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Sunday, September 18

Phone Thief Suspect Sends Victim a Friend Request

A Colorado man is accused of stealing a woman's cell phone and then sending her a friend request on Facebook. [More]

Man in Gumby suit: It wasn't a robbery

A 19-year-old man says he wore a Gumby suit in a San Diego 7-Eleven as a joke and never intended to rob the store. [More]

LA woman boasts longest tongue

A Los Angeles woman can claim the distinction of having California's longest tongue - nearly 4 inches from tip to lip, the Guinness Book of World Records says. [More]

1 killed in 2nd deadly air show crash in 24 hours

The second deadly air show crash in 24 hours has left one pilot dead in West Virginia and prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to dispatch an investigator to the site where an aerobatic demonstration plane plunged into a runway and exploded as spectators looked on. [More]

Reno air race has raised alarm in past over danger

It's like an Indianapolis 500 in the sky. Thrill-seeking pilots zoom by at speeds up to 500 mph as spectators "ooh" and "aah" at the site of jets, vintage planes and high-performance aircraft whizzing past with their wingtips nearly touching. Even the sounds are awe-inspiring amid the deafening roar of airplanes that are sometimes just few hundred feet away from spectators. [More]

Obama to propose "Buffett Tax" on millionaires

President Barack Obama, in a populist step designed to appeal to voters, will propose a "Buffett Tax" on people making more than $1 million a year as part of his deficit recommendations to Congress on Monday. The "Buffett Tax" refers to billionaire U.S. investor Warren Buffett, who wrote earlier this year that rich people like him often pay less in tax than those who work for them due to loopholes in the tax code, and can afford to pay more. [More]

Carville: What should Obama do? Panic!

People often ask me what advice I would give the White House about various things. Today I was mulling over election results from New York and Nevada while thinking about that very question. What should the White House do now? One word came to mind: Panic. [More]

Atlanta Man Shot by Bogus FBI Agents

Police in Atlanta are hunting several suspects who posed as FBI agents Saturday to rob and shoot a man. [More]

Saturday, September 17

Ted Kennedy's daughter, Kara, dies at 51

The only daughter of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, Kara Kennedy Allen, died suddenly Friday evening. [More]

Walter Mondale's daughter, Eleanor, dies at 51

Eleanor Mondale, the vivacious daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale who carved out her own reputation as an entertainment reporter, radio show host and gossip magnet, has died at her home in Minnesota. [More]

Berlusconi wiretaps: Bring girls, but not tall ones

Wiretapped telephone conversations between Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a businessman charged with recruiting female escorts for his allegedly sex-fuelled parties were made public Saturday. Berlusconi, who is 5 feet 5 inches tall, is heard asking "not to bring tall [girls]." In another call, he boasts to "having been with eight [girls] in one night, even though I could have had eleven." [More]

Liquor store robbery ends in 'friendly fire' incident

A robbery goes awry at a Colorado Springs liquor store when a robber waiting outside inadvertently shoots his accomplice, who had been locked inside the shop by the owner, in the foot, police say. [More]

Update: 2 accused of grim, real-life 'Weekend at Bernie's'

Two men are accused of driving around Denver with a dead friend, running up a bar tab on his account and using his ATM card at a strip club in what appeared to be a disturbing reflection of the movie "Weekend at Bernie's." [More]

Tareq Salahi seeks divorce after wife's Journey

The celebrity White House gate crasher filed paperwork saying his wife, Michaele Salahi, abandoned the marriage when she left their home to be with guitarist Neal Schon. [More]

Skimpy cheerleader uniforms covered up

High schools in a Florida district are tempering the tradition of cheerleaders wearing uniforms to class on game day, some by banning the outfits altogether. [More]

Camera lens falls from sky, damages roof

It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No, it's ... a camera lens? Imagine how surprised the folks in Petaluma, California must've been when they realized that it was a Canon camera lens which left a hole in a resident's home recently. [More]

Hunter killed by bear; partner shoots it dead

A hunter was killed by a grizzly bear near the Idaho-Montana border, officials said Friday. His partner then shot the bear dead. [More]

Crazy Cures Around the Word

From bee venom to cow urine, you wouldn't believe some of nature's incredible cures. [More]

Friday, September 16

Denver Men Accused of Taking Friend's Corpse on Boys' Night Out

Two men accused of driving around with a dead friend, using his ATM card and visiting a strip club are charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation. [More]

Dr. Oz accused of fear-mongering on apple juice

Arsenic in apple juice! Fed to babies! And it probably came from China! Television's Dr. Mehmet Oz is under fire from the FDA and others for sounding what they say is a false alarm about the dangers of apple juice. [More]

'Til death': Unless you have Alzheimer's?

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has caused a firestorm after he told his “700 Club” viewers that divorcing a spouse who battles Alzheimer’s is justifiable because the disease is “a kind of death.” [More]

Images reveal insides of a cocaine smuggler

Handout medical image showing bags with cocaine inside the gastrointestinal tract of a 20-year-old Irish national arrested at airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil. [More]

N.C. woman pleads guilty to killing, dismembering stepdaughter

A woman was sentenced to up to 18 years after pleading guilty to murdering her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter. [More]

Consumer sentiment up, expectations at 31-year low

Consumer sentiment inched up in early September, but Americans remained gloomy about the future with a gauge of expectations falling to the lowest level since 1980, a survey showed. [More]

Women Accused of Using Five-Year-Old Child in Texas Burglary

Three women are facing jail time after being accused of using a five-year-old child to burgle an elderly couple's home in Texas. [More]

Grand jury indicts teen accused of killing parents, having party

A Florida teenager who allegedly killed his parents with a hammer and had a party after stashing their bodies in a bedroom was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, authorities said. [More]

Bees Kill Half-Ton Hog in Arizona in Two Hour Attack

A southern Arizona hog farmer said Thursday that she watched in horror as thousands of bees swarmed a 1,000-pound hog during an attack that lasted about two hours. [More]

Bees attack man in wheelchair, shut city street

Thousands of angry bees swarmed a man in a wheelchair, sending him and three others who came to his aid to the hospital in the Southern California city of Santa Ana. [More]

Redmond O'Neal caught with drugs in rehab, prosecutor says

Redmond O'Neal, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett, returned to jail Thursday after he was caught with illegal drugs at the rehab clinic where he was undergoing court-ordered treatment, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney said. [More]

White House worried about Solyndra default

White House officials discussed the political ramifications of a possible default by a troubled solar energy company that received more than $500 million in federal stimulus loans, newly released emails show. [More]

Burger burglar gets stuck in vent

A Cleveland burglary suspect was caught in the act after getting stuck in a restaurant's rooftop air conditioning vent. [More]

Thursday, September 15

Not kidnapped: Salahi Runs Off With Rock Star

While Whitehouse gatecrasher and "Real Housewives" husband Tareq Salahi was telling the media and authorities that his wife Michaele Salahi had been kidnapped, it appears that she was off on a journey all her own. It turns out Michaele had instead run off to Tennessee to be with guitarist Neal Schon from the 1980s rock band Journey. [More]

Google Street View Camera Captures Naked Woman On Her Front Doorstep

Google's Street View cameras caught a Miami woman on her porch naked. They've since blurred the image. [More]

Anthony must pay almost $100K for investigation

Casey Anthony must pay almost $100,000 in law enforcement costs for investigating the death of her 2-year-old daughter, a Florida judge ruled Thursday. [More]

Passenger Tries to Open Plane Door at 36,000 Feet

A British plane passenger was being questioned by police Thursday after he tried to open the aircraft's doors at 36,000 feet. [More]

Former TV Meteorologist Says Her Attack Claims Were Faked

A TV meteorologist admitted Wednesday she'd made up claims of being repeatedly attacked by a stranger on the city streets, allegations that sparked an extensive investigation before police said she told them she'd invented the story to get attention. [More]

Dad who tossed son overboard charged

A southern California man who attracted widespread attention for throwing his 7-year-old son overboard during a harbor cruise was charged Wednesday with felony child abuse and endangerment as well as misdemeanor resisting an officer, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. [More]

Solar firm's loan puts White House in hot seat

Federal analysts looking at a proposed loan to a solar energy company in 2009 warned then of possible problems, as well as pressure from the White House to speed up a decision, according to a memo released Wednesday by a House committee. [More]

Officials hope to approve more loan guarantees

The Obama administration is moving to finalize as many as 15 loan guarantees for renewable energy companies before the stimulus program ends on Sept. 30, and Republicans are questioning whether that could lead to more failures like Solyndra Inc., a company that filed for bankruptcy and may leave taxpayers on the hook for a half-billion-dollar loan. [More]

Obama Sells Plan at Firm That Ships Jobs Out of U.S.

President Obama's latest stop on his jobs bill tour Wednesday was a machine company in North Carolina that sends jobs to Costa Rica. [More]

AP Exclusive: Long-term care plan alarms ignored

Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program, according to emails disclosed by congressional investigators. [More]

Update: 290-pound man sues White Castle over small booths

Wedging White Castle burgers into his mouth has admittedly never been a problem for an obese stockbroker from New York. Trying to wedge himself into a seat at his local White Castle, however, has him mad enough to sue. [More]

News Reporter's Home Mistaken Target of FBI Raid

The home of a California-based network television reporter and a political consultant was mistakenly targeted by police and FBI agents during a drug raid to arrest a suspect across the street. [More]

Suspected meth lab was brewing beer

Police in Colorado said an apartment building was evacuated when a manager confused a home beer-brewing operation with a meth lab. [More]

Mom admits gambling away son's cancer funds

An upstate New York woman has admitted to gambling away thousands of dollars raised to help her son fight cancer. [More]

Texas Teen Accused of Faking Cancer for Cash Grab

A West Texas teenager who collected $17,000 in donations after telling people she was dying of leukemia and had only had six months to live faces theft charges after police determined she lied about being sick. [More]

Casey Anthony's acquittal a sign from God, mother says

Casey Anthony's acquittal on murder charges was a sign from God that her daughter Caylee's death was an accident, Cindy Anthony said in a television interview aired Wednesday. [More]

Struggling Postal Service announces ‘new reality’

Bottom Line: The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it is shutting a slew of processing facilities, changing service standards for first-class mail and cutting up to 35,000 positions. [More]

Wednesday, September 14

California School Board Candidate Once Arrested for Child Abduction

A candidate for a school board in Northern California acknowledged she was once arrested for abducting four girls from a bus stop, but said she was under "mental duress" at the time and had meant no harm. [More]

Jose Baez to represent suspect in Aruba disappearance

Attorney Jose Baez, best known for his defense of Casey Anthony, said Tuesday he has been hired by a man suspected in the disappearance of an American woman in Aruba. [More]

Students lift car off Utah biker after fiery crash

The students knew they had to act quickly when they disregarded the dangers of approaching a smoking car and rushed to help lift it so a man — trapped beneath with a motorcycle just feet away in flames — could be freed. [More]

Gumby turns himself in

The suspect in the attempted robbery of a 7-Eleven by someone dressed as Gumby has voluntarily turned himself in, according to the San Diego Police Department. [More]

Pennsylvania Mom Who Lost Job After Donating Kidney Is Put Back on Salary

The Philadelphia mom who lost her job after donating a kidney to her son has been put back on full salary until another position opens up at her company. [More]

101-year-old Detroit woman evicted in foreclosure

A 101-year-old woman was evicted from the southwest Detroit home where she lived for nearly six decades after her 65-year-old son failed to pay the mortgage. [More]

California Utility Paid $200G for Positive Stories

A newspaper report says a Southern California water utility paid nearly $200,000 in taxpayer dollars for glowing coverage from a website that boosted its profile on Google. [More]

Officials: Woman gave pot to new voters

A woman who operates a medicinal marijuana clinic in Lansing, Michigan, has been charged with breaking the state's election law after allegedly doling out free marijuana to those who registered to vote, officials said Tuesday. [More]

Republican wins Democratic district in New York race to replace Weiner

Republican Bob Turner on Tuesday won the special election in New York's heavily Democratic ninth congressional district - pulling a huge upset that few would have predicted just months ago. [More]

Winehouse's death points to risk of detoxing alone

Amy Winehouse’s father believes his daughter's battle to stop drinking may have led to her death, according to an interview with Anderson Cooper. Unfortunately, says a substance abuse treatment expert, an alcohol detox can be more deadly than most people imagine. [More]

Obama disapproval rating hits new high

President Barack Obama's disapproval rating has reached a new high of 55% while the number of Americans who think he is a strong leader has dropped to a new low, 48%, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday. [More]

Pat-down rules for kids to change

Under the new procedures, children age 12 and younger will be allowed to keep their shoes on, the TSA said. Officials also said pat downs will be used only if concerns persist. [More]

Tuesday, September 13

NTSB: Trucker on Phone at Time of Fatal Kentucky Crash

An Alabama truck driver was using his cell phone during a 2010 truck crash that killed 11 people in Kentucky, federal officials said Tuesday. The NTSB was told that Laymon had also been talking and texting on his phone in the hours leading up to the early morning accident. [More]

TSA employees are scamming?

Just give a TSA agent a $10 tip and apparently they will whisk you through the inconveniences of a long security line. (Note: they scoff at 5 bucks, so make it worth their while). [More]

TSA Officers Arrested on Drug Charges in Connecticut

Federal prosecutors in Connecticut say a state trooper, a police officer and three Transportation Security Administration officers based at airports have been arrested on charges of participating in a conspiracy to distribute tens of thousands of highly addictive painkiller pills. [More]

Pa. burglary suspect sought reward

A western Pennsylvania jewelry store owner says a man charged with burglarizing the shop called and offered to help solve the case after the owner offered a reward. [More]

Census: US poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6

The Census Bureau reports the number of Americans in poverty jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010, a 27-year high. [More]

Jet-powered school bus reaches 320 mph

The creator of a jet-powered school bus with a 42,000-horsepower engine says he has reached a top speed of 320 mph during test runs in Nebraska. [More]

Teen charged with beating his parents to death

Authorities in suburban Chicago have charged a high school student in the deaths of his parents, who were found beaten in their home. [More]

9 Amish men ordered to jail for refusing to put reflective orange signs on buggies

Nine Amish men have been ordered to jail for refusing to display an orange reflective triangle on their horse-drawn buggies. [More]

Lawyer turns topless dancer to pay the bills

When Carla graduated 10 years ago, she thought her law degree would be a permanent ticket to a high-paying job. But instead of selling her mind, Carla is dancing in a topless bar. [More]

California Principal Says Cheerleading Miniskirts Too Risque

High school cheerleaders have been told to wear sweat pants under too-short miniskirts because a Northern California principal says the uniforms are too risque. [More]

For the Cheapest Airline Tickets, Start Shopping on Tuesday Afternoon

Airlines typically file their airfare sales late Monday evening (at 8pm Eastern) [More]

Iran sets bail for 2 jailed Americans

An Iranian court Tuesday set bail of $500,000 each for two American men arrested more than two years ago and convicted on spy-related charges, clearing the way for their release a year after a similar bail-for-freedom arrangement for the third member of the group, their defense attorney said. [More]

Victim's name misspelled on 9/11 memorial

The name of a 9/11 victim etched on the just-opened memorial in Lower Manhattan was misspelled, according to his family. [More]

Ohio couple pleads guilty in duct-taped child case

A man and woman in southwest Ohio have pleaded guilty to charges in a case involving a 3-year-old who authorities say was bound with duct tape, then recorded on a cellphone. [More]

Monday, September 12

Man sues White Castle for bigger chairs

A 290-pound New York state man suing his local White Castle restaurant for bigger seats claims the chain violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. "I just want to sit down like a normal person," he said. [More]

'SpongeBob SquarePants' tied to kids’ poor attention

Poor SpongeBob. Back in 2005 he caught flak from a Christian evangelical group because its leader thought he was gay. Now a small new study suggests he could be turning preschoolers' minds to mush. [More]

Woman takes trash to mayor's office

Trash collection was skipped for some Portsmouth, Ohio, residents last week, and one woman hauled her garbage to the mayor's office to protest, officials say. The city wanted to avoid paying overtime during the week of Labor Day so the route was altered. [More]

Japan Investigates Online Posting of Obama Flight Plans

Japanese officials moved to control diplomatic damage after an air traffic controller was questioned here for posting secret American flight information on his blog, including the detailed flight plans of Air Force One last November. [More]

'Spartacus' star Whitfield dies of lymphoma

Andy Whitfield, who played the title role in the hit cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has died at age 39, according to representatives and family. [More]

Burglar found cooking inside restaurant

Police arrested a Mount Prospect, Ill., man who allegedly broke into a restaurant and made himself a meal. [More]

What Really Happened in Area 51?

Earlier this year, author Annie Jacobsen created a stir with her new book about Area 51, which proposed fantastic claims about its UFO and alien past. Our own investigation reveals why those claims don't stand up to scrutiny. [More]

Sunday, September 11

Mel Gibson's work on Jewish film 'frankly preposterous,' rabbi says

Mel Gibson will not have an acting role in a movie about Jewish historical icon Judah Maccabee, although he may direct the film, Gibson's representative said Friday. [More]

Group wants pledge out of schools

A Massachusetts group is drawing criticism for its quest to take the Pledge of Allegiance out of schools, saying it is "reminiscent of McCarthyism." [More]

Oscar winner Cliff Robertson dies at 88

Cliff Robertson, who went on to win an Oscar for his portrayal of a mentally disabled man in "Charly", died of natural causes Saturday afternoon in Stony Brook, a day after his 88th birthday, according to Evelyn Christel, his secretary of 53 years. [More]

Coffee servers cited for nudity

Police in California said three women were issued public nudity citations for allegedly serving customers in a Vietnamese coffee shop while topless. [More]

Fire damages home owned by Jack Nicholson

A blaze badly damaged a home in the Hollywood Hills that once was occupied by actor Jack Nicholson, injuring two firefighters. [More]

Officials Investigate Missing Ammo at Fort Bragg

Officials at Fort Bragg say an investigation is under way into the disappearance of nearly 14,000 rounds of ammunition at the Army base. [More]

School bus stop moved from strip club

A South Carolina school district announced it is moving a bus stop after parents complained about its location directly behind a strip club. [More]

Man says woman called him 65,000 times in a year

A 42-year-old woman has been charged with stalking after she allegedly called a man she claimed was her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times in the past year, according to an official. [More]

Neil Diamond to marry his manager

The "Sweet Caroline" singer, 70, announced Wednesday on Twitter that he is engaged to Katie McNeil, who executive produced a 2009 documentary about him. [More]

Who'll get hit by a falling satellite?

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: Sometime in the next couple of weeks, NASA expects a refrigerator-sized hunk of a satellite to fall to Earth. But will it hit anybody? Not likely. [More]

Google gobbles up restaurant reviewer Zagat

Google said Thursday it has purchased Zagat, the popular dining recommendations and ratings authority, jumping into a niche market with the likes of OpenTable, Yelp and Yahoo. [More]

Charlie Sheen's 'winning' ways get roasted

He may have looked like he was "winning," but actor Charlie Sheen took it on the chin Saturday night at a Comedy Central TV roast where his sex life, drug use and talent drew punches - and punch lines. [More]

Saturday, September 10

Hacked TV remote will auto-mute Snooki for you

When Matt Richardson works from his home in Brooklyn, New York, he likes to keeps the TV on to stay informed, but some celebrity or another is always taking up airtime and bugging him. [More]

Hackers send fake terror alerts from NBC's Twitter

A hacker broke into the Twitter account of NBC News and sent out a handful of false tweets about a suspected hijacking and a plane attack at ground zero just days before the tenth anniversary of 9/11. [More]

Police: Arizona church is a brothel

A church called the Phoenix Goddess Temple has been accused of being a house of prostitution, and a six-month undercover investigation has resulted in the arrests of 20 women and men who worked there, Phoenix police said Friday. [More]

'Biggest Loser' contestant in critical condition after fall

Former "Biggest Loser" contestant Sam Poueu is in critical condition in a San Francisco hospital after falling several stories from a building on Saturday. [More]

Texas Day Care Owner Allegedly Spiked Kids' Milk With Sleep-Inducing Drugs

Concerned employees at a Texas day care center informed authorities that its owner was serving children milk spiked with sleep inducing drugs in order to calm them. [More]

Obama jobs plan heartens frustrated blacks

President Barack Obama's jobs pitch is already playing well with blacks. While not mentioned specifically in his speech, "black people are sophisticated enough to understand" how their communities will benefit, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Friday. Administration officials said the plan would extend unemployment benefits and provide support for 1.4 million blacks who have been unemployed six months or longer. It also would boost the paychecks of 20 million black workers through payroll tax benefits, and help more than 100,000 black-owned small businesses. [More]

Obama's uncle freed from custody after drunk-driving arrest

The uncle of President Barack Obama who was arrested last month for allegedly operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol has been released from custody and told to check in regularly with immigration authorities. [More]

Flashback: Obama’s uncle is called a fugitive

The uncle of President Obama arrested in Boston on drunken driving and other charges has been a fugitive from deportation since 1992, according to two federal law enforcement officials. Onyango Obama is the second relative of the president to have defied a deportation order. [More]

Cops: 'Vampire' held after biting man outside Hooters

A self-proclaimed vampire attacked an elderly wheelchair-bound man outside a Florida Hooters Restaurant just before midnight on Thursday, leaving him bloodied and in need of stitches, police said. [More]

Single Wisconsin Mom Claims She Was Refused Home Because She Lacked a Man of the House

A Wisconsin landlady violated the Fair Housing Act when she refused to rent a house to a single mother because, among other things, she did not have a man "to shovel the snow," the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is alleging in a lawsuit on behalf of the mom. [More]

Drunken Elk Got Caught in a Tree

A homeowner in southern Sweden got a shock when he found a drunken elk stuck in his neighbor's apple tree. [More]

Blackout a reminder of power grid vulnerabilities

Power has been restored to millions of people in the Southwest and Mexico, but questions linger over how such a massive outage could have been caused by a single utility worker doing a minor repair job. [More]

Friday, September 9

Saying 'Doofuses' Could Cost Ex-Yahoo CEO $10M

In her first interview since being fired from the Internet giant, Carol Bartz told Fortune Magazine, "These people f*ck*d me over," before referring to the other Yahoo board members as "doofuses." The ex-CEO had a non-disparagement clause in her employment contact that had $10 million outstanding. [More]

Neighbor: 'Can I dump a body in your trash?'

A Tacoma man who asked his neighbors if he could dump a body in their trash can was arrested Wednesday night, police said. [More]

Arkansas man found dead in tub 'easily influenced,' family says

The family of a man whose lifeless, naked body - wearing what appeared to be a dog collar - was found in a hot tub next to a sleeping weatherman described him Thursday as someone who was "easily influenced." [More]

Dad sues Facebook over 12-year-old's nude photos

A Northern Ireland man whose 12-year-old daughter won't stop posting "sexually explicit" photos of herself on Facebook is suing the social media giant for failing to enforce its own age restrictions. [More]

Ben & Jerry's flavor: 'Schweddy Balls'

Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced a flavor based on the classic "Schweddy Balls" sketch from "Saturday Night Live" is now available. [More]

Nike releases famed 'Back to the Future' shoe

Nike is going back to the future. The company said Thursday that it has created a limited-edition shoe based on the model audiences saw in the 1989 movie "Back to the Future II." [More]

The top 10 pet-owner mistakes

Avoid common errors, and keep your four-legged pal healthy and well-behaved. [More]

Woman arrested after strip club dancing

Police in Florida said they arrested a woman who took off her clothes and asked for money at a gentlemen's club, despite not being an employed stripper. [More]

Worker blamed as 5 million lose power in Southwest

A power outage accidentally triggered by an Arizona utility company worker darkened a broad swath of the Southwest and Mexico on Thursday. [More]

US Mint officer admits taking $2.4M worth of coins

A former police officer for the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia has admitted to stealing $2.4 million worth of "error" coins and selling them to a coin distributor in California. [More]

Obama's jobs plan paid for? Seems not

President Barack Obama's promise Thursday that everything in his jobs plan will be paid for rests on highly iffy propositions. [More]

Gibson CEO: Obama Needs To Focus On Job Creators

Gibson Guitar's CEO has said repeatedly that the only reason his company is in trouble is because U.S. workers are completing work on guitar fingerboards in the United States. He has suggested that his troubles would go away if he used foreign labor. [More]

Cops on alert over possible 9/11 'active plot'

Just days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. counterterrorism officials were chasing a credible but unconfirmed al-Qaida threat to use a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington. [More]

Huge yellow diamond goes for $2.8M

The winning bid for a 43.51-carat yellow diamond seized by the U.S. government was $2,843,623 when an online auction ended Thursday afternoon. [More]

Thursday, September 8

Feds investigate solar firm that blew through $535 million in taxpayer loans

FBI agents executed search warrants Thursday at the headquarters of California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, which received more than $500 million in federal loan guarantees before filing for bankruptcy last week. [More]

The Facebook date from hell

Leah Gibbs from Australia thought she would hook up with a nice guy on Facebook. Boy was she wrong. Unknowingly, she ended up being the getaway driver for her date's robbery. [More]

Woman drives carjacker to police HQ

Police in Missouri said a motorist who was ordered to drive by an armed man who jumped on the hood of her car drove the vehicle to police headquarters. [More]

Abandoned for two weeks, starving dogs eat owner

Seven dogs starved of food and water for two weeks are suspected of eating their Indonesian owner after he returned to his hometown in Manado from a holiday. [More]

Police investigating Apple house search

Police have opened an investigation into the search of a man's home by Apple employees, an official said Wednesday. San Francisco police were flooded with inquiries and barraged with criticism after releasing a statement on Friday saying four officers had aided Apple, which sent two of its security officials to search a man's home for a "lost item." [More]

Man in Gumby costume tries to rob 7-Eleven

San Diego police say surveillance tape shows a person dressed like Gumby telling a convenience store clerk he is being robbed, fumbling inside the costume as if to pull a gun, dropping 26 cents and leaving. [More]

Pet insurer giving award for oddest claim

A California pet health insurance company said finalists for the strangest claim of the year award include a pug that swallowed 100 rocks. [More]

Calif. principal accused of molesting 7 girls

The principal of a small private school in the suburbs of the state capital was arrested Wednesday on charges that he fondled at least seven girls over the past 15 years, months after he was accused of touching female students under their clothes. [More]

Parents: Casey Anthony Medical Condition May Have Contributed to Daughter's Death

Casey Anthony may have suffered from a medical condition that contributed to the death of her daughter, according to her parents, in an excerpt of a "Dr. Phil" interview reported Wednesday. [More]

Wisconsin mother, son leave fallen relative to die

A Wisconsin woman and her son abandoned their 70-year-old relative after she fell to the floor, going out for pizza rather than administering aid, prosecutors alleged this week. The relative died two days later. [More]

More than $1.2 billion in $1 coins in storage

Officials at the Federal Reserve Bank in Baltimore said they are running out of room to store the $1 coins they are forced to order. [More]

Update: Cops relent, will pay for woman's body cavity search

A woman who refused to pay a $1,122 hospital bill for a court-appointed body cavity search won an important victory: Police will foot the bill. [More]

91 charged in $295M Medicare fraud crackdown

A nationwide law enforcement crackdown has charged 91 people — including doctors and other medical professionals — with participating in Medicare fraud schemes involving $295 million in false billing. [More]

Wednesday, September 7

TV Mom Dresses Tot as Hooker

In tonight’s episode of TLC’s "Toddlers & Tiaras," little Paisley trots out on stage in a pair of thigh-high vinyl boots, spandex miniskirt and wig, identical to what Julia Roberts’ character, a low-rent Hollywood hooker, wore in 1990’s “Pretty Woman.” [More]

Arkansas Man Found Dead in Empty Hot Tub With Local TV Meteorologist

Authorities said Tuesday that they are investigating the death of an Arkansas man found in an unfilled hot tub with a sleeping male TV meteorologist. [More]

US falls to 5th in global competitiveness

The U.S. has tumbled further down a global ranking of the world's most competitive economies, landing at fifth place because of its huge deficits and declining public faith in government, a global economic group said Wednesday. The U.S. was No. 1 in 2008. [More]

Police: Man tried to bust dog out of pound

Police in Connecticut said a man arrested on drug charges and released on bail was detained again after trying to break his dog out of the city pound. [More]

Father Left Baby in Car While at Bar

A Marin County man has been arrested on suspicion of leaving his baby inside his car while he was in a bar. When witnesses confronted the father, he went to the car, rolled the windows down partially and went back inside. That's when they contacted police. [More]

Man arrested for having sex with a raft

Police in Ohio said a man who was seen engaging in sexual activity with an inflatable swimming raft had previous arrests for public indecency. [More]

NM woman gets cavity search — and a bill for it

A New Mexico woman wants officials to pay the $1,122 hospital bill she received for undergoing a court-ordered cavity search. [More]

Couple Who Met Online Found Dead at Gun Range

Police in Overland Park, Kan., were investigating the shooting deaths of a couple at a shooting range Tuesday afternoon. [More]

Debt commission members rake in health money

Doctors, drugmakers, hospitals and health insurers have spent millions over the years wooing lawmakers who now are on the powerful congressional panel charged with finding a formula to control deficits and debt, a new analysis finds. [More]

Yahoo CEO Bartz fired over the phone, rocky run ends

Yahoo Inc Chairman Roy Bostock fired CEO Carol Bartz over the phone on Tuesday, ending a tumultuous tenure marked by stagnation and a rift with Chinese partner Alibaba. [More]

Slain Yale student's family sues, says school failed to protect women

The family of a Yale pharmacology student who was killed by a lab technician shortly before her wedding day has sued the university, saying it failed to protect women on its campus. [More]

Mich. governor signs 48-month welfare limit

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law a stricter, four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits, prompting advocates for the poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without cash assistance on Oct. 1. [More]

Tuesday, September 6

DNC Chair Dodges Questions on Hoffa

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz tried to deflect specific questions about Hoffa's comments, in which he told a crowd in Detroit that America faced "a war on workers, you see it everywhere - it is the Tea Party," and urged the crowd to "take these son-of-a-bitches out." Hoffa made the comments while introducing President Obama at the union rally on Labor Day. [More]

Colorado Teen Loses Legs While Boarding Train

A 17-year-old Colorado State University student lost both her legs when she tried to hop aboard a freight train and slipped underneath the moving train on Monday, police said. [More]

Man killed in plane collision with girlfriend

A pilot was communicating by radio with her boyfriend before their planes collided in the air over Alaska last week, killing him, a federal investigator said. [More]

Casey Anthony's Lawyers Accuse Ex-Fiance of Cashing In by Shopping Book Deal

Casey Anthony’s legal team has accused her ex-fiance of “cashing in” for shopping a book detailing his relationship with the mother of tragic two-year-old Caylee Anthony. [More]

10 Voice Actors You Hear Regularly

There are actors in this world who you have never actually heard of, but whose work you hear on a daily basis. Here are ten iconic voices that you've probably never thought twice about. [More]

Pregnant Woman Crashes Through Ceiling During Break-In

A woman who claimed to be five months pregnant was arrested Sunday for trying to break into a Phoenix horse racing track through the ceiling. [More]

Obama hits all-time low, NBC News/WSJ poll finds

When Barack Obama unveils his jobs and economic plan on Thursday, he'll do so at the lowest point of his presidency, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. [More]

Va. woman eats 183 wings in 12 minutes

A 105-pound Virginia woman won her fifth consecutive National Buffalo Wing Eating Contest, out-eating competitors, including top-ranked Joey Chestnut. [More]

Grandson, 6, makes life-saving 911 call

A Massachusetts man said he credits his 6-year-old grandson's cool head with saving his life by dialing 911 when he collapsed from diabetic shock. [More]

Five keys to diabetes prevention

Would you be willing to change one aspect of your life - such as eating healthier or exercising more - if you knew it would reduce your likelihood of developing diabetes? Would you make two, three or five lifestyle changes to bring down those chances even more? [More]

31 People Shot in New York City in 48 Hours

In one of the bloodiest weekends in New York's recent history, 31 people were shot in roughly 48 hours. [More]

Man makes cash telling jokes for $1

An out-of-work New York man said he found a way to bolster his finances by telling jokes for $1 a laugh in the city's Central Park. [More]

Monday, September 5

Boss Shows Gun to Worker, Accidentally Shoots Her

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reports that the boss was apparently showing the woman the gun Saturday afternoon when it went off. [More]

Man arrested after calling 911 on escorts

Police in Kansas said a man was arrested on a charge of patronizing a prostitute after he called police to complain about an escort service. [More]

Obama to spend Labor Day at union rally

President Barack Obama is celebrating Labor Day in Detroit, previewing his ideas for job creation and economic growth at a rally with thousands of supportive labor union members. [More]

Postal Service Warns of the 'D' Word

Default is likely by winter, postal chief says, if Congress doesn't do something to save the financially troubled agency, which reportedly isn't able to make an upcoming $5.5 billion retiree benefits payment. [More]

Group breaks bar-hopping record

A group of 13 drinkers visited 200 bars throughout New York's Manhattan to set a new Guinness World Record for most pubs visited within a 24-hour-period. [More]

Toy poodle helps rescue teen from burning home

Authorities say a toy poodle named Ted saved a life in Utah by leading firefighters through his owner's smoke-filled home to a 19-year-old man asleep in the basement. [More]

Coffee buzz may be all in your head

If you’re one of those people who can’t start the day without a jolt of java, the mere thought of decaf is probably enough to put you to sleep. But a new study suggests you really needn’t worry that your favorite breakfast hangout one day will accidentally put decaf in the caffeinated carafe. [More]

Police: Man 'molested' vending machine

Police in Florida said they arrested a man who "maliciously molested, opened, broke, injured, damaged and inserted his body parts" into a vending machine. [More]

Sunday, September 4

Mom Said No Martial Arts; Son Knocked Her Out

Authorities in Florida say a man knocked his mother unconscious because she didn't want him to practice martial arts inside the house. [More]

N.M. Police Officer Fired After Caught Having Sex

A New Mexico state police officer has been fired after security cameras caught him in uniformed having sex with a woman on the hood of a car. [More]

Cops Bust Mom for Leaving Toddler in 135-Degree Car

A Colorado mom was cited for child abuse after leaving her toddler in a car in near record heat while she visited a tanning salon. [More]

Shark fin soup could disappear in Calif.

A Chinese delicacy may soon disappear from California restaurants if a bill to ban the sale of shark fins makes it through the state Senate. [More]

Production Resumes After Porn Performer Retests HIV-Negative

An adult film performer who tested HIV positive and caused the porn industry to shut down production as a precaution has been retested and the actor does not have the virus, a porn industry trade group said Saturday. [More]

Strauss-Kahn returns home

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, his presidential hopes shattered by a sex assault scandal that rocked his homeland, returned on Sunday to France facing a frosty public reception and unease among his political allies. [More]

Toy poodle helps save teen in house fire

A toy poodle has been credited with helping rescue a 19-year-old man from a house fire in West Jordan, Utah, police say. [More]

Labor unions adjust to new reality under Obama

In the early days of the Obama administration, organized labor had grand visions of pushing through a sweeping agenda that would help boost sagging membership and help revive union strength. Now labor faces this reality: Public employee unions are in a drawn-out fight for their very survival. [More]

Many US schools adding iPads, trimming textbooks

For incoming freshmen at western Connecticut's suburban Brookfield High School, hefting a backpack weighed down with textbooks is about to give way to tapping out notes and flipping electronic pages on a glossy iPad tablet computer. [More]

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