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Thursday, May 27

Gene Simmons not charged over alleged LA attack

Prosecutors say they will not charge KISS rocker Gene Simmons over an alleged attack on a couple at an upscale outdoor mall in Los Angeles. [More]

Former Ohio 'Teacher of the Year' Resigns After Internet Sex Sting Arrest

A veteran teacher resigned from his position at Madison High School in Ohio Monday after he pleaded guilty to attempted unlawful contact with a minor in Pennsylvania, and criminal use of a computer. [More]

Pa. woman accused in bank robbery plot that killed man with collar bomb wants new lawyer again

A Pennsylvania woman accused of masterminding a bank robbery plot that ended with a pizza deliveryman killed by a bomb locked around his neck wants a new attorney again. [More]

Scientist is first man to be 'infected' by computer virus

A British scientist has laid claim to being the first man to be infected by a computer virus, after he used a contaminated chip implanted in his hand to attack a lab security system. [More]

Jordanian man pleads guilty in Dallas bombing plot

Hosam Smadi parked a sport-utility vehicle in the garage beneath a Dallas skyscraper, activated a timer connected to what he thought was a bomb and used a cell phone to try remotely detonating the explosive he had spent months working to obtain. [More]

Former Disney Employee Arrested in Alleged Insider-Trading Plot

An administrative assistant to Walt Disney Co.'s head of communications and her boyfriend have been arrested and charged with trying to sell advance access to the company's earnings reports. [More]

National Debt Clock — Tracking the Red

The U.S. national debt hit $13 trillion today, a stratospheric number with looming implications for every citizen. [More]

Man fined for loose snake at motel

A 25-year-old Mason City man was fined $65 in magistrate court Tuesday for allowing his pet snake to be on the loose at the Holiday Inn earlier this month. [More]

37 years later, NC jury finds former small-town police chief guilty in Marine's shooting death

A North Carolina jury has convicted a former small-town police chief of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Marine sergeant 37 years ago. [More]

Woman seeks order against onetime JonBenet suspect

A 19-year-old woman has requested a temporary restraining order against the man who once falsely claimed to have murdered JonBenet Ramsey in 1996. [More]

Ellen DeGeneres starts own record label

After a season judging singers on "American Idol," Ellen DeGeneres is delving deeper into the music business with her own label. [More]

Woman Falls Onto Subway Tracks, Man Saves Her

Police say a man jumped onto the subway tracks after a woman who fainted and fell at the Union Square station in Manhattan Monday. He tried to lift her out but was unable, so he pushed her down into the well between lines and the train missed her. Police say the train had to be lifted to remove the woman, who was hospitalized in stable condition. [More]

'Drugstore Cowboy' author busted in yet another pharmacy robbery

Police in Washington state say the man who wrote "Drugstore Cowboy" has been arrested in yet another pharmacy robbery. [More]

BP used cheaper casing on oil well to save money, Congress papers show

The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that precipitated the vast Gulf of Mexico oil spill came after the well was capped with a relatively cheap type of casing, BP papers have revealed. [More]

Apple overtakes Microsoft as biggest tech company

Apple Inc shot past Microsoft Corp as the world's biggest tech company based on market value on Wednesday, the latest milestone in the resurgence of the maker of the iPhone, which nearly went out of business in the 1990s. [More]

Wednesday, May 26

Veteran TV host Art Linkletter dead

Art Linkletter, the genial television host who specialized in getting kids to say "the darndest things," died on Wednesday at the age of 97, his assistant said. [More]

Former NY State Senator Jailed for Seven Years for Corruption Scheme

Crooked ex-pol Efrain Gonzalez Jr. was slapped with a seven-year prison term today by a judge who slammed him for failing to show any remorse for the "venal acts" of looting two charities in a pork-barrel corruption scheme. [More]

Facing deportation for stopping crime

It's called Section 287(g), and it means local police can enforce federal immigration laws. That's why an illegal immigrant from Mexico faces deportation after he did the right thing and called 911 to report a dirty cop. [More]

Woman Fined $2,500 Over Alleged Applesauce Fight With Airport Security

A Californian woman who was accused of attacking an airport security guard for trying to seize her applesauce as she boarded a plane was fined $2,500 over the incident - and is refusing to pay. [More]

Drilling regulators took industry gifts

Staff members at an agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and used government computers to view pornography, according to an Interior Department report alleging a culture of cronyism between regulators and the industry. [More]

BP had warning signs before Gulf blast

BP told congressional investigators on Tuesday that pressure tests on a drill pipe showed a fundamental mistake hours before the deadly explosion that caused the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, a memo released by two congressmen showed. [More]

Duchess of York urged to ‘come clean’ or face parliamentary inquiry

The Duchess of York was warned last night to reveal details of all introductions she made to the Duke of York in his role as an official trade envoy or face a parliamentary inquiry. [More]

Couple buried alive under trash

Fire crews investigating a mysterious stench found an elderly couple buried alive under mounds of garbage in their Chicago home, authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Connecticut woman who owned chimp that mauled her friend dies at 72 of aneurysm

The Connecticut woman whose chimpanzee mauled and blinded her friend last year, leading to lawsuits and a national debate over the regulation of exotic pets, has died, her attorney said Tuesday. [More]

Rip Torn seeks to resolve Conn. bank break-in case

An attorney for Rip Torn said he has been talking with prosecutors about keeping the Emmy-winning actor out of prison as they try to resolve criminal charges that he broke into a bank while drunk and armed. [More]

Pa. man who had banned himself from casino hits $2,001 jackpot, but must forfeit it

A Pennsylvania man who won a $2,001 slot machine jackpot must forfeit the winnings and will be charged with trespassing, because he had previously banned himself from casinos under a state program for problem gamblers. [More]

Woman Who Thought She Won $42 Million At Casino Gets $20.18 Instead

The Colorado Division of Gaming investigated the incident and reported last week that the woman should have received a payout of $20.18 instead of the $42 million the machine had indicated. [More]

Cops nab 12-year-old driver

Criminals are getting younger. Just three days after one 12-year-old boy was arrested for packing a gun while riding a bicycle around an Ajax neighborhood, another pre-teen was nabbed driving in a stolen car around Welland. [More]

Coroner mistake leads to cremation of wrong body

An Ohio coroner is apologizing while saying that's not enough to make up for a mix-up that resulted in an infant's body being cremated by mistake. [More]

FBI and the late John Murtha: A 'prosecutive' case in Abscam

On Tuesday, the FBI released hundreds of pages about the late congressman who came under criminal investigation three decades ago and who died in February amid an ongoing criminal probe into alleged kickbacks involving defense contractors. [More]

Ad firm's mask chides immigration law

An advertising firm in Miami says its online "Gringo Mask" addresses the "absurdity" of Arizona's controversial new immigration law. [More]

Congressman: White House Job Offer to Sestak May Be an 'Impeachable' Offense

Rep. Joe Sestak's allegation that the White House offered him a job to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary race against Arlen Specter is a crime that could lead to the impeachment of President Obama, Rep. Darrell Issa said. [More]

2 Ohio officers suspended over corpse-deer mixup

Two Cleveland police officers have been suspended for six months without pay for driving by a roadside corpse, mistaking it for a dead deer. [More]

Tiger Woods divorce to cost him more than just money

With news of Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren ruling out the possibility of reconciliation, the world is all set to witness another high profile divorce. And if reports are to be believed, Tiger Woods will be paying a hefty price for his infidelity. It is being reported that Elin has demanded $750 million, full custody of the children, and the right to reveal Tiger’s secrets in a tell-all book or TV interview. [More]

Greg Norman shuts Sydney office, opens in China

Australia's richest sportsman Greg Norman has closed his only Australian office as he pursues golfing business interests in China, according to reports. [More]

Tuesday, May 25

Ex-Detroit mayor gets up to 5 years in prison

A judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick up to five years in prison for violating the terms of his probation on an obstruction of justice conviction. [More]

California landfill searched for body of pregnant teen

California police are searching a landfill for the body of a pregnant high school student who vanished two weeks ago and may have been killed by her boyfriend. [More]

Woman Sues Florida Lottery for Not Paying Up After Ticket Misprint

Ann Marie Curcio received the $20 ticket from her husband for Mother's Day in 2007. But when they tried to claim the prize in Tallahassee the next day, lottery officials told them the ticket was a misprint. [More]

Teacher in 'pregnant' yearbook row fired

An Indiana high school said a teacher will not be invited back next year after he tried to insert a "pregnant girls" section into the yearbook. [More]

Lohan ‘furious’ with judge’s orders

From attending alcohol education classes, wearing an alcohol-monitoring bracelet and submitting to random drug testing, Lohan is going to be under a number of watchful eyes — and she’s not happy about it. [More]

Census Sends Criminals Door-to-Door

After two cases of alleged criminals going door-to-door to take surveys, Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said Monday that the U.S. Census Bureau must do more to prevent hiring census takers with a criminal background. [More]

Teacher in Trouble After Allowing Students to Wear KKK-Like Robes

A Georgia History teacher, Catherine Ariemma, allowed her students to wear Klu Klux Klan-like robes for a history lesson and is now on administrative leave. The Lumpkin County School Board will decide her future. [More]

After a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all

Exactly a century after rumors of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain's dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published. [More]

Brittany Murphy's husband died waiting for surgery

The widower of actress Brittany Murphy, found dead in his home Sunday night, was scheduled to undergo heart bypass surgery this summer, a spokesman for the actress' mother said. [More]

Man arrested for 2 DUIs 5 hours apart

Montana police say a 24-year-old man was arrested twice for drunken driving in the span of five hours. [More]

Truck carrying 17 million bees crashes in Minn.

Rescue crews were using fire hoses to douse an angry swarm of bees after a fatal crash that involved a semitrailer carrying about 17 million of the insects. [More]

Oops! Ann Curry Cites Wrong School's Alumni in Speech

In a commencement speech to graduates at Wheaton College in Massachusetts on Saturday, the "Today" show's Ann Curry named some of the famous alumni they were joining. Unfortunately, the graduates she named, including Billy Graham, went to a different Wheaton College -- an evangelical school in Illinois with the same name. [More]

Monday, May 24

Brittany Murphy's widower dead at 39

imon Monjack, the screenwriter widower of the late actress Brittany Murphy, died on Sunday night at his Hollywood Hills home, police said. Police Sgt. Louie Lozano said the 39-year-old, whose wife Murphy died five month ago at the age of 32, was thought to have died from natural causes, but said this was a preliminary finding. [More]

TV producer wanted for questioning in wife's death returns to US from Mexico

The lawyer for a former "Survivor" producer wanted for questioning in Mexico about his wife's death confirmed that Bruce Beresford-Redman had returned to California, leaving unclear how the investigation will proceed with a key figure out of the country. [More]

Man sucked into sausage seasoning machine

Police said a cleaning man was taken to a hospital after being sucked into a machine at a sausage-making company in Danvers, Mass. [More]

Ailing rocker Bret Michaels wins "Celebrity Apprentice"

Rocker and reality star Bret Michaels is the winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice," besting actress Holly Robinson Peete. [More]

Ohio man robs his own bank

Sharonville, Ohio, police say they have obtained a warrant for the arrest of a man who was a regular customer of the bank he robbed. [More]

New Jersey Mom With Multiple Sclerosis Charged With Killing Husband

A mother of three who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair was charged with fatally shooting her husband inside their northern New Jersey home. [More]

Three restaurant workers skimmed $117000 from patrons' credit cards

Three servers at the Cheesecake Factory restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue in the District allegedly stole credit card numbers from patrons as part of a scheme that racked up more than $117,000 in fraudulent charges between 2008 and last year, authorities say. [More]

Britain's Duchess of York apologizes after paper sting

Britain's Duchess of York apologized for a "serious lapse in judgment" after she was caught in a newspaper sting apparently offering access to ex-husband Prince Andrew in exchange for cash. [More]

Prince: No knowledge of ex-wife's meeting with reporter

Britain's Prince Andrew Monday "categorically denied" knowing anything about his ex-wife's alleged offer to sell access to him after a British tabloid newspaper released what it says is a video of her doing so. [More]

Ex-Lawmaker: Affair Wasn't Just Sexual

Retired Rep. Mark Souder says affair with staff aide that forced him to pack his bags was an intellectual attraction. [More]

Mich. teens accused of taking school bus on joy ride

Authorities in Michigan say two teenagers who allegedly took a school bus on a joy ride were caught when they drove by the home of the bus driver who was talking to an investigators about the theft. [More]

600 museums offer military families free admission

More than 600 museums nationwide are offering free admission to military families all summer in a new partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. [More]

Bad cement jobs plague offshore rigs

The tricky process of sealing an offshore oil well with cement — suspected as a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico disaster — has failed dozens of times in the past, according to an Associated Press investigation. [More]

White House forced to defend handling ofoil spill in Gulf of Mexico

The White House was yesterday forced to defend its handling of the BP oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico as top aides claimed the company was ill-equipped to fix the worsening problem. [More]

Yemeni cleric calls for killing US civilians

A U.S.-born cleric who has encouraged Muslims to kill American soldiers called for the killing of U.S. civilians in his first video released by a Yemeni offshoot of al-Qaida, providing the most overt link yet between the radical preacher and the terror group. [More]

Sunday, May 23

Authorities can't locate TV producer after wife's death

The family of a Los Angeles woman killed in Cancun, Mexico last month said their "greatest fears about the investigation" into her death have been realized. [More]

Sarah Ferguson accused of cash-for-access

Britain's Duchess of York was filmed allegedly trying to sell access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew for $724,000 to an undercover reporter posing as a businessman, a newspaper reported Sunday. [More]

Lance Armstrong makes public emails from Floyd Landis

Floyd Landis ignored desperate pleas from his sponsor to avoid a public fight with Lance Armstrong, according to e-mails the seven-time Tour de France champion released in trying to prove the disgraced cyclist has "zero credibility." [More]

Man who plowed Mercedes into California jail and broke officer's nose gets 9 years in prison

A man who crashed his Mercedes through the gates of a California jail while driving drunk will spend some serious time behind bars. [More]

Skydiver Preparing For 120,000-Foot Supersonic Fall

An Austrian daredevil is planning to become the first person to break the sound barrier in a free fall, without riding in a vehicle. [More]

Sheriff: Man killed by pipe bomb outside W.Va. bar; victim apparently was carrying explosives

Authorities in West Virginia say a pipe bomb exploded outside of a bar, killing a man. No other injuries were reported. [More]

Lohan Has Landed

After claims of a stolen passport sent a judge into a tizzy, the erstwhile Teenage Drama Queen managed to get her hands on another one, and touched down at Los Angeles International Airport shortly after 7 p.m. [More]

Cleaver threat prompted by BP oil spill

State police said a Uniontown man has been jailed on charges that he threatened his girlfriend with a meat cleaver while they argued about the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. [More]

Affair hot enough to burn topless coffee stand?

A state investigation says a man suspected of burning down a Maine coffee shop that featured topless waitresses was mad at his girlfriend, who was having an affair with the owner. [More]

3 robbers rig driverless car to smash through doors of Idaho liquor store; caught on video

Police in Idaho say three people ransacked a Twin Falls liquor store by rigging a driverless vehicle that smashed through the front doors so they could get inside. [More]

Male student who ran for prom queen suspended

A male South Florida high school student who ran for prom queen in drag has been suspended from the dance because of a parking violation. [More]

Florida jury acquits shooter under 'Stand Your Ground' law

A jury has acquitted under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law a Boynton Beach man who fatally shot an unarmed 23-year-old. [More]

16 Items They Only Sell At Chinese Walmarts

Walmart is a little different in China. [More]

Saturday, May 22

Alabama evangelist gets life plus 51 years for dead wife in freezer

An Alabama evangelist who authorities say terrorized his family while preaching at revivals has been sentenced to life plus 51 years in prison after being convicted of killing his wife and storing her body in a home freezer. [More]

California, other states prepare to observe first Harvey Milk Day to honor gay rights icon

Presidential Medal of Freedom? Got that. A place in the California Hall of Fame and Sean Penn playing you on-screen? Those, too. Now, Harvey Milk has a holiday of sorts to call his own. California will observe its first day of "special significance" Saturday honoring the slain gay rights leader on what would have been his 80th birthday. [More]

18-year-old accused of having sex with 12-year-old girl who went missing, found dead this week

An 18-year-old Colorado man has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl whose decomposed body was recovered this week in an irrigation ditch, police said. [More]

Boycott Over Arizona Law May Backfire

The raft of boycotts being imposed on Arizona over its immigration law could up end hitting Hispanic workers as hard as anyone. [More]

Theft suspect in wheelchair 'escape' try

A wheelchair-bound Connecticut woman who allegedly rolled away from police attempting to question her for theft is scheduled for court Monday, officials say. [More]

NC Gov. Beverly Perdue pardons former longtime prisoner who was absolved of murder conviction

North Carolina's governor has granted a pardon to a man absolved of a murder conviction in the first case of its kind in the country. [More]

Tearful James says threw away Sandra Bullock marriage

The soon to be divorced husband of Sandra Bullock says he is probably the "most hated man in the world" for having cheated on the popular actress. [More]

Teachers accused of sprinkling Holy Water on atheist colleague

Two teachers accused of sprinkling holy water onto an avowed atheist colleague have been removed from the classroom, and may be fired. [More]

Federal judge sentences woman to 15 years in prison in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case

Nearly eight years after Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her Salt Lake City bedroom at knifepoint, the woman who pleaded guilty to the 2002 kidnapping is headed to prison. [More]

Chicago Mayor Snaps at Reporter Who Questions Handgun Ban

Irate with a reporter's question on the effectiveness of the city's handgun ban, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley offered to give a first-hand lesson following the shooting of an off-duty police officer. "Oh, it's been very effective," Daley said, according to "If I put this up your butt, you'll find out how effective it is. If I put a round up your … you'll know." [More]

American boy, 13, becomes youngest to conquer Everest

A 13-year-old American boy on Saturday became the youngest person to conquer Mount Everest, his website said, setting a new but controversial world record. [More]

Ex-Conn. marshal fined over misconduct

A former lead judicial marshal Thursday was spared jail time and probation after being convicted of grabbing the breast of a female inmate after she said he swapped sweets for sexual acts with her in the Superior Court basement. [More]

Southern California parents get long sentences for death of neglected diabetic daughter

A Southern California couple convicted of murder after their teenage daughter slipped into a diabetic coma and died have been sentenced to prison. [More]

Sex offender cut off ankle monitor, tried to rob or kidnap San Diego-area women, girls

A Northern California sex offender with a history of parole violations cut off his ankle monitor and went on a two-day crime spree in which he tried to rob or kidnap several women and teenage girls at knifepoint in the San Diego area, authorities said. [More]

NTSB: Cockpit fire concentrated in window heater that was the subject of 2007 safety warning

A cockpit fire that forced a United Airlines flight to make an emergency landing was concentrated in a piece of window-heating equipment that was the subject of a safety warning three years ago, accident investigators said Friday. [More]

Federal oil industry regulator in Alaska apologize for 'Drill, Baby, Drill' cake

The director of the Minerals Management Service in Alaska is apologizing to colleagues for having a cake at a recent meeting with the words "Drill, Baby, Drill" on it. [More]

Month after oil spill, why is BP still in charge?

Days after the Gulf Coast oil spill, the Obama administration pledged to keep its "boot on the throat" of BP to make sure the company did all it could to cap the gushing leak and clean up the spill. [More]

Clapper leading choice for intel job

The White House's leading candidate to replace Dennis Blair as national intelligence director is James R. Clapper, the Pentagon's top intelligence official, current and former U.S. officials said Friday. [More]

Man loses relatives' ashes when car is towed

A Wisconsin man has lost his father’s and grandfather’s ashes when the car where they were stored was towed and destroyed. [More]

Personal trainer convicted of murdering Clearwater couple

A jury found Richard Robards guilty late tonight of first-degree murder in the deaths of Frank DeLuca, 60, and his wife, Linda, 59. [More]

CEO Calls Ronald McDonald a "Force for Good"

Retire Ronald McDonald? No way. That's the message McDonald's Corp.'s CEO Jim Skinner gave Thursday to the red-haired clown's critics who say the cartoon promotes unhealthy eating and should go the way of the Marlboro Man and Joe Camel. [More]

Friday, May 21

No reason to believe Landis over Armstrong

Floyd Landis’ decision to come clean about his own drug use — and throw dirt on Lance Armstrong and others in the bargain — sounds like something boxing promoter Bob Arum once famously said: “I’m telling the truth today. I was lying to you yesterday.” [More]

Abduction-hoax mom charged in law firm thefts

A suburban Philadelphia mother at the center of a national abduction hoax is charged with stealing more than $700,000 and fleeing to Disney World. [More]

Texas man faked way into Army

A Texas man with no military experience managed to trick the Army into letting him enter a reserve unit as a noncommissioned officer earlier this year, putting an untrained soldier in a leadership position in a time of war, an Associated Press investigation has found. [More]

National intelligence director resigning

National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said Thursday he is resigning, ending a tumultuous 16-month tenure marked by intelligence failures and turf wars among the country's spy agencies. [More]

Costner's Cleanup Machines to Be Tested in Gulf

The "Waterworld" references are already flowing, but actor Kevin Costner's commitment to the BP oil spill cleanup is more than just a celebrity photo op. After investing 15 years and millions of his own money in new oil-separation technology, Costner hopes to help clean the oil from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico at a faster and more successful rate than ever before. [More]

Mexico's leader slams Arizona immigration law

Mexican President Felipe Calderon took his opposition to a new Arizona immigration law to Congress Thursday, saying it "ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree." [More]

Can TSA tell if you're a terrorist?

A new report by the Government Accountability Office says behavior detection techniques failed to lead authorities to at least 16 alleged terrorists who traveled through U.S. airports. [More]

Naomi Campbell given ‘blood’ diamond by African leader, war crimes trial told

Naomi Campbell has seen the inside of many courtrooms, but she has never been before a UN war-crimes tribunal — until now. [More]

Court gives Wis. inmate a gift: 4 bikini photos

An inmate at Wisconsin's maximum security prison will soon have four reasons to smile. An appeals court on Thursday ordered prison officials to give inmate Johnny Lacy four photographs of women in bikinis that he ordered through the mail. [More]

'I'm a Marxist:' Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Thursday that he is a Marxist, yet credits capitalism for bringing new freedoms to the communist country that exiled him - China. [More]

NBA ref banned for throwing ball at fan

Veteran NBA referee Joe DeRosa has been slapped with a one-game suspension for throwing a game ball at a fan during halftime of Tuesday's playoff match in Orlando. [More]

School violated student's privacy in 'sexting' case, lawsuit says

A 19-year-old Pennsylvania woman sued her former high school Thursday, claiming school officials invaded her privacy and violated her free-speech rights when they confiscated her cell phone, found semi-nude photos stored inside and turned the phone over to authorities. The federal lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, says looking at photos on the woman's phone was like opening her mail or viewing private home videos. [More]

Jesse James puts L.A. home up for sale

It's been two months since Sandra Bullock moved out of the Orange County home she shared with Jesse James. Now, James is looking to follow suit. [More]

Lindsay Lohan dodges arrest warrant

Lindsay Lohan failed to appear for a court hearing in Los Angeles Thursday, prompting a judge to issue an arrest warrant that was later withdrawn when lawyers for the troubled actress posted bail. [More]

Tobacco trial jury awards Florida widow $29 million

A Hollywood widow who says her husband could barely breathe for the last 13 years of his life has won a $29 million verdict in a tobacco trial. [More]

Thursday, May 20

New Jersey Census Worker Arrested for Being Sex Offender

A New Jersey mother who recognized the face of a Census worker from the state's online database of sex offenders called police, leading to charges that the man used a fake name and Social Security number to get the government job. [More]

Bret Michaels hospitalized after 'warning stroke'

Bret Michaels is back in the hospital. The rocker and reality TV star suffered what doctors call a "warning stroke" and has been diagnosed with a patent forum ovale, or hole in the heart, according to a report Thursday on his website. Michaels' publicist, Joann Mignano, confirmed the report. [More]

Landis admits doping, fingers Armstrong

Lance Armstrong has denied allegations made by disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis, who accused the seven-time Tour de France champion of doping. [More]

Judge issues warrant for Lindsay Lohan's arrest

A judge issued a warrant Thursday for Lindsay Lohan's arrest after the actress missed a mandatory hearing. Bail was set at $100,000. [More]

Detroit Police Chief Says Probe in Case of Girl Shot in Raid 'Won't Be Pretty'

The police chief acknowledged Tuesday that findings from an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old girl who was shot during a police raid "won't be pretty, but they will be honest." [More]

Wal-Mart Pulls Miley Cyrus Jewelry Over Cadmium

Wal-Mart said Wednesday it is pulling an entire line of Miley Cyrus-brand necklaces and bracelets from its shelves after tests performed for The Associated Press found the jewelry contained high levels of the toxic metal cadmium. [More]

Ex-NASCAR racer gets jail time following chase

A former NASCAR driver pleaded guilty Tuesday to leading sheriff’s deputies on a freeway chase that reached 140 mph in his Corvette. [More]

Students Charged With Bombing Teachers' Homes in Texas

Police say four students at Brentwood Christian School in Austin, TX built bottle bombs and set them off at teachers' homes. [More]

Political cartoonists split on usefulness of 'Everybody Draw Muhammad Day'

Some people might draw Muhammad on Thursday as part of a socially networked protest to caricature the Islamic prophet. Just don't expect most professional political cartoonists to join in. [More]

‘Octomom’ paid $5K to tout pet birth control

Octuplets mom Nadya Suleman is unveiling a banner outside her Southern California home reading, "Don't Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter." [More]

Child raped, left to die gets justice 20 years later

When she was 8, Jennifer Schuett was snatched from her bedroom, was raped, had her throat cut, and was left in a field to die. But she survived and never gave up trying to solve her own case — and after almost two decades, her attacker confessed to the crime. [More]

California First-Grader Suspended for Writing in Her Own Yearbook

A seven-year-old California girl was suspended from school for a day after scratching out a picture and writing in a comment in her yearbook. [More]

DC party crashers get a cameo for 2nd state dinner

Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the party crashers from the Obama administration's first state dinner, managed to get themselves a cameo on the fringes of the second. [More]

Souder Mistress Resigns After Affair Revealed

A woman who worked with Indiana Rep. Mark Souder to prepare videos on the virtues of family values and abstinence has resigned after the Republican congressman acknowledged having an affair with her. [More]

Ex-NJ lawmaker is convicted in corruption probe

A former New Jersey lawmaker arrested in the state's largest corruption sting has been found guilty of accepting a bribe and attempted extortion. [More]

Rapping order at American Fork McDonald's not a crime

The trial of the century it was not. But Tuesday, 4th District Judge Thomas Low found Spenser Dauwalder, 18, not guilty of disorderly conduct for rapping his order at a McDonald's drive-through in American Fork last fall. [More]

Pa. Teen Sues School for Exposing Nude Pics on Confiscated Phone

A Pennsylvania school district that was at the center of a highly publicized "sexting" case was sued Thursday by a teenager who claims her principal confiscated her cell phone, found nude images she had taken of herself and turned it over to prosecutors. [More]

Hooters Waitress Says She Has Been Put on Weight Probation

Cassie Smith, who works at one of the chain's Michigan restaurants, says she has been put on "weight probation." She is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 132 pounds. [More]

Sex shop to give away "Pope condoms"

A Dutch sex shop will be giving away 2,000 "Pope condoms" this weekend in a dig at the Roman Catholic Church. [More]

Texas Bus Driver Shocked by Near-Miss With Baby in Road

A Texas bus driver told how he narrowly avoided plowing into a 14-month-old baby girl sitting half-naked in the middle of a busy road, as CCTV footage emerged of the nail-biting incident. [More]

School bus takes wrong students on field trip

Officials say a mix-up led a school bus driver in northern New Jersey to start to take students to an amusement park instead of school. [More]

Mo. auto dealer pleads guilty to aiding al-Qaida

Khalid Ouazzani had been a U.S. citizen for less than a year when the Kansas City auto parts dealer decided to take out a loan, saying he needed it for his business. [More]

Wednesday, May 19

Arizona Official Threatens to Cut Off Los Angeles Power as Payback for Boycott

If Los Angeles wants to boycott Arizona, it had better get used to reading by candlelight. Twenty-five percent of Los Angeles' electricity comes from Arizona power plants, and Arizona commissioner Gary Pierce threatened to pull the plug if the City Council does not reconsider its boycott. [More]

Jailers put witness and man he implicated in same cell

A witness in a murder case was beaten up after Hennepin County jailers mistakenly placed him in the same holding cell as the man he'd implicated. [More]

Wife of RFK Jr. charged in NY with drunken driving

The wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was charged with drunken driving after a police officer saw her run over a curb outside a suburban school, authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Napolitano criticizes Arizona law she hasn't read

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano admitted Monday that she has not read the controversial Arizona immigration law even though she's gone on television to criticize it, and continued to assert that it was "bad law enforcement law." [More]

Woman accidentally shot in butt at store

A gun brought to a Bass Pro Shops store in California for use on the shooting range accidentally discharged, shooting a woman in the buttocks, authorities said. [More]

Workers asked to return bonuses after 16 years

About 180 county employees in suburban Atlanta are being asked to return thousands of dollars the county says they were overpaid 16 years ago. [More]

New baby for Travolta after son's tragic death

Actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston announced on Tuesday they were expecting a new baby, just 17 months after the sudden death of their 16-year-old son Jett. [More]

Massachusetts Man Accused of Trying to Trade Baby for Beer

Authorities say a Massachusetts man offered to give his 3-month-old daughter to a maintenance man outside a gas station convenience store in exchange for a pair of 40-ounce beers. [More]

Judge tosses backyard smoking suit

An Albuquerque judge ruled against a couple whose lawsuit against a neighbor claimed her backyard smoking hurt their quality of life. [More]

Escaped woman hid in coffin to elude police

A Philadelphia woman facing charges in Juniata County hid in a coffin at a Mifflintown funeral home to avoid apprehension after escaping police custody May 13, according to documents filed Monday at Magisterial District Judge Barb Lyter's office. [More]

Piracy suspect pleads guilty in NY court to hijack

A Somali suspect who became the boyish face of 21st-century piracy by staging a brazen high-seas attack on a U.S.-flagged ship off the coast of Africa pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges he hijacked the ship and kidnapped its captain. [More]

Miss USA divides Muslim community in Michigan

Before she was Miss USA, and before she was Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih was a pretty good pole dancer. Fakih, who has become the first Arab American to win Miss USA, is dividing the Muslim community in her hometown of Dearborn. [More]

Journalist says she confessed in N. Korean prison

An American journalist who was imprisoned in North Korea for months after briefly crossing into the reclusive country while reporting on the sex trade said she told interrogators in a ploy for mercy that she was trying to overthrow the government. [More]

Lohan ordered to appear in court on Thursday

Lindsay Lohan has been ordered to attend a probation hearing on Thursday that could result in jail time for reportedly missing alcohol education classes imposed for a 2007 drunken driving case. [More]

Update: Lindsay Lohan will miss court date

Lindsay Lohan will not show up in court Thursday for a hearing to determine whether the actress-singer is complying with her probation sentence for a 2007 drunken driving conviction, Lohan's lawyer said. [More]

Tea party favorite Paul wins in Kentucky; Specter loses in Pennsylvania

Party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter fell to a younger and far less experienced rival in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, and political novice Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to a Republican rout in Kentucky on Tuesday, the latest jolts to the political establishment in a tumultuous midterm election season. [More]

Obama endorsements don't seem to help Democrats

The role of endorser in chief isn't working so well for President Barack Obama. [More]

Would Bloggers Have Cracked Chandra's Case?

A reporter who covered 24-year-old intern Chandra Levy's death looks at a new book about the case—and shares where the mainstream media went wrong. [More]

Pay what you want at Panera's new restaurant

Panera Bread Co. is asking customers at a new restaurant to pay what they want. The national bakery and restaurant chain launched a new nonprofit store here this week that has the same menu as its other 1,400 locations. But the prices are a little different — there aren't any. Customers are told to donate what they want for a meal, whether it's the full suggested price, a penny or $100. [More]

Campbell Brown leaving CNN

Campbell Brown said Tuesday that she's quitting her prime-time show on CNN primarily for one reason: Not enough people are watching her. [More]

Oprah Winfrey hires manager for personal fortune

U.S. television talk show host and media entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey has hired a prominent investor to manage her personal fortune. This is believed to be the first time Winfrey has established a full investment organization around her fortune, the journal said, estimating her net worth at $2.4 billion. [More]

Tuesday, May 18

Congressman Souder says he'll resign over affair

Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder announced Tuesday he would resign from Congress, effective Friday, because he had an affair with a staffer. [More]

Video shows police fired into Detroit home

Police who carried out a raid on a family home that left a 7-year-old girl dead over the weekend were accompanied by a camera crew for a reality television show, and an attorney says video of the siege contradicts the police account of what happened. [More]

Rev. Wright: 'Obama Threw Me Under the Bus'

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that he is "toxic" to the Obama administration and that the president "threw me under the bus." [More]

Waitress fired for griping about tip on Facebook

A North Carolina waitress is out of a job after griping on her Facebook page about the $5 tip she got from a couple who sat at their table for three hours. The waitress says the customers kept her at work an hour after she was supposed to clock out. [More]

Cost of Illegal Immigration Rising Rapidly in Arizona

Arizona’s illegal immigrant population is costing the state’s taxpayers even more than once thought - a whopping $2.7 billion, according to researchers at the public interest group that helped write the state's new immigration law. [More]

Federal oil drilling regulator quits amid criticism

The federal official overseeing offshore drilling announced his departure today in a fallout from the Gulf oil spill and criticism that federal regulators have been too cozy with industry. [More]

Prosecutor: Former Harvard student faked prestigious academic career

A former Harvard University student compiled world-class academic credentials - including perfect grades and two prestigious Harvard prizes - by fabricating his own history and plagiarizing others' work, according to a Massachusetts prosecutor. [More]

Court: 'Sexually dangerous' inmates can be held indefinitely

The high court in a 7-2 judgment reversed a lower court decision that said Congress overstepped its authority in allowing indefinite detentions of considered "sexually dangerous." [More]

People are happier, less stressed after age 50

Life looks a little rosier after 50, a new study finds. Older people in their mid- to late-50s are generally happier, and experience less stress and worry than young adults in their 20s, the researchers say. [More]

Puzzle piece missing after 7 years of work

A British man who spent 7 1/2 years working on a jigsaw puzzle said he finally completed the task but was unable to locate a missing piece. [More]

NYU staffer admits bilking school out of $409,000

A former New York University staffer has admitted bilking the school out of $409,000 in reimbursements for bogus expenses he backed up with receipts fished from a liquor store's garbage. [More]

Conn. Senate Hopeful Never Served in Vietnam

Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut attorney general and presumed favorite to replace retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), never served in Vietnam, despite frequent campaign trail references to his days serving in country during the Vietnam War. [More]

Monday, May 17

US court grants asylum to Obama's African aunt

A U.S. immigration court has granted asylum to President Barack Obama's African aunt, allowing her to stay in the country, her attorneys announced Monday. The basis for her asylum request was not made public. [More]

Toronto woman sues Rogers after her affair is exposed

A Toronto woman says the billing practices of Rogers Wireless Inc. led to her husband discovering her extramarital affair. Now the woman, whose husband walked out, is suing the communications giant for $600,000. [More]

Arab-American crowned 2010 Miss USA

Lebanese immigrant Rima Fakih says it was a certain look from Donald Trump that tipped her off that she had won the 2010 Miss USA title. [More]

Miss USA Rima Fakih stripping contest photos emerge

Rima Fakih was a big winner wayyyyy before she took the crown for Miss USA 2010 last night - the 24-year-old beauty queen is a former "Stripper 101" pole dancing champion. [More]

Arizonans Strike Back Against San Diego for Boycott

Arizona tourists are striking back against San Diego for its city council's decision to boycott the Grand Canyon State over its new immigration law. “It’s sad that people would cancel their plans to come here in reaction to that, but I still think we did the right thing,” school President Shelia Jackson told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Certainly, we know how important tourism is to San Diego, and it wasn’t my intent to impact San Diego's tourism trade.” [More]

Homeless men describe celebrity chef's alleged murder-for-hire plot

A former Food Network chef accused of a murder-for-hire plot was "very meticulous," but also "very cheap," according to one of the three homeless men involved. [More]

RI school district agrees to rehire fired teachers

A school district that gained the support of President Barack Obama for promoting accountability after it fired all its teachers from a struggling school announced on Sunday it had reached an agreement with the union to return the current staffers to their jobs. [More]

Vatican to court: Priests are not our employees

The Vatican on Monday will make its most detailed defense yet against claims that it is liable for U.S. bishops who allowed priests to molest children, saying bishops are not its employees and that a 1962 Vatican document did not require them to keep quiet, The Associated Press has learned. [More]

Dog blown off balcony survives fall

A dog survived going airborne in New York after a gust of wind blew him from an 11th-floor apartment terrace to a rooftop five stories below, his owner said [More]

Black Sabbath vocalist Dio dies

Heavy metal purist Ronnie James Dio, a powerful voice of the groups Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Dio, has died, his wife announced on his website. He was 67. [More]

Halle Berry impresses as stripper in "Frankie"

With Halle Berry cast in the role of a sex-crazed stripper, "Frankie & Alice" should entice male viewers but aesthetic-minded menfolk will grouse about Berry's cautious stripper costumes - it's set in the'70s - and its surprising lack of sizzle. Overall, "Frankie & Alice" is a well-wrought psychological drama that delves into the dark side of one woman's psyche. [More]

Ex-NY police commissioner to begin prison sentence

Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is expected to turn himself in Monday to begin a 48-month prison sentence. [More]

Federal inspections on rig not as claimed

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was operating safely before it exploded last month fell well short of its own policy that inspections be done at least once per month, an Associated Press investigation shows. [More]

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