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Saturday, January 10, 2004

· Blake Murder Trial May Last Six Months.  Actor Robert Blake faced a room full of potential jurors Friday as hundreds were asked if they could serve on a trial that could last up to six months.  Read More

· Princess Diana's driver may not have been drunk.  In the latest twist, British police now have serious doubts over whether chauffeur Henri Paul was drunk when he crashed the car carrying the princess and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed  Read More

· Pete Rose Sees No Reason to Quit Gambling.  In his latest autobiography and accompanying interviews this week, baseball's hits king says he's still wagering at race tracks, but insists that his gambling isn't a problem and shouldn't be a concern.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Chagrin [cha·grin] n.  A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event.   Read More

· IRS agents shut down gambling at Binion's Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas.  U.S. marshals and agents from the Internal Revenue Service shut down gambling at Binion's Horseshoe hotel-casino Friday, enforcing what authorities said was a federal court judgment for nonpayment of union benefits.  Read More

· Restaurant in 'SNL' credits folding.  El Teddy's, a once-trendy Mexican restaurant that became a fixture in lower Manhattan and on late-night television, is down to its last Saturday night.  Read More

· Allegations arise in Peterson trial survey.  Several university students said they fabricated survey results factored into in a judge's decision to move Scott Peterson's capital murder trial out of Modesto.  "We falsified the info," said a 20-year-old criminal justice student at California State University, Stanislaus. "The stuff we submitted wasn't true."  Read More

· Donald Trump Wannabes Drew Big Ratings for NBC.  The spectacle of 16 wannabe tycoons selling lemonade and sucking up to real estate magnate Donald Trump proved to be a winning formula for NBC.  Read More

· Jury kicks butt.  In a precedent-setting case, Brooklyn jurors yesterday awarded $20 million to the widow of a cigarette smoker who died of cancer, saying they wanted to teach Big Tobacco a lesson for selling a deadly product.  Read More

· Bryant defense blasts 'hand span' request.  Defense lawyers for NBA star Kobe Bryant, accused of raping a hotel employee in Eagle, Colorado, said in court documents released Friday they had no objection to a prosecution request to measure the basketball player's hand span.  Read More

· For internet sale: aircraft carrier, only three owners.  For the man who has (almost) everything it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Tired of corporate jets, ocean-going yachts and seafront properties in Barbados? Then what about your very own aircraft carrier?  Read More

· State phone books held up for image.  The Idaho Department of Administration recalled 500 state telephone directory books after state lawyers warned they did not have explicit permission to use an image of a deceased Iraq war hero on the cover.  Read More

· How to perk up your morning cup of coffee.  While many brands slip cheaper beans into their blends, consumer vigilance — and new technologies — can bring you an even tastier brew.  Read More

· SCO approached Google about Linux license.  SCO Group Inc., the software company that is suing IBM and extracting royalties from other Linux users, said Friday that it had held "low-level talks" with Internet search engine Google about a license agreement.  Read More

· Tom Cruise says Buddhism is grandfather of scientology.  The 41-year-old star, sporting short hair and a grey suit, waxed lyrical on Buddhism during a Paris news conference.  Read More

· Jackson Leasing Beverly Hills Mansion.  Michael Jackson, who says he'll never live at his Neverland Ranch again, has found a $20 million substitute.  The pop star is leasing a cliffside estate described as the "crown jewel of Beverly Hills."  Read More

Friday, January 9, 2004

· Aspen Ski instructor fired for calling student "fat retarded kid."   Alison Berkley described one student as a "fat retarded kid" and "whale boy," and said students' "ultrawealthy" parents "think I'm a miracle worker because their brain-dead kid actually got excited about something besides video games for the first time since the day she turned 13."  Read More

· Woman objects to carrying coffin photo of crash victim.  A judge ordered a woman to carry a photo of the man she killed while drunk driving in a head-on collision.  The man's parents complied by sending a picture of him in his casket.  Read More

Word of The Day by WordThink

Voluminous [vo·lu·mi·nous] adj.  Having great volume, fullness, size, or number; ample or lengthy in speech or writing: voluminous paperwork.  Read More

· 'Mega' Loser Charged With Filing False Report.  The woman who said she lost the winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket has been charged with filing a false police report.  Read More

· Sports celebrity phone numbers leaked by AP.  The world's largest wire service accidentally transmitted an internal list of sports figures' phone numbers - more than 750 celebrities - to many of its media customers.  Read More

· Burger King customers told: 'You are too fat to have a Whopper.'  Police believe teenage pranksters are hacking into the wireless frequency of a US Burger King drive-through speaker to tell potential customers they are too fat for fast food.  Read More

· Kazaa is a virus minefield.  Forty-five percent of the executable files downloaded through Kazaa, the most popular file-sharing program, contain malicious code like viruses and Trojan horses, according to a new study.  Read More

· 13-year-old drunken driver surprises Minnesota troopers.  "We do arrest teens for drunken driving," police said. "But usually they're 16 or 17. In 24 1/2 years of doing this, I can't remember a case when a 13-year-old was arrested for DWI."  Read More

· Jury Selection Begins in Blake Murder Trial.  Jury selection for the murder trial of actor Robert Blake began a full month before the publicly announced date and while the court was telling news organizations that the process wouldn't begin until next month.  Read More

· Man Finds, Returns $4,000.  Honesty is the best policy. That's the way long-time MBTA employee Peter Popovics sees it. Popovics found an envelope in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot. Inside was $4,000 and a checkbook. He didn't keep the cash.  Read More

· Rosie O'Donnell hosts first gay and lesbian family cruise.  "We are the gay cruise with family values," O'Donnell said.  Read More

· Treasury Secretary O'Neill Calls Bush a 'Blind Man.'  Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill likened President Bush to "a blind man in a room full of deaf people."  Read More

· Mountain Lion Shot After Fatal Attack.  A mountain lion attacked at least one bicyclist in an Orange County park, critically injuring a woman and possibly killing a man found nearby.  Read More

· Gadgets Galore To Make Home Entertaining.  The long-promised dream of digital home entertainment networks seems closer to reality than ever at the annual gadget extravaganza known as the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off yesterday with a dazzling lineup of new contraptions.  Read More

· Forbes Family to Sell Faberge Eggs.  The Forbes family's Faberge collection - 12 eggs and an assortment of other gems - will be auctioned in the spring and could fetch up to $90 million, Sotheby's said.  Read More

· Volvo solves blind spot.  Swedish automobile maker Volvo claim to have solved one of the great problems with car driving, the blind spot responsible for many traffic accidents. A digital camera installed in side mirrors monitor traffic around the car and issues warnings to the driver.  Read More

· Castro lover Danny Glover visits Venezuela's Chavez.  Actor Danny Glover was among a delegation of black American activists who began a nine-day visit to meet President Hugo Chavez and study the situation of blacks in Venezuela.  Read More

· Gennifer Flowers Joining N.Y. Music Revue.  The woman who says she had an intimate relationship with President Clinton will be joining "Boobs! The Musical," a revue currently running at a midtown Manhattan nightspot, on Jan. 21.  Read More

· Diaz not getting hitched.  They may be one of Hollywood's hottest couples but Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake have no plans to tie the knot.  Read More

Thursday, January 8, 2004

· Manhunt for Murder, Kidnap Suspect Over.  Jerry William Jones, 31, was in police custody after shooting himself. The three kidnapped girls, the murder suspect's two daughters and a former stepdaughter, were found unharmed.  Read More

· Secret photo of a cowering dictator.  The moment Saddam Hussein was dragged from his hole and exposed to the world – but it is a snapshot the U.S. military did not want the world to see.  Read More

· Treasury breaks word on e-mail anonymity.  The U.S. Treasury Department plans to publish nearly 10,000 e-mail addresses on the Web, violating its privacy promise to Americans who used e-mail to comment on a government proceeding.  Read More

· Cop Loses Prisoner at Doughnut Shop.  Police are conducting an internal investigation in the case of a prisoner escaping from a police car while the officer had coffee at a Tim Horton's bakery.  Read More

· Elizabeth Smart Suspect Waives Hearing.  Elizabeth Smart kidnapping suspect Wanda Barzee waived a hearing that could have determined whether she is competent to stand trial.  Read More

· Judge OKs Moving Peterson Trial.  A judge ruled on Thursday that accused murderer Scott Peterson can't get a fair jury in his dead wife's hometown and ordered the case moved out of Stanislaus County.  Read More

· Kobe Booed In Denver.  Crowd Chants 'Guilty! Guilty!' During 3rd Quarter, leading Denver to a 113-91 rout of the LA Lakers.  Read More

· Mega Loser Admits Lying.  A woman admitted through tears that she lied about losing the winning ticket for a $162 million lottery prize, saying: "I wanted to win so badly for my kids and my family."  Read More

· Prisoner Missed Jail Life, thrashes Lamborghini.  A struggling ex-convict hurled a bench through the window of a Lamborghini sportscar to get himself jailed again, a court has heard.  Read More

· $1 million offered for wedding video.  Britney broke his heart, but Jason could be crying all the way to the bank.  Jason Alexander has been offered $1 million for the video of him and Britney Spears exchanging I do's at a cheesy Las Vegas chapel.  Read More

· Teacher Charged for Having Sex With 11-Year-Old.  A music teacher carried on a 19-month sexual relationship with a boy she seduced when he was 11 years old, authorities said.  Read More

· Actor Jim Carrey Tops Money-Making List.  Nicole Kidman finished second, followed by Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Renee Zellweger.  Read More

· Smoking Cops Kick Butts to Keep Badge.  Riverside County wants to cut back their skyrocketing workers' compensation insurance costs, and is kicking off the effort by banning smoking for anyone who wears a badge.  Read More

· The Clock That Never Works.  A spoof on the flashing VCR Clock.  Look closely or you'll think it's a dead web page!  Read More

· Robert Duvall slams Spielberg.  'I'll never work at DreamWorks again.' In a CBS "60 Minutes II" interview, the Oscar-winning performer sharply criticized filmmaker Steven Spielberg for meeting with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in November 2002.  Read More

· Garr: "The whole MS stuff put the kibosh on my career."  There's a reason we haven't seen much of Teri Garr. It's very simple, she says. "My agents have me in the Actors' Protection Program. It seems to be working very well. Nobody can find me."  Read More

· Judge says some women 'ask to be smacked around.'  A US judge has resigned over allegations he said domestic violence cases were a waste of time and that some women asked to get "smacked around".  Read More

· Gag Order In Jackson Case.  Prosecutors have filed a motion seeking a gag order against Jackson attorney Mark Geragos. It's similar to the one in place against him in the Scott Peterson murder case.  Read More

· Canadian taxpayers to pay $1 million for Conan O'Brien visit.  Canada's taxpayers will help foot the bill to the tune of $1 million when American late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien tapes a week of shows in Toronto.  Read More

· Company Targets Teens With Hip-Hop Condoms.  A campaign to market a new line of condoms to teens has some people wondering if it's conveying a message that condom use — and, in essence, sex — is cool for kids.  Read More

· News Anchor Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Store Items.  A television news anchor for the Villages News Network [Florida] was arrested for allegedly stealing a fruit tray and some cigarettes from a grocery store, according to a report.  Read More

· Harrison Ford's Divorce Becomes Final.  The actor's divorce from his wife of 18 years, screenwriter Melissa Mathison Ford, became final this week.  Read More

· Oops, TV news did it again.  Turmoil in Iraq, a bicycle bomber strikes in Afghanistan, mad cows are reported to be roaming the West, but the big story on Action News tonight is the marriage of pop diva Britney Spears. And now, here’s your Action News team with the full report.  Read More

· Injured Goofy Sues Disney For $300,000.  It's true! Goofy is suing Disney. It's the man who played the Disney character on the company's cruise ship. The man suing says the Magic turned into a nightmare for him.  Read More

· Liza Minnelli Appears in Divorce Court.  Liza Minnelli made an appearance Wednesday in divorce court, where her lawyer complained that the entertainer's husband, David Gest, was avoiding pretrial examination by hiding in Hawaii.  Read More

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

· Crook survives 8-story plunge.  A teenage burglar escaped from the custody of security guards and then survived an eight-story drop out of a Times Square office building, police said.  Read More

· Man says he’s addicted to cable TV; wants to sue.  Cable TV made a West Bend man addicted to TV, caused his wife to be overweight and his kids to be lazy, he says. And he’s threatening to sue the cable company.  Read More

· Clinic teaches problem drinkers to drink.  Blue Cross director Halvor Kjoelstad said that drinking habits must first be charted, people must understand what attracts them to drinking alcohol, and then they examine potential problems that could be creating negative reactions when they are intoxicated.  Read More

· Diana not pregnant when she died.  The Princess of Wales was not pregnant when she died, a former royal coroner says, apparently ruling out one of the rumours that has swirled around her death in a car crash six years ago.  Read More

· Man making a mint from Britney wedding photo.  Britney and Jason are history but the man who took their wedding picture is making a mint from their marriage.  Read More

· Pete Rose's Former Cohorts Say He's Still Lying.  Baseball's hits king finally acknowledged that he bet on baseball while he managed the Cincinnati Reds, but insists that he never placed wagers from his office. Not true, say two of his reputed bet runners.  Read More

· Dying George Harrison forced by doctor to sign autograph.  George Harrison was forced to autograph a guitar on his deathbed for his Staten Island cancer doctor - and even had to endure an impromptu concert by the physician's 12-year-old son, a new bombshell lawsuit charges.  Read More

· Father accused of beating convicted sex offender.  A Gainesville man was arrested Tuesday morning after authorities said he used an ax handle to beat up a convicted sexual offender who authorities said touched his son.  Read More

· Celine Dion Gets Star on Hollywood Walk.  Celine Dion broke down in tears as she thanked her late father for being her "No. 1 fan" during a ceremony Tuesday to receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Read More

· Duvall: Money Was 'Godfather III' Issue.  Actor Robert Duvall says money was the reason he didn't appear in Frances Ford Coppola's "Godfather III," in an interview to air Wednesday on CBS'"60 Minutes II."  Read More

· Schwarzenegger: "I changed my mind. I want to go back to acting."  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives his first California State of the State address yesterday.  Read More

· Jacko Fans 'Scared' by Nation of Islam.  It was only a matter of time before Michael Jackson's loyal fans said something about their hero's involvement with the Nation of Islam.  Read More

· Strutting your stuff in stilettos is good for you.  New research will bring joy to the hearts of Sex and the City's Carrie and Charlotte, and shoe-loving women everywhere - high heels may actually help their wearers avoid painful knee conditions.  Read More

· Lottery Loser's Shady Past.  The Ohio woman who told police that she purchased - and then lost - the winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket - has several arrests on her rap sheet, including convictions for assault and credit card fraud.  Read More

· Girl forced to sex as payment for cab ride.  A taxi driver is charged for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. The 35-year-old man forced himself on her because she did not have the money to pay for the cab.  Read More

· Peterson Prosecutors Will Call Burglary Suspect.  One of the men who burglarized a home in Scott Peterson's neighborhood hours after Laci Peterson's Christmas Eve disappearance will be called as a witness by the prosecution in the upcoming double murder trial, according to court documents filed.  Read More

Tuesday, January 6, 2004

· Jail for high-calorie hoaxer.  Robert Ligon, 68, begins a 15-month jail sentence today for claiming, fraudulently, that his “carob-coated” doughnut contained only three grams of fat and 135 calories. In fact, the chocolate-glazed treat contained a belt-busting 18 grams of fat and 530 calories.  Read More

· Hefner Would Like Spears As a Girlfriend.  Now that Britney Spears is a single woman again, she already has at least one potential beau: Hugh Hefner.  Read More

· Report:  Britney's "ex" is convicted thug.  BRITNEY’S ex-husband is a convicted thug who has been arrested three times, it was revealed last night.  Read More

· Cocaine killed Righteous Brothers' Hatfield.  Righteous Brothers singer Bobby Hatfield's death in November was caused by cocaine and not just heart failure.  Read More

· NBC, Shriver Discussing 'Dateline' Leave.  NBC News is talking with California first lady Maria Shriver about an extended leave from her "Dateline NBC" job.  Read More

· 'Trust Me.'  Woman claims $162 million Mega Millions ticket lost.  A Cleveland woman has told police she picked the winning numbers for the $162 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot but lost the ticket before the drawing, according to a police report.  Read More

· Michael J. Fox to Appear on 'Scrubs.'  Sitcom veteran Michael J. Fox will appear in two episodes of NBC's "Scrubs" next month as a doctor who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Read More

· Smart Kidnap Suspects Seek Closed Hearing.  Attorneys for the homeless couple accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart went to court Monday to block efforts by the news media to have the suspects' competency hearings held in open court.  Read More

· Stewart Trial Jury Selection to Get Under Way.  Round one of jury selection for the trial of Martha Stewart gets under way Tuesday when potential jurors will be screened for conflicts of interest in what is the highest profile corporate fraud case in years.  Read More

· Coroner Begins Inquest Into Princess Diana's Death.  Britain's first formal inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed opened Tuesday, a case in which some see a sinister conspiracy but one of Diana's bodyguards dismisses as a "mundane road traffic accident."  Read More

· Amputee soldier denied access to club.  The shoes he uses with his prosthetic legs didn't meet the nightclub's dress code.  Abby Jackson, wife of Spc. Robert Jackson, 22, who lost his legs in an explosion last August while serving in Iraq, says her husband was denied access to an upscale Des Moines nightclub because his shoes weren't fancy enough.  Read More

· Kobe's Attorneys Seek to Close Evidence Hearing.  Attorneys for NBA star Kobe Bryant are asking the judge in his sexual assault case to close a February hearing to the public, saying evidence that will be discussed might taint the jury pool and may not even be allowed at trial.  Read More

Monday, January 5, 2004

· Jacko Defense: He Wasn't There.  What kind of defense is Mark Geragos putting together for Michael Jackson? How about: absentee molester?  The word is coming down that Geragos will use the specific dates mentioned in the charges filed against Jackson to exonerate the singer.  Read More

· Britney Annuls Marriage Day After Wedding.  Britney Spears and a childhood friend apparently "took a joke too far" by tying the knot at a wedding chapel after a long night of partying - and then quickly arranged an annulment.  Read More

· Britney's Marriage License Filed.  The lovebirds were hitched at 5 AM at the Little White Wedding Chapel, the famous Strip nuptial warehouse where you can get married at a drive-up window.  Read More

· Hours Later:  The Annulment Filed.  After hours of marital bliss, Britney Spears moved today to legally annul her romantic Saturday morning nuptials at Las Vegas's Little White Wedding Chapel.  Read More

· Crocodile Dumb-Dee.  "Crocodile hunter" Steve Irwin has survived tussles with giant pythons, poisonous snakes and, of course, crocodiles. Now he faces accusations that he went too far and endangered his infant son.  Read More

· Britney 'marries' in Las Vegas.  Pop superstar Britney Spears has married a childhood friend in Las Vegas, according to news reports.  Read More

· Pete Rose comes clean on betting.  Pete Rose admits in his upcoming autobiography that he gambled on baseball, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.  Read More

· Clarkson Poor Loser.  Stunned "American Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson abruptly left the set of "World Idol" New Years' night after fans snubbed her in favor of Kurt Nilsen - a gap-toothed plumber with a great voice from Norway.  Read More

· List of Words That Should Be 'Banned' for 2004.  The 2004 list of words that should be banished for "misuse, overuse and general uselessness," according to Lake Superior State University.  Read More

· Michael Jackson under fire on brutality claim.  MICHAEL Jackson was threatened with new criminal charges yesterday for accusing Californian police of brutality during his arrest for child sex abuse.  Read More

· The Best TV Commercial In 2003!  This clever two-minute Honda ad is a real-time creation that took seven painstaking months to prepare - and 606 video takes - that results in a mesmerizing chain reaction that will leave you scratching your head.  Read More

· Are you a News Junkie?  Take the 2003 Tabloid News Quiz!
Take this quiz to determine if you are getting the required daily dose of tabloid news and scandals.
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· 'Lucky' woman has heart attack on flight.  Fifteen heart specialists, all bound for a medical conference in Florida, stood up to offer help when a cabin attendant asked: "Is there a doctor on board?"   Read More

· Lewinsky Denied Reimbursement of Legal Fees.  Former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky is not entitled to be reimbursed for $1.1 million she spent in legal fees related to an independent counsel investigation of President Bill Clinton and his affair with her, a federal appellate panel ruled.  Read More

· Michael Jackson's $1 Million Interview Deal.  Michael Jackson struck a deal with CBS to be paid in effect an additional $1 million for both an entertainment special to be broadcast on Friday and his interview on "60 Minutes" this past Sunday.  Read More

· New Year Resolutions?  Don't Bother.  Impulsive New Year resolutions were almost guaranteed to fail, a researcher has warned.  Dr Duncan Murray, of Queensland's Griffith University, said people usually aimed high with "big ticket" resolutions like losing weight, giving up smoking or getting rid of credit card debt.  However, they failed to consider the implications of what they were attempting. 

· Drunk Woman Allegedly Tries to Choke Air Marshal.  A woman allegedly tried to choke a federal air marshal after she became disruptive on a flight from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis, authorities said.  Read More

· Antique chandelier crashes to Missouri Senate floor.  A 600-pound antique chandelier crashed to the Senate floor Tuesday at the Missouri Capitol, smashing a bench typically used by pages but injuring no one.  Read More

· Christmas Closeout Sale:  F-16 fighter jets.  American made assault helicopters, F-16 fighter planes and tanks are all available at knock-down prices in an end-of-year sale being staged by the Israeli army.  Read More

· Parents outraged after son finds bullets in Christmas toys.  A Houston, TX father received a nasty surprise when he looked inside one of his kids' new Christmas toys.  He found 29 live 22-magnum bullets mixed in among the parts.  Read More

· Clean the hard drive before dumping your PC.  If you're getting rid of your old computer, or even if you aren't just yet, there are some things you should know about it.  Read More

· National Review's Annual Crystal Ball.  Here is a list of some interesting predictions for 2004.  Read More

· 'Home Improvement' Actor Hindman Dies.  Actor Earl Hindman, best known for playing a neighbor whose face was forever obscured by a fence on the television show "Home Improvement," died of lung cancer Monday in Stamford, Conn. He was 61.  Read More

· Century-old math problem may have been solved.  A reclusive Russian mathematician appears to have answered a question that has stumped mathematicians.  Read More

· Woman ticketed for appearing naked on the Internet.  It may be legal to appear naked in cyberspace, but police ticketed a Lincoln woman Monday for posting nude pictures of herself on the Web that were taken in downtown bar.  Read More

· Woman sues sheriff's department after being forced to leave jail wearing only panties and T-shirt.  A 36-year-old woman is suing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, claiming she was badly beaten after she was forced to leave Madison Street Jail wearing only the panties and T-shirt she had on when she was arrested.  Read More

· 'Odd Couple' Chosen as Most-Admired.  Americans again say the man and woman they most admired in 2003 are President Bush and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton - a political odd couple that bested Oprah, the Pope, Bill Clinton and Laura Bush, too.  Read More

· As Stewart trial approaches, a young ex-brokerage worker plays pivotal role.  Douglas Faneuil is a 28-year-old, baby-faced former brokerage assistant who lives in relative obscurity in an apartment in Brooklyn - and could be the deciding factor in whether Martha Stewart goes to prison.  Read More

· Bryant Case Voted AP 'Sports' Story of Year.  The young hotel worker's accusation was shocking enough: Thrilled by a chance encounter with a celebrity, she went to his room only to be forced over a chair and sexually assaulted. More startling was the name of the accused: Kobe Bryant.  Read More

· Michael Jackson's Spokesman Resigns.  Michael Jackson's chief spokesman resigned on Monday, citing "strategic differences" with other members of the embattled pop star's team over the handling of child molestation charges.  Read More

· Cyber blackmail targets office workers.  Cyber blackmail artists are shaking down office workers, threatening to delete computer files or install pornographic images on their work PCs unless they pay a ransom, police and security experts said.  Read More

· Grandmother Charged With Carrying Gun At Orlando Airport.  A grandmother charged with carrying a loaded pistol through security lines at Orlando International Airport says it was an accident.  Read More

· Domain interest rekindled.  ONE more sign the technology sector is rebounding: an internet domain name is again commanding seven figures.  Last week, a Florida man sold for $1.3 million, a healthy profit over the $15,000 he paid for it in 1997.  Read More

· Baghdad has lower crime rate than New York.  Startling new Army statistics show that strife-torn Baghdad - considered the most dangerous city in the world - now has a lower murder rate than New York and most other American cities.  Read More

· Jackson Interview Transcript.  The transcript of the exclusive interview with Michael Jackson by Ed Bradley of '60 Minutes.'  Read More

· Sex Crazed New Years Diet.  New Years often brings resolutions - but this one is WILD. Recent reports suggest that vigorous sex can burn calories at a heart-pumping pace of 120 calories an hour.  Read More

· Meat From Infected Cow Reached Eight States.  Meat from a Holstein sick with mad cow disease has now reached retail markets in eight states.  Read More

· Air freshener the new killer drug.  AIR fresheners that retail for as little as $1.50 have emerged as the deadly drug of choice for many children and teenagers.  Read More

· Lawyers line up to defend Saddam.  MORE than 600 lawyers have signed up to defend captive Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, according to the head of Jordan's Bar Association.  Read More

· Is this pill the cure for a New Year hangover?  A "hangover pill" that allows people who have over-indulged to wake up the next day with a clear head is to go on sale.  Read More

· Schwarzenegger Eyes Sentencing, Parole Changes for Calif. Prison System.  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration is considering moneysaving changes in sentencing and parole supervision for California's $5.3 billion prison system.  Read More

· France warning tipped off terrorists.  One or more terror suspects may have escaped due to a premature disclosure in France of the security concerns behind the cancellation of Christmas flights to Los Angeles, U.S. officials said yesterday.  Read More

· Townshend considered suicide over porn arrest.  Rock star Pete Townshend reveals today how he contemplated killing himself after he confessed to downloading child pornography.  Read More

· We Hate Spam, Congress Says... Except From Us.  Even as Congress was unanimously approving a law aimed at reducing the flow of junk e-mail, members were sending out hundreds of thousands of unsolicited messages to constituents.  Read More

· Gwyneth drinks to wealth.  GWYNETH Paltrow never touches a drop of alcohol. But a $7 million cheque managed to convince her to swallow her principles and become the face of Martini.  Read More

· Closing In:  Investigators Trace Diseased Cow to Canada.  The Holstein infected with mad cow disease in Washington state was imported into the United States from Canada about two years ago, federal investigators concluded.  Read More

· Dean not sure Osama's guilty.  Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean says he's not sure Osama bin Laden is guilty of anything – even though the leader of the al-Qaida terrorist network has boasted of his attacks on the U.S., including the one on September 11, 2001.  Read More

· Jackson: It's OK to Sleep With Children.  Michael Jackson told CBS' "60 Minutes" that he still believes it's acceptable to sleep with children and that he would "slit my wrists" before he would hurt a child.  Read More

· Reputed NY Mobster Shoots Man for Heckling Singer.  The scene in one of New York's fabled Italian restaurants would have done "The Sopranos" TV scriptwriters proud - a reputed mobster shot a man dead for heckling a woman singer.  Read More

· Saying Farewell to Entertainment Greats in 2003.  From Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck to Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash and John Ritter, the talented performers were beloved by the public and influential across generations.  Read More

· Report:  Michael Jackson's Secret Wedding.  MICHAEL Jackson has secretly married for the THIRD time according to pals.  The singer is said to have wed a stunning 23-year-old Muslim beauty in the summer.  Read More

· Gone With The Wind has been voted the greatest epic of all time.  The 1939 tearjerker, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara, lasts a colossal four hours.  Read More

· Pellicano's ex-wife wants to write a book.  "He's an old-style Italian guy who enjoys living on the edge," she added. "He did what he needed to do. He took care of people's problems. He could be a bully. That's what he did for a living. And he did it very well."  Read More

· Kobe says he is 'Living in a Nightmare.'  Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant said in a televised interview Thursday that he sometimes becomes distracted or scared as he fights a felony sexual assault charge.  Read More

· Man Steals $350,000 From Dying Priest.  A former caregiver will serve two years in federal prison for swindling a dying priest out of a $350,000 life insurance annuity, then gambling it away.  Read More

· Ten most overpaid jobs in the U.S.  While it's easy to argue chief executives, lawyers and movie stars are overpaid, reality is not that cut and dried.  Read More

· Prosecutors set up website on Michael Jackson.  California prosecutors took the unusual step of setting up a Web site on the Michael Jackson case, triggering a debate on use of the Web within the legal community.  Read More

· Thief Feels Holiday Spirit, Returns Stolen Car.  A thief stole a woman's car along with a purse that contained $200 and credit cards, but - apparently struck by the Christmas spirit - returned the car along with a letter of apology.  Read More

· Celebrity Knuckleheads For 2003.  It's been a busy year, friends, and we've been keeping tabs on the famous and stupid -- practically a full-time job. Like last year, we only considered celebrities, no politicians or meddling Chicago baseball fans.  Read More

· Parents of Slain Child Beauty Queen JonBenet Ramsey Sue Fox News.  The parents of slain 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey filed a $12 million federal defamation lawsuit against Fox News Network over a story they say cast suspicion on them.  Read More

· Awful Plastic Surgery.  The pressure to appear young and beautiful can be overwhelming to people who make their living in the limelight. But how far is too far in the seemingly endless process of nips and tucks?  Read More

· Questions still haunt Laci Peterson case.  Peterson told Modesto police he decided to go fishing [one year ago today] in the San Francisco Bay rather than play golf as originally planned, and last saw his wife mopping the floor at home.  Read More

· 10 technologies to watch in 2004.  No, they're not quite ready for prime time. But in the year ahead, these promising innovations could start to hit the marketplace.  Read More

· 13-Year-Old Indiana Girl Faces DUI charges.  A 13-year-old girl has been charged with drunken driving in northern Indiana.  According to police, the girl hit a utility pole, causing nearly 600 homes to lose electricity near LaPorte.  Read More

· USDA refuses to release mad cow records.  The USDA claims to have tested approximately 20,000 cows for the disease from 2002, but has not provided any documentation to support this.  Read More

· Embarrassed Namath apologizes to Kolber.  Embarrassed by Saturday night's national television interview, pro football Hall of Famer Joe Namath admitted on Tuesday that he had been drinking and apologized to ESPN reporter Suzy Kolber for saying he wanted to kiss her.  Read More

· Celine Dion Billboard Makes Nevada Man's Dreams Come True.  A Nevada man has had his songwriting dreams come true after renting a billboard on a dusty stretch of road outside of Las Vegas in hopes Celine Dion would see it and contact him.  Read More

· Cellphones that track kids click with parents.  On the train returning to Armonk, N.Y., from a recent shopping trip in Manhattan with her friends, Britney Lutz, 15, had the odd sensation that her father was watching her.  He could have been.  Read More

· New York pardons late Lenny Bruce.  American comedian Lenny Bruce has been granted a posthumous pardon by the state of New York 40 years after he was convicted in an obscenity case.  Read More

· The 'Wow!' Stories Of 2003.  The top 10 list of non-celebrity stories - so far - during 2003.  Read More

· Geragos Moves for Dismissal of Peterson Case.  Scott Peterson's lawyer, arguing that Modesto police failed to pursue a "genuine investigation of Laci Peterson's disappearance" last Christmas Eve, is seeking dismissal of double-murder charges against his client.  Read More

· Rush's maid "bled him dry."  Rush Limbaugh's ex-maid "bled him dry" with a blackmail scheme and then tattled anyway about his painkiller habit, the radio jock's attorney said.  Read More

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