· Neighbors Thought Dead Man Was Halloween Display. Residents of a Southern California apartment complex say they saw a lifeless body slumped on a neighbor's patio, but didn't call police because they thought it was part of a Halloween display.
· 'Illegal Alien' Halloween Costume Sparks Ire. A Southern California immigrant rights group on Friday asked Target stores and a costume company to stop selling an "illegal alien" Halloween costume it said is offensive to immigrants.
· Nicolas Cage sues ex-manager for "financial ruin." Actor Nicolas Cage filed a $20 million lawsuit against his former business manager on Friday, accusing him of negligence and fraud that sent the "National Treasure" star "down a path toward financial ruin."
· Federal deficit triples from year ago. The federal budget deficit has surged to an all-time high of $1.42 trillion as the recession caused tax revenues to plunge while the government was spending massive amounts to stabilize the financial system and jump-start the economy.
· Catholic Priest Suspended for Fathering Child A Wisconsin diocese late Friday suspended a Roman Catholic priest who fathered a child during a five-year relationship in Illinois and may have been involved separately with a minor.
· Mass. police: Victim finds robber applying for job. Police said a man accused of stealing a woman's wallet was tracked down by his alleged victim after he made his getaway on a bus and later tried to fill out a job application.
· Peanut products doing just fine after health scare. Food makers processed more peanuts over the past year than nearly any other time on record despite a national salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine people and scaring consumers away from peanut products for months
Friday, October 16, 2009
· Balloon Boy: Child Protective Services to Check Out Falcon Heene's Family. Police have asked child protective services to investigate the Colorado family of a boy who was believed to have been aboard a runaway homemade flying saucer, but was later found to be hiding in his family's garage.
· School Chief Sticks By 'Zero Tolerance' Ruling for Eagle Scout. The New York school superintendent who suspended an Eagle Scout for 20 days for keeping a 2-inch utility knife locked in his car is unwilling to speak to the teen's family or bend in his ruling.
· Richard Hatch ends federal evasion sentence. “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch was released from a Massachusetts jail early Friday after completing a federal sentence for evading taxes on the $1 million he won during the CBS reality show’s first season.
· Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license. Civil rights advocates in eastern Louisiana are calling for a justice of the peace of Tangipahoa Parish to resign after he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish's 8th Ward, said that he was concerned for the children who might be born of the relationship and that, in his experience, most interracial marriages don't last.
· Balloon family was featured on 'Wife Swap.' The family behind a dramatic flight of a helium balloon that floated free appeared on a reality show that highlighted concerns about the children's safety.
· 'Balloon Boy' Says, 'We Did This for a Show.' The 6-year-old Colorado boy thought to have floated off in a homemade balloon has raised questions whether it might have been an elaborate attention-getting family stunt. During a live interview on CNN Thursday night, Falcon Heene's father asked, "Why didn't you come out?" The boy answered, "You had said we did this for a show."
· Berlin brothel cuts rates for 'green' customers. Part of Berlin's red-light scene is going green. One bordello, hoping to stave off falling demand in the economic crisis, has begun offering discounts to customers who pedal bicycles to the door.
· Sex Offender Freed in Budget Cut Program. Colorado authorities said they inadvertently released a sex offender from prison under a moneysaving early release initiative, prompting Republican lawmakers on Thursday to urge the state's Democratic governor to suspend the program.
· Driver suspended for wearing pink tie for cancer. A Springfield Mass Transit District bus driver has received a one-day unpaid suspension for wearing a pink necktie to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
· Willingham juror no longer sure of his guilt in Texas case. At least one member of the jury that sentenced Cameron Todd Willingham to death in the arson homicides of his three children says she is struggling with the idea that she might have convicted an innocent man.
· Texas police find woman, 45, living with corpse. A 45-year-old Texas woman has been committed for mental evaluation after authorities say she lived in an apartment for a week with her dead boyfriend's body.
· Deaths at Arizona Sweat Lodge Ruled Homicide. The deaths of two people during a sweat lodge ceremony led by self-help expert James Arthur Ray are being investigated as homicides, authorities said Thursday.
· Senate proposals put premium on healthy living. Get in shape or pay a price. By more than doubling the maximum rewards and penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the bills could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol.
· Texas man finds a rocket launcher on his property. A man who found a green metallic tube while cutting trees on his Comal County property thought it had a military look, like a rocket launcher. He was right.
· McCain daughter sorry for Twitter cleavage snap. Meghan McCain, one of the daughters of former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, has apologized for using Twitter to post a picture in which she displayed an ample amount of cleavage.
· Baby OK after train hits stroller in Australia. Police in Australia say a 6-month-old baby has miraculously survived a train hitting his stroller that had rolled onto the tracks. The train pushed the stroller about 130 feet along the tracks before it stopped.
· David Letterman extortion suspect threatened to write book. A television producer charged with attempting to extort $2 million from U.S. talk-show host David Letterman threatened to write a book about the TV star's affairs with employees, court documents showed on Thursday.
· Man says cat stolen, chlorine dumped in fish tank. Police said a man reported a strange burglary in which the property involved had four legs and fins. Police Lt. Randy Ziegler said the man reported that whoever broke into his home dumped chlorine in his fish tank, killing the fish, and made off with his cat.
· Okla. mom charged with locking son in closets. The mother of a 14-year-old Oklahoma boy who says he was locked away in apartment closets over four years was charged Thursday with 29 counts of child abuse for allegedly torturing and imprisoning the teen.
· Thief takes $60, but Ga. man just wants penny back. Ralph Baker isn't too upset that he lost $60 when someone broke into his Macon apartment and stole his wallet. It's the penny that was tucked inside the black billfold that really has him riled.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
· Update: Missing Boy Found Safe. CNN is reporting that the 6-year-old thought to be riding in a run-away balloon was found hiding in the family's garage attic - in an apparent attempt to avoid punishment for releasing his dad's balloon. [Developing]
· Crypt above Marilyn Monroe back up for auction. The crypt above Marilyn Monroe is going back on the auction block. Bidding for the marble mausoleum crypt will start at $500,000 beginning Oct. 19, according to organizer Eric Gazin of AuctionCause.com. A previous $4.6 million bid for the space fell through.
· Mexican rock star infected after buttock injections. Doctors operated on Mexican rock star Alejandra Guzman Thursday after she contracted an infection from injections in her buttocks, her family told media here. Guzman told Televisa beforehand that she regretted opting for plastic surgery to enhance her buttocks, and said that she now risked being paralyzed.
· Developing: Balloon lands empty; search on for boy. A balloon that was set adrift today by a 6-year-old boy from his parents' Fort Collins, Colorado, home was empty when it landed, but authorities said they were searching for the boy on the ground. Police said a sibling had reported seeing the boy on board.
· Ark. officer forced to use stun gun on brother. Authorities said a Vilonia police officer involved in a fracas at a private club in Conway has been taken into custody only after he was Tasered by his own brother, who is a Conway officer. Vilonia officer Jeremy Smith, 32, faces charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
· Mother Takes Blame For 400-Pound Teen. There was widespread reaction to a story first aired on Local 6 Tuesday about a 400-pound 13-year-old. Doctors contacted state officials and the boy's mother was fearful the Department of Children and Families might take him away.
· Shriver apologizes for breaking cell phone law. California first lady Maria Shriver says she's sorry for breaking a state law that requires drivers to use hands-free devices while talking on cell phones.
· Pregnant teen graces cover of Teen Vogue. A representative for Teen Vogue said that they didn’t know Dunn was pregnant until after the photo shoot, and production schedules, among other factors, led to the decision to keep the cover in place.
· Boy, 14, accused of coercing girls into sending him nude photos. A 14-year-old Whitnall High School student who was found guilty earlier this year of sexually assaulting a child is now accused of coercing teen girls into sending him sexually explicit photos of themselves.
· Polanski said working to finish new movie from jail. Director Roman Polanski is finishing work on his latest film from a Swiss jail where he is fighting extradition to the United States on a 1977 sex charge, writer Robert Harris said Wednesday.
· Train derailment victims settle for $30 million. A commuter rail agency agreed to pay about $30 million to settle most of the lawsuits from a derailment that killed 11 people and injured another 180 after a driver trying to commit suicide parked his gas-drenched SUV on the tracks, attorneys said Wednesday.
· CBS Show On Casey Causes Controversy. A CBS News special featuring Casey Anthony is creating a controversy before it airs, with some calling for a boycott of the network's sponsors. The special, which will air Saturday night on "48 Hours Mystery," promises to deliver exclusive interviews and shocking new clues that could change the investigation into Anthony, who is charged with murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee.
· Sheriff: Drunk dad, son rob home, son passes out. Officials say a drunk father and son burglarized a home and were caught after the son was found passed out under the invalid homeowner's bed. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said Wednesday that a 37-year-old man and his 19-year-old son were arrested Sunday.
· British singer Leona Lewis 'punched' at book signing. British singer Leona Lewis was punched in the head during a book signing in London on Wednesday. Lewis, 24, had been signing copies of her autobiography for around 90 minutes at a book store in the upmarket Piccadilly district of London when "a guy came up and punched her to the side of the head," the spokesman said.
· Robber loses wallet, then asks victim to return it. Police said a would-be robber was in jail after losing his wallet during the attempted robbery then phoning the victim and asking for it to be returned. Little Rock police said the 23-year-old man was arrested on robbery charges Tuesday.
· Two Madoff victims file lawsuit against the SEC. Two victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, seeking at least the $2.4 million they lost in the fraud. The victims, believed to be the first to sue the SEC over the $65 billion fraud, said in court papers the agency was negligent and breached its duties by failing to investigate Madoff, despite numerous warnings and tips.
· Portland man gets probation after stabbing ex-girlfriend's pet fish. A 27-year-old Southeast Portland man who beat his ex-girlfriend and then stabbed her pet fish and left it impaled in her apartment has been sentenced to two years of probation and a psychological evaluation.
· Police arrest woman after she reports stolen marijuana. Saginaw County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 54-year-old woman Sunday after she reported the theft of several marijuana plants from her Brant Township home.
· 86-year-old charged with cat theft. Neighbors say it’s a case of a cat-napping. But the suspect – an 86-year-old woman – says she took in a stray cat, cared for it for almost a year and then was charged with theft.
· First photo: Jaycee Dugard as she is now. The hair is darker, bordering on brown, but Jaycee Dugard’s clear blue eyes still sparkle in a face lit by a brilliant smile. Looking out from the cover of People magazine, the young woman who was kidnapped at the age of 11 appears to be 10 years younger than her 29 years.
· She's A Doll: First Lady Is An Action Figure. Standing six inches tall the First Lady figure comes with a choice of three outfits, each showing off her trademark bare arms. On the toymaker's website, they say the Michelle doll is a 'must have.'
· Teacher could face death for killing lover's pregnant fiancé. A Mississippi middle school teacher could face the death penalty after she was found guilty Tuesday of fatally shooting and stabbing her lover's pregnant fiancé in 2006.
· Detroit Woman Charged With Murdering Her Two Children. A woman intentionally set a fire at her boyfriend's mobile home in suburban Detroit, killing two of her young children while fleeing with a third, a prosecutor said Tuesday in filing murder charges.
· Kentucky girl loses state golf title after admitting scorecard error. Emma Talley wants people to know that she didn't try to cheat. In fact, she'd probably be a two-time state golf champion right now if she didn't turn herself in for a scorecard mistake.
· Firefighter Badly Burned as Safety Demo Goes Horribly Wrong. D.C. Fire and EMS Department Chief Dennis Rubin apologized for the incident, in which firefighters set a mock dorm room on fire in what was supposed to be a safety exercise on the campus of Galludet University. When the firefighters started to put the fire out, a plexiglass curtain went up in flames, melted, and began to drip fire on the men.
· Ala. Party Mistakenly Taps Dead Man For Panel. Reynolds Smith Jr. was a stalwart Democratic voter in Alabama. But the Alabama Democratic Party overlooked another fact when it appointed Smith to an interim party panel: He died in November.