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Thursday, April 8

Woods back, better than ever to start Masters

Tiger Woods played like the last five months never happened. No longer the same person after he was caught cheating on his wife, Woods looked every bit the same golfer Thursday when he opened with a 4-under 68 — his best first round ever at Augusta National. [More]

'Survivor' Producer 'Suspected' in Wife's Death in Mexico

A television producer for the hit CBS show "Survivor" is the main suspect in his wife's death after he reported her missing Monday in the Mexican resort city of Cancun. [More]

Actor Nicolas Cage loses L.A. mansion to lender

Financially troubled Oscar winner Nicolas Cage has lost one of his personal treasures. His 11,817 square-foot mansion in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel-Air failed to get any bids at its $10.4 million asking price this week, and ownership reverted to a foreclosing lender, media reports said on Thursday. [More]

Detroit Millionaire Turns Himself In for Brutal Murder

A millionaire murder suspect has turned himself in to police. Peter Dabish surrendered at his attorney's office, accused of beating and killing 23-year-old Diana DeMayo in his Fort Shelby Tower apartment in Detroit. [More]

Tiki Barber takes the heat off Jesse James, Tiger

Today show contributor and NFL star Tiki Barber, 35, is pushing Jesse James and Tiger Woods out of the spotlight for a minute, in light of his announcement that he's splitting from wife Ginny, who's expecting twins next month, after the New York Post trumpeted that he's left her for a "hot" 23-year-old NBC intern. [More]

GM Closing Hummer Despite Offer on the Table

General Motors says it will proceed with the shutdown of the HUMMER brand, but TheCarConnection has confirmed that an American company has twice expressed interest in a HUMMER deal - both before and after a failed bid from a Chinese company. [More]

Man Seen Drinking Coffee Naked in His Home Acquitted

A man charged with indecent exposure after two women said they saw him naked inside his own home was acquitted Wednesday by a Virginia jury. [More]

Records: Major safety lapses at mine long before blast

Federal inspectors found a string of safety violations at a sprawling West Virginia coal mine in the months and days leading up to an explosion that killed 25 this week. Miners were so concerned about the conditions that several told their congressman they were afraid to go back into the mine. [More]

Ga. man who left jail for cigarettes gets 20 years

Authorities say an inmate who broke out of jail, then returned after stealing 14 packs of cigarettes, has been sentenced to 20 years. [More]

Jet restroom smoker caused bomb scare

An envoy from Qatar who authorities said grabbed a surreptitious smoke in a jetliner's bathroom and then joked about lighting his shoe on fire, sparking a bomb scare and the scrambling of military jets, has been released from custody. [More]

‘Dynasty’ actor Christopher Cazenove dies

British actor Christopher Cazenove has died at the age of 64 after losing a battle with septicaemia, his family said on Wednesday, the second "Dynasty" star to die in the past week. [More]

Focus still on Tiger as Nicklaus, Palmer tee off

Two old rivals swatted ceremonial tee shots Thursday to begin the Masters, where all the focus was on a four-time winner trying to rebuild his life. Tiger Woods was set to play for the first time since a Thanksgiving night car wreck led to revelations of numerous extramarital affairs. [More]

Report: Tiger Woods Seduced 22-Year-Old Neighbor

Another woman has come forward claiming she was seduced by Tiger Woods - this time, the golfer's 22-year-old neighbor. Raychel Coudriet, who grew up near Woods' mansion in Orlando, claims Woods invited her to a friend's party last May, according to the Daily News. After serving her a beer mixed with rum, Woods reportedly hit on Coudriet, whom he had known since she was 14. [More]

Couple found baby on snowmobile trail

A Swedish couple said they nearly ran over a 6-month-old baby while snowmobiling in the north of the country. [More]

Judge orders engagement ring's return

A New York state judge ruled against a woman who claimed she did not have to return her ex-lover's $19,000 engagement ring because he cheated on her. [More]

Gov. McDonnell apologizes for omitting slavery in Confederacy proclamation

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized Wednesday for leaving out any reference to slavery in his recent proclamation designating April as Confederate History Month, calling it a "major omission." [More]

Pennsylvania: Silent Plea in Terrorism Case

A pregnant woman charged in a global terrorism plot pleaded not guilty with a nod of the head to avoid giving investigators a voice sample. [More]

Wednesday, April 7

Bristol Palin to teens: ‘Pregnancy can wait’

Bristol Palin says that if girls knew how tough it was to be a mom, they'd think twice about having sex. The 19-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she has chosen to practice abstinence herself until marriage. [More]

Judge fired who issued warrant for overdue DVD

The Littleton, Colorado City Council fired longtime Municipal Judge James Kimmel on Tuesday night after he issued an arrest warrant for a teenager who had an overdue $30 DVD from a local library. [More]

2 die in crash with suspected bank robber

Two women have died after their car crashed head-on into the vehicle of a suspected bank robber fleeing a police pursuit in Albuquerque. [More]

Volcker Suggests National Sales Tax

Acknowledging it would be a highly unpopular move, White House economic adviser Paul Volcker said yesterday the United States should consider imposing a "value added tax" similar to those charged in Europe to help get the deficit under control. [More]

Overtaxed homeowners start to fight back

Up to 60 percent of taxable property in the U.S. is overassessed, costing owners thousands of dollars more in taxes annually than they need to pay, experts say. [More]

Man pleads no contest in slaying of his alleged molester

A California man pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter with the use of a gun Tuesday in the shooting death of a man who he claimed sexually abused him as a teen, a prosecutor said. [More]

Inmate: Casey Anthony would knock out daughter with drugs

A jail inmate claims a Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter would use drugs sometimes to put the toddler to sleep so that she could go out with friends, according to documents released today. A second inmate says the woman would use antihistamines on the toddler. [More]

Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy split - via Twitter

Actor Jim Carrey and long-time partner Jenny McCarthy announced Tuesday they had split after five years together, breaking the news to fans via micro-blogging site Twitter. [More]

Kirk Douglas seeks leniency for convicted grandson

Kirk Douglas has asked a judge to spare his drug-dealer grandson a harsh prison sentence, saying he hopes to see him turn around his life "before I die. [More]

OJ Simpson acquittal suit goes to Newseum in DC

The tan Armani suit, white shirt and gold tie that O.J. Simpson wore on the day he was acquitted of murder have been acquired by the Newseum in Washington, D.C., for a display exhibit on the "trial of the century", the curator of the museum of news said Tuesday. [More]

Spirit Airlines to charge up to $45 for carry-ons

Baggage fees have sneaked out of the belly of the plane and into the overhead bin. Spirit Airlines will charge as much as $45 each way for a carry-on bag starting Aug. 1. Personal items like purses and laptop computers that fit under the seat will still be free. [More]

Karzai's remarks about Taliban give White House pause

U.S. officials are expressing puzzlement and dismay over the latest remarks by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, including his reported threat to join the Taliban if foreigners don't stop meddling in Afghanistan. [More]

Ex-U.N. envoy: Karzai may have drug problem

A former U.N envoy to Afghanistan on Tuesday questioned the "mental stability" of Hamid Karzai and suggested the Afghan president may be using drugs. [More]

'Inappropriate' Easter outfit blamed in death

When a teenage cousin showed up at Evelyn Burgess' house for Easter dinner wearing what Burgess considered a revealing outfit, the hostess was not going to let the issue go. [More]

Whitney Houston in hospital with nose, throat problem

American pop diva Whitney Houston is in a Paris hospital suffering from nose and throat problems, her entourage said Wednesday. [More]

L.A. mayor looks at shutting most city services twice a week

The mayor of Los Angeles, California, called Tuesday for a plan to shut down all city services - except for public safety and revenue-generating positions - twice a week beginning Monday in an effort to solve the city's budget crisis. [More]

Tuesday, April 6

Oprah Winfrey snags Rielle Hunter interview

Oprah Winfrey has landed the first televised interview with Rielle Hunter since former presidential candidate John Edwards first admitted two years ago that he had an affair with Hunter. [More]

Man responds to fake sex ad at wrong house

Connecticut police said a man who responded to a fake online sex ad went to the wrong house and is now accused of crimes including burglary and sexual assault. [More]

Vatican blasts anti-Catholic 'hate' campaign

The Vatican heatedly defended Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday, claiming accusations that he helped cover up the actions of pedophile priests are part of an anti-Catholic "hate" campaign. [More]

Property owner to be cited after child's fall from balcony

The owner of an apartment complex where an 18-month-old girl fell from a second-floor balcony will be cited for a code violation, officials said today. Some balconies at Fredericksburg Apartments have vertical supports that are 8 inches apart. [More]

6 People Survive Vehicle's 700-Foot Plunge Over Cliff

Five men and one woman miraculously survived a terrifying plunge when their all-terrain vehicle plummeted over a Massachusetts cliff in total darkness - sending some of them tumbling 700 feet down into a ravine. [More]

Corpse in sunglasses kept off plane

Two women were arrested at a British airport on suspicion of trying to smuggle a dead relative onto a flight bound for Germany, police said on Tuesday. [More]

Hollywood mogul recalls Elvis, Sinatra in new memoir

For decades he has worked with everyone from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to Brad Pitt and George Clooney, but now it's Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub's turn to take center stage and shine like a star. [More]

Mom shot son over money dispute

A woman shot her 16-year-old son in the arm during an argument about money, police said. [More]

25 dead in West Virginia mine blast; worst since 1984

A huge underground explosion blamed on methane gas killed 25 coal miners in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades. [More]

Federal audit: Inspectors were not adequately trained

A federal audit released just days before a massive explosion killed 25 coal miners in West Virginia found that the country's top mine safety agency was not adequately retraining its veteran inspectors. It's unclear whether inspector training problems had anything to do with the accident. [More]

Bruce Springsteen's Alleged Mistress Ends Her Marriage

The glory days are over for a New Jersey couple who finally hashed out their differences and agreed to split up over the wife’s alleged affair with rocker Bruce Springsteen, the New York Post reported Tuesday. [More]

Pizza guy fends off armed man to deliver pies

A New York City pizza deliveryman outwitted an armed robber trying to make off with his pies and still managed to deliver them to his customer. [More]

Nicollette Sheridan sues "Desperate Housewives" creator

Former "Desperate Housewives" co-star Nicollette Sheridan has sued ABC and series creator Marc Cherry for $20 million, claiming she was assaulted on the set and wrongly fired. [More]

Photographer Annie Leibovitz sued in NY for unpaid fees

A New York investment firm sued Annie Leibovitz on Monday, saying the celebrity photographer owes it more than $800,000 in fees as part of its role in securing a new financing deal to sort out her debts. [More]

7 ways the mind and body change with age

The poster child of aging seems to be a wrinkly-faced, forgetful, grumpy old man. But science is painting another, more in-depth picture of aging Americans. The elderly tend to become more happy, liberal and in many cases remain pretty darn sharp. Here are 7 ways we change as we get older. [More]

Jail inmate's alleged fraud foiled

An inmate at New York's Rikers Island tried to scam his way out of jail by creating his own "Get out off Jail Card," authorities charged Monday. [More]

AG says Haim obtained 550 pills before death

The California attorney general says Corey Haim obtained more than 550 prescription pills illegally in the three months before his death. [More]

Sherpa to scatter Hillary's ashes at Everest summit

One of the world's top mountaineers left Kathmandu on Tuesday on an expedition to Mount Everest, where he will scatter the ashes of Edmund Hillary, the first man to stand on the summit. [More]

California 13-year-old to attempt to climb Everest

A 13-year-old California boy plans to try to climb Mount Everest in a quest to reach the summits of the highest peaks on all seven continents. [More]

Republican staff shake-up amid nightclub furor

The Republican National Committee had a top-level staff shake-up on Monday after revelations that it spent $2,000 to entertain potential contributors at a sex-themed nightclub. [More]

NTSB blames under-inflated tires in fatal Learjet crash

Federal safety investigators said today that under-inflated tires led to a Learjet crash 18 months ago that killed four people and seriously injured Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM. [More]

Now 16, Elian Gonzalez shown at Cuba youth meeting

Cuba has released photos of one-time exile cause celebre Elian Gonzalez wearing an olive-green military school uniform and attending a Young Communist Union congress. [More]

KFC sandwich ditches the bread

The chicken chain rolls out its Double Down sandwich this weekend — although some might question whether it really is a sandwich. It consists of two white meat chicken breast fillets with a filling of bacon, Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese with Colonel’s Sauce (a spicy mayonnaise). [More]

Ohio Christian convert fights to stay in US

A teenage girl who converted to Christianity and ran away from home is being blocked by her Muslim parents from fighting the possibility of deportation, her attorney told a judge Monday in an ongoing custody dispute. [More]

Whitney Houston cancels Paris concert over illness

Pop singer Whitney Houston has cancelled the Paris concert she was due to give Tuesday because of illness, the concert's organisers said. [More]

Monday, April 5

Woman crashes into salon, gets hair done

An elderly Michigan woman who accidentally crashed her car into a hair salon while attempting to park said she stuck around the scene to keep her appointment. [More]

Teachers line up to testify against pay bill

More than 100 Florida teachers are lining up to testify against a controversial bill that links teacher pay increases to student test scores. The bill also would end tenure for new teachers. [More]

Few attend prom with 2 gay teens

The teen suing her school over her choice for a prom date thought she was going to a dance agreed to by parents and the school, but instead found herself at a sparsely attended event. [More]

Brothers, unknowingly, lived across street

Two Canadian brothers adopted separately in Newfoundland as young children discovered they were living across the street from one another. [More]

Ohio boy, 8, takes family van for gas, crashes

An Ohio man says his 8-year-old son was just trying to do him a favor and get gasoline when the boy drove the family's minivan and crashed it. [More]

Alleged burglar trapped in vent for hour

Police in Florida said they used a stun gun to subdue a would-be burglar after he was freed from a rooftop vent. [More]

Priest accused of US abuse still working in India

A Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota is working in his home diocese in India and has no plans to return to the U.S. to face the courts, he and his bishop told The Associated Press on Monday. [More]

Mexican cartels cannot be defeated, drug lord says

Mexico's war on the drug trade is futile even if cartel bosses are caught or killed as millions of people are involved in the illicit business, a senior drug chief said in an interview published on Sunday. [More]

Unpaid air hostesses strip in protest

Flight attendants owed up to nine months' wages by a grounded Spanish airline have posed nude for a calendar to draw attention to their plight, one of the cabin crew turned models said. [More]

Trump fires Blago from ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Rod Blagojevich has been fired, again. The former governor, whom Illinois lawmakers ousted from office last year, has now been kicked off NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice." [More]

New mileage rules: Pay more for cars, less at pump

Drivers will have to pay more for cars and trucks, but they'll save at the pump under tough new federal rules aimed at boosting mileage, cutting emissions and hastening the next generation of fuel-stingy hybrids and electric cars. [More]

Sunday, April 4

Tiger slips in quietly at Augusta National

Tiger Woods arrived without warning on a lazy Sunday afternoon at Augusta National, as quiet as it will get for him the rest of the week at the Masters. [More]

Easter Egg Chickens

Easter Eggers are not a breed, but any chicken that possesses the "blue egg" gene and lays eggs that vary in shade from aqua blue to green, and sometimes even pink. [with photos] [More]

Carjackers foiled by manual transmission

Police in eastern Pennsylvania said two men tried to rob and carjack a pizza delivery driver but were defeated by the vehicle's standard transmission. [More]

Minn. man charged with stabbing wife 70 times

A man punched his estranged wife and stabbed her 70 times in the chest and head before his 13-year-old daughter pulled him away, disarmed him and fled with the knife, police said Saturday. [More]

World's Largest Easter Egg

Thousands of tourists from around the world visit Vegreville, Canada annually and marvel at the Pysanka Easter Egg. It measures 25.7 feet long, 18.3 feet wide, and stands 31.6 feet high. [More]

Last year General Electric generated $10.3 billion in pretax income, but ended up owing nothing to Uncle Sam. In fact, it recorded a tax benefit of $1.1 billion. Avoiding taxes is nothing new for GE. In 2008 its effective tax rate was 5.3%; in 2007 it was 15%. The marginal U.S. corporate rate is 35%. [More]

5 charged in gang rape of girl, 7, in NJ apartment

Two men and three teenage boys were charged Saturday with gang-raping a 7-year-old girl who was sold by her 15-year-old stepsister during a party at a crime-ridden apartment building in the state's capital, police said. [More]

Dubai jail sentence upheld for UK kissing couple

A Dubai appeals court on Sunday upheld a one-month prison sentence for a British couple convicted of kissing in a restaurant. [More]

Dog bumps car into neutral, causing fender-bender

Wisconsin police said a dog caused a fender-bender in a parking lot when it knocked a parked car's gear shift into neutral. Middleton police said the car's owner had stopped for lunch Thursday and left his dog in the car. [More]

White supremacist's killing blamed on hate speech

A South African white supremacist leader was bludgeoned to death by two of his farm workers in an apparent wage dispute, police said, and his followers on Sunday blamed a fiery youth leader for spreading hate speech that led to his killing. [More]

Bob Dylan cancels Asia tour after Beijing rejection

Bob Dylan has cancelled several legs of an Asian tour after Beijing refused to give him permission to perform in China, a newspaper reported Sunday. [More]

Saturday, April 3

Driver charged in 3rd Disney bus crash in 2 weeks

An 81-year-old Disney bus driver is accused of causing the third Disney-related bus crash in two weeks. [More]

Girl Arrested For Doodling Sues New York City

When 12-year-old Alexa Gonzalez was caught doodling on her desk at Junior High School 190 in Queens, New York, she expected detention and an afternoon on desk-cleaning duty. Instead, she was arrested, led out of her school in handcuffs and detained at a local police precinct for hours, she said. [More]

Arkansas Boy Dies After Falling Out of School Bus

An official says an 8-year-old boy who fell from the back of a school bus in Little Rock has died. [More]

Pilots now can take antidepressants on job

The government is lifting a 70-year-old ban on letting pilots fly while on antidepressants, citing improvements in the drugs and an unforeseen side effect of the restriction: Depressed pilots kept flying but just kept their conditions secret. [More]

Dallas cops cite singer who stripped

Erykah Badu's naked stroll through downtown Dallas, Texas, for a music video has earned her a disorderly conduct citation. [More]

Jews outraged at Vatican scandal comparison

Jewish groups around the world have reacted with shock after Pope Benedict's personal preacher compared attacks on the Church and pope over a sexual abuse scandal to "collective violence" against Jews. [More]

Vatican waited years to defrock Arizona priest

The abuse cases of two priests in Arizona have cast further doubt on the Catholic church's insistence that Pope Benedict XVI played no role in shielding pedophiles before he became pope. [More]

ESPN’s Andrews getting death threats

Erin Andrews has been getting death threats in a stream of e-mails to a media outlet, an attorney for the ESPN reporter and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant said Friday. [More]

Florida doc's sign warns off Obama supporters

A central Florida urologist has posted a sign on his office door warning supporters of President Barack Obama to find a different doctor. The notice on Dr. Jack Cassell's practice says, "If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years." [More]

Disgruntled Democrats join the Tea Party

They are not typical Tea Party activists: A woman who voted for President Obama and believes he's a "phenomenal speaker." Another who said she was a "knee-jerk, bleeding heart liberal." These two women are not alone. [More]

One of Moscow subway bombers was 17-year-old widow

The image is striking: a sultry teenager, partly veiled, in the embrace of a bearded man — both grasping handguns. [More]

How's the bunny connected to Easter?

There's no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies. And real rabbits certainly don't lay eggs. [More]

Friday, April 2

'Dynasty' actor John Forsythe dead

John Forsythe, the suave, smooth-voiced US actor who portrayed patriarch Blake Carrington in the television soap "Dynasty," has died at age 92 after a struggle with cancer, his publicist said. Forsythe was also the voice of the mysterious Charlie in the popular television series "Charlie's Angels." [More]

Drunk man calls police to help him out of bar

Drunk in a bar and can't get out, who you gonna call? Police. That's what Todd Fitzwater did in Lexington. Fitzwater called 911 Thursday and said he'd gotten drunk and passed out — then couldn't get out of the bar, which was closed. [More]

Filipinos nailed to the cross for Good Friday

Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to crosses Friday to remember Jesus Christ's suffering and death — an annual rite rejected by church leaders in the predominantly Roman Catholic country [More]

Daughter turns mom in for $32 million Ponzi scheme

Kim Flanigan said the last straw was when she heard her mother trying to solicit funds from a widow with nine kids at church. [More]

Pennsylvania lottery pays $7.77 million after 7-7-7-7 hits

The lottery paid out a total of $7.77 million after the number 7-7-7-7 came up in the Big 4 drawing Wednesday. More than 3,100 tickets had the winning numbers. [More]

Vt. town gets $150K grant for salamander crossing

Future generations of salamanders in one Vermont town are going to be getting some help crossing the road. [More]

Oregon scouting exec says parents negligent in abuse

The president of the Boy Scouts council for the Portland metro area has testified he believes the parents of some Scouts were negligent and even criminal for allowing sleepovers that led to sex abuse. [More]

Easter Bunny roughed up outside NY sweet shop

Police said a woman dressed as the Easter Bunny to promote a Hudson Valley candy shop was slammed to the ground by a man who then ran away. [More]

Police stop 3-year-old who took off in mom's car

A child believed to be Oshkosh's youngest driver took the family car for a short spin Wednesday afternoon. [More]

Black farmers eye next move in bias lawsuit

Black farmers engaged in a discrimination suit against the U.S. government will give Congress more time to approve funds to compensate them for years of mistreatment but they have not set any hard deadlines, an advocate for the group said on Thursday. The first case awarded more than $1 billion in payments and debt relief to black farmers, but tens of thousands of farmers missed the filing deadline. [More]

Will Hoffa mystery be buried with Giants Stadium?

The wisecracks are as ingrained in New Jersey lore as Bruce Springsteen's songs about fast cars and feisty women. Former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa has attended every event at Giants Stadium since 1976, the story goes, buried in a final resting place somewhere under the west end zone. [More]

Medical waste shipments turn up heads, torsos

The human head and torso were inside the red biohazard tub in what was supposed to be a routine shipment of medical waste from New Mexico to a Kansas company. [More]

California woman gets 6 months for fake breasts heist

An Orange County woman's new breasts cost her six months in jail. Yvonne Jean Pampellonne was sentenced Monday in Westminster for using a fraudulent line of credit to obtain $12,000 in cosmetic surgery, including breast implants and liposuction. [More]

Ivanka Trump's accused stalker freed on $10K bond

A self-described celebrity stalker obsessed with Ivanka Trump threatened to kill himself in her jewelry store and "commandeer" her husband's newspaper in e-mail and Twitter messages to the couple, prosecutors said Thursday. [More]

Friend says Jesse James wants to save marriage

Jesse James is a "a broken man" and is hoping that rehab and some privacy will help him recover and save his marriage to Sandra Bullock, his friend and attorney said. [More]

Sources: Charlie Sheen leaving 'Two and a Half Men'

After seven seasons, CBS's hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men" will be down one man after the April 9 taping, sources told PEOPLE. The reason? "Charlie's just done," said a set source. "And he's quietly telling his friends he's not coming back." [More]

Actor Malkovich in legal drama over Madoff claim

Actor John Malkovich's lawyers have complained to a judge in New York overseeing the bankruptcy of jailed financier Bernie Madoff that he'll only get $670,000 of his $2.2 million claim. [More]

Obama admin: it's time make radio pay for its music

The recording industry scored a significant victory today with news that the Obama administration will provide its "strong support" for the Performance Rights Act. The bill would force over-the-air radio stations to start coughing up cash for the music they play; right now, the stations pay songwriters, but not the actual recording artists. [More]

PC maker, inspiration for Microsoft, dies

Dr. Henry Edward Roberts, a developer of an early personal computer that inspired Bill Gates to found Microsoft, died Thursday in Georgia. He was 68. [More]

Catholics Mark Good Friday Under Cloud of Sex Scandal

With the pope himself said to be wearing a crown of thorns over revelations of priestly abuse and cover-up, annual commemorations of Jesus' suffering take on special poignancy this Good Friday. [More]

Thursday, April 1

Man sues PetSmart over poop slip

A Virginia man's lawsuit against PetSmart claims the store is responsible for back injuries sustained when he slipped in dog poop at the establishment. [More]

Pope washes 12 priests’ feet - are they cured?

Pope Benedict XVI has washed the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony marking Holy Thursday. Benedict made no direct mention of the widening clerical sex abuse scandal buffeting his church. He said that Catholics are called upon to a "constant examination of conscience." [More]

Oops! Pirates Attack U.S. Battleship

Five suspected Somali pirates were taken into custody Thursday after firing at a U.S. Navy battleship deep in the Indian Ocean. In what appeared to be an ill-conceived attack for ransom, pirates shot small arms rounds at the guided missile frigate USS Nicholas. The Nicholas returned fire, sinking the small pirate skiff. [More]

Crook with hook tries to reel in cash

South Carolina authorities said a fishing crook never had a chance to land the big one. Police told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg a robber tried to steal money bags from a bank's night deposit drop box using fishing line and hooks. [More]

Report: Jordan taught Tiger how to womanize

During the 1990s everyone wanted to be like Mike. During the 2000s Tiger Woods was like Mike. But Woods emulated the high-flying, opponent crushing superstar in more ways than just athletic dominance, friends say. Tiger also learned from Mike how to womanize like a pro, according to Woods’ former lawyer and adviser John Merchant. [More]

Democrats raise money off of Biden's F-bomb

President Obama's political organization agrees with Vice President Joe Biden: "Health Reform is a BFD." [More]

Danielle Steel Owns At Least 6,000 Pairs Of Louboutin Heels

Although unnumbered fashionistas pine after Louboutin's signature red soles, only one lady can claim she's the designer's top customer: romance novelist Danielle Steel. Louboutin said Steel owns at least 6,000 pairs of his heels. [More]

Georgia teacher found not guilty at 'dirty dancing' trial

A former high school chorus teacher was acquitted Wednesday of criminal charges in connection with a suggestive dance routine students performed in his classroom in 2008. [More]

Billionaire sues over Jefferson wine

A U.S. billionaire businessman says Christie's auction house conspired to sell bogus bottles of wine, including some supposedly from Thomas Jefferson's cellar. [More]

Study: Small soda taxes don't dent obesity

Small taxes on soda do little to reduce soft drink consumption or prevent childhood obesity, but larger levies probably would, according to new research. [More]

Beer drinking model escapes caning

A Malaysian model who was sentenced last year to six strokes of a cane for drinking beer in public has had her sentence commuted, her lawyer said Thursday. [More]

1963 letter indicates former pope knew of abuse

The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with the then-pope nearly 50 years ago and followed up with a letter recommending the removal of pedophile priests from ministry, according to a copy of the letter released Wednesday. [More]

Captain saved from Somali pirates writes book

The cargo ship captain who spent five days as a hostage of Somali pirates says in a new book it was a high-seas double-cross that led to his brutal ordeal in a sweltering lifeboat. "Don't make deals with pirates," Richard Phillips writes in "A Captain's Duty." [More]

Wednesday, March 31

Former 'Dating Game' contestant sentenced to death for murders

A judge on Tuesday sentenced serial killer Rodney Alcala to death before hearing emotional testimony from the families of four women and a 12-year-old girl he strangled in the 1970s. [More]

Rachel Uchitel Longs for Privacy

Yet, she still showed up at gossip blogger Perez Hilton's birthday bash, where she bragged that anybody would want to be her friend. [More]

Police: NJ teen sold stepsister, 7, for party sex

Police in New Jersey's capital city say a 15-year-old sold her 7-year-old stepsister to have sex with as many as seven men and boys at a weekend party near their home. [More]

Dead Marine's father ordered to pay protesters' legal costs

The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church says an order to pay the protesters' legal costs in a civil claim is nothing less than a "slap in the face." "By the court making this decision, they're not only telling me that they're taking their side, but I have to pay them money to do this to more soldiers and their families." [More]

Jesse James checks into treatment facility

With his marriage to Sandra Bullock in crisis and his family's future on the line, Jesse James is seeking professional help, his rep tells PEOPLE magazine. [More]

Fighting identity theft not a priority, report says

Ten million Americans a year are victims of identity theft. It's a growing problem in the United States, but fighting it doesn't appear to be a priority, a new report by the Justice Department Inspector General said [More]

President Obama: Drill, Baby, Drill

On Wednesday morning at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Washington, DC, President Obama will announce that his administration will allow the lease sale to go forward for oil and gas exploration 50 miles off of the Virginia coast - the first new sales of offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic in more than two decades. [More]

Missing California family may have disappeared intentionally

New evidence strongly suggests a Southern California family that disappeared in early February voluntarily left for Mexico, investigators said Tuesday. [More]

Man jumps to death from Empire State Building

A 21-year-old man leapt to his death from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in New York yesterday, a police spokesman said. [More]

Jesse James' 'friend' doesn't like the word 'mistress'

Former model Brigitte Daguerre takes to splitting hairs in her chat with People, in which she repeatedly calls James a "friend" and says the word "mistress" upsets her. [More]

Casino at ex-Rat Pack hangout closes at Tahoe

Before the Las Vegas Strip ruled the gambling world, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. helped make the Cal Neva Lodge one of Nevada's coolest casinos in the early 1960s. On Wednesday, roulette wheels will stop spinning and blackjack games will cease at Sinatra's old resort. [More]

Tuesday, March 30

Woman convicted of selling fish to minor

A 66-year-old British woman was fined $1,506 and ordered to wear an ankle monitor as punishment for selling a goldfish to a 14-year-old. Joan Higgins, 66, is owner of Majors Pet Shop in Sale, England. A 2006 law prohibits the sale of live fish to children under the age of 16. [More]

Man fleeing Ohio police jumps fence — into prison

Police say a motorist fleeing officers in Cleveland abandoned his car and jumped a fence — landing in what turned out to be a prison yard. [More]

'Young Eagles' director Allison Meyers fired from RNC in bondage club controversy

The staffer fired by the Republican National Committee for authorizing a $2,000 payment for a night out at a bondage-themed club was the head of the Young Eagles, a GOP program aimed at cultivating major donors under 45 years old, Republicans familiar with the details of the case said Tuesday. [More]

Court OKs Repeated Tasering of Pregnant Woman

A federal appeals court says three Seattle police officers did not employ excessive force when they repeatedly tasered a visibly pregnant woman for refusing to sign a speeding ticket. [More]

Robbers tunnel into Paris bank, crack 200 safes

Robbers tunneled their way into the vault of a Parisian bank at the weekend and cracked almost 200 private safes, police said. [More]

8 big bets of famous people

Most people limit their gambling to March Madness pools or the occasional trip to Vegas. Celebrities, of course, tend to do everything on a grander scale. Let's take a look at some famous people and the high-profile bets on which they cashed in or lost big. [More]

Ricky Martin is ‘a fortunate homosexual man’

After years of keeping quiet about his personal life, pop star Ricky Martin has announced that he is gay. “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” Ricky said in a message posted on his offical Web site. “I am very blessed to be who I am.” [More]

Twiggy: `It could have gone terribly wrong'

Back in the Mod '60s, when Twiggy conquered London and fashion changed forever, the waif of a teen with huge eyes, a boyish bob and long legs craved the glamour and curves of a different icon. [More]

Study: Chocolate could reduce heart risk

The Easter Bunny might lower your chances of having a heart problem. According to a new study, small doses of chocolate every day could decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke by nearly 40 percent. [More]

Seldom-seen mummies star in ‘Silk Road’ show

Mystery, dazzle and awe unite the mummies of a man, woman and child who were found in China's Tarim Basin at different times in different places for an exhibition so rich in history it contains some of the earliest known baby bottles, trousers, sunglasses and pasta. [More]

Illegal Immigrant Suspected in Killing of Arizona Rancher

A prominent southeast Arizona rancher likely was killed by an illegal immigrant, but there's no evidence to suggest there was any confrontation that led to the shooting, authorities said Monday. [More]

NASA will help probe Toyota acceleration problem

NASA and the National Academy of Sciences are joining the government's effort to figure out what caused the sudden acceleration problems that led to Toyota's massive recalls. [More]

RNC Fires Staffer Over 'Bondage Club' Tab

A Republican National Committee staffer was dismissed Monday for his role in party money being used to reimburse a $2,000 tab at a California strip club. The bill for the trip to the Voyeur West Hollywood - a bondage-themed nightclub where topless dancers imitate lesbian sex - showed up on a monthly disclosure report to the Federal Election Commission. [More]

Big Bang collides particles at record

Physicists at the CERN research center achieved high-power collisions of sub-atomic particles on Tuesday in their attempt to create mini-versions of the Big Bang that led to the birth of the universe 13.7 billion years ago. [More]

Monday, March 29

RNC spent $1,946 at topless club

The Republican National Committee spent $1,946 last month at a sex-themed Hollywood club that features topless dancers and bondage outfits. Now the GOP wants its money back. [More]

9 teens charged with bullying teen who killed herself

Insults and threats followed 15-year-old Phoebe Prince almost from her first day at South Hadley High School, targeting the Irish immigrant in the halls, library and in vicious cell phone text messages. [More]

Many Calif. pot cases getting tossed out

More and more felony pot cases cases are getting tossed out because of a California Supreme Court ruling that has all sides scrambling to make sense of a gray legal area. [More]

Girl, Mother Injured When Hit by 9-Year-Old Driver

Police in Tennessee say a 6-year-old girl and her mother were injured when they were hit by a car with a 9-year-old driver. [More]

Remains of Errol Flynn's son found

Forensic tests will be conducted on what two searchers believe are the remains of photographer Sean Flynn, son of Hollywood star Errol Flynn, who disappeared during the Cambodian War 40 years ago, the U.S. Embassy said Monday. [More]

Scientists reveal the truth about makeup

More than $40 billion is blown on cosmetics globally each year. Some people can't imagine life without makeup. Others would argue all this time and money is wasted. But what does science say? [More]

New Mindy McCready Sex Tape Includes Interview About Roger Clemens

Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton became famous after their sex tapes were released. Now Pop Tarts has learned exclusively that Vivid Entertainment, the company that released Kardashian's video, is releasing a sex tape starring controversial country crooner Mindy McCready and a former boyfriend named “Peter.” [More]

Female suicide bombers blamed in Moscow subway attacks

Russian investigators combing two subway stations attacked by female suicide bombers think Chechen rebels may have been behind the rush-hour strike that killed dozens of people. [More]

U.S. to sell entire stake in Citigroup in 2010

The Treasury Department said Monday it will begin selling the stake it owns in Citigroup Inc., which could result in a profit of more than $8 billion. [More]

Dog that bit police car must attend classes

A pit bull mix in Tennessee has been sentenced to obedience training after his dogged attack on a local police car. [More]

Russia eliminates 2 time zones

Russia's president thought the country had too much time on its hands, so on Sunday he eliminated two of its 11 time zones. [More]

Sunday, March 28

Giraffe’s head-butt sends zookeeper to hospital

A Rhode Island zookeeper has been treated at a hospital after butting heads with a giraffe. [More]

China uses perfume to sweeten landfill

Beijing officials hope spraying perfume from 100 high-pressure nozzles around a major landfill can temporarily end complaints about the stink. [More]

Sandra Bullock had advice for Tiger's wife

Sometimes people are living in parallel universes and they just don't know it. Like Sandra Bullock and Elin Nordegren. [More]

Bumbling thieves tossed priceless necklace

Two incompetent thieves who threw priceless 4,000-year-old Irish jewelry into a dumpster have received suspended sentences for the crime. [More]

Judge refuses to block ‘Jersey Shore’ episodes

A New Jersey judge has again denied a request to block the release of episodes of the MTV reality series "Jersey Shore." State Superior Court Judge Joseph Foster rejected the request of three people who say their reputations will be damaged because they're shown fighting with cast members. [More]

Curtis says Woods playing well, looked 'nervous'

For players wondering what it will be like to play golf with Tiger Woods when he returns, Ben Curtis can speak from experience. [More]

20 doctors subpoenaed in Haim death

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has subpoenaed medical records from 20 doctors in its investigation into actor Corey Haim's death, a coroner investigator said. [More]

Ex-Scientology lawsuits reveal elite Sea Org group

At the edge of arid foothills far outside Los Angeles, hundreds of Scientology followers live on a gated, 500-acre campus and work long hours for almost no pay reproducing the works of founder L. Ron Hubbard and creating the church's teaching and promotional materials. [More]

'24' runs out of time on Fox

The drama "24" won't be ticking much longer on TV. Fox announced Friday that its action-packed real-time show starring Kiefer Sutherland as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer will wind down at the end of its current eighth season on May 24. [More]

Saturday, March 27

Obama issues 15 recess appointments

Barack Obama announced Saturday he would bypass a vacationing Senate and name 15 people to key administration jobs, wielding for the first time the blunt political tool known as the recess appointment. The appointees include the contentious choice of union lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. Republicans had blocked his nomination on grounds he would bring a radical pro-union agenda to the job. [More]

America's first legal gigolo leaves rural brothel

America's first legal male prostitute has left a rural Nevada brothel after a two-month stint that generated plenty of attention but fewer than 10 paying customers. [More]

Priest describes touching boys: ‘I went too far’

A German priest accused of sexually abusing teenage boys has said the church should have had supervisors in homes. [More]

2-year-old girl shoots herself; mom's boyfriend charged with negligence

A 2-year-old girl is fighting for her life after shooting herself Friday morning with a semi-automatic handgun found on a nightstand in her home, and her mother's boyfriend was charged with negligence. [More]

Charges reduced in phone caper at senator's office

Federal prosecutors filed reduced charges Friday against conservative activist James O'Keefe and three others who were accused of trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office. [More]

Mich. police: Drunken driver called 911 on herself

Police in Michigan have released a copy of a 911 call where a suspected drunken driver chats with an emergency dispatcher for about 20 minutes before she is pulled over and arrested. [More]

Police chief decapitated in northern Mexico town

The decapitated body of the police chief of a northern Mexico town and the body of his brother were found inside the chief's patrol truck Friday, authorities said. [More]

Man Assaulted Fla. Girl Before Throwing Her in Trash

Before she was sexually assaulted and killed, and before her little body was found in a Georgia landfill, she was simply Somer Thompson. A 7-year-old second-grader who liked purple and walked home from school. [More]

Marine officer: Gays, straights shouldn't share housing

The Marine Corps' top officer says he would want to avoid housing gay and heterosexual Marines in the same rooms on base if the ban on gays openly serving in the military is lifted. [More]

Drunk Pa. man tried to revive dead opossum

Police say they charged a Pennsylvania man with public drunkenness after he was seen trying to resuscitate a long-dead opossum along a highway. [More]

2nd pick for transportation security chief is out

President Barack Obama is back to square one — again — in finding a transportation security chief to shore up the nation's defenses against terrorist threats from the air, road and rail. [More]

'24' ticks down to final episode

The popular television series "24," starring Kiefer Sutherland as detective Jack Bauer, will come to an end with the last episode of this its eighth season, Fox television network told film industry media. [More]

Friday, March 26

Hero nanny badly burned saving boy

Live-in nanny Alyson Myatt, 22, ran barefoot through 400-degree flames to rescue 5-year-old Aden Hawes from a house fire, suffering third-degree burns. “I didn’t even think about getting burned,” she said Friday. [More]

Judge Rules Illinois Father Cannot Take Daughter to Easter Mass

A judge ruled an Illinois father involved in a bitter divorce is not allowed to take his 3-year-old daughter to church on Easter because of a dispute over the girl's religious upbringing. [More]

Cancer-stricken Dennis Hopper gets Hollywood star

Ailing US actor Dennis Hopper was given his own star on the Hollywood Boulevard Friday with a bevy of screen legends turning out to honor him as he battles prostate cancer. [More]

AT&T will take $1B non-cash charge for health care

AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers. [More]

Israeli tanks in Gaza in worst clash in year

Israeli tanks advanced into the Gaza Strip on Friday after the worst clash with Palestinian fighters in 14 months killed two on each side, and Palestinian sources reported more casualties in the fighting. [More]

Alleged John Edwards sex tape survives courthouse fire

A sex tape allegedly showing former Sen. John Edwards survived a fire that torched a North Carolina courthouse on Thursday. [More]

Prince ordered to pay Irish promoter $3 million

A Dublin judge ordered U.S. pop singer Prince to pay $2.95 million to Irish concert promoters Friday for canceling a 2008 concert at the last minute. [More]

Secret stash could offer insight into Chicago mob

Nearly $730,000 in cash, about 1,000 pieces of jewelry and loaded handguns found hidden alongside recording devices in a mobster's suburban home show there are still plenty of mysteries to unravel about the notorious Chicago Outfit. [More]

Latest alleged James mistress hires Allred

Another woman has come forward claiming to be a onetime mistress of James. This makes the fourth woman whose name has been linked with the husband of Sandra Bullock. What sets this woman apart from the others is that she’s lawyered up with Gloria Allred, who represented Tiger Woods’ reported mistress Rachel Uchitel. [More]

Mom Accused of Letting Kids Die in Sweltering Car Takes Stand

Sametta Heyward is charged with two counts of homicide by child abuse and two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child in the deaths of her 4-year-old son and her daughter, who was almost 2. [More]

US priest accused of molesting 200 deaf boys

Steven Geier says that four times in the mid-1960s, the Rev. Lawrence Murphy coaxed the then-14-year-old student into a closet at St. John's School for the Deaf just outside Milwaukee and molested him, using God to justify his actions. Geier said when he told Murphy what was happening was wrong, the priest replied, "Oh, yes. God sent me. This is confession." [More]

Oops! Reid votes 'no' amid laughter

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mistakenly called out "no" Thursday when asked for his vote on the health care reconciliation bill, setting the chamber howling with laughter. [More]

Would partners of gay troops get benefits, too?

If gay service members are allowed to serve openly, the military will face another tough question: Should gay partners be entitled to military benefits? [More]

Dog that attacked police cars must attend classes

A pit bull mix in Tennessee has been sentenced to obedience training after his dogged attack on a local police car. [More]

Party causes $45,000 damage to house

Four teenagers have been arrested for their alleged involvement at a party last month that caused at least $45,000 worth in damages to a house, according to police in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. [More]

Thursday, March 25

$100,000 missing after mad grab for cash from armored car

More than $100,000 is missing after a bag of cash fell from an armored car into an intersection, leading several motorists to stop and grab handfuls of bills, police said today. [More]

Vatican says it was unaware of alleged American priest abuse

The Vatican did not know about an American priest believed to have molested up to 200 boys until 20 years after civil authorities investigated and then dropped the case, its top spokesman said Thursday. [More]

Man married "too damn long" holds SWAT cops at bay

An armed 84-year-old man held SWAT officers at bay in a home in southwest Houston this morning for nearly six hours after an argument with his wife. After his arrest, reporters asked Gerald Lancaster how long he's been married: "Too damn long," he responded. [More]

KC and Sunshine Band co-founder held on sex charge

A music producer and co-founder of KC and the Sunshine Band responsible for such hits as "Shake Your Booty" and "Keep It Comin' Love" has acknowledged having sex with teenage boys, police said Wednesday. [More]

Birthday cake awaited suicide bomber

CIA officers in Afghanistan were so eager to meet the spy they believed would help them crack al-Qaida's leadership they planned a birthday celebration for his visit in December, current and former U.S. officials said. A birthday cake was waiting. [More]

PETA says octuplets' mom accepts offer to save home

Just because Nadya Suleman's an octomom doesn't mean she wants your dog or cat to become one, too. Her lawyer said Peta offered Suleman $5,000 and a month's supply of veggie burgers and hot dogs in exchange for placing a sign in front of her house in La Habra that reads: "Don't Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter." [More]

SoCal teacher arrested in alleged drunken teaching

A Southern California school teacher has been arrested for allegedly teaching while drunk. [More]

Dallas mom halts repossession by throwing baby into moving SUV.

A Dallas mother is in custody after putting her baby’s life at risk in an attempt to prevent her car from being repossessed, police said. [More]

Prince looks like pauper in Minnesota tax records

Carver County tax records show Prince's PRN Music Corp. owes more than $227,000 for 2009 taxes to the state and other government bodies. [More]

Dad in 'Balloon boy' hoax leaves jail

The man who pulled a hoax by saying his 6-year-old son was drifting over Colorado in a balloon is finishing his 90-day sentence with home detention, authorities said. [More]

White collar criminal appeals 845-year sentence

Bernie Madoff is serving 150 years in prison for a multibillion-dollar fraud. Norman Schmidt got 330 years for his role in a huge investment scam. And then there's white-collar criminal Sholam Weiss, who isn't due for release until November 2754. [More]

Caterpillar predicts $100M health care reform cost

Heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar says the new health care reform law will create a $100 million drag on its first-quarter earnings because of tax law changes. [More]

Florida jury awards $26.6 million to smoker's widow

A Florida jury ordered R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris on Wednesday to pay $26.6 million to the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer, the latest verdict against cigarette makers in the "Engle progeny" lawsuits. [More]

Tiger to hold first press conference at Masters

Tiger Woods will speak before he plays in the Masters. Woods is scheduled to hold his first press conference in nearly five months at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 5, according to a tentative interview schedule that Augusta National released Wednesday. [More]

Pope faces fresh claims of child sex abuse cover-up

Pope Benedict XVI faced fresh pedophilia cover-up claims as church files suggested he failed to take action against a US priest accused of molesting up to 200 deaf boys. [More]

Experts: One-third of breast cancer is avoidable

Up to a third of breast cancer cases in Western countries could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, researchers at a breast cancer conference said Thursday — comments that could ignite heated discussions among victims and advocates. [More]

Wednesday, March 24

Pot growers in California fear legalization

The smell of pot hung heavy in the air as men with dreadlocks and gray beards contemplated a nightmarish possibility in this legendary region of outlaw marijuana growers: legal weed. If California legalizes marijuana, they say, it will drive down the price of their crop. [More]

Teen Gets Abortion With Help of Her Seattle High School

A Seattle mother is irate after she said her 15-year-old daughter's school arranged for a taxi to get an abortion for her daughter without her knowledge. [More]

Robert Culp, star of `I Spy,' dead at 79

Robert Culp, the actor who teamed with Bill Cosby in the racially groundbreaking TV series "I Spy" and was Bob in the critically acclaimed sex comedy "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," died Wednesday after collapsing outside his Hollywood home, his agent said. [More]

No ruling yet on release of SeaWorld death video

Relatives of a SeaWorld trainer dragged into the water by a killer whale last month will suffer severe harm if video of her death is made public, their attorney told a judge Wednesday. [More]

Bank robbers call ahead, get cops not cash

Police in Connecticut say they had ample warning of a bank robbery because the two suspects called the bank ahead of time and told an employee to get a bag of money ready. [More]

Black farmers $1.25 billion deal may fall through

The Obama administration announced a $1.25 billion settlement with black farmers left out of loan and assistance programs administered by the U.S. Agriculture Department due to racism, one of the largest civil rights settlements in U.S. history. But the deal was contingent on Congressional approval by March 31. [More]

Burglar enters NJ restaurant, cooks chicken, flees

Police in a New Jersey town say someone broke into a restaurant and cooked a chicken and rice dish before fleeing — leaving behind a pile of dirty dishes. [More]

How big a deal is health care reform? Ask Joe Biden

Leave it to Vice President Joe Biden to add a little, ahem, flair to the signing of a health care bill affecting millions of people. "This is a big f------ deal," Biden told President Barack Obama after introducing him at Tuesday's ceremony at the White House. [More]

Judge: No school prom but lesbian's right violated

The prom's still off at a Mississippi high school that canceled it instead of letting a lesbian student bring her girlfriend, but a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the district's actions did violate the teen's constitutional rights. [More]

Former inmate gets 15 years for breaking into jail

A Florida man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for violating his probation by trying to break into the Brevard County jail. [More]

Oregon man abused by Scout leader testifies

An Oregon man who is suing the Boy Scouts of America for $14 million told a jury Tuesday that he initially worshipped the Scout leader who eventually molested him in the early 1980s. [More]

Oprah Winfrey settles headmistress' Pa. lawsuit

Oprah Winfrey has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by a headmistress she had accused of performing poorly at her South African girls school, where some students claimed they were abused, lawyers said Tuesday. [More]

Postal Service moves toward 5-day delivery

The Postal Service took the first formal step today toward cutting mail delivery to five days a week. [More]

Arizona Rabbi Arrested for Allegedly Raping Child Ten Years Ago

Bryan Bramley, 45, was arrested in the parking lot of the Temple Beth Sholom Synagogue in Gilbert by members of the U.S. Marshals' Child Predator Apprehension Team and New York detectives. [More]

Record numbers now licensed to pack heat

The “right-to-carry” movement has succeeded in boosting the number of licensed concealed-gun carriers to about 6 million. Has there been any effect on the crime rate? [More]

90-Year-Old New York Man Charged With Killing 89-Year-Old Wife

A 90-year-old man has been charged with killing his 89-year-old wife in their home in a retirement community in western New York in what police will describe only as an apparent domestic dispute. [More]

Tuesday, March 23

Colorado trooper free on bail after suspected DUI

An on-duty Colorado state trooper was pulled over Monday and accused of driving drunk after several people called 911 to report a State Patrol vehicle driving erratically, authorities said. [More]

SWAT team responds to stolen pizza

Police say a plot to steal a delivery man’s pizza brought out a SWAT team in Alaska. [More]

ACORN closes over money woes, video scandal

The once mighty community activist group ACORN announced today it is folding amid falling revenues — six months after video footage emerged showing some of its workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute. [More]

80-year-old sisters fight over lottery winnings

Two elderly sisters from Connecticut who are fighting over a $500,000 lottery jackpot are headed to court for a trial. [More]

Killers Sit on 'Symbolic' Death Row for Decades, Costing Billions

The state of California is losing billions of dollars keeping almost 700 prisoners on death row - but the ultimate punishment is mostly symbolic in the state, where inmates ply the appeals process for decade after decade and are more likely to die of old age than by execution. [More]

Teacher who called disabled student an "idiot" may lose job

A Winter Springs High School teacher who called a disabled student in her special-needs class an "idiot" during a profanity-laced tirade was outsmarted by two other students who recorded the episode. [More]

Did artists supersize the Last Supper?

Has even the Last Supper been supersized? The food in famous paintings of the meal has grown by biblical proportions over the last millennium, researchers report in a medical journal today. [More]

The Real 'Schindler's List' on Sale for $2.2 Million

The only privately owned copy of Oskar Schindler's list of Jews to be saved from Hitler's concentration camps is up for grabs at $2.2 million, AFP reported. [More]

Obama signs historic $938 billion health bill

A beaming President Barack Obama today signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen's life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the November elections. [More]

13 attorneys general sue over health care overhaul

Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul bill is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. [More]

Witness: Michael Jackson doctor interrupted CPR

Michael Jackson's doctor halted CPR on the dying pop star and delayed calling paramedics so he could collect drug vials at the scene, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press that shed new light on the singer's chaotic final moments. [More]

US law to make calorie counts hard to ignore

A requirement tucked into the massive U.S health care bill will make calorie counts impossible for thousands of restaurants to hide and difficult for consumers to ignore. More than 200,000 fast food and other chain restaurants will have to include calorie counts on menus, menu boards and even drive-throughs. [More]

Your own private island

Having an island all to yourself seems like a luxury reserved for the Richard Bransons of the world. But here are five options that are affordable for the other 99.9 percent of us, too. [More]

Monday, March 22

Reno woman faces assault, indecent exposure charges

A 51-year-old woman who avoided prosecution for the 1993 murder of a 23-year-old man due to what authorities term her severe and unchanging psychosis, is facing charges for an assault and indecent exposure incident that occurred last month at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. [More]

Rapids man stuck in chute after dare

Police and firefighters were called this weekend to help a 20-year-old man who was stuck in a laundry chute after taking a dare. [More]

Rosie O'Donnell Developing New Daytime TV Show

Daytime TV is about to get Rosier: Rosie O'Donnell is planning to develop a new talk show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. [More]

Tiger Woods: 'I tried to stop and I couldn't stop'

Tiger Woods acknowledged "living a lie," saying he alone was responsible for the sex scandal that caused his shocking downfall from global sporting icon to late-night TV punchline. [More]

Man charged with breaking into home, demanding sex for $20

A 27-year-old Florida man has been charged with breaking into a woman’s home, throwing a $20 bill at her and demanding sex. [More]

Obama secures landmark healthcare victory

President Barack Obama secured a landmark victory with the House of Representatives giving final approval to a sweeping healthcare overhaul, expanding insurance coverage to nearly all Americans. [More]

Abortion deal earns ire of critics on both sides

A last-minute compromise that swung a half-dozen anti-abortion Democrats behind President Barack Obama's health care bill — virtually ensuring its passage — failed to placate outside activists on either side of the issue, and drew derision from Republicans. [More]

Stupak called 'baby-killer' on House floor

Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) acknowledged late Sunday night that a Republican yelled "baby killer" as Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) urged his fellow Democrats to vote down a Republican amendment on abortion services in the health-care legislation. [More]

Health bill a milestone - or a mistake?

For decades, health care has sparked controversy in American politics. In the 14 months since President Obama took the oath of office, the issue has been debated passionately and exhaustively. With House passage of a sweeping health care bill, asked a variety of political and medical experts to comment. [More]

‘Undercover Boss’ spurs shop-floor changes

The six corporate chiefs featured so far on the CBS show “Undercover Boss” say time in the trenches taught them hard (if not humbling) lessons that will prompt company changes. [More]

Sunday, March 21

Aruban divers to inspect site where couple says they saw human remains

An Aruban police dive team will search the site where an underwater photograph was taken that might show human remains, a spokeswoman for the Aruban prosecutor said Saturday. [More]

Sandra & Jesse: What Went Wrong

If James strayed, it could have been because "he always felt like a second-class citizen," Beverly Hills-based Dr. Carole Lieberman tells "Maybe he felt like he never was able to live up to her level." [More]

German celebrity magazine admits fake interviews

German celebrity gossip magazine Neon admitted Friday it had published five made-up interviews since 2004 with stars such as Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Snoop Doggy Dog. [More]

NY governor's press secretary quits amid ethics probes

The press secretary for New York Democratic Governor David Paterson resigned on Wednesday amid state and federal ethics probes of her boss that have triggered the departures of other top aides. [More]

Trooper makes 2 DUI arrests in one traffic stop

Alaska State Troopers needed just one traffic stop to make two arrests for drunken driving. Troopers said a highway patrol officer arrested a 42-year-old man for drunken driving after stopping him for speeding on Sunday. A short time later, a 29-year-old man arrived to take custody of the car. The officer determined he had driven to the scene while drunk. [More]

US Law Firms Targeted By Cyberscams

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that last year a Long Beach law firm received an e-mail from a Hong Kong businessman seeking help collecting debts from American customers. After a month of signing paperwork and exchanging telephone calls, the attorney received word that one debtor had sent a $200,000 cashier's check to pay off his balance. The attorney deposited it in his firm's account, subtracted his $10,000 fee and wired the remaining $190,000 to his Hong Kong client. Then the attorney's bank called and told him the $200,000 check had bounced. [More]

Russian company expected to bid on Air Force refueling tanker

A new twist in the Air Force's 10-year effort to build an aerial refueling tanker may bring a bid from a Russian state-owned aerospace company for the $35 billion tanker contract, according to the company's U.S. attorney. [More]

Women in critical condition after bees attack

Two Arizona women are in critical condition with hundreds of bee stings after a swarm attacked them while they were out for an evening walk. [More]

Border fence plan halted

The Obama administration is to halt work on a ''virtual fence'' on the US-Mexican border. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said this would free $US50 million from economic stimulus funds intended for the barrier. [More]

Pilots who overflew airport drop attempt to keep licenses

The Northwest Airlines pilots who lost their licenses after overflying their Minneapolis destination last year have dropped their appeal, the Federal Aviation Administration said. [More]

Saturday, March 20

Update: Teen arrested in racial message at Wal-Mart

Police in New Jersey arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with a public-address-system announcement telling "all blacks" to leave a Wal-Mart store, a police spokesman said. [More]

ACORN on verge of bankruptcy

The U.S. liberal grass-roots group ACORN is on the brink of bankruptcy and its leaders will hold a teleconference this weekend to discuss the group's future, The New York Times reported on its website on Friday. Since September, at least half of ACORN's 30 chapters have disbanded, the Times said. [More]

Illegal Immigrant Murderer Lived in U.S. Off Federal Subsidies

An escaped murder who entered the United States illegally used a fake Social Security card to obtain federally subsidized housing. [More]

Woman mistakenly declared dead

An 85-year-old California woman mistakenly declared dead by the government said the error cost her thousands of dollars in lost Social Security coverage and other insurance plans. [More]

Topless gardening: A human right or wrong?

A woman gardening wearing only a yellow thong and pink gloves has brought neighborhood complaints and new rules from a housing authority in Colorado. [More]

Arrest in NJ Walmart racial comment case

Police say they have made an arrest in the case of a racial comment being made over the public-address system at a Walmart store in southern New Jersey. [More]

Judge: Anthony can use public money for defense

A judge ruled today that Casey Anthony is indigent and can use public money to help pay for her defense against charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter. [More]

Homeowners who get aid see credit scores dive

Some homeowners who sign up for the government's mortgage assistance program are getting a nasty surprise: lower credit scores. [More]

Sushi eatery accused of selling whale to close

A trendy California sushi restaurant says it's closing after being accused of serving illegal whale meat. [More]

Judge orders renegotiation of 9/11 settlement

A federal judge on Friday rejected a legal settlement that would have given at least $575 million to people sickened by ash and dust from the World Trade Center, saying the deal shortchanged 10,000 ground zero workers whom he called heroes. [More]

BA Flights Canceled as Crews Strike

Thousands of British Airways flights have been canceled amid a three-day strike by cabin crew that's throwing a kink into vacation plans for tens of thousands of travelers beginning their Easter break. [More]

Chief: Police followed rules in lesbian's outing

The Rapid City, S.D., police chief said in a report released Friday that he regrets his department's outing of a lesbian Air Force sergeant led to her military discharge, but that his officers followed department protocol. [More]

Lehman accounting tricks possibly illegal

A Lehman Brothers whistleblower warned his bosses that accounting gimmicks the bank used before its collapse may have been illegal, his lawyer said Friday. [More]

Booby traps targeting California police lead to $200K reward offer

A string of "brazen attempts" to kill members of a gang task force in Riverside, California, has led to a $200,000 reward for information. [More]

Friday, March 19

Court: Anna Nicole Smith gets none of oil fortune

A federal appeals court says Anna Nicole Smith’s estate will receive none of the more than $300 million that she claimed her late billionaire husband had promised her. [More]

Ellen presents $30K to Miss. lesbian in prom flap

A lesbian high school student embroiled in a legal flap over her school's prom policy has received a $30,000 scholarship on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." [More]

Mom of octuplets may lose home to foreclosure

Octuplets mom Nadya Suleman could be kicked out of her Southern California home. Mortgage holder Amer Haddadin says he is starting foreclosure proceedings on the $565,000 La Habra residence because the family hasn't kept up the payments. [More]

IRS To Enforce Obama's Health Care Bill

House Republicans said the health care overhaul will expand IRS authority by giving agents the power to verify acceptable health care coverage and fine or confiscate the tax refunds of Americans without coverage. They also claim the IRS will require up to $10 billion to administer the program, and require 16,500 additional IRS employees. [More]

Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal goes global

As Pope Benedict XVI wound down his first visit to the United States in 2008, the U.S. Catholic Church's news service noted that the pontiff had achieved his top objective for the trip by personally apologizing to Americans who had been sexually abused by priests. [More]

Who is Jesse James's alleged mistress?

America's sweetheart, she ain't. Michelle McGee is covered in tattoos - one on her forehead reads, "Pray for Us Sinners" - works as a stripper, chats and poses on an adult Web site, and uses a lewd phrase for her Twitter page. [More]

Chelsea King Murder Suspect Repeatedly Stopped by Cops

Law enforcement records show John Gardner III was cited at least eight times between his 2005 prison release and his arrest last month for Chelsea King's death. [More]

Mom admits killing ‘disrespectful’ teen

A woman accused of strangling her daughter on a college campus apartment in Purchase, N.Y., told police she did it because the daughter was "disrespectful all the time," according to court papers made public Thursday. [More]

Could school bus ads save school budgets?

School districts have imposed all sorts of drastic cuts to save money during the down economy, canceling field trips and making parents pay for everything from tissues to sports transportation. And some have now resorted to placing advertisements on school buses. [More]

Priest, teen allegedly taped having sex

A police investigation continued Thursday into a Catholic abuse scandal in Brazil, which erupted last week when a network aired a video that it said showed a priest having sex with a 19-year-old altar boy. [More]

Boy Scouts accused of sex abuse cover-up

The Boy Scouts of America has long kept an extensive archive of secret documents that chronicle the sexual abuse of young boys by Scout leaders over the years. [More]

Fess Parker, 1950s TV Davy Crockett, dead at 85

Fess Parker, who brought Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone to life in 1950s and 1960s TV series, died Thursday at his home and vineyard in California, his family said in a statement. [More]

Update: ABC News Denies Paying Casey Anthony for Interview

ABC News released a statement confirming it paid for licensed exclusive rights to an extensive library of photos and home video, but that no use of the material was tied to any interview. [More]

Ex-con admits killing pen pal, encasing him cement

An ex-convict pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Thursday for killing his 80-year-old prison pen-pal lover, entombing the man's body in cement in a garden and then using his victim's money on a spending spree. [More]

Did bikers booby trap Calif. police building?

Authorities are investigating whether a motorcycle gang rigged a Southern California police building with booby traps after becoming angry when police monitored the funeral of a member. [More]

Missing 8-year-old boy’s body washes ashore

The body of an 8-year-old boy who vanished with his mother has washed ashore on an island beach in Puget Sound about 12 miles from where their abandoned minivan was found. [More]

Couple May Have Underwater Photo of Natalee Holloway

A Pennsylvania couple believes an underwater snapshot they took off the coast of Aruba reveals human remains on the ocean floor that could be those of Natalee Holloway. [More]

Health Bill Extends Wage Tax to Investments

A Medicare payroll tax would be applied to investment income, beginning in 2013. A new 3.8 percent tax would be imposed on interest, dividends, capital gains and other investment income for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and couples making more than $250,000. [More]

Cable networks eye Sarah Palin reality show

Sarah Palin is closer to landing a deal for a reality show. Sources say A&E Networks and Discovery Communications want to acquire Palin's project, which focuses on the ex-governor giving a guided tour of her native Alaska - visiting fishing boats and taking a trip to a gold mine, to cite a couple of examples [More]

Obama in Immigration Dance

President Barack Obama promised to make overhauling the immigration system a top priority in his first year as president. He's now in Year Two, and the odds that he'll get to sign a bill before the November midterm elections appear long. [More]

Teacher faces discipline over Obama effigy

The teacher at an embattled Rhode Island school who displayed an effigy of President Obama in his classroom is under disciplinary review, according to the school superintendent. [More]

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