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Monday, August 2

Charlie Sheen pleads guilty to Aspen assault

Charlie Sheen pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 30 days in a rehabilitation center, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management. [More]

N.Y. Woman Stabbed Nieces, Ages 7 and 9, While Babysitting

A woman is accused of stabbing her nieces while baby-sitting them at their home across the street from Martha Stewart's residence in an upscale New York community. [More]

Wendy's robber complains about skimpy haul

Police say a man who robbed a fast-food restaurant with a gun was so mad about the amount of loot that he called back twice to complain. [More]

Lindsay Lohan released from jail, goes to rehab

Lindsay Lohan has been released from jail, but she's not exactly a free woman. The actress was discharged at 1:35 a.m. Monday after serving 14 days of a 90-day sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drug case. [More]

Lemonade stand reopens after robbery

The lemonade stand of four Michigan girls is back in business two weeks after thieves stole the jewelry box holding their profits, their parents say. [More]

BP prepares to plug Gulf oil well for good

BP Plc could start plugging its broken deepsea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday night, more than three months after its rupture led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. [More]

Stallone left movie debts in Brazil: report

Sylvester Stallone may be heading for box-office success when his latest action flick opens this month, but in Brazil - where the movie was filmed - companies are complaining he left a string of unpaid debts, according to a report. [More]

Inmate who said he'd kill more linked to 2nd death

A Virginia inmate who warned prosecutors he would kill again if not given the death penalty for strangling his cellmate was involved in the death of another inmate, authorities said. [More]

Sunday, August 1

Flights send illegal immigrants to Mexico, but many return

In the last year, more than 350,000 illegal immigrants have been deported — about 220,000 by plane. The number of immigrants sent back to their homelands has more than tripled in the last decade. [More]

The New Credit-Card Tricks

The Card Act, was intended to protect consumers. Yet some of the biggest card issuers in the U.S. are already rolling out a slew of fees designed to recapture some of their lost income. [More]

Family tries to get marriage license for 13-year-old

A Lake Placid man was arrested Thursday on allegations that he had sex more than once with a 13-year-old girl, which led to her getting pregnant. [More]

Waitress bags alleged dine and dash man

A Florida waitress, angry after three men walked out on a $23.19 bill, caught up with them at their next stop and brought one back to be arrested. [More]

Judge 'inundated' with death threats after Arizona ruling

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton received hundreds of threats at her court offices within hours of her ruling last week on Arizona's tough and controversial immigration law. [More]

Hacker builds $1,500 cell-phone tapping device

A computer security researcher has built a device for just $1,500 that can intercept some kinds of cell phone calls and record everything that's said. [More]

Along with the oil, cleanup jobs vanishing

Uncertainty, like the Gulf's waters, ebbs and flows in this fishing village in Louisiana's southern reaches. [More]

3 squabbling companies must cooperate to plug well

On shore, BP, Halliburton and Transocean are engaging in a billion-dollar blame game over the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. At sea, they're depending on each other to finally plug up the environmental disaster. [More]

Falling ice kills 11-year-old girl on family outing

An 11-year-old girl was killed and her mother injured when a chunk of ice struck them near a cave attraction in Washington state. [More]

Yellow lobster pulled from RI's Narragansett Bay

It's not made of gold, but a yellow lobster pulled from Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay is very rare. [More]

Saturday, July 31

Inmate sues man he's convicted of burglarizing

A Florida inmate is suing the man he's convicted of burglarizing, claiming the man and two others roughed him up during a citizen's arrest. He's seeking $500,000 for disabilities and distress. [More]

Oregon police drop Al Gore sexual harassment case

Police in the US state of Oregon have said former vice president Al Gore will not face charges over an alleged 2006 groping of a masseuse "due to a lack of credible evidence." [More]

Cheerleader tackles 6-foot theft suspect

A 16-year-old, 110-pound varsity cheerleader in Oklahoma says her tackle and takedown of a 6-foot-tall suspected thief at a local mall was "an instinct thing." [More]

Paperwork nightmare: A struggle to fix new law

Tucked into the new health care law is a requirement that could become a paperwork nightmare for nearly 40 million businesses. They must file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods. [More]

Men's accident rates climb with women's hemlines

The London Telegraph said the study by car insurance company Sheilas' Wheels claims men get into more accidents in the summer because they are distracted by women's skimpy outfits. [More]

Banks Won't Cash Accused Fort Hood Gunman's Military Paychecks

The accused Fort Hood gunman, an army psychiatrist, is still getting paychecks from the U.S. military - but soon may not have a bank to cash them. [More]

Snooki of 'Jersey Shore' arrested in NJ beach town

"Jersey Shore" cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has been arrested in the New Jersey beach town where the MTV show is based. [More]

Agency weighs skirting Congress on immigration

The Obama administration, unable to push an immigration overhaul through Congress, is considering ways it could go around lawmakers to let undocumented immigrants stay in the United States, according to an agency memo. [More]

Store manager tells robber Jesus wouldn't approve

A cell phone store manager in South Florida dissuaded an armed man from robbing the store by telling him Jesus wouldn't approve. [More]

N.M. governor considers pardon for Billy the Kid

The showdown between Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid has fascinated the American public for nearly 130 years with its classic, Old West storyline of the frontier lawman hunting down the notorious gunslinger. [More]

Empty mansions are legacy of a mystery heiress

It's called Bellosguardo: “Beautiful view.” But driving by, you can barely see it: It hides behind high walls, bookending the southern tip of Santa Barbara, Calif. A $100 million mansion perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, immaculately maintained, as if waiting for someone who has gone off for the weekend. [More]

Chelsea Clinton tying the knot in lavish, secretive wedding

After an intensely secretive build-up, Chelsea Clinton and her Wall Street banker beau were tying the knot Saturday at a lavish bash outside the quaint town of Rhinebeck, rural New York. [More]

Tokyo's "oldest man" may have been dead for decades

Police have found the mummified body of a man believed to have been Tokyo's oldest man, who may have in fact died some 30 years ago, officials at the city's Adachi Ward said. [More]

Teen charged with pawning mom's jewelry

Authorities in Florida said they arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly made $14,000 pawning jewelry he took from his mother. [More]

Rangel using 3-way defense against ethics charges

To rebut a lengthy list of alleged ethical misdeeds, Rep. Charles Rangel is trotting out this three-way defense: I didn't do it. I did it, but was inattentive. Others lawmakers were allowed to do the same thing without penalty. [More]

White House: Rangel Charges 'Very Serious,' Trial is 'Right Course'

Moving ahead with a trial-like proceeding in Rep. Charles Rangel's ethics case is the "right course" for Congress, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday. Gibbs also predicted Democrats would retain control of the U.S. House, despite political setbacks and the weak economy. [More]

2 months later, where is Kyron Horman?

Shock has turned into frustration as the case of a missing 7-year-old Oregon boy has taken bizarre twists, with a stepmother under suspicion, lurid tales of infidelity and even a murder-for-hire plot. [More]

Drew Carey: How I lost 80 pounds

Drew Carey has been known as a loveable, teddy-bear type as far back as his long-running sitcom "The Drew Carey Show." But, he says, being big was a burden - and he had to make a change. [More]

N.J. man gets jail for vomit-assault at game

A 21-year-old man who intentionally vomited on a spectator and his 11-year-old daughter at a Philadelphia Phillies game was sentenced Friday to up to three months in jail and community service. [More]

Teacher Faces Sex Assault Charge For Allegedly Spanking Student

An Enfield High School technology teacher has been arrested on sexual assault charges for allegedly spanking a student who was visiting his class, according to court records. [More]

World Population to Hit 7 Billion Next Year

The Population Reference Bureau has projected that in 2011, the planet Earth will be home to more than seven billion living humans. At current growth rates, we'll top 9 billion in 2050. By that year, the population of Africa is expected to double, and that of Asia to grow by 1.3 billion. [More]

Billionaire Brothers Charged With $550 Million Fraud

Billionaire brothers Samuel Wyly and Charles Wyly were charged Thursday by the Securities & Exchange Commission with orchestrating a 13-year-long securities fraud that reaped them $550 million in undisclosed gains that were hidden in a series of transactions in the Isle of Man and the Cayman Islands tax havens. [More]

Ex-mayor injects race into primary

Willie Herenton, who served as mayor of Memphis for almost two decades until he resigned in 2009, is making race a key part of his platform in his attempt to unseat incumbent Rep. Steve Cohen. [More]

Man Walks Free After Serving 27 Years for Rape He Didn't Commit

A Texas man who has spent the last 27 years imprisoned for a rape he didn't commit is free. [More]

Negotiate your way to lower cable TV, cellphone bills

For Sally Credille, everything is negotiable. Whether it's buying a cellphone, setting up cable service or even paying an electric bill, Credille says she almost always bargains to get a better deal. [More]

Michael Jackson album to feature 10 new songs

An all-new Michael Jackson collection featuring 10 unreleased songs will be released this November, a rep for the Jackson estate exclusively tells Rolling Stone. [More]

Brazilian men swapped at birth work, live together

Two years back, Dimas Aliprandi and Elton Plaster didn't know of each other's existence. Then they learned they had been accidentally switched at birth more than 20 years ago. [More]

Friday, July 30

Ousted USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue blogger

Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted a video edited in a way that made her appear racist. [More]

Woman ticketed while fixing flat

A New York woman said a traffic agent disciplined for ticketing a city lawmaker who warned him about his driving cited her while she was fixing a flat tire. [More]

If not Ansel Adams, then who took garage-sale photos?

The mystery is deepening over who created 65 glass photographic plates bought at a California garage sale for $45 by a man who believes they were created by famed nature photographer Ansel Adams. [More]

Texas man gets death penalty for beheading 3 kids

A jury sentenced a south Texas man to death on Thursday, four days after convicting him of capital murder for beheading his common law wife's three children in 2003. [More]

Dead whale found pinned to Alaska cruise ship

A dead whale was discovered pinned to the bow of a Princess Cruises luxury liner near Juneau, the third such incident involving the company's Alaska fleet in a decade, officials said Thursday. [More]

Cheeseburger found in SC woman's gas tank

A South Carolina woman found out fast food won't make your car go fast. Police said a mechanic found a cheeseburger and pickle inside the car's gas tank. The woman told officers she had no idea how it happened. [More]

Man admits swallowing USB drive evidence

A man pleading guilty to fraud in New York admitted in court to swallowing a computer thumb drive to destroy evidence of his deeds. [More]

Ex-Worker Charged With Torching Bondage Club, Killing Owner

A fired employee of a bondage parlor has been charged with killing the club's owner and dog before torching the building near Los Angeles International Airport. [More]

Rangel charged with 13 ethics violations

The House ethics committee charged Rep. Charles B. Rangel with 13 separate violations of House rules Thursday, saying his various financial dealings broke the "public trust." [More]

GOP gets wish: Rangel case in campaign season

Republicans wanted an election-season ethics case against Democratic powerhouse Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. And now, it looks like they have one. [More]

Attorneys prepare for Anna Nicole Smith trial

Attorneys were setting the stage for the trial of two doctors and the attorney boyfriend of the late Anna Nicole Smith, arguing about what evidence will be allowed in court. [More]

FAA says Sarasota man is colorblind, won't hire him; he sues

Sean Deering says he's been in love with aviation since he was 11. When he was 12, he mowed lawns to pay for flight lessons. But the Federal Aviation Administration, he says, has blocked him from pursuing a career as an air traffic controller, ruling he does not qualify because he is slightly colorblind. [More]

Military secrets sold to pay for HI home

A federal prosecutor said Thursday a former B-2 bomber engineer helped China design a stealth cruise missile to raise money to pay the $15,000-a-month mortgage on the mansion-like home he built on Maui's north shore. [More]

Grizzly caught after fatal campground mauling

A mother grizzly and two of her three cubs have been captured after killing a Michigan man and injuring two other people during a late-night rampage through a campground near Yellowstone National Park. [More]

Judge Halts Plans to Ship Honolulu Trash to Wash.

A temporary restraining order has been issued to halt the inaugural shipment of trash from Honolulu to Washington state [More]

Ellen DeGeneres quits as 'Idol' judge

Ellen DeGeneres is dancing off "American Idol" after one season, leaving Fox's hit show with two vacancies on its judging panel. [More]

J-Lo close to deal for `American Idol'

Former "Fly Girl" Jennifer Lopez is poised to return to television — this time as a judge on "American Idol." [More]

Army's high suicide rate tied to rise in risky behaviors

An Army report on the record number of soldier suicides says the trend reflects a rise in risky behavior including drunken driving and drug abuse in a military stretched to the breaking point by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. [More]

Chelsea Clinton's wedding declared a no-fly zone

The Federal Aviation Administration says local airspace will be restricted from 3 p.m. Saturday to 3:30 a.m. Sunday. [More]

Churchill's false teeth sell for $23,000

A pair of false teeth worn by Winston Churchill have sold at auction for more than $23,000 - on the same day that plans were announced to put the British wartime leader's archive papers online for the first time. [More]

Thursday, July 29

Suicidal Texas Mayor Shot Daughter From Behind

Autopsy reports show the Coppell mayor's 19-year-old daughter was shot from behind and the mayor shot herself in the forehead. [More]

Woman loses lawsuit over 'Girls Gone Wild’ video

A jury on Thursday rejected a young woman's claim that the producers of a "Girls Gone Wild" video damaged her reputation by showing her tank top being pulled down by another person in a Laclede's Landing bar. [More]

Former NBA Player's Body Reportedly Found in Memphis

Memphis homicide investigators arrived at the scene where the body of former NBA player and University of Memphis star Lorenzen Wright was reportedly found with multiple gunshot wounds on Wednesday. [More]

Package for 'grandma' contains 6 lbs. of drugs

A package addressed from "Grandpa Henderson" in San Diego to "Grandma Henderson" in Talladega, Ala., wasn't ordinary mail, and it wasn't picked up by any grandmother. [More]

Saggy pants foolish but legal, NYC judge rules

That's how a New York City judge ruled in throwing out a summons issued to a man wearing low-slung pants that exposed his underwear. [More]

Apple Is the New Religion, Academics Say

Its tablet computer can't play most of the videos on the Web ... its cell phone has trouble making voice calls ... and yet its products are wildly popular, selling millions worldwide and engendering a cultish devotion among followers. [More]

7 of Michael Jackson doctors will not face criminal charges

None of the seven doctors and one nurse investigated by California authorities will face criminal prosecution in the death of singer Michael Jackson, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday. [More]

Study finds Amish growing, moving west, scouting land in Alaska and Mexico

A new study estimates the number of Amish has increased nearly 10 percent in the past two years alone, to a total population of 249,000, compared with about 227,000 in 2008. [More]

Florida Man Spends $200K for Right to Park in His Own Driveway

A Florida man spent nearly $200,000 defending his right to park his pickup truck in his own driveway, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported Wednesday. [More]

Man sentenced to 90 days in jail for stealing tarantula

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for stealing a spider from a public library. [More]

Gulf locals reflect on 100 days of spill

A hundred days ago, shop owner Cherie Pete was getting ready for a busy summer serving ice cream and po-boy sandwiches to hungry fishermen. Local official Billy Nungesser was planning his wedding. Environmental activist Enid Sisskin was preparing a speech about the dangers of offshore drilling. [More]

Imprisoned Spector returns to music with wife's CD

In the often weird world of show business marriages, the love story of Phil and Rachelle Spector is among the strangest. [More]

Churchill's false teeth go on sale

A set of dentures made for Britain's war-time prime minister Winston Churchill have gone under the hammer in Britain. [More]

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh sued over alleged clergy abuse victim's suicide

The estate of a man allegedly abused by a priest in the 1980s is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, alleging he committed suicide this year after the diocese stopped paying for his mental health treatments following two other suicide attempts. [More]

Obama to appear on ABC's The View' today

President Barack Obama will be all charm and smiles during a friendly visit to ABC's "The View" telecast today. [More]

Calls for Rangel to quit could escalate if no deal

New York Rep. Charles Rangel steeled himself for a bad day Thursday as a jury of his congressional peers prepared to publicly discuss ethical charges against the former committee chairman clinging to a job he's held in the House for 40 years. [More]

Survivor of Montana bear attack says she played dead

A woman who was attacked by a bear in the middle of the night at a busy campground was bitten on her arm and leg before she instinctively played dead so the animal would leave her alone, she said Thursday. [More]

Lee Boyd Malvo claims others were to help in DC area attacks

Convicted DC snipers Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad were supposed to have had help carrying out their deadly attacks, and they may have been involved in more shootings than authorities suspected, according to an interview with actor William Shatner that airs Thursday. [More]

Wednesday, July 28

Federal judge blocks key parts of Arizona immigration law

A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday blocked key parts of Arizona's tough new immigration law, granting the Obama administration's request for an injunction on grounds that immigration matters are the federal government's responsibility. [More]

Arkansas mom sentenced to work release, fined after her children died of heat in car trunk

A Springdale woman has been sentenced to six months of work release and fined $2,000 in the heat stroke deaths of her two children who had locked themselves in the trunk of a car. [More]

Suspect in fatal crash once sold her baby for $2,000

The woman who allegedly caused a fatal car accident while fleeing from police on Monday was once convicted of selling her 7-month-old baby for $2,000, which she used to gamble and buy video-game consoles, according to court records. [More]

Update: Sen. Kerry to pay Mass. tax on yacht docked in RI

Sen. John Kerry moved to end a controversy over his decision to base his new $7 million yacht in tax-free Rhode Island, informing the Massachusetts Department of Revenue on Tuesday that he would "promptly" pay taxes as if the vessel were docked in his home state. [More]

California city OKs tax rates for marijuana

Anticipating California voters will back a November ballot measure to legalize casual marijuana use, officials in Oakland have approved two tax rates on pot sales in their city, already a hub of the state's medicinal marijuana scene. [More]

New York City settles Sean Bell lawsuit

New York City will pay more than $7 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought by the estate of a man killed by police outside a Queens' nightclub the night before his wedding. [More]

Gibson speaks to detectives about extortion claims

A sheriff's official says Mel Gibson has met with detectives to discuss his claims that his ex-girlfriend attempted to extort money from him. [More]

Texas man gets 99 years in child starvation case involving ex-Tampa mom

A Dallas man convicted of starving three children locked in a hotel bathroom for nearly a year was sentenced to 99 years in prison today after jurors heard testimony that one child was suicidal and another preferred urinating in his hospital bed to entering a restroom. [More]

2 brothers, ages 10 and 12, found shot to death

Authorities say two young brothers have been found shot to death in a ravine near a Southern California ranch. [More]

Sheriff's Office investigating posting of 'illegal alien crossing' signs

Signs on an East Naples road intended to warn drivers of an upcoming crosswalk contained a provocative new message on Sunday — “illegal alien crossing.” [More]

Arizona helped deport thousands without new law

Without the benefit of their state's strict new immigration law, officers from a single Arizona county helped deport more than 26,000 immigrants from the U.S. through a federal-local partnership program that has been roundly criticized as fraught with problems. [More]

Neb. city suspends immigration law, goes to court

A Nebraska city suspended its voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but opponents still want a federal judge to block the ordinance until all legal fights are resolved. [More]

Cops, activists prepare ahead of Ariz. law

The sheriff of Arizona's most populous county is making room in a vast outdoor jail and determined to round up illegal immigrants to fill it. Police from the U.S.-Mexico border to the Grand Canyon are getting last-minute training. And protests and marches are planned throughout Phoenix. [More]

Arizona Hotels Thriving Despite Boycotts Over Immigration Law

Arizona's tourism industry has a target on its back, but the widespread boycotts over the state's immigration law might not be hitting the mark. [More]

NASCAR team owner Roush in serious condition after plane crash

NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was injured Tuesday evening in a private jet accident at an airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, according to organizers of an air show at the airport. [More]

Shoplifting charge dropped against Conn. reporter accused of using work as guise

The lawyer for a Connecticut television traffic reporter once accused of using her work as a ruse for shoplifting says the charge has been dismissed. [More]

Chevrolet reveals Volt pricing details

General Motors Co. said Tuesday its Chevrolet Volt electric car will start at $41,000 when it goes on sale in November. [More]

Old Spice guy cast in Jennifer Aniston film

Whether he's on a boat or a horse, one thing is certain: the Old Spice guy is on a roll. [More]

FBI scrutinized over test cheating

The Justice Department is investigating whether hundreds of FBI agents cheated on a test of new rules allowing the bureau to conduct surveillance and open cases without evidence that a crime has been committed. [More]

NY mother arrested on DWI charges after her 12-year-old daughter calls 911 from vehicle

A woman has been arrested on drunken driving charges in upstate New York after her 12-year-old daughter called 911 while in the vehicle. [More]

Dutch sailor, 14, gets OK for solo world trip

The new cushions, sunshade and bright red sail are in place. And now 14-year-old Laura Dekker has the go-ahead she needs. [More]

Husband is arrested in fatal stabbing of Ohio woman who worked as a marriage counselor

After years as a successful couples counselor, Tonya Hunter was credited with saving many marriages from breaking up. But a week before her death, she didn't know where her own husband was. [More]

Rangel, ethics panel lawyers talking settlement

New York Democrat Charles Rangel made a last-minute effort Tuesday to settle his ethics case and prevent a House trial that could embarrass him and damage the Democratic Party. [More]

ABC programming chief McPherson abruptly resigns

ABC programming chief Stephen McPherson has abruptly resigned from the network after a six-year tenure in which the network aired such provocative series as "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" but ended last season in third place among the big four networks. [More]

Tuesday, July 27

Mexico justice means catch and release

It's practically a daily ritual: Accused drug traffickers and assassins, shackled and bruised from beatings, are paraded before the news media to show that Mexico is winning its drug war. Once the television lights dim, however, about three-quarters of them are let go. [More]

Woman Removed From Plane to Make Room for Overweight Teen

Earlier this year, Southwest Airlines has done it again – but this time they kicked off a thin passenger to make room for an obese teenager. [More]

Many outraged as accused murderer gets liver transplant

Johnny Concepcion, a New York man accused of stabbing his wife to death earlier this month, just received a liver transplant. Many are wondering how a confessed killer could jump to the top of a long list of those needing a transplant. [More]

Filmmaker Oliver Stone slammed for anti-Semitism

The U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League on Monday slammed filmmaker Oliver Stone for saying Jews dominates the media and adding "They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years." [More]

Ansel Adams photos found at garage sale worth $200 million

Rick Norsigian's hobby of picking through piles of unwanted items at garage sales in search of antiques has paid off for the Fresno, California, painter. [More]

Neb. town may halt immigration law to save money

Faced with expensive legal challenges, officials in the eastern Nebraska town of Fremont are considering suspending a voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants until the lawsuits are resolved. [More]

Pa. mom cleaned bath with son's toothbrush

An eastern Pennsylvania woman has been cited for harassment after her son told police she cleaned the bathroom with his toothbrush, then returned it to its holder. [More]

US can't account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds

The U.S. Defense Department is unable to properly account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the U.S. for rebuilding the war ravaged nation, according to an audit released Tuesday. [More]

Man pleads not guilty in Beverly Hills fatal stabbing of movie producer's son

A man accused of fatally stabbing a movie producer's son at a Beverly Hills home has pleaded not guilty to murder. [More]

Boy, 9, forgotten at Chicago airport

A nine-year-old boy was forgotten in a Chicago airport waiting room Saturday for nearly eight hours after an airline representative failed to put him on a connecting flight, the Ottawa Citizen reported. [More]

Obama to make historic visit to talk show "The View"

President Barack Obama will appear on female chat show "The View" on Thursday, in what the ABC network said on Monday was the first appearance by a sitting U.S. president on a daytime TV talk show. [More]

Michelle Obama to travel to Spain on Private Trip

"The First Lady will travel to Spain next week for a private, mother-daughter trip with longtime family friends. President Obama will not be joining this trip," the White House said in a statement. [More]

NJ nurse charged with stealing from emergency room patient who had been severely beaten

A nurse at a northern New Jersey hospital has been charged with stealing several hundred dollars from an unconscious man who was brought to the hospital emergency room. [More]

Mail found near 60-year-old plane crash

A British geography student on a visit to the French Alps said she discovered a bag of mail from a November 1950 plane crash. [More]

Monday, July 26

Missing man crushed to death in NY trash compactor

A janitor at a prominent western New York office building was crushed to death after falling into a trash compactor, but no one realized it for weeks as his family and authorities searched for him, police said Sunday. [More]

Arizona officials misidentify crash victims

Instead of planning Abby Guerra's funeral, family and friends hope for her recovery after learning that Arizona authorities misidentified her in an auto accident. [More]

Mexican officials: Prison inmates released to commit killings

Top officials in Mexico said Sunday that authorities at a prison released and armed several inmates to attack a group of people during a birthday celebration last week in a killing spree that left 17 dead. [More]

Boy hanged self after visit from LA County workers

Authorities investigating an 11-year-old's suicide threat say they didn't learn key information about an abusive stepfather who answered the door at his house until after the boy hanged himself. [More]

Obama's message to voters: Things could be worse

President Barack Obama, who rocketed to the White House promising "change you can believe in," is now telling voters they shouldn't change a thing. [More]

BP CEO to walk away with $18 million

BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward will collect a pay and pension package worth at least $18.03 million when he steps down from his role at the company, the Times newspaper reported on Sunday. [More]

Man robs bank in clown pants, fake breasts

Authorities say Pittsburgh-area man robbed a bank wearing a woman's blond wig, fake breasts under a sweater and clown pants. [More]

Ariz. law comes after years of mounting anger

As the days tick down until the Arizona immigration law takes effect, the state stands as a monument to the anger over illegal immigration that is present in so many places. [More]

Sunday, July 25

Oil rig alarm disabled

An alarm system on the Deepwater Horizon had been "inhibited" for about a year before the April 20 explosion that killed 11 workers and started the worst oil disaster in the nation's history, the platform's chief electronics technician testified to a federal panel Friday. "They did not want people woke up at 3 o'clock in the morning due to false alarms," investigators were told. [More]

Illegals flee Arizona ahead of crackdown

Scores of illegal immigrant families across Phoenix are hauling the contents of their homes into the yard this weekend as they rush to sell and get out before the state law takes effect on Thursday. [More]

Federal judge orders "cumulative voting" to increase Hispanic elections

An exit survey indicates that nearly a third of the voters in an unusual election in New York allowed six votes for one candidate. The election was ordered by a federal judge who found that the previous system was unfair to Hispanics. [More]

Nail-painting driver who killed motorcyclist gets 18 months in jail

A driver who was painting her fingernails when she struck and killed a motorcyclist was sentenced today to 18 months of periodic imprisonment by a Lake County judge who rejected prosecutors request for a stiffer prison term. [More]

Bank robber foiled after locking keys in car

A woman suspected of robbing two Butte County banks last week was arrested by Davis police about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when her escape from an alleged bank robbery there failed because she locked herself out of her car. [More]

18 killed in mass panic at Germany's Love Parade

Crowds of people streaming into a techno music festival surged through an already jammed entry tunnel on Saturday, setting off a panic that killed 18 people and injured 80 at an event meant to celebrate love and peace. [More]

Manager fakes restaurant robbery

The manager of a Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant was arrested Thursday on charges he conspired to steal $6,400 from the business, then claimed he was robbed. [More]

Man convicted of attacking Milwaukee's mayor is sentenced

A judge has sentenced the man convicted of attacking Milwaukee's mayor with a tire iron to 12 years in prison. [More]

Saturday, July 24

Some insurers stop writing new coverage for kids

Some major health insurance companies will no longer issue certain types of policies for children, an unintended consequence of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, state officials said Friday. [More]

Key rig alarm disabled before blast

An emergency alarm that could have warned workers aboard the doomed Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico drilling rig was intentionally disabled, a rig engineer told U.S. investigators on Friday. [More]

Professor returns from vacation, gets 'foiled'

A science professor at Gustavus Adolphus College left for a week's vacation this summer and returned to a shiny office. Very shiny. Professor Scott Bur's students had covered his office in aluminum foil. [More]

Longtime journalist Daniel Schorr dies at age 93

Daniel Schorr, whose journalism career over more than six decades landed him in the dark corners of Europe during the Cold War and the shadows of President Richard Nixon's notorious "enemies list" in the 1970s, has died. [More]

How one jellyfish stung 100 people

How can one jellyfish sting up to 100 people? With lots of stinger-equipped tentacles, the largest jellyfish in the world may be up to the job, though scientists aren't sure if this week's mass stinging was the result of one jellyfish or more than one. [More]

Democrats face unsavory choices in Rangel case

Democrats nervously anticipating Rep. Charles Rangel's ethics trial know all about the media frenzy and negative ads accompanying election-season scandals. They generated it themselves in 2006, when Republican Rep. Mark Foley was forced to resign in disgrace. [More]

Bear gets stuck in car, goes on brief ride

Douglas County (Colorado) Sheriff's deputies early Friday got a call about a honking car and a commotion inside. Perhaps it was teenagers or a thief, they thought as they approached Ralph Story's 2008 Toyota Corolla. It turns out it was a thief, albeit the furry variety. [More]

Mexican authorities find 38 bodies hidden in mass graves

Authorities in the Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon are investigating after finding at least 38 bodies in nine hidden mass graves, the state's attorney general said. [More]

White House predicts record $1.47 trillion deficit

New estimates from the White House on Friday predict the budget deficit will reach a record $1.47 trillion this year. The government is borrowing 41 cents of every dollar it spends. [More]

Va. senator calls for ending diversity programs

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb called for ending government-run diversity programs in a newspaper column Friday, saying they have disadvantaged struggling whites and hurt the cause of racial harmony. [More]

Airline sued for $5 million over bag fee

Lots of fliers hate paying for checked bags, but one air traveler was so frustrated by the fee and a lost bag that she's taking an airline to court. [More]

LA reality television starlet released from jail

A reality television starlet who pleaded no contest to felony burglary in connection with a break-in at actor Orlando Bloom's home was released from a Los Angeles County jail Friday after serving 30 days of a 180-day sentence. [More]

Casey Affleck sued for sexual harassment

A producer of Casey Affleck's upcoming documentary about Joaquin Phoenix has dropped a bombshell $2 million lawsuit on the filmmaker/actor, claiming she was subjected to lurid sexual harassment and denied her producing fee after she refused to spend the night in a hotel room with him. [More]

Ousted ag official unsure about returning to work

Former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign after a blogger posted comments she made to an NAACP audience about race, is unsure about returning to a government job, she said Friday. [More]

Friday, July 23

Mass. Sen. Kerry docks yacht in RI, saving $500K

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is docking his family's new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to his cash-strapped home state. [More]

Arizona judge raises realities of porous border

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton went beyond dry legal analysis to point out some of the everyday realities of illegal immigration and how that applies to the new law. "Why can't Arizona be as inhospitable as they wish to people who have entered the United States illegally?" Judge Bolton asked federal attorneys. [More]

Diners flee without paying, but forget purses

A dine-and-dash escapade went bad when the two women left their purses behind. The Springfield News-Leader reported that no charges had been filed as of midweek against the three women who ran from a Waffle House restaurant Sunday morning without paying their $39 bill. [More]

Owner of pitbulls that killed 2-year-old California boy has been arrested

Police say Steven Hayashi was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of felony child endangerment and possession of mischievous animals that result in death. [More]

Wisconsin men guilty of seeking sex with corpse

A jury on Thursday found a 24-year-old Wisconsin man guilty of attempted sexual assault for trying to dig up a dead woman's body so his brother could have sex with the corpse, court officials said. [More]

Sister of Mel Gibson's ex under suspicion

Several sources confirm that Oksana Grigorieva's younger sister, Natalie, is suspected of having leaked the audio tapes to the online website and is currently being looked at by authorities. Another informed source also claims that Grigorieva's sister was involved in first shopping the audio tapes to various media outlets before finally making the sale to Radar. [More]

Mel Gibson phone recording illegal, with exceptions

The audio tape recording of what appears to be Mel Gibson is already the focal point for the attorneys and law enforcement involved in the high-profile domestic-violence investigation and child-custody dispute between the filmmaker and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. If it is Gibson in the recording, is it admissible in court? [More]

BP acknowledges another altered photo, posts originals

BP said Thursday it has removed a second substantially altered photo from its Gulf of Mexico oil disaster website and has instructed its contract photographers to not make any more cut-and-paste changes to its images. [More]

President Obama speaks to Shirley Sherrod

President Barack Obama called a former government official caught up in racism allegations on Thursday and expressed his regret about the events that led to her resignation this week. [More]

House panel charges Rangel with ethics misdeeds

A House investigative committee has charged New York Rep. Charles Rangel with multiple ethics violations. Sources who could not discuss the allegations publicly said they include Rangel's misuse of official stationery, his use of rent-subsidized New York apartments and failure to publicly disclose financial information as required. [More]

Climate bill in doubt as Democrats delay action

U.S. Senate Democrats said on Thursday they will wait until September at the earliest to take up broad climate-change legislation, a potentially fatal blow to the White House push to curb greenhouse gases. [More]

Teen barters phone for a Porsche convertible

Thanks to the age-old art of bartering, a California teenager became the envy of all his friends when he pulled into school in a Porsche convertible. [More]

Disgraced Rose's bat draws just seven bids

The bat used by disgraced Major League Baseball player Pete Rose to get his final career hit has been auctioned for $158,000. [More]

30-year mortgage rates hit 4.56%, another record low

Mortgage rates fell to a record low for the fourth time in five weeks. But low rates haven't been enough to lift a struggling housing market. [More]

Outspoken gay soldier discharged from Army

One of the most outspoken gay critics of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy said Thursday that he has been discharged from the Army. [More]

Homeless man breaks into abandoned bar, begins selling alcohol

A homeless man allegedly broke into a California bar and served drinks to unsuspecting patrons all weekend - before police came calling. [More]

Calif. council accepts resignations of 3 managers

Three administrators whose huge salaries sparked outrage in this small blue-collar suburb of Los Angeles have agreed to resign, the City Council said Friday. [More]

Man decked out in Darth Vader mask robs NY bank

Police say the man entered a Chase bank branch on Long Island on Thursday, displayed a gun and demanded money. A surveillance camera caught the "Star Wars" character wearing a blue cape and camouflage pants. [More]

Thursday, July 22

New York City EMT arrested on multiple sexual assault charges

A New York City Fire Department emergency medical technician has been arrested and charged with armed sexual assaults, including sodomizing an 11-year-old in an elevator, police said. [More]

U.K.'s Cameron, Pinching Pennies, Goes Commercial

U.S. politicians may dream of one day sinking into the presidential bed aboard Air Force One. David Cameron, returning last night from his first trip to the U.S. as British prime minister, took a business-class seat on board a scheduled British Airways flight. [More]

Obama family dog Bo flies on his own private jet

Bo, the Obama’s family dog topped the list of the world’s most famous celebrity pets. Living up to his new status, the first dog arrived for the family vacation in Maine in a small private jet ahead of the first family. [More]

Large dead jellyfish stings beachgoers in NH

New Hampshire authorities say about 100 people have been stung by a large dead jellyfish that broke into pieces at a state park beach, and nine children were treated at a hospital. [More]

Wis. candidate can't use controversial description

A legislative candidate from Wisconsin can't use a profane, racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot, an election oversight board decided Wednesday. Ieshuh Griffin, an independent running for a downtown Milwaukee seat in the state Assembly, wants to use the phrase, "NOT the 'whiteman's b*tch.'" [More]

Secret Mel Gibson text message may prove extortion

After the disturbing Mel Gibson audio tapes became public earlier this month, Oksana Grigorieva sent a text to the actor explaining why she'd surreptitiously recorded their conversations, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. [More]

Tiger’s endorsements down $22 million

Tiger Woods' estimated endorsements for 2010 are worth $22 million less than last year, according to Sports Illustrated's annual analysis of the highest-earning American athletes. [More]

Prosecutors urge immediate jail for actor Snipes

Federal prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to revoke bail for actor Wesley Snipes and order him to prison immediately to begin serving a three-year sentence for failing to file federal income tax returns. [More]

Texas mom tells 911 she used wire to kill children

A suburban Dallas woman accused of killing her two young children told a 911 operator that she first tried to poison them because they were autistic and she wanted "normal kids," then choked them with a wire until they stopped moving, according to the recorded call. [More]

Wednesday, July 21

Authorities investigate Gibson's ex for extortion

Sheriff's detectives are investigating a claim that Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva engaged in attempted extortion against the actor-director, an official said Wednesday. [More]

Air France attendant held for robbing passengers

French police have arrested an Air France stewardess on suspicion of stealing thousands of euros in cash, cards and jewelry as passengers slept on long haul flights, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. [More]

Prisoners escape jail under dummy guard's watch

Two prisoners have escaped from a jail in Argentina which was using a dummy to staff one of its guard towers. [More]

‘Bridget the Midget’ big trouble for Boston cop

Hitting up a strip joint while on duty to catch “Bridget the Midget” do her act was a “stupid decision” that has cost a Stoughton crimefighter his job and reputation, the repentant cop told the Boston Herald yesterday. [More]

Fattest Woman to Have Given Birth

A 600-pound New Jersey woman has been declared the Fattest Woman to Have Given Birth by Guinness World Records. [More]

Lesbian gets $35K settlement over canceled prom

A rural school district that canceled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit the ACLU filed on her behalf. [More]

USDA Reconsidering Official Ousted for Race Comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he will reconsider the department's decision to oust a black employee over racially tinged remarks after learning more about what she said. [More]

Texas Mom Accused of Strangling Her Children

A Dallas-area mother will face capital murder charges after strangling her two children, killing her 5-year-son and leaving her 2-year-old daughter in critical condition in a Texas hospital, police officials said Tuesday. [More]

Police: Alleged freeway shooter was targeting ACLU

A California man known for his anger over left-leaning politics said after a freeway shootout with CHP officers that he had been planning an attack on the ACLU and another nonprofit group, police said Tuesday. [More]

Man accused of fatally shooting Arizona photo radar van operator pleads guilty

A Phoenix man accused of fatally shooting the operator of a photo speed-enforcement van has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. [More]

Lindsay Lohan starts shortened jail term in L.A.

A "scared" but resolute Lindsay Lohan began a 90-day jail sentence on Tuesday, trading nightclubs and Twitter messages for a small, isolated cell and an orange jumpsuit. [More]

Laptop accidentally sold for $5 at store

The manager of an Idaho thrift store is seeking the return of her laptop computer, which was accidentally sold for $5. [More]

California city approves marijuana farming

The city of Oakland, California on Tuesday legalized large-scale marijuana cultivation for medical use and will issue up to four permits for "industrial" cultivation starting next year. [More]

Two charged with Neil Armstrong customs form theft

Two US men were charged with stealing a customs document from Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, with the goal of selling the former astronaut's autograph. [More]

Elderly woman receives surprise marijuana package

An elderly woman in Blackman Township received a surprise package in the mail — about 2 pounds of marijuana estimated at $2,400. [More]

Tuesday, July 20

USDA employee resigns over statements about white farmer

A black Agriculture Department employee resigned Monday after conservative media outlets aired the video, in which she says she did not give the white farmer "the full force of what I could do" to help him avoid foreclosure. [More]

Heroic Mailman Saves 3 Lives While on the Job

Keith McVey is no ordinary mailman. The 53-year-old Ohioan can't walk down the street without being honked at by passing cars filled with admirers - or, apparently, without saving a life. [More]

John Edwards film may unearth new details on scandal

"The West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin's upcoming film adaptation of a book about John Edwards' downfall could contain new information about the sordid saga, says the book's author. [More]

Lindsay Lohan a 'fidgety mess' hours before jail

Troubled Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan was a "fidgety mess," a magazine said just hours before she was due to be locked up Tuesday for 90 days for parole violations in her 2007 drunk driving conviction. [More]

Lindsay Lohan lawyer quits on eve of jail term

Lindsay Lohan was due to surrender for jail on Tuesday but her lawyer was reported to have quit the case just hours before her court appearance. [More]

Sinatra shirt purchased for $5

A California man who bought a purported Frank Sinatra shirt at a garage sale for $5 says it has been verified as belonging to the late Rat Pack crooner. [More]

Man who admitted lacing wife's coffee with lethal cyanide is sentenced

A New York man who admitted killing his wife by lacing her coffee with cyanide has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. [More]

Iowa man lands in jail after punching man who refused a hug

Police arrested a man who they said punched another man who refused to hug him. Iowa City police responded to a report of someone being aggressive and punching cars Sunday night. [More]

'Jersey Shore' cast holds out for more money

The cast of Jersey Shore seems to have gone on strike. JWoww, Ronnie, Sammi, Pauly D and Vinny refused to shoot scenes on Sunday in Seaside Heights, N.J., because they are "dissatisfied" with their contracts. [More]

Family Finds Body of Missing Mother Jenna Lord

The search for Jenna Lord ended in tragedy when a family search party found the body of the missing 23-year-old in a vacant lot in Camden, N.J. [More]

Woman flashes breasts after DUI arrest

A woman kicked a patrol car, flashed her breasts, tried to bite a deputy and bit herself, all while being booked for DUI. [More]

Real-life 'Soup Nazi' reopening famed shop

Get in line, have your money ready and move to your extreme left - Al Yeganeh, "the Original SoupMan," is back and re-opening his famed soup store Tuesday in midtown Manhattan. [More]

BP floats new 'static kill' operation

BP floated a new option Monday to plug the Gulf of Mexico oil leak and end the economic and environmental disaster sooner than expected. [More]

Monday, July 19

EMT Accused of Ignoring Dying NYC Woman Is Killed

An emergency medical technician accused of refusing to help a dying pregnant woman while on his coffee break has been shot and killed near a New York City nightclub. [More]

Food bank mistakenly gives out dog food

A food bank in Clearwater, Fla., distributed a can labeled as a "superfood" that turned out to be a can of dog food, the recipient said. [More]

Woman on plane offered 14-year-old boy sex, drugs

A Chicago area father is suing Southwest Airlines, alleging his 14-year-old son was forced to sit next to a woman who allegedly made sexual advances toward the boy and offered him illegal drugs during a flight to Florida. [More]

Parents sue over school's decision to have autistic 8-year-old cuffed, arrested for battery

The parents of an 8-year-old autistic girl who was arrested at her northern Idaho elementary school are suing the school district and the sheriff's department, saying the agencies violated the Americans With Disabilities Act. [More]

Woman Killed Daughter, Tried Suicide, Police Say

Police say a southeastern Michigan woman killed her disabled 13-year-old daughter with an overdose of prescription drugs and then tried to kill herself. [More]

Precious Package Mailed By Parcel Post

One of the oddest parcel post packages ever sent was "mailed" from Grangeville to Lewiston, Idaho on February 19, 1914. The 48 1/2 pound package was just short of the 50 pound limit. The name of the package was May Pierstorff, four years old. May's parents decided it was cheaper to mail her to her grandparents than pay the train fare. [More]

Man lucky to be alive after trying to ride crocodile

An Australian man suffered only a bite to his right leg after he entered an enclosure to try to ride Fatso, a five metre long crocodile. [More]

Investors worry about seepage at capped BP

Investors fretted about possible seepage from BP's capped Gulf of Mexico well on Monday and speculation grew about assets the company may sell to pay multibillion dollar costs for its oil spill. [More]

FedEx truck crashes near Blaine after driver chokes on pork rinds

A 42-year-old Mount Vernon man suffered minor injuries after losing control of the FedEx semi-truck he was driving Monday, July 12, on Interstate 5 near Peace Portal Drive. [More]

Denver driver survives 500-foot drop from road

Authorities say a 33-year-old Denver man suspected of drinking and driving survived after he lost control of his car and it dropped almost 500 feet off the side of a road. [More]

Teenage angler reels in 5lb goldfish

Countless children have been delighted to win a tiny goldfish in a plastic bag when the fair comes to town. But 16-year-old Nick Richards is celebrating after ending up with what may be the biggest goldfish ever caught in Britain – a 5lb (2kg) monster plucked from a lake in Poole, Dorset. [photo] [More]

Rig's Final Hours Probed

Federal authorities investigating BP PLC's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are zeroing in on bad decisions, missed warnings and worker disagreements in the hours before the April 20 inferno aboard the Deepwater Horizon that spawned one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. [More]

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