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Wednesday, September 29

Ex-maid says Whitman knew she in the U.S. illegally

A former housekeeper to California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman surfaced on Wednesday to say that the former eBay executive knowingly employed her illegally and treated her poorly. The Whitman campaign released documents the housekeeper provided that asserts under penalty of perjury that she is a lawful permanent resident. [More]

Priest gets equal time and custody of child

A South Florida priest on indefinite leave will get equal time and custody of the child he conceived with a former stripper. [More]

Texting bans may add risk to roads

Laws banning texting while driving actually may prompt a slight increase in road crashes, research out today shows. The Highway Loss group theorizes that drivers try to evade police by lowering their phones when texting, increasing the risk by taking their eyes even further from the road and for a longer time. [More]

Woman who shot 12-year-old won't face charges, but boy will

Police say no charges will be filed against a 68-year-old woman who shot a 12-year-old boy after he and a 13-year-old friend broke the windows of her South Shore neighborhood home, then shouted obscenities and threw bricks at her. [More]

'Suicide Chef'' Had Secret Girlfriend at Restaurant

The married reality-show restaurateur whose body was found floating in the Hudson River had developed a taste for his pastry chef, sources said yesterday. [More]

Young Arizona mayor accused of taking bribes

The mayor of Nogales, Arizona, was arrested Tuesday on charges he took bribes to protect contracts or obtain business contracts with the city, the state attorney general said. [More]

Woman awarded $100,000 for wrongful arrest

A woman whose identity was stolen and kept overnight in the Seminole County jail has been awarded $100,000. [More]

TV host announces wrong winner for Top Model

Producers of Australia's Next Top Model have been left red faced after supermodel host Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner in what newspapers said was the country's most awkward TV moment. [More]

Pelosi ethics pledge falters

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised four years ago that Democrats would lead "the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history." [More]

Dad Threatens To Blow Up Son's School Over Grades

A Butler County father was charged Tuesday after police said he threatened to blow up his child’s school and kill the staff because he was unhappy with his son’s performance. [More]

FBI Investigating Labor Leader Andy Stern

The FBI is investigating labor leader Andy Stern as part of a corruption probe focusing on the Service Employees International Union, the organization he led for 14 years. [More]

After Death, Can Segway Recover Its Balance?

It could be a company's worst marketing nightmare: its owner dying while using its product. But for Segway, the death of owner Jimi Heselden, 62, may become a more dire issue. [More]

Woman accused of shoplifting earrings, vibrators

A South Carolina woman is facing charges after being accused of shoplifting earrings and two vibrators. [More]

Three 'Deadliest Catch' Captains Quit Show

Three ship captains from Discovery's reality series "Deadliest Catch" have quit after being sued by Discovery for not working on a planned spin-off. [More]

12-step manuscript gives rare glimpse into early AA

In 1939, about 5,000 copies of a book offering hopeless drunks a spiritual path to recovery through 12 steps were released by a fledgling fellowship of alcoholics [More]

7 U.S. Postal Workers in Puerto Rico Charged With Drug Trafficking

Seven U.S. Postal Service workers in Puerto Rico have been indicted on charges they shipped thousands of parcels of heroin, cocaine and marijuana through the mail. [More]

3-year-old caught with pot in school

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said a 3-year-old who took marijuana to a Lake City school on Monday will not be charged, but deputies and child welfare officials are looking into where the boy got the pot. [More]

Tuesday, September 28

Newspaper Under Fire After Teacher's Suicide

The Los Angeles Times should remove teacher performance ratings from its website after the apparent suicide of a teacher despondent over his score, the union representing Los Angeles school teachers said. [More]

California cop handcuffs teen over sex with daughter

A California police officer is on paid administrative leave after being accused of faking the arrest of a young man he believed had sex with his 14-year-old daughter. [More]

Prosecutor accused of 'sexting' victim will resign

A Wisconsin prosecutor facing removal from office over accusations that he abused his position in seeking relationships with vulnerable women will resign instead, his attorney said Monday. [More]

Gordon Ramsay 'Kitchen Nightmares' Chef Commits Suicide

A New Jersey restaurateur once featured on Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" - and told by the TV chef that his debt-ridden eatery was "about to swim down the Hudson" - was eerily found floating in the river after jumping off the George Washington Bridge. [More]

Significant cheating by FBI agents on exam

A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents, including several supervisors, cheated on an important test covering the bureau's policies for conducting surveillance on Americans. [More]

Man convicted of murder in Angels pitcher's death

A jury convicted a construction worker of murder Monday for a drunken-driving crash that killed promising rookie Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends. [More]

Muslim worker at Disney agrees to wear hijab substitute to keep job, religious obligations

Disney is allowing a Muslim employee at its Southern California park to wear a specially designed headscarf after initially objecting to her religious head covering. [More]

Pastor accused of murdering 2nd wife faces court

A retired Pennsylvania pastor accused of killing his wife and staging a car accident to cover it up is scheduled to be in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. [More]

Naperville man gets 90 days for throwing egg at DuPage judge

Agim Demiri was sentenced Monday for the March 24 attack on DuPage Judge Timothy J. McJoynt. [More]

Lopez, wife ending 17-year marriage

A publicist says George Lopez and his wife are ending their 17-year marriage. [More]

Georgia executes inmate who had attempted suicide

A Georgia prisoner who tried to kill himself last week by slashing his arms and throat with a razor blade was executed Monday night amid heightened security for the 1998 murders of a trucking company owner and his two children. [More]

Not guilty, but stuck with big bills, damaged career

A judge had a warning for the Justice Department lawyers who accused Army Lt. Col. Robert Morris of conspiring to steal military supplies: The case could be "ill-advised." A nearly two-year Army probe had cleared him. And another U.S. attorney's office had declined to prosecute. Prosecutors went ahead, anyway. [More]

Los Angeles bakes at record 113 degrees

California's blistering fall heat wave sent temperatures to an all-time record high of 113 degrees in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, and many sought refuge at the beach. [More]

Max Weinberg splits as Conan's bandleader

Conan O'Brien's longtime bandleader Max Weinberg isn't following him to TBS. [More]

Landis says he waited too long to own up to doping

Disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis says he waited almost four years to reveal his doping because he knew once he'd admitted lying, he would not be believed about the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in the sport. [More]

Sarah Palin booed at 'Dancing With The Stars'?

Sarah Palin visited the Dancing With The Stars ballroom Monday night to cheer on daughter Bristol in person. And did the audience greet her with booing? [More]

Monday, September 27

Millionaire Segway boss dies after falling off river cliff

The man who owns the company that makes the two-wheeled Segway has been found dead in a river in northern England after apparently falling off a cliff on one of the vehicles, police said Monday. [More]

Prosecutor in Botched Stevens Case Commits Suicide

A Justice Department prosecutor being investigated for prosecutorial misconduct in the trial against Sen. Ted Stevens killed himself over the weekend, the Justice Department confirmed on Monday. [More]

Tow truck driver runs over rival

A Philadelphia tow truck driver has been charged with murder after allegedly running over another driver in a dispute over a woman and towing territory. [More]

The 10 worst celebrity business owners

Maybe it's the inflated ego or the itch to do something with those millions of dollars just laying around, but some celebrities have a knack for making some pretty bad business decisions. [More]

Lindsay Lohan chooses rehab

Actress Lindsay Lohan has decided to check herself into a substance abuse rehab program in the next few days, a source close to the actress said Sunday. [More]

High School Coach Moons Fans During Game

One assistant high school coach brought a new meaning to "backfield in motion" during a high school football game in New York City. [More]

Half of interstate crime guns come from just 10 states

Nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines and were used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just 10 states, according to a report being released Monday by a mayors' group. [More]

Texas judge could toss guilty verdict for deaf man convicted of sex assault despite evidence

A deaf man imprisoned in the sexual assault of a child, despite a crime-scene fingerprint that matched a convicted child rapist, could have his guilty verdict overturned. [More]

Man, 73, sues bar for serving him too many drinks

A 73-year-old Bradenton-area man who crashed his motorized scooter after too many drinks is suing the bar that served him. [More]

Kagan disqualified from Supreme Court cases

Elena Kagan has disqualified herself in 20 of the 38 cases on the court's calendar this term because she took part in the litigation as U.S. solicitor general. [More]

Did a butterfly save two miners' lives in Chile?

In Chile's dry Atacama desert, folklore mixes with superstition and superstition blends with religion. [More]

Jury acquits man in costume 'flashing'

A jury on Friday acquitted a 22-year-old man accused of exposing himself in front of a school bus filled with DeLand High School honor students, finding the act was a prank gone wrong. [More]

Sunday, September 26

Octomom's undies up for grabs at yard sale

Times are tough for the mom made famous by her octuplet children. Nadya Suleman, dubbed Octomom by many, is holding a yard sale to try and avoid foreclosure on her house. [More]

Love triangle skydive murder trial begins

A Belgian woman went on trial on Friday charged with the murder of a fellow skydiver and love rival who plunged to her death after her parachute was sabotaged. [More]

Woman left kids in car while she shoplifted

A 26-year-old mother was arrested Thursday after she left her two children in a car while she went shoplifting at a Bealls department store, police said. [More]

Lottery winner goes from rags to riches to rags

From a ruined family life to a $13 million Florida Lottery jackpot to abject poverty and ultimately federal prison, Rhoda Toth's life has more chapters than "War and Peace." [More]

Avalon Restaurant Criticized For 'Black On Black Crime' Hot Wings

What's in a name? At Big Shot Bob's House of Wings in Avalon, apparently it's everything. Channel 11 News featured the restaurant in the Pittsburgh “Best Wing” contest, but it’s a name of one of the flavors that caught the attention of many WPXI viewers and Facebook followers. [More]

Conn. Cop Apologizes for Taking Lap Dance on Job

A Connecticut state marshal has apologized for paying $15 for a lap dance at a New Haven strip club when he went there to serve a city tax warrant to the owner. [More]

5 major insurers stop selling new child-only health plans

Several health insurers say they will stop selling new child-only individual insurance policies as they face a health care reform provision that will prevent them from excluding children with potentially costly pre-existing conditions. [More]

Daytona State chief under fire for concert

Some trustees of Daytona State College say they were kept in the dark about $1.26 million in school money that was used to help pay for Usher, the Jonas Brothers and other singers to come to Daytona Beach for a recent concert. [More]

3 teens face felony murder charges after accomplice dies

A 15-year-old boy who broke into a Davenport home wearing a mask and was shot by a homeowner died Thursday and his three alleged accomplices have been charged with felony murder, authorities said. [More]

Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg defend timing of $100 million gift

After acknowledging him with a standing ovation and some whoops, Oprah Winfrey flat out asked Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg about the timing of his $100 million donation to New Jersey schools today on her show, just days before The Social Network arrives in theaters with a fairly unflattering portrait of him. [More]

Pittsburgh-area man pleads guilty to collecting dead dad's benefits, $341,000, since 1985

A Pittsburgh-area man collected more than $341,000 in federal railroad pension benefits on behalf of his father, even though his father died in 1985. Sixty-eight-year-old Richard Burns, of West Mifflin, will be sentenced Jan. 21 after pleading guilty Tuesday to theft of government funds. [More]

Group Helps Uncover Rampant Voter Fraud in Houston

It was Houston's poorest and predominantly black district, where only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid. “Vacant lots had several voters registered on them. An eight-bed halfway house had more than 40 voters registered at its address,” Catherine Engelbrecht said. Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Steve Caddle, who also works for the Service Employees International Union. [More]

Job Loss Looms as Part of Stimulus Act Expires

Tens of thousands of people will lose their jobs within weeks unless Congress extends job-creating programs in the $787 billion stimulus act: a $1 billion New Deal-style program that directly paid the salaries of unemployed people so they could get jobs in government. If the program is allowed to lapse, up to 26,000 workers in Illinois will lose their jobs in the coming weeks, along with 12,000 workers in Pennsylvania and thousands more in other states. [More]

To Protect Secrets, Pentagon Buys and Destroys Book

The Pentagon has purchased and arranged for the destruction of 9,500 copies of a book so it can protect classified information it contains. [More]

Saturday, September 25

Florida bar denies race bias complaint

Two women say they were denied food at a Florida bar because they are black, but bar owner Kerry Winkler said they aren't licensed for food and "we don't have a skillet or a stove in this place, so we couldn't serve food if we wanted to." [More]

Lindsay Lohan freed after 15 hours in jail

Actress Lindsay Lohan was freed from jail late Friday night after spending around 15 hours behind bars for evidence of another failed drug test. [More]

Adult store clerk foils women 'armed' with toy gun

Police said two women who tried to rob a central Pennsylvania adult book store with a toy gun didn't fool a clerk, who told them to "get a real gun." [More]

Queen wanted charity to pay palace heating bill

Queen Elizabeth II asked the British government for money from a fund for poor people to help pay heating bills on her palaces. [More]

FBI makes arrest after suspect makes claim of responsibility on Facebook

The FBI says it has made an arrest in an Oregon bank robbery after the suspect posted a claim of responsibility on Facebook. [More]

Government Report Cites ACORN Offshoot for 'Ineligible' Payments

An official report released this week says an ACORN offshoot group cannot properly account for how it has spent millions of federal dollars and recommends that the group repay the government and be put on standby mode until it cleans up its act. [More]

Fla. bank robbers strap bomb to abducted teller

Bank robbers pulled off a dramatic heist Friday, strapping a suspected bomb to a teller and ordering him to steal as much money as he could grab from the vault — all while his father was being held hostage. [More]

For some lawmakers, Colbert's no laughing matter

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chairman of the subcommittee conducting the hearing, played the star-struck groupie. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) performed the role of old eccentric guy. "I would like to recommend that, now that we've got all this attention, that you excuse yourself," he suggested. There were moans of protest from Colbert's fans in the audience, and Lofgren dissuaded Conyers from pursuing this tack. [More]

ND police chief, ex-judge faces 52 charges; accused in molestation, attempted rape of girl

A North Dakota police chief and former state district judge has been charged with 52 felonies accusing him of molesting and attempting to rape a girl over the course of about five years, authorities said Friday. [More]

Foundation sues SEC, blaming watchdog agency for not catching Madoff before he lost billions

A charitable foundation run by a wealthy real estate magnate has sued the Securities and Exchange Commission , blaming the agency for failing to catch Bernard Madoff's fraud before it lost about $19 million. [More]

Suspected hitmen shoot another Mexican mayor

Suspected drug hitmen shot and critically wounded a mayor-elect in Mexico on Friday, the second attack on a public official in less than 24 hours. [More]

Friday, September 24

Stephen Colbert testifies before Congress

Stephen Colbert testified in front of a House subcommittee this morning about immigration policy. He was in character, so it was brilliantly sarcastic and funny, but also scary — is it that easy to turn Congress into a farce? [More]

Auto Workers Suspended After Liquid Lunch

Chrysler Group LLC indefinitely suspended 15 union workers at a Detroit assembly plant Thursday after a local television-news station caught the group on tape drinking beer and apparently smoking marijuana while on break before returning to work. [More]

Lindsay Lohan goes directly to jail

A judge sent Lindsay Lohan back to jail Friday after she failed a drug test, and the troubled starlet could stay there for nearly month. [More]

Girl, 15, Pleads Guilty to Killing Sleeping Mom

A 15-year-old California girl accused of participating in the stabbing death of her mother last year because of a dispute over the teen's boyfriend pleaded guilty to murder. [More]

Squatters moving into upscale neighborhoods

On the big screen, actor Randy Quaid may be best known for his mooching, move-in-and-never-leave character “Cousin Eddie” from National Lampoon's "Vacation” films. Last weekend, he allegedly followed his own Hollywood script. [More]

Miracle mom: Mayo surgeons cut her in half

Manitoban Janis Ollson and family are in magazine ads for the esteemed Mayo Clinic for a very good reason: she's the first person surgeons cut in half, removed much of a cancerous midsection, then put back together with a happy ending. [More]

Grocery workers union calls off Arizona boycott

The union representing many grocery workers in the nation has called off its boycott of Arizona over the state's new immigration law. [More]

Rosie O'Donnell and new girlfriend: 'We're the Gay-dy Bunch!'

Rosie O'Donnell and new girlfriend Tracy Kachtick-Anders are parenting parenting 10 kids. "Tracy has six kids, she lives next door," O'Donnell, 48, told UsMagazine.com, while Rosie has four kids. [More]

Va. puts woman to death; rare US female execution

Teresa Lewis spent the last days before her execution as she had spent one side of her life — singing hymns and praying. That devotion to Christianity, by her own admission, was countered by outrageous bouts of sex and betrayal. [More]

'Toilet-paper bandit' rolls over, pleads guilty

The so-called "toilet-paper bandit" has pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in Lincoln. Sentencing is set Oct. 28 for 29-year-old Joshua F. Nelson, of Lincoln. Nelson made his plea Wednesday in Lincoln County District Court after an agreement with prosecutors, who had lowered the charge and dismissed a weapons count. [More]

Bus driver who placed Kindle on instrument panel while piloting bus

TriMet has fired the bus driver caught on video reading a Kindle while steering through morning freeway traffic last week, saying his actions posed "an immediate threat to public safety" and violated agency policy. [More]

Only 1 U.S. Mayor Shows Up for Border Meeting in San Diego

Mexican mayors from cities on the U.S. border held their biannual meeting in the United States for the first time Thursday but failed to draw interest from their U.S. counterparts as they exchanged thoughts on topics ranging from illegal immigration and the environment to economic growth. [More]

Marine Admits He Helped Kill 50 Petting Zoo Ducks

A California Marine has admitted he helped kill 50 ducks at an Iowa petting zoo two years ago that police say were stoned to death. He was ordered to pay a $625 fine. [More]

GOP, Democrats offer dueling governing plans

These are two remarkably different visions for governing America. Republicans are pledging to shrink the government, cut taxes and undo health care and stimulus laws. President Barack Obama and Democrats want tax cuts for the middle class, more stimulus spending and an end to the outsourcing of U.S. jobs. [More]

Joaquin Phoenix apologizes to David Letterman

Actor Joaquin Phoenix returned to David Letterman's "Late Show" on Wednesday to apologize for his wacky appearance last year that turned out to be an elaborate piece of performance art. [More]

Police chief in scandal-plagued Calif city sought deal for tax-free disability pension

The one-time police chief in the corruption-plagued city of Bell declared himself disabled when he took the job last year in a move that could someday earn him a tax-free state pension worth millions of dollars, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. [More]

Man sells rented car for $20,000

An Australian man has been charged after he sold a rental car for just under $20,000. [More]

4 dead in Seattle shooting; 'My mom has gone crazy,' survivor says

Five people were shot - four fatally - at a Seattle, Washington, home Thursday, according to police. The shooter is believed to be related to some of the victims, police say. [More]

Woman charged with disguising herself so she could steal from her grandmother

A Massachusetts woman has been charged with disguising herself as a man so she could rob her own 79-year-old grandmother. [More]

Bentley recalls cars over fear pedestrians could be impaled by its Flying-B hood ornament

Luxury car firm Bentley is recalling hundreds of vehicles over fears that its "Flying B" hood ornament could impale pedestrians. [More]

New strikes in France over retirement age

Tens of thousands of French workers took to the streets Thursday for the second day of nationwide strikes this month to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62, with union walkouts crippling planes, trains and schools across the country. [More]

Man hid stolen earrings in butt

A 24-year-old man is accused of stealing earrings from a jewelry store in Boston by sticking them between his butt cheeks. [More]

L.A. judge to weigh ownership of jumbo emerald

The curious case of an enormous emerald weighing about as much as a horse is destined for a Los Angeles courtroom Friday, when a judge will try to determine precisely who owns it. [More]

Entertainer Eddie Fisher dies at 82

Eddie Fisher, whose huge fame as a pop singer was overshadowed by scandals ending his marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, has died. [More]

Thursday, September 23

University of Illinois denies William Ayers emeritus status

The University of Illinois today denied 1960s radical William Ayers emeritus faculty status after trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy noted Ayers dedicated a book to the man who killed Kennedy's father, Sen. Robert Kennedy. [More]

Lohan reportedly was drinking as she tweeted confession

Lindsay Lohan certainly sounded contrite in her confessional Sept. 17 tweet, in which she admitted to failing a drug test. But a witness tells Us Weekly that a flippant Lohan laughed and quaffed Jack and Cokes as she typed. [More]

Man ticketed for trespassing at own home

A New York man said police gave him a ticket for trespassing while he was standing outside of his own apartment. Jon Norinsberg, a lawyer representing about 20 plaintiffs, said police handed out the summonses illegally to meet quotas. [More]

David Beckham To Sue Over Prostitute Cheat Claims

David Beckham is taking legal action against a magazine that published claims he cheated on wife Victoria by sleeping with prostitutes. [More]

Man survives passing out with head in museum noose

An Arkansas man got a frightening look at frontier justice when he passed out with a display noose around his head during a trip to a Wild West-themed Kansas museum, officials said. [More]

Perry's cleavage-baring segment pulled from 'Sesame Street'

Katy Perry's appearance on the long-running PBS children's show has been pulled after parents complained about the singer's cleavage-baring dress. [More]

Hard Rock Cafe sues Vegas hotel with same name

Owners of the Hard Rock Cafe restaurant chain are suing owners of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas over its name, saying the casino's party image has damaged the moniker enough to justify ending a 14-year-old licensing agreement. [More]

Photo of Bikini Clad Women Draped on a Police Cruiser Gets South Carolina Cop Fired

A South Carolina police officer has been relieved of his duties after a photo surfaced on Facebook of scantily-clad women posing on the hood of his town police cruiser. [photo] [More]

Rare penny sold for $1.7 million

A one-of-a-kind 1943 U.S. penny struck in the wrong metal was sold by a New Jersey dealer for $1.7 million, with the proceeds going to charity. [More]

One dumb tweet could ruin this joker's life

A frustrated traveler lost two jobs and nears bankruptcy after making a joke on Twitter about blowing up a snowed-in airport. [More]

The Rise and Fall of Blockbuster

Before Blockbuster became a video store behemoth—and, now, a firm that has filed for bankruptcy—it was, in fact, an oil company. [More]

103 pugs wearing little jackets

It was inspired by Amanda's 22 Pets Dressed For Fall, and filled with pugs. [More]

A day in the life of the trapped Chilean miners

Could you hold up under the mental pressure of being trapped underground for several months? The 33 Chilean miners stuck since Aug. 5 face that struggle every day. Below is a look at what their typical day is like — and how it's been structured to help them stay busy. [More]

Fla. man suspected in killing of Ohio real estate agent found in home he was trying to sell

A Florida man was being sought Thursday in the fatal shooting of an Ohio real estate agent whose body was found in a vacant home he was trying to sell, and police looked for clues in the strangling of another agent and robbery of a third. [More]

US walks out on Ahmadinejad's UN speech

The U.S. delegation walked out of the U.N. speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday after he said some in the world have speculated that Americans were actually behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, staged in an attempt to assure Israel's survival. [More]

Wednesday, September 22

Obama's aunt says US obligated to make her citizen

President Barack Obama's aunt, who lived for years illegally in Boston before being granted asylum in May, said the United States has an "obligation" to grant her citizenship. Zeituni Onyango still lives in public housing and collects $700 monthly disability. [More]

8 arrested in Calif. city salary scandal

The mayor and former city manager of Bell were led away in handcuffs Tuesday, charged with six other officials with taking more than $5.5 million from the working-class suburb in a scandal that triggered nationwide outrage and calls for more transparency in government. [More]

3rd woman says 'sexting' DA harassed her

A law student said Tuesday that a Wisconsin prosecutor accused of abusing his power to seek relationships with two other women also sent her sexually harassing text messages in 2008 while helping her seek a pardon for a drug conviction. [More]

Ohio exotic dancer accused of dragging man under SUV

An exotic dancer was indicted Tuesday on murder and other charges in the death of a man authorities say she dragged over a mile under her SUV. [More]

Embarrassing Billboard Typo

A billboard bragging about the schools in South Bend, Indiana was erected without anyone noticing a certain misspelled word, until Lee MacMillan took a picture and posted it on Facebook. [More]

Man tries to shoot brother, shoots self in hand

A Vista, Calif., man, apparently trying to shoot his brother in the face during a fight Monday night, shot himself in the hand instead. [More]

Entrapment likely issue in Chicago bomb plot

As prosecutors take up the challenge of trying to convict a man arrested in an alleged bomb plot in Chicago, they may have to show the suspect wasn't egged on by an informant or undercover FBI agents into a crime he didn't initially intend to commit. [More]

Police claim drug link in death of NC police chief's daughter

Saying they found evidence of drug use, police alleged Tuesday that a registered sex offender failed to get medical attention for the daughter of a North Carolina police chief and concealed her death. [More]

Va. could execute 1st woman in nearly a century

A woman convicted of two hired killings is scheduled to die by injection Thursday and become the first woman put to death in Virginia in nearly a century, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block her execution. Teresa Lewis, 41, was sentenced to death for providing sex and money to two men to kill her husband and stepson. [More]

Police say Oregon woman robbed bank, then picked up daughters at elementary school

Police in southern Oregon say a woman charged with robbing a bank in Grants Pass stopped to pick up her children at school on the way home. [More]

GOP congressional hopeful: Palin an 'entertainer'

The Republican running for the only open congressional seat in Massachusetts says former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is "an entertainer" and he would decline any offer from her to campaign on his behalf. [More]

O'Reilly, Maher both have old O'Donnell footage

Christine O'Donnell's eagerness to go on television is coming back to haunt her campaign for U.S. Senate. [More]

Obama's top economic adviser to leave White House

President Barack Obama's top economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, plans to leave the White House at the end of the year, a move that comes as the administration struggles to show an anxious public it's making progress on the economy. [More]

Golfer gets 2 holes-in-1; beats huge odds

An Illinois golfer shot two holes-in-one in the same competition - a feat that carries odds of about 67 million to one, the triumphant golfer said. [More]

Woman charged in Disney insider trading scheme pleads guilty in federal court in NYC

A woman accused of conspiring to sell secrets about finances at The Walt Disney Co. has pleaded guilty in a New York City federal court to conspiring to commit securities fraud and wire fraud charges. [More]

World's oldest man marks 114th birthday in US

A Montana resident believed to be the world's oldest man celebrated his 114th birthday Tuesday at a retirement home in Great Falls. [More]

Tuesday, September 21

Hilton refused entry into Japan over cocaine charges

Paris Hilton has canceled a scheduled press conference to promote her fashion range in Japan after immigration officials refused her entry into the country on Tuesday. [More]

Woman in fake acid attack charged with theft

Prosecutors have charged a woman who admitted throwing a corrosive liquid on her own face with three counts of theft from people or companies acting as Good Samaritans by giving her money. [More]

Teamsters represent California medical pot growers

As organized labor faces declining membership, one of the United States' most storied unions is looking to a new growth industry: marijuana. [More]

Postal carrier accused of storing mail at home

A Philadelphia postal carrier has been accused of storing nearly 13,000 pieces of undelivered mail in the garage of his home. [More]

Aretha Franklin's Son Severely Beaten at Gas Station

A spokeswoman for Aretha Franklin says the singing legend's son has been severely beaten at a gas station in Detroit. [More]

Teacher Who Inspired Lynyrd Skynyrd Band Name Dies

Leonard Skinner, a high-school gym teacher who became a rock 'n' roll footnote by inspiring a group of pupils to name their band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died on Monday in Jacksonville, Fla., after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, the Florida Times-Union reported. He was 77. [More]

FBI says it supplied fake bomb in Chicago plot

A man arrested for allegedly placing a backpack he thought contained a bomb near Chicago's Wrigley Field got the fake explosive from an FBI undercover agent, authorities say — a tactic that has been used in other U.S. terrorism cases in recent years. [More]

FDA considering whether to label engineered fish

Genetically modified salmon for dinner? Diners might not even know it. If the Food and Drug Administration approves the engineered fish for human consumption, the agency then will have to decide the label it will carry in grocery stores. [More]

Harley-Davidson's aging biker problem

Harley's core customer is a middle-aged white American male, a group that will contract in the coming decade. As one blogger wrote, "The 60-70-year old riders have trouble lifting a leg over the seat because of arthritis. [More]

Woman charged for dropping cat in trash

British animal authorities said a woman who was videotaped throwing a cat into a trash bin was charged with two animal cruelty-related counts. [More]

Man charged for getting his mail in nude

A 63-year-old Skokie man, who has been warned not to come out of his home nude, is accused of being naked in front of five young girls, officials said. [More]

Murkowski says GOP leaders turned backs on her

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday she feels that Republican leaders have turned their backs on her as she mounts a write-in bid to try to hold onto her seat. [More]

Man who confessed to fatally stomping Phoenix woman over racial slur convicted of murder

Maricopa County prosecutors say Jose Preciliano Quintero was convicted Monday of first-degree murder, sexual abuse and kidnapping. [More]

Fired teacher fights to clear name after 'hit' allegation

The former Georgia high school special education teacher was arrested in October on allegations that he offered money to one student to kill another. [More]

Broncos Receiver Kenny McKinley Found Dead

Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his apartment Monday in an apparent suicide. [More]

Online gambling company agrees to forfeit $33M to avoid prosecution for illegal Internet bets

Online gambling company Sportingbet PLC has agreed to forfeit $33 million to avoid being prosecuted in the United States for illegally accepting Internet bets made by Americans for nearly a decade. [More]

Monday, September 20

Wisconsin Attorney Accused of 'Sexting' Goes on Leave

A prosecutor caught sending racy text messages to a domestic abuse victim went on medical leave Monday and hired an attorney who argues the matter should not cost him his job. [More]

Wisconsin governor seeks to remove DA from office

Wisconsin's governor says he'll start the process to remove a prosecutor caught sending sexually-harassing text messages to a domestic abuse victim as soon as he gets a proper complaint. [More]

Lindsay Lohan's probation revoked, arrest warrant issued

A judge revoked Lindsay Lohan's probation Monday and the actress was ordered to appear in court. Judge Elden Fox signed a bench warrant for Lohan's arrest but is holding it until Friday. [More]

Sex Offender Sought After N.C. Police Chief's Daughter Found Dead in Storage Unit

Police are searching for a registered sex offender suspected of killing the daughter of a North Carolina police chief and hiding her body in a storage unit. [More]

Ad of pregnant nun eating ice cream banned

An ad touting the heavenly qualities of ice cream criticized for showing a pregnant nun has been banned, a British media watchdog said. [More]

Ohio day care worker jailed for slipping dietary supplement into candy to get kids to sleep

A former day care worker at an Ohio church has been sentenced to six months in jail for slipping a dietary supplement into children's candy to get them to sleep. [More]

$50 bill for beer set off attack

Authorities in Florida said they arrested a gas station clerk who allegedly used a stick to beat a customer who wanted to use a $50 bill to pay for his beer. [More]

Gulf well permanently plugged

U.S. officials formally declared an end to the worst oil spill in U.S. history Sunday, a milestone that followed nearly five months of dashed hopes and blistering criticism of nearly everyone involved. [More]

3,500 unused Gulf wells must be plugged

Oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico will have to permanently plug nearly 3,500 temporarily abandoned wells and dismantle about 650 production platforms that are no longer used, the Obama administration announced. [More]

Burglars had toddler in car

Police in Washington state said they discovered a 3-year-old child in a car being used by two men accused of attempted burglary. [More]

Autopsy finds Ga. woman convicted in 2 antifreeze poisoning deaths committed suicide in prison

An autopsy has concluded a woman who killed her husband and later her boyfriend by poisoning them with antifreeze committed suicide in prison. [More]

Ice Cream Vendor Attacked With Bleach

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of splashing an ice cream vendor with bleach because she thought he had earlier shortchanged her, Sacramento police said. [More]

IHOP (the pancake-maker) sues IHOP (the prayer center) over trademark

IHOP (pancake), based in Glendale, Calif., has sued IHOP (prayer), based in Kansas City, for trademark dilution and infringement. [More]

Fake cop dupes man into paying fine

A man was duped into paying a "speeding fine" in a shakedown by a woman passing herself off as a cop in Oakville, Ont. [More]

Google fires engineer for privacy breach

Google confirmed on Tuesday that it fired an employee earlier this year for violating its policies on accessing the accounts of its users. [More]

Machine gun blamed for wildfire

A wildfire apparently sparked by machine gun fire at a National Guard practice range has forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes in Utah, authorities say. [More]

Ariz. Border Agents Seize $3.1 Million Pot Stash

Border agents say they seized 4,000 pounds of marijuana worth more than $3.1 million in two separate incidents in southern Arizona. [More]

3 children found shot dead in Texas apartment

Three children were found shot dead in their beds Sunday at a suburban Houston apartment building, and their father was charged with their murders after surviving an apparent suicide attempt, authorities said. [More]

Sunday, September 19

Colin Powell says illegal immigrants repair his home

In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Colin Powell said a path to legal status should be offered to illegal immigrants because they "are doing things we need done in this country." He added: "They're all over my house, doing things whenever I call for repairs, and I'm sure you've seen them at your house." [More]

Obama makes rare church appearance

President Barack Obama, who invoked his own Christian faith recently in seeking to quell anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, attended church in Washington on Sunday for the first time in five months. [More]

Randy Quaid, wife face burglary charges in Calif.

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife are facing burglary charges in California after the property owner called Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies Saturday afternoon to report that squatters had been staying in the guest house illegally. [More]

Bill Maher digs up O'Donnell 'witchcraft' clip

Another unfavorable decade-old television clip of tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell has emerged, this time with the Delaware GOP Senate candidate saying she "dabbled in witchcraft." [video] [More]

Memo to robbers: Sheriff is not best target

Two men suspected of robbing a man at gunpoint in Boise last week were caught Thursday night because they tried the same scheme on Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney, according to police. [More]

Georgia Bus Driver Fired, May Face Charges, for Letting Students Take the Wheel

A central Georgia school bus driver is out of a job after authorities say she let two students on her route to drive the bus down a dirt road with other students on board. [More]

Some other potential targets of Lennon's killer slip his mind in parole board interview

John Lennon's killer could recall at his parole board hearing this month that he had considered shooting Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor instead, but he couldn't remember that he also thought about targeting Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and others. [More]

Lawsuits against Disney, SeaWorld face long odds

They are two of Central Florida's biggest and best-known employers — and both face the prospect of potentially ugly lawsuits stemming from a worker's death on the job. [More]

Miss. judge frees 2 men wrongly jailed 30 years

A judge on Thursday freed two men who spent three decades in prison before DNA evidence showed they didn't rape a woman and cut her throat in a grisly 1979 attack. [More]

Obama urges blacks to vote and "guard the change"

President Barack Obama, seeking to fire up an important part of his support base ahead of November's elections, told black leaders on Saturday he wanted their support to "guard the change" he was delivering. [More]

Obama's endorsements have a negative ring to them

A poll reveals that 45% of respondents would be less likely to vote for a candidate the president recommends for election. [More]

Arlington opens graves, finds 2 misplaced bodies

Two people were buried in the wrong graves at Arlington National Cemetery, the Army said Wednesday, as it followed up an investigation into bookkeeping problems and burial mix-ups at one of the nation's most hallowed sites. [More]

Man convicted of Pa. murder found with jury list

Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say a Philadelphia man convicted of murder in a botched 2007 home invasion robbery was found in possession of a list of jurors in his case as he was being returned to prison after his trial. [More]

Saturday, September 18

Lohan tweets she failed court-ordered drug test

Lindsay Lohan has confirmed on her Twitter page that she failed a court-ordered drug and alcohol screening, and she said that if asked, she is ready to appear before the judge in her case and face the consequences for her actions. [More]

Fantasia's suicide attempt filmed for reality show?

The former "Idol" champ denied her suicide attempt was for publicity, but a new trailer for her VH1 reality shows seems to suggest otherwise. [More]

Man arrested for masturbating in Walmart toy aisle

A man was arrested in Sarasota, Fla., after he allegedly stole a copy of Sports Illustrated from the shelf and pleasured himself in the store's toy section. [More]

Woman, 81, says salesman returned after she filed complaint

Largo police are investigating whether a water filter salesman who's in jail on charges of exploiting three older customers may have taken advantage of a fourth. [More]

Mother says Indiana teen joked, ate popcorn morning after killing 10-year-old brother

A teenager who strangled his 10-year-old brother joked around the following morning and seemed calm, even eating popcorn, the boys' mother testified in a video deposition played in court Friday. [More]

Democrats to voters: You may hate us, but GOP is worse

With just six weeks to avoid a possible election catastrophe, Democrats are trying to limit the damage with a closing argument that's more plea than platform: We know you voters are furious with us, but just let us explain why the Republicans would be worse. [More]

Affleck admits Joaquin Phoenix documentary a fake

Casey Affleck is admitting to what many critics suspected all along: His documentary about Joaquin Phoenix was a fake. [More]

'Big Winner' collects Lotto prize after alleged clerk caper foiled

A retired New York transit worker is a big winner, but it took some detective work to find out just how big after a store clerk allegedly tried to swipe his Lotto ticket. [More]

Dad threatened kids who teased daughter

A father furious because his 13-year-old daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy had been bullied stormed onto a school bus and threatened the children who teased her, deputies in Florida said. [More]

103-year-old judge still serving

A 103-year-old federal judge in Kansas says he has no plans to retire, but he no longer takes on cases bound for extended court battles. [More]

Man racks up almost $90,000 in crank call debt

A man in Garland, Ill., has made so many crank calls, he's racked up almost $90,000 US in cellphone bills and and faces two years in federal prison. [More]

Anna Nicole judge sees flaws in prosecution case

The judge overseeing the drug conspiracy trial of Anna Nicole Smith's two doctors and lawyer-boyfriend said Thursday he believes part of the prosecution's case conflicts with state law and could be targeted in a dismissal motion. [More]

Prosecutors: Woman stabbed man over feet insult

Prosecutors in Washington state say an 18-year-old woman stabbed a 19-year-old man for teasing her that her feet smelled. [More]

Chicago man shot twice - hours apart

A Chicago man is recovering from being shot - twice within nine hours, police say. [More]

Woman arrested, charged after poop-tossing protest against dog droppings

Police in Naperville said a woman who stepped in dog feces outside her apartment appears to have retaliated by heaving it at the door of her neighbor who owns a dog. [More]

Police say man with flammable liquids crashes through Warner Brothers studio barrier

Police have arrested a man they say had a fake gun and flammable liquids when he crashed his car through a barrier at Warner Bros. studios near Los Angeles. [More]

Candidate married to porn star withdraws from race

The former Fort Myers Beach town manager who was fired last year because he married a porn star has taken himself out of the running for the city manager job in Flagler Beach. [More]

Friday, September 17

Doctors find 1-square-foot sponge inside patient

Nelson E. Bailey learned the hard — and painful — way that the cure can sometimes be worse than the disease. The 67-year-old judge said he was “shocked” when doctors found a rotting 12-by-12-inch sponge left inside him during surgery five months earlier. [More]

New Jersey teacher who ushered student out of class sentenced to 90 days in jail

A New Jersey gym teach and coach who grabbed a student by the ear and ushered him out of a class has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and won't be allowed to work as a public employee in the state. [More]

Natalee Holloway's mother sneaks into jail, confronts suspect

Missing teenager Natalee Holloway's mother sneaked into the Peruvian prison where suspect Joran van der Sloot is being held and confronted him about fate of her daughter. [More]

Census: 1 in 7 Americans live in poverty

The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. [More]

Mother, son dead at Johns Hopkins, doctor shot

Paul Warren Pardus listened as a Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon updated him on the condition of his elderly mother who likely would never walk again. Overwhelmed, he pulled a gun from his waistband, wounded the doctor, then barricaded himself [More]

Police say suburban Dallas mayor waited up to a day after killing daughter to kill herself

The mayor of the affluent Dallas suburb of Coppell found dead in July had shot her 19-year-old daughter in the back of the head, then waited as long as a day before killing herself, according to documents released by police Thursday. [More]

Mom charged with teaching 2-year-old to smoke pot

An Ohio mother has been accused of teaching her 2-year-old daughter to smoke marijuana after prosecutors said she e-mailed to friends a video of the child puffing on a joint. [More]

Black farmer rides tractor named Justice in push for settlement funds

John Boyd is a man on a mission. Beginning Thursday, the founder and head of the National Black Farmers Association can be seen driving a spluttering tractor called "Justice" around Capitol Hill, pressing political leaders to provide funds to settle a discrimination case involving minority farmers. [More]

Deputies: Boy finds coach's gun, shoots brother

Orange County detectives continue to investigate a 7-year-old boy's accidentally shooting of his brother with a Lakeland police officer's gun. Deputies got a 911 call Thursday and found the 10-year-old had been shot in the hand, Orange County sheriff's Cpl. Susan Soto said. [More]

Expiring Bush tax cuts hit taxpayers at every level

Here's some pressure for lawmakers: If they don't reach agreement on extending soon-to-expire Bush-era tax cuts, nearly all their constituents back home will get big tax increases. [More]

Pelosi Wants Vote on 'Obama Tax Cuts'

Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she's all for "the extension of the Obama middle-income tax cuts." [More]

'40-Year-Old Virgin' actor convicted of attempted murder

An actor who appeared in the film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" was convicted Thursday of the attempted premeditated murder of his ex-girlfriend in a knife attack. [More]

Simple steps can help prevent home invasion

As the trial continues for one of two men accused in the gruesome home invasion and murder of a doctor's wife and two daughters in Connecticut, shocking details make many wonder how to keep their homes safer from intruders. [More]

Car ticketed with dead driver inside

Police in New York said a vehicle was issued a parking ticket while a man was dead in the driver's seat. [More]

Source says deal could keep Paris out of jail

The heiress can avoid jail time by pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges — one drug count and one count of lying to a police officer. [More]

Indiana money manager who tried to fake death pleads guilty to 5 securities fraud counts

An Indiana money manager who once led a high-flying lifestyle pleaded guilty to five securities fraud counts on Wednesday, nearly two years after he tried to fake his death in a Florida plane crash to escape the crush of financial and personal problems. [More]

Missing painting found by N.Y. doorman

A doorman who works across from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art found a painting outside his building and kept it for weeks, then realized it was a missing work at the center of a bizarre legal web and turned it in to investigators this week, an official said. [More]

Girl, 6, Removed From Cheerleading Team After Parents Object to 'Booty' Cheer

A Michigan couple is crying unsportsmanlike conduct after their 6-year-old daughter was removed from a flag football cheerleading team because they complained that one of the team's chants was too risque. [More]

Gibbs Slams Forbes for Obama Cover Story

Robert Gibbs isn't done venting over the Forbes cover story that accuses President Barack Obama of adopting "the cause of anti-colonialism" from his Kenyan father. [More]

Thursday, September 16

Washington state woman made up acid attack story

A 28-year-old woman who said an unknown assailant threw a cup of caustic liquid in her face has admitted her injuries were self-inflicted, Vancouver, Washington, police said Thursday. [More]

New documents may hold clues to lottery winner Shakespeare's death

Dee Dee Moore, now in the Hillsborough County Jail charged with murdering Shakespeare, told her parents that "at first … she was told two black people shot" Shakespeare. Then she said that "they think R.J did this," referring to her then 14-year-old son Robert James Donegan. [More]

French first lady Carla Bruni says Michelle Obama calls being First Lady 'hell,' and she 'can't stand it'

French first lady and former model Carla Sarkozy-Bruni says she asked Mrs. Obama what life was like for her since husband, Barack Obama, won the U.S. presidency. "Don't ask. It's hell. I can't stand it." [More]

U.S. cartoonist in hiding after cleric's threat

A cartoonist has disappeared from public view because she's on an Islamic cleric's hitlist for declaring "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" last spring, according to a Seattle newspaper. [More]

LeAnn Rimes explains why she cheated

Her time with Dean Sheremet was "great" but LeAnn Rimes says the two ultimately couldn't make their marriage work -- and she's not proud of how she ended it. "I understand why people are disappointed in me, especially since I grew up as America's sweetheart," the country singer, 28, said. [More]

Wis. prosecutor who 'sexted' victim won't resign

A Wisconsin prosecutor known for two decades as an advocate for crime victims says he is embarrassed about sending sexually suggestive text messages to a younger woman while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend in a domestic abuse case, but will remain in office. "Are you the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA ... the riskier the better?" Kenneth Kratz, 50, wrote in one message. [More]

Body found in restroom at Los Angeles airport

A man who was found dead with his hands tied behind his back and a bag over his head in a restroom at Los Angeles International Airport apparently committed suicide, officials said Wednesday. [More]

Pizzeria owner gets 10 years after calzone incident

The former owner of a Palm Coast pizzeria accused of attacking customers who complained about their order has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. [More]

PG&E had OK to fix pipe near blast; work not done

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. got state permission in 2007 to spend $5 million of ratepayer money to replace a 62-year-old section of the pipeline that exploded last week in San Bruno but the work, scheduled for 2009, wasn't done, a utility watchdog said Wednesday. [More]

White House sends spending wish list to Congress

Despite coming under daily assault from Republicans over spending, the Obama administration is pushing a $20 billion-plus pre-election shopping list on its Democratic allies in Congress as they prepare must-pass legislation to prevent a government shutdown next month. [More]

Obama to Latinos: Don't forget who stands with you

President Barack Obama appealed to Hispanics on Wednesday to support Democrats in the November elections despite his failed promise to pass an immigration overhaul. [More]

NY mayor accused of slamming door on wife's hand files for divorce month before start of trial

A suburban New York City mayor accused of slamming a door on his wife's hand has filed for divorce a month before he's scheduled to go on trial. [More]

Nanny witness in Anna Nicole Smith case testifies she made melted-drug claim based on TV movie

A nanny whose credibility has come under defense attack in the Anna Nicole Smith drug trial says she got the idea from a movie to claim she saw two defendants melt pills in a spoon and inject them into the former Playboy model. [More]

Robber says 'thank you,' gets no money

Authorities said a would-be South Carolina bank robber left with a polite "thank you" after a teller told him she didn't have any money in her cash drawer. [More]

Dallas police file charges against 3 officers and fire 1 after dashboard cams record beating

Three Dallas police officers, including one who was fired, will face criminal charges for their alleged roles in the beating of a suspect, which was caught on video by dashboard cameras, the police chief said Wednesday. [More]

Wednesday, September 15

McDonald's store has a problem with maggots in its coffeemaker

A McDonald's employee says that "the regional manager was contacted [about the maggot problem] and her response was the machine must be kept on and we must continue to sell our specialty coffees." [More]

Officer who slept with chief's wife to get unemployment benefits

A Fort Madison police officer who was fired for having an affair with the chief's wife is entitled to unemployment benefits, a state judge has ruled. [More]

Naked woman steals Louisiana cab

Police in Louisiana say a woman stripped in the back seat of a cab, demanded the driver take her to her home state of Michigan and when he refused, stole his cab. [More]

Cops Respond to Reports of Man With Gun in Store

Police responded to reports of a man with a gun in an Oregon store only to find out that he was a salesman - at a gun store. [More]

Court says hoisting saggy pants of a crime suspect doesn't count as illegal search

A Minnesota court says pulling up the saggy pants of a crime suspect is not an illegal search, even if it turns up a gun. [More]

Man impersonating cop arrested after pulling over off-duty detective

A New York man is facing an impersonation charge after police say he pulled over a driver who turned out to be a detective. [More]

French senate approves burqa ban

The French senate approved Tuesday a law banning any veils that cover the face - including the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women - making France the first European country to plan such a measure. [More]

George Michael gets 8 weeks jail for drug driving

George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in jail and lost his license for five years Tuesday for driving under the influence of drugs when he crashed his car into a London photo shop. [More]

Man, 87, Charged With Killing 84-Year-Old Ex-Girlfriend for Suspected Infidelity

An 87-year-old Florida man allegedly shot and killed his 84-year-old former girlfriend because he claims the woman had been unfaithful, the Miami Herald reports. [More]

Deltona mayor's vodka bill points to city's 'fleecing'

Mayor Dennis Mulder says he will reimburse the city for four shots of Grey Goose vodka he charged $61.33 to his city credit card. [More]

Controller faulted in Hudson midair collision

Errors by an air traffic controller distracted by a personal phone call set the stage for a midair collision last year over the Hudson River between a tour helicopter and a small plane that claimed nine lives, a federal safety panel said Tuesday. [More]

'Greener' Mafia loses $1.9 billion in energy assets

Italy Tuesday seized Mafia-linked assets worth $1.9 billion — the biggest mob haul ever — in an operation revealing that the crime group was trying to "go green" by laundering money through alternative energy companies. [More]

Consumer Reports Still Won't Endorse Apple iPhone 4

Apple announced Friday that the company will discontinue its free case program at the end of September, a program that addressed reception issues with the new iPhone 4. Yet those reception issues haven't been fixed, Consumer Reports argued Monday, and the consumer-watchdog group still can't recommend the new phone. [More]

Inside the World’s Most Opulent Private Jets

For over 30 years, aviation photographer Nick Gleis has shot aircraft for the biggest aviation companies and the wealthiest of private clients. He is as likely to receive assignments from presidents, dictators or royalty as he is from Gulfstream, Boeing or Lear. [More]

Tuesday, September 14

Investigators say egg company knew of salmonella for years

The Iowa egg farm at the center of a massive salmonella outbreak received hundreds of positive results for salmonella in the two years before its eggs sickened more than 1,500 people, congressional investigators said Tuesday. [More]

After inmate files more than 3,800 lawsuits, prosecutors tell judge enough is enough

A federal inmate who has filed more than 3,800 lawsuits and targeted the famous, the infamous and even the long-dead is now being sued by federal officials who want him to knock it off. [More]

Man complains about news story, then robs bank

A man complained at the ABC Action News office on Friday about an arson story that named him as a suspect. He then left the news station and robbed a bank across the street, the Tampa police said. [More]

3-year-old dies after 90 minutes in hot car outside church

Police said the girl's 25-year-old cousin accidentally left the child in the car during a church service. [More]

Ind. teen pleads guilty to brother's strangling

An Indiana teenager who police say strangled his 10-year-old brother to satisfy an urge to kill that he likened to hunger pleaded guilty to murder Monday, and his defense attorney described him as remorseful. [More]

McGee Kicked Out of VMA Party Over Nazi Tattoos

Jesse James' mistress crashes VMA party, gets the bum rush due to her offensive body ink. [More]

Cuba announces mass layoffs in bid to spur private sector

Cuba will lay off more than 500,000 state employees by March and expand private employment to give them work in the biggest shift to the private sector since the 1960. [More]

Settlement in class-action lawsuit over actors' foreign royalties

Attorneys for the Screen Actors Guild and the actor who played Eddie Haskell on "Leave It to Beaver" have reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit over the distribution of millions of dollars in foreign royalties to actors. [More]

Oprah Winfrey sends audience to Australia

Oprah Winfrey surprised 300 members of her audience by announcing she was sending them on a trip to Australia in December. [More]

Detroit Jet Terror Suspect Wants to Represent Himself

A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an international flight near Detroit on Christmas told a federal judge Monday he wants to represent himself in court. [More]

Oklahoma Police Officer Dies in Arkansas Bar Fight

An Oklahoma police officer who was in Arkansas for sniper training was punched in the nose during a bar fight and later died at a hospital. [More]

Good Samaritan tries to help car crash victim on California freeway; both killed

Authorities say a car crash victim and a Good Samaritan who stopped to help her died when struck by several cars on a Northern California freeway. [More]

Lawyer: Lindsay Lohan's doctors being investigated by medical board

Doctors who prescribed drugs to Lindsay Lohan are being investigated by the California Medical Board, according to the lawyer for Lohan's father. [More]

Aging gas pipe at risk of explosion nationwide

The tragic explosion of a gas pipeline in a San Francisco suburb has shed light on a problem usually kept underground: Communities have expanded over pipes built decades earlier when no one lived there. [More]

Armani Beats Gates and Abramovich to Buy $190 Million Greek Island

Legendary Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has reportedly become the proud owner of one of the world's most beautiful and expensive private islands – Skorpios. [More]

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