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Monday, June 14

Sunday School teacher gets life without parole in killing of daughter's playmate

Former Sunday School teacher Melissa Huckaby apologized Monday in a California courtroom after being sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing her daughter's 8-year-old playmate. [More]

Travel-planner booked cruises, then burglarized clients' homes

A former Royal Caribbean Cruise Line employee has been arrested and charged with burglarizing the homes of 24 vacationers who were spending time at sea. [More]

Van der Sloot attorney quits

Joran van der Sloot's Peruvian attorney has resigned from defending the murder suspect, the attorney told Peru's Foreign Press Association on Monday. "This has created many problems for me," attorney Maximo Altez Navarro said. [More]

Sailor Abby Sunderland's Dad Signed Her To TV Deal Before Her Doomed Voyage

Here's a dose of reality. The father of teen sailor Abby Sunderland told The NY Post that he's broke and had signed a contract to do a reality show, "Adventures in Sunderland," about his family of daredevil kids weeks after she set off on her doomed and dangerous solo sail around the globe. [More]

Lawyer attempting to regain assets of dead lottery winner

A central Florida lawyer is trying to regain property and cash pertaining to Abraham Shakespeare, on behalf of the killed lottery winner's two children. [More]

Boston archdiocese: Priest on leave after sexual abuse allegations

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Sunday it has put a senior priest on administrative leave after receiving complaints of sexual abuse of children about 50 years ago, church officials said. [More]

Jimmy Dean, sausage king and country music star, dies

The country star turned sausage king has passed away at the age of 81, his wife said Sunday night. [More]

Pa. boy rescues little sister from abductor

When 8-year-old Nathan Kuhns saw a man trying to abduct his 4-year-old sister during a family vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C., he just did what came naturally. "I screamed because of the fact someone was trying to pull her in the car and I went down there and beat the crap out of this guy," the Pittsburgh-area boy told a local TV station. [More]

Hire a hit man, lose the house

A bill scheduled to be heard in a California legislative committee would ensure that spouses who solicit the murder of their husband or wife would not benefit financially in divorce cases. [More]

Employers to see 2011 medical costs jump

Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report. [More]

U.S. Finds $1 Trillion of Resources in Afghanistan

The United States government found almost $1 trillion of mineral deposits, including iron ore, copper and lithium, in Afghanistan, the New York Times said, citing Pentagon documents and General David Petraeus. [More]

Democrats want investigation into surprise Senate primary winner

As political newcomer Alvin Greene calls on South Carolina's Democratic establishment to get behind him, party leaders are calling for an investigation into his surprise win in the state's Democratic Senate primary. [More]

Popular US designer found dead in Bahamas

A South Florida interior designer whose elegant creations were popular with movie stars, models and fashion icons was found dead in an exclusive area of the Bahamas, authorities said Sunday. [More]

New sensors deployed to gauge oil spill

BP began deploying pressure sensors on its ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in an effort to fine-tune estimates of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, government and company officials said. [More]

BP oil storage tank washes ashore on Florida beach

An oil storage tank suspected to have been on the Deepwater Horizon rig has washed ashore on a northwest Florida beach, local officials said on Sunday. [More]

Rigger Faces Trial in Deadly New York City Crane Collapse

It was one of the nation's deadliest construction crane accidents: A 200-foot-tall rig crashed down on a dense city block, killing seven people, leaving a gash of destruction near the United Nations and raising questions about the safety of the steel spindles that build skyscrapers. [More]

Case of missing Oregon boy shifts to criminal investigation

After 10 days of extensive searching and following up on hundreds of tips, the case of a missing Oregon boy has been classified as a possible crime, authorities announced Sunday. [More]

Annie comic strip ends after 87-year run

Facing a shifting media landscape, Tribune Media Services has determined there will be no more newspaper tomorrows for Annie. [More]

Sunday, June 13

'Jackass' star hospitalized after getting hit in head with baseball bat

"Jackass" star Bam Margera was knocked down on his own derriere when a woman hit him in the head with a baseball bat Saturday morning outside a bar he owns. [More]

Diddy defends giving son, 16, a $360,000 Maybach

Some parents give a new or used car to their fortunate child when they turn age 16, but hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs took it to a whole new level. [More]

Sheriff's deputies raid Sizzler steak houses in Phoenix, detain 9 in fraudulent document probe

Sheriff's deputies raided two Sizzler steak house restaurants in Phoenix, arresting nine employees who are suspected of being illegal immigrants and using fraudulent documents to get jobs. [More]

Baltimore PD Search for One of Their Own

Police in Baltimore, MD are conducting a manhunt looking for one of their own Saturday night. An arrest warrant has been issued for Officer Gahiji A. Tshamba for last week's murder of an unarmed marine outside a Baltimore nightclub. [More]

Man who killed, dismembered wife at Las Vegas hotel, then ate part of her, sentenced to death

A former math teacher who killed and dismembered his wife in a Las Vegas hotel room because he didn't want her to get half his family's estate in a divorce has been sentenced to death. [More]

In bold move, Colorado alters teacher tenure rules

Colorado is changing the rules for how teachers earn and keep the sweeping job protections known as tenure, linking student performance to job security despite outcry from teacher unions that have steadfastly defended the system for decades. [More]

Engineers say Interior Department changed oil report after they signed it

A group of engineers and oil experts said Friday that the Interior Department changed the language of a high-profile oil spill report after they'd signed it, falsely signaling their support for a drilling moratorium that they thought went too far. [More]

Suspect's mom: Son is 'stupid,' not a terrorist

The mother of one of the two New Jersey men arrested last week at a New York airport allegedly on their way to fight with an al Qaeda-affiliated group in Somalia says the two men are guilty of stupidity - but not of the sinister plan described by authorities. Nadia Alessa told CNN that her son went to 16 or 17 psychiatrists for what she called "anger management issues." [More]

Texas GOP ousts chair, wants Ariz. immigration law

Fired-up Republican activists in no mood for compromises threw out their party chairwoman Saturday, then bucked Texas Gov. Rick Perry by pushing for a crackdown on illegal immigration similar to Arizona's new law. [More]

Teen sailor healthy, weary after 3 days adrift

Rescued solo sailor Abby Sunderland summed up the end of her circumnavigation quest in a sentence. "The long and the short of it is, well, one long wave, and one short mast (short meaning two inch stub)," the 16-year-old California girl wrote on her blog just hours after she was rescued Saturday from her crippled sailboat in the turbulent southern Indian Ocean. [More]

Saturday, June 12

Bars run dry as army of fans descend on South Africa

A mass of English and US football fans overwhelmed the South African backwater of Rustenburg Saturday, grabbing a bed for the night in private homes and drinking the bars dry. [More]

Va. inmate: 'Only way to stop me' is death row

For seven days, Robert Gleason Jr. begged correctional officers and counselors at Wallens Ridge State Prison to move his new cellmate. The constant singing, screaming and obnoxious behavior were too much, and Gleason knew he was ready to snap. [More]

Attorney Barred From Jail Over Bra, Then for Taking It Off

An attorney in Miami was prevented from seeing one of her clients at a federal detention center due to the metal underwire in her bra. Brittney Horstman removed the bra in a bathroom and passed the metal detectors, but was then told that going braless was a violation of prison dress code guidelines. [More]

French Fishing Vessel Rescues Teenage Sailor

The father of 16-year-old Abby Sunderland said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority had contacted him to confirm the rescue more than 2,000 miles from the western Australia coast. French authorities called it a "delicate operation" and at one point the fishing boat's captain fell into the ocean. [More]

$2.6 million bid wins lunch with Warren Buffett

A bidder has agreed to pay $2.63 million for a steak lunch with the billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a charity auction held on eBay Inc's website. [More]

Nevada high court hears O.J. Simpson appeal

O.J. Simpson's lawyer told a panel of Nevada Supreme Court justices Friday that the former football star's conviction in a gunpoint hotel room heist amounted to prejudicial "payback" for Simpson's 1994 double-murder acquittal. [More]

Sleeping With Married Celebs Can Mean Millions

They use a mattress as a springboard to fame and fortune. With the concept of shame out the window and infamy guaranteed by one phone call to US Weekly, the options for the mistresses of Tiger Woods, Jesse James and other high profile philanderers to make big bucks these days are many. [More]

Ark. flood tore through park as campers slept; 16 dead

Floodwaters that rose as swiftly as 8 feet an hour tore through a campground packed with vacationing families early today, carrying away tents and overturning RVs as campers slept. At least 16 people were killed, and dozens more missing and feared dead. [More]

Saudis clear Israel to bomb Iran?

Saudi Arabia will allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran's nuclear facilities, the London Times reported on Saturday. [More]

Jodie Foster, teenager clash over photos

The family of a 17-year-old teenager has accused Oscar winner Jodie Foster of being rough with the boy after he snapped photographs of the Oscar-winning actress and her sons outside a movie theater. [More]

Peanut snacks might be banned from airlines

Federal regulators are considering a snack attack on the nation's airlines that would restrict or even completely ban serving peanuts on commercial flights. [More]

Lawyer: Minn. SWAT officer who robbed bank saw life crumbling, sought death for insurance cash

A Minneapolis SWAT officer who held up a suburban bank and who is accused of robbing several other businesses was worried about his wife and sick daughter, and tormented by nightmares from his time fighting in Iraq, his attorney said in a court filing Friday. [More]

Judge orders van der Sloot held for murder

Angry onlookers shouted "Disgrace!" and "Murderer!" at Joran van der Sloot on Friday after a judge ordered him jailed on first-degree murder and robbery charges in the beating and strangling death of a young Lima woman. [More]

Man claims cow seduced him for sex

An 18-year-old Indonesian man says he was seduced by a cow, and that's why he was having sex with it. [More]

Undocumented Harvard student says he faces deportation to Mexico after trying to board plane

A Harvard University student says he is facing deportation to Mexico after being detained by immigration authorities. The 19-year-old says he was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by his family at age 4 and is studying molecular biology at Harvard. [More]

Court throws out key evidence in Barry Bonds case

A U.S. appeals court agreed on Friday to throw out key government evidence prosecutors say linked baseball home-run king Barry Bonds to steroid use, dealing a setback to a long-simmering case. [More]

Off-Duty Maryland Trooper Killed in Dispute Over Applebee's Bill

Police were searching for a man who shot and killed an off-duty Maryland state trooper early Friday after the trooper escorted him from a restaurant over a disputed bill, Prince George's County police said. [More]

Ladies' night not all right, state says

It's a bastion of bar culture: "Ladies' Night," staged to attract female customers by cutting their drink prices and cover charges. It's also illegal gender discrimination, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. [More]

Man found guilty of stalking Shawn Johnson

A judge found a Florida man guilty of stalking Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson on Friday and later determined he was legally insane at the time of the crime. [More]

Alleged prostitute had $600,000 cash

Police in Connecticut said a woman who allegedly ran a prostitution business at her home had $600,000 in profits stored in a safety deposit box. [More]

Kagan role in Clinton sex harassment suit withheld

Bill Clinton's presidential library won't publicly release memos and notes Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wrote about the sexual harassment lawsuit that triggered Clinton's impeachment. [More]

Judge sentences Wisconsin inmate to 27 months of prison for helping cellmate commit suicide

A Wisconsin inmate was sentenced to 27 months in prison Friday for assisted suicide after describing how he helped his cellmate, a killer, hang himself last year. [More]

16-month-old boy safely rescued after 55 hour standoff

A 16-month-old boy rode to safety in the arms of a heavily armored and armed SWAT team member Friday after police ended a standoff with a wanted man who had been holding the boy hostage for 55 hours. [More]

Friday, June 11

Coleman’s ex-wife files for control of his estate

The ex-wife of Gary Coleman filed a petition on Thursday in a Utah court to be appointed as the special administrator of the former child actor's estate. [More]

Teen sailor found alive, well after 20 hours of silence

A 16-year-old California girl who was feared lost at sea while sailing solo around the world has been found alive and well, adrift in the southern Indian Ocean with rescue boats headed toward her damaged yacht, officials said. [More]

Lawyers say accused Somali pirates didn't rob or seize US ship, ask for charges to be dropped

Piracy charges against six Somali nationals should be dismissed because the defendants did not take over or rob the U.S. Navy ship they are accused of attacking, lawyers for the men argue. [More]

2 officers fired, 1 quit after Atlanta police probe of elderly woman's 2006 shooting

Two Atlanta police officers involved in the 2006 fatal shooting of a 92-year-old grandmother were fired after an internal investigation found they lied and falsified documents after the botched drug raid. [More]

Police: Man had 7 children with daughter

A 54-year-old man accused of fathering seven children with his daughter was arrested this week in Pinheiro, Brazil, police said, according to CNN affiliate Record TV. [More]

Girl, 6, killed by car fleeing L.A. police

A six-year-old girl was killed after a car being pursued by Los Angeles police crashed, slamming her against a house. [More]

Van der Sloot says he knows Holloway location

Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot told police investigators that he knows the location of the body of missing U.S. teen Natalee Holloway, the chief of Peru's criminal police said. [More]

Ore. man accused of snipping bus passengers' hair sentenced to 2 1/3 years in prison

A 23-year-old man accused of snipping the hair of unsuspecting bus passengers was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/3 years in prison. Multnomah County investigators said Jared Weston Walter cut large clumps of hair from three women and stuck glue in the hair of one woman on Portland-area buses in the past year. [More]

Trapped Conn. man tried cutting off his own arm

Jonathan Metz had been trapped for two days in his basement with his left arm stuck in a broken furnace. Smelling rotting flesh, he decided that amputation was his only hope. [More]

'Too Sexy' Banker Debrahlee Lorenzana Wanted Her 'Melons' to Be in Playboy

The self-proclaimed "too sexy" banker suing Citibank over her termination walked Thursday into the Chase branch in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she currently works wearing a tight-fitting black dress and shiny black stilettos -- but was mum about videos where she discusses her plastic surgery. [More]

SEC puts in new 'circuit breaker' rules

Federal regulators on Thursday put in place new rules aimed at preventing a repeat of last month's harrowing "flash crash" in the stock market. [More]

Stolen bike returned to autistic girl

A San Francisco man said his autistic daughter's tandem bicycle, stolen nearly a month ago, was found and presented to the girl at a police station. [More]

Montana gov. says voters didn't envision today's medical marijuana issues, advocates changes

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says legalization of medical marijuana has not worked out as voters planned, and agrees the state needs a legislative fix. [More]

OJ lawyer to make high court appeal for new trial

O.J. Simpson's lawyer says time could be the biggest hurdle he'll face when he asks the Nevada Supreme Court on Friday to overturn the imprisoned former football star's conviction in a September 2007 hotel room heist and grant a new trial. [More]

Judge to Blagojevich: Stop gesturing at trial at former Illinois governor's corruption trial

A federal judge says the famously demonstrative former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will have to learn to sit still and not express his emotions at his corruption trial. [More]

Report details suicide attempt by Larry King's wife

The wife of TV personality Larry King attempted suicide late last month in Utah by overdosing on prescription drugs as she battled depression, according to a police report made public on Thursday. [More]

State Senator Files Bill to Save Job of ROTC Instructor Who Refuses to Pay Union Fee

A Massachusetts state senator has introduced a bill to save the job of a retired U.S. Marine, a public high school junior ROTC instructor who says he’ll get the ax if he doesn’t chalk up a $500 teacher’s union fee. [More]

Experts Say White House 'Misrepresented' Views to Justify Drilling Moratorium

The seven experts who advised President Obama on how to deal with offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon explosion are accusing his administration of misrepresenting their views to make it appear that they supported a six-month drilling moratorium -- something they actually oppose. [More]

Gulf spill may have spewed 40,000 barrels a day

Researchers have doubled estimates of how much oil has been spewing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, reporting Thursday that up to 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) a day may have escaped for weeks. [More]

Lousiana officials want drilling resumed - now

At the same time they are venting their fury on BP over the Gulf of Mexico spill and its calamitous environmental effects, Louisiana politicians are rushing to the defense of the oil-and-gas industry and pleading with Washington to bring back offshore drilling — now. [More]

Teachers tamper with test scores

The staff of Normandy Crossing Elementary School outside Houston eagerly awaited the results of state achievement tests this spring. For the principal and assistant principal, high scores could buoy their careers at a time when success is increasingly measured by such tests. For fifth-grade math and science teachers, the rewards were more tangible: a bonus of $2,850. [More]

Thursday, June 10

Neb. man dies after being strangled by pet snake

A suburban Omaha man has died after being strangled by his 9-foot, 25-pound pet boa constrictor, authorities said Thursday. Cory Byrne, 34, had been showing the snake to a friend when it wrapped around his shoulders and neck and squeezed, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said. [More]

California girl sailor, 16, missing in Indian Ocean

A 16-year-old girl from California attempting to sail around the world alone has gone missing in the Indian Ocean after apparently signaling that she was in trouble, media reports said on Thursday. [More]

Ban on gay blood donors revisited

Should gay men be allowed to donate blood? A government health committee is re-examining that question today. A regulation created at the height of the 1980s' AIDS epidemic banned men who have had sex with another man since 1977 from ever giving blood. [More]

Surgery no longer a requirement for changing gender on passport

The U.S. State Department announced Wednesday a new policy that no longer requires passport applicants seeking a gender change to have undergone sexual reassignment surgery. [More]

Woman allegedly drove with 0.39 BAC, child in vehicle

Police on Monday found a 40-year-old Sheboygan woman slumped over the steering wheel of a running minivan with a 0.39 blood-alcohol level and her 3-year-old child in the backseat, according to a criminal complaint. [More]

Last pics of Gary Coleman stir taste debate

A picture of Sandra Bullock posing as a new mom on the cover of PEOPLE magazine sold millions of copies. A photo of an actress on her wedding day could go for hundreds of thousand of dollars. Fans love images of their favorite star as new parents or getting married. [More]

Car drags woman clinging to designer purse

A woman in Scotland was dragged behind a car after a purse snatcher tried to take her Louis Vuitton handbag and she wouldn't let go. [More]

Teacher canned for premarital sex

A Florida teacher's lawsuit against her old school says she was fired because administrators found out her baby was conceived before her wedding. [More]

Cost of raising a child can run up to $475,680

According to a recently released Department of Agriculture report, it now costs as much as $475,680 for those in the highest income group to raise a child to age 18. The figure for middle income earners was $286,050. And that doesn't count college. [More]

Mass. court allows felony charge against former legislator accused of sexual harassment

Massachusetts' highest court says prosecutors can proceed with a felony charge against a former state Democratic legislator accused of sexually harassing four women and trying to grope one of them. [More]

NY pizza-payoff cop admits faking his own shooting

A New York police officer who pleaded guilty to official misconduct for taking three pizzas as payment for covering up a woman's traffic ticket now admits he faked his own shooting. [More]

Delay in FBI case gave Van der Sloot time to get to Peru

The FBI thought it was closing in on Joran van der Sloot in the notorious Natalee Holloway missing-teenager case, and he was videotaped and paid $25,000 in a sting operation. But when the agency delayed his arrest to help build a criminal case, he took the money and headed for Peru, where authorities say he now has confessed to killing a different young woman. [More]

Bossy robbers make victim help carry loot

Indianapolis police say three armed men who broke into a man's apartment not only stole his flat-screen television, they forced him to help them move it down a flight of stairs. [More]

Mexican Teen Killed on Border Was 'Known Juvenile Smuggler,' Sources Say

he 15-year-old Mexican boy who was shot dead by a Border Patrol agent as U.S. authorities came under attack along the border Tuesday was known to authorities as a juvenile smuggler, sources close to the investigation said. [More]

Big winners in Gulf? Lawyers

The oil hasn't stopped gushing, but the spill in the Gulf is already spewing a multitude of lawsuits. [More]

McDonald's offers $3 for recalled glasses

Illinois-based chain McDonald's is offering $3 cash for the return of any recalled piece of "Shrek" glassware, but the items are selling for up to $5 on eBay. [More]

Ex-Fla. lawyer gets 50 years for Ponzi scheme

Disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein, whose seemingly unlimited wealth bought palatial homes, exotic cars and mega-yachts, was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison for operating a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme using faked legal settlements. [More]

Playmate Anna Nicole Smith items to go up for auction

Some 165 items that belonged to the late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith will be put up for auction later this month in Las Vegas after a judge Wednesday approved the sale organized by her former partner. [More]

Ex-ESPN worker who had affair with Phillips sues

A former ESPN production assistant whose affair with broadcaster Steve Phillips led to their firings has filed a lawsuit against the sports network saying it defamed her. [More]

Heart attack rates drop sharply, study shows

Heart attack rates fell 24 percent in California between 2000 and 2008, probably because of better care, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. [More]

NYC man imprisoned for 16 years freed after murder conviction tossed

A man who spent 16 years in prison on a New York City murder conviction has been freed after the Brooklyn district attorney's office conceded the case had been mishandled and should be thrown out. [More]

GM to employees: Don't say 'Chevy'

General Motors Corp. employees should no longer refer to Chevrolet automobiles as "Chevys," sales and marketing officials said in an internal memo. [More]

Researchers note mysterious decline in world snake population

Scientists have noted an "amazing" decline in the world snake population, but are uncertain as to the cause, the BBC reports. [More]

Alleged Harvard Scammer Also Accepted at Stanford

Adam Wheeler, who is accused of scamming his way into Harvard University, apparently didn't stop there. [More]

Wednesday, June 9

Woman aims to eat way to being world's fattest

A New Jersey woman is waging a campaign to become the world's heaviest living woman, admitting that she is as hungry for attention as she is for calorie-rich food. Donna Simpson, 42, weighs more than 600 lbs and aims to reach 1,000 pounds. [More]

S.C. Senate candidate has felony charge pending

South Carolina's Democratic Party has asked its own Senate nominee to withdraw after learning the man has been charged with a felony. But the candidate says he won't budge. [More]

Ohio woman jailed for calling 911 seeking husband

An Ohio woman spent three days in jail for calling the 911 emergency line five times seeking a husband. The dispatcher was flabbergasted by the requests and asked Audrey Scott, of Alliance, "You need to get a husband?" The 57-year-old Scott responded, "Yes." [More]

Larry King's wife recovering from apparent OD

A spokesman for Larry King says the talk-show host's wife is recovering after an apparent prescription drug overdose. [More]

Texas goes after alleged 'past due' scam

Texas is accusing Bally Total Fitness Corp. of "false, misleading and deceptive acts and practices" for allegedly mailing false "past due" notices to customers. [More]

Gore Daughter Separates From Husband

Karenna Gore Schiff, the oldest of Al and Tipper Gore's four kids, announced today that she and husband Dr. Andrew Schiff have separated after 12 years of marriage. [More]

Simon Cowell Gives 5-Year Old Girl Dying Wish

A 5-year-old girl with inoperable brain cancer wanted just one thing, to sing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' to her favorite TV judge. [More]

Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Patrol Agent

A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a 15-year-old Mexican boy after a group trying to illegally enter Texas threw rocks at officers near downtown El Paso, U.S. authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Rig survivors: BP ordered shortcut on day of blast

The morning the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, a BP executive and a Transocean official argued over how to proceed with the drilling. The BP official wanted workers to replace heavy mud, used to keep the well's pressure down, with lighter seawater to help speed a process that was costing an estimated $750,000 a day and was already running five weeks late, rig survivors told CNN. [More]

Paula Deen housekeeper charged with theft

Police say a housekeeper stole and tried to pawn thousands of dollars worth of jewelry belonging to Food Network star and celebrity chef Paula Deen. [More]

15-year-old girl pleads guilty to assault in Seattle bus tunnel beating

A 15-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in a Seattle bus tunnel beating of another girl that was captured on surveillance video. [More]

Wash. business offers $1,000 for stolen doormat

A Washington state business is offering a $1,000 reward to catch a thief who took a doormat worth about $20. KREM-TV reported that the owners of Advanced Metal Technologies in Spokane are angry at the ripoff and want to catch the man who may be looking to break into the metal building business. [More]

Phoenix man killed wife, lived with dead body for days before calling authorities

Police are investigating a bizarre killing in Phoenix after a husband allegedly shot and killed his wife with a handgun and lived with her dead body since Friday. [More]

Gay guys really are thinner, study says

A new study shows that gay men really are leaner than straight men. And conversely, it also found that gay women tend to be heavier than their heterosexual counterparts. [More]

NY teen charged in 2nd plot on his old high school

A teenager plotted with another to pull off a Columbine-style attack on his former high school, authorities on New York's Long Island said Tuesday — the second time in three years he has been accused of such a plot. [More]

Short people at higher risk of heart problems

Short people have a 50 percent higher risk of having a heart problem or dying from one, when compared to tall people, a new study says, though weight, blood pressure and smoking habits remain more important factors. [More]

Judge says Lindsay Lohan violated terms of her bail

A judge says Lindsay Lohan has violated terms of her bail, and she has set new bail for the actress at $200,000. [More]

Chris Brown denied entry to Britain for tour

R&B singer Chris Brown has postponed his tour to Britain after being denied a visa to enter the country in a decision linked to his sentence for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna 16 months ago. [More]

Mass. teacher finds 1792 document in classroom

A Massachusetts teacher cleaning up her classroom in preparation for a move has discovered a Colonial-era document buried in a pile of outdated textbooks and dusty scraps of papers. [More]

NY's Empire State Building says 'no' to Mother Teresa lighting

New York City's Empire State Building said "yes" to Mariah Carey, dog shows, cancer charities — and even the 60th anniversary of communist China. [More]

Legacy for One Billionaire: Death, but No Taxes

A Texas pipeline tycoon who died two months ago may become the first American billionaire allowed to pass his fortune to his children and grandchildren tax-free. [More]

Former White House lawyer charged with trying to kill wife

A former White House attorney charged with trying to kill his wife at their Connecticut home has posted bail and is undergoing treatment at a mental hospital. [More]

Woman goes to pick up mail, gets trapped 4 hours

A woman making a stop to pick up her mail from a post office in Michigan ended up trapped inside for four hours because of a door malfunction. WJBK-TV reported the post office in Willis about 28 miles southwest of Detroit was closed Thursday evening when the woman stopped by but the post office box area was open. After she went inside to get her mail, she couldn't get out. [More]

Man Hides Next to Landing Gear, Survives Flight

A 20-year-old Romanian who said he was looking for work hid himself in the wheel well of a jet parked at Vienna's airport and survived a 1½-hour flight to London because the plane was flying low due to bad weather, Austrian and British police and media said Wednesday. [More]

Car reportedly owned by Kanye West stolen, wrecked

Police are trying to determine who stole a pricey Porsche Panamera that reportedly belonged to rapper Kanye West, and crashed it into a Honolulu house. [More]

BP chief: coastal spill to get worse

A senior BP executive today indicated that the oil washing up on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico could be just the start of a 50-day build-up of pollution. [More]

Tuesday, June 8

Man buys police website, publishes speed camera info

Brian McCrary found the perfect venue to gripe about a $90 speeding ticket when he went to the Bluff City Police Department's website, saw that its domain name was about to expire, and bought it right out from under the city's nose. [More]

Dutchman confesses to killing Lima woman

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, long the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of a U.S. teen in Aruba, has confessed to killing a young Peruvian woman in his Lima hotel room last week, a police spokesman said. [More]

Lightning kills 25-year-old American woman minutes before engagement

A 25-year-old American woman was killed by lightning minutes before her engagement in Max Patch, U.S. [More]

Surgeon fined $5K for removing wrong organ

A Florida surgeon who mistakenly removed a patient's kidney instead of his gallbladder has been fined $5,000, officials said. [More]

Obama wants to know 'whose ass to kick' over oil spill

President Barack Obama rounded on his critics Tuesday as US officials warned the Gulf Coast's fragile economy and environment would take years to recover from the worst oil spill in US history. [More]

What's With all the Girl-on-Girl Kissing?

"The kissing of two major female celebrities onstage should come as no surprise at this juncture in our societal development," openly gay family law expert attorney Steven Knowles tells "Gay conduct, gay stories, and gay celebrities themselves are becoming increasingly prominent." [More]

Obama addresses Michigan high school graduation

In an unusual presidential speech to high school graduates Monday night, President Obama urged students to persevere in their goals and "take responsibility not just for your successes, [but] take responsibility where you fall short as well." [More]

Broker offers to buy Illinois' debts

A Georgia company entering the debt brokering business is hoping to profit from the state of Illinois' failure to pay its bills for months at a time by arranging for struggling vendors to sell their overdue paper at a discount. [More]

Woman charged with adultery after sex on picnic table

A 41-year-old woman caught having sex on a picnic table in a Batavia park faces a rare charge of adultery after an officer saw her and a man in the act, city police said today. [More]

Chain-smoking toddler cuts back to 15 a day

A chain-smoking Indonesian toddler has cut back to 15 cigarettes a day thanks to "therapy focused on playing", a child welfare official said. [More]

Obama: Helen Thomas' Comments on Israel 'Out of Line'

President Barack Obama says White House newswoman Helen Thomas made the right decision to retire after she created an uproar by saying that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine." [More]

Charlie Sheen plea deal hits snag

Charlie Sheen must wait at least another month to learn his punishment for a domestic violence charge after a plea deal that would have sent the actor to jail hit a snag on Monday. [More]

China blames North Korea for killing three of its citizens

China accused North Korea border guards of shooting and killing three Chinese citizens and wounding one near the two countries' border last week. [More]

Overtreated: Pain in the back widely overtreated

By one recent estimate, Americans are spending a staggering $86 billion a year in care for aching backs — from MRIs to pain pills to nerve blocks to acupuncture. That research found little evidence that the population got better as the bill soared over the past decade. [More]

Monday, June 7

Helen Thomas retires after Israel flap

Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas has retired effective immediately, Hearst Corporation said Monday. [More]

'Too-Hot' Former Citi Employee Defies Chase

The former Citibank employee who claimed she was fired because of her distractingly good looks could soon lose another job and file a brand new lawsuit over a potentially controversial body part: her mouth. [More]

White House reporter's high school speech canceled over flap

A high school graduation speech by veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas has been canceled because of controversial remarks she made about Israel. [More]

Mexico: 6 bodies in cave, 3 with hearts cut out

Police discovered six dead bodies in a cavern near the tourist resort of Cancun on Sunday, three of them cut open and their hearts removed. [More]

N.J. man held at JFK: I'll outdo Fort Hood killer

The young men's intentions were sinister, according to officials: to head to Somalia to seek terror training from al-Qaida-affiliated jihadists and unleash attacks against fellow Americans. [More]

Father Allegedly Tasered Man Who 'Sexted' Daughter

An outraged father in French Valley, Calif., was arrested and charged with multiple felonies after allegedly using a stun gun on a man who "sexted" his 17-year-old daughter. [More]

Tiger hits three fans, finishes 19th at Memorial

Every time Tiger Woods hits a spectator with a ball, he tries to make it up to them by giving them an autographed golf glove. He was running low on gloves Sunday at the Memorial Tournament. [More]

White hair signals healing in cancer patients

When your hair turns white it is usually a sign of old age, but in advanced melanoma patients taking a new type of cancer treatment, it may be a very good sign, researchers said on Saturday. [More]

Babysitter left kids in car outside salon

Police in southwest Florida say a baby sitter left two children and two pets in a car with the windows rolled up on a hot afternoon while she got a facial at a salon. [More]

Video captures wanted porn actor's deadly fall

Surrounded by a SWAT team on a rocky cliff, a porn actor suspected of killing a colleague last week moved to the edge of the outcropping and fell some 40 feet to his death, ending a dramatic, daylong standoff with police outside Los Angeles. [More]

Bullock gets standing ovation at first public appearance since divorce

After her divorce filing from Jesse James was announced weeks ago, fans have been waiting to see when she might return to the public eye. She did so last night with a bang at the Guys Choice Awards, where she accepted the Troops Choice Award for entertainer of the year from Robert Downey Jr. [More]

Service organizations get $234 million in government grants

The government took the first step Monday in expanding the AmeriCorps program, awarding grants to nonprofits and other organizations to put 57,000 AmeriCorps members to work in communities around the country. [More]

Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage

If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts. [More]

More leak control helps BP but spill menaces Florida

Shares of BP Plc gained Monday after it announced progress in containing its Gulf of Mexico oil leak but the energy giant still faced tough questions from investors and U.S. lawmakers as the spill threatened more of the U.S. Gulf coast. [More]

Many Gulf Coast judges have links to oil industry

More than half of the federal judges in districts where the bulk of Gulf oil spill-related lawsuits are pending have financial connections to the oil and gas industry, complicating the task of finding judges without conflicts to hear the cases, an Associated Press analysis of judicial financial disclosure reports shows. [More]

New oil plume evidence uncovered

As if the pictures of birds, fish and animals killed by floating oil in the Gulf of Mexico are not disturbing enough, scientists now say they have found evidence of another danger lurking underwater. [More]

Sunday, June 6

Madoff in Profanity-Laced Tirade on Victims

Bernie Madoff has become a folk hero to most of his fellow inmates - but when one inmate lashed out at the disgraced Ponzi schemer for his $65 billion theft, Madoff barked: "F--- my victims. I carried them for 20 years, and now I'm doing 150 years," New York magazine reports. [More]

Lawyers want defendant's neo-Nazi tattoos covered

Attorneys for a prison inmate accused of killing a guard while escaping from a Salt Lake City medical center are seeking to cover his neo-Nazi tattoos during his trial. [More]

Porn actor, wanted for murder, dies after falling off cliff

A porn actor, who was accused of killing a coworker with a sword, died after falling off a cliff Saturday when police used a stun gun to subdue him. [More]

NY liver transplant recipient guilty of drunken driving, alcohol level 7 times legal limit

A New York man who received a liver transplant in January has pleaded guilty to driving drunk when he hit a pedestrian less than three months later. [More]

Ill. police probe lead on ex-cop's missing wife

Investigators are picking their way across a muddy stretch of remote central Illinois as they follow a lead into the disappearance and possible homicide of the fourth wife of a former suburban Chicago police officer. [More]

Fla. man lends truck to stranger for beer run, claims carjacking when stranger doesn't return

Lending one's truck to a stranger to make a beer run is stupid. Compounding that by telling police you were carjacked is stupider. [More]

Students put animals in school ceilings

Seven northern New Jersey students are facing numerous charges for placing rabbits, mice, roosters and chickens inside ceilings at their high school as part of a senior prank. [More]

Corpse flower blooms, stinks up the place

The corpse flower was in bloom during the weekend at California's Huntington Library and fans of its nasty odor were not disappointed, library officials said. [More]

Oil spill cap catching about 10,000 barrels a day

BP's oil spill cap, designed to stop a huge leak from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, is currently catching around 10,000 barrels a day, its chief executive Tony Hayward told the BBC Sunday. [More]

Miley Cyrus kisses a girl on 'Britain's Got Talent'

Did Miley Cyrus pull an Adam Lambert move last night? She has been wowing Europe - first with this outfit as she performed in Paris three nights ago - and now she's making headlines for appearing to kiss a female dancer during a performance in London last night. [More]

Obama names Clapper to head spy agencies

President Barack Obama has nominated the Pentagon's top intelligence official to head the nation's 16 spy agencies. [More]

Calif. mom finds missing children using Facebook

A Southern California mother whose two children were reported missing 15 years ago has tracked them down in Florida using Facebook. [More]

Spike TV: Sandra Bullock makes surprise appearance

Spike TV says Sandra Bullock has made a surprise appearance at its "Guys Choice" event in Culver City. [More]

Saturday, June 5

Charlie Sheen faces a most uncommon jail in Aspen

If, as expected, Charlie Sheen serves jail time in the wealthy enclave of Aspen, Colorado, he will live where the floors are carpeted, the cells look like college dormitories and hot meals are brought in from a hospital. [More]

Activists blast Mexico's immigration law

Arizona's new law forcing local police to take a greater role in enforcing immigration law has caused a lot of criticism from Mexico, the largest single source of illegal immigrants in the United States. But in Mexico, illegal immigrants receive terrible treatment from corrupt Mexican authorities, say people involved in the system. And Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona's that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally. [More]

St. Pete police arrest 12 at bikini bar

Seven women were charged early this morning with illegally exposing their breasts during a performance at a bikini bar Friday night. [More]

Calif. high school ends 'Beat the Jew' game

Seven seniors at a Southern California high school were facing disciplinary action for participating in a game called "Beat the Jew" in which losers were subjected to "incineration" or "enslavement," a school administrator said Friday. [More]

Helen Thomas Apologizes for Saying Jews Should 'Get the Hell Out of Palestine'

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas has issued an apology after saying in an interview that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.” [More]

Dead Activist Again in Middle of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Irish cargo ship steering toward a confrontation with Israel's navy is bearing more than just aid for the Gaza strip — it also carries the name of Rachel Corrie, an American activist who had a showdown with an Israeli army bulldozer in 2003 - and lost. [More]

Ex-Teacher Sentenced for Filming Porn With Student

A former teacher at a Fauquier County middle school has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for producing child pornography by filming himself engaging in sexual activity with a student. [More]

Oregon Police Officer Asked to Leave Vegan Coffee Shop

The Red & Black Cafe is no place for a man in blue. Police Officer James Crooker was asked to leave the vegan coffee shop in Portland, Ore., last month, a discriminatory move but not altogether uncommon at the java joint. [More]

Gary Coleman had a will; parents drop burial plans

Gary Coleman's estranged parents abandoned their effort to bury him in his native Illinois Friday after a Utah attorney revealed the actor named an executor in a 1999 will. [More]

Dodgers say lawsuit against Jon Lovitz resolved

The Los Angeles Dodgers say they've resolved a dispute with comedian and actor Jon Lovitz over nearly $100,000 in unpaid tickets. [More]

Dutch murder suspect back in Peru to face charges

A Dutch suspect in the 2005 disappearance of an Alabama teenager in Aruba and the recent murder of a 21-year-old woman in a Lima hotel was en route to Peru's capital, where a preliminary warrant for his arrest was issued. [More]

New York man admits to killing his estranged wife by lacing her coffee with cyanide

A New York man faces up to life in prison after admitting that he killed his estranged wife in 2008 by lacing her coffee with cyanide. [More]

Pregnant Woman Shot in the Head While Driving on Detroit Freeway

A pregnant woman is in a critical condition after being shot in the head while driving on an expressway in Detroit on Friday. [More]

Mississippi is easy punchline for politicians

Mississippi is one of the poorest, fattest states in the nation. As a punch line, it's the gift that keeps on giving for politicians in other places. [More]

4-year-old survives seven-story hotel fall

Palm trees breaking his fall may have saved the life of a 4-year-old boy who survived a seven-story plummet at a Miami hotel, authorities say. [More]

Black Women See Fewer Black Men at the Altar

Sociologists said the rate of black men marrying women of other races further reduces the already-shrunken pool of potential partners for black women seeking a black husband. [More]

Ump impressed with support after blown call

Umpire Jim Joyce, who blew a call that cost a Detroit pitcher a perfect game, says he's grateful for all of the support he's gotten since his blunder. [More]

'Gossip Girl' star Crawford arrested on pot charge

Texas authorities say "Gossip Girl" heartthrob Chace Crawford faces a marijuana possession charge after being arrested in the Dallas suburb of Plano. [More]

Black man's death, subsequent dragging investigated as hate crime

This week's shooting death and subsequent dragging of a black man in South Carolina are being investigated as a possible hate crime, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office said Friday. [More]

Mexican Drug Cartel Reportedly Plotted to Blow Up Texas Dam

Mexican and U.S. authorities were “secretly scrambling” last month to thwart an alleged plot by a Mexican drug cartel to blow up a Texas dam and unleash billions of gallons of water along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Houston Chronicle reported. [More]

Crude still flows in Gulf despite cap on oil gusher

BP said it has collected more than 1,800 barrels of oil since placing a cap over its ruptured undersea well, but video taken Saturday still shows a stream of crude escaping into the Gulf of Mexico. [More]

Millionaire's test rocket reaches orbit on 1st try

A multimillionaire's test rocket blasted off on its maiden voyage Friday and successfully reached orbit in a dry run for NASA's push to go commercial. [More]

Ex-Teacher Sentenced for Filming Porn With Student

A former teacher at a Fauquier County middle school has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for producing child pornography by filming himself engaging in sexual activity with a student. [More]

Jail officers astonished by inmate's contraband

Police in Wenatchee are surprised at the amount of contraband an inmate was able to smuggle into the jail rectally. The Wenatchee World said the man internally carried a cigarette lighter, rolling papers, a baggie of tobacco the size of a golf ball, a smaller baggie of marijuana, a 1-inch smoking pipe, a bottle of tattoo ink and eight tattoo needles. [More]

Friday, June 4

Victims Outraged as Calif. Church Plans to Pay Molester Priest More Than $94,000

A defrocked priest who admitted molesting more than 20 children is due to begin receiving monthly payments from an annuity purchased by the Stockton Diocese when he turns 65 on Saturday. [More]

Houston inventor in sex toy court battle

A Houston inventor whose medical device turns out to have more market value as an adult novelty item was in federal court today fighting against what he claims are sex toy knockoffs. “Our business took a major detour when men started using our prostate massager for recreational purposes,” said Amy Sung. [More]

LA Coroner: Porn Star 'Tom Dong' Killed in Sword Attack

A California coroner has released the name of the adult film actor who was killed in a sword attack at a Los Angeles porn production center as Herbert Wong, AKA 'Tom Dong.' [More]

Wis. man gets probation in dirty diaper theft

An Amherst man accused of trying to steal dirty diapers from a home has been sentenced to 30 months of probation. The complaint said Dillon Makuski entered the house because he likes to wear diapers and thought there might be some in the house. [More]

Customer e-mails CEO; phone company issues warning, then an apology

AT&T apologized to a customer Thursday after one of its agents left a message on a customer's voicemail warning him that he would receive a cease-and-desist letter after the customer e-mailed AT&T's CEO directly about some complaints. [More]

South Carolina state senator refers to candidate as 'raghead'

A South Carolina lawmaker on Thursday called a Republican gubernatorial candidate of Indian descent a "raghead," saying we have one in the White House, we don't need one in the governor's mansion. [More]

Some residents still hearing knock on door despite filling out census

Census officials are saying that many people have filled out the census incorrectly. "The system is just totally messed up," Mayor Roy Pierce said. "When is the last time you made a mistake filling out your own address? You know where you live." The U.S. Census Bureau spends about $57 for each household that is visited by an enumerator. [More]

New Jersey Father Leaves Baby Son in 119-Degree Car

A New Jersey man has been charged with child neglect after allegedly leaving his 9-month-old son in a 119-degree car for more than an hour. [More]

Mechanic who appeared on Speed Channel caught in S. Calif. fraud sting

Orange County prosecutors have charged 53 mechanics with fraud, including a man who appeared of the Speed Channel reality show "Chop Cut Rebuild." [More]

Waffle House worker survives wild ride on car hood

A Waffle House employee has survived without serious injury after three teens took off without paying and he clung to the hood of their car. The incident occurred in Murfreesboro and Andrew Brian McKnight said he wasn't trying to be a hero, but climbed onto the hood when the driver tried to run over him in his escape. [More]

NY to pay 'Mafia cop' victim record $9.9 million

The city on Thursday agreed to pay $9.9 million to an innocent man who spent 19 years behind bars after being framed by a notorious New York Police Department detective who doubled as killer for the mob. [More]

To get rid of fat, don’t eat before workout

Though many athletes eat before training, some scientists say that if you really want to get rid of more fat, you should skip the pre-workout snack. [More]

Teen suspect offered $50,000 to surrender

An anonymous donor on Thursday offered $50,000 to a notorious 19-year-old burglar suspected of raiding vacation homes and businesses and stealing planes and boats around the Northwest — if he turns himself in within five days. [More]

Alabama authorities: Van der Sloot tried to sell Holloway details

Joran van der Sloot faces an arrest warrant on charges of extortion and wire fraud in Alabama, U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said Thursday. The complaint alleges that van der Sloot tried to extort $250,000 from an individual in exchange for the location of the remains of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway. [More]

Men use altered $10 bill to steal $1,200 from Tampa laundry

Three men used an altered $10 bill to steal $1,195 from the change machine at a coin laundry, police said. [More]

Assistant police chief avoided decision on boss' arrest after drunken driving stop

A California Highway Patrol report shows Riverside's assistant police chief did not order his boss arrested or tested after officers pulled over the police chief for drunken driving. [More]

With new containment cap in place, BP waits to see if it works

BP may learn Friday how effective the new cap it placed on the ruptured undersea well is in slowing down the largest oil spill in U.S. history. [More]

World's ugliest dog dies

A bug-eyed Chinese crested hairless pooch who was officially crowned the World's Ugliest Dog has died at age 17. [More]

Canseco says he's never seen Clemens use steroids

Former slugger Jose Canseco said he told a federal grand jury Thursday that he had never seen Roger Clemens use steroids, maintaining the support he's shown for the former ace since 2008. [More]

White House says it contacted Colo. candidate about job

President Barack Obama was unaware a top aide encouraged a Colorado Democrat to apply for an international development job instead of challenging the candidate whom the president favored in a Senate race, the White House said today. [More]

White House defends dealmaking in political races

The White House scrambled Thursday to explain new revelations of political dealmaking, defending attempts to steer state primary races but saying the president was unaware an aide had urged a Colorado Democrat to seek a federal job rather than run. Republicans denounced the tactidc as "Chicago-style politics" and accused President Barack Obama of breaking his clean-politics promises. [More]

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