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Monday, December 6

Plane lands in Pittsburgh after dog bites 2 on jet

A US Airways flight headed to Phoenix made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh after a dog on board bit a passenger and a flight attendant. [More]

Trial to begin in boy's death at Mass. gun expo

Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj - 4-foot-3 and 66 pounds - stepped up to the firing range to shoot an Uzi as his father and 11-year-old brother watched from a few feet away. [More]

Son Allegedly Shot Dead By Father After Stabbing Parents

A Connecticut man allegedly shot and killed his son over the weekend after the 24-year-old repeatedly stabbed his parents while they were in their bed. [More]

Cowboys' Don Meredith dies

Don Meredith, one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team, died Sunday. He was 72. [More]

Suicide Victim's Gun Doesn't Match Hollywood Murder Weapon

A gun retrieved from the suicide of a man identified as Harold Smith, a "person of interest" in the Chasen case, does not match the murder weapon. [More]

Continental Airlines and mechanic guilty in deadly Concorde crash

The fiery crash that brought down a Concorde supersonic jet in 2000, killing 113 people, was caused partially by the criminal negligence of Continental Airlines and a mechanic who works for the company, a French court ruled Monday. [More]

George Lucas wants to resuscitate dead actors using computers

Star Wars creator George Lucas has been buying the film rights to dead movie legends to put them together on screen. [More]

Sunday, December 5

Unabomber's Montana land for sale; 'very secluded'

A 1.4-acre parcel of land in western Montana that was once owned by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is on the market for $69,500. [More]

Man locked in portable toilet overnight

A drunk New Jersey man locked himself inside a portable toilet that required bolt cutters to free him, police said. [More]

Helen Thomas' school scraps award over 'Zionists' remark

The alma mater of journalist Helen Thomas will not bestow an award that had been given in her name, making the decision after the 90-year-old scribe made more controversial comments about Jewish people. [More]

Legal Experts Question Willie Nelson Pot Bust

Willie Nelson was arrested last Friday at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas after agents seized six ounces of pot off his tour bus. If convicted, the 77-year-old country legend could face extended jail time — the offense carries a minimum sentence of 180 days in jail. [More]

'Secret Santas' dole out $100 handshakes

The Charlotte Observer reported that crew of donors, who insist on anonymity, handed out the C-notes Friday to anyone who looked like they could use it. [More]

Alleged teen hit man: 'I slit their throats'

A 14-year-old accused of ruthless killings on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel boss faced a battery of questions from reporters after authorities detained him. And he answered, point-blank, as camera flash bulbs flickered. [More]

Father admits burying 2 missing Alabama kids

Police in Mobile, Alabama, have arrested a 27-year-old father and accused him of abusing his two young children, who authorities now believe are dead. [More]

Fed workers told: Stay away from those leaked cables

With tens of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables still to be disclosed by WikiLeaks, the Obama administration has warned federal government employees, and even some future diplomats, that they must refrain from downloading or even linking to any. [More]

Now You See It: Neuroscientists Reveal Magicians' Secrets

"Scientists have only studied cognitive illusions for a few decades. Magicians have studied them for hundreds, if not thousands, of years," Martinez-Conde told the audience during a recent presentation here at the New York Academy of Sciences. [More]

Saturday, December 4

California lawmakers keep vehicle perk

Lawmakers are enjoying the benefit of taxpayer-provided cars, including a $55,000 Cadillac sedan and a $52,000 Lexus hybrid, at a time when the state is in a financial mess and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called legislators into a special session next week to address a $6 billion deficit. [More]

Hold the brownies! Bill could limit bake sales

A child nutrition bill on its way to President Barack Obama — and championed by the first lady — gives the government power to limit school bake sales and other fundraisers that health advocates say sometimes replace wholesome meals in the lunchroom. [More]

Charles Manson had cell phone under prison mattress

Infamous convicted murderer Charles Manson had an LG flip phone hidden under his mattress which was found by prison officials. Manson used the phone to make calls and send text messages to people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia. [More]

Prosecutors offer plea deals in NJ child rape case

Prosecutors have offered plea deals that would drop sex charges against all but one of the six defendants accused of participating in the alleged gang-rape of a 7-year-old girl initiated by her 15-year-old stepsister as their case appears to be unraveling. [More]

Teen hitman accused of beheading victims

Mexican authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy accused of serving as a drug cartel hitman and beheading the victims, the army said Friday. [More]

Mystery surrounds man in publicist killing

He was named a "person of interest" in the killing of a Hollywood publicist, and he shot himself to death as detectives tried to question him — but police say it's still not clear if he played any role in the murder. [More]

Student wins $1 million HGTV apartment

A Florida college student won a $1 million New York condominium one block from Ground Zero in an HGTV contest. [More]

PayPal suspends WikiLeaks donations account

Online payment service PayPal said it has suspended the WikiLeaks' account that the organization used to collect donations. [More]

WikiLeaks founder 'sends out 100,000 copies of secret files as insurance'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed that he has sent out 100,000 encrypted versions of secret files in case anything happens to him. [More]

Principal clocked at 103 mph

The principal of a suburban Chicago school could face up to a year in jail after allegedly driving his sports car 103 mph in a 45 mph zone, police said. [More]

Friday, December 3

Snowman with noose appalls Idaho home's neighbors

A white separatist drew complaints from neighbors and a visit from law enforcement officers after building a snowman shaped like a member of the Ku Klux Klan on his front lawn. [More]

Ohio patient charged with murder in hospital death

A Cleveland man who had just come out of a 27-day coma and "didn't know where he was or who he was" was indicted Thursday on charges that he beat to death his partially paralyzed roommate at a rehabilitation hospital. [More]

Google pays Pennsylvania couple $1 in Street View lawsuit

Google Inc. will pay $1 in damages to a Pennsylvania couple who took the company to court, saying the company's Street View service was an invasion of privacy. [More]

Police say Framingham teen swallowed bag of cocaine

A Framingham teenager fought with officers Tuesday as they tried to prevent him from swallowing a bag of what appeared to be cocaine, police said. [More]

Odds someone else has your SSN? One in 7

That’s the stunning conclusion of a San Diego company's analysis of 290 million Social Security numbers, which found that 40 million of them have been attached to more than one name. [More]

Disney town sees death for 2nd time in a week

The owner of a failed security business barricaded himself in his soon-to-be foreclosed home, shot at deputies and then killed himself in this well-groomed Central Florida town built by Disney. [More]

Toddler hanged by ankles in closet, beaten

An 18-month-old South Carolina boy is in critical condition after authorities say he was hanged by his ankles in a closet and repeatedly beaten by three teenagers. [More]

'How to tie a tie' most-asked Web question

News trumped celebrities in 2010 as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and World Cup soccer in South Africa topped the list of most-searched items of 2010, and the most-searched for question was "How to tie a tie," according to Yahoo. [More]

Congress acts to stifle loud TV ads

The House on Thursday gave final congressional approval to a bill that would prevent advertisers from abruptly raising the volume to catch the attention of viewers wandering off when regular programming is interrupted. [More]

Arlington finds 8 sets of remains in 1 grave

The Army has launched a criminal investigation after Arlington National Cemetery officials found eight sets of cremated remains buried in a single grave with a headstone marked "unknown." [More]

106-year-old man quits smoking — for love

Actor and singer Johannes Heesters has given up smoking for love - at age 106. Dutch-born Heesters, who will turn 107 on Sunday, has been married to German actress Simone Rethel, 61, since 1992. Heesters said he quit smoking three weeks ago. [More]

Thursday, December 2

Woman in wheelchair wears only underwear

A wheelchair-bound woman dressed only in bra and panties caught a Wednesday morning flight out of Oklahoma after passing through security. [More]

Man shoots boy in tree after asking if he's a pigeon

A British man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for shooting a 12-year-old boy in a tree. [More]

Smithsonian Stands by Controversial Video

A controversial exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has one fewer item – a video depicting ants crawling over Jesus Christ lying on a crucifix. The video was part of an on-going installation called “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.” [More]

Suspect in Hollywood publicist slaying kills self

A suspect in the mysterious murder last month of top Hollywood film publicist Ronni Chasen killed himself on Wednesday as police attempted to question him. [More]

Prisoners tap IRS for bogus refunds

More than 48,800 of the nation's prisoners claimed $130 million in fraudulent tax refunds by March of this year, and the numbers are probably much higher, according to a new watchdog report. The IRS paid $112 million of the claims. [More]

'White group' at West Chester an attempt to discuss race, university says

A poster calling for a meeting of what was billed as a white student union group at West Chester University was a naive attempt to foster racial understanding, a university spokeswoman said Wednesday. "It was good intention gone awry," said Pam Sheridan. [More]

Substitute teacher who had sex with student faces probation charge

A former substitute teacher convicted of having sex with a student is back in jail, this time accused of violating her probation. [More]

High School Player Flagged For Touchdown Nod to God

Are Hail Marys banned, too? A high school football player in Tacoma, Wash., got flagged for dropping to his knee and pointing to the sky after scoring a touchdown during a playoff game. [More]

Nashville billboards claim Jesus will return May 21, 2011

That's the message on 40 billboards around Nashville, proclaiming May 21, 2011, as the date of the Rapture. Billboards are up in eight other U.S. cities, too. [More]

Ex-cop gets 8 years for role in post-Katrina shootings

A former New Orleans, Louisiana, police officer who pleaded guilty to covering up police shootings of civilians on a Louisiana bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison, authorities said. [More]

Wednesday, December 1

Postal worker's haul included Victoria's Secret lingerie

A former Denver-area postal worker who pleaded guilty to stealing more than 11,000 packages and then selling their contents has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison. [More]

Man charged with killing woman for taking phone call during sex

A Milwaukee man was charged Tuesday with strangling a woman over the Thanksgiving weekend because she took a phone call while they were having sex. [More]

Chicago closes infamous public housing complex

The 70-acre development was initially hailed as a salvation for the city's poor that was emulated nationwide, but it quickly decayed into a virtual war-zone. [More]

Blindingly good sex? It literally can happen

Physicians in Denmark reported the case of a 66-year-old man who literally went blind in one eye every time he had an orgasm. [More]

Michael Jackson's dad files wrongful death suit against son's doctor

An attorney for the father of the late pop star Michael Jackson filed a wrongful death suit Tuesday against Jackson's doctor and his medical clinics, as well as the pharmacy that sold the doctor the drug that killed Jackson. [More]

Cyber Monday sales top $1 billion for first time

Americans jumped on deals and promotions offered online on Cyber Monday, spending $1 billion and making it the busiest online shopping day ever, according to new data. [More]

Fallout from the WikiLeaks files

Revelations that some Arab countries called on the US to take military action against Iran and that Mossad planned to harness minority and student groups to overthrow the Iranian regime may come as a surprise to many, but not to one man. Indeed, in Tehran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be stroking his beard sagely and saying: "I told you so." [More]

Interpol puts Assange on most-wanted list

Interpol, at the request of a Swedish court looking into alleged sex crimes from earlier this year, has put WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on its most-wanted listed. [More]

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You call it sad and pathetic; Some call it creative problem-solving. [More]

ACORN Improperly Awarded FEMA Grant

An ACORN affiliate in New Orleans was improperly awarded a fire safety and prevention grant worth nearly a half-million dollars, according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general. [More]

Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin to be sold

For the JFK assassination conspiracy junkie who has everything: Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin is due to be auctioned in the US this month. Body not included. [More]

Sex assault claim investigated in N.C. missing-girl case

North Carolina police investigated a claim that a 10-year-old girl who was killed and dismembered was sexually assaulted, according to court documents released Tuesday afternoon. [More]

Obama may delay Hawaiian vacation over tax fight

President Barack Obama is considering at least a short delay to the start of his holiday vacation in Hawaii so he can try to work out a deal with congressional Republicans on the Bush tax cuts that expire December 31, CNN has learned. [More]

Gov't won't end drilling ban off Florida

The Obama administration won't allow any new oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven years because of the BP oil spill, a senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday. [More]

Tuesday, November 30

Calif. man charged with dropping cruise ship anchor

The FBI says a California man who says he was drunk dropped anchor on a moving cruise ship. [More]

Woman arrested after pushing 100-year-old Wal-Mart greeter

A 100-year-old woman who works as a greeter at a Milwaukee Wal-Mart said Monday she is bruised and sore but otherwise OK after a customer pushed her during a dispute Sunday. [More]

Wisconsin boy takes classmates hostage, shoots himself

A 15-year-old boy took 23 of his classmates and a teacher hostage in a classroom at a small-town Wisconsin high school on Monday, shooting himself as police broke in. [More]

Man Acquitted of Drunken Driving After Claiming He Drank Alcohol to Stay Warm

A man has been acquitted of drunken driving after claiming that he consumed alcohol to keep warm after - but not before - he lost control of his vehicle on an icy road. [More]

CBS News overhauls its morning show

CBS News is completely overhauling "The Early Show" to give the broadcast team a fresh look. Co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez are out, along with weather forecaster Dave Price, the network said on Tuesday. [More]

Female police chief killed in Mexico

One of a small number of women who have filled a void by becoming police chiefs in violence-torn Mexico was gunned down Monday, authorities said. [More]

Obama, congressional leaders meet for 'Slurpee summit'

President Obama held a meeting with congressional leaders from both parties on Tuesday, less than a month after Republicans won control of the House of Representatives during midterm elections. The 'Slurpee summit' originates from President Obama describing Democrats working to "dig the car out of the ditch" while Republicans sit back "sipping on a Slurpee." [More]

Woman threw child down 6 stories at Va. mall

A toddler has died after police say she was thrown six stories off a shopping mall walkway in Virginia by a woman believed to be her grandmother. [More]

Passengers soon allowed guns on most Amtrak trains

The Sacramento Bee says gun rights advocates pushed for an order by Congress to reverse a near decade-long gun ban on the government-owned rail corporation. [More]

Clarksville man reports false murder to cure boredom, nicotine craving

A Clarksville man called 911 three times Sunday night falsely reporting a murder and a stabbing in the Evans Road area. When police interviewed him he said he made the calls because he was bored and hadn’t had a cigarette in two days. [More]

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper suffers seizure in court

The former street preacher charged with kidnapping and assaulting Elizabeth Smart has suffered an apparent seizure in the courtroom. [More]

Monday, November 29

Guatemalan soccer player found dismembered

Police in Guatemala have found the body of a professional soccer player dismembered and left in five plastic bags in a rural area. A note was left saying the player was killed for "messing with other women." [More]

'Airplane!', 'The Naked Gun' actor Nielsen dies

Leslie Nielsen, the dramatic lead in "Forbidden Planet" and "The Poseidon Adventure" and the bumbling detective Frank Drebin in "The Naked Gun" comedies, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84. [More]

Man caught when stolen car runs out of gas

Police in Georgia say they arrested a man after the new car he allegedly stole from the showroom floor at Five Star Nissan in Albany ran out of gas. [More]

Oregon bomb-plot suspect wanted 'spectacular show'

A Somali-born teenager plotted "a spectacular show" of terrorism for months, saying he didn't mind that children would die if he bombed a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, according to a law-enforcement official and court documents. [More]

Ore. fire raises Muslims' fears of attack backlash

Anger over a Somali-born teenager's failed plan to blow up a van full of explosives during a US Christmas tree lighting ceremony erupted when a fire damaged an Islamic centre frequented by the suspect. [More]

Pennsylvania Family Hid Children for Years

They lived outside society, hidden from the world in a squalid row house with no heat, electricity or running water. They had no birth certificates, no schooling, no immunizations or evidence of medical care - nothing whatsoever to prove their existence. [More]

Man falls to death during game at Chicago's Soldier Field

Police in Chicago, Illinois, are investigating the death of a man who fell from the upper level of Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, to the ground outside the stadium, police said. [More]

Sunday, November 28

$30 pizza costs woman $2,600

A woman in Bristol, Conn., says she ordered $30 worth of pizza only to find her bank account drained of $2,600. Her bank told her to go to the pizza place and work it out with the owner. She tried. "He wanted to give me my money back in pizza," Katie Boucher said. [More]

Macau casino mogul bids $330,000 for 2 truffles

A Macau casino mogul bid $330,000 for a pair of white truffles, including one weighing about two pounds, matching the record price he paid at the same event three years ago for one of the giant fungi. [More]

Al Sharpton calls for FCC to restrict Rush Limbaugh's speech

Reverend Al Sharpton recently called for the FCC to silence Rush Limbaugh by removing his license to broadcast because he - Sharpton - does not agree with what Limbaugh says. [More]

WSU students served dog biscuits at McDonald's

Some Westfield State students say they got more than the burger and fries they ordered at a local McDonald's. The group of minority students that were served is devastated about how they were treated. [More]

Woman Claims She Now Owns Sun

After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner - a woman from Spain's soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property. [More]

Calif. City's ID Card Would Double as Debit Card

Oakland is moving forward with plans for a municipal identification card that is being touted as the first in the nation that would double as a full-fledged debit and ATM card. [More]

Saturday, November 27

Willie Nelson charged with pot possession in Texas

A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas. [More]

Charlie Sheen's Alleged Text Messages to Capri Anderson Published

TMZ has obtained a series of text messages between Charlie Sheen and Capri Anderson, sent just hours after The Plaza Hotel incident in which Charlie is still flirting with her in a big way as he offers her $20,000. [More]

Did Teen's Mutilated Body Fall From a Plane?

Authorities are working to determine whether the mutilated body of a North Carolina student found in a Boston suburb fell from a plane. [More]

Obama gets 12 stitches after elbow to mouth

President Barack Obama needed 12 stitches in his upper lip after taking an errant elbow during a pickup basketball game Friday morning with family and friends visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House said. [More]

Secret Service: Ex-cop threatened to kill Obama

A former police officer has been arrested and accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama. [More]

Hollywood publicist's killer used hollow-point bullet

Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen's killer fired at least four shots into her car, including at least one hollow-point bullet, in last week's Beverly Hills attack, according to a leaked coroner's report. [More]

Fla. burglar made brownies, surfed Web, stole gun

Authorities are searching for a burglar they say broke into a Jacksonville home, baked brownies, surfed the Internet and took a nap before fleeing with the homeowner's gun. [More]

Friday, November 26

FedEx finds missing radioactive package

FedEx on Friday found a package containing radioactive material that went missing a day earlier at one of its shipping stations in Knoxville, Tennessee, the company said. [More]

Obama Injured During Basketball Game

The White House says President Barack Obama has received 12 stitches in his lip after being hit during a pick up basketball game. [More]

Vermont man killed in gun prank

A 24-year-old Vermont man was fatally shot by a friend who used a gun in a prank, police said. The alleged shooter apparently tried to prank his sleeping friend by waking him up with the loud sound of an air rifle, police said. However, police said, the man mistakenly used a real rifle in the prank. [More]

Kate Gosselin blames pressure, 'divorce anger' for kids' expulsion

It's been a rough couple of years for the Gosselins. Two of the family's eight children were recently expelled from school, but mom Kate Gosselin tells Entertainment Tonight that they're keeping up with their lessons and "the goal is to get them back into school as soon as possible." [More]

Kanye West blasts Swift and Lauer during NYC performance

Kanye West, whose new album is getting rave reviews, is not done ranting about Taylor Swift and Matt Lauer. [More]

Jobless Mexican stewardesses launch sexy calendar

It could be the Mexican remake of the "The Full Monty" — just swap the out-of-work British steel workers from the 1997 hit movie for curvy Latina flight attendants. [More]

NY actor says he killed 'demon' in his mom

An actor says he felt like the character Neo from the movie "The Matrix" — "hearing voices and feeling powerful" — before he allegedly hacked his mother to death with a sword in her New York apartment. [More]

Fla. Golf Course Worker Hit by Tee Shot, Dies

A maintenance worker at a central Florida country club is dead after being struck by a golfer's tee shot. [More]

Thanksgiving sales bring shoppers, grumbles

Not all Americans tucked into turkey with their families on Thanksgiving. Some were out shopping, hitting sales ahead of the crowds expected Friday. [More]

Judge has many options in sentencing DeLay

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay argued throughout his trial that the deck was stacked against him by a politically motivated prosecutor and a jury from the most Democratic city in one of the most Republican states. [More]

Man sells himself winning lottery ticket

The owner of a tobacco products store in Pennsylvania sold himself a lottery ticket worth $1.8 million, lottery officials said. [More]

Wisconsin man gets 25 years for drowning wife in toilet

A northern Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for drowning his wife in a toilet in 1999. [More]

Thursday, November 25

Porn actress reaches 'level of empowerment,' delays Sheen lawsuit

Adult film actress Capri Anderson has decided against filing a lawsuit against TV sitcom star Charlie Sheen for now, Anderson's lawyer told CNN. [More]

Fake doctor saw patients in hospital ER for weeks

A North Carolina man faced criminal charges after police say he posed as a health professional and got involved with patients at a hospital emergency room. [More]

Robbers wound up with bag of actual dough

New York police said two muggers held up the owners of a pizzeria and made off with a bag containing the wrong kind of dough - actual pizza dough. [More]

TSA advertises jobs on pizza boxes

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is advertising jobs in the Washington area where college students are sure to see them - on pizza boxes. [More]

Australia deports US man convicted in wife's death

An American man convicted of manslaughter in his wife's honeymoon death was deported Thursday from Australia to the United States, where he is likely to face murder charges for the 2003 drowning. [More]

Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. [More]

Man wanted cops to get hooker money back

Police in Missouri said a man arrested on suspicion of soliciting prostitutes had complained about a pair of prostitutes to police. [More]

Woman run over by her own car, twice

An Australian woman was in a hospital after being run over by her own car - twice, authorities said. [More]

Charges dropped in South Florida cat death case

A Florida teen no longer faces animal cruelty charges in a string of cat killings with prosecutors saying Wednesday that the defense showed some of the cats may have been killed by other animals. [More]

NJ sex offender admits lying to get Census job

A sex offender admitted Wednesday that he had lied on forms to get a job as a U.S. Census taker, blaming it on a series of mix-ups and his desperation to get a job. [More]

Wednesday, November 24

Confronted jogger fatally shoots man

A man out for his regular nightly jog in Tamba shot and killed someone who confronted and punched him early this morning. [More]

Teacher pregnant, student thinks he may be father

A Texas high school student has come forward after it was learned the teacher he was allegedly sleeping with is pregnant. [More]

It's official: San Francisco Bans Happy Meals With Toys

San Francisco lawmakers voted Tuesday to override Mayor Gavin Newsom's veto on a measure to ban fast-food restaurants from including toys with children's meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines. [More]

Glowing trees to replace street lamps

The golden glow of street lights could soon be replaced by the green fluorescence of tree leaves. Scientists from the Academia Sinica and the National Cheng Kung University in Taipei and Tainan have implanted glowing, sea urchin shaped gold nanoparticles, known as bio light emitting diodes, or bio LEDs, inside the leaves of a plant. [More]

House Staffer Charged With Soliciting Sex From Minor

Bob Decheine, longtime chief of staff to Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) has been arrested by police in Gaithersburg, M.D. for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor and has been fired. [More]

'We're Not Perverts': TSA Workers Push Back

They've been called molesters, threatened with violence and ordered not to touch "my junk." "We just want the public to understand that we're not perverts," said screener Ricky D. McCoy, who heads a local TSA union for Illinois and Wisconsin. [More]

TSA officer suspected of kidnapping, assault

Police in west Georgia found a wounded Transportation Security Administration officer at his home after a woman said the man kidnapped and sexually assaulted her, then gave her a suicide note to deliver, authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Stranded man 'embarrassed' to use phone

A California man who spent five days stranded on a deserted island said he was too embarrassed to use his cellphone to call for help. [More]

It's a boy! John Travolta welcomes new baby

Actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston on Tuesday announced the birth of their third child, a baby boy born nearly two years after the death of their 16-year-old son Jett. [More]

Woman, 69, trapped in bathroom for three weeks

An elderly French woman who was trapped in her bathroom for three weeks has finally been rescued. [More]

US jury convicts Somalis as pirates in Navy attack

Five Somali men accused of attacking a U.S. Navy ship off Africa's coast were convicted on federal piracy charges Wednesday, in what experts said was the first trial of its kind since the Civil War. [More]

Debit cards popular but lack credit's consumer protection

For budget-minded holiday shoppers, debit cards seem to offer an ideal combination of convenience and self-discipline. [More]

Tuesday, November 23

TSA: Some gov't officials to skip airport security

Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially. The TSA would not explain why it makes these exceptions. [More]

'Ugly Betty' actor slays mom with sword

An actor who appeared on "Ugly Betty" was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly killing his mother with a samurai sword, according to a report. [More]

Developers of Mosque Near Ground Zero Seek Federal Funds for Post-9/11 Rebuilding

An application to secure funding from federal 9/11 aid to build a controversial Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero is drawing fire from critics who decry the move as insensitive. [More]

Toddler falls from Staples Center suite

Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old toddler who scaled over a glass safety guard in a luxury box at Staples Center and fell to his death. Officer Julie Sohn said the boy's family was taking photographs and "somehow the child went over the edge of the section." [More]

Bishop sorry for Prince William wedding slur

A Church of England bishop apologized on Monday for suggesting that the marriage of Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton would only last seven years and that the couple were "shallow celebrities." [More]

TSA chief apologizes to traveler with ostomy bag

A retired special education teacher who said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down at airport security said he received an apology Monday in a phone call from Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole. [More]

Jury convicts man in killing of Chandra Levy

After more than three days of deliberations, jurors on Monday convicted Ingmar Guandique of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2001 death of Washington intern Chandra Levy. [More]

Sheen's NYC incident sparks abuse claims, lawsuit

A woman found locked in the bathroom of Sheen's suite last month said in a nationally televised interview Monday that the actor used racial slurs and put his hands around her throat during the raucous evening in late October. [More]

Sheen sues escort for alleged shakedown

Charlie Sheen has filed a lawsuit against adult film actress Capri Anderson, claiming she tried to extort money from him following an October incident at New York's Plaza Hotel. [More]

"Exhausted" Obama Questioner Let Go From Job

The Obama supporter who told the president during a televised town-hall meeting that she was "deeply disappointed" in him has lost her job. [More]

'Double Fantasy' album that Lennon signed for his killer is for sale

An album that John Lennon autographed for his killer just hours before he was gunned down outside his New York City apartment building went on sale Monday for a whopping $850,000. [More]

NYC jeweler sues Courtney Love to get bling back

A celebrity jeweler says Courtney Love hasn't returned nearly $114,000 worth of borrowed baubles, and the gem dealer is suing to get them back. [More]

Over 330 die in stampede at Cambodian festival

Thousands of people stampeded during a festival in the Cambodian capital Monday night, leaving more than 330 dead and hundreds injured in what the prime minister called the country's biggest tragedy since the 1970s reign of terror by the Khmer Rouge. [More]

Ex-priest accused of plotting teen accuser's death

Authorities say a former Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy in rural Texas is now accused of plotting the teen's murder. [More]

Flying snakes' secret revealed

The snake dangles 49 feet (15 meters) off the ground, tail entwined around a branch. Suddenly, the animal rears up and launches, flinging its body toward the forest floor. [More]

Monday, November 22

Al Gore admits his corn ethanol support was for votes

In a mea culpa of sorts, former Vice President Al Gore on Monday said he made a mistake in supporting corn-based ethanol while he was in office, admitting he was more interested in farm votes for his presidential run than what was best for the environment. His decision that was later blamed for higher food prices. [More]

Illegal Immigrant Found Guilty in Levy Case

A jury has convicted Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique of murdering former D.C. intern Chandra Levy. [More]

Ex-Playboy bunny convicted of murder dies in Oregon

The prison escape of former Playboy Club bunny and Milwaukee police officer Laurie "Bambi" Bembenek popularized the phrase "Run Bambi Run" and seemed tailor-made for the TV movie it inspired. [More]

St. Louis tops list of most dangerous US cities

St. Louis overtook Camden, N.J., as the nation's most dangerous city in 2009, according to a national study released Sunday. [More]

Barbara Bush: Palin should stay in Alaska

Former first lady Barbara Bush doesn't appear to think much of Sarah Palin's White House aspirations, saying the former Alaska governor should stick to her home state. [More]

Lawyer Says Stripper Danced at Detroit Mayor's House

A lawyer says a stripper got $1,000 to perform at a dope-fueled party at the Detroit mayor's mansion and saw Kwame Kilpatrick's wife attack a woman who was giving the then-mayor a lap dance. [More]

Underwear invention protects privacy at airport

It's a special kind of underwear — with a strategically placed fig leaf design — and a Colorado man says it'll get you through the airport screeners with your dignity intact. [More]

Coroner: 3 Ohio victims stabbed, dismembered

Two women and an 11-year-old boy were stabbed to death and dismembered before their remains were placed in a hollow tree, a coroner said Saturday, confirming the fears of many in this tiny Ohio town where the three went missing. [More]

Prisoners will get less food

Reducing the number of slices of bread inmates receive each day will save New York City about $350,000 per year, officials said. [More]

Polls: Brits want William to leapfrog Charles as king

Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton should be Britain's next king and queen, not the heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, two polls showed on Saturday. [More]

JFK's Secret Service agents reflect on loss of a president

After mostly avoiding the spotlight for decades, many of the former U.S. Secret Service agents who were assigned to protect President John F. Kennedy are now offering their accounts of the day he was assassinated, 47 years ago Monday. [More]

Sunday, November 21

'Inferno' director: Lindsay Lohan didn't quit - we fired her

After months of waiting for Lindsay Lohan to emerge from jail and rehabilitation centers, director Matthew Wilder has finally axed Lindsay Lohan from his planned Linda Lovelace biopic, "Inferno." [More]

Pope says some condom use 'first step' of morality

Pope Benedict XVI has opened the door on the previously taboo subject of condoms as a way to fight HIV, saying male prostitutes who use condoms may be beginning to act responsibly. [More]

Facebook-Banning U.S. Pastor Acknowledges Threesome

A pastor who said Facebook was a "portal to infidelity" and told married church leaders to delete their accounts or resign once testified that he had a three-way sexual relationship with his wife and a male church assistant. [More]

TSA has met the enemy - and they are us

After nine years of funneling travelers into ever longer lines with orders to have shoes off, sippy cups empty and laptops out for inspection, the most surprising thing about increasingly heated frustration with the federal Transportation Security Administration may be that it took so long to boil over. [More]

TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. [More]

LPGA set to allow transgender members

Prior to last month’s LPGA Tour event in California, transgender long-drive competitor Lana Lawless and her lawyer Christopher Dolan filed a suit in federal court seeking to prohibit the tour from operating in the state unless it allows Lawless (and other transgender players) to compete on their tour. [More]

Transgender Americans face high suicide risk

A staggering 41 percent of transgender people in the United States have attempted to commit suicide, according to a new survey. [More]

NY judge orders Gawker to pull Palin book pages

A federal judge on Saturday ordered Gawker Media to pull leaked pages of Sarah Palin's forthcoming book "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag" from its blog. [More]

Saturday, November 20

Robber punches lawyer after judge gives him life

Donald O'Leary, 67, has taken his share of lumps in 40 years as a practicing lawyer, but nothing like what happened in a Pinellas courtroom this morning. [More]

Woman sues to get school perfume ban

An Indiana mother is taking her son's high school to court in an attempt to have perfume and cologne banned because the boy is allergic. [More]

Wesley Snipes headed to jail

Blade star Wesley Snipes has been taken into custody and will begin his three-year prison sentence for tax crimes. [More]

Car thief scolds mom for leaving kid in car

A mother was criticized for leaving her son in her car by a man who stole her car, police said. [More]

Murder charged after CA victim dies 30 years later

Two men convicted of shooting a Southern California sheriff's deputy in 1980 have been charged with his murder following his death this year of related injuries. [More]

William and Kate's royal wedding date declared national holiday

Buzz is building in Britain as we await the news of where and when Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding will take place. [More]

Michelle Obama a Big Hit on Broadway

The audience at Thursday's performance of Afrobeat artist and Nigerian political activist "Fela!" on Broadway got an extra thrill when an unannounced guest arrived — the first lady. "When the audience realized that she was in the audience, they just went nuts," said Stephen Hendel, who produced the show. "People started standing up and applauding, saying 'We love you!' 'We love you!" [More]

Oops: Air Force sends tanker bid details to rivals

The Air Force mistakenly gave rival companies sensitive information that contained each other's confidential bids in a long-standing, multibillion dollar competition to build a new refueling tanker. [More]

Hollywood publicist's killing raises fear and speculation

Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden asked journalists to keep "erroneous information, theories or speculation" out of their stories about the killing of a Hollywood publicist, but his appeal appeared to be a reaction to reports quoting his own mayor. [More]

Airbag credited with saving choking man

The impact of an airbag that deployed during a three-car accident is being credited with saving the life of a man, police say, dislodging a raisin that he was choking on while driving. [More]

Friday, November 19

Federal judge pleads guilty to drug charges

A federal judge pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of drug possession and another charge, admitting he had paid a stripper to buy drugs for the two to use together. [More]

Joe Scarborough suspended over political donations

Msnbc TV host Joe Scarborough was suspended without pay for two days Friday for making eight campaign donations to Florida political candidates, apparently in violation of NBC News ethics policy. [More]

Senate expected to pass black farmers settlement

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve $1.15 billion Friday to fund a settlement initally reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago. The Senate is also expected to clear $3.4 billion to fund a separate settlement reached with Native Americans. [More]

Homeless Tempe man turns in backpack with $3,300

People across the country are reaching out to help a homeless man in Tempe after hearing about his decision to turn in a backpack he found with thousands of dollars inside. “Not everybody on the streets is a criminal," the homeless man said. [More]

Robbery suspect tries to flee on lawn mower

Police in South Carolina say a man attempted a slow getaway by lawnmower after robbing a convenience store. [More]

Man rejects fruit jar suit settlement

A Michigan man rejected a $150,000 settlement offer for his suit alleging he was injured by a jar of fruit that exploded while he was opening it. [More]

College student body president admits he's an illegal immigrant

Pedro Ramirez is the student body president at Fresno State University in California. He is also an illegal immigrant. [More]

Police Believe Publicist Shot From Another Vehicle

Detectives suspect that a slain Hollywood publicist was shot from another vehicle, possibly an SUV, the mayor of Beverly Hills said. [More]

Witness: Officer laughed after burning man's body

A New Orleans police officer was laughing after he burned the body of a man who had been gunned down by police in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a fellow officer testified Thursday. [More]

Four in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete

As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren't needed to have a family. [More]

Men busted for playing chess at NYC playground

Police demonstrated their staunch commitment to enforcing the law when they arrested seven men in an Inwood Hill playground — for playing chess. A swarm of bulletproof vest-clad police descended on the group of men last month and issued them tickets for playing chess in an area reserved for adults who have children with them. [More]

Airports Consider Congressman's Call to Ditch TSA

In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether. [More]

Colo. soldiers: Aim was to destroy pot, not use it

Soldiers accused of breaking into a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary and then accidentally locking themselves inside told police they planned to destroy the marijuana — not smoke or sell it. [More]

Fliers liken pat-downs to sexual assault

If you refuse to go through one of the Transportation Security Administration's new full-body security scanners at the airport, don't be startled if a TSA employee grabs you by the private parts, according to travelers who have undergone security inspections that they claim would be illegal sexual assault if they weren't being done by the government. [More]

Restaurants prepare for calorie 'sticker shock'

Restaurant chains, including some accused of peddling "food porn" to ever more obese Americans, are slimming down their menus before new rules force them to expose astronomical calorie counts to diners. [More]

Bone found in Aruba belonged to a young woman

A prosecutor in Aruba says initial examination by Dutch forensics experts of a bone found on an Aruba beach last week belonged to a young woman. [More]

White House Defends Ex-Gitmo Detainee Trial

The White House is pushing back against criticism of its commitment to prosecuting some terror suspects in civilian courts after a federal jury convicted former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani on only one of 285 charges. [More]

Thursday, November 18

Bodies of 2 women, boy missing in Ohio are found

Three people who vanished from a blood-spattered home more than a week ago were found dead inside a hollow tree Thursday, days after the teenage daughter of one of the victims was rescued — bound and gagged — from an ex-convict's basement. [More]

Whitman settles for $5,500 with former housekeeper

Former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman agreed Wednesday to provide her former housekeeper with $5,500 in unpaid wages to settle a dispute that erupted after it was revealed that the $23 an hour maid was an illegal immigrant. [More]

Woman's Medicaid fraud buys Bentley, Hummer

Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina woman submitted more than $600,000 in false Medicaid claims and used the money to buy a Bentley, a Hummer and spa services. [More]

Rumor Mill: Tony Parker's alleged mistress revealed as Erin Barry

According to, Longoria's husband - Tony Parker - was carrying on an affair with Erin Barry, the wife of San Antonio Spur Brent Barry. [More]

Erin Barry Pics

Erin Barry, wife of former NBA player Brent Barry is now at the center of controversy as some media outlets have named her as the woman that Tony Parker was allegedly sending hundreds of text messages to. [More]

Teen burglary suspect found sleeping on floor

Police didn't have a hard time finding a burglary suspect they say broke into a central Florida home. He was asleep on the bedroom floor. [More]

Woods' ex mistress buys $1.625mn apartment

Tiger Woods' ex mistress Rachel Uchitel recently bought a 1.625-million-dollar apartment in New York City. [More]

Fake doctor carried out breast exams in bars

A woman posed as a physician and duped at least two other women into undergoing breast exams at her hands in Boise-area nightclubs, according to police. [More]

National Enquirer publisher files for bankruptcy

American Media Inc, publisher of the National Enquirer and Star supermarket tabloids as well as body-toning magazines such as Men's Fitness, on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. [More]

Man wants his pot back from the sheriff

Man wants his pot back from the sheriff [More]

House Democrats retain Pelosi as leader

Democrats in the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to retain Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their leader when Republicans take control of the chamber in January. [More]

Rangel: I'm 'As Clean as the Driven Snow'

“When you’re as clean as the driven snow, no matter the accusations, just denying is not enough,” Rangel said. [More]

Toddlers left by accused shoplifters to stay in custody

A judge says two toddlers abandoned at an Orlando area Walmart after investigators accused their caregivers of shoplifting will remain in state custody. [More]

Palin says she could defeat Obama in 2012

Sarah Palin says she could defeat President Barack Obama if she seeks the White House in 2012. [More]

Wednesday, November 17

Wis. man accused of shooting TV over Palin dance

A rural Wisconsin man apparently enraged by Bristol Palin's "Dancing with the Stars" routine blasted his television with a shotgun, leading to an all-night standoff with a SWAT team, investigators said. [More]

Sales tax targeted to cut US deficit

In an ambitious plan to slash the deficit and the fast-mounting national debt, a group of experts on the U.S. federal budget deficit on Wednesday called for a new 6.5 percent national sales tax, as well as lower and simpler individual income and corporate tax rates. [More]

Eva Longoria files for divorce from Tony Parker

Eva Longoria filed court papers Wednesday to divorce basketball star Tony Parker, citing irreconcilable differences. According to a press release from the TV show "Extra," Longoria told show host and longtime friend Mario Lopez that she found hundreds of text messages from another woman on Parker's phone [More]

Clown bandit surprises woman on toilet

An elderly Ohio woman was shocked when a clown broke into her home while she was on the toilet and demanded cash and drugs. [More]

Reality TV producer accused of killing wife in Mexico arrested

The arrest of Bruce Beresford-Redman comes five months after Mexican authorities accused him of killing his wife in Cancun and after he returned home despite being told not to leave Mexico. [More]

Attorney 'Cowboy Bob' takes on animal rape case

A man accused of having sex with a miniature horse has retained an attorney with the moniker "Cowboy Bob." [More]

Lawmakers seek more rail money for California

With some incoming governors rejecting money for high-speed rail, California's two U.S. senators are asking the Obama administration to redirect federal funding to their home state. [More]

NYC mayor's '09 tax forms show more offshore money

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money managers invested more than $75 million of his money in offshore tax havens in 2009, according to his philanthropic foundation's latest tax forms. [More]

Punishment phase for Rangel set for Thursday

It took House investigators 2 1/2 years and a jury of congressional peers two days to conclude Rep. Charles Rangel of New York violated House rules. [More]

Drug-testing company to pay $16 million in kickback case

A Texas-based drug-testing company has reached a settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa to pay $16.3 million in a case alleging it paid kickbacks to doctors to induce them to refer Medicare business. [More]

Slaying of publicist baffles police, Hollywood

Ronni Chasen will miss Hollywood's awards season — the time that was her specialty as a publicist and woman-about-town. [More]

Twins Shot at Colorado Firing Range

Twin sisters from Australia were both shot in the head at an outdoor Colorado shooting range, killing one of the women and leaving the other critically injured, authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Florida Mother Arrested After 4-Year-Old Son, Left Home Alone, Calls 911

A Florida woman was arrested on charges of child neglect after her 4-year-old son called 911 to report that his mother had left him home alone. [More]

Senate Democrats swim against anti-earmark tide

Now that Republicans have abandoned the you-scratch-my-back, I'll-scratch-yours earmark process, Democrats who still hold a majority in the Senate have to decide whether they'll try to prop up a system that seems to be collapsing all around them. [More]

Suspect allegedly urinated on police car

Police in Tennessee said a drunken driving suspect was arrested after urinating on a police cruiser during a traffic stop. [More]

Teen kills mom of 11, 61-year-old woman

Authorities on Tuesday charged a Minnesota teenager with murdering two convenience store clerks at separate stores in northern Iowa. [More]

Tuesday, November 16

Top Hollywood publicist shot dead in Beverly Hills

A leading Hollywood publicist was shot dead in her car in Beverly Hills today just minutes after leaving the premiere of Burlesque. [More]

Leaked US Marshal body scan images revealed

At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner, despite the fact that the machines were supposed to be incapable of being saved. [More]

Charles Rangel convicted of ethics violations

Democratic Representative Charles Rangel, the former chief tax writer in Congress and a veteran politician, was convicted on Tuesday by fellow lawmakers of ethics violations. [More]

Cops called on 13-year-olds for selling cupcakes

A politician in a New York suburb called police on two 13-year-old boys for selling cupcakes and other baked goods without a permit. [More]

Man wore priest robe to steal church cash

A 52-year-old Jackson man accused of donning a priest's robe to steal parishioner donations from a church has been arrested. [More]

California court rules illegal immigrants can pay lower tuition

Illegal immigrants can qualify to pay cheaper in-state tuition rates at California public universities, the state's Supreme Court ruled Monday. [More]

Airport Security Backlash: Don't 'Touch My Junk'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Monday vehemently defended her department's use of advanced imaging technologies and pat-downs at U.S. airports, saying to do otherwise would be "irresponsible" and that passengers who don't like it can "travel by some other means." [More]

Rangel walks out of ethics trial

Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, walked out of the House ethics subcommittee trial on Monday, complaining he has not had sufficient time to hire a new legal team to respond to corruption allegations. [More]

Store clerks turn tables on alleged armed robber

Two teenage Clearwater store clerks took a gun away from a man attempting to rob them on Saturday night and then locked him in the business until police arrived, Clearwater police said. [More]

Bone Found in Aruba Tested for Holloway Link

Dutch forensic experts are testing a piece of bone found on the Caribbean island of Aruba to see if it comes from missing American teenager Natalee Holloway. [More]

Thief takes $20K from safe, overlooks $80K

Police in Alaska said a burglar raided a homeowner's safe but took only $20,000 of the $100,000 it contained. [More]

Mitchell to police: God 'delivered' Smart to me

Brian David Mitchell told police Elizabeth Smart was "converted by the priority of God" and willingly stayed with him after she vanished from her bedroom in June 2002. [More]

Mexico's $80M boom industry: Bulletproof cars

A growing number of Mexicans — including many from the middle class — see bulletproofing their vehicles as a necessity and not a luxury. [More]

Death-row inmate dies in Dallas awaiting new hearing

Ronald Curtis Chambers, who held the record for the longest stay on Texas' death row at 35 years, died Friday in his Dallas cell. [More]

Walmart drug plan for seniors introduced

Medicare's open enrollment season just started, and the plan from insurer Humana and retail giant Walmart is getting attention. At $14.80, the monthly premium is the lowest of any national plan, about half the average. [More]

Former JetBlue flight attendant has a new job

Steven Slater will put his vast experience of memorable air flights to use after signing a deal to judge travelers' 'craziest' stories. [More]

Monday, November 15

Are Amish fireplace claims a bunch of hot air?

Maybe you’ve seen the TV infomercials or the full-page color newspaper advertisements for the Heat Surge Roll-n-Glow Fireplace. They show Amish men and women in a barn building the wooden mantels. [More]

House ethics trial opens for NY's Charles Rangel

Rep. Charles Rangel of New York headed the House's tax-writing committee but acknowledged shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service on his own tax bill. [More]

Woman sold baby to buy car

A Florida woman was charged with trying to sell her infant son in order to pay for a new car, police said on Tuesday. [More]

Giraffe struck, killed by lightning

A seven-year-old giraffe featured on a British television drama was struck and killed by lightning in South Africa Monday. [More]

Ranks of millionaire college presidents grow

More than 1 in 5 chief executives at the 448 institutions surveyed topped $600,000. [More]

Government auditors want $3.2 million from ACORN

A government audit says the advocacy group ACORN should reimburse the government $3.2 million for failing to adequately show that lead removal work was performed at a reasonable cost. [More]

Jim Morrison may win indecent exposure pardon 40 years on

The charismatic but unpredictable lead singer of American rock band The Doors could be about to receive a posthumous pardon almost 40 years after being convicted of exposing himself on stage. [More]

Ohio girl found alive, bound; no word on 3 others

Ten miles from home, a 13-year-old girl was found bound and gagged but alive four days after disappearing with her family. The whereabouts of her mother, brother and another woman remained a mystery, however. [More]

Sunday, November 14

Teacher quits after buying student 'morning after' pill

A Plant City High School teacher has resigned after acknowledging she bought a "morning after pill" for a student and had inappropriate Facebook conversations with the student's boyfriend. [More]

Child star who played Eddie Munster in NJ rehab

The former child star who played boy werewolf Eddie Munster on TV has entered a drug and alcohol treatment facility. [More]

Ariz. voters approve medical marijuana measure

Proposition 203 won by a tiny margin of just 4,431 votes out of more than 1.67 million votes counted. [More]

British couple freed by Somali pirates after 1 yr

A British couple kidnapped from their yacht by Somali pirates more than a year ago are now free. [More]

Do You Drink Too Much?

Experts split drinking habits into four groups, relating the risk they pose to psychological and physical health. These are social, heavy, problematic, and dependent. So at what level are you drinking? [More]

Job applicant commits robbery just outside

Police said a man charged with robbing someone outside a Pittsburgh-area Subway restaurant left a pretty detailed calling card: a job application he filled out just before the heist. [More]

Kanye West cancels upcoming 'Today' performance

Kanye West has backed out of a scheduled performance on NBC's "Today" show after getting upset with how his interview with host Matt Lauer this week was handled. [More]

Feds: Woman Illegally Fired After Insulting Boss on Facebook

A Connecticut woman who was fired after she posted disparaging remarks about her boss on Facebook has prompted a first-of-its-kind legal case by federal authorities who say her comments are protected speech under labor laws. [More]

Producer Dino De Laurentiis dies at age 91

Dino De Laurentiis, an Academy Award-winning film impresario and producer of "Serpico" and "Barbarella," who helped revolutionize the way movies are bankrolled and sold, has died. [More]

Man Dies Shortly After Being Cleared in '70s Murder

A Mississippi man who spent more than 30 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit has died less than two months after his name was cleared in the case. [More]

Black caucus says it will allow Republicans

The Congressional Black Caucus says it will allow two recently elected black Republicans to join the group. [More]

Freshmen arrive in Congress with many questions

Where to live? Whom to hire? What's a voting card — and where are the bathrooms? More than 100 members of Congress arrive in Washington this coming week for the first time since winning election. [More]

Government sells spoils of Madoff's lavish life

Anyone wanting to walk in the shoes of fallen financier Bernard Madoff was in luck Saturday: Thousands of belongings from his New York City penthouse, including his used shoes, went on the auction block. [More]

Saturday, November 13

Man Tries to Run Over Woman Who Refuses Marriage

A Whittier man has allegedly tried to run down his ex-girlfriend in a car after she refused his wedding proposal. The proposal took place Thursday afternoon at the Burger Stop. [More]

Baby dead after mom tosses infant into washing machine

A mother of three suspected of using crystal meth was charged with second-degree manslaughter after police found her 10-day-old baby dead inside a washing machine. [More]

Pot o' Gold: Family's old vase fetches $83 million

It was just an old Chinese vase that had been in the family for 80 years. It turned out to be much more. [More]

Maryland official, wife hid money as FBI approached

Panicked as the FBI closed in Friday morning, Prince Georges County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife Leslie raced to find a $100,000 check for an alleged kickback and flush it down the toilet. With agents knocking at the door, Leslie Johnson stuffed nearly $80,000 in her bra. [More]

New Orleans cop said looters 'deserved to be shot'

A former New Orleans police officer on trial for gunning down a man outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath said after the shooting that looters are "animals" who "deserved to be shot," a fellow officer testified Friday. [More]

Ticket bought at Michigan porn shop worth $129M

A group of friends and family is obscenely rich after winning a nearly $129 million jackpot with a lottery ticket bought at a Detroit-area porn shop. And some of the money will be devoted to sacred purposes. [More]

Pennsylvania game warden killed after stopping vehicle

A Pennsylvania wildlife officer investigating possible poaching was killed during an exchange of gunfire after making a traffic stop late Thursday, authorities said. Grove is the first the game commission officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1915. [More]

Red ink for post office: $8.5B lost last year

The Postal Service said Friday it lost $8.5 billion last year despite deep cuts of more than 100,000 jobs and other reductions in recent years. [More]

Mexico cops arrest child in hunt for hitmen as young as 12

Mexican police on Friday detained a minor accused of working as a gunman for a drug cartel after shocking videos and photos surfaced online of fresh-faced boys mugging for the camera with guns and corpses. [More]

Doctors brace for possible big Medicare pay cuts

Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients' health: She'll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors' pay to go through. [More]

Police think they've found body of missing NC girl

Grim police trying to solve the disappearance of a 10-year-old North Carolina girl confirmed Friday what they've long suspected: The freckle-faced child with a prosthetic leg and bone cancer is dead. [More]

Friday, November 12

Tenn. gov criticizes lawmaker for immigrant remark

A Tennessee lawmaker said he used a poor choice of words when he likened pregnant illegal immigrants to rats multiplying. Rep. Curry Todd said he was responding to a federal law that requires the state to pay for prenatal care to illegal women. [More]

School Reverses Course After Ordering Student to Remove American Flag From Bike

A California school has done a U-turn after it forced a student to remove an American flag attached to his bike, saying the Stars and Stripes could spur racial tensions from Hispanic students on campus. [More]

DOJ Gave Millions to Illegal Immigrant 'Sanctuary' Cities

The Department of Justice has spent tens of millions of dollars this year to compensate more than two dozen states, counties and cities for their costs of jailing illegal immigrants - even though those communities have adopted policies that obstruct immigration enforcement, according to a recently released report. [More]

Company tells employee that her breasts are too distracting at office

Gloria Allred says management at the Devereux Foundation told Amy Blakely that other employees couldn't concentrate in meetings because of her big bust. [More]

Update: Palin E-Mail Hacker Sentenced to 1 Year in Custody

A former University of Tennessee college student who hacked into Sarah Palin's e-mail during the 2008 presidential campaign was sentenced Friday to a year and a day with the judge recommending the term be served in a halfway house, not prison. [More]

Is The Better Business Bureau A Scam?

The Better Business Bureau, one of the best known consumer watchdog groups, is being accused by business owners of running a "pay for play" scheme in which A plus ratings are awarded to those who pay membership fees, and F ratings used to punish those who don't. The five-star Ritz Carlton Hotel in Boston and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck were given F ratings for not "playing," while non-existent companies - even neo-Nazi websites - have received an A rating for paying $425 to the BBB. [More]

Bad 'Alibi': Idaho burglary suspect found at bar

Police said it didn't take them long to locate an Idaho man suspected in the robbery of a Cedars Inn — he was next door at The Alibi bar. [More]

Woman arrested for trying to hit cop with sex toy

Illinois woman arrested over assault on officer with 'rigid feminine pleasure device." [More]

$1.73M award for illegal immigrant denied care in custody

A jury has awarded $1.73 million to the family of an illegal immigrant from El Salvador who died of penile cancer that went undiagnosed for more than a year while he was in state and federal custody. [More]

Fewer Hispanics in Arizona After SB1070

A new study suggests there may be 100,000 fewer Hispanics in Arizona than there were before the debate over the state's tough new immigration law earlier this year. [More]

Get an AK-47 With Your Truck Purchase

A truck dealership in Florida has found a new way to drive sales: When you buy a truck, you also get a free AK-47. [More]

San Francisco mayor's meaningless veto of ban on Happy Meals

Mayor Gavin Newsom has indicated he would veto the law banning Happy Meals. That veto would be meaningless because the board approved the ordinance 8-3, a veto-proof margin. With eight votes, the board would still override the veto. [More]

Sarah Palin e-mail hacker seeks probation

The man convicted of hacking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account is asking a federal judge to sentence him to probation. But federal prosecutors are pushing for him to get at least 18 months in prison. [More]

Sandwich buyer, shot, eats before going to hospital

Police say a 25-year-old man who was shot twice after buying a sandwich at a deli went home and ate his lunch before going to the hospital. [More]

Suspect turns case against priest

Will Lynch is looking for justice in an unusual way. Charged with savagely beating the priest he says molested him as a child, he plans to try to use his trial to publicly shame the Rev. Jerold Lindner in court. [More]

'Garfield' creator apologizes for ill-timed Veterans Day comic strip

Jim Davis, the creator of the widely-syndicated "Garfield" comic has issued an apology for an ill-timed strip that ran on Veterans Day. [More]

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