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Sunday, June 27

Biden Calls Custard Shop Manager a 'Smartass' After Taxes Comment

Vice President Biden called the manager of a custard shop outside of Milwaukee, Wis., a "smartass" after the man asked him to lower taxes. [More]

Calif. father accused of trying to sell his baby for $25 at Walmart is beaten by jail inmates

Jail officials in California say a father accused of trying to sell his baby for $25 outside a Walmart is recovering after other inmates beat him. [More]

Census Bureau fires 2 managers in Brooklyn after they forged questionnaires

According to reports in The New York Times and the New York Daily News on Saturday, officials said about 10,000 household interviews would have to be redone to ensure that the count is accurate. [More]

Mysterious ex-con draws comparison to Jason Bourne

Authorities came upon a startling and mysterious scene when they showed up at a luxury apartment in Los Angeles in April while investigating a call about a gas odor. The door was barricaded. A cache of loaded weapons, including an AK-47, sat next to a mosaic depicting the CIA seal. They found equipment for counterfeiting money. [More]

FIFA admits it — World Cup ball might be bad

FIFA acknowledges there might be something wrong with the Jabulani World Cup ball, but won’t act on any problems until after the tournament. [More]

Jackson: A tribute from fans, a lawsuit from dad

On the day Michael Jackson's fans paid their respects with tears, tributes, songs and dance, Jackson's father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor charged with giving his son a lethal dose of drugs. [More]

Many legislators aim to copy Ariz. immigration law

Arizona's sweeping new immigration law doesn't even take effect until next month, but lawmakers in nearly 20 other states are already clamoring to follow in its footsteps. [More]

Jay-Z leads nominees at music-filled BET Awards

Hosted by Queen Latifah, Sunday night's BET Awards promise to be a star-studded affair, and organizers say it will be packed with more performances than in previous years. [More]

Newly rescued Chihuahua takes 'ugliest dog' title

A Chihuahua's oddly curved back and legs and closed-up left eye earned the 4-year-old rescue dog top honors at the World's Ugliest Dog contest at a Northern California fair on Friday. [More]

Saturday, June 26

N.H. woman on oxygen dies after power cut to home

A woman who needed powered oxygen equipment to breathe died after she did not pay the power bill and a utility shut off her electricity, police said today. [More]

Obama picks "sanctuary city" chief to run ICE

The widow of a Houston police officer killed by an illegal immigrant was "shocked" to learn that the city's former police chief has landed the top immigration enforcement job with ICE under the Obama administration. As a police chief, Harold Hurtt was a supporter of "sanctuary city" policies, by which illegal immigrants can live without fear of exposure or detainment because police don't check for immigration papers. The killer had already been deported once, returned and then arrested at least three times before he shot and killed the officer. [More]

Thieves strip police station, take kitchen sink

Thieves have robbed a newly renovated police station in South Africa, stealing everything including the kitchen sink. [More]

Officer charged with murder testifies he mistakenly pulled gun instead of Taser

A former San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer testified Friday that he mistakenly pulled out his pistol instead of a stun gun when he shot and killed an unarmed black man who was lying face down on an Oakland train platform. [More]

Teen shot by Border Patrol had smuggling arrests

A 15-year-old Mexican boy shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent was among El Paso's most wanted juvenile immigrant smugglers, according to federal arrest records. [More]

Steve Jobs Puts Russian President in His Place

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows the Russian president how to properly hold the new iPhone 4 so it will work. [More]

NY Bar Owner Charged in Food Critic's Beating

A bar owner with a history of legal scrapes was charged Friday with hiring a man to beat up the food critic for a newspaper that has reported on the restaurateur's checkered past. [More]

Man Accused of Bulldozer Threat to U.S. Census Worker

A Fairbanks man has been accused of threatening a U.S. Census worker with a bulldozer. [More]

Boston firefighter sentenced to 8 months for role in growing marijuana

A former Boston firefighter has been sentenced to eight months in prison after admitting that he grew more than 100 pot plants that were seized from his Maine home in a federal drug raid. [More]

US teen sailor reunited with brother after ordeal

Sixteen-year-old Californian sailor Abby Sunderland got a big hug from her older brother Saturday on the appropriately named Reunion Island, and again defended her family for letting her try to sail around the world alone. [More]

Friday, June 25

Apple's Jobs: You're Holding the iPhone 4 Wrong

In an email to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a customer wrote: "I love my new iPhone 4 (nice work) but when I put my hand on the steel bands I lose all reception. It appears to be a common issue. Any plans to fix this?" Jobs' response: "Just avoid holding it in that way." [More]

When is good credit too good?

Here's one you don't see often: a bank threatening to turn away customers who pay off their credit cards too quickly. The bank, World Financial Network National Bank of Columbus, Ohio, said it loses money on such customers since they tend not to carry balances or incur late fees. [More]

Welfare recipients withdrew $1.8 million from casino ATMs

California welfare recipients withdrew more than $1.8 million in taxpayer cash on casino floors between October 2009 and May 2010, state officials said Thursday. [More]

Arrest threatened if Conn. plane unloaded

The pilot on a Virgin Atlantic flight that spent several hours on the tarmac after being diverted to Connecticut had asked for permission to let the passengers get off the plane, but a customs official threatened to have them arrested if they did, the airline said Thursday. [More]

Supreme Court ruling is good for the bad guys

The gutting of the "honest services" law by the Supreme Court could make it more difficult for prosecutors to convict corporate fraudsters. [More]

Calif couple tried to sell baby at Walmart

A California couple faces child endangerment charges after police say they tried to sell their 6-month-old baby for $25 outside a Walmart store. [More]

Pennsylvania Welfare Collector Busted After State Finds Her $700,000 Home

A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution after collecting more than $19,000 in welfare while living in a nearly $700,000 home. [More]

Brawl erupts at Calif. kindergarten graduation

Two women have been arrested following a parents' brawl that interrupted a Southern California kindergarten graduation ceremony, authorities said. [More]

Director of National Intelligence Resigns

The acting director of national intelligence has resigned, effective at the end of August, U.S. officials said Thursday, raising concerns that vacancies in the uppermost ranks of the nation's top spy office could create a security vulnerability if President Barack Obama's nominee for the post isn't confirmed soon. [More]

Google spurs ‘horse boy’ mystery

Google Street View's fleet of GPS- and camera-equipped cars have captured plenty of oddities, from flaming vans to attempted muggings, even a cult musician taking a bath. But until now it had never caught a glimpse of the horse boy. [More]

Federal panel considers Wesley Snipes' appeal

A federal appeals panel is considering whether the arrest of actor Wesley Snipes' former financial adviser could pave the way for a new trial on tax evasion charges. [More]

Palin fund illegal; donors will get money back

Administrators of a legal defense fund set up for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have 90 days to return nearly $400,000 to donors, after an ethics investigator determined the fund was illegal. [More]

Florida man escapes from 11-foot alligator

Florida wildlife officials say the alligator that attacked a snorkeler at Silver Springs this week was 11 1/2 feet long and topped 500 pounds. [More]

Shooting at Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary

Police in Los Angeles say a man has been killed and another wounded in a shooting at a medical marijuana dispensary. [More]

Thursday, June 24

'Angry women' detain accused changing room peeper

Police say 10 "angry women" detained an accused changing room peeper at a thrift store in East Tennessee until officers arrived. Twenty-year-old Bradley J. Wallen was charged with two misdemeanors, observation without consent and photographing in violation of privacy. [More]

Lady Gaga Becomes Runway Roadkill

Talk about suffering for fashion. Yesterday, cameras caught Lady Gaga taking a spill as she teetered through London's Heathrow airport in sky-high boots. [More]

TV reporter charged with shoplifting says it was for an assignment

Police say a Connecticut television traffic reporter told authorities she was working on a freelance news story when she was arrested for shoplifting. [More]

Al Gore Accused of 'Unwanted Sexual Contact'

Authorities in Oregon have confirmed a tabloid report that former Vice President Al Gore was investigated four years ago after a masseuse accused him of "unwanted sexual contact" at a Portland hotel, but the case was not pursued because of a lack of evidence. [More]

Labor Dept. Offers Assistance to Illegal Immigrants

Republican lawmakers are expressing shock over a Labor Department ad campaign that offers government assistance to illegal immigrants who think they're getting shortchanged for their work. [More]

Former Detroit mayor indicted on 19 fraud, tax charges

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was indicted Wednesday on 19 counts of federal fraud and tax charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of Michigan. [More]

Longest Match in Tennis History to Resume

Tennis has never seen anything like this. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut will finish battling out in the longest match in Open Era tennis history on Thursday. All sorts of records were broken on Court 18 at Wimbledon in what is an unfathomable match, spanning two days and now going on three. [More]

Georgia Woman Nearly Buried Alive by Trash

Emergency crews took nearly 45 minutes to reach a woman buried inside her garbage-filled Georgia home on Tuesday. [More]

Siblings brawl over butter in mac and cheese

An argument over butter in a macaroni and cheese recipe churned into violence between a brother and sister. A 21-year-old man called police June 6 to say his 17-year-old sister tried to cut his neck with the serrated edge of a spatula. [More]

Val Kilmer apologizes for 'drunk neighbors' slur

Actor Val Kilmer was given the go-ahead to rent guesthouses on his New Mexico ranch after apologizing for branding his neighbors "drunks and criminals." [More]

Ill. parolees disappear after being released early

Dozens of parolees, including one imprisoned for his part in a 2008 murder, have disappeared after they were set free as part of a secret early release program. [More]

Man run over by truck after dog puts it in gear

A man was reportedly run over by his own truck after his dog put it into gear. The sheriff's office reported that 43-year-old Christopher Bishop was checking under his Ford F-150 for oil leaks Sunday evening. [More]

Ohio woman pleads guilty to burglarizing homes while pregnant as her children waited in car

An Ohio woman who authorities say burglarized homes while her children waited in her car and at times used her 5-year-old son to help with break-ins has pleaded guilty to various charges. [More]

Mexico sends arrest petition for TV producer charged in wife's death

Three weeks after a Mexican judge ordered the arrest of Bruce Beresford-Redman in connection with the death of his wife, the reality TV producer is still living free with his children in Los Angeles, California. [More]

Disgraced millionaire lobbyist takes pizza job

Disgraced millionaire superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, newly released from prison, has taken a job at a kosher pizzeria for around 10 dollars an hour, The New York Times reported on Thursday. [More]

Aide: Blagojevich signaled he wanted Cabinet post

Only days after the November 2008 election, Rod Blagojevich told his top advisers he had signaled the president-elect that he would appoint Barack Obama's friend to the U.S. Senate in exchange for a Cabinet position for himself, the ousted governor's former chief of staff testified Wednesday. [More]

Farrah Fawcett's fight against cancer continues after her death

Farrah Fawcett's death a year ago was the top story for only a few hours, quickly eclipsed by shocking news that Michael Jackson had died. [More]

McChrystal out, Petraeus in as Afghan commander

President Barack Obama sacked his loose-lipped Afghanistan commander Wednesday, a seismic shift for the military order in wartime, and chose the familiar, admired — and tightly disciplined — Gen. David Petraeus to replace him. Petraeus, architect of the Iraq war turnaround, was once again to take hands-on leadership of a troubled war effort. [More]

Lawrence Taylor indicted on NY rape charges

Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was indicted Wednesday by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute. [More]

Former manager sues Joan Rivers, claims defamation

Joan Rivers' former manager has sued the popular comedian for more than $2 million claiming she failed to pay him commissions and defamed him in a recent documentary film about her life and career. [More]

Teen books with gay themes take off

At his Kentucky elementary school, kids taunted Brent on the playground about being gay, whatever that was. By eighth grade, he realized what they meant and came out to a friend. [More]

Owner likes orange house but neighbors see red

It happened without warning, residents of the historic and tony Peachtree Heights West neighborhood say. They woke up one day and there it was, the old Henry B. Tompkins House looking like a University of Florida Gators football helmet. [More]

Harrison Ford's wedding outfit? Wrangler jeans

Who needs an Armani tux? When Harrison Ford married longtime girlfriend Calista Flockhart on June 15, the movie star opted to tie the knot in more offbeat designer duds: Wrangler jeans. [More]

Gregg Allman undergoes successful liver transplant

Rock 'n' roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant surgery Wednesday morning at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. [More]

Has Lady Gaga gotten your attention yet?

There she is, scantily clad on the cover of the new Rolling Stone, machine guns protruding from her bra like a Quentin Tarantino-ized version of "Austin Powers' " fembots. [More]

NYPD Warned of Terror Threat to Blow Up Fuel-Filled Tanker

Cops who staff bridges and tunnels in New York City were read harrowing details of a terrorist threat Wednesday advising them to be on the lookout for a fuel-filled tanker meant to explode prior to a secondary blast designed to decimate any first responders. [More]

Wednesday, June 23

Men shot each other to test pain

Police in Australia said two men dubbed "dumb and dumber" by investigators shot each other with an air rifle to see whether it would hurt. They were hospitalized and had the pellets surgically removed. [More]

CNN hires Spitzer, Parker to co-host new program

CNN says it's hiring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker to co-host a round-table talk show for its struggling prime-time lineup. [More]

Cop killer son of Dallas chief dies in shootout with police

The city's new police chief faces one of the worst tragedies that could befall a law enforcement officer: living with the knowledge that his dead son was a cop killer. [More]

Ex-officer arrested for false shooting claim

A former North Las Vegas police officer who said his badge stopped a bullet in a shootout has been arrested for allegedly making the incident up. Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell says forensics showed the hole in Bryan Kolstad's badge was made using a screwdriver. [More]

San Francisco board passes cell phone emission law

In this city known for producing laws both path-breaking and contentious, legislators have forcefully stepped into another debate — this time over the potential danger of cell phone use. [More]

Charges dropped against man arrested after rushing wife to hospital

Chattanooga police Tuesday dropped charges against a man arrested for speeding and other violations as he tried to rush his wife to a hospital when it appeared she was having a stroke. [More]

Group to sue McDonald's over Happy Meal toys

Are the toys in your child's Happy Meal making him fat? The Center for Science in the Public Interest says they are. The Washington-based consumer advocacy group threatened to file a lawsuit against McDonald's Tuesday, charging that the fast food chain "unfairly and deceptively" markets the toys to children. [More]

Whine of Tiger shows he’s mentally weaker

If you’re the No. 1 golfer in the world and a man with aspirations of passing Jack Nicklaus for best ever, you don’t publicly blame the guy carrying your bag for losing the U.S. Open for you. [More]

Trapped drunk driver opens another beer

A drunk driver trapped after overturning his car cracked open another can of beer while he waited for emergency crews to rescue him. [More]

McChrystal out, Petraeus in as Afghan commander

President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan today, choosing the embattled general's direct boss - Gen. David Petraeus - to take over the troubled 9-year-old war. [More]

Nurse in V-J Day kiss photo dies

A nurse famously photographed being kissed by an American sailor in New York’s Times Square in 1945 to celebrate the end of World War Two has died at the age of 91, her family said on Tuesday. [More]

New York Man Kills Infant Son, Shot by State Police

State police say a man fatally shot his 3-month-old son in front of troopers before being shot and wounded by officers outside an upstate New York home. [More]

Auto dealers win while banks lose in Wall Street bill

Lawmakers on Tuesday spared auto dealers from new scrutiny and neared agreement on trading limits for banks as they raced to complete the biggest overhaul of the financial rule book since the 1930s. [More]

Workplace sabotage sends woman to jail

A woman who was accused of setting a fire at her office to get off work early pleaded guilty to a lesser charge this week. [More]

Arizona restaurant serving lion meat burgers

An Arizona restaurant owner dreamed up a novelty meal to give customers a South African experience during the World Cup. But serving burgers made with African lion meat has generated protests. [More]

Inmates got $9 million in homebuyer tax credits

A government investigator says nearly 1,300 prison inmates have wrongly received more than $9 million in tax credits for homebuyers despite being incarcerated when they reportedly bought a home. [More]

Wrestler's widow suing WWE, Conn. Senate candidate

The widow of a World Wrestling Entertainment performer who died in a televised 1999 stunt filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Connecticut-based company and its leaders, including Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon. [More]

Prince Albert of Monaco announces engagement

Prince Albert II of Monaco on Wednesday announced his engagement to 32-year-old blonde South African swimmer and fellow Olympian Charlene Wittstock. [More]

‘I hate her!’ Seinfeld says of Lady Gaga

Jerry Seinfeld has changed his opinion of Lady Gaga, who was taken to his private box at the Mets’ Citi Field after showing photographers her middle finger at a game earlier this month. [More]

Philly man charged with stalking TV actress Erbe

A Philadelphia man is facing federal charges for allegedly stalking "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" actress Kathryn Erbe. [More]

Military code demands McChrystal resign

The most important issue at hand in the furor over Gen. Stanley McChrystal's acerbic comments in Rolling Stone is the central one in a democracy: civilian control over the military. [More]

Tuesday, June 22

Teen charged with knifing 13-year-old mother of his child

San Diego prosecutors have charged a 14-year-old San Diego boy with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing the 13-year-old mother of his child. [More]

Judge rules against Obama's drilling moratorium

A judge on Tuesday ruled against the Obama administration's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the wake of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a blow to the White House which had hoped the ban would provide time to ensure other wells are operating safely. [More]

15-year-old girl sentenced to juvenile detention in Seattle bus tunnel beating case

A 15-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 to 36 weeks in a juvenile detention facility for the beating of another teenage girl at the Seattle bus tunnel that was captured on surveillance video. The widely viewed video showed uniformed security guards doing nothing to stop the beating. [More]

Man arrested after wife writes to Obama asking for help

Not everyone expects a response when they write a letter to the president of the United States. But Caroline Jamieson got much more than she expected when her husband ended up in jail and afraid he would be deported. [More]

NY law would be 1st to take all criminals' DNA, from misdemeanor offenses to felonies

Gov. David Paterson has proposed roughly doubling New York's DNA database to include samples from even low-level offenders, making it the first in the nation to so broadly collect and use this evidence to solve crimes and exonerate people wrongly convicted. [More]

Van der Sloot refuses to talk to Peruvian judge

Murder defendant Joran van der Sloot refused to speak to the Peruvian judge handling his case Monday, while a Dutch newspaper reported that he has retracted his confession. [More]

Man in custody after brother found buried in yard

Deputies had a 21-year-old man in custody Monday after his brother's body was found buried in the side yard of the family home, Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent said. [More]

US general apologizes for criticizing Obama, officials

The US commander in Afghanistan apologized for a magazine profile that quotes him denouncing a top diplomat while his aides dismiss President Barack Obama and mock his deputies. [More]

Oil firms challenge US drilling freeze

A US judge was to decide as early as Tuesday whether to lift a six-month freeze on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which officials here complain is strangling an economy already devastated by the massive oil spill. [More]

Man, 30, died in plane ride meant as a birthday gift

The plane ride that killed Daniel Lauritsen and two friends from Florida last week was intended as a birthday gift for the Eagan man. Lauritsen, 30, died along with a Florida couple in a plane crash last week. [More]

Man arrested after rushing wife to hospital; officer put on paid leave

The Chattanooga, Tennessee, police department has placed an officer on paid administrative leave after he arrested a man who was speeding and ran three red lights as he tried to rush his wife to a hospital, police said. The couple believed she was having a stroke, they said. [More]

Neb. city votes to restrict illegal immigration

This small Nebraska meatpacking town has joined Arizona at the center of a national debate about illegal immigration after voters approved a ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but an expected court challenge could keep the measure from ever taking effect. [More]

White House budget chief Orszag to step down

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag plans to leave his job in a few weeks, making him the first senior member of President Barack Obama's economic team to step down, Democratic sources said on Monday. [More]

Cartels threaten U.S. law enforcement in Arizona

In the first public incident of its kind, cartels are making direct death threats to U.S. law enforcement officials in Nogales, Arizona, the police chief there told CNN Monday. [More]

Monday, June 21

White House: A Golf Outing Isn’t a Sailboat Race

BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward’s ill-timed trip to the Isle of Wight for a yacht race this past weekend has been fodder for White House abuse. But do not equate a sailboat regatta for a golf outing, White House spokesman Bill Burton said Monday. [More]

4 educators charged with videotaped beating of 13-year-old student in Texas

Four people have been charged in connection with the beating of a student at a charter school in Houston. [More]

Times Square car bomb suspect pleads guilty in NYC

A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing, saying he wanted it known that unless the U.S. stops attacking Muslim lands, "we will be attacking U.S." [More]

Kyl: Obama's Holding Border Security 'Hostage'

Somebody's not telling the truth. It started last week when Republican Sen. Jon Kyl said at a town hall in Tempe, Ariz. that during a recent private meeting in the Oval Office the president said: "The problem is, if we secure the border, then you all won't have any reason to support 'comprehensive immigration reform.'" [More]

Van der Sloot retracts murder confession

A Dutch newspaper that interviewed Joran van der Sloot in his prison cell in Lima, Peru, said Monday he has retracted his confession to the killing of a young woman there. [More]

Madoff Reportedly Tells Inmates of Secret $9 Billion Stash

Ponzi king Bernard Madoff is telling fellow jailbirds that he secretly funneled $9 billion in swiped funds to three people before he was nabbed, an inmate told The New York Post. [More]

New Jersey battles over tax on millionaires

New Jersey politicians are due to battle on Monday over whether to slap a tax on millionaires or cut services for low-income senior citizens and the disabled. [More]

Newlywed Arrested After Rushing Wife to Hospital

When a newlywed cancer survivor with a heart condition started showing stroke symptoms, her husband knew he needed to get her to the hospital immediately. Now, the new groom faces a felony charge from an encounter with a police officer he says delayed his wife's access to treatment. [More]

Son challenges mother's 'dog' will

A legal battle is brewing in Florida over the estate of a woman who left millions in property and money to her pet Chihuahua, observers say. [More]

Phone call about taxes a life-saver for Ky. man

A Kentucky man credits a state revenue employee with saving his life when he had a heart attack during a phone call about his income tax bill. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Earl Phillips was talking with state employee Natalie Brown on May 26 when she noticed that he was breathing heavily and seemed ill. [More]

11 dads of famous juniors

In honor of Father's Day, let's take a look at some dads who gave famous people a giant gift: their names. You know Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Ken Griffey Sr., but here are some lesser-known seniors behind a slew of celebrity juniors. [More]

Rat that chewed wire blamed for $1 million blaze

Yakima fire officials say a rat that chewed through the electrical wiring of a jukebox is responsible for a $1 million fire that gutted the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 379. Investigators believe the rodent caught fire Wednesday morning and fled to its nest inside an old piano, where it ignited combustible material in the nest. The rat was found dead near the fire's point of origin. [More]

Exxon Valdez lawyer still fighting for clients

Attorney Brian O'Neill has a lifetime of experience when it comes to the legal battles that ensue following major oil catastrophes. After the Exxon Valdez oil tanker crashed in Prince William Sound in 1989, O'Neill headed straight to Alaska. [More]

For some, Gulf spill is a good thing

Michigan's depressed economy nearly toppled Grand Rapids-based awning maker Prestige Products. Then in April, the company's fortunes changed dramatically when executive Brian Rickel got a phone call from an old contact at BP. It was 10 days after BP's Deepwater Horizon rig had exploded, and BP needed help containing the gush of oil. Six weeks later, Prestige has rented a factory, filled it with millions of dollars of new equipment, and hired 74 workers (it employed only six as of April). [More]

Michael Jackson a billion-dollar man

Michael Jackson's estate has generated at least $1 billion in revenues since the singer died a year ago, thanks in part to a lucrative new record deal with Sony Music and the most successful concert film of all time, according to Billboard estimates. [More]

Sunday, June 20

Van der Sloot's mom: 'Joran is sick in his head'

The mother of Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman accused of murdering a 21-year-old Lima student and long suspected in the disappearance of an American teenager in Aruba, says her son needs mental help but is not the monster people make him out to be. [More]

Obama to agencies: Don't pay dead people

The government sent benefit checks to 20,000 departed Americans over three years, totaling more than $180 million — a remarkable number that provoked the Obama administration to create a government-wide "do not pay" list as part of its brainstorming for ways to save taxpayer money. [More]

NY medical examiner: Ted Koppel's son died from overdose of heroin, coke, Valium, alcohol

The son of former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel, who was found dead in a stranger's apartment after a day of bar-hopping, overdosed on a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol, the medical examiner's office said Friday. [More]

Louisiana lawmakers propose prayer to stop oil disaster

While cleanup crews and technical teams continue efforts to stop crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana lawmakers are proposing a different approach: prayer. [More]

Women's 'Booty Cruise' ends in brawl

Five women were cited for disorderly conduct when a river "Booty Cruise" with booze and male strippers ended in a brawl, police in Stillwater, Minn., said. [More]

Mayor convicted of corruption, to step down

A one-time gang leader who escaped an impoverished childhood to become Hartford's first Latino mayor announced Friday that he would step down after being convicted of five corruption charges, including taking a bribe and attempted extortion. [More]

Montana woman charged with leaving children after car crash; syringe with meth found on seat

Montana authorities say a 24-year-old woman crashed her car into a telephone pole during a rainstorm, left a syringe of meth on the passenger seat and abandoned her two young children in another car in a nearby garage. [More]

Police seek info. on stepmom of missing Oregon boy

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a 7-year-old Oregon boy two weeks ago put out a call Friday for information on the whereabouts that day of his stepmother — the last person to see him alive. [More]

2 Arrested in California on Suspicion of Killing Model-Actress

A man and woman from Ventura County have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of an aspiring model-actress whose body was discovered two years ago in her Santa Monica apartment. [More]

"I killed, cut off heads" says repentant Mexico hitman

The kills started with a telephone call and often ended with a beheading, but they were all just jobs for the drug hitman, one of maybe hundreds that have scarred Ciudad Juarez's streets. He now says the tortured faces of the dead haunt him. [More]

Saturday, June 19

Showbiz news vet Rona Barrett returns to tell all

She spent a career getting close to showbiz legends — then became one herself. Entertainment-reporting veteran Rona Barrett is sharing that story with live-theater audiences in the one-woman show "Nothing But the Truth," which debuted this weekend at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif., and offers a look back at the work and life of one of the media's pioneering women. [More]

White House criticizes BP CEO over yacht race

The White House renewed its sharp criticism of BP Plc CEO Tony Hayward after he attended a yacht race off the English coast on Saturday as his company struggles to plug its huge Gulf of Mexico oil leak. [More]

Hayward to play reduced role in spill response

BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said Friday he will take on a more visible public role as CEO Tony Hayward transitions away from daily responsibility over the company's spill response. [More]

Exxon Valdez lawyer still fighting for clients

Attorney Brian O'Neill has a lifetime of experience when it comes to the legal battles that ensue following major oil catastrophes. After the Exxon Valdez oil tanker crashed in Prince William Sound in 1989, O'Neill headed straight to Alaska. [More]

Harvard student won't be deported

An undocumented Harvard University student is no longer facing deportation to Mexico after being detained nearly two weeks ago by immigration authorities at a Texas airport, officials said. [More]

Tenn. woman found passed out in Taco Bell drive-thru charged with DUI

Police arrested a woman who passed out in the drive-through lane of a local Taco Bell after finding several open cases of beer in her car and pill bottles in her purse. [More]

UN Africa corruption case buried

The United Nations compound of high-rise buildings, green lawns and white SUVs has been an engine of prosperity not only for Africa's diplomatic capital but also for two senior managers, an internal U.N. report found. [More]

NH sex offender on probation says he should be allowed to go to church with chaperone

The case of 35-year-old Jonathan Perfetto of Manchester marks the first time the New Hampshire Supreme Court is being asked to rule on whether a probation condition that effectively bars church attendance violates a person's constitutional rights to religious freedom. [More]

One crime, six trials and a 30-minute guilty verdict

The fatigue was palpable by the eighth day of Curtis Flowers' sixth murder trial. On the ninth day - Friday - Flowers was found guilty of four counts of murder in the July 16, 1996, shooting deaths of four people inside the Tardy family's furniture store in downtown Winona. [More]

Jury awards $2.4M in first Chinese drywall trial

A Florida couple who fled their dream home because of foul-smelling, ruinous Chinese drywall was awarded $2.4 million in damages Friday in the nation's first jury trial over the defective wallboard that could have legal ramifications for thousands of similar cases. [More]

Unemployment falls in 37 states in May

The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Six states had increases and seven saw no change. [More]

Friday, June 18

Murderer executed by firing squad in Utah

A double-murderer became the first American prisoner in 14 years to be executed by firing squad here Friday, shot through the heart by a five-member team of sharpshooters. [More]

Texas judge accused of using money collected from traffic fines to pay his credit card bills

A south Texas municipal judge was arrested Thursday and accused of using traffic fines paid by those who appeared before him to pay his personal credit card. [More]

Jimmy Dean to be buried in $350,000 piano tomb

Dean died Sunday at his home in Varina, and that's where he will be laid to rest in the $350,000, 9 1/2-foot long, granite piano mausoleum overlooking the James River. On the piano, which he and his wife bought years ago, will be inscribed: "Here lies one hell of a man." [More]

Calif. man charged with smuggling for shipping $20K in Pringles can to fugitive in Spain

A California man charged in a $100 million mortgage fraud investigation is accused of trying to ship a fugitive $20,000 — inside a Pringles potato chip canister. [More]

Toyota to restart US auto plant, draws UAW ire

Toyota's announcement that it will resume construction of a car factory in Mississippi was a much-needed piece of good news for both the state struggling with persistent unemployment and the automaker trying to recover some goodwill after a recall crisis bruised its reputation. [More]

'Intimate waxing' fundraiser goes awry

Joe Cooper might want to think twice the next time he’s asked to participate in a bikini waxing fundraiser for charity. Cooper, 24, was left in agony after an “intimate beauty waxing” event at a pub went a bit too far and he nearly lost a testicle. [More]

Bobby Fischer to be exhumed in paternity case

The remains of chess genius Bobby Fischer are to be exhumed to determine whether he is the father of a 9-year-old girl, a lawyer representing the child and her mother said Thursday. [More]

Republican forced to apologize for BP apology

A Texas Republican's apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward that the company had to agree to a $20 billion fund for oil spill damage claims nearly cost him a key House committee position on Thursday. [More]

No funeral after cremation of Coleman's remains

The dispute over Gary Coleman's estate wages on, but the court-appointed attorney overseeing the late actor's belonging says one thing is certain: he did not want his death memorialized with any fanfare. [More]

Former TV anchor arrested twice in a week

Former television news anchor Jennifer Howe was arrested this morning, accused of uprooting some neighbors' oleander plants after the neighbors testified on behalf of Howe's ex-husband in an ongoing child custody dispute. [More]

Maine mother who advertised as Craigslist escort missing on Long Island

A 22-year-old Maine woman who advertised as an escort on Craigslist and traveled regularly to New York has been missing for nearly two weeks, police said. [More]

Motorist speeds away, drags cop with him

A St. Petersburg police officer was dragged 150 feet by a car this morning when a motorist he had stopped sped away, and the officer's watch got caught in the door handle, according to authorities. [More]

Mom: 'Reading' campaign humiliated son

A Texas woman said her son was humiliated by a staged picture taken by school officials that depicted the 11-year-old boy with his head in a trash can. [More]

Mass. man left notes saying he killed family

Thomas Mortimer IV called his new boss and told him he was too sick to come to work. He called his 4-year-old son's school to say the boy would be absent. When his wife's sister called, he told her it would be a while before she could return the call. [More]

Woman gets 5 years for aiding the killing of 4 Washington police officers

A woman convicted of rendering criminal assistance in the shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison — half the time sought by prosecutors. [More]

Campbell Soup recalls 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs

Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked. [More]

Artist plans 23-story high walk

A French performance artist announced his intention to walk across a steel cable between two 23-story towers in Buffalo, N.Y. [More]

Lakers win NBA title in Game Seven thriller

The Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a big early deficit to win their second successive NBA championship with a cliff-hanging 83-79 Game Seven victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday. [More]

Thursday, June 17

Illegal Immigrant Admits Killing Former Homecoming Queen

A young man has admitted killing an Alabama woman and accepted a plea deal that requires him to spend 51 years in prison. [More]

Money seized from mayor's prison account

Almost $350 has been seized from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's prison commissary account for restitution to the city, officials say. [More]

Somali pirates get 5 years in prison

Five Somali men were convicted in the Netherlands of plotting a hijack at sea and sentenced to five years in prison. [More]

Mass. Debates Legal 'Loophole' That Allows Illegal Immigrants to Register Cars Without License or Insurance

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants in Massachusetts are able to get their cars on the road legally thanks to a little-known law that lets Massachusetts drivers register their vehicles even if they don't have drivers' licenses. [More]

Streaker photo resurfaces in Stillwater yearbook

Jennifer Rolf was angry when Stillwater Area High School suspended her son for two weeks after he sprinted through last fall's homecoming pep rally wearing a mask and a thong. She thought the punishment was extreme, but she let it go. It was over and done. Her irritation resurfaced when Brian Brochman, a senior, brought home his yearbook. [More]

Man seized at Army post had land mine, laser scope

A former national guardsman who wore camouflage fatigues so often that a neighbor thought he was in the military was charged Wednesday with pretending to be a U.S. Army soldier after authorities say he convinced an officer at a military base to give him a sophisticated laser sight. [More]

Officer under review after punching incident caught on camera

A Seattle, Washington, police officer who was caught on video punching an alleged jaywalker did nothing wrong, the Seattle Police Officers Guild said. Seattle police are reviewing the incident, which was caught on a witness's cell phone camera, a department spokesman said. [More]

Gary Coleman's ashes kept locked up during battle of wills

Gary Coleman's funeral, if there is one, will wait for several months while a Utah judge decides who will permanently control of the former child actor's estate, a lawyer said Wednesday. [More]

Chairman: "We care about the small people"

The "small people" of the Gulf Coast have a humongous message for oil giant BP: They're tired of the company's big-time executives making insensitive comments. Today, BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told reporters in Washington: "I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don't care, but that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people." [More]

Democrat: Lawmakers going to take Hayward's 'hide off'

Democratic lawmakers will try to build the case of a corporate culture which chose riskier, cheaper methods over safety concerns as they grill BP CEO Tony Hayward on Capitol Hill Thursday. [More]

Obama Draws Bipartisan Criticism for Using Oil Spill to Push Energy Policy

President Obama is drawing bipartisan criticism for using the BP oil spill to revive an energy regulation bill that's been on the back burner since last year, with lawmakers saying the so-called "cap-and-trade" package does nothing to stop the leak or mitigate the damage. [More]

NM gov: Harrison and Flockhart tie the knot

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart have tied the knot — in a wedding presided over by New Mexico's governor. [More]

'Drowning victim' watches cops look for him from bar

Police in Tennessee are still deciding if they should charge a man after rescuers searched for him for three hours because he was thought to have drowned, only to find out later he had been watching rescue efforts from a bar. [More]

Laurie David: Al Gore rumor is 'totally untrue'

Laurie David, Larry David's ex-wife, is shooting down a Star magazine report based on "an insider," saying she and Al Gore had an affair, adding to the breakup of his 40-year marriage to Tipper Gore. [More]

Prosecutors seek gag order for Blagojevich

Federal prosecutors in the corruption trial of former Illinois governor Blagojevich are asking U.S. District Judge James Zagel for a gag order to muzzle Blagojevich and his lawyers, the Chicago Tribune reported. [More]

Police: Battered Ariz. infant dies after being flown to Nev. hospital; parents arrested

Police in western Arizona have arrested the parents of a 1-month-old boy who died after being airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital with severe injuries and signs of sexual abuse. [More]

Popular Opera Singer Found Shot to Death in D.C. Park

Police are searching for the killer of a popular opera singer found shot to death in a D.C. park. [More]

Megan Fox says yes, but loses engagement ring

"Transformers" actress Megan Fox said "yes" to ex-fiance Brian Austin Green's marriage proposal, just four months after calling off a two-year engagement with Green, her publicist confirmed. [More]

Judge refuses to toss evidence in library rape case

A judge today refused to toss out key evidence in a brutal rape outside a public library. Attorneys for Kendrick Morris, 18, had challenged the way the evidence was collected. [More]

Woman accused of stealing up to 1,000 pieces of luggage from Phoenix airport pleads guilty

A woman accused of stealing up to 1,000 pieces of luggage from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with her husband has pleaded guilty to theft and other charges. [More]

NJ Trooper Kills Self in Cruiser Near Highway

New Jersey State Police say a trooper found dead in his patrol car died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. [More]

Murdered Arizona Rancher Shot Multiple Times, Autopsy Finds

An autopsy shows an Arizona cattle rancher killed three months ago on his property near the Mexican border suffered multiple gunshot wounds. [More]

New Jersey woman charged in $45 million Ponzi scheme

A New Jersey woman was arrested on Wednesday and charged with running a $45 million Ponzi scheme in which she allegedly promised investors high returns from real estate, but instead used their money to repay other investors and gamble at casinos. [More]

American Airlines flight attendant helps land Boeing 767 at Chicago O'Hare

An American Airlines flight attendant helped land an American Boeing 767 at Chicago O'Hare on Monday after the co-pilot came down with "vicious stomach flu-like symptoms," the Chicago Tribune reports. [More]

Wednesday, June 16

'Michigan first' ad made in Illinois

A Michigan gubernatorial candidate's TV ad promoting his "hire Michigan workers first" plan was produced by an Illinois firm, a Detroit newspaper says. [More]

Ex-NYC crane inspector gets 2-6 years in prison for taking bribes to fake inspection results

New York City's former chief crane inspector has received two to six years in prison for taking more than $10,000 in payoffs to fake inspection and licensing exam results. [More]

Woman Arrives in Ohio With 506 Pounds of Pot

Authorities have arrested a California woman they say flew to Ohio on a private jet with 506 pounds of marijuana in 13 suitcases. [More]

Seattle cop punches woman in face during routine jaywalking stop

This is the shocking moment a Seattle police officer punches a 17-year-old girl in the face as he tries to arrest people for jaywalking. (with video) [More]

Body in Dumpster confirmed as missing California postal worker

A body found in a Dumpster near San Francisco, California, has been identified as missing postal worker Nancy Rogers, authorities said Tuesday. [More]

Woman shoots herself in hope of getting medical help, says she wouldn't do it again

An out-of-work Michigan woman shot herself in the hope she'd receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury. Kathy Myers says she injured the shoulder a month ago while playing with her dogs. The 41-year-old Niles resident said she's been unable to see a specialist because she can't afford health insurance. [More]

Heavy women, but not men, lack sex partners

Scientists say being fat can be bad for the bedroom, especially if you're a woman. In a new study, researchers found obese women had more trouble finding a sexual partner than their normal-weight counterparts, though the same wasn't true for obese men. [More]

Winston Churchill's Cigar Airbrushed From Iconic Photo

You can fight on the beaches, you can fight in the fields and in the streets, but if you're Winston Churchill, the one thing you can't do in Britain these days is chomp on a cigar. [More]

White House gatecrasher gets reality TV show

Just as she had hoped, Michaele Salahi, the female half of a couple who slipped into a White House dinner uninvited, will star in a reality TV show. [More]

Jurors take 2 hours to find Montana man guilty of 10th DUI

A 52-year-old Montana man has been found guilty of his 10th drunken driving charge after a two-day trial in Polson. Wesley Jean Couture, of Billings, was on parole from his last conviction. [More]

Ohio Man Killed by Pack of Dogs

A 30-year-old Ohio man is dead after being attacked by a pack of dogs. Michael Winters was found by his father lying in the driveway with more than 100 bite marks on his body. [More]

Details emerge in Ariz. rancher's slaying near border

When authorities found slain rancher Robert Krentz this spring, he was lying next to his all-terrain vehicle, his wounded dog Blue in the back. [More]

Obama takes Gulf message to TV: 'We will make BP pay'

Fresh from admonishing BP before the world, President Barack Obama now gets his moment with the oil company's leaders. It will be on his turf and, he vowed to an angry nation, on his terms. [More]

Scientists: Oil leaking up to 2.52M gallons daily

Scientists provided a new estimate for the amount of oil gushing from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday that indicates it could be leaking up to 2.52 million gallons of crude a day. [More]

Rivals slam BP, admit to emergency response flaws

Major rivals of BP on Tuesday blamed lapses by the embattled energy giant for the Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe, but admitted to deep flaws in their own plans for handling such a disaster. [More]

Few breaks in Gulf

A bolt of lightning struck the ship capturing oil from a blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico today, igniting a fire that halted containment efforts in another setback for the embattled company in its nearly two-month struggle to stop the spill, the company said. [More]

California man pleads not guilty by reason of insanity in torture slaying of friend

A California man accused of torturing and killing his friend, including pulling out his heart and tearing off his face, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. [More]

Cutting off own arm was ‘surreal,’ says man

Jonathan Metz had his left arm stuck in his furnace boiler for about 12 hours when he asked himself “what would MacGyver do?” and concluded that amputating the limb was his only chance for survival. [More]

Miley Cyrus: ‘I’m not trying to be slutty’

Miley Cyrus won't be told what she should wear or what she should sing about. The 17-year-old is releasing new album, "Can't Be Tamed," and is doing it her way, even though some say she is going to too far for her age. [More]

Utah boy drags 3 children up embankment after accident that killed driver

A 12-year-old Utah boy who dragged three younger children from a one-vehicle accident that killed their baby sitter said he knew he had to act fast. [More]

Blind Dog Has Her Own Seeing-Eye Dog

Ellie, a young cavalier King Charles spaniel in England, is almost completely blind. While her owner and a local animal organization are working to raise money for a vision-restoring operation, a German shepherd named Leo has taken matters into his own paws, and is protecting and guiding her. [More]

Tuesday, June 15

Police say another Charlie Sheen car was driven off cliff

Charlie Sheen is having car trouble again. For the second time in five months, a Mercedes Benz belonging to the actor was taken from his driveway and found down a cliff near his Sherman Oaks home. [More]

Cowardly bullfighter: Mexican matador flees bull

The bull charged and matador Christian Hernandez took off - across the ring, over the wall and into controversy. [More]

6-story Jesus statue in Ohio struck by lightning

A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said. [More]

Judge criticizes Wyoming's treatment of trucker kidnapped by trooper; calls it sleazy

A federal judge says the state of Wyoming's treatment of a Wal-Mart trucker kidnapped by a rogue state trooper during an aborted murder plot was sleazy. [More]

Actor James Farentino arrested in battery case

Actor James Farentino has been booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery following a citizens' arrest at his Hollywood home. [More]

Cops bust woman, 74, for pouring mayo in book drop

Police in Idaho think they might have solved a yearlong condiment crime spree. Authorities said a 74-year-old Boise woman arrested after pouring mayonnaise in the Ada County library's book drop box is a person of interest in at least 10 other condiment-related crimes. [More]

Utah parole board won't stop execution by firing squad

Utah's Board of Pardons and Parole refused Monday to commute a twice-convicted killer's death sentence, moving him one step closer to execution by firing squad. [More]

Pelosi's New District Office Costs $18,736 a Month

San Francisco is a high-rent city. Just ask Nancy Pelosi. The House Speaker's district office in the new federal building in San Francisco costs a whopping $18,736 a month. [More]

BP engineer called doomed rig a 'nightmare well'

BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a "nightmare well," according to internal documents released Monday. [More]

Gulf Coasters skeptical of Obama, BP promises

President Barack Obama promised that life would return to normal for people living on the stricken Gulf Coast, and BP said new efforts will more than triple the amount of oil it captures from a ruptured undersea well. But the pledges don't reassure some residents. [More]

American arrested searching for Osama bin Laden

A 52-year-old American citizen who said he was searching for Osama bin Laden was detained in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan this week, Pakistani police said Tuesday. [More]

NC congressman apologizes for behavior on video

A Democratic congressman apologized Monday after video posted online showed him swatting at the camera, demanding that two men taping him identify themselves and grabbing one of them by the wrist and neck. [More]

Judge declines to suspend Jackson doc’s license

Michael Jackson's family sat solemnly across the courtroom from the doctor charged in the death of the pop legend, listening as a judge said Monday he could not suspend Dr. Conrad Murray's medical license in California and that it could take months for the case to go to trial. [More]

U.S. sets rules for employer healthcare plans

The Obama administration on Monday announced new rules it said would protect Americans who want to keep their current health insurance but critics say the changes could end up causing millions to lose their coverage. [More]

Files show threats against Ted Kennedy were common

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy became a magnet for extremist rage in the decades after his brothers were gunned down, living under constant, chillingly specific assassination threats of his own, according to newly released FBI documents. [More]

Calif. man arrested in drive-by killing of toddler

Police have arrested a California man suspected of firing at a crowd and killing a 3-year-old boy who was celebrating his birthday. [More]

Judge orders Coleman’s remains be cremated

A Utah judge on Monday ordered that Gary Coleman's remains be cremated no sooner than Wednesday afternoon, so Coleman's ex-girlfriend has enough time to travel from Oregon to Utah to see his body. [More]

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