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Thursday, January 6

Troubled RI school hits bumps on road to reform

The teachers at Central Falls High School struck a deal to get their jobs back last year after the entire staff was fired in a radical, last-ditch attempt to raise student performance. But if the administrators thought the teachers would be grateful for a second chance, but many teachers aren't showing up for work, often calling out sick. [More]

Officer resigns after on-duty sex

A Florida police corporal resigned after 24 years on the job when Internal Affairs officers caught him having sex in the back of his vehicle while on duty. [More]

Lawsuit Claims Police Stripped Dead Crash Victim, Took Pictures of Her Naked Body

The family of a Chicago woman killed in a car crash has filed a lawsuit claiming police removed her clothing and took pictures of her naked body. [More]

Physical Education Teacher Charged with Having Sex with Student

A female high school teacher alleged to have had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student has been charged with felony criminal sexual assault. [More]

Women Sue Over Secret Camera in Tanning Salon

Two Pennsylvania women are suing the owner of a tanning salon for invasion of privacy after discovering videos of themselves disrobing on online porn sites. [More]

Muslim scholars praise killer of Pakistan governor

Lawyers showered the suspected assassin of a liberal Pakistani governor with rose petals as he entered court. Some 170 miles away, the prime minister joined thousands to mourn the loss of the politician, who dared to challenge the demands of Islamic extremists. [More]

Starbucks drops its name from logo

Starbucks is giving its siren a facelift. The world's largest coffee company unveiled a logo Wednesday that drops the words encircling its iconic sea nymph and gives her a few subtle updates. [More]

Pelosi Gets Thumbs Down From 19 Fellow Democrats

It was no surprise that Ohio Rep. John Boehner would be elected speaker of the House in the new Republican-controlled chamber today. What was surprising was that the old speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was not the choice of 19 of her fellow Democrats. [More]

New York Village Bans Smoking on Public Sidewalks

A tiny village on Long Island's "gold coast" is banning smoking on public sidewalks. [More]

Ex-airport director pleads guilty in Katrina case

The former aviation director at New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport has pleaded guilty in a Hurricane Katrina insurance fraud case. [More]

'Miracle on The Hudson' Jet Heading to Aviation Museum

The US Airways jet that made a near-miraculous landing on the Hudson River in 2009 will finally reach its destination, but as a museum piece rather than in service. [More]

How did coffee spill cause hijack alert?

Federal aviation authorities say they are investigating a string of events Monday that began when a pilot spilled coffee on a cockpit panel, leading to a false hijack warning and culminating in the plane's emergency landing in Canada. [More]

Man dies in walk-in cooler at Spokane Taco Bell

A man was found dead inside a walk-in cooler at a Spokane Taco Bell on Monday, police said today. [More]

John Edwards left out of Elizabeth's will

Elizabeth Edwards left everything to her children, with no mention of her estranged husband, John Edwards, in her will. [More]

Shocker: White House commission blames BP and partners for gulf spill

BP and its partners made a series of cost-cutting decisions that ultimately contributed to the oil spill that ravaged the Gulf of Mexico coast over the summer, the White House oil spill commission said Wednesday. [More]

Wednesday, January 5

Update: ‘Golden-voiced’ homeless man lands dream job, house

An Internet video of a homeless man showing off his self-described “God-given gift of a great voice” has landed him a spot on a local radio show, a dream job with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a house. [More]

Gary Collins, 'Six Million Dollar Man' Actor, Arrested in $59 Dine and Dash

Gary Collins, a 72-year-old actor with a long Hollywood career, was charged Tuesday night following an alleged dine-and-dash - over a $59 bill. [More]

11 year old Girl Has Date in Court After Writing in Wet Cement

A New Jersey sixth-grader is going before a judge next week after apparently writing her name in wet cement. [More]

Coffee spill causes diversion for US flight

A pilot's spilled coffee accidentally triggered a hijacking alert and caused a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, to make an unscheduled stop in Canada. [More]

Mortuary van stolen with body inside

A van thief in Fort Pierce may have gotten more than he bargained for over the weekend. What he may not have known is that he wasn't alone in the stolen vehicle. [More]

Man and woman accused of ducking out on $5,000 bill at Dallas strip club

The four bottles of Perrier-Jouet champagne and $3,600 of strip dances better have been worth it for a man and woman who partied at The Men's Club of Dallas near Love Field last night. [More]

Gibbs says he's leaving White House

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says he is resigning his job as the president's chief spokesman. [More]

ESPN fires Ron Franklin for calling Jeannine Edwards 'sweetcakes'

ESPN fired veteran play-by-play announcer Ron Franklin on Tuesday, four days after Franklin referred to a female colleague as "sweetcakes" and followed that up with an expletive after she objected. [More]

Homeless Man With A Golden Voice

In an unusual bit of investigative journalism, a reporter from the Columbus Dispatch approached a homeless man on a traffic median who was toting a sign that boasted, "I have a God given gift of voice." The reporter asked the fellow, named Ted Williams, to prove it. [More]

Agent: "We could make him a millionaire"

"My boss said to me: 'If you don't get him hired, you're fired,'" said Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production films for the National Football League. He contacted The Dispatch last night in search of the man with the golden voice. [More]

'Brady Bunch' star sued for assault and battery

Christopher Knight (best known as "The Brady Bunch's" Peter) is being sued by his former accountant for assault and battery, reports. [More]

Power Balance admits no science behind wristbands

Shaquille O'Neal swears by them. The Power Balance bracelet, he says, gives him a competitive edge on the court. But the company says "We admit that there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims." [More]

Ill. mom gives birth to 1 twin in 2010, 1 in 2011

A northern Illinois couple welcomed their new daughter to the world in the last minute of 2010 — and a twin son in the first minute of 2011. [More]

Court: Memorial cross unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a cross displayed on public property for nearly a century is unconstitutional. [More]

Dennis Hopper art collection up for auction in NYC

Dennis Hopper shot two bullet holes through an Andy Warhol portrait of Mao Zedong but instead of earning the wrath of the artist, Warhol called the "Easy Rider" star a collaborator. [More]

Woman Arrested After Trying To Return Wallet

Colorado Man Left Wallet On Gas Pump While On Motorcycle Trip In Wyoming. [More]

Court: No warrant needed to search cell phone

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can search the cell phone of a person who's been arrested - including text messages - without obtaining a warrant, and use that data as evidence. [More]

Pa. police to end tickets for cursing

Firing off a few four-letter words can't be charged as a crime anymore in Pennsylvania — at least when state police are involved. [More]

Stem cells clue to beating baldness

Activating dormant stem cells in the scalp could be the key to banishing baldness, scientists have said. Researchers made the discovery after examining tissue samples from men undergoing hair transplants. [More]

Glenn Close: Use of my image in Navy video 'insulting'

Actress Glenn Close said she is "distraught" that her image was used in one of a series of profanity- and slur-laden videos aboard the Navy's USS Enterprise. [More]

Navy firing over videos raises questions of timing

The Navy brusquely fired the captain of the USS Enterprise on Tuesday, more than three years after he made lewd videos to boost morale for his crew, timing that put the military under pressure to explain why it acted only after the videos became public. [More]

Edition removes N-word from Mark Twain classics

Mark Twain wrote that "the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter." A new edition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" will try to find out if that holds true by replacing the N-word with "slave" in an effort not to offend readers. [More]

Texan declared innocent after 30 years in prison

A Texas man declared innocent Tuesday after 30 years in prison had at least two chances to make parole and be set free — if only he would admit he was a sex offender. But Cornelius Dupree Jr. refused to do so, doggedly maintaining his innocence in a 1979 rape and robbery. [More]

Tuesday, January 4

New York Murderer to Inherit Victim's Fortune

Brandon Palladino admits to killing his mother-in-law — and he also stands to profit from it, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in inheritance in a turn of events that one relative calls 'an outrage.' [More]

'Impressive job': Thieves tunnel into bank

Thieves dug a 100-foot-long ventilated and lit tunnel from a neighboring building into a bank and emptied the contents of up to 140 safety deposit boxes, officials said Monday. [More]

Uncollected trash saves man after 9-story fall

Authorities in New York City say a man who tried to jump to his death from his ninth floor apartment was saved by a heap of trash bags that had gone uncollected since last week's blizzard. [More]

Woman allegedly groped by Donald Duck to get day in court

A Pennsylvania woman who claims Donald Duck groped her at Disney's Epcot theme park can have her day in court, a federal judge has ruled. [More]

Woman buys breast implants for $6.04

An aspiring British model said she is pleased with the $8,000 breast augmentation she won for only $6.04 on an auction Web site. [More]

No, officer, I stole more than that…

A Canadian police force has described its dumbest crook of 2010 - a man who called to complain they hadn't publicized enough of what he stole. [More]

Favre sued for sexual harassment

Two former Jets massage therapists have sued Brett Favre for sexual harassment. [More]

No poison found in birds that fell on town

Preliminary autopsies on 17 of the up to 5,000 blackbirds that fell on this town indicate they died of blunt trauma to their organs, the state's top veterinarian told NBC News on Monday. [More]

Ohio boy, 10, faces charge in mom's fatal shooting

An investigator says two loaded guns were found on the bed of a 10-year-old Ohio boy charged as a juvenile with murder in the shooting death of his mother. [More]

DNA clears Texas man who spent 30 years in prison

Prosecutors declared a Texas man innocent Monday of a rape and robbery that put him in prison for 30 years, more than any other DNA exoneree in Texas. [More]

Man who helped get Vietnam wall built found dead

A military expert who served three Republican presidents and helped get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built as part of his dedication to those who fought in that war was found dead in a landfill, and authorities are trying to piece together when he was last seen alive. [More]

Fla. arms dealer gets 4 years in Pentagon fraud

A youthful arms dealer whose company once boasted a $300 million Pentagon munitions contract was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for trying to ship millions of rounds of prohibited Chinese-made ammunition to Afghan forces fighting alongside U.S. troops. [More]

'Forbidden Planet' star Anne Francis dies

Actress Anne Francis, who was the love interest in the 1950s science-fiction classic "Forbidden Planet" and later was sexy private eye in "Honey West" on TV, has died at age 80. [More]

Snakes, crocodiles threaten flooded Australian town

Australian residents fled their homes and sandbagged properties Tuesday as a major town was threatened by a worsening flood disaster which unleashed a plague of snakes and crocodiles. [More]

Monday, January 3

Up to 100,000 fish found dead along Arkansas River

State officials on Monday were investigating why 80,000 to 100,000 fish washed up dead on the shores of the Arkansas River last week. [More]

Arkansas officials stumped as birds fall from sky

State wildlife officials were going door-to-door on Sunday in the town of Beebe, Arkansas, to collect dead birds after thousands of mostly blackbirds mysteriously fell from the sky. [More]

Dad Killed on Hot Air Balloon Ride That Was Gift From Son

A scoutmaster who received a hot air balloon ride as a special New Year's treat from his teenage son was killed when the craft plunged to the ground and burst into flames. [More]

Navy to probe controversial carrier videos

The Navy will investigate "inappropriate" videos produced on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which among other scenes show simulated masturbation and women showering together. [More]

'Don't Date Non-Jews' Letter Stirs Israel

Good Jewish girls should stay away from Arabs, according to a letter signed by 30 wives of prominent Orthodox rabbis, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported. [More]

Anthony wants sex questions prohibited at trial

Attorneys for a Florida mother accused of killing her daughter want a judge to prohibit testimony about her sex life with a witness during her trial. [More]

Calif. woman who killed pimp granted clemency

A woman who was 16 when she ambushed and killed her former pimp in a Southern California motel room has been granted clemency by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [More]

Man stole video game system from boy's casket

Police have arrested a Pennsylvania man who they say stole two hand-held video game systems and three games from the casket of a teen who was killed in a Christmas Day SUV crash. [More]

Oscar-Nominated Star Pete Postlethwaite Dead at 64

Oscar-nominated British actor Pete Postlethwaite, described by director Steven Spielberg as "the best actor in the world," has died at age 64 after a long battle with cancer. [More]

Dead suspect in trailer park shootout identified

Authorities identified a man suspected of killing a sheriff's deputy and injuring a police officer in a gun battle at a western Ohio trailer park. [More]

Sunday, January 2

Report: NYC Workers Drinking as Snow Fell

A group of New York City Sanitation supervisors is under investigation for allegedly buying booze and chilling in their cozy department car for hours Monday night after the blizzard stranded a bus and three snowplows blocks away. [More]

NJ Woman Charged With Setting Boyfriend on Fire

A Camden County, N.J., woman was in police custody Saturday charged with setting her boyfriend on fire on New Year's Eve. [More]

Where did the strange expression “hair of the dog” come from?

If you woke up on New Year’s Day feeling as if you had been hit by a truck, you may have sought a hangover remedy with an infamously odd name: the hair of the dog. [More]

Ex-Marine Gets Probation for Killing Man Over Peeing Pooch

An Illinois judge has sentenced a retired U.S. Marine to four years of probation for killing a man whose dog urinated on his award-winning lawn. [More]

Expedia Drops American Airlines Ticket Sales From Website in Price Dispute

Expedia Inc. removed American Airlines’ airfares from its travel website today, claiming the pricing model the third-largest U.S. carrier developed may raise costs and cut transparency for passengers. [More]

New York Government Reportedly Investigating Claims of Snow Removal Slowdown

The New York City government reportedly is looking into complaints that workers entrusted with cleaning up the snowstorm this past week deliberately stalled in protest of city budget cuts. [More]

Chess players reject summons deal

A lawyer for two of six New York men issued summonses for playing chess in a kids-only area of a park said his clients turned down a plea deal out of principle. [More]

How one man's shame sparked a 300-pound weight loss

Lugging a nearly 500-pound body, Matt Hoover was unhappy. Like many Americans, he knew how to lose weight, but was paralyzed by inaction. [More]

Chuck Berry collapses at Chicago show: reports

Rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry felt ill and was checked out by ambulance medics before a show Saturday night, a Chicago fire official said. [More]

'Hot in Cleveland' Star Valerie Bertinelli Marries

Actress Valerie Bertinelli has tied the knot in Malibu. Publicist Heidi Schaeffer told The Associated Press that the 50-year-old "Hot in Cleveland" star married financial planner Tom Vitale Saturday. [More]

Saturday, January 1

Ex-SF crime lab tech won't face criminal charges

A former San Francisco lab technician who acknowledged snorting cocaine from evidence, resulting in the costly dismissal of hundreds of cases, will not be charged with a crime, state prosecutors said Friday. [More]

Card theft suspect walks in on discussion of crime

A Virginia man talking to a store clerk about who had been using his stolen credit card in the store got a break. A teenager walked in, and the clerk said, "That's him." [More]

New Year's resolution No. 1: Lose weight

Pam Wurst struggled for years to lose weight. One of the triggering points for her to finally shed pounds was when a 5-year-old child patted her stomach and asked: "When is the baby coming?" [More]

Swimsuit designer strangled, drowned

A swimsuit designer found dead in the bathtub of an exclusive Manhattan hotel was strangled and drowned, the New York City medical examiner's office said. [More]

Discovery cancels Michael Jackson autopsy TV show

The Discovery television network on Friday said it canceled plans to air a reenactment of the autopsy on Michael Jackson's body, citing an upcoming court hearing and concern by the late pop star's estate. [More]

Prosecutor: Defense will claim Jackson killed self

The defense for the doctor facing trial for involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death will suggest the singer actually killed himself, a prosecutor said during a hearing. [More]

Minnesota sues 3M over pollution claims

The state of Minnesota sued 3M Co on Thursday, saying that the company contaminated the state's waters for decades with chemicals used in some of its best known products, including Scotchgard stain repellent. [More]

Son of former NBA player charged with capital murder

Nickey Van Exel, the 20-year-old son of former NBA player and current Atlanta Hawks coaching staff member Nick Van Exel, has been charged with capital murder in the shooting of a close friend, his attorney said. [More]

'No anorexia' model Isabelle Caro dies aged 28

A French model who posed nude for an anti-anorexia campaign while suffering from the illness herself has died at the age of 28, her colleagues confirm. [More]

Armored car sales jump as drug war batters Mexico

Armored cars and body armor in Mexico are no longer exclusively for government officials, foreign executives and the super rich, as a raging drug war spreads across the country, leading to a spike in orders. [More]

How Congress Changed Your Life in 2010

As members of the 111th Congress look back on 2010, they will see anything but a do-nothing session. From banning drop-side cribs, to freezing their own salaries, to overhauling the food inspection system, to telling airlines not to charge fees for carry-on luggage, the Democratically controlled House and Senate passed bills at a feverish pace in the past year. [More]

Friday, December 31

NFL fines Jets $100,000 in tripping incident

The New York Jets are paying for their sideline shenanigans. The team was fined $100,000 by the NFL on Thursday for violating league rules when assistant coach Sal Alosi ordered players to form a sideline wall, then tripped Miami's Nolan Carroll during a punt return earlier this month. [More]

Judge catches runaway teen

An Ohio judge who caught a teenager who had escaped from his courtroom says he may have to recuse himself from the case. [More]

‘Rosie the Riveter’ Dies at 86

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, a World War II factory worker whose bandana-wearing image in a wire-service photo is said to have been the model for the woman depicted in the 1942 "We Can Do It!" poster, has died. [More]

Rupert Everett: My career tanked after I came out

Hot on the heels of Richard Chamberlain advising gay actors to stay closeted comes Rupert Everett's claim that Hollywood stopped hiring him after he came out. [More]

Rupert Everett slams Aniston's 'tasteless' career

Actor says Hollywood supports the A-list stars it deems worthy, even if box office doesn't. [More]

Daughter, wife of AZ official accused in sex case

The daughter of a county supervisor has been arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with the same teenage boy that her mother is accused of sexually abusing over a three-year period, police said Thursday. [More]

No pardon for Billy the Kid

Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico will not pardon legendary Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid in the death of a law enforcement officer more than a century ago, he said Friday. [More]

Suggested charge: Existing while stupid

Two Pennsylvania men felt like shooting and didn't think anybody would be around at 5 a.m., so they fired about 40 rounds, police say. Employees scattered when gunfire struck a supermarket and a bank. [More]

Henry Kissinger faces tarnished reputation over ugly 'gas chambers' remark about Jews

Henry Kissinger is 87 years old but he remains a figure of considerable controversy. This Christmas, he has been battling to prevent his reputation being permanently tarnished over a 1973 remark he made to President Richard Nixon. [More]

Obama's 'car Tsar' settles bribes case

Steven Rattner, the hedge fund industry grandee who was last year appointed by the Obama administration to oversee the restructuring of the car industry, has agreed to pay $10m to settle lawsuits over his role in a bribery scandal. [More]

2010 Obsessions: Year of the mistress

2010 was a year of celebrity mistresses, as the media covered them and the public followed every salacious detail. From Tiger Woods - whose scandal actually broke in 2009, but mushroomed in 2010 - to Jesse James. [More]

Jeweler gives nearly $400,000 in refunds after snow bet

A North Carolina jeweler said he is following through on his promise to refund purchases if a town received more than 3 inches of Christmas snow. [More]

Octomom's Calif. home may be sold to porn king

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman and her 14 children could avoid being evicted from their suburban home if the mortgage holder cuts a deal with a porn kingpin. [More]

IHOP drops trademark lawsuit against church

The International House of Pancakes has dropped its legal flap against a Missouri church over their shared initials. [More]

Thursday, December 30

NYC workers: Bosses ordered snow cleanup slowdown

A New York City councilman said five city workers told him that bosses ordered them to delay snow cleanup, telling workers "The mayor will see how much he needs us" and that "there will be plenty of overtime." [More]

Update: Boise man says he didn’t punch teen on plane

Russell Miller insists he merely "tapped" the 15-year-old kid when he didn't turn off his cell phone as the plane took off. "I just wanted him to abide by the rules," says the senior citizen. [More]

Oops! Mich. repeals penalties for some drug crimes

Possessing drugs such as synthetic marijuana and an Ecstasy-like substance called BZP won't result in jail time or fines in Michigan because lawmakers accidentally repealed the penalties for those crimes. [More]

Man steals, wrecks 3 cars in 2 hours

Botetourt County, Va., deputies say a man was treated for multiple dog bites after stealing and crashing three cars, leading officers on a 2-mile foot chase and challenging them to "release the dog" when they caught up to him. [More]

Sister's kidney donation condition of Miss. parole

For 16 years, sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott have shared a life behind bars for their part in an $11 armed robbery. To share freedom, they must also share a kidney. [More]

Bellagio nixing $25,000 chip after casino heist

Las Vegas casino bosses are serving notice to the bandit who made off with $1.5 million in chips from the Bellagio: Try to redeem those worth $25,000 soon or they'll become worthless. [More]

Waitress returns $1,200 to customer

A local waitress returned more than $1,000 cash to a customer who left it on a table she had waited on. [More]

Former Israeli president guilty of rape

The former Israeli president Moshe Katsav faces at least eight years' jail after he was convicted of two counts of rape for assaulting a former employee, in what the Prime Minister called ''a sad day for Israel." [More]

Man attempts to rob drive-through restaurants at gunpoint

A man attempted to rob a pair of southern California fast-food drive-throughs at gunpoint Wednesday night. [More]

Electric neck massager strangles Florida woman

A Florida woman's death apparently was caused when an electric neck massager became ensnared on her necklace and strangled her, sheriff's investigators said on Wednesday. [More]

Buzz Aldrin sues trading-card company Topps

Former lunar astronaut Buzz Aldrin is not over the moon about the use of his photo on a series of trading cards. [More]

NY woman gave rum to snow-shoveling teens

Police say a New York woman shared rum with two teenagers who helped her shovel snow. [More]

Texas cop slain trying to protect child

A rookie police officer responding to a domestic violence call in suburban Dallas was shot to death trying to protect an 11-year-old girl from her mother's gun-wielding ex-boyfriend, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday. [More]

Wednesday, December 29

Man arrested for punching teenager on plane

Police in Boise, Idaho, arrested a 68-year-old man on Tuesday for reportedly punching a 15-year-old boy who refused to turn off his iPhone on a flight. [More]

Gun Went Off During Sex Play, Man Tells Police

An affidavit supporting the arrest of a man charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife says the defendant told Oklahoma City police that the couple often engaged in sexual fantasy play involving a gun. [More]

The law didn't need that long arm for this guy

Prosecutors in Washington state say a man was arrested when he was caught wheeling a 50-inch television in a shopping cart right past a police station. [More]

Fake 'Nurse of the Year' headed to prison

A woman who staged a dinner honoring herself as "Nurse of the Year" will spend 9 months in prison for practicing nursing without a license. [More]

Police: Calif. man tried to register taxi he stole

Authorities in Northern California say a man released from a hospital after a psychiatric evaluation stole a taxi and tried to register it at a Department of Motor Vehicles office. [More]

Police called to fry freshness dispute

Police in Ohio said officers were called to a McDonald's when a customer argued with the manager about the freshness of his fries. [More]

Doctor arrested in Calif. fertility scandal

Federal officials are working to extradite a fugitive physician who was arrested in Mexico City last month, 14 years after an indictment in a fertility scandal at the University of California Irvine. [More]

Illegal Immigrant Charged With Killing Wife While Free on Bail

An illegal immigrant killed his teenage wife in New York while he was free on bail awaiting deportation, police say. [More]

In the Madoff case, "net winners" could get lucky

The unexpectedly rapid pace of recovery in the Madoff case - including a recent $7.2 billion settlement - has raised the prospect that the victims could actually be made whole. [More]

Air passenger charged after bullet primer caps ignite

A 37-year-old airline passenger was arrested Tuesday in Miami after primer caps for bullets ignited while a baggage handler was unloading a roll-on bag, the FBI said. [More]

Passengers stranded for 12 hours on plane

Cathay Pacific said it is looking into why passengers were stuck for hours on the tarmac at JFK International Airport in New York after a major snowstorm walloped the northeastern United States. [More]

New first-class stamps are 'forever'

Rummaging around for 1- and 2-cent postage stamps when postal rates go up is heading the way of the Pony Express. Beginning in January, all new stamps good for 1 ounce of first-class mail will be marked as "forever." [More]

Arizona inmate mistakenly released from jail

Arizona authorities are searching for a shooting suspect who was mistakenly released from jail. [More]

Tuesday, December 28

Pastor allegedly burglarized parishioner's home

A Texas pastor caught by police with a laptop and fur coats said she was protecting the valuables, not stealing them from the home of a parishioner. [More]

TV too big for 3 thieves to fit in Lexus

Police in California say thieves who stole a large television from a Sacramento home were thwarted when it wouldn't fit in the getaway car. [More]

Kelsey Grammer's Wife Could Get $50 Million in Divorce

Kelsey and Camille Grammer will divide up a nine-figure pot of gold, and Camille will walk away with more than $50 million, sources connected with the divorce tell TMZ. [More]

Where are the jobs? For many companies, overseas

The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, says American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas this year, compared with less than 1 million in the U.S. [More]

Santa bags counterfeiting suspect

A Wisconsin man dressed as St. Nick and making his holiday rounds leaps into action after he stopped in at his bar and is alerted to a suspected counterfeit $100 bill passed by a customer. [More]

Jackie O's half brother held after sex conviction

The half brother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spent Christmas in an Oregon jail for a possible probation violation. [More]

Piano man to diaper man: Elton John becomes a dad

The piano man and husband David Furnish have become parents to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born on Christmas Day. [More]

Richard Chamberlain 'wouldn't advise' leading men to come out

Richard Chamberlain, star of Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds and Brothers & Sisters, officially came out in his 2003 memoir. But he says it's still tough for an actor to be openly gay in Hollywood. [More]

Drunken driver reports himself to police in Iowa

According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, police say Francisco Castro called the emergency number around 8:30 on Christmas morning. Officers found Castro sitting in the driver's seat of a running vehicle. [More]

The 10 biggest tech 'fails' of 2010

In 2010, we saw social networking skyrocket in popularity. We embraced a new category of tablet computer. And we rushed to new gaming systems that let us play video games without a controller. [More]

Police arrest man in case of body found in suitcase

New York police have arrested a man in connection in the death of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase last week. [More]

Monday, December 27

N.J. woman enjoys 30,000-calorie holiday dinner

A New Jersey mother who is trying to become the fattest woman in the world sat down for a 30,000-calorie Christmas dinner over the weekend. [More]

Man repays unemployment benefits

A man who collected about $1,100 in unemployment benefits nearly 50 years ago has repaid California $10,000, officials said. [More]

Sanitary pad company: Wiki 'leaks,' but you won't

They’ve infuriated government officials, provoked Internet hackers, and now, the secret cables exposed by WikiLeaks have inspired an ad for feminine products in Pakistan. [More]

Skunk turns Grinch, stinks up $16,000 worth of toys for needy kids

"The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" in the Oklahoma town of Purcell is actually a skunk. [More]

Newsweek: Top headlines of 2010

Talk about a rough year: 2010 saw the world stricken by natural disasters galore, with deadly earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, China, and Indonesia; the largest accidental oil spill in history; and a massive volcanic eruption in Iceland that disrupted flight patterns across the globe. [More]

7 Expenses You Won't Believe Are Deductible

Many taxpayers would be surprised to discover some of the things that qualify as legitimate deductions. The following expenses can be written off by taxpayers in the appropriate circumstances. [More]

'Anchor Baby' Constitutional Amendment to Face Scrutiny in Congress

The end of the year means a turnover of House control from Democratic to Republican and, with it, Congress' approach to immigration. [More]

Police say man's car was bar on wheels

Bristol Township Lt. Terry Hughes said Michael Leymeister appears to have been running a "mobile speakeasy" along with his drug operation near Marie Lowe Drive in the township. [More]

Man quits job, makes living suing spammers

Daniel Balsam hates spam. Most everybody does, of course. But he has acted on his hate as few have, going far beyond simply hitting the delete button. He sues them. [More]

Woman dies two days after waking up in coffin

An 88-year-old Brazilian woman has died just two days she woke up in a coffin. [More]

Sunday, December 26

Lost time: Capsule eludes Wis. village officials

Officials in the Wisconsin village of Kimberly want to commemorate the community's 100th anniversary by digging up a time capsule that was buried 25 years ago. There's just one problem: No one knows where it is. [More]

San Francisco airport defends security in wake of pilot's videos

The leadership of San Francisco's airport fired back Saturday at critics who had rallied around a commercial pilot who had posted videos online showing what he described as shortcomings in security. [More]

More than half age 25-29 only have cell phones

In a first for any age group, more than half of Americans age 25-29 live in households with cell phones but no traditional landline telephones. [More]

Schwarzenegger leaves mixed legacy in California

Arnold Schwarzenegger landed in the governor's office after announcing his upstart bid on late night TV and railing against government spending during raucous campaign rallies — at one playing a spirited round of air guitar to the rock anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It." [More]

6 places germs breed in a plane

Holiday travelers are filling up flights, and flu season is in full swing, so it's more important than ever to protect yourself against illness. [More]

Innocent man accused of being 'Kensington Strangler'

A Philadelphia man fearing vigilantes had to call police for help after someone posted his picture on fliers and a Facebook page, falsely naming him as the suspect in a string of strangling deaths. [More]

Spider-Man actor walking again after back surgery

A stunt actor who fell 30 feet while playing Spider-Man on Broadway is walking again, and his father said Saturday that he can't wait to return to the role despite injuries that have him confined to the intensive care unit. [More]

Saturday, December 25

Balloon takes Santa on wild Utah ride

A man in a Santa outfit took a wild ride through Utah skies Christmas Eve when his balloon took off without a pilot. [More]

Teen Girl Brought Pot Brownies To High School

A 17-year-old Park Ridge girl was arrested Dec. 8 for allegedly bringing brownies laced with marijuana into Maine South High School. [More]

Santa braves sardines, tear gas on Christmas trip

Among his stops, Santa swam with sardines in Seoul, dressed up as an elephant in Ayutthaya, Thailand, and made a 2-year-old cry in Las Cruces, N.M. [More]

Why the day after Christmas is hazardous to your heart

December 26 is historically one of the most dangerous days of the year for people vulnerable to cardiac problems, including heart attacks, arrhythmias, and heart failure. [More]

'Stroke belt' mystery: Fried fish may be to blame for higher death rate

Too much fried fish may contribute to the high rate of stroke in America's "stroke belt," according to a new study. [More]

The Doors Want Apology, Not Pardon, for Jim Morrison

The surviving members of the Doors are unimpressed with a posthumous pardon that was recently granted in Florida to their late frontman, Jim Morrison. They think the state owes him a formal apology. [More]

Man in Pizza Prank Agrees to Hand Over Dough

A man wearing a Bob Dylan backstage pass who ordered 178 pizzas from a Massachusetts pizza parlor but never picked them up has agreed to hand over the dough. [More]

Did Abe Lincoln's Assassin Escape? DNA May Solve Mystery

Descendants of John Wilkes Booth have agreed to exhume his brother's body for DNA testing in an attempt to determine whether the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln escaped capture and eluded justice, as the family has been told. [More]

Man crashes through Obama roadblock

A man fleeing from local police drove through an outer perimeter checkpoint set up near President Barack Obama's Hawaii vacation home Friday, officials said. [More]

Governor regrets not informing victim's family before commuting killer

A day after commuting the sentence of a man convicted of killing an unarmed teenager during a racially charged confrontation, New York Gov. David A. Paterson said he regretted not informing the victim's family first. [More]

Letter contains $45 for stolen hammer

A Pennsylvania company said $45 enclosed in an anonymous letter from someone who took a hammer decades ago will be donated to the Salvation Army. [More]

Governor Reverses Decision to Release Convicted Killer

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has reversed her decision to commute the life sentence and allow the release of a Detroit-area man convicted of a fatal stabbing in 1988. [More]

Executions fall due to cost, lack of lethal drug

The United States executed fewer people this year, in part because there is a shortage of the drug used in lethal injections and because executions are too expensive in tough economic times, a report released on Tuesday said. [More]

Woman took packages from porches

Police in Newport Beach, Calif., said they arrested a woman who was allegedly stealing Christmas packages from front porches. [More]

Friday, December 24

NORAD Tracks Santa

Santa is on the move. Track Santa from NORAD to see when he arrives at your house. [More]

New tax law packed with obscure business tax cuts

The massive new tax bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is filled with all kinds of holiday stocking stuffers for businesses: tax breaks for producing TV shows, rum subsidies for Puerto Rico, and tax breaks for people who buy race horses. [More]

Never bring an iPhone to a knife fight

An accused would-be restaurant robber had a change of heart Wednesday, after cooks at the establishment grabbed knives to defend themselves. [More]

Letter From Cleveland Browns to a Fan

n November of 1974, a Browns fan and season ticket holder sent a letter to the team regarding a concern of his. The Cleveland Browns (specifically, their general counsel) sent back an absolutely epic response. [More]

Couple Commits $800000 Game Show Goof. Or Did They?

Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti were just three questions from walking away with nearly a million dollars on the game show "Million Dollar Money Drop" when disaster hit. [More]

Stephen Baldwin sues Costner over BP centrifuge

Stephen Baldwin has sued fellow actor Kevin Costner over their investments in a device that BP PLC used in trying to clean up the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [More]

Body of woman found at home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman found at the suburban St. Louis home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV. [More]

Purse that hit gunman sells for $13,100

A purse used by a Florida school board member to strike a gunman sold for $13,100 on eBay to benefit charity, the TV station behind the auction said. [More]

Thief Tunneled Into NYC Home, Stole Art

Police are looking for the person who tunneled through a wall into a New York City apartment while the owner was away around Thanksgiving and made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of artworks by Andy Warhol and other notable artists. [More]

Doctor sued for costs of raising child after botched vasectomy

A Eugene couple has sued a local doctor and medical group for $650,000 for a botched vasectomy. [More]

German dog to be spayed after 17-puppy litter

Ten weeks after giving birth to 17 puppies, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mother is to be spayed while her cute offspring leave for new homes, the dog's owner said Thursday. [More]

Gillette will not renew Tiger Woods

Procter & Gamble Co's Gillette brand will not renew its endorsement contract with golfer Tiger Woods, which ends on December 31, a company spokesman confirmed on Thursday. [More]

Biden says gay marriage 'inevitable'

Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that the country is evolving on the issue of gay marriage and he thinks it's inevitable there will be national consensus. [More]

Authorities identify woman found dead in suitcase

Police released the name of a woman who was found dead in a suitcase and were still searching for a suspect seen on a surveillance video rolling the suitcase on a New York block. [More]

Thursday, December 23

Man who killed Angels pitcher gets 51 years

A construction worker who killed a promising rookie pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels and two other people in a horrific drunken driving crash said Wednesday he had all but ended his own life that night by getting behind the wheel after drinking. [More]

French farmer jailed in shooting over truffles

French police have arrested a farmer who fatally shot a trespasser he suspected of trying to steal highly coveted $500 a pound truffles from his land on the edge of France's southern Provence region. [More]

Cops hunt killer after finding body in suitcase

Police are searching for a man recorded in a surveillance video on a dark New York City street wheeling a suitcase that later was found stuffed with a strangled woman's body. [More]

Young Wife, Mother Of 2 Killed By Pothole

His wife riding beside him with their two children in safety seats in the back, John Fisher drove home toward South Carolina along a stretch of Interstate 20 covered with ruts, bumps and crumbling concrete. [More]

Jets' Ryan: Foot-fetish report 'a personal matter'

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says it's a "personal matter" and declined to talk about a "foot-fetish" report posted by the sports website Deadspin that show four videos of a woman who bears a close resemblance to Ryan's wife, Michelle. [More]

CBS Airs Hoax Cover of Bush Memoir

CBS News aired a fake cover of former President George W. Bush's memoir over the weekend, after a staffer apparently got duped by a hoax image floating around the Internet. [More]

White House defends intel chief after terror gaffe

After the nation's top intelligence official fumbled a simple question about terrorism on national television, the White House on Wednesday acknowledged that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had been in the dark about a terrorist plot disrupted in England. [More]

Jury recommends death for dad, son in bank bombing

The same jury that convicted a father-son team of planting a bomb that killed two police officers inside an Oregon bank has now recommended that both be put to death. [More]

Should Billy the Kid get a pardon?

The governor of New Mexico has received about 400 responses on a special website dedicated to answering a generations-old question: Should outlaw Billy the Kid get a pardon in the killing of a sheriff? [More]

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