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Tuesday, March 1

Obamas Have Personal Trainer Fly Into D.C. Every Week

Cornell McClellan, a personal trainer who owns a gym called Naturally Fit in President and Michelle Obamas' hometown of Chicago, is still helping them keep in shape - he flies to Washington about once a week. [More]

Christian Dior firing designer John Galliano

French fashion house Christian Dior says it is firing famed designer John Galliano after an online video showed him praising Adolf Hitler. [More]

Pizza Shop Owner Accused of 'Food Terrorism'

A pizza feud outside Philadelphia turned ugly after a pizzeria owner was arrested for planting mice at a competitors' restaurant, MyFoxPhilly reported Monday. [More]

Charlie Sheen’s publicist quits

Sheen fired his publicist, although it’s worth noting that Stan Rosenfield says he quit after he found out Sheen said he lied to cover the actor’s tracks. [More]

Memo Outlines Police Game for Writing Tickets

A police memo from a California city under federal investigation for overzealous motorist prosecution appears to outline a game in which officers competed to write tickets, impound vehicles and arrest drivers. [More]

Bank robber hires getaway cab

A PNC Bank branch was robbed in the North Oakland community and the robber hired a taxi as the getaway car, according to Pittsburgh police. [More]

Va. hobbyist's venomous snakes may lead to jail

Chuck Hurd says he has been "hooked on venom" for years, a love for snakes that began as a boy when he collected them on his family farm and evolved into a profitable hobby. It never led him to trouble with the law until an acquaintance died from a copperhead bite. [More]

1940s sex symbol Jane Russell dies at 89

Jane Russell, the busty brunette who shot to fame as the sexy star of Howard Hughes' 1941 Western "The Outlaw," died Monday of respiratory failure, her family said. [More]

Scammers steal entire college website

If you visited the websites for Reed College and the University of Redwood, you'd notice that they look uncannily similar. In fact, they look nearly identical, save for the names. [More]

Fizzy drinks pose heart risk by 'raising blood pressure'

Fizzy drinks and other cans of sugary drink push up blood pressure rates, say British researchers. [More]

High court says victim's dying words can be used in court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinstated a Michigan man's murder conviction that had been overturned because the victim's dying words were used in the trial. [More]

Woman charged in day care fire flees to Nigeria

A home day care operator charged in connection with a deadly fire that killed four children has fled the United States, the Houston Fire Department said Monday. [More]

Monday, February 28

1,500 Teachers Paid to Do Union Business While Missing Class

In New York City's funny math, you get only one teacher for the price of two. The Department of Education pays about 1,500 teachers for time they spend on union activities - and pays other teachers to replace them in the classroom. [More]

Ted Kennedy Arranged to 'Rent' Brothel

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy arranged to "rent" a brothel for a night while on a visit to Chile and other Latin American countries decades ago, according to a 1961 State Department memo obtained and published by the watchdog group Judicial Watch. [More]

Sheen says he wants a raise to return to show

NBC interviewer Jeff Rossen appeared startled when Sheen said he wanted to be paid $3 million an episode to return to the show. [More]

Two and a Half Men Crew Rips Charlie Sheen: "That Turd Can Pay My Mortgage"

After CBS shut down the mega-hit that is Two and a Half Men, after Sheen called his boss, Chuck Lorre, a "turd" and a "clown" and threw in some "borderline" anti-Semitism, friends to Lorre and workers on the set have plenty to say. [More]

Cookie sales barred at Girl Scouts founder's home

Girl Scouts are no longer able to sell their famous cookies outside the historic Savannah home of the woman who founded the organization almost a century ago. [More]

Suspect in Wife's Death Leaps From L.A. County Cliff, Survives

Authorities say the husband of a Los Angeles County woman missing for 16 months and presumed dead is in critical condition after jumping off a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes, and will be charged with murder if he lives. [More]

Potty-Mouthed Postal Worker Accused of Spitting Feces on Cop

Law enforcement officials in Durango say a postal worker spit his excrement in a police officer's face after being arrested on drunken driving charges. [More]

Catalina Yacht Murder Case Goes to Trial 5 Years Later

The waterway between Southern California and the tourist spot of Catalina Island is normally populated by pleasure craft, fishing boats and sea lions. But something else altogether popped up one spring day five years ago in the pristine 26-mile channel made famous in song and film. [More]

Sunday, February 27

Man sues over strip club dental injuries

An Indiana man's lawsuit for injuries he suffered when a stripper's shoe flew off during a performance and hit him in the teeth isn't far-fetched, lawyers say. [More]

Arizona State Senator Given Immunity as Girlfriend Is Arrested in Domestic Dispute

An Arizona state senator says he was acting in self defense before the arrest of his girlfriend Friday night on one count of assault that allegedly was the byproduct of a jealous rage. [More]

Oregon Inmates Win Claims for Lost Sunglasses, Pictures - Even Porn

Taxpayers in Oregon may be surprised to know they dish out an average of $60,000 a year to compensate inmates who claim prison officials damaged or lost things like their sunglasses, their TV – even their porn. [More]

Oregon congressman says mental health not job issue

An Oregon congressman facing calls for his resignation from some of the state's largest newspapers said the mental health condition from which he suffers doesn't prevent him from doing his job. [More]

Woman Who Thought She Won Lottery Sues TV Station for Airing Wrong Numbers

A New Jersey woman who thought she had won the lottery is suing the television station that broadcast the incorrect winning numbers, The Record reported Saturday. [More]

Kate Middleton, Prince William Give Butcher, Postman and Deli Workers the Royal Treatment

A butcher, postman and deli owner are among the guests invited to the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William on April 29. [More]

Largest crowds since Vietnam War march in Wisconsin

A crowd estimated at more than 70,000 people on Saturday waved American flags, sang the national anthem and called for the defeat of a Wisconsin plan to curb public sector unions that has galvanized opposition from the American labor movement. [More]

Saturday, February 26

Voodoo sex ceremony spawns fatal fire, officials say

Candles used in voodoo sex ceremony caused a fatal five alarm fire after they tipped over and ignited bed sheets in a Brooklyn, New York, apartment, authorities said Friday. [More]

Fla. police: Toddler raped at SeaWorld

Florida authorities say a 26-year-old man raped a 2-year-old girl at SeaWorld Orlando and saved pictures of the crime on his cell phone. [More]

Man gave $200K to fake online girlfriend

Police in Illinois said a man "was in disbelief" when officers told him the online girlfriend to whom he had given $200,000 was not a real person. [More]

Shocking before and after photos show drug addiction

These shocking before and after images reveal in stark and simple terms the cost drug addiction takes on the human face. [More]

Crying toddler 4 hours in shut bank vault

A 14-month-old girl who wandered away from her mother and grandmother spent several tense hours trapped inside a time-locked bank vault and authorities pumped fresh air through vents to the crying child until a locksmith freed her, police said. [More]

Police Say Remains Found in Concrete Are of Missing Oklahoma Mom

Police in Oklahoma say they are 99 percent certain that the remains found buried in concrete behind the home of a woman who went missing 12 years ago, belong to the woman. [More]

Cops: Drunk employee broke in for snack

A drunken Pizza Hut employee was caught in the restaurant after hours Friday deep-frying himself some boneless wings, police in St. Cloud, Minn., said. [More]

Kathleen Parker leaving CNN show with Spitzer

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker said Friday that she's leaving CNN's prime-time "Parker/Spitzer" talk show, which will be renamed and continue with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and others. [More]

Judge's rape ruling 'disgusting'

Protesters marched on the Law Courts on Friday and demanded Justice Robert Dewar be removed from the bench following his controversial comments about a rape victim's provocative attire. [More]

Texas burglary suspect drives into bank lobby

A burglary suspect in Central Texas allegedly created his own drive-thru lane at a bank. San Marcos police say a 25-year-old man early Friday crashed his car into a closed Bank of America branch and then drove away. His vehicle license plate remained in the lobby. [More]

Looking for a credit card? It pays to be rich

A year after sweeping credit card regulations upended the industry, banks are showering perks and rewards on big spenders with sterling credit scores, while customers who have spottier histories are being socked with higher interest rates, lower credit limits and new annual fees. [More]

How My Smart Phone Got Me Out Of A Speeding Ticket

"Last year a traffic cop pulled me over while driving home and handed me a speeding ticket. Although nervous and somewhat startled since it was my first time getting caught, I ended up walking out of traffic court a few months later without having to pay a fine or adding a single point to my record." [More]

Wisconsin police sent to search for Democratic senators

Wisconsin Republicans dispatched police to the homes of absent Democratic senators on Thursday to try to round them up for a vote on a plan to strip public sector unions of most collective bargaining rights. [More]

Worker rejects $3.2M overpayment

A spokesman for a British company said a worker who immediately notified bosses of his mistaken $3.2 million paycheck will be rewarded for his honesty. [More]

Friday, February 25

Disney worker charged with sex assault on guest

Authorities say a Walt Disney World employee has been charged with sexually assaulting a single mother he lured to central Florida by offering her free theme-park passes and hotel discounts. [More]

Burglar who posted on victim's Facebook pleads guilty

Note to thieves: when robbing a place, the best way to make a clean getaway is not to post your picture on the victim's Facebook page. [More]

Girl Scouts fear arrest for cookie peddling

A Girl Scout leader says young members of her troop thought they were headed to jail when a Georgia police officer told them to quit selling cookies. [More]

Family faces $2,500 water bill — for leak not even on their property

With five young children, a mortgage and uncertain employment, the last thing the Croskey family needed was a broken water line. [More]

Man who threatened 'South Park' creators gets 25 years in prison

A 21-year-old man who admitted posting online threats against the creators of the animated TV series "South Park" was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison. [More]

CBS, Warner pull plug on season of Sheen's sitcom

"Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen has skirted disaster as a wayward, middle-aged party boy who regularly tested the patience of the TV network and studio trying to protect their valuable sitcom property. [More]

Yogi Bear Arrested in Utah: Smarter Than the Average Perp

After years of snatching picnic baskets and duping park rangers without consequence, Yogi Bear appears to have finally trapped by police in Utah. [More]

Easy-Bake to nix light bulb heating

Rhode Island toymaker Hasbro said a redesigned Easy-Bake oven will hit the market when 100-watt light bulbs cease to be manufactured. [More]

Suspect sped off in police car

Nevada police said they caught up with a suspected burglar who climbed through plexiglass to the driver's seat of a patrol car and drove away. [More]

Seattle's Cycling Mayor Mike McGinn Victim of Bike Theft

Seattle's cycling mayor, Mike McGinn, was the victim of bike theft, but the unfortunate incident turned out to be doubly so for McGinn because it wasn't even his own bike - it was his wife's. [More]

Oklahoma Police Captain Sues Supervisor for Mandatory Attendance at Islamic Group Event

A Tulsa police captain has filed a federal lawsuit claiming his civil rights were violated after he was reassigned and placed under investigation for refusing to order officers to attend a voluntary social event at a mosque. [More]

Pot Bust Goes Awry and a Law Professor Threatens to Sue

When narcotics officers appeared at a San Francisco home they had permission from a judge to search for "proceeds" from an illegal marijuana grow. Unfortunately for the cops, they hit the wrong house. [More]

White House reverberates with Motown sound, moves

The White House reverberated like a long-ago basement sound studio in Detroit on Thursday as the likes of John Legend, Seal, Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas and Sheryl Crow channeled their inner Motown before Michelle and Barack Obama. [More]

Don't Be Afraid to Send It Back

Every restaurant manager in every restaurant will tell you, "If you don't like it, send it back." Send it back nicely, of course, but send it back. [More]

Thursday, February 24

NYC Teachers Sue City for Slander Over Lesbian Sex Allegations

Two New York City high school teachers accused of having a sexual romp in a classroom are suing the city for $2 million for ruining their reputations. According to a city report, a school safety officer said she saw one of the teachers topless on the floor and another between her legs. [More]

Vatican consultant: No Communion for NY Gov. Cuomo

A consultant for the Vatican's high court says he believes New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shouldn't receive the Catholic sacrament of Holy Communion because he is not married to his live-in girlfriend, Food Network star Sandra Lee. [More]

'Deadliest Catch' boat crew member found dead

A crew member of a fishing vessel seen on the "Deadliest Catch" reality show was found dead in a Homer, Alaska, hotel room Tuesday, police said. [More]

Is that a chainsaw in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

A suspected thief was taken into custody after allegedly trying to conceal a stolen chainsaw by stuffing it down his pants. [More]

Newspapers, GOP call for congressman to resign

A photo of Rep. David Wu wearing a tiger costume and other unusual revelations about his mental health are increasing pressure on the seven-term Oregon Democrat to step down. [More]

Teachers Get $9M from Taxpayers to Protest?

As Milwaukee Public School teachers left their classrooms to march in Madison Friday, they likely earned more than $3 million to not teach students in Wisconsin's largest school district. [More]

Indiana House Democrats flee state over union law

Indiana House Democrats stayed away from their desks for a second day on Wednesday in an attempt to block a proposed law curbing union power, prompting Gov. Mitch Daniels to say they were showing "complete contempt" for the Democratic process. [More]

17 Baltimore officers charged in extortion scheme

Seventeen Baltimore police officers were charged Wednesday with taking kickbacks for diverting drivers at accident scenes to an unauthorized towing company and repair shop. [More]

Texting driver crashes into river

Police in Massachusetts said a man who drove his car off a bridge and into the Waters River was distracted by text messaging. [More]

Man Lived With Dead Uncle While Using His ATM Card

A California man was arrested after he was discovered living with his dead uncle for 30 days and stealing money from his ATM account, police say. [More]

Somalia pirates increasing violence to raise stakes

U.S. officials on Wednesday were considering what would happen to 15 alleged Somali pirates held on the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier following the killings of four Americans who were sailing around the world on a private yacht. [More]

Gold tooth blocks bullet

New Orleans police said a man who was shot by his brother was spared serious injury or death when the bullet bounced off his gold tooth. [More]

The worst home improvements for the money

Like many people, you might be under the impression that home improvements are good investments that pay for themselves when you sell your house. [More]

Wednesday, February 23

Pizza driver’s special delivery may have saved a life

Susan Guy was accustomed to delivering a pizza to Jean Wilson every day, so when she didn't hear from her customer for three days, she told her boss, “I gotta go. Clock me out if you have to.” Emergency personnel said she may have saved the 82-year-old woman’s life. [More]

Reid takes on Old West, says time to ban brothels

Sen. Harry Reid took aim at the world's oldest profession Tuesday, telling state lawmakers the time has come to have an adult conversation about Nevada's legal sex trade if the state hopes to succeed in the 21st century. [More]

Prostitution sting nets 70-year-old woman

Authorities arrested four women, including a 70-year-old, on prostitution charges following a raid at a Port Charlotte spa yesterday. [More]

Police: Shoplifter lost a bet

Police in New Jersey said a man arrested for shoplifting at a Walmart store said the crime was his payment for losing a bet. [More]

A sure hit? Get the Las Vegas 'mob experience'

A new attraction on the Las Vegas Strip gives visitors a glimpse into the origin and rise of mobs in Sin City. [More]

Spider venom better than Viagra?

Most of us get a little excited when we see a big spider, but for the unfortunate few who fall victim to the bite of the daunting Brazilian wandering spider, that “excitement” takes on a whole new meaning: The venom of the wandering spider causes erections in men. [More]

Royal privilege isn't what it used to be

Warren police said a man has been charged after he told a store clerk he didn't have to pay for cigarettes because he was a king. [More]

Marshals release new photo of alleged Tucson shooter

The U.S. Marshals Service released a new image Tuesday of the man suspected of shooting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killing six people and wounding a dozen others near Tucson last month. [More]

Ex-Spy Anna Chapman to Run for Russia's Parliament

Anna Chapman, the sultry redhead who was kicked out of the United States in June for spying, will run for Parliament in her native Russia, The Telegraph reported, citing Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper. [More]

Rahm Emanuel powers to victory in Chicago mayoral race

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, powering to a strong majority of the vote to avoid a run-off. [More]

38 terms are enough as mayor, 94, says she's done

At 94, Olive Stephens says 48 years in municipal government, the last 38 as mayor, is enough. She says she won’t seek a 20th term as mayor in the May municipal election. [More]

Cheech and Chong Duo Sold Pot From Ice Cream Truck

In a scheme reminiscent of the plot of a Cheech and Chong film, police in Louisiana have accused two men of possessing marijuana and selling it out of an ice cream truck in Mathews, radio station WWL reports. [More]

Detroit Ordered to Close Half Its Public Schools Amid Budget Crisis

The Detroit public school system has been ordered to close half its schools to make up for a $327 million deficit. The schools will be shuttered over the next four years, causing class sizes to bulge to 60. [More]

New Jersey Budget: 5 Key Cuts Proposed by Gov. Christie

Today Gov. Chris Christie unveiled his budget for the year ending June 30, 2012. Touting the state's efforts to close a projected $11 billion deficit, Christie declared a "new normal" in New Jersey [More]

Dispute over Girl Scout cookies gets physical

Police say a brawl between roommates over Girl Scout cookies led to assault charges against one of them. [More]

Gadhafi's vow: Will fight to 'last drop of blood'

A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to his "last drop of blood" and roared at supporters to strike back against Libyan protesters to defend his embattled regime Tuesday, signaling an escalation of the crackdown that has thrown the capital into scenes of mayhem, wild shooting and bodies in the streets. [More]

Tuesday, February 22

Somali Pirates Kill Four Americans

CNN and MSNBC were both reporting this morning that all four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates had been killed. CNN said the hostages were shot during negotiations for their release. [More]

Heartbroken mom whose son committed suicide confronts crooked judge

A crooked judge who was convicted of taking bribes from private juvenile detention centers received a tongue-lashing outside court from a heartbroken mom whose son committed suicide after the judge unfairly threw the book at him. [More]

Lara Logan Was Stripped, Punched, Slapped, Report Says

New details have emerged in the "brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" inflicted on CBS Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan in Egypt's Tahrir Square the night President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power. [More]

Oklahoma Mom Gets 10 Years for Selling $31 of Marijuana

The women were charged with drug distribution and possession of a dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, because Spottedcrow's children were in the house during the transaction. [More]

Cleveland Area Business Owners Thought White House Invite Was "Spam"

Email Invitations the White House sent to Cleveland area business owners inviting them to a roundtable looked like spam to many of the recipients, leading some to delete the invites from their inboxes. [More]

Too much Facebook gets nun banished

Maria Jesus Galan had 600 Facebook friends. She liked to communicate with them, to spread good news. However, her Facebook habit has lost her something very dear - her habit. [More]

Arrested US official is actually CIA contractor

An American jailed in Pakistan for the fatal shooting of two armed men was secretly working for the CIA when he was arrested, a disclosure likely to further frustrate U.S. government efforts to free the man and strain relations between two countries partnered in a fragile alliance in the war on terror. [More]

Schools cut lunch options for kids who can't pay

Proposed nutritional guidelines could add even more strain to meal programs. [More]

Texas prison official acquitted of sex abuse

A former principal of a West Texas juvenile who claimed inmates lied when they told investigators that he had sexually assaulted them in darkened classrooms, closets and storage units was acquitted Monday of all charges against him. [More]

Looking for a credit card? It pays to be rich

A year after sweeping credit card regulations upended the industry, banks are showering perks and rewards on big spenders with sterling credit scores. [More]

Monday, February 21

12 taxi drivers, fares killed in Mexican resort

A spate of attacks on taxis in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco has left 12 taxi drivers or passengers dead, police said Sunday, just hours before the Mexican Open tennis tournament is scheduled to start. [More]

Man sues all-you-can-eat sushi buffet, after he wanted just the fish

For one man, a Los Angeles-area sushi buffet was a source of discrimination, after he ordered the all-you-can-eat deal, ate only the fish, and was told he had to eat the rice, too, or the $28 deal was off. [More]

Pa. judge guilty of racketeering in kickback case

A former juvenile court judge was convicted Friday of racketeering in a case that accused him of sending youth offenders to for-profit detention centers in exchange for millions of dollars in illicit payments from the builder and owner of the lockups. [More]

Dead Officer Signed Red Light Citations

The WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team has learned that Baltimore police and transportation officials are trying to correct a problem with about 2,000 red light camera citations that may bear the signature of a police officer who has been dead for months. [More]

Bear Killed Unnecessarily in "Gold Rush: Alaska" Show, Agency Says

In one of the first episodes of the "Gold Rush: Alaska" Discovery Channel series, miners hoping to strike gold kill a bear near their camp. [More]

Driver accused of updating Facebook in fatal crash

The daughter of a Chicago man who was struck and killed by a vehicle last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver Monday alleging that she was updating her Facebook page with her cell phone when the incident occurred. [More]

Mom sells kids' toys on eBay as punishment

Used to be, kids were made to take a timeout when they acted up, or maybe even a spanking. But now, parents have other options, like selling their treasured toys on eBay as punishment. [More]

Police: Sausage Thief Wore No Pants

You don't want to see how sausage gets made - and you probably don't want to see how this sausage got stolen. Police in Florida arrested a man they say was captured on video stealing sausage naked. [More]

$4,500 for Sinatra's restaurant booth

Items from Chicago's Ambassador East Hotel and the Pump Room restaurant, including the booth frequented by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, are now on sale. [More]

FBI: Web-based Services Hurting Wiretapping Efforts

Web-based e-mail, social-networking and peer-to-peer services are frustrating law enforcement wiretapping efforts, a lawyer for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation told lawmakers Thursday, but she did not offer concrete ideas on how to fix the problem. [More]

Designer says his car will soon fly

The science fiction dream of a flying car will soon be realized, a designer is telling potential buyers and investors. [More]

Sunday, February 20

Mixed Emotions After Michigan School Moves to Gender-Neutral Prom Court

A Michigan high school's decision to allow a gender-neutral prom court this spring - after denying a transgendered student the title of homecoming king last fall - has angered and "disappointed" some current and former students. [More]

Teacher Resigns After Pleading Guilty to Prostitution

A high school teacher in Little Rock has resigned after school officials learned she pleaded guilty in November to a prostitution charge. [More]

Tied-up teller arrested in Colorado bank robbery

A Colorado bank teller who claimed he was robbed at knifepoint and tied up inside a bank vault was arrested Saturday along with his alleged accomplice after police said the crime was an inside job. [More]

Bishop’s Castle - Medieval Castle in Cowboy Country

Colorado, San Isabel National Forest – the heart of what many call Cowboy Country. Yet stray of the beaten path and you come across Bishop castle – a 160-foot high structure that weighs in at an estimated 50 thousand tons. [More]

Check your mailbox: Royal wedding invitations mailed

Keep an eye on the mailbox — Britain's Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton have posted out invites to their hotly anticipated royal wedding to around 1,900 guests, officials said Sunday. [More]

Sen. Brown doesn't want to pursue sex assault case

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has told a prosecutor he doesn't want to seek criminal charges against a camp counselor who he says sexually assaulted him 40 years ago on Cape Cod. [More]

Duerson died of self-inflicted gunshot

Former Bears safety Dave Duerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to The Chicago Tribune, and the co-director of a medical school program told The Associated Press on Saturday night that his family has agreed to donate his brain for research. [More]

US National Christmas Tree blown down by heavy winds

Heavy winds have blown down the National Christmas Tree of the US, which had stood near the White House since 1978. [More]

Saturday, February 19

For now, beauty queen in tacos flap gets crown back

A beauty queen stripped of her crown for infractions including gaining weight from eating tacos was temporarily reinstated on Friday as Miss San Antonio. [More]

Police: Man who fell off SUV was holding mattresses

A man who suffered a head injury after falling off a moving vehicle had been attempting to hold down mattresses that were on the roof of the vehicle, Burlington, N.C., police say. [More]

TV reporter speaks about speech problem at Grammys

A TV reporter who lapsed into gibberish during a live shot outside the Grammys said she was terrified when it happened and knew something was wrong as soon as she opened her mouth. [More]

Tucson photographer sues over photo of shooting victim

It was a simple family portrait, showing little Christina Taylor Green, and just what was lost when a gunman took her life during a rampage on January 8. Now a photographer has lawyered up and is in the process of suing media who used the photo in news reporting. [More]

Defense argues Kerrigan too drunk to talk to cops

A Massachusetts psychiatrist testified Friday that the brother of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan was "profoundly impaired" from heavy drinking and could not have voluntarily waived his right to remain silent when he spoke to police the night his father died. [More]

Auto union must look out for companies, too

The United Auto Workers' mission used to be simple — fight Detroit's automakers for better pay and job security. [More]

Wisconsin labor union stronghold rethinking its position

People who lost jobs are not happy "seeing their taxes spent on a work force that many see as oversized, inefficient and in need of reform," said Scott Watkins, a senior consultant at the Anderson Economic Group in East Lansing, Mich. [More]

How much do public workers earn?

In 2010, median earnings of government workers who were union members were 25 percent higher than earnings of private workers. 95 percent of state and local government union workers were also eligible for coverage under a pension plan, while only 21 percent of private-sector workers had access to a pension plan. [More]

The Five Senators Who Refuse To Say If They Anonymously Killed The Whistleblower Bill

WNYC's On the Media set up a campaign to contact all 100 Senators and get them to say whether or not they put the hold on the bill. For weeks, many Senators refused to respond, but now the project has reached the point where 95 Senators have said they did not put the block on the bill, leaving just five Senators who have refused to answer. [More]

Congressman urged to get psychiatric help

Senior staffers of U.S. Rep. David Wu were so alarmed over the Oregon Democrat's erratic behavior just days before the November election that they demanded he enter a hospital for psychiatric treatment, a newspaper reported Friday evening. [More]

Man finds a friend in goose

A Los Angeles man said he befriended a goose that meets him in the park each morning and follows him around like a dog. [More]

Dead baby found in bag of student from Oprah's school

The body of a newborn baby was discovered in a bag belonging to a student at the already scandal-plagued Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg, according to South African authorities. [More]

Pope John Paul's coffin to be exhumed for faithful

Faithful attending the beatification of Pope John Paul in Rome will be able to pray before his coffin, which will be exhumed for the event, the Vatican said on Friday. [More]

Stretches before running have no impact on injury

It makes no difference if you stretch or not before a run, because stretching won't affect your risk of injury, according to a study. [More]

Florida Homeless Man Set on Fire During Fight

Police in Florida are searching for a man they say set another man on fire during a fight Friday. [More]

Friday, February 18

Texas Workmen Reportedly Find Nearly $1 Million Hidden in Wall of House

Workmen in El Paso were called to a home to fix broken pipes that burst from Texas’ recent cold spell - but were surprised when they found close to $1 million dollars hidden in a wall. [More]

Reporter's on-air gibberish was due to migraine

A TV reporter who lapsed into gibberish during a live shot outside the Grammys said she was terrified when it happened and knew something was wrong as soon as she opened her mouth. [More]

Supersized Supermodel Has Big, Big Plans

The heavens may be closer when you're 6 foot 8, but that doesn't mean you stop reaching for the stars. So is the case for a woman known professionally as Amazon Eve, who is about to reach a big milestone by being officially declared "the world's tallest model." [More]

Former Chrysler dealers sue U.S. over store closures

Sixty-four former Chrysler dealers sued the U.S. government on Thursday, saying the Obama administration violated their rights by closing their stores during the automaker's bankruptcy without compensation. [More]

Stanford suing SEC, prosecutors for $7.2 billion

Jailed financier Allen Stanford, accused of running a massive Ponzi scheme, filed a $7.2 billion lawsuit accusing federal prosecutors and regulators of depriving him of his constitutional rights. [More]

Boy shot after Apple store dispute dies

An Ohio teen has died days after police say he was shot by his older brother in front of shoppers after a dispute inside an Apple store. [More]

What CNN Didn't Want to Show in the Lara Logan Photo

Was CNN wrong to blur the faces of people in the background of the photo of Lara Logan that CBS says was taken shortly before the reporter was sexually assaulted in Cairo? [More]

Teacher strikes nerve with 'lazy whiners' blog

A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia is driving a sensation by daring to ask: Why are today's students unmotivated — and what's wrong with calling them out? [More]

Somali Pirate Gets 34-Year Prison Sentence for Indian Ocean Hijacking

Somali pirate Abduwali Muse was sentenced to 33 years and nine months in prison for hijacking the container ship Maersk Alabama in the Indian Ocean in 2009. [More]

Inmate sues over alleged cow assault

A Canadian prison inmate is suing federal authorities for injuries he claims were caused by an "aggressive" cow on the prison farm near Edmonton, Alberta. [More]

An iPad for $2.82, or illegal gambling?

Here's a puzzler: How can a website sell a $10 Walmart gift card for 26 cents and still make money? Or sell an Apple iPod worth $100 for $3.30 and make an enormous profit? [More]

Thursday, February 17

Woman turned into sex slave after internet meeting

A Wisconsin woman who said she agreed to cook and clean for a man she met on the internet in exchange for a free place to stay allegedly ended up as his sex slave, prosecutors said Wednesday. [More]

Government Worker Dies at Cubicle, Found a Day Later

Rebecca Wells, 51, was found dead at a desk Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles County Department of Internal Services. Her co-workers say the county worker was last seen alive Friday at 5 p.m. and didn't appear to be ill. [More]

City paying officer to not work — for 7 years

The Davie Police Department hasn't let Officer Kevin Kilpatrick report to duty for seven years — but still pays him $80,275 annually. [More]

Weatherman Pleads Guilty in Public Masturbation Case

This forecast doesn't bode well for San Diego weatherman Joe Lizura. [More]

Mom allegedly bound tot with duct tape

A Pennsylvania woman was arrested and charged Wednesday with endangering the welfare of a child after showing police a photo of her 2-year-old child duct-taped to a chair. [More]

Electric cars are nice, but the market still wants muscle cars

Automakers are under pressure to squeeze more miles out of every gallon of gas — yet the market also wants them to deliver more muscle. [More]

Former airline agent admits scamming travelers

A former Continental Airlines sales agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to a $1 million fake voucher scheme that could result in a maximum of two decades in jail. [More]

'I'll take both these guys for $1 million, Alex'

Note to self: Never play "Jeopardy!" with a supercomputer. [More]

Brown describes beatings, sexual abuse in childhood

Senator Scott Brown, describing a childhood of family violence and strife, reveals in his new autobiography that he was sexually assaulted as a 10-year-old by a summer camp counselor on Cape Cod and suffered beatings at the hands of abusive step-fathers. [More]

Father says body in truck is his daughter's

A Florida exterminator and father of four children adopted from Florida's foster care system has told police that a body found in the pest-control truck he was driving is one of them - his 10-year-old daughter, authorities said Wednesday. [More]

Man Proposes to Girlfriend, Drops Ring in Sewer

A Colorado man saw his Valentine's Day plan to propose to his girlfriend go down the drain when he dropped the ring into the sewer. Don't worry, city workers found the ring - and she said yes. [More]

Being short cuts risk of cancer, diabetes

A group of short-statured Ecuadorians has surprised scientists, not for its members' dwarfism, but because they are also immune to cancer and diabetes. Now scientists think they've figured out the group's healthy secret. [More]

SEC alleges Madoff-like fraud in Amish village

The personal assets of Monroe Beachy, a 77-year-old Amish man, included a horse, buggy and harness. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, his skills included fraud. [More]

'Seinfeld' actor Len Lesser dies at 88

Len Lesser, the veteran character actor best known for his scene-stealing role as Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld," has died. [More]

Walmart Employees Fired for Helping to Capture Alleged Criminal

Four Utah Walmart employees were fired after they disarmed an alleged shoplifter who tried to pull a gun on them inside the store. [More]

Wednesday, February 16

Masked 'gunman' hoax draws SWAT team to Dell

Dell employees Bryan Chester and his supervisor Daniel Rawson have been arrested in Round Rock, Texas after a stupid marketing stunt caused panic on Monday in the offices of Dell. [More]

Berkeley Votes Against Offering Gitmo Detainees a New Home

A Berkeley, Calif. resolution to roll out the welcome mat to freed Guantanamo Bay detainees was voted down in the last minutes of its City Council meeting Tuesday night. [More]

Parents sue Disney, say son suffered 'severe burns' from nacho cheese

San Diego parents who say their 4-year-old son suffered "severe burns" from scalding hot nacho cheese served to them during a family vacation have filed suit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, records show. [More]

Ex-judge admits tax fraud, denies taking bribes

A former northeastern Pennsylvania judge admitted Tuesday that he was deep in debt and living beyond his means when he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the builder of two privately owned juvenile detention centers, but he insisted the payments were legal "finder's fees" and not bribes as the federal government has alleged. [More]

Wisconsin Woman Held as Sex Slave in New York After Answering Craigslist Ad

Police in New York City say a Wisconsin woman told them she answered an apartment ad she saw on Craigslist and wound up being held captive as a sex slave for more than a week. [More]

Texas mom pleads guilty to locking child in closet

A Texas mother has pleaded guilty to locking her 12-year-old daughter in a closet every day after school for about a year, only letting her out to use the restroom and eat. [More]

Supercomputer crushes competition on 'Jeopardy'

The computer brained its human competition as the first game of the Man vs. Machine competition on "Jeopardy" came to a close. [More]

Mickey Rooney gets order against bullying stepson

A Los Angeles lawyer has been handed control of veteran actor Mickey Rooney's affairs after allegations that the Hollywood legend was being bullied by his stepson and feared being kidnapped. [More]

Ring drops into sewer during proposal

A Denver man said his marriage proposal was interrupted when he dropped his girlfriend's mother's wedding band down a sewer drain. [More]

Body found in van after driver, son overcome by chemical

Police are investigating a bizarre incident that unfolded on I-95 in West Palm Beach Monday when a Miami man and his foster son were hospitalized for chemical exposure in a truck and authorities found a body in a bag in the truck's bed. [More]

Man, 84, survives desert ordeal over 5 days

Henry Morello began to lose hope after being stranded in his car in the Arizona desert for five long days in which the 84-year-old drank windshield wiper fluid, used car mats to stay warm and read a car manual from cover to cover to pass the time. [More]

Madoff: Banks 'Had to Know' of Ponzi Scheme

Convicted fraudster thinks banks exhibited 'willful blindness' with regard to his multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme. [More]

Defector admits 'fabricating' Iraq WMD intel

The defector whose claims that Iraq had biological weapons were used to justify the 2003 US invasion has admitted that he lied to help get rid of Saddam Hussein, the Guardian newspaper said. [More]

Tuesday, February 15

CBS News' Logan recovering after 'brutal' sexual assault

A CBS correspondent was brutally attacked Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square after the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the network said in a statement released Tuesday. [More]

Former USDA employee sues conservative blogger over video posting

A former Department of Agriculture employee who was forced to resign last year after the posting of a misleading video has filed suit against Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger who posted it. [More]

Cyclist charged with hitting car

Police in Washington state allege a cyclist threw his bike at a car and smashed a window after the vehicle's driver honked at him. [More]

Man upset after buying drinks for men in drag

A Florida man is arrested after allegedly starting a bar fight because he was angry he had just bought a group of what he mistakenly thought were women a round of drinks. [More]

Kate's ugly see-through dress to be auctioned

It’s not exactly worthy of a Victoria’s Secret editorial, but Kate Middleton’s the transparent piece that the princess-to-be donned at a 2002 charity fashion show at the University of St. Andrews — when she and William were students — will be auctioned off in London next month. [More]

Woods apologizes after fine for spitting in Dubai

Tiger Woods apologized after he was fined an undisclosed sum by the European Tour on Monday for spitting during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic. [More]

'Jeopardy!' pits man against computer in Round 1

In the "Jeopardy!" battle of man vs. machine, man and machine were neck-and-neck on Monday. [More]

Mexican security chief found dead

The top security official in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon was found shot dead and burned inside a truck in the city of Monterrey, the state-run Notimex news agency reported, citing state officials. [More]

Eating more fiber could mean longer life

Eat more fiber and you just may live longer. That's the message from the largest study of its kind to find a link between high-fiber diets and lower risks of death not only from heart disease, but from infectious and respiratory illnesses as well. [More]

Nephew of Dalai Lama Killed Along Fla. Highway

Officials say the nephew of the Dalai Lama has been killed along the side of a Florida highway during a 300-mile "Walk for Tibet."' [More]

Monday, February 14

Screener admits stealing from air travelers

A supervisor at a New Jersey airport has admitted accepting bribes and kickbacks from a subordinate who stole money from passengers during security screenings. [More]

Shoplifter gets stuck in doorway

A 400-pound Michigan woman was caught shoplifting when her motorized cart got stuck in the store's door, authorities say. [More]

Tire thief made his capture easy

A California man allegedly stole tires using a van showing his name and number, authorities say. [More]

Calif wants to stop phones used by likes of Manson

California prison officials seized nearly 11,000 cell phones last year, some used to arrange extortions and assaults, others used by the likes of cult killer Charles Manson to connect with the outside world after more than four decades behind bars. [More]

Groupon users find FTD Valentine's deal smells

The online coupon site Groupon.com and the FTD flower company are giving refunds after getting complaints that a Valentine's Day flower deal wasn't so sweet. [More]

Thousands of Italian Women in Berlusconi Protest

More than 100,000 Italian women and their supporters turned out across the country to protest against Premier Silvio Berlusconi, saying his dalliances with young women humiliate the sex as a whole and degrade female dignity. [More]

Dozens injured after cabbie plows into crowd outside nightclub; mob attacks 'blacked out' driver

Nearly two dozen club hoppers were injured after an out-of-control cabbie plowed into a crowd outside a San Diego nightclub after closing time early Saturday, cops said. [More]

Ex-Rep. Chris Lee, Wife in Retreat While Craigslist Ad-Placer Yesha Callahan Speaks Out

And now, just in time for Valentine's Day, news of two women in the Craigslist congressman's tumultuous life: Michele Lee, his anguished spouse, and Yesha Callahan, who placed the "women seeking men" personals ad that derailed a promising political career and could wreck his marriage. [More]

Dating service for people with herpes

It looks like people with herpes have a better chance at love than those who smoke. [More]

Lawsuit Filed in Death of Pennsylvania Woman at N.J. Shore

The parents of a Pennsylvania woman who died shortly after attending a "Polar Bear Plunge" charity event in southern New Jersey two years ago have sued the city where it was held and the group that organized it. [More]

Lady Gaga lays egg on Grammys red carpet

The bleacher fans went gaga over Lady Gaga at Sunday's Grammy Awards, but then how often do you see someone arrive on the red carpet encased in an iridescent egg-shaped container carried by a gaggle of scantily clad men in gold. [More]

Top 10 Nutritional Pizza Toppings

Many people automatically consider pizza one of the top foods to avoid on a fat loss or healthy diet program. However, if you learn to make healthy topping choices, this does not have to be the case. By choosing correctly, pizza can actually be a well-balanced choice that supports your goals. [More]

Sunday, February 13

Grocery CEO resigns after arrest in child prostitution sting

Michael Gilliland, 52, is accused of soliciting sex online from a girl who identified herself as a minor. Gilliand founded Wild Oats Market, which was bought by Whole Foods in 2007, and was the CEO of Sunflower Farmers Market located throughout the southwest. [More]

Man jailed after filming himself driving 140 mph

A man who filmed the speedometer of his car while driving more than 140 miles per hour so he could post it on YouTube, ended up in jail on Saturday and the video confiscated, police said. [More]

LiLo's alleged crime a mere misdemeanor?

TMZ canvassed three unnamed "prominent" LA jewelers and asked what they would sell the $2,500 necklace, which reportedly contains 8.84 carats of natural, untreated diamonds, for. Their answers ranged from $800 to $1,000 - which is significant, TMZ says, because under California law, if the stolen goods are worth $950 or less, the crime is petty theft, a misdemeanor. [More]

Illinois Woman, 61, Gives Birth to Own Grandson

Kristine Casey, 61, has given birth to her own grandson, after acting as a surrogate mother for her daughter. [More]

Pa. teen admits trying to hire hit man on Facebook

A Chester County teenager faces 11 to 22 years in prison after agreeing to a plea agreement on charges he used Facebook to try to hire a hit man to kill a woman who had accused him of rape. [More]

S.F. tiger attack likely provoked

A female Siberian tiger killed in a hail of police gunfire after fatally mauling a man at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day 2007 likely was provoked into leaping and clawing out of its enclosure, a federal investigator said. [More]

Playboy Mansion visitors come down with mystery illness

Los Angeles County health officials are investigating dozens of reports of respiratory illnesses by people who attended a fund-raising event at Hugh Hefner's famed Playboy Mansion earlier this month, according to media reports. [More]

6 dead, 37 injured in attack on Mexican nightclub

Armed men opened fire and hurled a grenade into a crowded nightclub early Saturday, killing six people and wounding at least 37 in a western city whose former tranquility has been shattered by escalating battles among drug cartels. [More]

Sunken ship of 'Moby-Dick' captain found

In an instance of truth being stranger than fiction, American author Herman Melville turned to a horrifying ordeal as inspiration for his 19th-century classic "Moby-Dick." [dd] [More]

Los Angeles priest removed for affair 40 years ago

A Catholic priest who admitted having a sexual relationship with a high school girl more than 40 years ago was removed his position, and a high-ranking official who oversaw the background checks of priests resigned. [More]

Saturday, February 12

Man Allegedly Breaks Into Store to Join Friend in Jail

A California man was arrested for allegedly breaking into a Kmart in an effort to be arrested and reunited with his recently jailed friend. [More]

Shades of 'Seinfeld' in bottle-refund scam

A memorable "Seinfeld" episode features Kramer and Newman taking thousands of cans and bottles to Michigan so they can get a nickel more per container than they would in New York, but beverage distributors say there's nothing funny when it happens for real. [More]

Man dies feet from ER after hospital says to call 911

The death of a Cuban immigrant just feet from an emergency room has left his family in grief, upset police and drawn a request for an investigation from a congressman, all asking why an officer was told to call the emergency services number for a heart attack victim just outside the hospital door. [More]

Would-be bank robber foiled: 'We're closing'

A would-be bank robber was foiled after a teller shut the security door and told him the bank was closing. [More]

Illegal Immigrant Charged With First-Degree Murder in Virginia

A Salvadoran man who was ordered deported nearly a decade ago but never left has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in a series of shootings and a knife attack in a Virginia suburb of Washington, authorities said Friday. [More]

Man gets 60 years in prison in Levy slaying

The man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison, a term that could keep him behind bars the rest of his life. [More]

Bill Murray has his golf game interrupted by a furry friend - for real

Actor Bill Murray watches a deer cross the tee box on the 3rd hole at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am- Round Two at the Spyglass golf club on Feb. 11 in Pebble Beach, Calif. [More]

Friday, February 11

Amazon.com shutting Texas distribution center over tax dispute

Online retailer Amazon said it would shutter its Irving, Texas distribution facility April 12 and cancel plans to hire as many as 1,000 additional workers rather than pay Texas what the state says is owed in uncollected sales tax. [More]

Probation for man who fondled horse

An Illinois judge sentenced a former groom who fondled a female horse at a racetrack to probation and counseling. [More]

Ariz. governor countersues federal government

Gov. Jan Brewer sued the federal government Thursday for failing to control Arizona's border with Mexico and enforce immigration laws, and for sticking the state with huge costs associated with jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes. [More]

Reputed mobster found raising cows in Idaho

To his neighbors, he was Jay Shaw, the guy with the vaguely New York accent. He was known for fixing computers, buying everything with cash, raising cows and knowing how to handle a gun. [More]

Ohio Couple Charged With Locking Girl in Bathroom for 6 Years

An Ohio couple is in jail facing charges they kept a 9-year-old girl locked in their bathroom for six years, letting her out only to go to school and for special occasions, the Dayton Daily News reports. [More]

Woman Loses Home to Foreclosure for Being Unable to Pay Attorney Fees

Hillary Lamb has owned her Houston condo since 2005, when her youngest son's father paid for the house in cash in her name. But it's no longer her property. [More]

Drunken man hit by train, stumbles away

A man who was hit by a freight train in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was nursing only bruises Thursday with no memory of what happened, police said. [More]

Mubarak could leave with $2 billion

If Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is forced into exile, he is likely to have access to billions in assets. But if Egypt’s successor government tries to recover any of it, it will have a hard time, if history is any judge. [More]

Manager charged in Wis. worker shooting

Police in Wisconsin said a manager at a cookie factory is facing charges after a shot he took at birds in the rafters missed and hit an employee. [More]

Strokes are rising fast among young, middle-aged

Strokes are rising dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans while dropping in older people, a sign that the obesity epidemic may be starting to shift the age burden of the disease. [More]

Lohan: 'I was not raised to lie, cheat, or steal'

A day after she wore a tight-fitting white dress, and pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft in a Los Angeles courtroom, Lindsay Lohan has proclaimed her innocence via Twitter and Facebook. [More]

Thursday, February 10

Oh, snap! Man steals $314 from stripper's garter belt

A man is charged with grand theft for allegedly swiping a stripper's tips from her garter belt. [More]

1st grade teacher charged with choking students

A teacher has been charged with choking and hitting 6 and 7-ear-old students during the school day. [More]

Prison time in Calif. for 80-year-old jewel thief

An 80-year-old woman with a decades-long criminal history has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing an $8,900 diamond ring from a Macy's department store in San Diego. [More]

Beauty Queen Looks to Crown Pageant Officials After Being Stripped of Title

A teenage Texas beauty queen is digging in her heels and fighting to keep her crown after being stripped of her Miss San Antonio title over allegations she routinely showed up late and did not maintain her appearance. [More]

Cab driver admits charging $800,000 fare

A New York limousine driver has admitted charging a passenger almost $800,000 for an airport ride. [More]

Seven-year-old boy buys fighter jet on eBay

Thanks to eBay, a seven-year-old London boy managed to purchase a real-life Harrier fighter jet. It was easy: All he had to do was click on a bright "buy it now" button on the auction site, send a payment of about $113,000, and he'd be ready to live out every young man's fantasy. There was just one problem: He didn't have the money — and his dad found out about his shopping spree. [More]

Study suggests higher stroke risk with diet soda

People who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events, including stroke and heart attack, found a new study that followed 2,500 New Yorkers for nine years. [More]

Woman who left baby in toilet can't remember

The South Carolina woman accused of giving birth in an arena toilet during the circus and leaving the baby told her family afterward she was bleeding heavily, but didn't know why. [More]

Man claims to be father of South Carolina baby left in toilet

A man who claims he is the father of a baby found in a South Carolina toilet said he doubts the explanations about why the recently arrested mother left the newborn in a commode. [More]

'NCIS' Security Guard Killed in Accident on Set

A security guard working on the show “NCIS” reportedly died Wednesday when he was struck by a passenger van that smashed into the set. [More]

Rep. Giffords speaks for first time since shooting

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spoke for the first time since she was shot in the forehead, her spokesman said Wednesday, yet another significant milestone in her recovery from a traumatic brain injury. [More]

Ohio Couple Charged With Locking Girl in Bathroom for 6 Years

An Ohio couple is in jail facing charges they kept a 9-year-old girl locked in their bathroom for six years, letting her out only to go to school and for special occasions, the Dayton Daily News reports. [More]

Cat Survives After Being Shot 19 Times

On the outside, Kayla Haskett's cat Rubix looks fine but X-rays later revealed what's going on inside this five-year-old tabby. The cat suffered wounds from a BB gun shooting. 19 shots in all, 18 of which the vet found still lodged inside. [More]

Woman's death at Busch home accidental

The December death of a 27-year-old woman at the Missouri home of beer tycoon August Busch IV was ruled an accident, a medical examiner said Wednesday. [More]

Wednesday, February 9

Chris Lee resigns: 'I have to work this out with my wife'

Married congressman Chris Lee resigned Wednesday afternoon three hours after the publication of allegations in Gawker that he sent flirtatious photos - including one where he was naked from the waist up - to a Washington-area woman he contacted through the Craigslist personals section. [More]

Suit filed in Dallas over Super Bowl seat problems

Football fans have filed a lawsuit accusing the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones of deceiving hundreds of people who bought Super Bowl tickets and had no seats. [More]

Camera in man's head proves painful

A professor recently decided to become the envy of every parent in the world by installing a camera in the back of his head. The only problem? His body has rejected the implant, forcing him to have the gadget removed. [More]

Lindsay Lohan formally charged with grand theft

Actress Lindsay Lohan was charged on Wednesday with grand theft over a $2,500 necklace that was allegedly taken from a Los Angeles jewelry store. [More]

Woman Dies After Botched Butt-Enhancement Procedure

Authorities are investigating the death of a British woman who apparently suffered complications after undergoing a butt-enhancement procedure in a Philadelphia hotel. [More]

Scratch 'Harry Baals' off list of names for government center

A former Indiana mayor who won four terms in the 1930s and 1950s is proving less popular with modern-day city leaders, who say they probably won't name a new government center for him because of the jokes his moniker could inspire. [More]

Skakel: I didn't do it, trial lawyer inept

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel blasted prosecutors and his former attorney during a court hearing Tuesday and insisted on his innocence in his most extensive comments since he was sentenced after his murder conviction in 2002. [More]

Pregnant Colo. Woman mistakenly gets abortion drug

A Colorado woman who is six weeks pregnant says a pharmacist at a grocery store mistakenly gave her an abortion drug instead of an antibiotic and now she fears the error will cause her to miscarry. [More]

Tenn. GOP lawmaker credits Hooters for success

A freshman Tennessee legislator credits her success in politics and business to the time she spent working at a restaurant chain known for buxom waitresses in tank tops and short shorts. [More]

'Widows' tax' lingers

Tens of thousands of the nation's war widows find it perplexing and downright disrespectful to their late military husbands: In order to fully collect on insurance their husbands bought for them when alive, they must marry another man. [More]

Prosecutors demand sex trial for Berlusconi

Italian prosecutors on Wednesday requested that Premier Silvio Berlusconi stand trial over accusations he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl, then used his influence to try to cover it up. [More]

Burglar takes time out for computer porn

Police say a Florida Keys crook was caught with his pants down when he stopped in the middle of a burglary to watch some computer porn. [More]

Man delivers rocket to police station

A man who found a rocket lying in a grassy area in Lake City, Fla., brought it to the police department. Much backing away and a road closure ensued. [More]

Lindsay Lohan to face felony charge over necklace

Lindsay Lohan is due in court to face a new judge, and a new criminal charge, that could return the troubled starlet to jail rather than the big screen. [More]

Court orders man to stay away from Facebook CEO

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has asked for protection from a man who apparently wanted to friend him a little too much. [More]

Teen arrested after shining laser in pilot's eyes

A 14-year-old was arrested late Tuesday after shining a powerful laser light into the eyes of a pilot who was approaching Los Angeles International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said. [More]

Tuesday, February 8

California man killed by armed bird at cockfight

A Central California man who was at a cockfight died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its own limb, officials confirmed Monday. [More]

Ohio Gym Teacher Had Sex with Football Players

A 32-year-old school health and gym teacher in southwest Ohio has been indicted on charges accusing her of having sex with students, including some football players. [More]

Judge Throws Out Student's Suit Against Vegas Hooker Who Left Too Early

A federal judge dismissed New York college student Hubert Blackman's self-filed lawsuit against a Las Vegas escort service, in which he said the stripper it sent to his room at the Stratosphere for a Dec. 17 encounter only stayed a half-hour instead of the agreed-upon hour - and that he was too drunk to properly negotiate the deal anyway. [More]

Church of Scientology Faces Controversy Over Latest Abuse Allegations

The Church of Scientology, which boasts such members as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, is once again steeped in controversy, thanks to a magazine article that cites numerous allegations of abusive behavior and gross misconduct. [More]

Muslim-TV exec found guilty of beheading wife

A jury in Buffalo, N.Y., finds a local TV producer, who ran a cable station with his wife to promote Muslim understanding, guilty Monday of beheading his wife in their TV studio. [More]

Airline bomb threat suspect: 'I did it for love'

Authorities say Grace Guajardo phoned in a false bomb threat that forced the evacuation of 312 airline passengers to keep her boyfriend from flying off to a new job. [More]

Mom complained about Florida's gun laws before 'massacre' of 'mouthy' kids

A Tampa mom accused of killing her "mouthy" children wrote a note before the shootings in which she complained about a three-day waiting period that Florida imposes on gun sales, police say. [More]

Gawker Redesign Does Not Exactly Thrill the Internet

The long-awaited Gawker redesign is here, and it's making many readers frustrated. Surge Desk rounds up the initial response. [More]

Owner, robber die at NJ jewelry store

Authorities say an apparent robbery attempt at a central New Jersey jewelry store has ended with the store owner and the robber dead in a murder-suicide. [More]

Zuckerberg: I'm being stalked on Facebook

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg believes he is being stalked by a man through the social networking site. [More]

Feds settle case of woman fired over Facebook site

Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media. [More]

Golden Globes sues ex-publicist, claiming fraud

The organization that hosts the Golden Globe Awards has sued its former publicist for fraud, claiming he and his partner cannot prove allegations the group engages in payola in exchange for awards. [More]

Texas toddler mysteriously disappears from house full of people

The parents of a Texas toddler are struggling for answers days after their young son mysteriously disappeared from a house full of people. [More]

Texas teens killed in Mexico triple homicide

Three teenage boys were shot to death in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, at least two of them U.S. citizens and high school students in Texas, authorities said Monday. [More]

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