prison for kidnap plot

A former beauty queen and University of Arizona law school student accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and torturing of her ex-boyfriend is going to prison. [More]

Jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner applauded in Oslo

With his Nobel Peace Prize diploma and medal placed in his empty chair, imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was given a standing ovation at the award ceremony Friday as dignitaries demanded his release. [More]

Nancy Pelosi to attend Nobel Prize ceremony

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will attend the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony Friday in Oslo, Norway. [More]

Royal attack prompts big questions on UK security

British officials defended the country's security practices Friday amid a flury of questions over the royal family's safety after rampaging student protesters attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla. [More]

Man puts $5,500 in Salvation Army kettle

A Salvation Army spokeswoman said a "Secret Santa" dropped $5,500 into a donation kettle outside a Kmart store in northwest Georgia. [More]

"Jigsaw expert" saves man's shredded cash

A Taiwan forensic scientist nicknamed the "jigsaw expert" has helped one fortunate man recover cash he accidentally shredded, piecing together the remains of 200 bills in just seven days. [More]

Jury convicts 3 officers in post-Katrina death

For years after Hurricane Katrina, relatives demanded justice for Henry Glover, who was gunned down outside a strip mall in the storm's aftermath. His charred remains turned up weeks later in a burned-out car. [More]

Howard Stern signs new 5-year deal with Sirius

The shock jock's previous five-year, $500 million contract with Sirius XM Radio expires in December and investors worried subscribers would abandon the service if Stern moved on. [More]

Michigan man charged after claiming bogus losses due to BP spill

A Michigan man who claimed the BP oil spill harmed sales at his ice-cream stand in Florida has been charged with fraud after investigators found the business was bogus. [More]

Are the Olympics ready for ... pole dancing?

Pole dancing as an Olympic sport? Absolutely, say thousands of pole dancers and the rapidly growing number of international and national federations transforming what was once the exclusive property of strip clubs and cheap bars into a respectable — and highly athletic — event. [More]

FAA loses track of 119,000 aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers. [More]

Thursday, December 9

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its radical stance against a myriad of issues including homosexuality and the war in Iraq, said Thursday it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral in Raleigh, North Carolina. [More]

Alleged leaker Bradley Manning: hero to Berkeley?

An Army private jailed for allegedly leaking sensitive military data is a hero and should be freed, according to a resolution under consideration by the Berkeley City Council. [More]

Doors' Jim Morrison pardoned for indecent exposure

Forty years after Jim Morrison was convicted of exposing himself at a wild Miami concert, this is the end: Florida's Clemency Board, egged on by departing Gov. Charlie Crist, pardoned The Doors' long-dead singer Thursday. [More]

Man lists James Bond Rolex for $9.95, sells it for $66,100

It was one of those eBay listings that antique dealers and horophiles dream of: A vintage Rolex Submariner dive watch, the kind that Sean Connery wore in the early Bond films, with an opening price of just $9.95. [More]

Thieves steal Pete Sampras tennis trophies

American tennis player Pete Sampras has had most of his trophies and other memorabilia stolen from a storage facility, he said. [More]

Pennsylvania Mayor Dies After Being Pulled From Icy Pool

Authorities are investigating the death of the mayor of a central Pennsylvania town who was found in her icy backyard pool late Wednesday. [More]

Ronni Chasen Killing: Bicyclist Shot Hollywood Publicist in Random Robbery, Police Say

The gun used to kill Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen most likely is the same one that a "person of interest," Harold Martin Smith, killed himself with last week, according to preliminary police ballistics tests. [More]

Obama signs measure funding black farmers settlement

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a $1.15 billion measure to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago. [More]

Man says car hit by flying airplane part

A California man says an egg-shaped object that broke the windshield of his Honda appears to be a part from a passing plane. [More]

16-year-old catcher collapses, dies after pitch hits chest protector

Authorities were examining the chest protector and awaiting the autopsy results Wednesday of a 16-year-old baseball catcher who collapsed and died last week after being hit in the chest by a pitch during an after-school practice in Paterson, New Jersey. [More]

Man hacked, parts stuffed in backpack; couple sought

A manhunt was under way Wednesday for a Pennsylvania couple who police say killed a Good Samaritan who befriended them, then cut up his body and stashed the pieces in a backpack and under a bed in their Skid Row hotel room. [More]

Man accidentally shoots self in leg at McDonald's

A man accidentally shot himself in the leg while waiting in line to order breakfast at a McDonald's restaurant in the Florida Keys. [More]

Sex offender charged in aspiring dancer's death

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a sex offender with killing an aspiring dancer who vanished two years ago after leaving a New York City nightclub with him. [More]

Wednesday, December 8

Elderly New York Woman Gets $100 Ticket for Throwing Newspaper Away

An elderly Manhattan woman living on Social Security was slapped with a $100 ticket - just for throwing away a newspaper in a city trash can. [More]

Mass. judge: Jurors can see video of Uzi death

A graphic video showing an 8-year-old boy accidentally killing himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a fair can be shown to the jury during the manslaughter trial of a former police chief, a judge ruled Tuesday. [More]

Boob job ID thief gets 30-month sentence

The South Florida woman accused of stealing another woman's identity to get a boob job will be keeping her fake assets under a prison jumpsuit for the next two and a half years. [More]

What's in a name? Man goes from Smith to Awesome

n Oregon man has had an Awesome name change. Douglas Allen Smith Jr. says he changed his name to Captain Awesome last month because he was inspired by the nickname of a character on the NBC television show "Chuck." [More]

Government checking 1.1 billion new $100 bills for flaws

The government said Monday it will need to check more than 1 billion new $100 bills because of production problems that have left unwanted creases in many of the notes. [More]

'Naughty' joke gets Santa Claus fired from Macy's

Santa Claus has been canned from Macy's, and he's anything but jolly about it. [More]

‘Glee,’ ‘Teen Mom’ and more influence baby name choices

Television’s cheerleader-turned-pregnant-outcast seems to have made an impression on new moms’ (and maybe dads’) choices for baby names. [More]

Invisalign 'Invisible Braces' Maker Gets FDA Warning

The FDA says Align Technology Inc., maker of the popular Invisalign "invisible braces," didn't tell the agency about several life-threatening allergic reactions to the product. [More]

NYC house used in 'Godfather' for sale for $2.9M

The eight-bedroom New York City mansion used in the 1972 mobster epic, "The Godfather," is for sale. [More]

Homeless Man Charged in Killing at Disney

A homeless man was charged Monday with beating and strangling a man in what was the first homicide in Celebration, Disney’s master-planned community. [More]

Tuesday, December 7

Elizabeth Edwards dies

Elizabeth Edwards, a best-selling author and the driving force behind her husband John Edwards's political career before it was destroyed by his infidelity, died on Tuesday at age 61. [More]

Metro Detroit woman can sue over toilet paper dispenser

A Michigan woman says she can’t work or crochet and her bowling game has suffered since her right hand was broken by a toilet paper dispenser in a restaurant bathroom. [More]

Grab a sandwich, lose a $1.9 million Stradivarius

A musician who went into a central London sandwich store to buy something to eat has had a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin worth $1.9 million stolen, police said. [More]

Accused teen hit man in Mexico is an American citizen

A 14-year-old accused of ruthless killings on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel boss is a U.S. citizen, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said Monday. [More]

Chase Bank Orders Tree Removed

Chase Bank told a businessman to remove the Christmas tree he donated to a local branch because it could offend people. [More]

Wife bit off husband's tongue during kiss

A Wisconsin woman was arrested after she allegedly bit half of her 79-year-old husband's tongue off during a kiss, according to reports. [More]

Lawyer wants video of Conn. boy's Uzi death barred

Prosecutors and defense lawyers argued Monday over whether jurors should see a video that shows an 8-year-old boy accidentally shooting himself in the head with an Uzi and his father dropping the camera and praying that his son is all right. [More]

Burglar hid in toilet ceiling for 2 hours

Police in University Place, Wash., said a restaurant surveillance camera recorded a burglar hiding in a bathroom ceiling for two hours. [More]

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in UK

A British judge denied Julian Assange bail on Tuesday after the WikiLeaks founder told a London court he would fight efforts to extradite him to Sweden to face a sex-crimes investigation. [More]

Yankees finalize $51 million deal with Jeter

The New York Yankees have finalized the $51 million, three-year contract with captain Derek Jeter. [More]

UPS to require photo IDs for shipping packages

UPS is now requiring photo identification from customers shipping packages at retail locations around the world, a month after explosives made their way onto one of the company's planes. [More]

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