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Saturday, March 19

N.H. sports reporter jailed for prostitution ring

A veteran New Hampshire sports reporter pleaded guilty Friday to running a prostitution business in Massachusetts featuring women who had auditioned for him and to intimidating a witness in an effort to prevent her from testifying against him. [More]

Obama: U.S. military action against Libya has begun

A coalition of the United States and four other nations launched military action against Libya on Saturday, officials said, as the West tries to force Muammar Gaddafi from power. [More]

New York fights unicyclist's lawsuit

Lawyers for New York are asking a judge to toss out a unicyclist's lawsuit claiming his rights were violated when he was ticketed for riding on the sidewalk. [More]

Man busted for polygamy after unfriending wife No. 1

It's probably a good idea to unfriend one wife on Facebook before marrying another. Generally speaking, a divorce would also be appropriate. [More]

Man Accused Of Trying To Sell Stolen Tailgate Back To Owner

A Texas man has been accused of stealing a tailgate off a pickup truck, listing it on Craigslist and trying to sell it back to its owner — whose key unlocked the handle when she inspected the merchandise. [More]

Woman arrested in yoga clothing shop slaying

Police in an affluent Washington suburb say a co-worker killed a woman found dead inside an upscale yoga clothing store in Bethesda, Md. last week, then made up a story about the two being attacked by masked men. [More]

Japanese media pull story of "miracle" tsunami survivor

It seemed too good to be true. A young man pulled alive from the rubble on Saturday eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. [More]

CBO: Obama understates deficits by $2.3 trillion

A new assessment of President Barack Obama's budget released Friday says the White House underestimates future budget deficits by more than $2 trillion over the upcoming decade. [More]

Job in unstylish Jersey too 'depressing,' lawsuit says

A top manager for design house Elie Tahari is demanding $2 million for "anguish" and "depression" he says was caused by driving to sadly unstylish New Jersey on a weekly basis. [More]

Cops: Man stoned to death for gay advances

The suspect said the Old Testament told him that homosexuals must be stoned, police say. [More]

Japan cites radiation in milk, spinach near plant

In the first sign that contamination from Japan's stricken nuclear complex had seeped into the food chain, officials said Saturday that radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near the tsunami-crippled facility exceeded government safety limits. [More]

Friday, March 18

Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law

A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect. [More]

Nissan scans new cars for radioactivity

Nissan has started scanning vehicles made in Japan for traces of radioactive material, a company official said Friday. [More]

Man posing as officer pulls over undercover police vehicle

A security guard who apparently wanted to play police officer pulls over the wrong person, according to police in Dalton, Ga.: A police detective in an undercover car. [More]

NJ governor targets reality star's hubby

Gov. Chris Christie is picking a fight with the husband of one of the stars of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" reality show. [More]

Panty bandit sentenced to 4 1/2 years

A teenager who broke into southern Oregon homes and stole young women's underwear has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison after a judge revoked his probation. [More]

Is America becoming a Hispanic country?

According to an analysis of newly released 2010 U.S. Census data by the Pew Hispanic Center, the Hispanic population in the United States is growing more quickly and more dramatically than demographers had estimated. [More]

1,000 texts while driving school bus: cops

Police arrested a Trumbull school bus driver after they say she was caught on surveillance camera texting while driving the bus — sending and receiving over 1,000 texts in five weeks. [More]

'I Thought My 9-Pound Baby Was a Stomach Ache'

A 35-year-old mother-of-two – who had no idea that she was pregnant with her third child – delivered a healthy 9-pound baby boy after going to the hospital with a severe stomachache, The Daily Mail reported. [More]

NYC mob bust includes ice cream truck

Police say the son of a New York police detective supplemented his income by peddling prescription painkillers from his ice cream truck. [More]

Sex toy attacker pleads guilty

An Illinois woman accused of striking a police officer with a sex toy pleaded guilty to drunken driving and theft charges. [More]

Billy Ray Cyrus Calls Off Divorce

Billy Ray Cyrus said he is calling off his divorce in an attempt to rebuild his broken family, People magazine reported Thursday. [More]

Weekend full moon the biggest in about 20 years

Saturday's full moon will be a super "perigee moon" - the biggest in almost 20 years. This celestial event is far rarer than the famed blue moon, which happens once about every two-and-a-half years. [More]

Prairie dog shell shock in Boulder

A machine known as the prairie dog terminator in Boulder, Colo., has residents complaining about rattled windows and nerves. [More]

$1.5 million paid for world’s most expensive dog

An 11-month old pup named Big Splash (“Hong Dong” in Chinese) recently sold in the Chinese city of Qingdao for 10 million yuan — about $1.5 million in U.S. dollars. [More]

Why aren't more women airline pilots?

It's a familiar ritual of flying - that moment when you're buckled into your seat and the cabin's loudspeakers come to life with a voice that says, "Hello, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard." But how many times in your travels has that voice belonged to a woman? [More]

Thursday, March 17

Pastor Accused of Denying Communion to Churchgoers Who Didn't Give Tax Refunds

Members of a small Baptist congregation in Texas say their pastor denied them communion after they refused to give him their tax refunds. [More]

Mel Gibson booked and released on battery charge

California authorities say Mel Gibson was booked and released on a misdemeanor battery charge as part of the criminal case involving his former girlfriend. [with mugshot] [More]

Florida man wins lottery, must visit mom

When Johan Fourie's mom asked him on Sunday when he was going to come visit her, his answer was as funny as it was seemingly unrealistic. "When I win the lottery," Fourie said. [More]

Man starts fire trying to scare squirrels

An Illinois man says he accidentally set his home on fire when he tried using a smoke bomb to get rid of squirrels inside a wall. [More]

Woman Claims ACORN Continues to Deduct Money for a Now-Defunct Membership

A Delaware woman says ACORN as recently as two weeks ago deducted money from her bank account, despite countless efforts to cancel her membership with the now-bankrupt community housing organization. [More]

Minnesota double-issues tax refunds

The Minnesota Revenue Department said it is correcting the mistaken double-issuing 14,000 electronic tax refunds. [More]

Alleged bank robber takes bus, gets caught

A man who hopped aboard a Dayton, Ohio, bus after allegedly robbing a downtown bank was tracked down and arrested, police say. [More]

Police: Burglars wore stolen T-shirts

Police in Florida said two men accused of robbing a Chicken Shack restaurant were found a short distance away wearing stolen Chicken Shack T-shirts. [More]

Muslim Woman Removed From Plane Wants Crew Disciplined

A Muslim woman said Wednesday that she wants a Southwest Airlines crew disciplined for removing her from a flight for wearing a headscarf. [More]

Drunk driver approached police to complain

Police in Colorado said a woman was arrested for drunken driving when she approached police at a crash site to complain about their parking. [More]

US life expectancy surpasses 78, a new record

U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising above 78 years. The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 2009, and comes from a preliminary report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [More]

Union: 19K teacher layoff slips so far in California

School districts in California have issued nearly 19,000 layoff notices so far to teachers amid uncertainty over the state budget, the California Teachers Association estimated. [More]

Man pays off credit card with pennies

A California man upset with his bank for disallowing his requested refinance said he decided to pay off his $6,500 credit card bill entirely with pennies. [More]

Okla. dog's life changes after rising from 'dead'

A stray dog who survived an attempt to put him to sleep at an Oklahoma animal shelter has become a canine celebrity, with thousands seeking to adopt him, an appearance on a national television show and growing concerns about his safety as his fan base increases. [More]

Wednesday, March 16

Jailed man calls 911 with gripe

Police in Ohio say a man arrested on a disorderly conduct charge called 911 from jail to complain he was being held against his will. [More]

Bumbling burglar leaves ID at crime scene

Anthony T. Varnum apparently made it easier for cops to find him and an accomplice after a break-in at an Ocala, Fla., restaurant by dropping his wallet — with driver's license inside — in the parking lot. [More]

Texas bank robber demands loot, shows 2 IDs

A hapless bank robber who abided by a Dallas teller's request to provide two forms of identification before she could give him money is going to prison. [More]

Prosecutors: Berlusconi had sex with teen 13 times

Premier Silvio Berlusconi paid for sex with an under-age Moroccan teen 13 times at his villa near Milan, prosecutors said in a document filed Tuesday seeking indictments against three aides for allegedly soliciting prostitutes for the Italian leader. [More]

Berlusconi: I'm too old for so much sex

Premier Silvio Berlusconi has sat down with the enemy, telling an opposition newspaper that he is too old to have had all the sexual encounters he is accused of by Italian prosecutors. [More]

Rockefeller impostor charged with murder

A mystery man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller was charged Tuesday with murder in the disappearance of a Southern California man more than 25 years ago, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office said. [More]

Donald Trump Wants to Help Jailed Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch, who is serving time for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize from the first season of Survivor, has someone on the outside who may be willing to help him. [More]

Skateboard Mogul Tony Hawk Leaves Wife for Best Friend's Wife, Report Says

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk divorced his third wife, Lhotse Merriam, for his best friend and business partner Matt Goodman's wife, Cathy, the New York Post reported Tuesday citing sources. [More]

Are 82 percent of schools 'failing'?

President Barack Obama declared this week that four of five public schools could be labeled as "failing" this year under the No Child Left Behind Act if Congress does not take action to rewrite the law. [More]

Massive online pedophile ring busted by cops

An internet pedophile ring with up to 70,000 members — thought to be the world's largest —has been uncovered by police, a security official said Wednesday. [More]

Tuesday, March 15

Charlie Sheen's Porn Star Pal Recovering From Suicide Attempt

Kacey Jordan, a porn star who partied with Charlie Sheen during his cocaine binge back in January tried to kill herself last night, police officers told TMZ. [More]

Aflac dumps duck voice actor for being an idiot

Disability insurer Aflac Inc fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of its iconic duck on Monday after a series of tasteless Twitter jokes about the earthquake in Japan, the company's most important market. [More]

It's official: Baals out for name of Ind. government center

The people have spoken, but they've been ignored: The new government building in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been officially named, but not for the popular choice: former Mayor Harry Baals. [More]

Wis. unions rush deals ahead of bargaining law

School boards and local governments across Wisconsin are rushing to reach agreements with unions before a new law takes effect and erases their ability to collectively bargain over nearly all issues other than minimal salary increases. [More]

UCLA Student Posts Video Rant on Asians

The chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles said Monday he was "appalled by the thoughtless and hurtful comments" that a white student made about her Asian classmates in a video that has drawn national attention. [with video link] [More]

New York Newlywed Shot and Killed While Trying to Save Husband's Text Messages

A New York City woman who died fighting off muggers likely put up a struggle to keep her cell phone - because it had romantic texts from her husband on it, the heartbroken spouse said yesterday. [More]

Clint Eastwood movie pulled from Japanese theaters

Warner Bros. film studio on Monday said it has taken afterlife movie "Hereafter" out of Japanese theaters and postponed the release of "The Rite" in that country following last week's devastating earthquake. [More]

U.S. millionaires say $7 million not enough to be rich

A million dollars ain't what it used to be. More than four out of ten American millionaires say they do not feel rich. Indeed many would need to have at least $7.5 million in order to feel they were truly rich, according to a Fidelity Investments survey. [More]

Japan accident dims odds of U.S. nuclear revival

The growing crisis at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex could not have come at a worse time for the U.S. energy industry. [More]

Arizona man gets probation in bloodsucking case

An Arizona man has been sentenced to three years of probation for stabbing a man who refused to let him suck his blood. [More]

Colorado Man Can Sue Secret Service

A Colorado man can sue two Secret Service agents who arrested him after he touched former Vice President Dick Cheney on the arm in 2006 and told him his Iraq War policies were "disgusting," a federal appeals court ruled Monday. [More]

Monday, March 14

Arizona Professor Safe With Family After Kidnapping in Mexico

A Northern Arizona University (NAU) anthropology professor who was kidnapped by armed men Friday while visiting her mother in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez is safe and with family members, the Arizona Republic reported Sunday. [More]

Wis. labor protesters say next fight at the polls

Clogging the Wisconsin Capitol grounds and screaming angry chants, tens of thousands of undaunted pro-labor protesters descended on Madison again Saturday and vowed to focus on future elections now that contentious cuts to public worker union rights have become law. [More]

Man arrested for using sword to rob pharmancy

Police have arrested a man accused of trying to rob a pharmacy twice in the same day — once while wielding a sword. [More]

Lara Logan Assault: Why Female Foreign Correspondents Need Self-Defense Skills

How does a woman acquire the trademarked name "Dr. Ruthless"? If you're Melissa Soalt, aka "Dr. Ruthless," you preach the gospel of low-down, dirty, eye-gouging, groin-crushing, go-for-the-throat self-defense tactics for women. [More]

Tide of 1,000 bodies overwhelms quake-hit Japan

A tide of bodies washed up along Japan's coastline, crematoriums were overwhelmed and rescue workers ran out of body bags as the nation faced the grim reality of a mounting humanitarian, economic and nuclear crisis Monday after a calamitous tsunami. [More]

20 grand not enough to entice hackers to crack Google Chrome

Contestants participating in the Pwn2Own 2011 hacking contest at the CanSecWest cybersecurity conference this week in Vancouver, British Columbia, cracked into Safari 5.0.3 and Internet Explorer 8, the latest, most protected versions of Apple's and Microsoft's Web browsers. [More]

Officer enters bank as robber exits, arrest made

An officer was walking in to the Stoughton bank as an alleged robber was running out, and he chased him down. [More]

Sarah Palin's Popularity Slips to 60 Percent Disapproval Rate in Poll

Sarah Palin, perhaps the most closely watched of all potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates, is viewed in an unfavorable light by 60 percent of those questioned in a new Bloomberg News poll. [More]

'Pure evil': Craigslist killer jailed for 124 years

A 23-year-old man convicted in the Craigslist killing of a Tacoma-area man has been sentenced to 124 years in prison. [More]

PROMISES, PROMISES: Little transparency progress

Two years into its pledge to improve government transparency, the Obama administration handled fewer requests for federal records from citizens, journalists, companies and others last year even as significantly more people asked for information. [More]

Georgia woman, 114, named world's oldest

A 114-year-old Georgia woman has been named the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records during a ceremony at her nursing home. [More]

Sunday, March 13

New Orleans police: 5 teens shot in bar, 1 dead

A gunman opened fire on teenagers attending a party in a New Orleans bar and fled, killing an 18-year-old man and wounding four other teens, police said Sunday. [More]

Cop shot dead by another officer in NYC

A police officer was fatally shot by another officer after a confrontation with a knife-wielding man inside a home in a New York City suburb, authorities said Sunday. The suspect also was killed. [More]

Man convicted of 12th drunk driving charge

A Wisconsin man was convicted of his 12th drunk driving offense only six years after he was sentenced to eight years in prison for his 10th and 11th offenses. [More]

Sahara Casino Closing

The Sahara is cashing out. Owners of the Sahara Hotel & Casino have announced that after almost 60 years of operating on the Las Vegas Strip, the Moroccan-themed resort will shut down in May. [More]

Alec Baldwin tells Charlie Sheen to beg for job back

Charlie Sheen has been urged by Alec Baldwin to "beg" for his job back. [More]

Toxin Found in Dead Fish That Clogged U.S. Marina

The millions of sardines that were found floating dead in a Southern California marina this week tested positive for a powerful neurotoxin, researchers said Friday. [More]

83 rescued from Ky. eatery that floated downstream

Kathy Kinane and her husband walked into the upscale Waterfront restaurant wearing snorkeling gear, a joking reference to the recent rain and rising water levels outside the eatery housed on a barge. [More]

American Professor Kidnapped in Mexican Border City

Armed men kidnapped an American university professor while she was visiting her mother in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, the state prosecutor's office said Saturday. [More]

Meltdowns may have occurred in two reactors

Japan's top government spokesman Yukio Edano said Sunday that radioactive meltdowns may have occurred in two reactors of the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant. [More]

Saturday, March 12

California man swept out to sea while taking tsunami pics

The Coast Guard is searching for a man who was swept out to sea by powerful waves generated by the tsunami in Northern California. [More]

Man gets stuck in hamper during break-in

A man is in custody after police say he broke into an Arizona townhome and got stuck in a clothes hamper underneath the window he climbed through. [More]

Teen Jumps From Golden Gate Bridge "for Kicks"

A 17-year-old high school student from Sonoma County, Calif., is now one of about two dozen people to have survived a 220-foot plunge from the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay. [More]

Judge sentences ex-teacher in terror case - again

A former teacher at a private Muslim elementary school was sentenced a third time Friday to 15 years in prison for helping the leader of a terror group ship 50,000 paintball pellets from the U.S. to Pakistan. [More]

Ex-federal judge gets 30 days in prison for crimes

A former federal judge has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for drug-related crimes involving a stripper. [More]

Explosion at Japanese nuclear plant

Crews at a nuclear plant struck by an earthquake, then a tsunami and then an explosion in the span of 36 hours resorted Saturday to flooding a feverish nuclear reactor with sea water in hopes of preventing a meltdown of its core. [More]

Mel Gibson pleads no contest to battery charge

Mel Gibson used some lightning legal moves Friday to abruptly end a domestic violence case involving a fight last year with his then-girlfriend. [More]

Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found

A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain. [More]

New York Teen Busted in Acid 'Splash and Burn' Attack Against Rival

A Brooklyn, N.Y., high-school girl who wanted to "burn out" a rival classmate's eyes dumped a beaker of hydrochloric acid over the teen's head in a terrifying science-lab attack, law-enforcement sources said yesterday. [More]

Friday, March 11

L.A. police search Charlie Sheen's home for firearms

Los Angeles police searched for firearms at the Sherman Oaks, Calif., home of actor Charlie Sheen on Thursday night. [More]

Florida Beauty Pageant Winner Loses Crown for Immorality

A Hollywood, Fla., beauty pageant winner has been stripped of her crown after winning a competition at a porn convention. [More]

Police arrest woman in newborn's decapitation

A 25-year-old woman has been arrested for investigation of first-degree murder in the death of a baby boy born prematurely and found decapitated, Centralia police say. [More]

The huge cost of that $2,500 Lohan necklace

The cost of the allegedly stolen piece of jewelry is nothing compared to what it's costing Lohan — and the news outlets covering her — at her ongoing legal proceedings. [More]

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel split up after 'very awkward surprise birthday party'

The news comes after The A-Team actress threw an intimate surprise party for The Social Network star and made a gushing speech in front of guests that appeared to embarrass Justin. [More]

Chrysler gets out the ax after profane tweet

Chrysler Group LLC is ending its relationship with the social media agency that was behind an obscene tweet that was posted to the Chrysler brand's official Twitter account. [More]

Amazon Says Goodbye To Illinois Associates After Sales Tax Law

After the Illinois legislature passed a bill mandating that online stores collect sales tax if they have affiliates in the state, Amazon told members of their Amazon Associates program with addresses in Illinois that they will no longer be receiving payments from the company, starting on April 15. [More]

Activist releases another recording with an NPR fundraising executive

In the recording, released by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, the NPR executive speaks with a man posing as a member of a Muslim group about a possible anonymous $5 million donation to the public radio organization. [More]

$200 million tax refund? We goofed, officials say

Ohio's tax department says a promise that it would send a woman a $200 million refund check was a mistake due to a software glitch. [More]

Wisconsin passes anti-union law in labor rebuke

The Wisconsin state Assembly on Thursday approved sweeping restrictions on public sector unions in a stinging rebuke of the labor movement that critics fear will encourage other states to follow. [More]

Huge tsunami kills hundreds in Japan, sweeps across Pacific

The biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan rocked the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 32-foot tsunami that killed hundreds of people and swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships and cars. [More]

Ship with 100 people swept away in tsunami

A ship carrying 100 people was swept away by the tsunami which smashed into northeastern Japan Friday following a massive earthquake. [More]

14 Indicted in Pirate Attack on American Yacht

A federal grand jury has indicted 13 suspected pirates from Somalia and one from Yemen in the February hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. [More]

Under pressure, firm shutters line that made tainted wipes

A Wisconsin medical supplier that made millions of recalled alcohol prep products now blamed for serious infections and at least one death is shutting down the line that produces the wipes. [More]

Thursday, March 10

Charlie Sheen sues Warner Bros. for $100 million

Charlie Sheen on Thursday filed a $100 million lawsuit against film and television studio Warner Bros. for firing the actor from his "Two And A Half Men" TV show, according to a representative for Sheen's attorney. [More]

Conn. man accused of stabbing man during haircut

Police say a man was getting a haircut at an apartment in Stamford, Conn., when he grabbed scissors and slashed another man in the back. [More]

18 arrested in assaults on 11-year-old Texas girl

On a cell phone video passed among an 11-year-old girl's classmates, authorities say adolescent boys and men in their 20s could be seen sexually assaulting the girl inside a dingy abandoned trailer. [More]

Somali pirate: I made $2.4 million from ransoms in 2010

Only two years after deciding to join in the piracy rampant off the Somalian coast, Saeed Yare is a dollar multi-millionaire. [More]

Cap'n Crunch sails into obscurity

Long derided by health experts for its high sugar content, the cereal is no longer being actively marketed by Quaker, [More]

N.Y. Television Executive Gets 25-Years to Life Sentence in Wife Beheading Case

A judge on Wednesday gave a former television executive the harshest punishment he could for beheading his estranged wife: 25 years to life in prison and a withering assessment of his character. [More]

Man Stocked Walmart Shelves With Photos of Himself in Drag

You can find almost anything on the shelves at Walmart - sometimes even obscene photographs of a 44-year-old man in drag. [More]

Bank robbery thwarted when teller says no

A would-be thief's attempt to rob a suburban New York bank was thwarted when the teller refused his demand for money. [More]

Man allegedly sold space laser cures

Authorities in Minnesota said a man who allegedly claimed he could cure ailments using a satellite-mounted laser beam was charged with felony theft by swindle. [More]

The models who were used in “American Gothic” standing by the painting

Grant Wood saw a house in Iowa that he decided to paint along with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house.” He chose his sister and his dentist. [More]

Feds Requested Early Release of Convicted Terrorist

The U.S. government formally requested the early release of a convicted terrorist from federal prison, despite assurances from the New York man that he continued to support the killing of American soldiers deployed in Muslim countries, reports. [More]

NPR's Schiller & Schiller: Many Political Missteps on the Road to Resigning

In retrospect it seems inevitable. Take a hostile political environment, a red-hot spotlight and relatively inexperienced leadership, mix well, and you get tumult at NPR. [More]

Why NPR Should Call for an End to Taxpayer Support

On Monday, National Public Radio's now-departed CEO Vivian Schiller made an impassioned plea for continued federal funding, saying that cutting taxpayer money would have "a profound impact" on public broadcasting. [More]

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's Ouster May Be Last Straw for Taxpayer Funding

Republicans set on eliminating taxpayer funding of public broadcasting would be hard-pressed to write a better script than the recent comedy of errors that reached a dramatic climax today with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's resignation. [More]

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini stolen

Police say a thief using climbing gear rappelled into a San Francisco exotic car dealership and stole television celebrity chef Guy Fieri's $200,000-plus Lamborghini sports car. [More]

'Wire' actress among 30 arrested in Md. drug raids

Police in Baltimore say an actress who appeared on the HBO series "The Wire" is among about 30 people arrested in an early morning drug raid. [More]

Wednesday, March 9

Teacher quits after student exposes her as an ex-porn star

A science teacher has been forced to quit her job after one of her students discovered she had been a pornographic film star. [More]

$170k allegedly smuggled in underwear

Investigators said a New York woman found with $170,000 hidden in her underwear at an airport was trying to avoid paying taxes on a property sale. [More]

Muslim group challenges 'radicalization' hearings

A Muslim advocacy group says it will hold a news conference Wednesday to challenge Rep. Peter King to offer facts to back up his claims that "85 percent" of mosques in New York and nationwide are run by "radicals." [More]

Muslim TV executive convicted in wife's beheading to be sentenced

New York television executive Muzzammil Hassan, convicted of second-degree murder in his wife's beheading, is expected to be sentenced Wednesday. Hassan founded a TV network aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes. [More]

Body Found on Top of Broadcast Tower in Michigan

Maintenance crews in Michigan made a gruesome discovery on Tuesday when they found a man’s body at the top of an 1,100-foot broadcast tower. [More]

Transgender couple can marry after all, NYC says

After a transgender couple was refused a marriage license by New York's city clerk, the agency is developing new training procedures to ensure it does not happen again. [More]

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller ousted after exec's racism remarks

National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller's resignation comes a day after Ron Schiller, NPR's former senior vice president for fundraising, was shown in an undercover video calling the Tea Party "racist" and "scary" and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding. [More]

Charlie Sheen Attacks Jon Cryer

Charlie Sheen has widened his list of targets to include his former "Two and a Half Men" co-star, Jon Cryer. [More]

Duchess of York got $24,500 loan from wealthy U.S. pedophile

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah are in the spotlight for their ties to a wealthy U.S. sex offender — he for being pictured with an underage masseuse at the man's home and she for accepting money from the American to help pay off her massive debts. [More]

Home intruder calls 911

An Oregon burglar didn't wait to be caught by the cops after breaking into a house - he called them himself. [More]

Woman Cites Pregnancy in Alleged Attempt to Smuggle 34,000 Ecstasy Pills Into U.S.

A Georgia woman was arrested after she told agents at the U.S.-Canadian border that she was pregnant - but was actually trying to smuggle 34,000 ecstasy pills in a body suit, police said. [More]

Mom uses 10-year-old daughter as designated driver

A South Florida mom had the general idea when she decided her boyfriend was a little too tipsy to drive, but her choice for a designated driver will likely land her in jail. [More]

Substitute teacher showed up drunk

A substitute teacher is being investigated for misconduct after reportedly showing up to a music class drunk, authorities said. [More]

Officials: Lack of oxygen likely cause of fish kill in California

A southern California fish kill that authorities identified as "millions" of sardines is not the result of any environmental foul play but rather is the product of natural forces, officials said Tuesday. [More]

White House party-crasher booted from 'Celebrity Rehab'

Reality show star and White House party-crasher Michaele Salahi has been asked to leave the television show "Celebrity Rehab" because she does not have an addiction, VH1 said in a statement. [More]

Tuesday, March 8

NPR executive calls Tea Party supporters 'racist'

NPR's Ronald Schiller says supporters of the Tea Party are "seriously racist, racist people" and that the Republican Party has been "hijacked" by the Tea Party. Schiller is also heard laughing when someone jokes that NPR should be known as "National Palestinian Radio." [More]

Is Suri Cruise too old for pacifier?

Suri Cruise was photographed recently with a pacifier in her mouth, raising eyebrows given that she's a month shy of her 5th birthday. [More]

Millions of fish found dead in California marina

Millions of fish have died in a Southern California marina and a spokeswoman says they apparently suffocated. [More]

Tug pilot in duck boat crash was on cell phone

The mate piloting a tug boat in last summer's deadly collision of a tourist boat and a barge was consumed by a family emergency and on his cell phone at the time, a new government report on the crash revealed Monday. [More]

Passenger Steals $238,000 Via Airplane Toilet

An ingenious thief swiped almost $250,000 on a flight in the Caribbean after sneaking into the cash-laden cargo hold via the restroom, police said Thursday. [More]

Woman Smeared Poop on Bus Driver's Seat

The bathroom is usually located at the back of the bus - not in the front. But police in Portland, Ore., say that didn't stop an 18-year-old high school student from turning a city bus into a portable potty by smearing feces on the driver's seat and steering wheel. [More]

Murderer and Accused Cannibal to Be Freed in August

The father of a five-year-old boy slain in 1975 has vowed to murder the man who did it "as aggressively and painfully as he killed my son" if he is released from prison early. [More]

Woman Charged With Scamming $285,000 From Nuns

A California woman may have to answer to a higher authority - a federal judge, that is - after being charged with scamming a group of nuns out of $285,000 and using the money to pay for items such as lingerie and pet sitting. [More]

18 charged in alleged gang rape of Texas girl

Thirteen adults and five juveniles have been arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged rape of a Texas girl, police said. [More]

Autopsies released for victims in Giffords attack

A medical examiner released autopsy reports Monday for the six people slain in the January shooting rampage that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, detailing how a gunman killed three of them with gunshots to the head as he opened fire on a crowd at a political event. [More]

Video airs of Lohan leaving store with necklace

Lindsay Lohan is shown in surveillance video broadcast Monday texting and trying on multiple pieces of jewelry in front of a clerk in a Southern California store that has accused her of stealing a $2,500 necklace. [More]

Texas lawmakers approve bills requiring ultrasound before abortion

Abortion rights advocates plan to rally in Texas Tuesday after state lawmakers approved controversial legislaton that requires mothers seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound examination and listen to a description of what it shows. [More]

Monday, March 7

Toddler reportedly locked in plane's overhead bin

A Virgin Blue flight attendant was fired after an angry mother claimed he locked her toddler son in an overhead bin, the Sunday Herald Sun reports. [More]

Warner: Sheen fired from `Two and a Half Men'

Charlie Sheen was fired Monday from "Two and a Half Men" by Warner Bros. Television following the actor's bouts of wild partying, repeated hospitalizations and a bitter media campaign against his studio bosses. [More]

Greeter charged with robbery of own Walmart

Police have charged an 83-year-old greeter at a North Carolina Walmart with trying to rob the store over the weekend. [More]

Millionaire Arrested After Allegedly Using Stolen Credit Card to Buy Pizza

A Michigan dentist - who bragged his net worth was between $3 million and $4 million - was arrested in Florida after he allegedly stole a college student's lost credit card and used it to buy two pizzas, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday. [More]

Capt. Kirk wakes up shuttle crew

79-year-old actor William Shatner reprised his role to wake up the crew of the space shuttle Discovery. [More]

Jewelry Store Sells Lindsay Lohan Surveillance Video, Possibly Ruining Prosecutor's Case

The "victim" in the alleged Lindsay Lohan jewelry store heist just cashed in on the surveillance video and in the process may have really messed up the prosecutor's case. [More]

Dad to Record 1,600 Words Before Losing Voice Forever

A British man who will lose his voice because of disease said Sunday that he is recording thousands of words so he can continue to read his son bedtime stories. [More]

The eternal optimist: Billionaire, now 87 years old, is planning his 125th birthday

Dreamers searching for the secret of longevity will try anything to prolong their life from harsh diet regimes to hyperbaric chambers and cryogenics. But 87-year-old Californian billionaire David Murdock is putting his money where is mouth is because he planning on living until he's 125. [More]

Woman Disguised as Dead Mom Arrested in Bank Fraud

Authorities say a Washington state woman suspected of pension fraud was arrested when she tried to open a bank account in her dead mother's name while disguised as her mother. [More]

Phil Collins Retires From Music

After seven Grammys, an Oscar and many hits, rocker Phil Collins has announced that he is retiring from music. [More]

Floating House

National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16' X 16' house 18' tall with 300 8' colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. [More]

Sunday, March 6

One-legged man an easy arrest

Police in New York said a one-legged man was easy to find and arrest after he allegedly stole a smartphone from a woman trying to do him a good turn. [More]

Dallas Police Chief Apologizes for Arrest of Stroke Victim

The Dallas police chief apologized to Dianne Irons, who was arrested on her front porch and thrown in the drunk tank for six hours for public drunkenness; the woman actually is a stroke patient with slurred speech. [More]

'Naked therapist' bares all for patients

Sarah White, a 24-year-old psychology graduate, believes that the "power of arousal" can help people gain more control over their lives. [More]

Dad to Record 1,600 Words Before Losing Voice Forever

A British man who will lose his voice because of disease said Sunday that he is recording thousands of words so he can continue to read his son bedtime stories. [More]

Lawyer: Army private's quip let to clothing loss

The lawyer for a jailed Army private suspected of leaking classified U.S. documents to the WikiLeaks website says his client was stripped of all his clothing at night because he had made sarcastic comments about using underwear to commit suicide. [More]

Test drive turns deadly with car salesman at wheel

A Pennsylvania car salesman who drove 100 mph during a test drive to show his customers "how it's done" but crashed, killing one of them, faces criminal charges, police said. [More]

We make better decisions when we gotta go

In addition to making you walk funny and drop your keys five or six times while trying to get inside your house, a full bladder may actually do something useful: help you make better decisions. [More]

John Galliano line to be presented sans designer

John Galliano's signature line is to be presented to fashion insiders less than a week after the disgraced British designer was sacked from Dior amid allegations he made anti-Semitic insults. [More]

Mother killed protecting daughter during tornado

A mother died trying to protect her daughter when a tornado hit her home, a Louisiana mayor said, one of at least two twisters tied to a weather system that's caused major damage in the state and wreaked havoc on Mardi Gras festivities. [More]

White House brewing its own beer

President Barack Obama has asked his staff to brew beer in the White House. White House curator Bill Allman told the blog there is no record of beer brewing at the White House but Obama is not the first president to craft his own brews. [More]

Michael Moore rallies Wis. pro-union protesters

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore urged Wisconsin residents Saturday to fight against Republican efforts to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, telling thousands of protesters that "Madison is only the beginning." [More]

Sean Penn thanks Venezuela's Chavez for Haiti aid

Sean Penn thanked Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday for supporting the actor's relief organization in Haiti, saying the aid has helped its humanitarian work in distributing medicines. [More]

Saturday, March 5

Child found in oven died of heat injuries

A 3-year-old boy whose body was found inside an electric oven at his family's home died from heat injuries, according to preliminary results from medical examiners released Friday. [More]

The Playboy jet: How Hugh Hefner traveled in style

In 1969, Hugh Hefner was the king of the world. His magazine empire was at its peak, and he was about to expand Playboy to 37 different countries. At the time, one quarter of all American college age men were buying his magazine - every single month. [More]

Would-Be Jack in the Box Robber Arrested When He Returns to Eatery

A would-be robber who made a failed attempt to hold up a Jack in the Box restaurant was arrested when he returned to the same restaurant the next day, San Diego police said. [More]

Diabetic man 'doing fine' after dog eats toes

A diabetic man from Oregon who awoke to find that his dog had eaten three of his toes says he is recovering and hopes to leave the hospital soon. [More]

Child molester undergoes castration for parole

A convicted child molester in Louisiana has undergone surgical castration to win release from prison on parole. [More]

Body found in landfill believed to be mom of slain children

About seven months before two children were found stuffed dead inside luggage and floating in a south Florida canal, the body of a woman police believe was their mother was discovered in a landfill, a Delray Beach police spokeswoman said Friday. [More]

Charlie Sheen claims AA has a 5% success rate - is he right?

Actor Charlie Sheen's recent rambling rants included several tirades against the 12-step program popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous: He called it a "bootleg cult" and claimed it had only a 5% success rate. [More]

No more free pretzels on Continental

Continental stopped serving complimentary snacks to passengers flying coach on domestic routes this week. The change is consistent with the carrier's merger-partner United Airlines' policy of food for purchase. [More]

Lady Gaga Sues Breast Milk Ice Cream Maker

Capital FM reports that Gaga is suing the Icecreamists, a London ice cream parlor that recently introduced "Baby Gaga," an ice cream made from human breast milk. [More]

Friday, March 4

High-schooler dies after making winning shot

A western Michigan high school basketball player collapsed on the court and later died after making the game-winning shot to cap his team's perfect season. [More]

Man says erratic driving was due to oral sex

A Louisville man was arrested for driving under the influence early Thursday morning, but told officers the reason for his erratic driving was because he was receiving oral sex from his female passenger, according to an arrest citation. [with smiling mug photo] [More]

Spider infestation leads to recall of 65,000 Mazdas

Under the heading of strangest recalls ever, Mazda today is weaving the most bizarre of all: 52,000 Mazda6 in the U.S. are being recalled because of possible spider webs. The fear is that they can lead to blockages that will eventually cause fuel tanks to leak. [More]

Wisconsin governor tells absent senators: Return or 1,500 get laid off

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday warned 14 absent lawmakers trying to stall his controversial budget bill to return to the state Capitol immediately to vote on the measure, or layoff notices will be sent to 1,500 public employees before the weekend. [More]

Professor defends sex toy demonstration

A professor at Illinois' Northwestern University said a controversial after-class sex toy demonstration had educational value. [More]

Akron priest accused of drunken driving, propositioning officers

A Catholic priest from Akron will face a Kent Municipal Court judge Friday on a drunken driving charge, but it's his actions while in the township's holding cell that are raising eyebrows. [More]

Some of the stupidest warning labels ever

The 2010 winner: the Jabra Drive 'N' Talk, a Bluetooth speakerphone accessory for cell phones to be used in the car. The Drive 'N' Talk carries this contradictory warning label: "Never operate your speakerphone while driving." (So should it just be called the "Talk"?) [More]

Colorado boy charged in killings 'good kid'

The 12-year-old boy was described by friends as a wholesome kid who often volunteered at church, handing out bulletins, working audio and video equipment and helping other kids learn Bible verses. [More]

Ex-CIA station chief gets 5 years for sex assault

A former CIA station chief is being sent to prison for 5 1/2 years for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at the mansion the U.S. government provided for him in Algeria. [More]

Detroit Woman Moans About the Moaning Next Door

A Detroit woman says “obnoxious” sounds of a man moaning and woman giggling in an apartment next door have been making it impossible for her to get a good night’s sleep. [More]

Carey 'embarrassed' over Gadhafi-linked concert

Mariah Carey says she was unaware that she was booked to perform a concert linked to Gadhafi's clan — and she's embarrassed "to have participated in this mess." [More]

Arizona Police Chief Reassigned Amid Funding Scandal

Phoenix officials have reassigned the city's police chief amid scrutiny over kidnapping statistics that were used to win a federal grant. [More]

Thursday, March 3

572 Pound Heart Attack Grill Spokesman has Died

A 29-year-old Arizona man who served as spokesman for the ultra unhealthy eatery Heart Attack Grill has died. Servers are dressed like nurses and the owner wears a doctor's lab coat. [More]

Woman survives 35-mile ride on minivan hood

The woman desperately gripped a windshield wiper blade, her body sliding across the hood of the minivan as it raced down a Northern California freeway in the middle of the night, reaching 100 mph, witnesses said. [More]

Officer relieved of duty over tear gas at cook-off

The Houston Police Department said an officer was relieved of duty after allegedly throwing a tear gas canister during a barbecue cook-off. [More]

New Bible edition changes words ‘booty,’ ‘holocaust’

A new edition of one the most popular English-language Bibles will offer substitutes for words such as "booty" and "holocaust" to better reflect modern understanding, a Catholic group said. [dd] [More]

At Least 130 Congressional Staffers Are Former Lobbyists

Up to 130 of 990 congressional chiefs of staff and legislative directors are former lobbyists, and many of them worked a number of lobbying jobs before moving to Capitol Hill, according to a study out Wednesday. [More]

Postal Service on path to be broke by October

Unless things change, the post office will run out of money by the end of the fiscal year in October, Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told the House Oversight subcommittee on the postal service. [More]

Student files lawsuit over FBI's GPS tracking

A community college student who says he's never done anything that should attract the interest of federal law enforcement officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI for secretly putting a GPS tracking device on his car. [More]

LA Cliff Jumper Confessed to Murder of Missing Wife

A man who dived off a cliff last week while fleeing police investigating his wife's disappearance has confessed to killing her, authorities say. They are now digging up a restaurant floor in hopes of finding her body. [More]

Charlie Sheen Interview Quotes: The 10 Most Insane Things He's Said So Far

Charlie Sheen, as you may have heard, has been running around saying lots of wacky things since last week's radio interview with Alex Jones. Here's the top ten quotes from recent days. [More]

What's weirdly refreshing about Charlie Sheen

How stunningly, blatantly honest Charlie Sheen has been on the topic of being a celebrity. Has any star ever so brazenly touted the advantage of his status? “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not special,” he’s said, while slamming others as jealous losers who “lay down with their ugly wives and their ugly children.” [More]

Missing Wisconsin Democrats to face $100 per day fine

Wisconsin Senate Republicans on Wednesday adopted a resolution that would fine missing Democrats $100 every day they remain away from the state capital, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told reporters. [More]

Billionaires vs Millionaires row could shut down NFL

A row between billionaires and millionaires threatens to rob the American public of seeing their favorite sport as a contract deadline between NFL owners and the Players Association fast approached. [More]

Arizona Beheading Incident Tied to Mexican Drug Cartel

Authorities have determined a man who was stabbed and beheaded in a suburban Phoenix apartment was killed for stealing drugs from a Mexican cartel, in a gruesome example of drug cartel violence spilling over the border. [More]

Wednesday, March 2

Miss. Mom Charged After Son's Body Found in Oven

A Mississippi mother was arrested Wednesday in the death of her 3-year-old son after authorities said they found the child's burned body in an oven. The child's body was still warm when it was removed from the oven. [More]

California woman sues after slipping on banana peel

A banana peel, the torment of many a cartoon character, has allegedly become the real-life downfall of a woman in California. [More]

Usually people wait until they're home to marinate

Police arrested a man who allegedly caused quite a disturbance earlier this week when he urinated on food inside a Kroger grocery store in North Little Rock, Ark. [More]

Police remove Charlie Sheen's sons from his home

Authorities removed Charlie Sheen's twin boys from his home after his estranged wife filed a restraining order, the beleaguered actor told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday. [More]

Breast milk ice cream confiscated

A London council has confiscated supplies of breast milk ice cream from a specialist parlour which launched the new flavour in the British capital last week on concerns the frozen treat may spread viruses. [More]

Couple jailed after fight about Facebook

Authorities in Florida said a fight that landed a couple in jail began as an argument about their status as Facebook friends. [More]

Charlie Sheen gets helping hand from — wait for it — Mel Gibson

Charlie Sheen has been receiving support from Mel Gibson in the wake of his recent troubles. [More]

Prosecutors Want van der Sloot Locked Away Until 2040

Peruvian prosecutors plan to seek a 30-year prison sentence for Joran van der Sloot in the slaying of a young woman in Lima, a lawyer for van der Sloot told a Dutch paper. [More]

Suspect wanted in shooting of alleged 'Peeping Tom'

Police are seeking a Houston man accused of shooting a man he believed to be a peeping Tom at an apartment complex. [More]

Indianapolis Mother Arrested After Toddler Drinks Alcohol

An Indianapolis woman is facing charges of child neglect, after police say her nearly 2-year-old son suffered the effects of alcohol poisoning. [More]

Officials want to sell 'sexist' statue

New York elected officials said they want to sell a controversial statue depicting a male "civic virtue" stepping on female figures of "vice" and "corruption." [More]

Girl, 9, Tells Bank Her Mom's Too Drunk to Drive

A Michigan woman was arrested after her 9-year-old daughter passed a bank teller a note saying her mother was too drunk to drive, police said. [More]

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