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Thursday, July 22, 2004
· Princess Diana's ex-lover arrested. James Hewitt, the former lover of Princess Diana, has been arrested on suspicion of drugs possession, Britain’s domestic news agency Press Association reported Thursday.
· 'NOTAG' license plate bring flood of tickets. Jim Cara wanted a vanity license tag that would make people laugh. But when he chose "NOTAG" for the plate, the joke backfired. The new tag arrived Saturday under an avalanche of Wilmington, Delaware parking violations. "All the traffic tickets say, 'Notice of violation. License number: no tag,' " Cara said. So far he has received more than 200 violation notices.
· Missing woman's in-laws: Son lied about medical school. The parents of a missing pregnant woman's husband told reporters Wednesday they had just learned that their son lied about being accepted to a medical school in North Carolina.
» Missing woman's husband enters psychiatric ward. The husband of a missing Salt Lake City woman has checked himself into a psychiatric ward because of the stress of her disappearance, according to the father of the missing woman.
· John 'Junior' Gotti Faces Kidnapping Charges. Federal prosecutors charged the son of the late Gambino boss John Gotti with multiple crimes including attempting to kill Curtis Sliwa, the outspoken founder of the Guardian Angels crimefighting group, in 1992.
· Britney fiancé goes up the aisle ... with a girl of 15. Britney Spears' fiancé Kevin Federline has been hiding a little secret – he has “walked up the aisle” with a very young sweetheart once before, according to the London Sun.
· Peterson Jurors Shown Autopsy Photos. Jurors in the Scott Peterson murder trial winced when prosecutors showed them graphic photos of Laci Peterson's badly decomposed body during testimony Wednesday from a criminalist who helped collect evidence from the remains.
· Media appeal to Supreme Court in Kobe ruling. Media organizations asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to stay a court ruling that bars publication of closed-door hearing details in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case.
· Son's recovery from coma reaps Corvette. Thomas Stackiewicz looked at his son, comatose at a Boston hospital, and made him a promise. "As I stood over him, I said, 'Jason, if you wake up and you live, I'll buy you a Corvette,' " he said. "I was committed, and then when he woke, I told him what I'd promised him." The car will be delivered in September.
· Man Steals Atlanta Airport Baggage Tractor. An airline passenger wearing only a pair of pajama bottoms stole a baggage tractor at the city's main airport and drove it onto an active runway early Wednesday, police said.
· 9/11 Report to Dispel Myths, Offer Lessons. The Sept. 11 commission has long been vocal about the government's mishandling of terror-related intelligence prior to the attacks, but its final report will contain several significant revelations.
· Archives Staff Was Suspicious of Berger. A government source said the Archives employees were deferential toward Berger, given his prominence, but were worried when he returned to view more documents. At the end of the day, Archives employees determined that that draft and all four or five other versions of the millennium memo had disappeared from the files.
· Krispy dream: high-cal drinks. Krispy Kreme is giving the raspberry to the low-carb craze. In a nod to lazy summer days, the doughnut maker rolled out a new line of high-carb, high-cal beverages yesterday.
· Clinton memoirs are smokin.' Denmark's biggest bookstore has an offer for customers who want to pre-order a copy of former American president Bill Clinton's memoir My Life in Danish - order now and get a free book on the history of cigars, too.
· Oh, spit! 'idiot' Germans harass Lance. Asinine German cycling fans harassed five-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong during yesterday’s grueling ride though the French Alps — two of the “idiots” spat on him, and another spectator chased him while wearing a “F - - - Bush” T-shirt. By the end of the day, of course, the spit on Armstrong was exchanged for a bath of champagne, thanks to the Texan's time-trial victory.
· Sharon Stone wants lots of sex. Sex mad Sharon Stone has confessed a desire to get her hands on as many toyboys as possible. The Catwoman star told the world: "I want to have sex." Stone, 46, has been linked to a series of young fellas aged from 22 to 39 since divorcing husband Phil Bronstein last year.
· Rock star sues over 'Frampton Bikini.' Rock star Peter Frampton is suing popular surfwear manufacturer Billabong for selling a bikini that features his face on the rear and the phrase "Baby, I love your waves."
· Bob Eubanks Wants To Beat Up Michael Moore In A Toilet. "The Newlywed Game" host has had a feud with the "Fahrenheit 9/11" director ever since Moore's 1989 documentary "Roger and Me" showed him telling an off-color joke: "Why do Jewish women never get AIDS? They only marry a**holes, they don't screw `em."
· 'Star Trek' composer Jerry Goldsmith dead at 75. Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, who created the memorable music for scores of classic movies and television shows ranging from the "Star Trek" and "Planet of the Apes" series to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Perry Mason," has died.
· Clear Channel Sues Stern Distributor. Clear Channel Communications, the nation's largest chain of radio stations, sued Howard Stern's distributor Wednesday for $3 million, accusing the shock jock of refusing to heed federal indecency rules.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
· Bird droppings likely cause of nuclear shutdown. Bird droppings may have short-circuited a unit at the largest nuclear power complex in the U.S., causing the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station to shut down last month, investigators said.
· Peterson Defense Focuses on Prostitute. Defense attorneys again tried to deflect suspicion from Scott Peterson at his murder trial Wednesday, pointing to a prostitute who police say stole checks from Peterson's mailbox after his pregnant wife disappeared.
· Spears' fiance a father again. Britney Spears' fiance is a father for a second time. Kevin Federline's former girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson, delivered their baby Tuesday at an Orange County, California hospital, Jackson's manager told People magazine.
· Armstrong Builds Lead With Dominant Tour De France Ride. The performance was so dominant that Armstrong overtook his last true challenger for the overall title, Ivan Basso, even though the Italian started two minutes earlier. With four days left in the three-week cycling marathon, only disaster could prevent Armstrong from adding to his string of five consecutive titles.
· Not the Grieving Husband. Prosecutors in Scott Peterson's murder trial are again portraying the former fertilizer salesman as a lying philanderer who didn't act the part of a grieving husband after his pregnant wife, Laci, vanished.
· Jenna Bush sticks tongue out at media. When first lady Laura Bush counseled her twin daughters on how to behave while campaigning with their father, she may have skipped the part about not sticking your tongue out at the media.
· Michael Jackson Denies He Fathered Quadruplets. On Tuesday, Jackson's publicist Raymone Bain denied a report in Us Weekly that Jackson is about to become a father to quadruplets via a surrogate mother. "This is not true," Bain told Reuters, "and we are not going to further comment on stories of this nature."
· Library assistant gets 6 years for sex with 3 teens. A 42-year-old woman who worked as a library assistant at a Chicago-area high school received six years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to having sex with three underage male students.
· Mary-Kate Olsen to Return Home Soon. After six weeks at a treatment facility for a health-related issue, Mary-Kate Olsen, the brunette half of the Olsen twins, is "doing well" and her fans can "expect her to return home soon," her publicist, Michael Pagnotta, said Tuesday.
· Reverse air rage on Russia flight. Drunken passengers often give air crews trouble, but Russia's leading airline on Tuesday reported an "unprecedented" reversal: A passenger was assaulted by intoxicated flight attendants.
· Domain name sells for $2.75 million. In the biggest-ticket domain name sale in years, a small Austin marketing firm has paid $2.75 million for CreditCards.com. Despite the rocky history of high-priced domain sales, participants say it was a fair price, and the sale may signal a new gold rush for Internet address speculators.
· Labor Department Launches Web Site to Help the Homeless. The Department of Labor (DOL) today launched a Web site to help America's homeless find jobs through mainstream as well as targeted training, education and placement services and to provide a vital link to government- wide resources. There are currently few statistics on how many homeless people maintain an Internet connection in their regrigerator boxes.
· The name's Sir, Sir Ben Kingsley. Veteran actor Ben Kingsley, who got a knighthood three years back, might love the fact that he is now Sir Ben Kingsley, but it reportedly drove his co-stars up the wall because he expects to be called Sir every time.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
· Pregnant Woman Disappears While Jogging. In a case reminiscent of the disappearance of Laci Peterson, a 27-year-old pregnant woman vanished in Salt Lake City during her daily morning jog, and distraught family and friends turned out Tuesday to search for her.
· Michael Jackson to Be Father of Quadruplets! Pop star Michael Jackson, facing a trial on child molestation charges, is about to become a father to four more children - quadruplets - by way of a surrogate mother, Us Weekly magazine reported on Tuesday.
· Pee Diddy Launches Group for Youth Vote. Trendsetters, fashionistas, rappers - Pee Diddy wants you. Specifically, he's looking for the "sexy people" to help him entice young people and minorities to vote in the presidential election, as part of his new nonpartisan voting initiative called Citizen Change.
· Stewart considers serving jail time now. Martha Stewart has not ruled out the possibility of serving her sentence soon rather than waiting for an appeals court to decide whether she deserves a second chance to clear her name.
· Who Else Did Laci Cops Suspect? Police investigating the disappearance of Laci Peterson questioned hundreds of area sex offenders and parolees, though others were not contacted and many alibis went unverified, a detective testified Monday in Scott Peterson's murder trial.
· Singer Linda Ronstadt Ejected by Las Vegas Casino. Singer Linda Ronstadt was thrown out of the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas on the weekend after dedicating a song to liberal film maker Michael Moore and his movie "Fahrenheit 9/11," a casino spokeswoman said on Monday.
· Bryant accuser has considered backing out of case. In emotional arguments today, the lawyer for Kobe Bryant's accuser said the woman and her family felt betrayed by the people she trusted most - the judges presiding over the sex-assault case and the district attorney's office. The lawyer, John Clune, said at a pre-trial hearing today that this lack of faith in the system had previously caused the now-20-year-old woman to consider whether she should go forward with the case.
· J-Lo denies she is a 'husband chaser.' Pop star Jennifer Lopez sniffily told a magazine she was not a "serial marrying person" - two weeks before getting wed for a third time. The actress complained she was being unfairly branded a husband chaser.
· Martha Stewart to write book about trial. Martha Stewart said Monday she plans to write a book about her trial experience to help others facing that process. "I think I'll write a book because I think it could be helpful to other people, just about what lawyer to choose, how to behave, how to attend an interview," the domestic entrepreneur told CNN's Larry King in her first live interview since being sentenced Friday.
· DWI trial for Edwards' bro. Sen. John Edwards' younger brother finally turned himself in to a Colorado judge on a nearly 11-year-old drunken-driving charge yesterday and could face up to a year behind bars, officials said.
· Cops rip judge: 'It's giving an open door to terrorists.' NYPD cops blasted a judge's ruling aimed at stopping them from searching demonstrators' bags outside the Republican National Convention, saying the decision gives "an open door to terrorists."
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Insidious [in·sid·i·ous] adj. 1. Working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner: insidious rumors; an insidious disease. 2. Beguiling but harmful; alluring: insidious pleasures.
· Intruder Arrested at David Beckham's Home. An intruder with a can of gasoline was arrested after scaling a wall around the grounds of David and Victoria Beckham's home, a spokesman for Victoria Beckham said.
· Coffee 'can make mind go blank.' Caffeine, widely held to make people more alert, can make the mind go blank or struggle to switch between trains of thought. It can help the brain process information rapidly but interferes once the brain tries to switch between subjects, researchers claim.
· Popular pirate and his booty. Rupert Boneham, the bearded pirate of the Pearl Islands who placed fourth on Survivor: All-Stars, was voted the winner of a bonus $1 million US last spring by fans of the series. Sunday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles at the CBS press party in Los Angeles, Boneham broke down where all that loot went.
· Hawk Sets Off Calif. Wildfire, Thousands Evacuate. Fire officials traced the blaze's source to a red-tailed hawk that apparently was electrocuted by power lines and fell to the ground, igniting brush that has not burned since 1962.
· Miner digs up 182-carat gem - and trouble. There's lucky: Finding a diamond when you're a young miner sweating it out in the west African forests of Guinea. And there's too lucky: finding a 182-carat stone that everyone - starting with the government of Guinea - wants a piece of.
· Federal probe targets Clinton's national security adviser. Samuel Berger, former President Clinton's national security adviser, is under federal criminal investigation for allegedly removing classified documents and handwritten notes from a National Archives screening room during preparations for his testimony before the 9/11 commission.
Monday, July 19, 2004
· Kobe Bryant's Accuser Says Her Privacy Threatened. A lawyer for the woman who has accused basketball star Kobe Bryant of rape was set to argue on Monday that court filings should no longer be published on the Internet because of errors that have identified the woman and jeopardized her safety.
· Will Smith's 'I, Robot' Debuts at No. 1. Will Smith has the summer crowd well programmed. Smith's sci-fi thriller "I, Robot" was his latest No. 1 July debut, opening with $52.25 million and bumping "Spider-Man 2" from the top spot at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
· Dems Attack Arnold's 'Girlie-Men' Remark. A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Sunday that the governor would not apologize for calling lawmakers "girlie men," despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic.
· Heathrow anti-terror plans "found in road." Police have launched an inquiry into how a secret police dossier went missing that according to a newspaper report contained counter-terrorist plans for Heathrow airport. The dossier, found lying in a road, showed 62 sites at the airport where al Qaeda was most likely to launch anti-aircraft missile strikes, the London Sun said in its Monday edition.
· Nicole Richie red-faced after nipple-piercing alarm. Lionel Richie's daughter Nicole's choice of intimate body piercing left her highly embarrassed recently, when she had to show her breasts to airport security.
· The quiet life of a legendary guitarist. Place a guitar in the hands of legendary Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland and he's quickly plucking strings, playing along with a black and white television image of himself from four decades ago on "Hometown U.S.A."
Madonna's Esther's 10¢-a-dancers. Onstage during her current "Reinvention Tour," Madonna has to put all of her trust in the burly backup dancers who hurl her around the stage. So why are they paid such puny bucks?
· Will the real Godfather please stand up. Uncovered: Secrets of the day Brando sat down with infamous Mafia boss John Gotti. Missing from the Marlon Brando tributes was the story about the day Don Vito Corleone met Don John Gotti.
· Donald Trump Finishes 56th in Golf Tourney. Donald Trump may be a billionaire real estate developer with a hot TV show, but that doesn't make him master of the golf course. Trump finished 56th in his debut Sunday at the $500,000 American Century celebrity golf championship at Lake Tahoe. The mogul said he didn't expect the competition to be so strong.
· Iraq's new stock exchange booming. Emad Shaker Abdul Al-Jabar, 41, had a good day after the cop-cum-broker made three time's his monthly salary by selling off shares bought just one week ago on the revamped Iraq Stock Exchange.
· Hundreds Flock to See Damon at Screening. Hundreds of fans gathered in front of the historic Egyptian Theater to catch a glimpse of Matt Damon and producer Frank Marshall at a benefit screening of "The Bourne Supremacy."
· Charges dropped against Texas woman who held sex toy 'Tupperware parties.' An obscenity charge has been dropped against a woman who received widespread attention when she was arrested for selling two sex toys to undercover police officers posing as a couple.
· Love for Russia turns deadly. When Paul Klebnikov, the assassinated editor of the Russian edition of Forbes, arrived in Moscow to launch the magazine earlier this year, he was excited to be back on his old reporting beat. He saw his ancestral homeland, after years of crime-infused chaos and government corruption, moving forward under a strong leader, President Vladimir Putin.
Sunday, July 18, 2004
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffers minor burns. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was hospitalized after an accident during a practice for the American Le Mans Series Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma left him with minor burns on his face and legs.
· Kobe judge still to rule on accuser's sex life. With less than six weeks before jury selection begins in Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault trial, only one major question remains for the judge to answer: whether the alleged victim’s sex life can be used against her.
· CBS Exec Defends Firing of 'CSI' Stars. The firing of two "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" stars in a salary dispute was fair and intended to help the TV industry draw the fiscal line, CBS chief Leslie Moonves said Sunday.
· 'Bimbo did it' defense in Laci case. Amber did it. That's what Scott Peterson's defense is expected to argue when prosecutors call their star witness in the double-murder trial: Peterson's mistress, Amber Frey. Several legal observers believe defense attorney Mark Geragos will try to portray the young single mom as so desperate for a husband that she helped kill her rival, Scott Peterson's pregnant wife, Laci.
· Japan makes world's smallest diamond ring. Cheapskate husbands-to-be the world over have reason to celebrate today, after a Japanese company unveiled what is believed to be the world's smallest diamond ring. The ring has a 0.02 millimetre diameter and bears a five-billionth of a carat diamond. It can only be seen through a microscope.
· How Martha sees herself - saintly. Welcome to the world according to Martha. In the final days leading up to her sentencing, Martha Stewart emerged unbound, finally revealing her self-image as a saint victimized by fire-breathing prosecutors and the scandal mongering media.
· Danton Pleads Guilty in Murder-for-Hire Plot. Former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton admitted in federal court Friday that he sought to have his agent killed as part of a plot that unraveled when the would-be hit man turned out to be a police informant.
· Halle's feline force. The star says playing 'Catwoman' and surviving marital woes have empowered her. Halle Berry knows what it's like to face personal pain in the public eye. For the second time in a decade, the 37-year-old actress is embroiled in a headline-making divorce.
· Crow Wants Lance to Stand by His Woman. The next time Sheryl Crow embarks on a punishing musical tour, she expects Lance Armstrong to stand by his woman. After all, she was there for him at the Tour de France. "I'm going to drag him on the road with me," she said.
· Archaeologists find 300-year-old wine cellar. One bottle may bear seal of Colonial governor. Eight glass bottles have been unearthed in a brick-walled space that may have been the wine cellar of a house dating from the close of the 1600s in Jamestown.
· Four injured in helium balloon mishap over Baltimore. A balloon ride turned into a scary ordeal for 20 people Saturday when the aircraft got stuck high above the city, then was tossed around by high wind like a pinata for an hour and a half before rescuers brought it down.
Saturday, July 17, 2004
· Television network admits it lied about unauthorized biography. The Sci Fi Channel admitted that it lied last month in claiming it was at odds with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and was making an unauthorized biography about his "buried secret."
Jackass Jadakiss Blames Bush for Sept. 11. Over the years, the rapper Jadakiss has depicted a world of drug dealing, murder and other assorted mayhem without raising many eyebrows. But seven words in his new song "Why" — "Why did Bush knock down the towers?" — has gotten Jadakiss the most mainstream attention, and criticism, of his career.
· Los Alamos shuts down due to scandal. Los Alamos National Laboratory suspended all lab activities Friday while scientists and engineers searched for two missing computer disks containing nuclear secrets.
· Update: eBay removes listing for King tub. Memphis judge D'Army Bailey wanted to sell the tub for $150,000, but was told eBay was removing it from its Internet listings. Calls to eBay were not immediately returned Friday. Bailey said he received an e-mail saying it is against eBay policy to auction any item "that graphically portrays violence or victims of violence, and lacks substantial social, artistic or political values."
· Desperate diva compares herself to Nelson Mandela. After being hit with a fairly lenient 10-month sentence - half of it in home confinement - Martha Stewart had the chutzpah yesterday to compare herself to Nelson Mandela.
· Blake's Murder Trial to Begin Nov. 1. A judge Friday reluctantly granted actor Robert Blake a two-month delay in his murder trial, with jury selection now set to start Nov. 1. Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp relented after Blake's new attorney asked for more time and prosecutors did not object.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Obtuse [ob·tuse] adj. 1. Lacking quickness of perception or intellect. 2. Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: "An obtuse remark." 3. Not distinctly felt: "An obtuse pain."
· Britney has cellulite. Britney spears may be best known for partying and getting married, but now the London Sun has some controversial photos of her and her husband-to-be at a small Hollywood hotel - and a close up of a very disturbing Britney backside.
· Astronauts, Cronkite to get moon rock plaques. NASA will present token moon rock samples to the crews from its historic Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs -- and to one non-astronaut: legendary journalist Walter Cronkite. The men will be honored at a ceremony at the National Air and Space museum next Tuesday celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon.
· 'Parking meter fairy' is a dream come true. Hired to skate around the adding 15 minutes to a visitor's time at the curb, Xavier Cortes is a popular figure. He provides relief from the pesky parking tickets that threatened to discourage patrons from returning to restaurants and shops.
· Teen charged with murder in ten-year-old's death in clothes dryer. A 14-year-old Alabama boy has been charged with murder. He's accused of killing a ten-year-old playmate in a clothes dryer by turning on the machine.
Friday, July 16, 2004
· Hockey player pleads guilty to murder-for-hire. A former professional hockey player admitted Friday that he sought to have his agent killed as part of a plot that unraveled when the would-be hit man turned out to be a police informant.
· "I didn't cheat the little people." In her first interview since a federal judge sentenced her to five months in prison, Martha Stewart tells Barbara Walters that she cheated no one and hopes she will be vindicated on appeal. "I didn't cheat the little people... I didn't cheat anybody out of anything," Stewart told Walters in the exclusive interview airing tonight at 10 p.m. on 20/20.
· Martha Stewart Stock Soars on Lighter-Than-Expected Sentence. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. soared 40 percent Friday after the company's namesake founder received a lighter-than-expected sentence for lying to federal prosecutors.
· Martha: 'I'll be back.' Domestic icon Martha Stewart moved one step closer to a drastically different lifestyle behind bars when the millionaire entrepreneur was sentenced Friday to five months in prison for a stock-trading scandal. “I’ll be back,” she promised afterward, speaking in a strong voice on the courthouse steps. “I’m not afraid. Not afraid whatsoever. I’m very sorry it had to come to this.”
· Martha gets 5 months jail time and lower bunk. Martha Stewart received a lower-than expected jail term - only five months - even though the sentencing guidelines called for the judge to require 10 to 16 months.
· Police: No Evidence Against Peterson Found. Scott Peterson's defense attorneys continued to pick apart the murder case against him as an exhaustive search for hard evidence that has turned up nothing incriminating.
· Producer: 'Ocean's 12' Rumors 'Ridiculous.' "Ocean's 12" producer Jerry Weintraub wants to set the record straight: Mobsters didn't try to extort anyone connected with the production during shooting in Italy.
· Only Thing Missing From British Open Leaderboard Is An American. Tiger Woods briefly flirted with the lead Friday at the British Open before stumbling with a pair of bogeys, while Mike Weir and Kenny Perry shared the early clubhouse lead as the wind picked up at Royal Troon.
· Five year anniversary of JFK Jr. death. It was five years ago today that JFK, Jr. was killed in his plane. The doomed heir to Camelot had lifted off at 8:38 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 1999, from the Essex County Airport in New Jersey en route to a family wedding in Cape Cod. At 9:40 p.m., his four-year-old, $350,000 single-engine Piper Saratoga II vanished from the radar screen 16½ miles west of Martha's Vineyard.
· Bobby Fischer detained in Japan. Fischer, wanted in the United States for attending a 1992 chess match in Yugoslavia in violation of international sanctions, was stopped at Tokyo's Narita International Airport on Tuesday, an airport spokesman said on condition of anonymity.
Whoopi's now an even Bigger loser
· Mishaps contributed to Forbes editor's death. A series of horrific mishaps may have contributed to the death of a Forbes editor murdered in Moscow last week, according to Russian newspapers. Shot while leaving his Moscow office Friday, former New Yorker Paul Klebnikov died while trapped in a stuck hospital elevator, Russian media reported.
· Monorail Debuts In Las Vegas. After months of delays, Las Vegas launched a $650 million monorail Thursday that shuttles gamblers to casinos on the Strip while easing traffic along the stretch of glittering resorts.
· Britney's fixing to spear Post. Pop tart Britney Spears wants to toast the Post. The 22-year-old pop sensation is demanding a retraction, an apology and some moolah from the paper after it splashed a photo of her guzzling what they said was whisky on its front page yesterday. Spears said through her lawyer that she was actually drinking ginseng - a nonalcoholic herbal supplement that supposedly boosts energy and mental clarity. And the California clerk who sold it to her is backing her up.
· Aguilera wants to get married before Britney says 'I Do.' Pop star Christina Aguilera has reportedly brought her wedding date forward to beat rival Britney Spears down the aisle. The 'Dirtty' singer is engaged to her long-time boyfriend Jordan Bratman and seems to be in a hurry to say 'I Do' to him before Britney ties the knot with Kevin Federline.
· Kobe has 136 million reasons to stay in LA. Kobe Bryant is ready for his close-up. Like some movie-studio diva, Bryant orchestrated the departure of Shaquille O'Neal and coach Phil Jackson, then prolonged the suspense about his free-agent decision before agreeing yesterday to return to the Lakers for a seven-year contract valued at $136.4 million.
· Microsoft Wins $4 Million Judgment Against Spammer. A federal judge in California awarded Microsoft Corp. $4 million after finding that a California man and his company had sent spam, or unsolicited e-mail, to users of its MSN and Hotmail services to get them to download a toolbar onto their computer desktops.
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Autonomous [au·ton·o·mous] adj. 1. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed. 2. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: "an autonomous judiciary."
· Hawking: 'I Was Wrong About Black Holes.' After almost 30 years of arguing that a black hole swallows up everything that falls into it, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking backpedaled Thursday. In doing so, he lost one of the most famous bets in recent scientific history.
· Kerry slams Bush - vows to be a uniter in NAACP address. Sen. John Kerry promised civil rights leaders Thursday he will be a "uniter," bringing opportunities and justice to those he said have been left out in the cold by the Bush administration.
· Woman Gets Notice for Owing a Nickel. When the Washington state Department of Employment Security notified Sandi Bryan that she owed money for an unemployment compensation overpayment more than six years ago, she picked up the phone. Little good that did - until word that she was being threatened with court action over a nickel reached the right ears.
· Md. Fights Order to Reinstate Prison Guard. A lawyer for the state told a judge Thursday that a prison guard was fired for her own safety after nude photographs of her raised "quite a ruckus" at her prison.
· Medicare Scraps Old Policy on Obesity. Medicare is discarding its policy that obesity is not a disease, potentially throwing open the door for millions of overweight Americans to make medical claims for treatments such as stomach surgery and diet programs.