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Thursday, August 12

Woman claims she was groped by Donald Duck, wants $200,000

Walt Disney World is facing a federal lawsuit seeking more than $200,000 in damages after a Pennsylvania woman claimed a person in a Donald Duck costume groped her breast. [More]

8 percent of U.S. births are to illegal immigrants

About 8 percent of children born in the United States in 2008 — about 340,000 — were offspring of unauthorized immigrants. The Pew Hispanic Center said that unauthorized immigrants compose about 4 percent of the adult population in the U.S. [More]

Detroit police chief had affair with ex-chief's girlfriend

A female officer who is dating Detroit's recently fired police chief was previously romantically involved with the married and current acting chief, and she has the text messages to prove it. [More]

Utah father gets 6 months in jail for groping maternity nurse

A 31-year-old Utah man has been sentenced to six months in jail for fondling a maternity nurse who was wheeling the man's pregnant girlfriend to the delivery room. [More]

Corpse of renowned French chef found in freezer

The corpse of renowned French chef Jean-Francois Poinard has been found in a freezer after his girlfriend confessed to her daughter that “something unfortunate” had happened to him. [More]

Rip Torn denied probation in Conn. break-in

A Connecticut judge says Rip Torn doesn't qualify for a special probation program that would have cleared his record of charges that he broke into a bank while drunk and armed in January. [More]

Drunken man marks prison release with crash

Police said a man who had been drinking alcohol to celebrate his release from prison crashed his bicycle into a railroad crossing gate in northwestern Indiana. [More]

Man faked seizures to get out of restaurant tabs

City prosecutors say that for three months, 43-year-old Andrew Palmer dined and drank at city restaurants but never paid a tab - by faking seizures. [More]

Judge removes herself from further Lohan hearings

The Beverly Hills judge who sent troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan to jail has withdrawn from further hearings amid complaints over her handling of the case, officials said Wednesday. [More]

Aviation family mourns for the second time in two weeks

Terry Smith decided a fishing trip might bring him some peace after his son-in-law was killed two weeks ago in plane crash outside Anchorage, Alaska. But in a cruel twist, the small plane flown by Smith and carrying eight passengers crashed Monday. [More]

Mets pitcher arrested for allegedly punching father-in-law

Star New York Mets pitcher Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez has been arrested after being accused of punching his father-in-law in the face, police said Thursday. [More]

Top TV Salaries: Winfrey, Seacrest, Sheen, Laurie

Hugh Laurie, Charlie Sheen, Matt Lauer, Ryan Seacrest and Oprah Winfrey are among TV's highest-paid performers in various categories, according to a newly released breakdown of star salaries from TV Guide. [More]

Hilton sued for $35 million for wearing wrong hair

Paris Hilton was sued today for allegedly wearing someone else's hair. A company that manufactures hair extensions claimed the 29-year-old socialite breached her contract to wear and promote their product when she sported the fake locks of a competitor. [More]

Final Kill May Not Be Necessary for BP Well

While weather suspends drilling on relief well, BP, feds ponder whether blown-out well needs a final plug, raising concerns among officials and Gulf residents. [More]

Fastest Minnesota speeder: 178 mph

Police in Minnesota said a Corvette traveling 178 mph on a county road was the fastest vehicle pulled over during a statewide speeding sweep. [More]

180-mph ride could bring huge fine — up to $962,000

One Swedish motorist could be facing a gargantuan speeding fine — up to $962,000 — after he was caught driving 180 mph along a Swiss motorway. [More]

'Granddad Bandit' captured in Louisiana

The man dubbed the "Granddad Bandit" by the FBI and suspected in 25 bank robberies across 13 states was captured Wednesday at his Baton Rouge home after a lengthy standoff that ended peacefully, authorities said. [More]

Judge: Man can't change name to Boomer the Dog

A judge has denied a Pittsburgh-area man's petition to legally change his name to Boomer the Dog. [More]

'Cathy' comic strip to end after 34 years

For 34 years, she has obsessed about food, relationships, work, and her mother - but now Cathy the comic-strip character is about to say goodbye. [More]

Suspect in Mich., Va. stabbings nabbed in Atlanta

A man suspected in a series of stabbings in Virginia and Michigan was arrested at the Atlanta airport as he tried to board a plane bound for Israel. [More]

Wednesday, August 11

Thief tries to sell ladder to guy he stole ladder from

A man just released from jail for stealing a ladder, caught by the guy he stole it from, was arrested again for trying to sell a stolen ladder to the same guy. [More]

Controversial lemonade stand makes $1,800

A 7-year-old Oregon girl whose lemonade stand was shut down by health authorities and reopened with the help of sponsors said she has now made $1,838.31. [More]

White House on defense after press secretary criticizes 'professional left'

The White House was on the defensive Tuesday after press secretary Robert Gibbs lashed out at liberals he dubbed the "professional left," saying some of them should be drug-tested. [More]

Oregon residents report glow-in-the dark shrimp

People who bought pink shrimp at some Oregon stores are reporting that it glows in the dark. [More]

JetBlue flight attendant strikes a nerve with stressed workers

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater was apparently mad as hell and wasn't going to take it anymore. [More]

Law snuffs out mailing tobacco to deployed troops

Family and friends have suddenly found themselves blocked from shipping cigarettes and other tobacco products to American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq because of a new law meant to hamper smuggling and underage sales through the mail. [More]

Court allows Verizon to fix $1.67 billion 'oops!'

A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed Verizon Communications Inc. to correct an in-house lawyer's drafting error in a pension plan that could have cost the second-largest U.S. phone company $1.67 billion. [More]

Six teens charged in beating death of Calif. 14-year-old

Six California teenagers are being held on $3.5 million bail each after being charged in the death of a 14-year-old boy who was beaten and stomped at a Stockton city park. [More]

Some prominent politicians killed in plane crashes

A list of some prominent political figures killed in airplane crashes over the past few decades. [More]

Manager says Fantasia hospitalized after overdose

Fantasia is in stable condition at a North Carolina hospital after taking an overdose of "aspirin and a sleep aid," according to the manager for the former "American Idol" champ. [More]

Charlie Rangel to House: 'I Am Not Going Away'

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had a message for his fellow Democrats in the House who have not-so-quietly wished that he and his high-profile ethics charges would disappear before the November midterm elections. [More]

Dog surprises officer by giving birth in squad car

A pit bull delivered quite a surprise in the back of a Prescott Valley patrol car. Prescott Valley police said Tuesday that an officer picked up the pit bull on Friday from an area woman who had been watching the dog. [More]

Wells Fargo Loses Ruling on Overdraft Fees

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Wells Fargo to pay California customers $203 million in restitution for claims that it had manipulated transactions to maximize the overdraft fees it charged. [More]

Tuesday, August 10

Federal workers earning double their private counterparts

Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. [More]

Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dies in plane crash

A plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens and eight others crashed in remote southwest Alaska, killing the longtime Republican lawmaker and four other people, authorities said today. [More]

Krispy Kreme patron snags $5K worth of DOUGH-nuts

A customer at a North Carolina Krispy Kreme got something even sweeter than a dozen hot glazed doughnuts: $5,000 in cash. Police say a clerk at the store in Fayetteville accidentally handed over a box of doughnuts that also contained the store's cash receipts on Friday. [More]

Census Bureau gives back $1.6 billion

In a move seldom seen by the government, the U.S. Census Bureau is giving back almost a quarter of the money it received to do its job this year. [More]

Ark. doctor convicted in bomb attack on board head

A federal jury on Monday convicted an Arkansas doctor of masterminding a bombing attack against the head of the state medical board last year, despite the absence of forensic evidence tying the defendant to the crime. [More]

Pregnant widow accused of adultery executed by Taliban

The Taliban has executed a pregnant widow accused of adultery in western Afghanistan, provincial and district officials said Monday. [More]

Attractive women overlooked for certain jobs?

Good looks can kill a woman's chances of snaring jobs considered "masculine," according to a study by the University of Colorado Denver Business School. [More]

Levi Johnston to run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, in reality show

Levi Johnston has teamed with a production company to shop a reality series called "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office," which will—just as the title implies—chronicle his life as he runs for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. [More]

House ethics panel outlines charges against Waters

The House ethics committee on Monday announced three counts of alleged ethics violations against California Democrat Maxine Waters, including a charge that she requested federal help for a bank where her husband owned stock and had served on its board. [More]

Hero dog seeks help after owner collapses

A small dog who refused to return home until a neighbor followed her helped rescue her owner after he collapsed at home following heart surgery. [More]

Obama overtures to business fall flat

Labeled antibusiness by Republicans and some corporate chiefs, President Barack Obama mounted a campaign to show he wasn't. But his charm offensive has hit a rocky patch. [More]

Council drinking game leads to arrests

A New Hampshire city councilor said she is abandoning plans to question her city's open-alcohol-container ordinance after a drinking game at a council meeting. [More]

Airlines grounds overweight staff

Turkish Airlines has grounded 28 flight attendants for being overweight and given them six months to slim down or face reassignment, a newspaper said on Saturday. [More]

N.Y. bus ad showing mosque, burning WTC towers OK'd

New York City's transit agency has approved a bus advertisement that depicts a plane flying toward the World Trade Center's towers as they burn along with a rendering of a proposed mosque near ground zero. [More]

Stephen Hawking: Let’s get off Earth by 2110

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: We may have just 100 to 200 years to figure out a way to get off this rock and give Earth’s species a cosmic insurance policy, physicist Stephen Hawking says. [More]

Monday, August 9

NYC flight attendant's last acts on job: Grab a beer, leave via the chute

A JetBlue flight attendant got into an argument with a passenger on a jetliner arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday, cursed the passenger, grabbed a beer from the galley and then deployed an emergency exit slide and fled the plane. He then went to his car and drove home, authorities said. [More]

Former actress says she's sorry HP CEO lost job after her sex harass claims

A blond former actress whose sex harassment allegations forced the resignation of Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd says she's sorry he lost his job. [More]

Groom kills 3 guest in accidental shooting

A groom has killed his father and two aunts after opening fire into the air with an automatic weapon to celebrate his wedding. [More]

Coffee shops are taking Wi-Fi off the menu

Coffee shops are finding that Wi-Fi freeloaders who camp out all day nursing a single cup of coffee are a drain on the bottom line. [More]

BP audit found safety flaws before blast

A newspaper says it has obtained an internal audit conducted by BP PLC on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that details severe safety flaws months before the Gulf of Mexico spill. [More]

Golf clubs suffer in recession as membership dwindles

Recession-battered golf courses aren't just coping with lighter crowds. Some are edging perilously close to bankruptcy. Courses from Florida to Arizona, where golfing was once a daily exercise, face major cutbacks or foreclosure. [More]

Teenager Charged With Starting California Wildfire

A 14-year-old boy has been booked on arson charges after deputies said he confessed to accidentally starting a 40-acre wildfire north of Los Angeles as he was trying to smoke marijuana. [More]

Marine accused of killing pregnant ex-colleague whose remains found in firepit to go on trial

Investigators said Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean had an obvious motive to kill his pregnant Marine colleague: She accused him of raping her and fathering her unborn baby. [More]

Man reunited with restored Cord automobile

A 90-year old Maryland man has been reunited with a 1936 Cord automobile he restored decades ago, his sons say. [More]

Fido's food could be making kids sick, report says

Fido's food may be making kids sick, a government report warns, detailing the first known salmonella outbreak in humans, mostly young children, linked to pet food. [More]

Sunday, August 8

Nun's death rallies anti-immigration forces

In Arizona, the shooting death of a rancher blew the lid off simmering anger over border security and helped solidify support for a tough new immigration law. A similar eruption threatens in Virginia following the death of a Catholic nun in a car accident involving a man in the country illegally. [More]

Duchess of York may face bankruptcy

The Duchess of York's debts have reached 5 million pounds, or nearly $8 million, and her only option may be the first voluntary bankruptcy of a royal, The Sunday Telegraph of London reported. [More]

Calif. city official's salary package topped $1.5M

A former city manager's huge $787,000 salary is only half of the unusually generous total compensation given to the official in the small California blue-collar city of Bell, according to a city official. [More]

Medicare's private eyes let fraud cases get cold

They don't seem that interested in hot pursuit. It took private sleuths hired by Medicare an average of six months last year to refer fraud cases to law enforcement. [More]

Arizona prison escapees, accomplice linked to N.M. killings

Two men who escaped from a private Arizona prison and a woman thought to have helped them have been linked to the investigation of a couple's killing in New Mexico, authorities said Saturday. [More]

The Tiger Oil Memos

From the offices of the now-defunct but at one time Houston-based Tiger Oil Company come a total of 22 enormously entertaining memos; all sent by, or on behalf of, the firm's incredibly amusing, painfully tactless, and seemingly constantly angry CEO - Edward 'Tiger Mike' Davis - to his staff. [More]

Fake ad sends scavengers to woman's home

A Chicago man is accused of taking family bickering too far by allegedly posting a fake Craigslist ad that said his sister was giving away all her belongings. [More]

Tiger seems lost with no way out

On Saturday he finished his round long before the leaders even teed off. By the time he was done he had posted his worst 54-hole score ever as a pro, and was fighting to stay out of last place. [More]

Store manager throws hot coffee in intruder's face

An attempted burglary at a California supply store was thwarted when the manager threw hot coffee in the face of a masked intruder. [More]

Man in wheelchair pulled over on highway

A man driving a motorized wheelchair was pulled over by the cops Saturday afternoon — in a live lane of Hwy. 407. [More]

iPhone exec leaves Apple after glitch

An Apple executive whose responsibilities include iPhone hardware is leaving the company in the wake of antenna problems with the newest version of the smart phone. [More]

7 bits of movie magic that disappeared

There was a time when movie props were worthless. When a film wrapped, the studio would often recycle props and costumes for use in other films, or sometimes simply throw them away. [More]

Saturday, August 7

Dead man gets ticket for parking too long in 2-hour zone

A parking-enforcement officer unknowingly gave a parking ticket to a dead man in the driver's seat of a car. [More]

Kids with carbon monoxide poisoning found in car; dad arrested

Two children suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and were unconscious in a vehicle with the engine running Thursday and a concerned citizen came to their rescue, police said. [More]

Disgraced HP CEO to get nearly $28m in cash, stock

Lauded for making Hewlett-Packard Co. the world's biggest technology company, CEO Mark Hurd was abruptly ousted after an investigation of a sexual harassment complaint found that he had falsified expense reports and other documents to conceal a relationship with a contractor. Gloria Allred is on the case. [More]

Teens arrested for flashing breasts

The sheriff of a Florida county said he arrested two 15-year-old girls, who were exposing their breasts to motorists, and a man who took a picture of the girls. [More]

Perfect Wife?

Supermodel Brooklyn Decker wants to 'live a normal life,' be 'barefoot and pregnant,' and says she loves 'watching sports and belching.' [More]

Bodyguard: Anna Nicole's boyfriend supplied drugs

Anna Nicole Smith was "obsessed" with pills and was assisted in taking drugs by her lawyer-boyfriend in the weeks before her death, the celebrity model's bodyguard testified Friday. [More]

U.S. Job Market Loses Steam

The government's latest snapshot of the job market was bleak, a sign the economic recovery is running out of steam with 14.6 million Americans still searching for work. [More]

Spanish police close public beach for Michelle Obama's $400,000 Spanish holiday

Michelle Obama today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends, which could easily cost U.S. taxpayers a staggering $80,000 a day. [More]

Convicted woman rips Pitino, justice system

The woman convicted of trying to extort Rick Pitino said she didn't get a fair trial because of the Louisville coach's fame and power. [More]

Judge's personal life debated after gay ruling

Chief U.S. Judge Vaughn Walker has always been characterized as a conservative with libertarian leanings. But after he struck down California's voter-approved gay marriage ban this week, he was accused by some of being something else entirely: a gay activist. [More]

Parents lose custody of son Adolf Hitler

Parents who have given their kids Nazi-inspired names — including naming one little boy Adolf Hitler — have lost custody of their three children. [More]

Oregon girl not bitter after lemonade stir

After a county inspector squeezed out a kid's lemonade business, so many Oregonians puckered up in disgust that the county chairman had to pour on a little sugar. [More]

Calif. city official: 7 more managers highly paid

The California city of Bell says seven more city workers received high salaries, with two making more than $400,000 per year and three making more than $200,000. [More]

Bell faces $35-million bond debt

The small and cash-strapped city of Bell is on the hook for a $35-million bond debt that voters didn't approve — and that the city can't afford to pay off, The Times has learned. [More]

Michigan Serial Killer Is 'Learning How to Kill'

A knife-wielding slasher who Michigan police believe is responsible for the stabbing deaths of five African-American men since mid-May is still "learning how to kill," an expert says. [More]

More homeowners who got federal mortgage aid fall behind

The Obama administration on Friday acknowledged it had underestimated the number of homeowners who fell seriously behind on their mortgage payments even after getting government help. [More]

Friday, August 6

Police arrest woman they say accepted beer from Connecticut shooter

Police arrested a woman Friday who they said accepted stolen beer from a delivery truck driven by the man who killed eight people and then himself in Connecticut this week. [More]

Chief quits Obama's economic council

Christina Romer, one of President Barack Obama's top economic advisers, said on Thursday she was stepping down, an exit that comes as the White House struggles to keep the recovery on track with congressional elections looming in November. [More]

Oregon County Apologizes to 7-Year-Old Girl After Saying She Can't Have Lemonade Stand

Oregon county officials have apologized after health inspectors told a 7-year-old girl that she can’t run a lemonade stand without a $120 temporary restaurant license. [More]

Court: Nazi-naming parents shouldn't get kids

A New Jersey couple who gave their children Nazi-inspired names should not regain custody of them, a state appeals court ruled today, citing the parents' own disabilities and the risk of serious injury to their children. [More]

Call to police: 'I'm not going to kill anybody else'

Omar Thornton, minutes after gunning down eight co-workers in Manchester, Connecticut, called state police and told them, "I took it into my hands" because he worked at a "racist place," according to a recording of the call. [More]

$212,000 found in woman's adult diapers

A Quebec woman was released on bail in upstate New York after U.S. border guards found $212,000 hidden among adult diapers. [More]

Company says Connecticut gunman never filed race complaint

The president of a Connecticut beverage distributor said Thursday a man who went on a shooting rampage this week never filed a claim alleging racial discrimination. [More]

Despite Budget Cuts, Layoff Fears, Milwaukee Teachers Fight for Taxpayer-Funded Viagra

With the district in a financial crisis and hundreds of its members facing layoffs, the Milwaukee teachers union is taking a peculiar stand: fighting to get their taxpayer-funded Viagra back. [More]

California man sentenced to 64 years to life for using crossbow to randomly kill man

A jury convicted 39-year-old Curtis Scott of killing 62-year-old Angel Martinez in March 2008. [More]

Hitting allegation nothing new for Michaele Salahi

When Whoopi Goldberg tapped Michaele Salahi to get her attention on “The View” Wednesday, leading the "Real Housewife" to claim that Goldberg had hit her, Salahi was doing something she’d done before. [More]

Charges dropped against speed-eater Kobayashi

A Japanese competitive eater won’t have to try jail food after all, a judge ruled Thursday, dismissing charges against the skinny speed-feeder for crashing a hot dog eating contest. [More]

Ohio Man Accused of Stealing $100G from Dying Niece

When 14-year-old Sabreen Haq found out in 2009 that she had a brain tumor and had only a year to live, the Rocky River girl announced that her dying wish was to have a home that her mother, sister and two brothers could call their own. [More]

Brando's 1973 Oscar stand-in recounts fallout

Sacheen Littlefeather says she paid a price when she decried Hollywood's stereotyped portrayal of American Indians at the 1973 Oscars. [More]

Crews wait for cement to dry in Gulf oil well

Crews working to seal a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico were waiting Friday for fresh cement that was pumped in to dry in one of the final steps of the so-called "static kill." [More]

Ky. woman guilty of extortion in coach Pitino case

A Kentucky woman was convicted Thursday of demanding millions of dollars from Rick Pitino to keep secret their one-night stand in a restaurant, then claiming the Louisville basketball coach raped her after he reported the extortion. [More]

Man accused of break-in, then garage sale

Police have identified a suspect who is alleged to have broken into a home in June and then held a garage sale on the front yard. [More]

Jury awards widow $2.2 million in tobacco case

A Palm Beach County widow has been awarded over $2 million in a tobacco case over the death of her husband. [More]

Air Force tanker bid thrown out for arriving 5 minutes late

What may be the most contentious Pentagon contract is the focus of yet another fight, with this round centered on whether a bid for a $35 billion contract should be thrown out because it arrived five minutes late. [More]

Cop allegedly got woman to flash to avoid arrest

A Utah police officer has been fired and charged after he allegedly requested sexual favours from a woman following a traffic accident. [More]

Barack Obama celebrates 49th birthday with Oprah Winfrey

His wife Michelle is on vacation in Spain - but President Barack Obama still had some A-list company as he celebrated his 49th birthday on Wednesday. [More]

4 men sentenced for huge London jewel heist

Four men have been given long prison sentences for their involvement in an armed robbery that netted 40 million pounds (more than $60 million) worth of gems from an upmarket London jeweler. [More]

Thursday, August 5

Cleveland sports anchor indicted on charges he raped woman at his home after they visited bar

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason says 32-year-old WEWS-TV anchor Terry Brooks was indicted Wednesday on one count of kidnapping and four counts each of rape and attempted rape. [More]

Ex-Federal Judge Facing Nightmare Behind Bars

As a federal judge in southern Texas for some 18 years, Samuel Kent sent folks off to prison. Now he's behind bars himself. [More]

Man robs date at Olive Garden, spends her money at restaurant

A woman was robbed by a man she had contacted to meet her in the parking lot of the Olive Garden restaurant at 216 SW Miracle Strip Parkway, according to a media release from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department. [More]

Giuliani daughter arrested at NYC cosmetics store

Rudy Giuliani's daughter was arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge at a beauty supplies store after she was seen on security video pocketing makeup, police said. [More]

Ex-Miss USA accused of shoplifting Oil of Olay skin treatment

Police say a former Miss USA has been released from a Texas jail after she was accused of stealing almost $90 in beauty products from a Target store. [More]

In DC, no such thing as too poor for medical pot

No one should be too poor to buy pot if they live in Washington, at least if the marijuana is for a medical condition. That's the conclusion of a new medical marijuana law enacted in the nation's capital. [More]

CDC survey: More than 30% obese in 9 Southern states

About a third of people in nine states were obese in 2009, a dramatic increase from 2007, when only three states had obesity rates that high, a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. [More]

Milwaukee may lose Harley's roar over labor costs

It's the roar that made Milwaukee famous — the distinctive throaty rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But that much-loved racket could be rumbling away to another state if the company cannot bring down its union labor costs. [More]

Snake thrown at drive-thru

A Williston man was charged with disorderly conduct Sunday following an unusual incident at a local fast-food restaurant Saturday night. [More]

U.S. judge overturns California gay marriage ban

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a California ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional, handing a key victory to gay rights advocates in a politically charged decision almost certain to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. [More]

Electric cars face bumpy road to acceptance

The Chevrolet Volt has won a presidential endorsement and the support of leading environmental activists. Now it needs consumers' embrace when it comes to market later this year. [More]

Pa. Woman on Disability Pay Moonlighted as Stripper

A woman is accused of illegally accepting workers' compensation payments while working as a stripper. [More]

School bus crashed after driver leaned out to vomit

As a school bus traveled down a Kankakee County road last December, its driver opened the door of the moving bus to vomit and then fell out — causing the bus full of school children to crash into a nearby ditch, a lawsuit claims. [More]

Churchill 'banned UFO report to avoid mass panic'

British wartime prime minister Winston Churchill banned the reporting for 50 years of an alleged UFO incident because of fears it could create mass panic, according to claims made public on Thursday. [More]

New York mosque near September 11 site draws lawsuit

A planned mosque and Muslim cultural center near the site of the September 11 attacks which has triggered national debate faced a new hurdle on Wednesday as a lawsuit was filed aiming to block the controversial project. [More]

No birthday cake for Obama as Secret Service steps in

President Barack Obama said Wednesday his security staff put the kibosh on a birthday cake that was to be offered by union leaders for his 49th birthday. [More]

US billionaires sign pledge to give funds to charity

Oracle chief Larry Ellison is among dozens of billionaires who have signed on to give away the bulk of their wealth to charity. [More]

Elvis Presley running for Arkansas governor

A man named Elvis D. Presley of Star City filed papers with the secretary of state's office on Wednesday to run as a write-in candidate for governor. [More]

Boyfriend, doctors plied Anna Nicole with drugs, court told

The longtime boyfriend and two doctors of Anna Nicole Smith plied the late Playboy model with a steady stream of drugs acquired through fake prescriptions, a court heard Wednesday. [More]

Hope for Gulf as BP plugs well, most of the oil gone

An end to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster was in sight as BP plugged its runaway well and US officials said most of the toxic crude has been cleaned up or dispersed. [More]

Arizona inmate escape exposes serious flaws in state's prison security, housing practice

The three inmates didn't seem to arouse the least bit of suspicion when they sneaked out of their dorm rooms and rushed to the perimeter of the medium-security prison. [More]

Naomi Campbell admits receiving diamonds gift

Supermodel Naomi Campbell told a court Thursday how she received a pouch of rough diamonds as a late-night gift she assumed came from Liberia's ex-president Charles Taylor, in the dock for war crimes. [More]

Ryan and Tatum O'Neal to repair their relationship on reality TV

After decades of estrangement and a couple of failed reconciliation attempts, Ryan O’Neal and daughter Tatum are finally ready to reunite. [More]

Reality TV convention planned for next year

Reality TV fans are getting their own convention. Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter owner e5 Global Media announced Thursday it was producing the first-ever Reality Rocks Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center next April. [More]

Goldberg, White House crasher tangle after 'View'

A spokesman says White House gatecrasher Michaele Salahi's visit to the ABC daytime talk show "The View" ended in a backstage shouting match with co-host Whoopi Goldberg. [More]

Wednesday, August 4

Michelle Obama arrives in Spain for holiday with daughter

First Lady Michelle Obama and her nine-year-old daughter Sasha arrived Wednesday on Spain's Mediterranean coast for a vacation with friends at a luxury hotel where they have booked 60 rooms. [More]

To Protest Hiring of Nonunion Help, Union Hires Nonunion Picketers

The Mid-Atlantic Carpenters Union is seeking nonunion demonstrators to march and chant over the hiring of nonunion employees. [More]

Fake fall teacher banned in New York

New York education officials said a teacher who allegedly faked a fall down the stairs to avoid a performance review is no longer eligible to teach in the city. [More]

Missing Maine Boy Found ... Along With Dad's 147 Pot Plants

Authorities in Maine say they found a 3-year-old boy who wandered away from his home — and a stash of marijuana plants being cultivated by his father. [More]

Thief left behind baby

Police in Florida said they arrested a woman who allegedly stole merchandise from a JCPenney store and left behind her purse and a 10-month-old. [More]

Donald Trump sued for fraud

Donald Trump and the promoters of his Trump SoHo hotel-condominium were sued by buyers who accused them of fraudulently touting out-sized sales figures to encourage them to buy units and inflate the project's financial health. [More]

Many dietary supplements are contaminated

Many popular dietary supplements contain ingredients that may cause cancer, heart problems, liver or kidney damage, but U.S. stores sell them anyway and Americans spend millions on them, according to Consumer Reports. [More]

Breath test required for vending machine wine sales

Pennsylvania residents can buy wine from vending machines but first they must pass a breath test to prove they haven't been drinking. [More]

'Cold as ice' Conn. beer deliveryman kills 8, self

A warehouse driver went on a shooting rampage at a beer distributorship after he was asked to quit, killing eight people before apparently committing suicide, authorities said. [More]

Senators list 'wasteful' stimulus projects

Have you heard the one about the researcher from Chicago who got stimulus money to teach a computer to tell jokes? [More]

Pa. counselor charged in death of 20-year-old autistic man left for hours in hot van

A counselor was charged with manslaughter Tuesday in the heat death of a 20-year-old autistic man left for hours in a hot van, but her lawyer said many people share in the blame. [More]

Cloris Leachman: 'I'm so sick of Betty White'

While promoting her new fall series "Raising Hope" at the Televisions Critics Association gathering in L.A., co-star Cloris Leachman was asked about the current adulation Betty White is enjoying. "I'm so sick of Betty White," Leachman snapped, to laughs and a few gasps. "Never liked her." [More]

Bobby Hebb, singer of '66 hit 'Sunny,' dies at 72

Bobby Hebb, whose 1966 pop music classic "Sunny" described a sincere smile from a woman that lifted the singer's burdens, died Tuesday. [More]

Cosby Angry About Web Death Hoax

Bill Cosby is mad after Internet users spread the third death hoax about Cosby this year. [More]

Low-carb, low-calorie diets can both result in weight loss

In the battle between a low-carb diet and a low-calorie, reduced-fat plan, the best weight-loss plan is — either one. [More]

FBI to Wikipedia: Remove our seal

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has threatened Wikipedia with legal action if the online encyclopedia doesn't remove the FBI's seal from its site. [More]

Wife wants to divorce Orlando radio host after shooting

The wife of a central Florida radio host is divorcing her husband a year after he was accused of shooting her while aiming at her dog. [More]

Rolling Stone writer whose article ended McChrystal's career denied embed request

The author of the Rolling Stone article that ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, has been denied permission to join U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday. [More]

Missouri voters say no to mandatory ObamaCare insurance

U.S. Senate races in Kansas and Missouri and a ballot measure seen as a referendum on President Obama's health care reform highlighted Tuesday's primary elections. [More]

Another incumbent down as Michigan Rep. loses

Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lost her bid for an eighth term on Tuesday, her son's legal woes dragging her down in a year when fickle voters seem eager to fire longtime lawmakers. [More]

La. man saved teen, couldn't stop 6 from drowning

Christopher Patlan was hanging out with friends on the Red River when he heard the desperate screams coming from seven teenagers. One minute they were wading in shallow water, the next they plunged into a dropoff 25 feet deep. [More]

NYC art dealer who bilked star-studded clientele gets 6 to 18 years prison in $120M fraud

An art dealer who conned his star-studded clientele out of $120 million while indulging in such luxuries as a private baseball stadium was sentenced Tuesday to at least six years in prison for a fraud that swept up John McEnroe and the estate of Robert De Niro's father. [More]

Dog eats Rockford man's big toe, saves his life

Dogs that bite are not ordinarily lavished with praise, but Jerry Douthett's little dog Kiko is being hailed as a lifesaver. [More]

'Static kill' working, mud holds well shut

In a significant step toward stopping the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP said Wednesday mud that was forced down its blown-out well was holding back the flow of crude in the Gulf of Mexico and it was in a "static condition." [More]

Tuesday, August 3

Illegal Immigrant Suspected of Killing Nun in Head-On Drunken Driving Crash

Police say the suspect, 23-year-old Carlos Martinelly Montano of Bristow, Va., was drunk and speeding when he lost control of his Subaru Outback on Sunday and crashed into a Toyota Corolla carrying three nuns. [More]

Ethics panel says Rep. Waters broke House rules

Maxine Waters on Monday became the second Democrat in the House of Representatives in two weeks to be accused of ethics violations, an embarrassing blow as the party fights to keep its majority in the November 2 elections. [More]

Angry mom refuses to bail out teen son accused of car theft

A teenager accused of stealing a pizza delivery guy's car was chewed out by a judge - and his mom - Sunday morning in court. [More]

Charlie Sheen to serve Aspen 'jail' term in Malibu rehab

Charlie Sheen's plea deal to resolve felony domestic violence charges in Aspen, Colorado, will allow the actor to serve his jail term at a Malibu, California, rehab center, his lawyer said Monday. [More]

Police arrest robber told to 'seek Jesus'

Florida police arrested a man who they said was convinced not to rob a store by a manager who told him to "seek Jesus," but then went on to rob a nearby store. [More]

Judge Gives Virginia OK to Press On With Health Care Lawsuit Against Feds

The state of Virginia can continue its lawsuit to stop the nation's new health care law from taking effect, a federal judge ruled Monday. [More]

Conductor Mitch Miller dies at age 99

Mitch Miller, the goateed orchestra leader who asked Americans to "Sing Along With Mitch" on television and records and produced hits for Tony Bennett, Patti Page and other performers, has died. [More]

Drunk woman called 911 for a date

Police in Ohio said they arrested a woman accused of drunkenly dialing 911 and telling dispatchers she was looking for a date. [More]

Tokyo's oldest listed person, age 113, is missing

A 113-year-old woman listed as Tokyo's oldest person is missing, officials said Tuesday, days after the city's oldest listed man was found dead and mummified. [More]

Man finds success with grilled cheese

A New York man says he took a page from drug dealers to sell his perfectly legal product - grilled cheese sandwiches - on street corners. [More]

Men offered wood blocks as laptops

Authorities in Mississippi said they arrested two men who were allegedly trying to sell blocks of wood disguised as laptop computers. [More]

House goes to tax sale over $3.91 bill

A Baltimore man said the city sent his house to tax sale due to $3.91 in unpaid property taxes combined with citations for maintenance issues. [More]

BP leak spilled 172 million gallons

A federal oil spill task force says about 172 million gallons of crude made it out in the Gulf of Mexico after the well blew out. [More]

FDA declares Gulf seafood safe to eat

Seafood from some parts of the oil-fouled Gulf of Mexico has been declared safe to eat by the government, based in part on human smell tests. [More]

Newsweek Editor Out as Billionaire Buys Magazine

Sidney Harman, the 91-year-old hi-fi billionaire, will become the new owner of Newsweek under a contract announced Monday by the venerable magazine's current owner, The Washington Post Company. [More]

Democratic Party to Keep Controversial Superdelegates

A reform effort to take away party bigwigs’ presidential-nominating power suffers a setback. [More]

Most BlackBerry owners want iPhone, Android

Millions of BlackBerry customers are poised to make the leap to iPhones and Android phones, according to a report today. [More]

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