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Tuesday, June 21

Law firm spent $7 million to sue Wal-Mart

As lead counsel to the plaintiffs in the Wal-Mart Stores Inc employment discrimination lawsuit tossed out by the United States Supreme Court on Monday, Joseph Seller's law firm, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, dedicated about $5 million in attorney hours and spent $2 million on experts and discovery in the decade-long case, he said. [More]

Man urinates in water, city flushes 8 million gallons

Call it the big flush. Because a 21-year-old man was caught on a security camera urinating into a city reservoir, Oregon's biggest city is sending 8 million gallons of treated drinking water down the drain. [More]

Roger Ebert's Tweet After Ryan Dunn's Death Angers "Jackass" Star's Friends

Film critic Roger Ebert provoked anger following Dunn's death by posting a Twitter link to the story, following it with the comment, "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." [More]

Why some are shunning Facebook

Facebook lost more than 7 million active users in the United States and Canada last month due to "Facebook fatigue." Some people complain they're spending so much time on Facebook that they're short-changing the rest of their lives. [More]

McCain under fire for blaming blazes on immigrants

As if Arizona's immigration debate wasn't already hot, Sen. John McCain has ignited a barrage of criticism by saying that there is "substantial evidence" that illegal immigrants are partly responsible for wildfires in the state. [More]

Gambling mom left girl, 3, alone in motel

Police say a 3-year-old girl was left alone at in a Washington state motel room while her mother gambled at a casino. [More]

Decision in Wal-Mart case a blow to class actions

Mounting a large-scale bias claim against a huge company will be more difficult in light of a Supreme Court decision that found no convincing proof of discrimination on which to allow a class action against retail giant Wal-Mart on behalf of as many as 1.6 million women. [More]

9-year-old girl told to be suicide bomber

A nine-year-old girl who says she was kidnapped by militants in Pakistan and told to be a suicide bomber was reunited with her parents Tuesday, police said. [More]

Professor: Prostitution website was just a hobby

A New Jersey college professor has been arrested in New Mexico and is accused of operating a prostitution website. [More]

Monday, June 20

'Jackass' star dies in car accident

"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, who along with his castmates made Americans cringe and snicker through vulgar stunts in their multimillion-dollar TV and movie franchise, was killed early Monday in a fiery car crash. He was 34. [More]

NBC Apologizes for Omitting 'Under God' From Pledge

NBC issued an on-air apology Sunday for omitting the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage of golf's U.S. Open. The words were edited out of a clip of children reciting the oath. [More]

First lady heads to Africa

First lady Michelle Obama's official trip to southern Africa this week will focus on youth leadership and education, and will include meetings with key figures in the anti-apartheid struggle. [More]

States look to Internet taxes to close budget gaps

State governments across the country are laying off teachers, closing public libraries and parks, and reducing health care services, but there is one place they could get $23 billion a year if they could only agree how to do it: Internet retailers such as Amazon.com. [More]

Country star Mindy McCready sues mom and the National Enquirer

Troubled country star Mindy McCready is suing her own mother—and the company that publishes the National Enquirer—over a story published earlier this month entitled, “Shameful Mindy McCready Doesn’t Deserve To Have Child Back.” [More]

Chased by boos, Amy Winehouse cancels 2 tour dates

Amy Winehouse's attempt at a European concert tour ended in Belgrade, Serbia, with a train wreck of a performance Saturday night in which she staggered around the stage and stumbled through several songs. [More]

Man says 48 beers was likely 10 too many

For his 58th birthday Wednesday, James Taylor said, he drank 48 beers: This, he later told a deputy, was probably 10 too many. [More]

Two Calif. Tots Dead After Dads Accidentally Run Them Over

Two families in California’s central valley were dealing with tragedy on Father’s Day after two toddlers were run over in their driveways in separate incidents. [More]

Playboy adds 'Runaway Bride' sticker to July issue

Playboy is making a last-minute addition to the cover of its July issue after founder Hugh Hefner's fiancee called off their wedding. [More]

Witness in Knox trial says he can clear her

A convicted child murderer testified Saturday at the appeals trial of Amanda Knox, saying that a fellow inmate had told him the American student had nothing to do with the killing of her roommate in Italy. [More]

Sunday, June 19

Patient drinks 6 bottles of hand sanitizer

A man who drank six bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer while being treated in an Australian hospital for alcoholism has sparked calls for the anti-bacterial gels to be better secured. [More]

Off-duty cop dressed as clown kills alleged robber

Authorities say an off-duty Chicago police officer dressed as a clown for a fundraiser shot and killed a teen who authorities say was trying to rob him. [More]

California Man Faces Jail Time for Spending Tax Refund Given in Error

A Laguna Beach man faces jail time after failing to notify IRS authorities after a deposit of $110,000 was mistakenly put into his bank account. [More]

Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress sells for $5.6 million at auction

Marilyn Monroe's white "subway" dress sold for more than $5.6 million in a Beverly Hills, California auction Saturday night in which bidders paid another $2.7 million for three other Monroe movie outfits. [More]

Police say Colorado mom on Facebook when toddler died

A Colorado mother who told police she was surfing Facebook when her 22-month-old daughter was struck and killed by a van was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, police said on Friday. [More]

Homeless Utah man found, hears he's rich

A private investigator said Saturday he tracked down a homeless Utah man and delivered some good news: He's inherited a lot of money. [More]

Illegal Arrested for Posing as Flight Attendant

Police in Miami, Fla., have arrested an illegal immigrant accused of impersonating a flight attendant. [More]

US pilot jailed for 15 years over pirate ransoms

A Somali court has jailed six foreigners for illegally carrying millions of dollars into the country to pay ransoms for the release of vessels held by pirates. [More]

California Teacher Accused of Molesting Student During Class

Police arrested a high school teacher from Escondido, Calif., Friday after a student reported that he had repeatedly molested her several years ago while in class. [More]

E Street Band's Clarence Clemons dies

Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, a defining musical influence behind the sound of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, died Saturday of complications from a stroke. He was 69. [More]

Saturday, June 18

Man cleaning foot sets house on fire

Emergency personnel were called Wednesday to a Fort Walton Beach, Fla., home where a man accidentally started a fire with rubbing alcohol and a cigarette. [More]

Weiner's fabulous retirement perks

Anthony Weiner may be resigning, but he's entitled —for the rest of his life— to a pension, quality health care, and a parking space on Capitol Hill. [More]

$500 fine for lemonade stand

The parents of children who set up a lemonade stand outside the US Open in Maryland said an inspector shut down the stand and fined them $500. [More]

Teen girls train as drug cartel killers

Dwarfed by surrounding reporters and with her head bowed to avoid the television cameras, the slender 16-year-old hesitated slightly before she answered the question. "I'm a hitwoman," she said. [More]

Anthony defense may lose witness

As the defense case for accused daughter-killer Casey Anthony enters its third day Saturday, attorneys for the Florida woman may be scrambling to recover from the potential loss of a witness who publicly denied having any relevance to the trial. [More]

Rattlesnake bites man who saved it from traffic

Police say a New Jersey man was bitten by a rattlesnake that he had stopped to save after spotting it crossing the road. [More]

Man advertises himself on billboard

An unemployed Irishman who spent his life savings on a huge billboard ad in a last ditch attempt to get off the dole has landed a job with the country's largest bookmaker. [More]

Bristol Palin calls her ex 'the gnat' in new book

Bristol Palin writes in her new book of losing her virginity to boyfriend Levi Johnston on a camping trip after getting drunk for the first time on too many wine coolers. [More]

Friday, June 17

Watching 'Jersey Shore' might make you dumber

Take note, fans of mindless reality shows like "Jersey Shore": New research suggests watching something dumb might make you dumber. In other words, you are what you watch. [More]

Prison escapee caught after knocking on wrong door

An escaped convict was caught following a day on the loose after he knocked on a cabin door — only to find out the man renting the lodge was an off-duty guard at the prison he just fled. [More]

Casey Anthony lawyer: Caylee's uncle also her dad?

The defense will enter its second day of calling witnesses as the murder trial of Casey Anthony, who's accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, resumes Friday. [More]

Maryland Man Files Lawsuit After Paying $1 More Than Women For Manicure

A Maryland man who was charged $1 more for a manicure than women has filed a $200,000 lawsuit claiming sex discrimination. [More]

Pet Snake Kills Woman

A black mamba, widely considered the world's most poisonous snake, was suspected in the death of a woman who kept 75 snakes as pets at her suburban New York home, authorities said on Thursday. [More]

Identity thief sends 'Thank You' flower

A Washington state couple victimized by an identity thief said the culprit added insult to injury by sending them a rose with a "Thank You" card. [More]

Man shot mayor who backed his parole

Authorities say a convicted killer who was out on parole shot and critically wounding a northern Arkansas mayor who wrote a letter in support of his release from prison. [More]

Pesky airport geese to be cooked for poor

New York City plans to capture pesky geese that threaten planes departing area airports and send them to Pennsylvania to be cooked for meals for the poor, city officials said on Thursday. [More]

Strauss-Kahn told police in New York he had immunity

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn told police he had diplomatic immunity shortly after he was detained at a New York airport on accusations he tried to rape a hotel maid, court papers showed Thursday. [More]

Porn publisher Larry Flynt offers job to embattled ex-congressman

Larry Flynt, porn publisher and erstwhile snoop into the sex lives of politicians, has offered a job to disgraced former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner. [More]

Hecklers disrupt Weiner's somber resignation in NY

Nearly three weeks after Rep. Anthony Weiner tweeted a photo of his bulging crotch, his final act as congressman was to attempt to resign with dignity. [More]

Where does Anthony Weiner go from here?

His resignation on Thursday over a sexting scandal raises the question: What does he do now? At a press conference Thursday afternoon his answer was vague. [More]

$5 billion ethanol subsidy loses big vote

How to remove $5 billion from the federal deficit? Eliminate the $5 billion-a-year subsidy given to oil refiners for blending ethanol into gasoline. The Senate voted Thursday to do just that. [More]

Calif. light bulb is 110 years old

Livermore, Calif., is preparing the 110th birthday celebration of the nation's longest-burning light bulb. [More]

Saggy pants lead to arrest at airport

A University of New Mexico football player's saggy pants led to his arrest and removal from an airplane at San Francisco International Airport, authorities said Thursday. [More]

Thursday, June 16

Twice Accused of Murder, Van Der Sloot to Be a Dad

Main suspect in Natalee Holloway's disappearance reportedly gets girlfriend pregnant while jailed in Peru. [More]

Rep. Weiner resigns after sexting scandal

Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner heeded calls from across the political spectrum by resigning from office Thursday, saying the sexting scandal he first lied about and then admitted caused such a distraction that it was impossible for him to continue his work in Congress. [More]

Porn star tells of politician's plea to lie about 'sexting'

A FORMER porn actress who said she exchanged emails and messages over Twitter with Democrat congressman Anthony Weiner has said he asked her to lie about their online communications, according to an email read aloud at the news conference by Ms Lee's lawyer, Gloria Allred. [More]

Man gets rid of wart and more with shotgun blast

A British security guard made his finger safe from a bothersome wart — operating on it with a 12-gauge Beretta shotgun blast that assured he won't get a wart back in the same place. [More]

Mugshot: Not a hair out of place

It may be a while before John Edwards has something to smile about, but that didn't stop him from offering a big grin to a police cameraman, as a newly released mugshot shows. [More]

John Edwards asks for delay in sex tape case

A judge in North Carolina will hear arguments over whether former presidential candidate John Edwards should have to testify this month in a case involving a purported sex tape. [More]

Wednesday, June 15

Sources: Gingrich wife center of campaign turmoil

Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign was crippled by behind-the-scenes blow-ups over the role of his wife, Callista, including her insistence that the campaign arrange for screenings of the couple’s movies made by their production company, according to campaign staffers and advisers. [More]

Idaho homeowners battle slithering invaders

A house on the market near Rexburg, Idaho, was built in 1920, boasts five bedrooms and was remodeled about five years ago. But the new owners will also have to deal with some unwelcome houseguests: thousands of snakes. [More]

Cop Charged With Scamming 85-Year-Old Woman

A District of Columbia police officer was charged Tuesday with scamming an elderly woman she was assigned to help, authorities said. [More]

Man claims kidnap over Shaq sex tape

Seven alleged Los Angeles street gang members are charged with kidnapping and robbing a man who testified in court that they were after a Shaquille O'Neal sex tape he had. [More]

Anthony Weiner Doll Released by Action Figure Company

An online action figure company has jumped on the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal bandwagon with a doll of the New York congressman in two versions: censored and uncensored. [More]

Left home alone, kids get stuck in closet, call 911

Two children are freed from the closet of a Pennsylvania home after they're left home alone and call 911 for help, police say. [More]

Scotts Miracle-Gro Reportedly Looks to Enter Medical Marijuana Market

Scotts Miracle-Gro is reportedly exploring how to enter the medical marijuana market. [More]

Illinois Parents Arrested After Heroin, Needles in Tot's Crib

Two Illinois parents were in police custody Tuesday after heroin and hypodermic needles were found in their three-year-old son's crib, the Chicago Tribune reported. [More]

Gay judge's same-sex marriage ruling upheld

A federal judge has a message for those trying to salvage California's gay marriage ban: Sure, the judge who threw out the measure last year is in a long-term relationship with a man, but he could still be fair to them. [More]

Army Ditches Fatigues for Formal Pentagon Uniforms

After taking suggestions from soldiers, U.S. Army opts for more business-like approach to Pentagon garb. [More]

Army soldiers ditch hated berets in favor of caps

Army soldiers are gleeful they can ditch the ill-fitting black wool berets they've worn for years and go back to their old, brimmed patrol caps. [More]

$50K worth of jewelry left in rental car

Canada's Discount Car & Truck Rentals said a customer who left a box containing $50,000 worth of jewelry was reunited with her possessions. [More]

Tuesday, June 14

Arnold's mistress opens up about telling Maria of love child

Mildred Baena has revealed how she told Maria Shriver that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the father of her son, Joseph. "People in the house started whispering about how much they looked like each other." The first lady of California was among those who noticed a resemblance. [More]

Man dies while raping elderly Texas woman

Investigators say a man has died while in the act of raping an elderly South Texas woman. [More]

Secrets of woman with 5 dead husbands die with her

To the outside world, Betty Neumar was a diminutive Georgia grandmother with a shock of white hair who operated beauty shops, attended church and raised money for charity. No one asked questions when her last husband died. [More]

Children's author ejected from plane for bad language

A New York children's author who used a curse word in exasperation during a plane delay at a U.S. airport was ejected from the aircraft for disruptive behavior. [More]

Airlines collected $3.4B in bag fees in 2010

U.S. airlines collected $3.4 billion in bag fees last year. The 24 percent increase from 2009 shows how the airlines are increasingly reliant on charging for once-free services to make money. [More]

Woman tries to hire hit man on Facebook

Police say that 20-year-old Eley London tried to hire someone to kill her child's father on her Facebook page. [More]

Obama says he would resign if he were Weiner

President Barack Obama, increasing pressure on Rep. Anthony Weiner to quit, said Monday that "I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign." [More]

Another man arrested for drunken mower driving

Authorities in South Dakota said a man was arrested for driving under the influence -- on a lawn mower. [More]

Man Turns Himself in 4 Years After Murder

Four years after a homicide investigation failed to yield any suspects, a 22-year-old man showed up at a California sheriff’s office, confessed to the killing and turned himself in. [More]

Baby's first pet may protect against allergies

Rover and Fluffy are unlikely to raise kids' risk of developing pet allergies, and could lower them, according to a new 18-year-long study. [More]

Robbers get doughnuts instead of cash

Police in Massachusetts said they arrested a trio of men who robbed a Dunkin' Donuts of a bag of pastries while armed with knives and a hatchet. [More]

40 years after leak, the Pentagon Papers are out

Call it the granddaddy of WikiLeaks. Four decades ago, a young defense analyst leaked a top-secret study packed with damaging revelations about America's conduct of the Vietnam War. [More]

Rapture predictor reportedly suffers stroke

Harold Camping, the radio preacher who incorrectly predicted that the Rapture would happen last month, has reportedly been hospitalized after suffering a stroke. [More]

Math disorder makes consumers easy prey

Some people seem to get taken to the cleaners every time they buy a car, subscribe to TV service or get a new cell phone. New research suggests the problem might be a relatively new disorder called "dyscalculia." [More]

Monday, June 13

'Black Widow' Dies Before Facing Charges Related to String of Dead Husbands

A family member says an elderly grandmother who left a trail of five dead husbands in five states over decades has died after an illness. [More]

4 Injured by Exploding Dessert at Florida Restaurant

Authorities say a 25-year-old woman suffered first- and second-degree burns, while another 56-year-old victim had respiratory burns during preparation of bananas foster, a dessert made of bananas, ice cream and banana liqueur. [More]

Alleged Starbucks voyeur found dead in Florida hotel

A man accused of placing a hidden camera in the unisex bathroom of a Starbucks was found dead in a hotel room in Punta Gorda, Florida, on Sunday, police said. [More]

Killer transit cop released after 11 months in prison

A white former San Francisco Bay area transit officer convicted of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man on a train station platform was released from jail early Monday. [More]

Cops: Teen tried to pass off home as his own

A teenager, his girlfriend and her family were just getting comfortable inside a multimillion-dollar, lakefront home when a problem arose. [More]

Woman who says she was pinched, groped, harassed at O'Fallon store wins $95 million lawsuit

A federal jury awarded $95 million to a female employee of an O'Fallon rental store who sued after she said she was pinched, groped, harassed, then sexually assaulted by the store's manager. [More]

Elderly couple makes wrong turn, and keeps going for 500 miles

Nearly 30 hours after they left their grandson's graduation party and 500 miles past their daughter's house, the Gascas pulled into what they thought was a rest stop. [More]

Gay judge targeted for same-sex marriage ruling

A retired federal judge's long-term relationship with another man will be the subject of an unusual and possibly unprecedented court hearing on California's same-sex marriage ban. [More]

Muslim weightlifter's wish to dress modestly triggers debate

Kulsoom Abdullah is a 35-year-old with a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering. But it's her passion outside of work that has put her at the center of a debate -- one that could affect athletic competitions worldwide, even the Olympics. [More]

Sunday, June 12

When all else fails, Weiner heads for rehab

Under fierce pressure from fellow Democrats to resign in a sexting scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner announced Saturday he was entering professional treatment at an undisclosed location and requested a leave of absence from Congress. [More]

New photos show smiling Giffords

The first photographs of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since she was shot in the head in January show the congresswoman smiling. [More]

Philly Teen Drowns After Holding Breath in N.J. Pool

Police in New Jersey say a Philadelphia teenager drowned after competing with friends to see who could hold their breath the longest underwater. [More]

Bus firm shut, put people in luggage compartment

Federal transportation officials order a tour company based in northern Michigan shut after six people were found traveling in the luggage compartment of a bus in Ohio. [More]

Man Convicted of Murdering and Dismembering His Wife Gets Death Sentence

A jury issued a death sentence Saturday for a Memphis man found guilty of murdering the mother of his three children and then dismembering and disposing of her body. [More]

Mom blames Cage for son's woes

Nicolas Cage's son is scheduled to be released from a Los Angeles hospital this weekend where he was treated while on a psychiatric hold after a violent incident outside a Hollywood restaurant Tuesday. [More]

California Diver on a Mission to Find Bin Laden's Body on the Sea Floor

An eccentric California salvage diver was Sunday preparing a mission to the north Arabian Sea to recover Usama bin Laden's body as proof the al Qaeda leader really is dead the New York Post Reports. [More]

Guinness names Filipino as world's shortest man

A poor Filipino blacksmith's son who stands less than 2 feet (60 centimeters) tall was declared the world's shortest man by Guinness World Records on his 18th birthday Sunday, sparking a celebration in his hometown. [More]

New York Man Disappears Under Water After Rescuing Child

Authorities say a man who rescued a child from the Long Island Sound disappeared in the water himself. [More]

Saturday, June 11

TSA Admits ‘Bad Judgment’ After Disabled Man Subjected to Airport Pat-Down

A Detroit father said TSA agents asked his son about the padding underneath his pants, which turned out to be adult diapers. Drew, who is severely mentally disabled, had trouble understanding the agents’ orders because his family said he has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old. [More]

Motorist Drives for 3 Miles with Dead Man on Roof

After fatally striking a lawn mowing contractor, the driver of a van continued on for another three miles with the body on the roof of his vehicle in Wichita, Kansas on Friday -- sparking 911 calls from people who saw the disturbing sight. [More]

Man put camera in Starbucks bathroom

Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man accused of setting up a video camera pointed at a toilet in a Starbucks bathroom. [More]

Delaware police interview 17-year-old about Congressman Weiner

Police in Delaware said they interviewed a teenage girl on Friday about whether she had contact with Representative Anthony Weiner, who is under pressure to resign for sending lewd pictures of himself to women over the Internet and then lying about it. [More]

Weiner says online contact with teen not indecent

Police in Delaware said Friday they interviewed a 17-year-old girl about online contact she'd had with embattled U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner but that she didn't disclose any information about illegal conduct. [More]

NY tells pet cemeteries to stop taking in humans

A state agency has told New York's animal cemeteries to stop burying the ashes of pet owners alongside their beloved cats, dogs and parakeets. [More]

Contortionist Thief Hid In Suitcase to Raid Baggage On Board Spanish Airport Bus

A contortionist thief hid inside a suitcase to raid the baggage on a Spanish airport bus, El Periodico newspaper reported Wednesday, citing regional police. [More]

New York Court Says Strip Club's Lap Dances are Taxable

A New York court says getting a lap dance isn't the same as taking in a ballet, so an alcohol-free strip club will have to pay the tax man. [More]

Women taped taking 75 deodorant sticks

Florida police said they are searching for a pair of women videotaped stealing 75 sticks of deodorant from a Winn Dixie store. [More]

Tenn. Dad Convicted of Murder in Wife's Brutal Killing

A Memphis man was found guilty Friday of murder after his three children gave vivid testimony about how he stabbed and strangled their mother then dismembered and disposed of her body. [More]

Victim of chimp attack gets a full face transplant

A Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee gone berserk has received a new face in the third such operation performed in the U.S. and is looking forward to going out in public again and eating hot dogs and pizza after months of pureed food. [More]

Friday, June 10

Police Say 5-Year-Old Drowned Toddler Over Crying

Juvenile justice experts expressed shock Thursday that police said they were treating the death of an 18-month-old boy who drowned in a bathtub as a potential homicide, after a 5-year-old girl told social workers that she held him under water to stop his crying. [More]

Mississippi Judge Reprimanded Over Pledge Jailing

A Mississippi judge will be publicly reprimanded for jailing an attorney who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in his courtroom. [More]

Malcolm X daughter pleads guilty in NYC to theft

A daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X was released from jail Thursday after pleading guilty to stealing the identity of an elderly family friend to run up more than $55,000 in credit card bills. [More]

Feds: Prison chaplain passed messages for mobster

A prison chaplain has been charged in an alleged scheme to help imprisoned Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese, who is serving a life sentence for 13 murders, recover a valuable violin reportedly hidden in a Wisconsin house to keep the government from selling it, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. [More]

Man walks 70 miles with mannequin 'wife'

A New York state man is traveling by foot with his mannequin - which he refers to as his wife - to the children's home where he first "met" the dummy. [More]

Raising a Child in 2010 Costs $200G

A child born in 2010 will cost a middle-class family $226,920 to raise over 17 years, a 2 percent increase from the previous year, according to the USDA's annual report released Thursday. That estimate, which rises to $286,860 if projected inflation costs are considered, includes costs for food, shelter and other necessities. [More]

Mexican cartels use money, sex to bribe U.S. border agents

Mexican drug cartels have used cash and sexual favors as tools to corrupt U.S. border and customs agents, an inspector general investigation has found. [More]

Gingrich campaign in tatters as top aides resign

The entire top echelon of Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign resigned on Thursday, a stunning mass exodus that left his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters. But the former House speaker vowed defiantly to remain a candidate. [More]

Woman with fat wallet sparks uproar in Calif. store

A woman with a foul mouth, fat wallet and dislike for men bought $7,200 worth of clothing for more than 50 women at a Southern California discount store. [More]

Facebook boast earns burglar 18 months

A burglar who bragged in a Facebook post: "I’m only lookin' at six months", was jailed for more than two years, after the post was brought to the attention of the sentencing judge. [More]

Man blames violence on wolf scratch

Authorities in Ohio said a man arrested after behaving violently and growling at sheriff's deputies blamed his actions on a scratch from a wolf. [More]

'Isn't mine': Chicago-area man returns bag with $17,000

A 54-year-old Chicago-area man who found and returned more than $17,000 in cash credits his deceased parents for teaching him right from wrong. [More]

Thursday, June 9

Helmsley's millionaire dog, Trouble, dies at 12

Trouble became famous when Helmsley, who died in 2007 at 87, left the dog $12 million. A judge trimmed Trouble's bequest to $2 million. [More]

N.Y. Superintendent Gets More Than $500G a Year

The base salary of Carole Hankin, who's in her 21st year as superintendent of the Syosset School District, is just over $400,000 a year, but with benefits factored in, her final haul is $542,000. [More]

Murder Plot Revealed as Facebook Friend Turns Out to Be Indiana Man's Wife

Indiana woman Angela Voelkert wanted a little dirt on her husband as she prepared for a messy divorce, so she posed online as a teen to trick him into dishing some damaging details. [More]

Lieutenant Shoots Son Reportedly in Self-Defense

A Pennsylvania Police Lieutenant shot and killed his 17-year-old son in an act of self-defense after the teen attacked him on Wednesday. [More]

Sexual assault victim records attacker on cell phone

Police are searching for a man who they say sexually assaulted a woman after she used her cell phone to record the suspect burglarizing her Oakland, California, home. [More]

Cops: China coal mine 'accident' is cruel scam

When a lead-zinc miner fell to his death in China's southern province of Jiangxi, the mine owner thought the timing - just three days after he had bought insurance for his workers - was a coincidence. In reality, it was part of a string of scams that take advantage of poor and disabled people, police say. [More]

Floating photographer captures herself ‘levitating’

At a young age, Natsumi Hayashi had a revelation: Keeping both feet on the ground is overrated. These days, the Tokyo photographer keeps dreaming up ways to do anything but — and in the process, she’s causing an Internet sensation. [More]

Memory card in mouth saves police video

Police who confiscated and smashed a man's cellphone after he took video of a police shooting didn't get the video; the man took the phone's memory card and put it in his mouth before the phone was broken. [More]

Road sign points 'NORHT'

The Ohio Department of Transportation said a road marker alongside Interstate 71 will be replaced due to a misspelling of the word "north." [More]

Fountain shut off due to poop

Officials in a Connecticut city said they shut off the water to a recently installed $11 million fountain after people defecated and urinated in the fountain. [More]

96-year-old woman confesses to 1946 murder

A murder mystery has been solved — 65 years later — with the confession of a 96-year-old woman. [More]

California pipeline that blew had prior leak

A top federal safety official said it was "very troubling" that the California utility operating the pipeline that exploded last year in a deadly fireball has only recently revealed details of a leak in the same line years before. [More]

Psychic with wrong tip on bodies fears attention

Hunkered down in her trailer in the Texas Panhandle, a grandmother who had a vision that sparked a media circus and police search for alleged mass graves in Liberty County said she is being wronged. [More]

Wednesday, June 8

Wife of Congressman Weiner pregnant

The wife of Representative Anthony Weiner, ensnared in a sex scandal for sending lewd pictures of himself over the Internet, is pregnant, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. [More]

Soldiers' $2,800 in bag fees spark outrage

Delta Air Lines says it's sorry "for any miscommunication" after U.S. Army soldiers returning from Afghanistan complained that they were charged almost $3,000 in bag fees by the carrier. [More]

Plea deal ends Willie Nelson pot prosecution

Willie Nelson settled his latest pot bust with a plea deal that reduced the marijuana possession charge to possession of drug paraphernalia and imposed a $500 fine, his lawyer said Tuesday. [More]

Inmate sues after gruesome tries at sex change

Crouched in her cell, Ophelia De'lonta hoped three green disposable razors from the prison commissary would give her what the Virginia Department of Corrections will not — a sex change. [More]

Man in collar bomb trial gets reduced sentence

A Pennsylvania man has received a reduced sentence for his testimony against the alleged mastermind of a bank robbery plot that ended with a pizza delivery driver being killed by a bomb strapped to his neck. [More]

Cops: Man beat toddler to toughen her up

A Pennsylvania man faces attempted homicide charges for allegedly beating his fiancé's 2-year-old daughter because he thought the girl's upbringing had been too lenient. [More]

Man sells girlfriend's vehicles on Craigslist

An Ohio woman says her beau turned off his cellphone when she went to work, and when she came home, her vehicles and her Wii and flat-screens were gone. And she says he paid for their dinner date with her money. [More]

"Miracle on the Hudson" plane departs for museum

The U.S. Airways airplane that made a splash-landing dubbed the "Miracle on the Hudson" more than two years ago began a road trip on Saturday to Charlotte, North Carolina, its original, and final, destination. [More]

NY inflatable mishap focuses on regulating rides

Bodies began tumbling when a two-story red, white and blue inflatable slide went soaring into the air at a youth soccer tournament over the weekend. Two other inflatables also flew off the ground that breezy afternoon, causing youngsters to suffer bumps and bruises but critically injuring a mother who had an inflatable crash-land on her. [More]

The World's Richest Animals

Some animals have been laughing/barking/squawking all the way to the bank. [More]

Ironic: GM CEO concerned about deficit

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said Tuesday that he is concerned about the U.S. government's high deficit and what he called a jobless economic recovery. [More]

Tuesday, June 7

Jilted Ex-Boyfriend's Abortion Billboard Ignites Free Speech Debate

A New Mexico man's decision to lash out with a billboard ad saying his ex-girlfriend had an abortion against his wishes has touched off a legal debate over free speech and privacy rights. [More]

Court won't look at tuition for illegal immigrants

The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a California policy that gives tuition breaks to illegal immigrants to attend public colleges and universities. [More]

Fla. couple threatens bank after foreclosure

Bank of America tried to foreclose on a family's fully-paid, Golden Gate Estates home last year, starting a legal battle with the couple, who had paid cash for the home in 2009. The couple won the case with damages, then got a judge's permission to seize the furniture from a local bank if necessary. After the moving vans showed up, Bank of America wrote a check for $5,772.88. [More]

Company director dresses as woman to try and evade press at court

A male company director appearing at court tried to evade the waiting media attention by dressing as a woman. [More]

Man brought gun to kid's party

Memphis police said they arrested a man accused of bringing a gun to a child's birthday party because his children didn't get any cake. [More]

Zimbabwe officer who used Mugabe's toilet awaits word on his fate

A police officer in Zimbabwe who has languished at a police detention barracks for a month for using a toilet reserved for President Robert Mugabe will learn his fate at end of this week following an appeal to his boss. [More]

Va. inmate sues after gruesome tries at sex change

Crouched in her cell, Ophelia De'lonta hoped three green disposable razors from the prison commissary would give her what the Virginia Department of Corrections will not — a sex change. [More]

Inside Donald Trump's new $100M private jet

Donald Trump's new $100 million private plane is a veritable luxury suite with wings - featuring gold faucets and seat belts, suede-covered ceilings and enough legroom to accommodate the high-kicking Rockettes. [More]

Titanic II sinks on maiden voyage

When Mark Wilkinson took ownership of a cabin cruiser called Titanic II, perhaps he should have realised the omens were not good. [More]

Constituents back Weiner but Dem colleagues icy

Voters in Rep. Anthony Weiner's home district in Brooklyn and Queens shook their heads in disbelief about the news that he posted lewd photos of himself to women online. [More]

Navy relieves No. 2 officer on aircraft carrier

The Navy says the second in command of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has been relieved of his command following an investigation into an improper relationship. [More]

Monday, June 6

Rep. Weiner admits he sent photos

New York Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted Monday that he sent a lewd photo from his Twitter account to a young woman. '"The picture was of me, I sent it," he told a room of reporters in Manhattan. The congressman said that although he has no intentions of resigning, he admits to additional, questionable online behavior. [More]

Stuntmen try to crash Academy Awards

While Oscars go to those who do makeup, design costumes and mix sound for movies, those who crash cars, fall from tall buildings and blow things up can't get an Academy Award. [More]

Jail time at heart of collapse of plea talks in Edwards case

The insistence that former Sen. John Edwards serve some jail time over allegations he broke campaign finance laws caused a collapse in plea negotiations between lawyers for the former presidential candidate and the Justice Department last week. [More]

Man cited after paying bill with 2,500 pennies

A Utah man has been cited on a charge of disorderly conduct after paying for a disputed medical bill with 2,500 pennies. That carries a fine of as much as $140. Or 14,000 pennies. [More]

Gov. Richardson Tied to New Pay-to-Play Allegations

The whiff of scandal cost Democrat Bill Richardson a job in President Barack Obama's administration, but the former New Mexico governor's reputation and political legacy are threatened again because of federal and state investigations into separate pay-to-play schemes. [More]

Abortion showdown could cost Indiana $4.3 billion

A looming showdown over Indiana's new law that cuts funding for the Planned Parenthood organization may test how far Republican-led states are willing to go in pressing their tough new anti-abortion agendas. The stakes are high. The future of health care for more than 1 million poor and elderly Indiana residents hangs in the balance. [More]

Spat over Boeing plant sparks political storm

A feud over Boeing’s decision to assemble some of its new 787 jetliners at a new, non-union facility in South Carolina has mushroomed into a very public and highly political fight. [More]

The postal service is running out of options

The USPS has stayed afloat by borrowing $12 billion from the U.S. Treasury. This year it will reach its statutory debt limit. After that, insolvency looms. [More]

Bus firm changed name after crash

The company that operated a commercial tour bus involved in a deadly crash this week has been issued a cease-and-desist order after the U.S. Department of Transportation said it tried to resume operations under a different name. [More]

Trace Adkins loses home to fire

Country singer Trace Adkins lost his home to fire Saturday, but his three young daughters were saved by following fire safety tips they learned at school, Adkins' wife said. [More]

Sunday, June 5

Facebook party spins out of control

A teenage girl in Germany who forgot to mark her birthday invitation as private on Facebook fled her own party when more than 1,500 guests showed up and around 100 police officers were needed to keep the crowd under control. [More]

Substance on changing table was baby powder

Frontier Airlines employees on a U.S. flight called a hazmat team to examine a substance found on a diaper-changing counter that turned out to be (guess what?) - baby powder. [More]

Sony website hacked, again

Sony is not having a good year. As the company scrambles to get the PlayStation Network and Qriocity music service back online, it's suffering from yet another security breach. [More]

Rock thrown into home makes people sick

A masked man threw a rock through the window of a home early Friday morning, forcing police to evacuate the area after several residents reported getting sick because of a chemical reaction. [More]

Calif. boy, 11, punches teacher in nose in class

An 11-year-old California boy at an alternative school for at-risk students is accused of punching his fifth-grade teacher in the face and breaking her nose. [More]

Subway Employee Sold Weed With Foot Longs

If a customer wanted extra meat, it meant a dime bag, cops said. [More]

How Celebs Buy Homes in Secret

If you’re a celebrity, forget signing your name on any real estate document. Home purchases are public and as a very public person, you’re going to do your best to keep where you live a secret. So what do you do? You establish a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or trust to purchase the home. [More]

Saturday, June 4

Principal admits hiding camera in bathroom

An Iowa elementary school principal charged Friday with receiving child pornography has admitted that he placed a hidden video camera in the school to get images of young boys using the bathroom, according to a criminal complaint. [More]

Drunk sailor forgot his wife was at home

Swedish authorities said a drunken sailor who thought his wife had fallen overboard forgot she had never been on the boat. [More]

Girl dies after fall from Ferris wheel

An 11-year-old girl died Friday after falling from a Ferris wheel while on a class trip to an amusement park in New Jersey, police said. [More]

Ariz. Little Leaguer killed after pitch hits chest

A 13-year-old Arizona boy has been killed after a baseball hit him in the chest as he tried to bunt the ball during a Little League game. [More]

Chicago gambling critics worry mob will follow

The way Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sees it, thousands of craps players and slot machine pullers would flock to his cash-strapped city if it gets into the gambling business. It's a safe bet a seedier element will be right behind them. [More]

Edwards indicted in $925K mistress cover-up

Investigators believe there should have been restrictions on the $925,000 in under-the-table money that Mellon and another benefactor ended up providing to support Edwards. [More]

Police arrest pot-dealing sandwich maker

Authorities in Florida said they arrested a Subway restaurant worker who was allegedly selling marijuana to customers who requested "extra meat." [More]

Yale lab tech gets 44 years for killing student

A former animal research technician was sentenced Friday to 44 years in prison for killing a Yale graduate student days before what was to be her wedding day in 2009. [More]

Help your pet get the most out of dinner

Before you pop open a can of Irish lamb stew or fork out a hearty helping of Chicken De-Lite for your beloved pet, you may want to stop and read the nutrition information on the food label more carefully. [More]

Friday, June 3

John Edwards charged over affair

Former Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards was indicted on Friday for using nearly $1 million in illegal campaign funds to help cover up an extramarital affair during his White House bid. [More]

'Gunsmoke' star James Arness dies at 88

Actor James Arness, best known for his role as Marshal Matt Dillon on TV's "Gunsmoke," has died of natural causes. The actor was 32 when friend John Wayne declined the lead role in "Gunsmoke" and recommended Arness instead. [More]

Jack Kevorkian, aka 'Dr. Death,' dies at 83

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the audacious Michigan pathologist dubbed "Dr. Death" for his role in assisting the suicides of more than 100 terminally ill people, died early Friday. [More]

Gay Softball League Can Limit Straight Players

A gay softball association in the US can limit the number of heterosexual players on its teams, a federal judge ruled Thursday. [More]

US student slain on trip to Costa Rica

A 16-year-old U.S. high school student was shot and killed at a Costa Rican hotel by a security guard who mistook him for a thief, authorities said Thursday. The death was the second time a northeast Kansas student was killed while on an educational trip to Costa Rica. [More]

Florida teacher's gift included loaded gun

A Florida school district said a gift given to a teacher on behalf of an 8-year-old student was found to contain a loaded .22-caliber handgun. [More]

Police shoot concrete alligator

A police officer in Independence, Mo., who thought he was killing an alligator on the loose, discovered he had shot a life-size concrete lawn ornament. [More]

Veteran dies replacing flag on Memorial Day

A coroner's investigator in Ohio says a Korean War veteran died on Memorial Day while trying to replace a weathered American flag on his 20-foot TV tower. [More]

Snake slithers out of Pa. woman's toilet

A Pennsylvania woman said she was shocked when she looked into the bowl of her clogged toilet and saw a black snake slithering out of the commode. [More]

Arizona man kills 5 before taking own life

A 73-year-old man's shooting rampage in towns near the Arizona border left six people dead Thursday, including the suspect and the attorney who represented his ex-wife in their divorce. [More]

Silence, vagueness from Democrats on Weiner photo

Publicly silent, fellow Democrats privately seethed Thursday over the distraction and furor surrounding the lewd photo sent from Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter account, even as he declared he was finished talking about it and wanted to move on. [More]

IRS chief apologizes for employees' rudeness

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service has apologized personally to three identity theft victims who say they were treated rudely by IRS employees. [More]

Jaycee Dugard: I was too scared to escape

A California woman who was kidnapped and held captive for 18 years says she was so afraid of her abductors that she never tried to escape. [More]

States consider: Is it legal to dissolve bodies?

Alkaline hydrolysis is a controversial method of dissolving a corpse. Proponents say it has lower operating costs and is greener than traditional cremation. Opponents are not so sure. [More]

Thursday, June 2

Tracked by stolen laptop's camera, suspect nabbed

Oakland police have arrested a suspected laptop thief whose slack-jawed face became an Internet sensation after software that the owner had installed took photos of the suspect, which the victim posted on his blog. [More]

Billy Bob Thornton's daughter guilty in death

The estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton has been found guilty of aggravated manslaughter of a child in Orlando. [More]

Waitresses sue casino over skimpy costumes

Nine cocktail waitresses who say they were fired from an Atlantic City hotel because they could not fit into costumes they were asked to wear have filed a lawsuit against the hotel. "I feel used," said Elsa Hernandez a 57-year-old grandmother and former cocktail server at the resort. "Like I've been thrown out like a piece of trash." [More]

Man going to bathroom falls down embankment

The man was apparently startled by a car in Skyway, causing him to fall 30 feet. He was rescued 12 hours later, according to firefighters. [More]

HHS rejects Indiana Medicaid changes

The Health and Human Services Department rejected changes in Indiana's Medicaid plan Wednesday, saying it illegally bans funding for Planned Parenthood, and sought to make clear that a similar fate awaits other states that pass legislation barring any qualified health care provider. [More]

Man killed helping ducklings off interstate

A Illinois man was struck by a limousine after getting out of his car on the Tri-State Tollway to save some ducklings. [More]

Octuplets doctor loses state license

The California fertility doctor who implanted a dozen embryos in Nadya Suleman, resulting in the birth of eight babies, will lose his medical license on July 1, state officials said. [More]

Fingerprints in terror case unchecked for months

While an Iraqi refugee spent two years in the U.S. plotting to help al-Qaida attack American soldiers in Iraq, court documents say, federal authorities unknowingly had evidence that already linked him a roadside bomb in his home country in 2005. [More]

Burglar carried 59-inch TV on bike

Police in Florida said they arrested a suspected burglar spotted carrying a 59-inch TV between his lap and the handlebars of his bicycle. [More]

E. coli outbreak caused by new strain

The E. coli bacteria responsible for a deadly outbreak that has left 18 dead and sickened hundreds in Europe is a new strain that has never been seen before, the World Health Organization said Thursday. [More]

White House promotes auto bailouts, cites paybacks

Taxpayers will lose about $14 billion in the government's $80 billion bailout of Chrysler and GM, the White House said Wednesday, portraying the outcome as good news since the losses are far lower than originally anticipated. [More]

NYC Hotel to Buy 'Panic Buttons' for Housekeepers

A New York hotel is promising to buy "panic buttons" for its housekeepers after an Egyptian businessman was accused of attacking a maid in one of its rooms. [More]

Lab chief told feds of suspicious Armstrong test

The director of the Swiss anti-doping laboratory informed federal authorities last fall that Lance Armstrong's test results from the 2001 Tour de Suisse were "suspicious" and "consistent with EPO use." [More]

Calif. budget will keep new $105M school closed

A Southern California school district spent $105 million on a new state-of-the-art high school, but after three years of funding cuts doesn't have the money to operate it. [More]

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