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Friday, May 7

Teacher Sues Over Right to Flunk Her Students

Sheila Goudeau was up for teacher of the year but, the suit alleges, the school ordered that no student was to get a failing grade and that teachers were not to record any grade lower than a "D." [More]

Michigan Elementary School Principal Investigated for Blacks-Only Class Trip

An elementary school principal in Michigan is under investigation for authorizing a field trip last week for 30 black students to meet with an African-American rocket scientist. Students who are not black were excluded from the outing - a possible violation of a state law that bans racial favoritism in public schools. [More]

Chicago rail boss commits suicide by train

The chief executive of Chicago's commuter rail system, who was under investigation for paying himself a $56,000 bonus, committed suicide by stepping in front of a commuter train on Friday. [More]

TSA Worker Arrested After Jokes, Fight About Size of Genitalia

A TSA worker in Miami was arrested when he "lost his mind" and attacked a colleague who repeatedly made fun of his small penis after the security screener walked through a high-tech scanner that showed his genitalia, according to Miami-Dade police. [More]

Judge denies request to seal Casey Anthony records

The trial of an Orlando mother charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter will be a "battle of the experts" because of circumstantial evidence in the case, a judge said Thursday as he picked which specialists defense attorneys could hire with public funds. [More]

California Students Sent Home for Wearing U.S. Flags on Cinco de Mayo

Administrators at a California high school sent five students home on Wednesday after they refused to remove their American flag T-shirts and bandannas - garments the school officials deemed "incendiary" on Cinco de Mayo. [More]

Ex-NFL star Lawrence Taylor charged with rape of girl, 16

Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was charged Thursday with raping a 16-year-old runaway who police said was forced into prostitution by a man who had beaten her up. [More]

Officials: Lawrence Taylor admitted paying for sex

Disgraced gridiron great Lawrence Taylor admitted paying for sex at a suburban Holiday Inn where police say he raped a 16-year-old runaway, federal prosecutors said today in a criminal complaint against the girl's alleged pimp. [More]

Nutrisystem cuts ties with Taylor after rape charge

Nutrisystem, the weight loss company, said Friday that it has ended its relationship with Lawrence Taylor, the former New York Giants linebacker charged with rape. [More]

80-Year-Old Man Strangles Wife to Death From Wheel Chair

Rudi Adolph Koos, 80, admitted Wednesday to choking his 75-year-old wife to death because he suspected that she was having an affair. He committed the murder from his wheelchair. [More]

Louisville man going to prison for tattoo on tot

Whatever his reasoning, Lee M. Deitrick thought it wise to tattoo a toddler’s bottom. It wasn’t even his child. Now the 20-year-old Louisville man has learned his punishment. He was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. [More]

Bank robber failed to see cop behind her

Authorities in Ohio say a woman tried to rob a bank with a note and then attempted to eat it once she saw a uniformed officer in line behind her. [More]

Huge dome nears source of gushing US oil leak

Workers lowered a huge dome over an oil leak gushing from a sunken rig deep in the Gulf of Mexico Friday as energy giant BP raced to contain a slick beginning to lap an island off the US coast. [More]

100-year-old woman being evicted by niece

A 100-year-old Illinois woman whose bank agreed to halt foreclosure proceedings said she is now facing eviction at the hands of her niece. [More]

Sean Connery linked to Spanish money-laundering probe

Property once owned by Oscar-winning film star Sean Connery in the south of Spain is at the center of a money-laundering investigation, a court spokeswoman said Friday. [More]

Ex-inmate with bad gums can sue over no toothpaste

Prison can be tough on the gums. A former Michigan inmate who claims he was denied toothpaste for nearly a year can sue prison officials, citing his constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment, a federal appeals court said. [More]

Thursday, May 6

Doctor Nick: 'Chronic Constipation' killed Elvis

It has been widely reported that Elvis Presley died in 1977 from cardiac arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat, possibly brought on by drug dependency, obesity and a weak heart. But the music legend's longtime friend and physician, Dr. George “Nick” Nichopoulos, has put pen to paper for the first time and revealed his belief that it was chronic constipation that actually killed the King of Rock and Roll. [More]

Chinese drywall homes for sale draw some buyers

Showing up on real estate agents' listings these days: homes with caustic, smelly Chinese drywall. Also showing up: willing buyers. [More]

NYC bomb suspect did dry run days before

Days before the failed car bomb in Times Square, a Pakistani-American scouted the bustling district in the same vehicle and then, on a second trip, left a getaway car blocks from his chosen target, a law enforcement official has told The Associated Press. [More]

Klan leader pleads guilty to killing Okla. woman

The leader of a Ku Klux Klan group in Louisiana pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an Oklahoma woman — an erratic recruit who a witness said yelled "I want out" the day after her initiation. [More]

TV news employee in LA has $266M winning ticket

The big news for KNBC worker Jacki Wells Cisneros broke right inside her own newsroom - she and her husband won the $266 million Mega Millions jackpot. [More]

Va. lacrosse killing suspect seemed to have it all

Four years ago, George Huguely's prep school lacrosse coaches looked at him and found an easygoing prankster with a lighthearted attitude and the skills to earn him a spot on one of the country's top college programs. [More]

F-cup breasts aren’t big enough for Montag

Heidi Montag isn’t done having surgery, and Ryan Seacrest is to blame. That’s according to Spencer Pratt, who says that his wife, Montag, was happy with her newly enhanced F-cup breasts until a visit to Seacrest’s radio studio. [More]

Bret Michaels says hemorrhage felt like gunshot

Poison frontman Bret Michaels thought a burglar shot him in the back of the head when he suffered a brain hemorrhage last month that left him in intensive care for nearly two weeks. [More]

Estranged wife, children suing Wade's girlfriend

Adding to an already contentious divorce battle, Dwyane Wade's estranged wife has filed a lawsuit, claiming his relationship with actress Gabrielle Union is causing her and the star Miami Heat guard's two sons emotional distress. [More]

Joe the Plumber is elected to party office in Ohio

Joe the Plumber is plunging into party politics. Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher, who was hailed by Republican John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008, won one of nearly 400 seats on the local Republican Party committee in Ohio's Lucas County. [More]

Wednesday, May 5

How was bomb suspect able to board airliner?

The Times Square bomb suspect was on the federal no-fly list and under surveillance but still managed to get aboard a jetliner bound for the United Arab Emirates, sources said Tuesday. [More]

FBI ‘lost’ Times Square suspect Faisal Shahzad before flight

An FBI team tracking the man suspected of the failed Times Square car bomb attack lost him for crucial hours before he drove to John F. Kennedy airport and boarded a plane to Dubai, intelligence officials have admitted. [More]

Admiral Mullen Apologizes for Veterans Comment

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen has apologized to the Disabled American Veterans for a comment he made during an address to the Council on Foundations. During the April 26 address, Adm. Mullen said non-profit groups, and not government, should take care of veterans. [More]

3 dead in fire at Greek bank during Athens riots

Three people died when an Athens bank went up in flames Wednesday as tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets to protest harsh spending cuts aimed at saving the country from bankruptcy. [More]

Woman in Target stabbing lost custody of child

A woman accused of stabbing four people at a Target store had mental health issues that worsened after she lost custody of her child, a relative said Tuesday. [More]

Fla. GOP wants money back for Crist art

The Republican Party of Florida made good on its promise to auction an oil painting of Gov. Charlie Crist, now running for the U.S. Senate as an independent. [More]

`Seinfeld' actress is tickled by Walk of Fame typo

They misspelled Julia Louis-Dreyfus' name on her Hollywood Walk of Fame star, but the Emmy-winning star of "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" seemed tickled by the typo. [More]

Producer: Lohan to star in movie about porn star

Lindsay Lohan has landed the lead role in an independent movie about 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace, one of the film's producers said. [More]

3 Dead As Greek Economy Protests Turn Violent

At least three people have been killed in the Greek capital after protesters set fire to a bank during the second straight day of angry demonstrations against belt-tightening measures the government hopes can save the country from bankruptcy. [More]

Maryland Funeral Home Closed After 40 Bodies Found in Garage

A Maryland board has suspended the license of a Riverdale funeral home after an inspector found what seemed to be 40 bodies in body bags in its garage. [More]

Accused killer says he killed Ohio couple in '77

A man who wrote about his life as a career criminal in his autobiography has confessed to a 33-year-old double homicide, authorities in Ohio said Tuesday. [More]

3 charged in fatal stabbing, torching of man left in trash bin

He had been stabbed in the neck, then beaten, then stabbed again and stuffed into a duffle bag. Still, the man was alive until his attackers set him on fire. [More]

Tuesday, May 4

South Carolina Sheriff Accused of Dealing Drugs From Police SUV

A South Carolina sheriff dealt drugs from his police SUV and when state and federal agents gave him a list of possible drug dealers in his county, he immediately started calling to tip them off or extort money to get them off the list, according to the FBI. [More]

Police seek bank robber who handed out $100 bills

Police in Columbus are looking for a man they say robbed a bank near downtown, then handed two $100 bills to passers-by as he ran away. [More]

Uchitel 'threatens Boreanaz' over affair

Tiger Woods’s first mistress Rachel Uchitel is reportedly threatening to go public with claims she had an affair with married Bones star David Boreanaz. The report named Uchitel’s lawyer as Gloria Allred, the same woman who helped Uchitel secure a multi-million-dollar payout from Woods. [More]

Knife-wielding woman stabs 4 in West Hollywood Target store

Authorities say Layla Trawick, 34, entered the store and attacked shoppers with a butcher knife and a steak knife. An off-duty L.A. County sheriff's deputy and store security guards apprehended her. [More]

Grandmother Arrested After Slapping Granddaughter for Cursing at Her

Theresa Collier, a 73-year-old grandmother, was arrested last week for slapping her 18-year-old granddaughter who was swearing at her. [More]

Wine seller sues "Hell's Kitchen" star for skipping bill

A U.S. wine merchant went beyond just cursing Gordon Ramsay on Monday and filed a lawsuit against the television celebrity chef who is known as much for his command of swear words as he is for his sauces. [More]

Parents don’t think own teens are having sex

Many parents don't think their kids are interested in sex, but believe that everyone else's kids are, a new study reveals. [More]

U.S. arrests Pakistani-American over failed car bomb

A Pakistani-American man has been arrested for driving a failed car bomb into New York's Times Square last Saturday as investigators continue to pursue leads, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday. [More]

Ex-con Traficant to run for old Ohio House seat

James A. Traficant Jr., who served nearly two decades in Congress and seven years in prison for corruption, filed petitions Monday to run as an independent in his northeast Ohio home turf. [More]

Monday, May 3

Personal assistant gets 27 to life in celebrity realtor's murder

The personal assistant to "realtor to the stars" Linda Stein was sentenced Monday to 27 years to life in prison for stealing from Stein and beating her to death in her Park Avenue apartment. [More]

Militia Members Can Leave Jail Until Trial

A judge says nine members of a Michigan-based militia accused of trying to plot war against the government can be released from jail until trial. [More]

Airlines made $7.8 billion from fees last year

The government on Monday confirmed what many travelers already suspected: U.S. airlines made a lot more money in fees last year. [More]

Actress Lynn Redgrave dies at 67

Lynn Redgrave, an introspective and independent player in her family's acting dynasty who became a 1960s sensation as the unconventional title character of "Georgy Girl" and later dramatized her troubled past in such one-woman stage performances as "Shakespeare for My Father" and "Nightingale," has died. [More]

Mobster's grandson uses Gotti name in music career

The grandson of mobster "Dapper Don" John Gotti is launching a music career and says his album will include a tribute to the late Gambino crime family head. [More]

College Coed Shot for Refusing to Give Man Her Phone Number

A Washington, D.C., college student claims she was shot by a man for refusing to give him her phone number. [More]

Man drank while waiting for sobriety test

Authorities say a Central Florida man took one last swig of alcohol while waiting to take a sobriety test. [More]

3 arrests in death of ‘Tonight Show’ magician

Police have arrested three people on suspicion of killing a young magician known as "El Magnifico" who has performed on "The Tonight Show." [More]

Who knew bankruptcy paid so well?

The lawyers, accountants and restructuring experts overseeing the remains of Lehman Brothers have already racked up more than US$730 million in fees and expenses, with no end in sight. Anyone wondering why total fees doled out in the Lehman bankruptcy alone could easily touch the US$1-billion mark merely has to look at the bills buried among the blizzard of court documents filed in the case. [More]

California immigrants' rights march ends in vandalism

Several businesses were damaged after what started as a peaceful immigrants' rights march in downtown Santa Cruz turned violent, requiring police to call other agencies for help, authorities said. Eighteen businesses were damaged, with the cost of repairs estimated at between $50,000 and $100,000. [More]

NYC cop convicted in YouTube case

Patrick Pogan was only four days out of the police academy when he reportedly knocked a Critical Mass rider off his bike in Times Square. Pogan said that Christopher Long was heading right at him, but someone recorded the incident and posted the video to YouTube. Pogan has now been convicted of lying. [More]

Man asks judge for bathroom break, escapes from rape trial

The rape trial of John Jerome Speights Jr., accused of fathering a child with a 13-year-old relative, lasted merely a day. [More]

A Supreme Court without Protestants?

For most of American history, a Supreme Court with no Protestant Christian judges would have been unthinkable. Nearly three quarters of all justices who've ever served on the nation's high court have been Protestant. And roughly half of all Americans identify themselves as Protestant today. [More]

How Sandra Bullock kept a baby a secret

Sandra Bullock has Oscar-winning talent, but it took more than just being a good actress to keep the adoption of her infant son private for months - especially when the paparazzi started swarming following allegations of marital discord. [More]

Man wants to go barefoot in Ohio Statehouse

A man is battling the Ohio Statehouse over the right to bare feet. Bob Neinast said his feet hurt when he wears shoes, so he goes barefoot nearly everywhere, even in winter. The man from the Columbus suburb of Pickerington calls it a healthy lifestyle that makes him feel closer to places he visits. [More]

O'Brien: I wouldn't have done what Jay Leno did

In his first post-"Tonight" show interview, Conan O'Brien said that if he had been in Jay Leno's shoes, he would not have taken back the show less than a year after publicly handing it off to someone else. [More]

Letterman's production company forms record label

David Letterman is getting into the music business. His production company, Worldwide Pants Inc., has formed its own record label and it already has its first act. [More]

US Army captain becomes king in Afghanistan

In the U.S. Army, Casey Thoreen is just a 30-year-old captain. Around here, he's known as the "King of Maiwand" district — testimony to the fact that without the young captain and a fat international wallet, local government here as in much of the insurgency-ravaged south could not function at all. [More]

UAL, Continental to form world's largest airline

UAL Corp, parent of United Airlines, will buy Continental Airlines Inc for $3.2 billion, in a deal that forms the world's largest airline, the two carriers said on Monday. [More]

Buffett’s age again issue at Berkshire meeting

Few chief executives are as synonymous with their companies or have achieved the kind of cult status that the 79-year-old Buffett has built in the 45 years he has run Berkshire. [More]

Sunday, May 2

Prince Charles' charity shut down amid fraud probe

A British charity promoting homeopathy that was founded by Prince Charles says it is shutting down, days after police arrested a former official for alleged fraud and money laundering. [More]

Stripper in judge scandal to plead guilty to fraud

A stripper whose accusations brought down a state judge will plead guilty to federal bank fraud, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court. [More]

17 illegals caught in search for Arizona deputy's attackers

Authorities searching for drug smugglers who shot and wounded an Arizona sheriff's deputy in the desert south of Phoenix said they captured 17 suspected illegal immigrants Saturday, including three who may have been involved in the incident. [More]

After immigration law, Arizona faces boycott calls

Civil rights leaders are urging organizations to cancel their conventions in Arizona. Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks are encountering protesters on the road. And the AriZona iced tea company wants everyone to know that its drinks are made in New York. [More]

Obama takes immigration reform off agenda

Immigration reform has become the first of President Barack Obama's major priorities dropped from the agenda of an election-year Congress facing voter disillusionment. Sounding the death knell was Obama himself. [More]

Lawyers flock to Gulf for spill lawsuits

Teams of lawyers from around the nation are mobilizing for a gargantuan legal battle over the massive Gulf Coast oil spill, filing multiple lawsuits in recent days that together could dwarf the half-billion dollars awarded in the Exxon Valdez disaster two decades ago. [More]

Letterman putting life back together after scandal

David Letterman says the scandal surrounding his workplace dalliances initially "knocked him down" and left him depressed, but that now he's putting the pieces of his life back together. [More]

Kennedy cousin Skakel's appeal to challenge lawyer

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel turned to attorney Mickey Sherman more than a decade ago to defend him against a murder that had haunted his wealthy family for a quarter-century. Now Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, is turning against Sherman, saying the media-savvy attorney blew the trial. [More]

Hunch Derby bet pays big-time dividend for fan

Glen Fullerton's bet on Calvin Borel paid off big-time. The racing fan won $900,000 Saturday when Borel guided Super Saver to victory in the Kentucky Derby. [More]

Tourism firm to offer space rides for $102,000

An American space tourism company that arranges multimillion-dollar treks to the International Space Station for the ultra-wealthy has struck a new deal to offer suborbital spaceflights for nearly half the going cost. The price is still steep, though: $102,000 for the works. [More]

Splitsville for Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry and French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry have decided to end their five-year romance but will remain on good terms for the sake of their two-year-old daughter Nahla. [More]

Jury deadlocks in beauty queen slaying

The second trial in the death of a 19-year-old Arkansas beauty queen ended Saturday with a mistrial after jurors deadlocked. [More]

Saturday, May 1

Catherine Bach's husband dies in apparent suicide

A successful entertainment attorney who was married to "The Dukes of Hazzard" actress Catherine Bach was found dead in an apparent suicide Friday, coroners officials said. [More]

Arizona deputy shot; illegal immigrants suspected

Law officers backed by helicopters hunted gunmen in Arizona's desert early Saturday after a sheriff's deputy was wounded by suspected marijuana smugglers, officials said. The violent episode came amid nationwide debate over the state's tough new immigration law. [More]

Mom turns in son for stealing drugs from her bra

A Memphis woman called police after she found her son stealing her prescription sedatives from her bra. The Commercial Appeal reported that police found a 28-year-old man hiding under a neighbor's sport utility vehicle Wednesday morning. [More]

Man guilty on 2 counts in Palin hacking case

The son of a Democratic Tennessee lawmaker was convicted Friday on two charges in the hacking of Sarah Palin's e-mail account while she campaigned on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008. [More]

Tiger suffers worst round in more than 7 years

In a shocking meltdown Friday at the Quail Hollow Championship, Tiger Woods missed the cut for only the sixth time in his career with a performance that was incomparable for all the wrong reasons. [More]

Dallas man accused of taking foot from corpse in cemetery

Daniel Wayne Staley is fascinated by death – so much so, police say, that he dug up a grave and used a hatchet to cut off the foot of a corpse in a private Jewish cemetery in Pleasant Grove. [More]

Suicidal College Student Causes NYC Subway Terror Scare

A suicidal college student who carried highly toxic sodium cyanide into a subway tunnel caused a brief terrorism scare early Friday, police said. [More]

Friday, April 30

Teen admits spiking mom's coffee with antifreeze

An Illinois teenager admitted Wednesday he put antifreeze in his mother's coffee maker. Michael Tangney Jr., 18, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. [More]

Trainer killed by whale momentarily freed herself in struggle

The SeaWorld trainer killed by a whale in February fought to free herself from the animal after he caught her hair, a sheriff's report said. [More]

Police tell parents son is dead — but he's not

Police told a family that their youngest son had been killed in a car crash with a tractor-trailer. It took 90 minutes for the parents to realize their son hadn't been in the car at all — and was at home, asleep. [More]

Bulldozer punches hole in wrong house

A Texas woman said a demolition crew went to the wrong side of the street and punched a hole in her house with a bulldozer. [More]

German hotel hits back at Laura Bush 'poison' theory

A German hotel where then US President George W. Bush stayed in 2007 angrily rejected Thursday claims by his wife Laura Bush of possible poisoning, accusing her of a publicity stunt for her memoirs. [More]

'Andy Griffith Show' actress robbed in 'Mayberry'

The actress who played Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show" was robbed in the town that inspired the show's idyllic Mayberry setting, after moving to the area to avoid big city crime. [More]

Oklahoma's ex-governor, wife robbed at gunpoint

The former governor of Oklahoma and his wife were robbed at gunpoint in the driveway of their northwest Oklahoma City home, officials said Thursday. [More]

Lawmakers propose 'fix' to court ruling on ads

A Supreme Court ruling famously skewered by President Barack Obama at his State of the Union address may be heading to the legislative operating table. [More]

Democrats unveil immigration reform plan

Senate Democratic leaders unveiled on Thursday a "framework" for overhauling the country's "broken" immigration system as protests mounted against Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. [More]

Man backs car through parking tower wall

A 67-year-old Oklahoma man had quite a fright after backing his car at high speed through a seventh-floor exterior wall of a parking garage. [More]

4.89-carat diamond found at Ark. park

A Missouri man said he discovered a 4.89-carat diamond at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park. [More]

Teen gets 40 years for killing Border Patrol agent

A 17-year-old Mexican was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for murdering a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was lured from his vehicle during an attempted robbery and shot repeatedly in the head. [More]

Restaurants' table turnover tricks boost business

Next time you find yourself at a boisterous bistro shouting at your dinner companions over the plat du jour, it might be the result of a restaurant up-sell. [More]

Thursday, April 29

Dolphins GM apologizes for question to Dez Bryant

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will "take appropriate actions if necessary" against general manager Jeff Ireland for asking former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant whether his mother was ever a prostitute. [More]

Police say Texan decapitated wife with chain saw

Police searched Wednesday for a Texas man authorities say used two chain saws to decapitate his wife before leaving her body in the street near their suburban Dallas home. [More]

Crash blamed on vomiting dog

Investigators said a Minnesota man who crashed his car into a utility pole told police he lost control of the vehicle when his dog vomited on him. [More]

Barber gets life for burning homeless man to death

A former barber was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for murdering a mentally ill homeless man by splashing him with gasoline and setting him ablaze to settle a grudge. [More]

NY wants man who spread HIV locked up indefinitely

A sex offender who infected at least 13 women with the AIDS virus should be locked up indefinitely under a civil law meant to keep the most dangerous offenders out of communities even after they complete prison sentences, the state said Wednesday. [More]

Ohio Man Gets 17 Years for Leaving 2 Kids in Trash

A U.S. man who left an infant and a toddler in a plastic trash bin on a hot July day has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. [More]

Edwards' mistress tells Winfrey he told reporter about affair before wife

John Edwards' mistress said the former presidential candidate's wife didn't know about the full extent of their relationship until after he gave an interview to ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff admitting the affair. [More]

Woman bites man after being called fat

Police say a 24-year-old man is missing a chunk of his right ear that was bitten off by a woman who didn't like being called "fat." Police spokeswoman Katie Flood said officers were called to a Lincoln hospital around 3:25 a.m. Wednesday to talk to the injured man. [More]

China stripped of 2000 Olympic bronze

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday stripped China of a bronze medal in the women's team event at the 2000 Olympic Games after finding one of the team's athletes was underage. [More]

Randy Quaid's wife makes plea deal in hotel case

Felony fraud charges against actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, were dropped Wednesday after she accepted a deal on a misdemeanor offense, a California prosecutor said. [More]

Supervisors ban toys with fast-food meals

Hoping again to be a pioneer in promoting healthier eating, Santa Clara County supervisors on Tuesday approved the nation's first ordinance that would prevent restaurants from using toys to lure kids to meals high in fat, sugar and calories. [More]

NTSB: Pilot of plane had mere seconds to see rising helicopter

The pilot of a small plane that collided with a sightseeing helicopter over New York's Hudson River last summer had scant seconds to see the helicopter as it rose to his altitude, but the plane pilot apparently attempted evasive action immediately before the collision, NTSB documents released Wednesday show. [More]

Wednesday, April 28

Bullock says she's divorcing James, adopting baby

Sandra Bullock has filed for divorce from her husband, Jesse James, and is adopting a baby boy as a single parent. [More]

Ex-CIA official facing sex charge arrested in Va.

A former CIA station chief awaiting trial for the alleged sexual assault of an unconscious woman in Algiers has been arrested in Norfolk after failing to appear at a court hearing, city and federal authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Ex-hospital chief pleads not guilty in molest case

The former head of one of California's largest state mental hospitals reiterated his not guilty plea Tuesday to charges of molesting his adopted son over more than a decade. [More]

Police say man wrapped in toilet paper robs store

A man who concealed his face by wrapping his head with toilet paper robbed a Lincoln convenience store. [More]

Prosecutors defend Gizmodo search in iPhone probe

San Mateo County prosecutors are defending the search of a Gizmodo.com editor's home and seizure of his computers that are part of a criminal investigation into an iPhone prototype lost by an Apple employee. [More]

Australian officials apologize over Banksy blunder

Australian officials apologized Wednesday after cleaners scrubbed graffiti by famed British street artist Banksy from a city wall. [More]

'Seinfeld' actor Alexander strikes bicyclist in LA

Police say "Seinfeld" actor Jason Alexander won't be cited after striking a 14-year-old bicyclist while driving in Los Angeles. [More]

Women: Pets listen better than husbands

A third of pet-owning married women said their pets are better listeners than their husbands, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll released today. [More]

Major Arizona drug smuggling ring broken up

Authorities say they've broken up a drug trafficking ring that brought at least 40,000 pounds of marijuana into southern Arizona from Mexico. [More]

69 illegal immigrants found at AZ drop house

Federal authorities say 69 suspected illegal immigrants, including two children and an infant, have been rescued from a drop house in Phoenix. [More]

Arizona pushes Congress to political minefield

Backed into a corner by Arizona's tough new immigration law, Democrats and Republicans alike find themselves grappling with a volatile issue neither party wanted to fight over just before important midterm congressional elections. [More]

Man steals electricity with meat hook

German police are investigating a man for theft after he siphoned electricity off a high-voltage overhead transmission line for one month with the help of an ordinary meat hook, authorities said on Tuesday. [More]

Man guilty of stabbing woman who took in family

A Massachusetts man charged with murder for stabbing to death a woman sheltering his girlfriend and their four children has been convicted of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. [More]

Etiquette expert Elizabeth Post dies

Elizabeth Post, an etiquette expert known for writing books and magazine columns on manners, has died. She was 89. [More]

Girl Survives After Being Stung by 'Killer' Box Jellyfish

A 10-year-old girl who survived being stung by the world's most venomous creature — the deadly box jellyfish — may have rewritten medical history, an expert has said. [More]

Noah's Ark Re-Rediscovered

A Chinese Christian filmmaker claims to have found the final resting place of Noah's Ark on Turkey's Mount Ararat. Yeung Wing-Cheung says he and a team from Noah's Ark Ministries found the remains of the Ark at an elevation of about 12,000 feet (3,658 meters). They filmed inside the structure and took wood samples that were later analyzed in Iran. He claims the wood was carbon-dated to around the reputed time of Noah's flood, which would be remarkable since organic material should have long since disintegrated in the last 5,000 years. [More]

World's 50 best restaurants list released

The No. 1 spot goes to Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. The restaurant, helmed by chef René Redzepi, ranked No. 3 in 2009. The Guardian newspaper's restaurant critic Jay Rayner -- better known to U.S. food fans as a judge on "Top Chef Masters" -- agrees with the judges' decision. [More]

Tuesday, April 27

Florida man accused of raping 10-year-old in Jacuzzi

A Wildwood man is charged with raping a 10-year-old girl, after Sumter County authorities accused him of attacking the girl while the two of them were in his Jacuzzi. Investigators say the suspect claims his "alter ego" was responsible for the attack. [More]

Homeless good Samaritan left to die on NYC street

The homeless man lay face down, unmoving, on the sidewalk outside an apartment building, blood from knife wounds pooling underneath his body. One person passed by in the early morning. Then another, and another. [More]

Man arrested with shotgun in pants

Police in North Carolina said they arrested a man who was stopped with a sawed-off shotgun concealed inside the front of his pants. [More]

German supplier takes steaks from diners' plates

A German meat supplier has found a novel solution to unpaid bills: repossessing the steaks right off diners' plates. Police in Aachen said Thursday that a dispute over money ended with the man grabbing his wares off the plates of some 20 bemused guests at a restaurant in the western city. [More]

Federal inaction blamed in immigration debate

On the grounds of the capitol, in a state that only days earlier had adopted the nation's strictest anti-immigration law, the two sides of an angry debate are united on one thing: They blame Washington. [More]

Remains ID'd as woman who left club with sex offender

Remains found in Pennsylvania have been identified as those of a woman who disappeared in New York in 2008 after leaving a Manhattan nightclub in the company of a convicted sex offender, authorities said Monday. [More]

Colorado man pleads guilty in 13-year-old's death

A Colorado man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a 13-year-old girl Monday then professed his unending love for the slain middle school student and tried leading her family in prayer. [More]

Police seize Gizmodo's computers over iPhone prototype

Police broke into a blogger's home in search of photographs of a prototype Apple iPhone and other material, launching a felony investigation, gadget site Gizmodo and prosecutors said on Monday. [More]

Police: Burglar chose wrong shaft

A man accused of breaking into a Florida smoke shop told police he was trying to burglarize a liquor store but crawled into the wrong air conditioning shaft. [More]

Driver drank beer while talking to police

Police in Florida said a 68-year-old man who refused a field sobriety test after being involved in a car crash drank a beer while talking to troopers. [More]

Hugh Hefner Saves the Hollywood Sign

Hugh Hefner just pulled a rabbit out of his hat to save Hollywood – the iconic sign, that is. [More]

Ex-FBI agent gets 30 years for drug house plot

A former FBI agent who was convicted of plotting to rob a Southern California drug house with a machine gun has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. [More]

4 bad habits can age you by 12 years

Four common bad habits combined — smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet — can age you by 12 years, sobering new research suggests. [More]

Climate Scientist, Heated Up Over Satirical Video, Threatens Lawsuit

The Penn State climate professor who has silently endured investigations, hostile questioning, legislative probes and attacks by colleagues has finally spoken out. He says he'll sue the makers of a satirical video that's a hit on You Tube. [More]

Golden Globe couldn't save Randy Quaid from the clinker

Apparently, Randy Quaid confused his Golden Globe statuette with a Get Out of Jail Free Card in the past when confronting felony charges that he and his wife, Evi, dodged paying a $10,000 hotel bill last year. [More]

Could Cleaner Air Actually Intensify Global Warming?

As much of the world marked Earth Day this past week, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that air pollution has declined dramatically over the past 20 years. It sounds like good news, but science writer Eli Kintisch argues that there's a surprising downside: Cleaner air might actually intensify global warming. [More]

Woman gets 9 months for rat extortion

A Wisconsin woman who planted a rat in her food at a restaurant and demanded $500,000 to keep quiet was sentenced to nine months in jail. [More]

Man attacked for not holding door

Boston police said two women attacked a man with their fists, feet, purses and a plate of pasta because he neglected to hold an elevator door for them. [More]

Spitzer film recalls glory days, bares enemies

Eliot Spitzer left a lot of enemies in his wake as the "The Sheriff of Wall Street" and some still have not forgiven the former state attorney general, who resigned in 2008 as governor of New York in a prostitution scandal. [More]

Former colleague kills Yale doctor at home

A doctor was charged Monday with fatally shooting a Yale University doctor and firing at the victim's pregnant wife after a history of confrontations with the victim and other colleagues that led to his dismissal from a New York hospital. [More]

Monday, April 26

New Arizona law forcing hard choices on migrants

With Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants looming, Guatemalan Samuel Roldan is swapping the family's battered Chevy Suburban, which he feels marks them out as low-income migrants, for a smarter, more corporate-looking Nissan. [More]

Judge orders Randy Quaid, wife jailed

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, were booked into the Santa Barbara County, California, jail Monday after they showed up for a hearing on accusations that they defrauded an innkeeper and failed to pay a hotel bill. [More]

Pa. man charged with killing wife in fight over TV

Police say a Pennsylvania man killed his wife and set their house on fire after the two argued over him staying up late to watch a hockey playoff game on TV that went into triple overtime. [More]

Woman charged with killing daughter

A Hollywood woman has been charged with strangling and suffocating her 3-year-old daughter. [More]

Lawmakers: Military could quell Chicago violence

Two Illinois lawmakers say violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the National Guard must be called in to help. [More]

Tax evader who blamed Holocaust gets 10 months

A tax evader was sentenced Friday to 10 months in federal prison after claiming his Jewish parents' experience fleeing the Nazi Holocaust drove him to compulsively hide more than $10 million in secret accounts at Swiss bank UBS AG and other offshore tax havens. [More]

Woman says she was told Caylee Anthony's death was an accident

An acquaintance of the father of a Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old toddler told investigators that she was told the little girl's death was an accident. [More]

67 Illegal Immigrants Found Crammed in U-Haul Truck

Sixty-seven illegal immigrants were found crammed inside a U-Haul truck near Elfrida, Ariz. about 20 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border after deputies spotted it driving erratically. [More]

Bailout cost may total just $87 billion

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is telling Congress that the administration believes the final cost of the government's heavily criticized financial bailout effort could be as low as $87 billion. [More]

Condemned Utah killer will face firing squad

Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad in June after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate's request for the method, renewing a debate over what critics see as an antiquated, Old West-style of justice. [More]

Hasselhoff's ex wife sentenced to jail in DUI case

David Hasselhoff's ex-wife has been sentenced to jail after pleading no contest to a drunken driving charge. [More]

Alaska dog honored for leading troopers to fire

Buddy the German shepherd was hailed Friday as a hero for guiding Alaska State Troopers through winding back roads to a fire at his owners' workshop. [More]

Man invades home, says he's at wrong house

Police said a man entered the bedroom of a home while the residents were asleep, woke them up and showed them a handgun, then left without incident after saying he had the wrong house. [More]

SEC's Inspector General to Investigate Timing of Suit Against Goldman Sachs

Rep. Darrell Issa and eight other Republicans penned a letter last week to Inspector General David Kotz asking whether politics have "unduly influenced" the decision to file the complaint. [More]

Sunday, April 25

Arizona's Immigration Fight Fueled by Anger and Fear

Arizona has gone on the attack, coming up with the most sweeping and harshest anti-illegal immigration legislation in the land, giving state officials new powers to stop and arrest people they suspect are undocumented immigrants. Or to put it crudely, it's now open season on Latinos in Arizona. [More]

Ill-timed potty break lands suspect in jail

An alleged ill-timed potty break has landed a man accused of robbing a Suffolk convenience store behind bars. Police said 43-year-old Sean Almond was found urinating behind a Kangaroo Mart minutes after a clerk reported the store had been robbed Thursday night. Police said Almond was carrying the stolen cash. [More]

Detroit strip club employed 14-year-old

The manager of a Detroit strip club was charged after authorities learned a 14-year-old girl was employed as a topless dancer, making several hundred dollars a night, authorities said Friday. [More]

UK apologizes to Vatican over Pope visit jokes

Britain's Foreign Office issued a hasty apology Sunday to Pope Benedict XVI after publication of an internal memo in which officials joked he could open an abortion clinic, launch a range of condoms or sing a duet with Queen Elizabeth II during a four-day visit in September. [More]

Don’t talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

The aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact. Hawking said: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.” [More]

Zoo 'drops' Steelers' Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, suspended for off-field behavior, has been "dropped" from a spot at the Pittsburgh zoo, officials said. [More]

Man suspected of stealing dozens of fire hydrants

A Riverside County man was arrested for allegedly stealing dozens of fire hydrants to sell for scrap. The man, 45, was arrested Wednesday and remained jailed on Friday. Authorities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties say they suspect the man stole 45 hydrants. [More]

Be it ever not so humble — billionaires’ homes

Warren Buffett epitomizes living modestly in today's tough economic climate. Despite a $47 billion fortune, the legendary investor — and the world's third-richest man — lives in the same five-bedroom, gray stucco house he bought in Omaha, Neb.’s Happy Hollow suburb in 1958 for $31,500. [More]

Sandwich-board job hunter finds work after 2 years

When laid-off toy company executive Paul Nawrocki hit the streets of Manhattan wearing a sandwich board and handing out his resume, he became the face of the recession. [More]

N. Dakota twin sisters ask twin brothers to prom

A pair of identical North Dakota twin sisters are hoping to double their fun at their high school prom. [More]

Airlines: passengers should give seats to stranded

Airlines appealed to passengers to give up their seats to stranded travelers Saturday, as carriers across Europe attempted to clear a backlog of thousands of tourists grounded by the ash cloud spewed from Iceland's volcano. [More]

Saturday, April 24

Police arrest woman suspected of urinating on clothes at Walmart

Police have found and arrested a woman suspected of urinating on clothes at a Walmart store in Cape Coral. [More]

No thongs for swimmers in 'Mayberry with a beach'

A North Carolina town that the mayor called "Mayberry with a beach" has banned swimmers from wearing thongs. [More]

Hoff: I'm Just Like Bogart

Recovering alcoholic David Hasselhoff moaned that getting drunk used to be "normal" in Hollywood's golden era. [More]

Archie Comics introduces first gay character

Riverdale High is getting its first gay character. Archie Comics announced Thursday that in an issue out Sept. 1, the long-running comic will introduce its first "openly gay" character, Kevin Keller. [More]

At hacking trial, Palin calls for 'consequences'

Sarah Palin testified Friday against a 22-year-old man accused of hacking into her e-mail account, saying later it's up to the judge to decide whether he should serve prison time if convicted. [More]

Passenger held after trying to open plane’s door

A Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Florida was diverted to Albuquerque early Friday after a passenger sprayed the first-class cabin with a water bottle, tried to open a cabin door and threatened to blow up the aircraft. [More]

Lawsuit: Fla. Hotel Agreed to Guests' Racist Requests

The five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Fla., boasts on its website that it offers 'impeccable service.' Now the glitzy hotel has been accused of being too eager to please, after it allegedly kowtowed to its guests' racist demands. According to a lawsuit filed by hotel waiter Wadner Tranchant, 40, the Ritz-Carlton honored a British family's request not to be served by 'people of color' or with 'foreign accents.' [More]

11 Somalis appear in US court on piracy charges

Eleven suspected Somali pirates accused in separate attacks on two Navy ships off the coast of Africa were indicted in U.S. federal court Friday. [More]

Sandra Bullock will return her Razzie

Sandra Bullock was recently asked to return the Razzie she picked up for her rather ignominious turn in "All About Steve." [More]

Pregnant woman charged with stabbing 3 in RI

A Boston woman who's eight months pregnant is accused of stabbing three people in Providence, R.I. [More]

Arrest made after blow dart spree

A 41-year-old Plover woman is in Portage County Jail after a blow darting spree in downtown Stevens Point Wednesday night. [More]

Friday, April 23

Several top SEC staffers surfed porn sites as economy teetered

Several senior staffers at the Security and Exchange Commission were spending hours a day surfing pornographic Web sites on office computers while the nation's economic crisis unfolded, the Associated Press reports. [More]

Toothless Checkout Clerk Wins $258 Million Powerball Jackpot

A Missouri man who won a $258 million Powerball jackpot and plans to use some of the money to pay bills and take his children to Disney World says he hasn't decided yet if he'll quit his job at the convenience store where he bought the winning ticket. [More]

'South Park' producers say network cut fear speech

Producers of "South Park" said Thursday that Comedy Central removed a speech about intimidation and fear from their show after a radical Muslim group warned that they could be killed for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. [More]

Actor Files $50M Lawsuit Against Academy of Motion Pictures For False Imprisonment

Actor Michael Avmen filed a $50 million lawsuit against The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for illegal false imprisonment and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. [More]

'Major oil spill' as rig sinks off US coast

A blazing oil rig has sunk into the Gulf of Mexico, sparking fears of an environmental disaster two days after a massive blast that left 11 workers missing. [More]

Ohio mom, mystery man found in Miami Beach

A southwestern Ohio mother who went missing over the weekend while on a shopping trip has been found in Florida, police said Thursday. [More]

Woman cleared of airport battery

A California woman accused of hitting an airport security worker during a dispute involving applesauce was cleared of charges by a judge. [More]

Police find suspect neck-deep in liquid manure pit

Police said that officers searching for a man wanted on methamphetamine charges found him hiding neck-deep in a liquid manure pit at a northeastern Indiana farm. Noble County sheriff's deputies thought they'd lost the man until an officer spotted him in the tank beneath an outbuilding floor on the farm near Albion. [More]

Cruise Passengers Injured in Ship-Tip Incident

Sixty passengers aboard a Carnival cruise ship sustained minor injuries when the boat leaned suddenly as it dodged a large buoy submerged in the waters off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. [More]

Man targets neighbor with orgy ad

A Connecticut man is due in court on charges that he targeted his neighbor in an online advertisement that invited strangers to a rowdy orgy with a soccer mom. [More]

Pa. worker gets 7 years in teen's starvation death

A child services contractor has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison in a case linked to the starvation death of a disabled 14-year-old Philadelphia girl. [More]

Pope accepts resignation of third Irish bishop

Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Bishop James Moriarty, the Vatican said Thursday, bringing to three the number of Irish bishops who have stepped down due to the sexual abuse crisis. [More]

Polanski absentia bid denied by California court

A California appeals court has quashed a bid by Roman Polanski to be tried in absentia for his child sex case, clearing the way for the director to be extradited back to the United States. [More]

Tanning bed tax worries beleaguered industry

It's prime season for tanning beds, when proms and spring beach vacations prompt young women to pack indoor salons in search of bronze skin to go with their new bikinis. [More]

Md. homeless man sent to jail in plane theft

A homeless man has been sentenced to nine months in jail for stealing and wrecking a single-engine airplane at a Maryland airport. [More]

Thursday, April 22

Federal Air Marshal Charged With Raping Woman in Airport Hotel

A federal air marshal has been charged with raping a female escort at gunpoint in a Seattle airport hotel while wearing his badge, the Seattle Times reported. [More]

Utah woman sentenced in 'surprise' hammer beating

A Utah woman has been sentenced to 30 days at home with an ankle monitor for blindfolding her husband and promising him a surprise before hitting him in the head with a hammer three years ago. [More]

Worker punched after confronting man about odor

Police said a Cost Cutter store employee was punched in the mouth after he confronted a customer about his body odor. Police spokesman Mark Young told The Bellingham Herald that police went to the store after a report of a fight and found employees holding down a man. [More]

Bristol Palin: Hacked e-mail meant harassing calls

Bristol Palin said she received countless phone calls and hundreds of text messages when her cell number was posted online after her mother's e-mail account was hacked. Only one really scared her. [More]

Clarkson regrets tobacco 'mishap'

Kelly Clarkson said Thursday she was not aware a tobacco company was sponsoring her concert in Indonesia and refused to cancel the show despite appeals from anti-smoking groups. [More]

Motorized chair used in DUI is auctioned

A motorized lounge chair seized in a Minnesota DWI case has been auctioned off for a third time. A Duluth area resident placed the winning $3,700 bid Tuesday night. [More]

Woman sentenced for false claim of glass in bottle of water

A Better Business Bureau employee from Buckley was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court after she falsely claimed that a piece of glass in a bottle of water injured her daughter. [More]

Dying man sells advertising space on his urn

A Springfield man with colon cancer who has been told he has just months to live is selling advertising space on his urn. Aaron Jamison told KVAL-TV he hopes to raise $800 to help his wife Kristin pay for the cost of his cremation. [More]

Saudi Girl, 12, Wins Divorce From 80-Year-Old Husband

A 12-year-old Saudi girl has won a divorce from her 80-year-old husband in a case that may help to introduce a minimum age of marriage in the kingdom for the first time. [More]

Scouts defend training program in sex abuse case

A Boy Scouts of America executive on Wednesday told a jury considering whether to award $25 million in punitive damages in a sex abuse lawsuit that a prevention program was developed in the 1980s, although it still is not mandatory for Scout leaders. [More]

Fla. teen who was set on fire goes back to school

A South Florida teenager who was doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire last year is back at school, though not the same one he went to before. [More]

Woman who lost purse with cocaine arrested

Scottish police said a woman who visited the station to collect her lost purse was arrested immediately for possession of the cocaine found inside the bag. [More]

Air search resumes for 11 missing in oil rig blast

A Coast Guard helicopter and rescue plane resumed the search Thursday morning for 11 workers missing after a massive explosion aboard an oil platform off the Louisiana coast. [More]

Burglars break into prison to rob absent inmates

Twice in the last six weeks, burglars broke into a minimum-security prison and stole TVs from cells while prisoners were on weekend furloughs, a spokesman for the justice ministry said on Wednesday. [More]

Ariz. House votes to check candidates' citizenship

The Arizona House has approved a bill that would require President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate if he hopes to be on the state's ballot for a re-election bid. [More]

OK Corral papers rediscovered

A missing handwritten transcript from a coroner's inquest done after the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral has resurfaced in a dusty box more than 125 years after the most famous shootout in Wild West history. [More]

Firm used debt proceeds for strippers, payroll?

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed an emergency enforcement action on Tuesday to halt an alleged fraudulent scheme by two owners of an Albany, New York, brokerage who sold debt in unregistered offerings and used the proceeds for its operations and to hire strippers. [More]

Fake IRS agent ordered to pay hotel $55,000

A woman accused of accruing thousands of dollars in bills at a Marin County hotel while pretending to be an IRS agent has been sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $55,000 to the hotel owners. [More]

Osmond son's autopsy finds no drugs before suicide

Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son did not have drugs in his system when he jumped from a Los Angeles apartment balcony to his death in February, his autopsy revealed. [More]

NJ man suspected of shooting officers kills self

A man suspected of fatally shooting an off-duty New Jersey correction officer and wounding another has committed suicide in a cemetery after being spotted by police. [More]

Court says Ga. lawyers can't get extra money

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a federal judge cannot award more money to winning lawyers simply because he thought they did a good job. [More]

Driver arrested doing 5 mph in a 40 mph zone

A 39-year-old driver was pulled over in Farmington this weekend where police said he was doing 5 mph in a 40 mph zone. Police said Isreal Nieves of Bloomfield had the drug PCP in the car and a 9-year-old passenger. [More]

Wednesday, April 21

Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option

President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days. [More]

Heather Locklear arrested for hit and run

Heather Locklear has been arrested for a hit and run over the weekend. According to TMZ.com, the actress crashed her black BMW early Saturday morning near North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif. [More]

Muslim group warns 'South Park' creators of death

A radical Muslim group has warned the creators of "South Park" that they could face violent retribution for depicting the prophet Muhammad in a bear suit during last week's episode. [More]

Geico fires voice actor over Tea Party insults

Lance Baxter, best known as the voice of Geico commercials ("15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on your car insurance") has been fired by the insurance company after leaving a voicemail for a Tea Party group. Baxter asked the group in his voicemail what "the percentage of people that are mentally retarded who are working for [the group] and who are following it." [More]

Cybill Shepherd's son accepted to pretrial program

Philadelphia prosecutors have agreed to accept the son of actress Cybill Shepherd into a pretrial diversion program in a theft case against him. [More]

Vermont bear with head stuck in milk can rescued

A 120-pound Vermont black bear is back in the woods after getting its head stuck in a milk can. It took a state biologist, firefighters and police about 45 minutes to free the bear's head from the can after the animal was found late Sunday morning off Vermont Route 106 in the town of Reading. [More]

Woman drops rape lawsuit against Copperfield

A woman who accused David Copperfield of luring her to his private island in the Bahamas and raping her — and who was later charged with fabricating sexual assault claims against another man — dropped her federal lawsuit against the magician Tuesday. [More]

Balloon boy parents to pay $36K in restitution

The parents who pleaded guilty in the balloon boy hoax have agreed to pay about $36,000 in restitution to authorities who responded to the incident. [More]

Palin set to take stand in Tenn. hacking trial

Jurors in the trial of a former college student charged with hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail account in 2008 heard testimony Tuesday that the accused man didn't believe in what Palin wanted to do when she was the Republican vice presidential candidate. [More]

Skies open up after $1.7 billion flight chaos

Europe's skies were opened for business on Wednesday, but with so many planes having been grounded by the pall of volcanic ash spreading from Iceland it could take days, or weeks, to clear the backlog. [More]

Records released in fatal Arizona bus crash

Two motorists say the bus involved in a deadly crash south of Phoenix was being driven so erratically that they called 911 shortly before it overturned. [More]

Democrats' committees have $21 million cash advantage over GOP

Democrats' campaign committees today posted more than a $21 million in-the-bank advantage over their Republican counterparts. [More]

Lap dance teachers now out of work

A pair of Canadian high school teachers whose enthusiasm at a pep rally morphed into a mock lap dance that became an Internet sensation are now out of jobs. [More]

Priest abuse scandal grows in Latin America

The detention of an 83-year-old priest in Brazil for allegedly abusing boys as young as 12 has added to the scandals hitting the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, even as Chile's bishops asked pardon on Tuesday for past sexual abuse cases. [More]

ACORN CEO outside court: 'We're on life support'

The head of activist group ACORN came to a federal court today to observe a legal fight over its funding and said the group was on "life support" after waves of bad publicity and an attempt by Congress to cut off its money. [More]

$1M embezzled from Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel's former assistant has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for embezzling almost $1 million from the romance novelist. [More]

GM pays back government loans from US, Canada

General Motors Co. has repaid the $8.1 billion in loans it got from the U.S. and Canadian governments, a move its CEO says is a sign automaker is on the road to recovery. [More]

Bisexual men say gay softball series discriminated

Three bisexual men from the San Francisco area have filed a lawsuit claiming they were discriminated against during the Gay Softball World Series in the Seattle area two years ago. [More]

Angry at government, voters may revolt in November, survey shows

The party in power often suffers in midterm elections, but a recent survey suggests that "epic" discontent has created an angry and energized electorate. [More]

8 minus Kate: Another star axed from `Dancing'

Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin has one fewer job to juggle. The author and reality star was eliminated Tuesday from "Dancing With the Stars," leaving seven couples in the competition. [More]

Tuesday, April 20

Boy nearly hit by laptop from the sky

The family of a Minnesota 10-year-old said the boy was nearly struck by a laptop computer that fell from a medical helicopter. [More]

Pot Smokers Out, Proud for 4/20 High Holiday

Marijuana legalization advocates across the country are expected to light up during Tuesday's annual observance of 4/20, their movement's high holiday. [More]

Ex-mayor pleads guilty in NJ corruption probe

One of the highest-ranking former politicians to be caught up in a massive corruption and money laundering probe in New Jersey has pleaded guilty. [More]

Former Detroit Mayor Might Be Returning to Jail After Violating Probation

A judge ruled Tuesday that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick violated terms of his probation by failing to report some of his assets but held off deciding whether to send him to jail. [More]

Michael Douglas' son is sentenced to 5-year term

A New York judge has sentenced Michael Douglas' son to five years in prison on drug charges, calling it his "last chance to make it." [More]

Divorce dilemma: Texas says gays can't get divorce

After the joy of a wedding and the adoption of a baby came arguments that couldn't be resolved, leading Angelique Naylor to file for divorce. That left her fighting both the woman she married in Massachusetts and the state of Texas, which says a union granted in a state where same-sex marriage is legal can't be dissolved with a divorce in a state where it's not. [More]

Officials: Boxing champ Valero commits suicide

World lightweight boxing champion Edwin Valero of Venezuela committed suicide in his prison cell after being arrested for the murder of his wife, the World Boxing Council said. [More]

Video shows man telling police daughter wanted sex

A man accused of molesting his daughter beginning when she was 5 years old and impregnating her when she was a teenager admitted to detectives that he had sex with her and said he felt it was sometimes her idea. [More]

Small town sells for $360,000

A woman who attempted to sell a Washington mountain town on eBay said the top five bidders all backed out but a couple stepped in to pick up the $360,000 tab. [More]

Many teens send 100-plus texts a day, survey says

As most parents of adolescents know all too well, text messaging has become the preferred method of communication for American teenagers, with one in three teens sending more than 100 texts a day, a new survey says. [More]

10-year-old's pregnancy fuels Mexican abortion debate

A pregnant 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, has become the latest lightning rod in the country's heated abortion debate. [More]

Arizona lawmakers OK sweeping immigration bill

Arizona lawmakers approved a sweeping immigration bill Monday intended to ramp up law enforcement efforts even as critics complained it could lead to racial profiling and other abuse. [More]

Obama Says Boxer Could Lose If Dems Don't Work

President Barack Obama delivered Democrat-friendly California a stark message Monday: Liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer might lose her re-election race if her supporters don't work hard. [More]

Man accused of letting 11-year-old drive

Albuquerque police have arrested a man on child abuse charges, alleging he was drunk and let his 11-year-old nephew drive. [More]

District took 56,000 images on student

A suburban school district secretly captured at least 56,000 webcam photographs and screen shots from laptops issued to high school students, its lawyer acknowledged Monday. [More]

Most in U.S. against legalizing pot, poll shows

Most Americans still oppose legalizing marijuana but larger majorities believe pot has medical benefits and the government should allow its use for that purpose, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Tuesday. [More]

Are school lunches a national security threat?

A group of retired military officers says high-calorie school lunches are threatening national security. [More]

Delaware pediatrician faces more sex charges

A Delaware pediatrician was indicted Wednesday on 58 additional counts of rape and other sexual offenses in the alleged child abuse of his patients, state Attorney General Beau Biden announced Monday. [More]

James Bond film suspended amid MGM uncertainty

The production of the next James Bond film has been suspended "indefinitely" because of uncertainty over the future of film company MGM, producers say. [More]

Monday, April 19

Judge removes self from toddler mom's murder case

A Florida judge in the Casey Anthony murder trial is taking himself off the case. [More]

Obama administration subpoenaed in Fort Hood probe

Two U.S. lawmakers subpoenaed the Obama administration on Monday for information sought in a congressional probe of last year's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 soldiers dead and an Army psychiatrist charged with murder. [More]

George Washington owes library $4,577

He never told a lie, as the story goes. So maybe if he were alive today, President George Washington could tell a New York City library what he did with two books he checked out 221 years ago. [More]

State liquor commissioner charged with DWI

One of New Hampshire's state liquor commissioners has been charged with driving while intoxicated. [More]

Court denies Texan's appeal over DA-judge affair

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place the conviction of a man sent to Texas death row despite the admission of an affair between his trial judge and the prosecutor. [More]

Pediatrician Accused of Molesting Patients Was Subject of 1996 Complaint

A U.S. hospital has revealed that it investigated a 1996 complaint against a pediatrician now accused of molesting more than 100 patients, but the doctor was cleared of any wrongdoing. [More]

Nursing homes received millions from California taxpayers while cutting staff, services

California's nursing homes have reaped $880 million in additional funding from a 2004 state law designed to help them hire more caregivers and boost wages. [More]

Florida teen denied bond in beating of girl

A teenage boy who severely beat a girl at a South Florida middle school has been denied bond. [More]

San Francisco crime lab at center of growing scandal

A 60-year-old technician and the obscure police crime lab where she worked for 29 years stands at the center of a scandal that has led to the dismissal of hundreds of criminal cases and jeopardized thousands more. [More]

Cookbook typo: Use 'ground black people'

An Australian publisher has reprinted 7,000 copies of a pasta cookbook after a misprint in a recipe called for "salt and freshly ground black people." [More]

Black or biracial? Census forces a choice for some

There were 784,764 U.S. residents who described their race as white and black in the last census. But that number didn't include Laura Martin, whose father is black and mother is white. Some African-Americans with one white parent are deciding to simply "stay black." [More]

Tobacco in candy form can poison kids

A new generation of smokeless, flavored tobacco products that look like breath mints or breath-freshening strips may be life-threatening for children who mistake them for candy, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [More]

'No single reason' caused Georgian luger's death

The international luge federation blamed the death of Georgian racer Nodar Kumaritashvili on his driving mistakes, saying a "complex series of interrelated events" led to the fatal crash during a training run at the Vancouver Olympics. [More]

Police: Boxer Valero suspected of killing wife

Former lightweight champion Edwin Valero was detained Sunday on suspicion of killing his wife, the gravest in a string of problems that have threatened to derail his career. Prosecutors say they will charge Valero in the killing "in the coming hours." [More]

Aviation industry blasts EU for air closures

The aviation industry criticized European governments for their handling of airport closures, saying there was "no coordination and no leadership" in the volcanic ash crisis. [More]

Sunday, April 18

Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Girlfriend With Samurai Sword

An Ogletown man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend with a samurai sword during an argument last year. [More]

Man Sentenced 7 Years for Attacking Wife With Hatchet

A judged sentenced 43-year-old Daniel Stuckey on Friday. A jury convicted him in March of aggravated battery charge, acquitting him on the more severe charge of attempted murder. [More]

Radical Muslim Cleric Lied to Qualify for U.S.-Funded College Scholarship

The American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, considered by some to be one of the most wanted terrorists behind Usama bin Laden, was educated in the United States with taxpayers money, an ongoing Fox News investigation has found. [More]

Man wanted felony record to avoid law school

A 28-year-old man said he wanted a third degree felony on his record so he wouldn't be allowed to attend law school. Instead, Port St. Lucie police gave Joseph M. Velardo a misdemeanor, arresting him on a retail theft charge, according to recently released records. [More]

Okla. tea parties and lawmakers envision militia

Frustrated by recent political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer militia to help defend against what they believe are improper federal infringements on state sovereignty. [More]

Ex-congressman: Someone forged aide's pay increase

Former congressman Eric Massa said Saturday that someone forged a $40,000 salary increase for his chief of staff, who has accused the ex-lawmaker of sexual harassment. [More]

Biographer: Oprah called her self teen ‘prostitute’

Kitty Kelley, the celebrity biographer who developed a reputation as a lightning rod for controversy with her tell-alls on Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra, says that Oprah’s life is nonetheless “choked with secrets,” and she digs them out in her new book, “Oprah: A Biography.” [More]

U.S. border agents shoot man at busy Mexico crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a border checkpoint fired on a man after he tried to drive into California from Mexico on Saturday, U.S. police said. [More]

Apollo 13 astronauts, crew recall failure-turned-triumph

Surviving Apollo 13 astronauts and several flight directors reunited today to remember a failed moon mission 40 years ago this week that they managed to turn into one of the greatest triumphs in the history of space exploration. [More]

Saturday, April 17

Kansas man who flipped off cop gets $5,000 from city

An Overland Park man who flashed an obscene gesture at an Olathe police officer after getting a ticket is getting rewarded for his behavior. [More]

Colorado medical pot grower to fight federal charges

A suburban Denver marijuana grower who insisted he was abiding by state law is taking on federal authorities who charged him with illegal cultivation after he talked on TV about growing pot. [More]

100-year-old pedophile sent back to NY prison

A 100-year-old pedophile who violated his parole by skipping sex offender classes is back behind bars in upstate New York. [More]

Arizona to allow concealed weapons without permit

Favoring the constitutional right to bear arms over others' concerns about gun safety, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit. [More]

Officer who took Roethlisberger report resigns

A Georgia officer who took the first report from the woman who accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault has resigned. [More]

GE: 7,000 tax returns, $0 U.S. tax bill

General Electric filed more than 7,000 income tax returns in hundreds of global jurisdictions last year, and the company owed the U.S. government a whopping bill of $0. [More]

Wisconsin man confessed to fatal shootings

A Wisconsin man suspected in the shooting deaths of his pregnant wife, infant son and two nieces in their Chicago home told police he committed the crimes, prosecutors said Friday. [More]

Polanski victim no right to intervene: prosecutors

Prosecutors on Friday urged a California appeals court to deny a bid by the victim in Roman Polanski's sex crime to have the decades-old case against the film director thrown out. [More]

Nude Models at New York Museum Groped

Several nude models who are featured in Marina Abramovic's new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art have complained of being groped by some patrons. [More]

Cops getting caught on camera increases scrutiny

Minutes after a suburban Chicago police officer was charged with striking a motorist with his baton, prosecutors handed out copies of a video showing the beating — taken by a dashboard camera on the officer's own squad car. [More]

Piracy suspects may be in US for trial

As many as 20 suspected pirates held on U.S. ships off the coast of Somalia may soon be headed to the U.S. for prosecution, according to U.S. officials. [More]

Massa gave $40,000 to aide before resigning

Former New York Rep. Eric Massa wrote a $40,000 check to his chief of staff shortly before resigning his seat last month amid sexual harassment allegations. The aide is among those pursuing complaints against the Democrat. [More]

Owner gets cat back after pet makes 1,300-mile journey

Contrary to myth, Charles the cat probably has only one life, and he probably put it at risk wandering 1,300 miles from his home in New Mexico to Chicago, where he was picked up as a stray. [More]

Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

The man falsely accused by the FBI of sending letters laced with deadly anthrax spores has received a big settlement from the government, but never an apology for destroying his life. [More]

Sex offender pleads guilty to killing two teen girls

A 31-year-old registered sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two teenage girls in northern San Diego County in a deal that spares him from the death penalty. [More]

Man arrested after making 18 calls to 911

Authorities say a Manatee man’s run of calling 911 with non-emergency issues ended Tuesday at 18 in two months, after he called 911 three times and made accusations about a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy, according to a sheriff’s report. [More]

What's that smell? Hog manure becomes asphalt

The outer road along Interstate 44 near Six Flags St. Louis is freshly paved — with asphalt made from recycled swine manure. It is believed to be the first time asphalt has been created from swine manure. Two St. Louis County companies, road contractor Pace Construction Co. and the engineering firm Innoventor, joined together on the project. [More]

Friday, April 16

Man charged in sickening display at ballpark

A Cherry Hill man has been arrested after triggering a disturbance when he deliberately vomited on the 11-year-old daughter of police officer during a Phillies Game at Citizens Bank Park, police said. [More]

Man tortured 4-year-old to death for wetting his pants

A Michigan man could face life in prison after he allegedly tortured and ultimately killed his girlfriend's 4-year-old son last week for wetting his pants, prosecutors say. [More]

Man Delivers Obit to Newspaper, Hangs Self

An ailing Northern California man delivered his own obituary to a newspaper then hanged himself from a nearby bridge. [More]

Witnesses: Ben Roethlisberger's 'bodyguards' blocked the way

Friends who were with a woman the night she filed a sexual assault complaint against Ben Roethlisberger told investigators that "bodyguards" for the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback prevented them from reaching her when she was alone with Roethlisberger in the restroom of a Georgia night club, according to the police investigative file. [More]

Donner Party ate family dog, maybe not people

The Donner Party, a group of 19th century American pioneers who became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada and supposedly resorted to cannibalism, may not have eaten each other after all, suggests a new study on bones found at the group's Alder Creek campsite hearth in California. [More]

13-Year-Old Confesses to Killing Woman for $12.50

Police in Guatemala say a 13-year-old boy has confessed to shooting a woman to death for a payment of about $12.50. [More]

Admiral: authorities should go after pirate money

The international community needs to go after the money being extorted by pirates to try to end what has become a scourge on the seas, said the top U.S. naval officer in Africa and Europe. [More]

Melissa Etheridge and partner announce separation

Rocker Melissa Etheridge and her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge, have announced their separation. In a statement Thursday, they asked for "consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period." [More]

Stuck suspect says he was playing hide and seek

A burglary suspect came up with a creative explanation after he was found dangling from the ventilation system of a Maryland convenience store. He told police he was playing hide-and-seek. [More]

Planned Miami bus ads called offensive to Islam

Miami-Dade Transit is pulling advertisements that Muslims said were offensive to Islam. The ads were set to run on 10 buses Friday. They said, "Fatwa on your head? Is your community or family threatening you?" and directed people to a Web site encouraging them to leave Islam. [More]

Obamas made $5.5 million in '09

Thanks to revived book sales after he became president, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, made $5.5 million last year. They paid about one-third of it in federal income taxes. [More]

Insurance companies hold billions in fast food stock

The fast-food industry has long been under fire for selling high-fat, high-calorie meals that have been linked to weight gain and diabetes, but the financial health of the industry continues to attract investors - including some of the leading insurance companies in the U.S., a new study reports. [More]

Kennedy cousin eligible for parole in 3 years

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who lost an appeal of his conviction for a 1975 killing, could be released from prison in three years because of more lenient laws in place at the time of the crime, officials said. [More]

Cockpit: Polish Pilots Knew Plane Was Going Down

Cockpit recordings retrieved from the wreckage of Poland's presidential plane reveal that its pilots realized the plane was doomed just moments before it crashed into a forest in western Russia, killing the Polish president and all 95 other passengers. [More]

Thursday, April 15

NYC to stop paying teachers to do nothing

The city will end the practice of paying teachers to play Scrabble, read or surf the Internet in reassignment centers nicknamed "rubber rooms" as they await disciplinary hearings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the teachers union announced Thursday. [More]

Cardinal hailed bishop for hiding predator priest

A Vatican cardinal in charge of clergy around the world congratulated a French bishop in a 2001 letter for not denouncing a sexually abusive priest to the police, according to Golias Magazine. [More]

Dad gets up to 80 years in prison in son's slaying

A Detroit area father who fatally shot his 15-year-old son after the teen admitted molesting a 3-year-old girl has been sentenced to 37 to 80 years in prison. [More]

Larry King's Wife: "He Cheated With My Sister"

Aging CNN talk-show legend Larry King is in the doghouse after explosive allegations surfaced that he bedded the beautiful younger sister of his wife of 13 years. [More]

Victoria’s Secret models succeed off the runway

Everybody knows their faces, their bodies, their names. A notable few have gone on to media or entrepreneurial careers with astonishing success. [More]

Man Accused of Assaulting Fellow Motel Guest With Snake

Police in South Carolina say an argument between two motel guests ended when one of the men was hit in the head with a snake. [More]

Sex lawsuit halts Steven Seagal reality show

A Louisiana sheriff halted production of Steven Seagal's reality TV show because of allegations made against the action movie actor in a sex abuse lawsuit. [More]

Dead man wins mayor's race in small Tennessee town

A dead man has been elected mayor of Tracy City, Tenn. Carl Robin Geary died suddenly a few weeks ago. But he received 268 votes anyway in Tuesday's nonpartisan election. [More]

Bias settlement unpaid, black farmers can now sue

As many as 80,000 black farmers who were awarded a $1 billion settlement for racial bias can pursue independent litigation against the government now that the payout deadline of March 31 has passed. [More]

No fish story: Man jailed for weighting fish

A suburban Dallas man must serve 15 days in jail after admitting to stuffing a lead weight into a bass he caught during a fishing tournament. [More]

Pit bull mix kills week-old baby as mom sleeps

Just seven days old, the tiny baby's bloody body was covered with more than 50 puncture wounds as Jackie Welch tried in vain to help. [More]

Taxpayers Foot State Department's Stiff Liquor Bill

Last year alone, the State Department sent taxpayers tabs totaling nearly $300,000 for alcoholic beverages — about twice as much compared to the previous year. [More]

Mustache advocacy group seeks tax break

It's time that mustached Americans got in on the stimulus money. At least that's the proposal being pushed by tax policy professor John Yeutter and the St. Louis-based American Mustache Institute. [More]

University president says Palin contract stolen

A California university president said Wednesday a portion of a contract between a school foundation and Sarah Palin for an upcoming speech was stolen from a campus administrator's office last week. [More]

Teacher wrote 'loser' on 2nd grader's arm

An attorney for the Ohio teacher facing a disciplinary hearing for writing "loser" on a second grader's arm said the incident was a joke. [More]

Man sets home ablaze with pot bong

Authorities said a 30-year-old man was arrested for allegedly using a marijuana bong to set his mobile home on fire. [More]

Obama slips, other Dems slide, too

President Barack Obama's national standing has slipped to a new low after his victory on the historic health care overhaul, even in the face of growing signs of economic revival, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. [More]

Union Leader Andy Stern Confirms Resignation

Labor leader Andy Stern is confirming that he will resign as president of the powerful Service Employees International Union. [More]

Ore. mom pleads guilty in death of 4-year-old son

A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing her 4-year-old son and trying to kill her 7-year-old daughter after the children plunged off a bridge into a frigid Oregon river last year. [More]

Dad went to strip club, left baby in car

New Zealand child welfare officials said a 1-year-old baby was taken away from a father who left the infant alone in a car outside a strip club. [More]

Wednesday, April 14

Larry King Files for Divorce

Legendary talk show host Larry King has filed papers in Los Angeles court to end his marriage to Shawn Southwick King. The CNN host has previously been married seven times. [More]

Library of Congress to House Entire Twitter Archive

The U.S. Library of Congress, which archives many forms of media for their cultural and historical significance, has announced it will keep a digital archive of every public tweet that has been broadcast on Twitter since its inception in March 2006. [More]

Probation officer arrested on pot charges

Florida Department of Corrections employee Kizzy Dawson briefly got a taste of what life is like on the other side of the bars. [More]

Canceled: Hearing That Would Have Grilled CEOs on Health Care

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has cancelled a hearing intended to grill CEOs who took a charge against profits because of the health care reform bill. The cancellation came after they realized what everyone already knew - that the companies were required to do what they did because of accounting rules. Waxman and others had reacted with outrage and accused the companies of doing it - in essence, to make health care reform look bad. [More]

Oregon man awarded $1.4M in Boy Scouts sex case

A jury delivered an embarrassing rebuke to the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday when it found that the organization failed to protect a man who was molested by an assistant Scoutmaster in the early 1980s. Jurors awarded $1.4 million to the former Portland man and decided that the Irving, Texas-based organization was liable for up to $25 million in punitive damages. [More]

Biographer: I know who Oprah’s real father is

Celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley claims she knows a major secret about Oprah Winfrey’s life that even the Queen of Talk doesn’t. But despite writing a new, unauthorized biography in which she lays bare myriad Winfrey family secrets, Kelley’s keeping mum on the most important of all — who Oprah’s biological father is. [More]

Arizona Passes Strict Illegal Immigration Bill

The Arizona House on Tuesday approved a bill that would draw local communities deeper into the fight against illegal immigration despite arguments from opponents that it would do nothing to keep people safer. [More]

Michelle McGee apologizes to Sandra Bullock

Michelle "Bombshell" McGee has two choice words for Sandra Bullock: "I'm sorry." In a new interview with Australian TV show "Today Tonight," Jesse James's alleged mistress apologizes for her involvement in the actress's marriage crisis - but says ultimately James is to be blame. [More]

Tiger Woods gets ripped by Jim Nantz

Jim Nantz maintains that whispering voice throughout his CBS coverage of the Masters. But now that the tournament is over he's speaking out loud and clear with criticism of Tiger Woods' on-course behavior at Augusta National. [More]

California students find Palin contract in trash

Sarah Palin will get first-class airfare for two and three rooms at a luxury hotel when she gives a speech in June for a university foundation. [More]

Drunk horseman rides into crowd on Mule Day

A Middle Tennessee horseback rider was jailed after being charged with running into a crowd of people at the Mule Day festivities in Columbia. The man, 32, was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and public intoxication. [More]

Man on mower charged with DUI, fishing pole theft

An East Tennessee man driving a lawn mower in the road has been charged with DUI. Athens police said 30-year-old Jimmy Graham Jr. smelled like alcohol and failed a sobriety test Monday after an officer spotted him on the lawn mower. He told the officer he had consumed a beer and taken a stress reliever prescribed to him. [More]

Feds: Data error hurt mine scrutiny

A computer error prevented the West Virginia coal mine where 29 workers died in an explosion last week from being warned about safety violations and being told to improve conditions in 90 days, federal officials said Tuesday. [More]

Democrat wins Fla. US House special election

Republican backlash over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul had little effect in the nation's first U.S. House race of 2010. [More]

'Housewives' star calls on Congress for arts funds

"Desperate Housewives" actor Kyle MacLachlan, who plays Orson Hodge on the Sunday night series, is telling lawmakers he got his start by performing in community theaters funded in part by federal grants. [More]

Why Meteorologists Are Skeptical of Warming

While meteorologists and climate scientists might seem like professional brethren, there is a big difference in the way global warming is viewed by these groups. Meteorologists, at least television meteorologists, are much more skeptical than are climate scientists, according to a recent study by researchers at George Mason University and the University of Texas, Austin. [More]

Priest calls for pope's resignation

The phones are ringing off the hook at the parish of St. Michael's Church, where the Rev. James Scahill called in a sermon last weekend for the pope to resign over the church's sexual abuse scandal. [More]

Conan O'Brien legally prohibited from being funny

On opening night of his between-TV-gigs comedy tour, Conan O'Brien seemed unfazed by the unfamiliar medium, settling into his self-deprecating comfort zone early and often. [More]

Pamela Anderson owes $493K in income taxes

California officials say former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson has failed to pay $493,000 in personal income tax. Anderson is on the annual list of delinquent taxpayers released Monday by the California Franchise Tax Board. [More]

Man fined for flying jets without a license

A Swedish man who flew passenger jets in countries around Europe for more than a decade without a license was let off with a light fine by a Dutch court on Tuesday. A prosecutor paid tribute in court to his flying skills. [More]

Lopez: Conan didn't want me to get 'Leno'd'

Late-night TV will change forever when Conan O'Brien launches his show on cable channel TBS in November, comedian George Lopez told CNN's Larry King Tuesday. [More]

‘Idol’ bandleader going to ‘Tonight Show’

When “American Idol” returns next year, it will be without Simon Cowell, and now, it’s confirmed it will be without bandleader and musical director Rickey Minor, too. Minor will make his “Tonight Show” debut on June 7. Minor will replace Jay Leno’s bandleader Kevin Eubanks. [More]

Christian music star Jennifer Knapp says she is a lesbian

A rising star on the Christian music scene is returning to the public eye with a new identity after a mysterious seven-year absence spent mostly on the other side of the world. [More]

Feds: Man forced disabled girl into prostitution

A 25-year-old illegal immigrant is accused of forcing a developmentally disabled girl into prostitution and raping her mentally disabled friend in front of her, according to federal court papers. [More]

CNN chief defends its formula of non-biased news

CNN said that it's in a "category of one" among television news networks in how it delivers non-biased news, and promised to continue emphasizing its journalism despite a ratings free-fall on its flagship network. [More]

DUI crash victim sues bar that served driver

Andrew Hall has fought some big battles in the past year. He fought for his life after a drunk driver hit him and severed his left leg. He spent months in the hospital, undergoing rehab. Now Hall, 20, is ready for another fight. He's suing Shephard's Beach Resort, the bar that served Joshua West, the driver who hit him. [More]

Tuesday, April 13

Trooper pulls near squad car, sees passed out teen

An Oregon State Police trooper pulled up next to a parked Marion County sheriff's patrol car late Saturday expecting to talk to the deputy. Instead he found an 18-year-old passed out over the steering wheel. State police said the Ford Mustang had been stolen from the deputy's home. [More]

ABC: Sarah Palin makes $12M haul since July

An estimate compiled by ABC News says that Sarah Palin has earned at least $12 million since she stepped down as governor of Alaska last July. [More]

N.J. gov: Fire union boss over ‘death’ memo

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended his position Tuesday over an escalating rift with the state teachers union, which is refusing to fire a local union chief who wrote a memo joking about the governor's death. [More]

Police: Nurse helps crash victim, gets carjacked

A nurse who left her vehicle at a gas station to help a nearby accident victim was the victim of a carjacking and dragged about 20 yards after she tried to grab the keys, Los Angeles police said Monday. [More]

Steven Seagal sued for allegedly keeping sex slaves

Steven Seagal is accused of hiring young women as personal attendants whose real job was to serve his strange and sometimes violent sexual desires, according to a civil lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles by a 23-year-old former model who describes her experience in harrowing detail. [More]

Drunk driver tried to run over store clerk

A woman is accused of trying to run down a store clerk who refused to sell her alcohol then crashing a van into a drive-through at Honey Dew Donuts. [More]

Oprah Secrets Exposed in Unauthorized Biography

Oprah Winfrey has secrets - enough to fill a book, apparently. Luckily, author Kitty Kelley is still in the unauthorized biography business, and her latest tome delves deep into the heart of the icon's personal life, examining subjects as touchy as Winfrey's sexuality and the identity of her father. [More]

Tesh confirms book report, says he dated Oprah

John Tesh confirms one of the reports in a revealing unauthorized biography of Oprah Winfrey. The former "Entertainment Tonight" anchor-turned-new age musician says he and Winfrey used to date. [More]

Fla. deputy shocks colleague with Taser in joke

A Collier County deputy was reprimanded after shocking a colleague with a Taser in an incident meant to be a joke. The December scene was caught on tape at the Collier County jail. A female deputy was seen showing a message on her iPod to Cpl. Wilmer A. Arencibia, who followed the woman and shocked her on the behind with his Taser. [More]

The demise of Hollywood heir Cameron Douglas

It was the summer of 2009 and Cameron Douglas was strung out on heroin — again. Holed up in a trendy Manhattan hotel, the wayward heir to Hollywood royalty — son of Michael, grandson of Kirk — was shooting up sometimes six times a day. [More]

Eubanks makes it official: He's leaving `Tonight'

"Tonight Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks has made it official: He's leaving as Jay Leno's sideman in May after 18 years with the late-night host. [More]

Bodies of all dead W.Va. miners recovered

Recovery teams working before dawn Tuesday finished the grim task of recovering the last of 29 West Virginia miners killed in the nation's worst coal mining disaster in decades. [More]

Playboy rejects Kate Gosselin

Kate Gosselin has had some tough blows this year and Hugh Hefner has dealt her another one. [More]

Nevada court to hear O.J. appeal in kidnap case

A Nevada Supreme Court panel is scheduling oral arguments June 11 in Las Vegas on pending appeals by O.J. Simpson and a co-defendant convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in a September 2007 hotel room heist. [More]

Dad sues ‘Thank God for Dead Soldiers’ church

The funeral for Albert Snyder's son was picketed by a church that says God lets soldiers die as punishment for the U.S. tolerating homosexuality. Snyder is suing the church. [More]

Monday, April 12

Thousands of Miami teachers absent to protest reforms

22,500 Miami-Dade County Public School teachers were absent from classes in protest of a proposed law that would establish a merit pay system and do away with tenure for new teachers. [More]

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to sex with teens

Former middle school math teacher Stephanie Ragusa was teary-eyed Monday as she pleaded guilty to having sex with two underage students. Ragusa, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison. [More]

Mom arrested after police say 3-year-old wandered in traffic

Brakes squealed on U.S. 19 as a 3-year-old boy wandered into the middle of southbound lanes Sunday night. [More]

Conan O'Brien to make TBS his new late-night home

Late-night mainstay Conan O'Brien is headed to TBS to resume his comedic duties with a talk show expected to debut in November, the network says. The program will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. Eastern, shifting TBS' "Lopez Tonight," starring George Lopez, to midnight. [More]

Kennedy cousin loses appeal in murder conviction

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel lost his bid for a new trial in the 1975 slaying of his 15-year-old neighbor when the state Supreme Court on Monday rejected his appeal that cited a claim implicating two other men. [More]

Father jailed for slipping pot into child's backpack

A Fayette County father is behind bars facing drug charges after he allegedly put several ounces of suspected marijuana in his son's blue Elmo backpack - and the child took it to school Thursday morning. [More]

Poland crash pilots had been warned: investigators

The pilots of a plane that crashed and killed Poland's president had received explicit weather warnings before they attempted to land at a fog-bound Russian airport, Russian investigators said on Monday. [More]

Spam a Judge, Go to Jail?

A litigant in a civil lawsuit asked an appeals court Wednesday to overturn his 30-day contempt sentence for urging people to send e-mail to a federal judge. Lots of e-mail. [More]

Bull attacks teen, teen to eat bull

A Maine teenager who was injured by a bull that escaped from his family's pen said he will have the last laugh when he eats the animal. [More]

Networks proves a friendly environment for Woods

As applause followed Tiger Woods on his walk to the 18th hole at the Masters on Sunday, CBS' Jim Nantz remarked that the contained environment of the tournament made it the right place to return to golf. [More]

Reuters TV cameraman's chilling last picture show

Seven minutes of film taken by Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto illustrate how a scrappy street protest turned deadly on a balmy Bangkok night. [More]

7 families awarded $2.6 million in Chinese drywall case

A New Orleans federal judge has awarded seven Virginia families $2.6 million in damages to pay for the removal of sulfur-emitting drywall made in China that has been linked to corrosion and possible health effects. [More]

Bonds says he’s ‘proud’ of friend McGwire

Home run king Barry Bonds said he is “proud” of slugger Mark McGwire for returning to baseball as the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach and for admitting his use of performance-enhancing drugs. [More]

Should the Beatles have worked it out?

Seven years and seven months. That’s how long the world officially knew the Beatles as a recording act, spanning from the date they released their first single in England to the day their breakup was announced on April 10, 1970. Looking back after 40 years, that seems like a ridiculously short lifespan for such an important band. [More]

Workers strike over ban on drinking at work

A few hundred warehouse workers and drivers at Danish brewer Carlsberg halted work for a second day on Thursday to protest a company decision to limit beer drinking at work to lunch breaks. [More]

Ft. Hood suspect to be isolated in Texas jail

The Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood will be kept isolated from other inmates at the Texas jail where he's been transferred. [More]

Ambitious thief steals entire ATM

Why waste time stealing money from ATMs when you can steal the ATMs themselves? [More]

SniperWeek aims for better caliber of shooters

Welcome to SniperWeek, four days of the latest in sniper instruction, with two days in the classroom and two days on the range, including a competition. Now in its 18th year, the event is being held at the Wyoming Antelope Club gun range. [More]

Message in bottle returned 23 years later

A message in a bottle tossed into the Atlantic Ocean by a young Florida camper during a 1987 field trip has been returned 23 years later. [More]

Saginaw High cheerleaders punished over urine-tainted drinks

A handful of Saginaw High School cheerleaders have been disciplined for giving teammates sodas mixed with urine. [More]

Nancy Kerrigan's brother charged with manslaughter

The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was charged with manslaughter in the death of their 70-year-old father in what prosecutors called a drunken rage during a trivial argument over use of the family telephone, the Middlesex district attorney's office said Thursday. [More]

Airlines did a better job for passengers in 2009

Fewer passengers boarded planes last year, but those who did were generally treated better than in the past. [More]

Sunday, April 11

Negative eBay remark costs buyer $15,000

Can posting your opinion on eBay cost you in real life? So far Michael Steadman has spent $7,000 for his, and he isn't yet done defending himself in a $15,000 defamation lawsuit brought by the man who sold him a reportedly defective time clock. [More]

How Glenn Beck Inc. earns millions annually

"We're an entertainment company," Glenn Beck says. As proof, he has managed to monetize virtually everything that comes out of his mouth. [More]

Technicality may cost Fla. woman needed procedure

A 28-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman says she may be denied a lifesaving transplant because she accepted government funds to care for her son. [More]

"Designing Women" actress Dixie Carter dies

Actress Dixie Carter, who played an outspoken liberal on the sitcom "Designing Women" and received an Emmy nomination for a guest role on "Desperate Housewives," has died, according to TV gossip show "Entertainment Tonight." She was 70. [More]

Grandmother: Russian boy terrorized American family

Torry's mother, Nancy Hansen, said the 7-year-old's violent episodes — which culminated in a threat to burn the family's home to the ground — terrified them into a shocking solution: The boy they renamed Justin was put on a plane by himself and sent back to Russia. [More]

Fireman gets 25 year to life for arson murders

A rookie volunteer firefighter convicted of setting a blaze that killed a mother and three of her children in what prosecutors said was a twisted bid to become a hero again protested his innocence Friday as he was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. [More]

Stepdad of young girl defends 3 accused of raping her

A horrifying case — a gang rape of a 7-year-old sold by her teenage stepsister to armed men — grew more bizarre when the girl's stepfather showed up outside the Trenton courthouse Thursday to say that three of the five accused men had actually tried to help the girl. [More]

Man drove drunk to prison for DUI sentence

Police said a Massachusetts man headed to a Vermont prison to serve a two-day sentence for driving under the influence was intoxicated when he drove himself to prison. [More]

Holyfield, 47, wins a heavyweight title

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is using George Foreman’s comeback more than 15 years ago as inspiration. [More]

‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin actor dies at 94

Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" and proclaimed in the movie that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead," has died. [More]

Texas Stadium imploded by 1-plus ton of dynamite

The longtime home of the Dallas Cowboys — known for the giant hole in its roof, "so God can watch his team," according to local lore — came tumbling down early Sunday in a planned demolition. [More]

Energizer Bunny sales for $18,000 at auction

Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries says the bunny, one of the four original Energizer Bunnies, sold at auction Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif., for $17,925, including the buyer's premium. [More]

State GOP spent lavishly on staffer's card

She was a 25-year-old junior staffer when the Florida Republican Party gave her an American Express card. Over the next 2 1/2 years, nearly $1.3 million in charges wound up on Melanie Phister's AmEx — $40,000 at a London hotel, and nearly $20,000 in plane tickets for indicted former House Speaker Ray Sansom, his wife and kids, for starters. [More]

GOP chairman: ‘I've made mistakes’

In damage control mode, GOP national chairman Michael Steele on Saturday sought to quell the furor over his management of the Republican National Committee by acknowledging errors and vowing to learn from them. [More]

Fla. man stalks, kills 6-foot diamondback rattler

A 53-year-old welder on Merritt Island couldn't wait for animal control to handle a six-foot rattlesnake. [More]

Drunks steal bus twice in one night

New South Wales police say a courtesy bus has been taken on two joy-rides by drunk strangers in the one night. [More]

Westwood holds off sizzling Mickelson, Tiger Woods lurks

Britain's Lee Westwood maintained ice-cool composure while fending off an electrifying back-nine charge by Phil Mickelson to take a one-shot lead after Saturday's third round of the Masters. [More]

Saturday, April 10

Preacher convicted of killing wife, freezing body

An Alabama evangelist who terrorized his family while impressing audiences at revivals was convicted Friday of murdering his wife and storing her body in a freezer for years. [More]

Elizabeth Taylor engaged to 49-year-old Hollywood manager

Elizabeth Taylor is preparing to wed for the ninth time. The serial wife and screen icon, 78, recently became engaged to 49-year-old Jason Winters of Sterling Winters Management, according to a report from Us Magazine. [More]

Elin had to be in on Tiger’s scandal, Carrey says

Tiger Woods has an unlikely supporter in Hollywood — funnyman Jim Carrey. “No wife is blind enough to miss that much infidelity,” he wrote. “Elin had 2 b a willing participant on the ride 4 whatever reason. kids/lifestyle.” [More]

Woods' return boosts Masters ratings by 50 percent

The Nielsen Co. said that ESPN's coverage of the Masters' first round on Thursday had a 3.6 rating in an overnight measurement of the nation's biggest markets. That's 50 percent more than the similar measurement for last year's opening day, and 80 percent more than it was in 2008. [More]

Pope stalled California pedophile case

Four years after a California priest and convicted child molester asked to be defrocked, his bishop pleaded with the future Pope Benedict XVI to remove the man from the priesthood. Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger replied, urging caution. "Consider the good of the Universal Church," Ratzinger wrote in a 1985 letter to Oakland Bishop John Cummins. [More]

Elephant kills trainer at Pennsylvania circus

Tragedy struck at a Pennsylvania circus Friday after a startled elephant stomped its trainer to death, police said. [More]

Obama's Controversial Justice Nominee Withdraws

President Obama's pick to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel is withdrawing her nomination amid Republican protests over past statements she made on abortion and national security. One of the comments that most dismayed critics is her comparison of "forced pregnancy," or when women are unable to have abortions, to slavery. [More]

Killing roils immigration debate

Cattle rancher Rob Krentz and his dog were gunned down shortly after he reported spotting someone who appeared to be in trouble. The killing of the third-generation rancher has become a flashpoint in the immigration debate as politicians cite the episode as further proof that the U.S. must do more to secure the violent U.S.-Mexico border. [More]

4 missing West Virginia miners found dead

Days of rescue efforts came to a grim end after crews found the bodies of four miners who had been missing since an explosion almost a week ago in a West Virginia mine, authorities said early Saturday. [More]

Mining Expert: Tragedy Was '100 Percent Preventable'

As a veritable catalog of safety violations at the mine has emerged in the days since, the portrait painted by these citations has fueled outrage. At the same time, it has also boosted prospects that the aftermath of the tragedy could once again reshape the politics of coal mining in the United States. [More]

Polish president killed in Russia plane crash

A plane carrying Polish president Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other senior officials crashed while landing in fog in the western Russian city of Smolensk Saturday, killing all on board. [More]

Friday, April 9

Teachers union memo 'prays' for governor's death

A New Jersey teachers union is coming under fire after an internal memo included a veiled threat to Gov. Chris Christie. [More]

Pet Store Owner Accused of Freezing Animals to Death

Fairmont Police have arrested a pet store owner after making a gruesome discovery. All of the animals were alive when they were placed in the freezer, and police say the owner didn't want to pay to get them medical treatment, so he froze them. [cr] [More]

Infant dies after being run over during domestic argument

Florida Highway Patrol troopers remain at a hospital in Venice investigating the death of a 4-month-old boy run over by his father in the family's driveway. Highway patrol Lt. Chris Miller said the baby was behind his father's car during an argument between the boy's parents. [More]

Michigan's Dem. Rep. Stupak retiring

Rep. Bart Stupak, an anti-abortion Democrat targeted for defeat by tea party activists for his role in securing House approval of the health care overhaul, said Friday he's retiring after 18 years in Congress now that his main legislative goal has been accomplished. [More]

12-year-old protester charged

Twelve-year-old war protester Frankie Hughes was arrested late Wednesday for trespassing after she allegedly refused to leave U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's Des Moines office. On Thursday morning, the girl's mother - who was standing outside Harkin's office when Frankie was taken into custody - was ticketed for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. [More]

Florida man sentenced for role in turtle plot

A Florida man will spend a year in prison for his role in a plot to smuggle more than 100 turtles out of West Virginia for sale elsewhere. [More]

Muslim Woman Strangled by Burqa in Go-Kart Accident

A Muslim woman was killed Thursday in Australia when her burqa got caught while she was driving a go-kart. [More]

US to close book on diplomat's airline bomb scare

The U.S. plans to close the book on the bomb scare aboard a Denver-bound airliner after receiving assurances from Qatar that the diplomat who touched off the panic will be sent home, officials said. [More]

Teen opened beer in deputy's cruiser

Sheriff's deputies in Florida said a 19-year-old woman who asked for a ride home was arrested after opening a can of malt liquor in the back of the patrol car. [More]

Pilots talked sports cars before jet ran off runway

Two pilots were musing about their dream sports car moments before running off a West Virginia runway, according to a cockpit voice recorder transcript. [More]

Hospital sued for releasing man accused of murder

A Clearwater hospital is being sued for releasing a man who was later accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend. [More]

Blondes have more funds

Women with golden tresses have long been the brunt of jokes that portray them as clueless, ditsy or downright dumb. But a recent study from the Queensland University of Technology shows blondes earn 7 per cent more than women with other hair colors. [More]

Ex-'Survivor' producer released from detention

A Mexican official says former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, whose wife was found dead in Cancun, has been released from detention but cannot leave the country. [More]

DA's sex ed warning befuddles Wis. teachers, kids

Mike Taake has taught sex education for 30 years, and he says he knows what doesn't work: just telling kids to wait. The Mauston High School health teacher has used abstinence-only and comprehensive curriculums, and he said students need all the information they can get about sex to make the best choices. But teaching them about contraceptives could land him and other teachers in court. [More]

States eye changes to teacher pay

For parents and politicians hungry for better schools, the idea of paying teachers more if their students perform better can seem as basic as adding two and two or spelling "cat." [More]

Son says father killed woman in 1988, guides police to remains

The remains of a woman who disappeared 22 years ago in northern California have been found after the son of the woman's purported killer guided police to the site where her body was dumped, investigators announced Thursday. [More]

Oprah Winfrey plans nighttime show on her network

Calling her new venture "the network built on great intentions," Oprah Winfrey says her sleeves are rolled up to make the Oprah Winfrey Network "all that I know it can be." [More]

Best and worst of Oprah as magazine cover girl

The folks at O, The Oprah Magazine ring in their 10th anniversary with the May issue. Winfrey herself has been on the cover of every issue in the magazine’s history. [More]

Navy nixes smoking on submarines

Smoking and submarines don't mix. That's the message the U.S. Navy is sending after announcing that smoking will no longer be permitted below decks on its submarines effective December 31. [More]

Mexico may cut millions of cellphones to fight crime

Tens of millions of Mexicans could find their cellphones disconnected this weekend if the government goes ahead with a new law meant to fight crime by forcing people to register their identities. [More]

Feds: Texas bomb suspect angry at government

A man accused of dropping more than 30 explosive devices into mailboxes and other locations across east Texas did so out of anger toward the government and was acting alone, federal authorities said Thursday. [More]

Families of slain Washington state police officers file suit

The families of three police officers shot to death in a Washington state coffee shop last year are suing a county in the state, alleging its jail didn't heed warnings that should have kept the gunman behind bars, officials announced Thursday. [More]

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