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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
· Apprentice TV star involved in scrap in North Miami Beach. Not content with her 15 minutes of fame, local reality TV star Katrina Campins is in the spotlight again. The Apprentice contestant said the driver, Donald Seay, "brutally attacked" her and fiance Ben Moss, during an argument at Seay Towing in North Miami Beach.
· Super Bowl flash to cost $550,000. brief glimpse of Janet Jackson's breast during the Super Bowl could cost 20 television stations owned by Viacom Inc. a total of $550,000, sources familiar with the federal regulatory case said Wednesday.
· Spears Says She Is Marrying for Love. This time, she's marrying for love, Britney Spears said of her recent engagement to dancer Kevin Federline. "Marrying Kevin was the last thing I was thinking about doing," Spears tells People magazine in its July 12 issue. "But then I said, 'You know what? This is my life and I don't care what people think. I'm going to get married. I'm in love with him.'"
· Witness said Peterson was looking for relationship. The woman who introduced Scott Peterson to his eventual mistress testified Wednesday in Peterson's double murder trial that when she first met him, Peterson never mentioned being married.
· Kidman: Men Aren't Beating Down the Door. Being a single mother makes it difficult to find a mate - even when you're Nicole Kidman. "I'm hoping to meet someone and be happy with them. But that's not as easy as it sounds. I'm a 37-year-old woman with two children. Men aren't beating a path to my door," she said in an interview published Wednesday in Now magazine.
· A million pennies saved, nothing earned. A California man who collected 1 million pennies for a bet is having a hard time cashing in on his $10,000 fortune. Ron England has amassed 3.6 tons of copper in his garage in the Los Angeles suburb of Granada Hills after making a bet with his brother 30 years ago that he could collect 1 million pennies. But neither the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, coin collectors nor the local bank is interested in cashing in his stash.
· Teacher charged with having sex with 14-year-old student. A 23-year-old middle-school teacher was charged with having sex with a 14-year-old student in a classroom, at her apartment and, once, in a vehicle while the teen's 15-year-old cousin drove.
· Fed Raises Interest Rate a Quarter Point. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates for the first time in four years, reversing course as the economy strengthened. Policy-makers signaled only slow increases ahead in the rock-bottom rates Americans have enjoyed.
· Peterson Spoke Of Body Disposal. Scott Peterson talked to a friend nine years ago about how he would dispose of a body if he killed someone, saying he would weight the body down and dump it in the ocean so the fish would eat it, a detective testified Tuesday.
· Idiots! 20% Admit Buying from SPAM Offers. We all profess to despise spam, but some Americans have a dirty little secret about junk e-mail: It works on them. According to a Yahoo! Mail global survey of about 37,000 Internet users in 11 countries, 20 percent of U.S. residents admit buying products from spam purveyors. About 78 percent said they delete spam.
· Paula Jones challenges Clinton to debate. Paula Jones, the former Arkansas state employee whose sexual harassment suit against President Clinton helped trigger his impeachment, is challenging him to debate her publicly after he again denied harassing her in his new best-selling memoir.
· Can 'Spider-Man 2' Break Its Own Record? "Spider-Man 2" arrives Wednesday with a huge box-office legacy to live up to. The first "Spider-Man" obliterated records by selling $114.8 million in tickets over its opening weekend, almost $25 million more than the previous champ, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
· Al Sharpton to Host 'I Hate My Job.' Al Sharpton, who failed in his last bid for a new job - president of the United States - now has a job on a reality TV show that guides people on career makeovers. Spike TV, the Viacom cable channel that targets a young male audience, said Sharpton will host "I Hate My Job," premiering in the fall.
· Jury Rules Against Workers in Popcorn Case. A jury ruled against four popcorn factory employees in the third of a series of lawsuits by workers who claim a butter flavoring caused disabling lung injuries.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Pugnacious [pug·na·cious] adj. 1. Quarrelsome or combative in nature; belligerent. 2. Expressing an argument or opinion very forcefully: Rather than maintaining a calm demeanor, his boss was quite pugnacious.
· Fed Expected to Raise Interest Rates. The Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting on Tuesday that is widely expected to end with a quarter percentage point increase in official interest rates, ending a period of the lowest rates in two generations.
· Boy Scouts sued for $14M over fire. The federal government and the state of Utah sued the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday for nearly $14 million to recover the costs of a 2002 fire at a Scout camp.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
· Dear Cathy, Sorry About the Stalking. Catherine Zeta-Jones' stalker is really, really sorry. And she'd be much obliged if the actress could find it in her heart to put that whole "terrorist threat" thing behind her.
· Colorado Supreme Court Orders Judge in Bryant Case to Explain Order. The Colorado Supreme Court stepped into a First Amendment battle in the Kobe Bryant case Tuesday, ordering the trial judge to justify his threat to hold media organizations in contempt if they publish transcripts from a closed-door hearing. The transcripts were accidentally sent to seven media organizations last week.
· Slumming Brando Settles Lawsuit. An article in London's Sunday Times says the slumming Marlon Brando complained to court officials last year that he scraped by on two pensions worth roughly $7,600 a month, while an ex-lover and maid, who also once engaged him in a court battle, lived in a bigger, better domicile than he.
· Singapore Air makes longest flight. Singapore Airlines has completed the world's longest commercial passenger flight, touching down in Newark, New Jersey after a flight of more than 18.5 hours from Singapore.
· Aussie charged for killing shark. An Australian diver who says he speared a grey nurse shark in self-defence faces charges for killing an endangered species. "I thought it was either the shark or me," the man told the Daily Telegraph. "I was convinced it was trying to eat me."
· 'Spider-Man 2' Outdoes Original. More is more - and we're not talking about Michael Moore, for once - with "Spider-Man 2." The web-slinging sequences are bigger-better-brighter-faster than the already spectacular ones in 2002's "Spider-Man," and at the same time, the film's smaller emotional moments are denser, richer and more resonant than those in the first.
· Trump fires up the presses. Today "The Apprentice," tomorrow the world! Make that Trump World. That's the name of the slick magazine with which reality-television star Donald Trump is scheming to conquer more pop-culture territory and go mano a mano with Queen of All Media Oprah Winfrey.
· One Man, Two Registrations. Michael Moore simultaneously on Dem voter rolls in New York, Michigan. Prior to last week's Washington, D.C. premiere of "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore denied that the new documentary represents his de facto endorsement of John Kerry. "I am an Independent," the filmmaker told reporters. "I'm not a member of the Democratic party."
· Yellow-ribbon thief turns out to be squirrel. A couple has finally discovered what was happening to the yellow ribbons they were tying to the trees in their yard in support of their son and other troops in Iraq.
· When Should Race Be Reported? A shooting on a New York City subway left one man dead last week — a violent crime not unusual in a big city. But what is different is how it was reported. Two newspapers said police were looking for two "black men" and described their clothing, while The Associated Press only reported a description of the suspects' clothing.
· Ethical Hacking? Sporting long sideburns, a bushy goatee and black baseball cap, instructor Ralph Echemendia has a class of 15 buttoned-down corporate, academic and military leaders spellbound. The lesson: hacking.
· Ashley Olsen Says Twin 'Hanging in There.' The "health-related issue" Mary-Kate Olsen is seeking treatment for is something she has struggled with for some time, her twin sister, Ashley, told People magazine. Both People and Us Weekly have reported that Mary-Kate has an eating disorder.
· Company Fires Man Who Asked For Nap Breaks; Worker Sues. A software engineer has filed suit against Annapolis-based Telecommunications Systems Inc., claiming the company violated federal law by firing him for his sleep disorders after he asked for 20-minute nap breaks.
· 'Come on down' ... literally. When recording an episode of The Price is Right on Friday, Larry Emdur told one of his contestants to "come on down." Emdur didn't say "come on down, bang your noggin on the showcase wheel, bleed all over my set and then take an ambulance home." But that's what happened.
· Her validation day. The Brooklyn valedictorian denied her diploma for slamming her school in a graduation speech is asking Chancellor Joel Klein to show some class and deliver the sheepskin personally.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Esoteric [es·o·ter·ic] adj. 1. Difficult to understand; abstruse. 2. Not publicly disclosed; confidential. 3. Of rare, special, or unusual interest: Her software success was based on an esoteric programming language.
· Judge scolds Courtney Love. Courtney Love showed up five hours late to a New York court hearing on a reckless endangerment charge Monday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the judge, who warned the dazed-looking rocker that she narrowly missed being deemed a fugitive.
· What causes some people to be left-handed? Researchers who study human hand preference agree that the side of the preferred hand (right versus left) is produced by biological and, most likely, genetic causes.
· Formula for the Perfect Parallel Park. Got a slide rule in your glove box? It may be just what you need to finally master the art of parallel parking. Or, if math isn't your strong suit, you might have to rely on old-fashioned judgment and estimation.
· Jimi Hendrix Court Battle. Relatives of the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix returned to court Monday to begin another legal battle over which family members should receive money from the musician's posthumous releases, royalties and merchandise.
Monday, June 28, 2004
· Female teacher busted for having sex with 14-year-old student. A 23-year-old Florida teacher is facing a host of felony charges for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old male student. According to investigators, the woman had sex with him in her classroom.
· Iraq Becomes Sovereign Two Days Before Deadline. Iraq became a sovereign country on Monday, 15 months after the United States led a coalition to oust Saddam Hussein from power and two days before the June 30 deadline for control to be turned over to the interim Iraqi government.
· New law for 'fire-safe' cigarettes takes effect in New York. Smokers who linger between drags on their cigarette may need to be a tad more careful in New York. Their smokes will self-extinguish if not puffed on regularly.
· 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Sets Documentary Record. Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" took in a whopping $21.8 million in its first three days, becoming the first documentary ever to debut as Hollywood's top weekend film.
· Special treatment for Esther - AKA The Material Girl. The Material Girl, when attending services at the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre, sits behind a screen, according to a source. "The men and the women sit separately, following Orthodox tradition," reports the insider. "But Madonna sits in front, behind a screen so that people can’t look at her.
· Broadway Actors Remain at Work. Contract talks between Broadway producers and the actors' union broke down, but a strike was immediately avoided when the union said actors would keep performing on Monday.
· Bruce Willis testing baldness cure. Hollywood action star Bruce Willis is reportedly planning to try a revolutionary treatment to cure his baldness. The 49-year-old Die Hard star is said to have consulted experts about a new procedure that replaces crucial cells.
· U.S. Court ready to rule on Net porn. Adult Web sites that have largely enjoyed freedom from government interference could be in for an unpleasant surprise tomorrow, when the U.S. Supreme Court is set to deliver a long-awaited ruling on Internet pornography.
· Iranian woman 'gives birth to frog.' The Iranian daily newspaper says the creature is believed to have grown from larva to an adult frog inside her body. While it is unclear how this could have happened, the paper carries quotes from medical experts who say there are human characteristics to the animal.
· Chinese cars coming to U.S. An Arizona car dealer is gearing up to become the first to sell a full line of Chinese-made vehicles in the United States at Wal-Mart-style prices he hopes will lure tens of thousands of buyers.
Sunday, June 27, 2004
· Britney Pregnant? Pop star Britney's shock engagement may reportedly be because the singer is pregnant. News of the World says Britney is expecting a child at Christmas and so wants to be married to him by November.
· Pizza delivery driver races to his arrest. A pizza delivery driver told police he was making a delivery when they caught him speeding at 70 miles an hour and allegedly racing another driver in Hawaii.
· Moore: Americans are 'The Dumbest People on the Planet.' Americans currently flocking to see Michael Moore's movie "Farenheit 9/11" might be surprised to learn how little respect the Democratic Party's leading propaganda-meister has for them. ''They are possibly the dumbest people on the planet," Moore told Britain's Mirror newspaper recently, referring to his fellow citizens as a whole.
· 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Tops $8M in First Day. "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's assault on President Bush, took in $8.2 million to $8.4 million in its first day, positioning it as the weekend's No. 1 film, its distributors said.
» Lost Hollywood patriots. Once there were people in Hollywood who loved America. And when America came under attack from enemies abroad, these actors, producers, screenwriters and directors put aside their partisan differences and created movies that — unlike Michael Moore's new schlockumentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11" — made all moviegoers proud to be Americans.
· Conned by the blond. Sweet-talking swindler Nancy (Sunshine) Jace can put another notch on her belt. The latest victim of the femme fatale — who bamboozled five old men out of $260,000 — is an Army Reserves soldier about to be shipped out to Kuwait. David Wang, 35, made the mistake of leasing his Queens home to Jace, who hasn't paid a penny in rent for more than a year.
· Guarding TV big shots in Iraq. The biggest guns in network news are going to Iraq for the Wednesday handover of power and they'll have hired guns watching their backs - at a cost of about $1,000 a day per man, sources said.
· Will Ferrell takes on TV news. SNL veteran talks about latest movie, 'Anchorman.' It's one man's time-warped tale of local television. He's the legendary Ron Burgundy, who's anything but a humble reporter. "Anchorman" brings it all back, the 'staches, the shoes and the songs.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Innocuous [in·noc·u·ous] adj. 1. Having no adverse effect; harmless. 2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid. [the seemingly innocuous e-mail actually contained a malicious virus].
· Sticky business. It's been two whole years since he was bitten by a mutant spider and he still can't tell Mary Jane Watson he loves her. What's more, he can't hold down a job, he's failing in college and his widowed Aunt May is being dispossessed. What's a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to do?
Saturday, June 26, 2004
· Beheadings fuel fresh backlash against Muslims. The recent beheadings of two Americans in the Middle East have added fuel to the angry backlash against Arab-Americans and Muslims that began after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
· Valedictorian who ripped school denied diploma. The valedictorian of a Brooklyn high school was escorted out of the building and denied her diploma yesterday because she trashed the school in a scorching graduation speech.
· More secrets from Diana's final years. Many of the most revealing details have come from biographer Andrew Morton, the man she trusted to tell her story. Now, he's back with a new chapter and long-held secrets from her final years, including conspiracies, surveillance and hidden affairs.
· Update: Britney to get married on Nov 20. 'Will she' or 'wont she' is the question every body has been asking, and now it has been confirmed that pop diva Britney Spears is all set to take the wedding vows with boyfriend and papa-to-be Kevin Federline.
· Sex-vid girls show up at graduation. Two 14-year-old Scarsdale girls caught on a sleazy amateur sex video weren't hiding their faces yesterday. The ninth-grade blonds attended the Scarsdale High School graduation, where they sat near each other and posed for family snapshots.
· Medicare Lottery Will Give Drug Coverage To 50,000. President George W. Bush's administration is holding a lottery for the first 50,000 lucky Americans who will get Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Word of The Day by WordThink
Austere [aus·tere] adj. 1. Markedly simple without adornment or ornamentation. [an austere office] [an austere style of writing]. 2. Strict or stern in appearance or manner [an austere critic].
· Park's Air Dirtier Than NYC's. Five national parks — led by the Great Smoky Mountains Park in Tennessee — have been named as the nation's most polluted in a report issued by national environmental organizations.
Friday, June 25, 2004
· Britney Spears Confirms Engagement to Dancer. Pop vixen Britney Spears is engaged to marry her dancer-boyfriend Kevin Federline. To complicate matters, Britney's new fiance also happens to have a pregnant girlfriend.
· Governor reverses stand on shelters, reinstates waiting period. Saying he made a mistake months ago that would have made it easier for shelters to kill stray dogs and cats, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he has reinstated the state's six-day waiting period before lost animals could be killed.
· Judge in Jackson Case Won't Unseal Records. The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case reinforced the wall of secrecy around grand jury transcripts and other evidence Friday and said that trying to ensure a fair trial for such a famous entertainer is "exasperating."
· Sealed Kobe Documents Leaked to Press. Transcripts from closed-door testimony in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault hearings were mistakenly sent to seven media outlets on Thursday, prompting the case's judge to swiftly order that none of the sensitive material be published.
· Jack Ryan Skirts Public As He Drops Out. Republican Jack Ryan issued a statement Friday saying he was dropping out of the U.S. Senate race, four days after embarrassing sex club allegations in his divorce records became public.
· Middlemen Selling People's Wares on eBay. Lee Ann Fletcher, 35, wanted to sell off a piece of china, a vase and a few other odds and ends around her home. She just didn't have time to do the legwork after long hours working for her family's roofing business. So the Atlanta woman took her wares to The UPS Store, which shipped them to California-based AuctionDrop, a company that posted them on eBay and will send her a cut when they sell.
· Peterson detective admits omitting info. A police detective Thursday admitted in Scott Peterson's double murder trial that he omitted information that showed Laci Peterson may have been in the warehouse where her husband's boat was stored.
· Texas drink dispenser emits WWI-era poison gas. An exploding vending machine turned the coolant freon into phosgene, a poisonous gas used as a chemical weapon in World War I, and forced the evacuation of 10 people from a Texas hospital, officials said Thursday.
· Cheney Utters 'F-Word' in Senate - Aides. Vice President Dick Cheney blurted out the "F word" at Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont during a heated exchange on the Senate floor, congressional aides said on Thursday.
· Umpire screwup causes bizarre conclusion at Wimbledon. The umpire lost track of the score. Venus Williams lost the match. In a bizarre conclusion to a huge upset, the chair umpire called the wrong score in the second tiebreaker, and Williams fell in straight sets Thursday to Croatia's Karolina Sprem in the second round at Wimbledon.
» Update: Wimbledon Umpire Out After Williams Gaffe. The chair umpire who awarded an extra point to Venus Williams' opponent during her second-round loss at Wimbledon won't work another match during the tournament.
· The Olsens at 18 - $300 million richer. No one could top the 18th birthday present Mary-Kate and Ashley gave themselves - a reported $150 million each, as they took full control of their own fortunes upon reaching adulthood.
· Home Depot donates $1M to military. The company said it is sending eight truck trailers to the military, filled with 100,000 tools and materials, including shovels, table saws, concrete mixers, safety scaffolding, power generators, light bulbs and jackhammers.
· Man accused of torturing 18-year-old for a week. A man kidnapped an 18-year-old woman he met on a telephone chatline and tortured her for more than a week, repeatedly beating her, hog-tying her and threatening her with a firearm, authorities said.
· Suspect faces murder charge. Marcus Edward Bailey told detectives that Paul Melvin Richardson, 28, accidentally shot himself in the back with an AK-47 assault rifle Wednesday night, but an autopsy determined the wound that killed Richardson could not have been self-inflicted.
· Tycoon gives daughter $60 million wedding. An Indian steel tycoon reportedly paid $60 million for his daughter's wedding -- a six-day bash for 1,500 guests in France's most sumptuous settings, including Versailles.
· Oklahoma Moves to Oust Accused Judge. Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is seeking the ouster of a Creek County judge who allegedly engaged in improper sexual conduct during court proceedings.
· Experts studying Internet attack. Government and industry experts warned late Thursday of a mysterious, large-scale Internet attack against thousands of popular Web sites. The virus-like infection tries to implant hacker software onto the computers of all Web site visitors.
· U.S. Army told not to use Israeli bullets in Iraq. Israeli-made bullets bought by the U.S. Army to plug a shortfall should be used for training only, not to fight Muslim guerrillas in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. lawmakers have told Army generals.
· Clapton guitar auctioned for $959,000. Eric Clapton's favorite guitar for 15 years fetched $959,500 at auction Thursday, easily eclipsing the record set five years ago by the sale of another guitar belonging to the legendary rock musician.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
· Ex-Peterson Juror Says Prosecution Failed. A juror dismissed from the Scott Peterson murder trial criticized the prosecution's case on Thursday, saying there had been no good explanation of how or why Peterson would have killed his pregnant wife. Justin Falconer, replaced Wednesday by an alternate, told reporters outside the courtroom that he would have found Peterson not guilty.
· Crooks for Kerry: Lefty group hires ex-cons to canvass. A left-wing group with ties to Sen. John F. Kerry's presidential campaign is hiring convicted sex offenders and batterers to go door-to-door to register voters in several battleground states.
· 'Fahrenheit 911' sets records in NYC theaters. Director Michael Moore's controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" turned on the box office heat in its first day in theaters breaking single-day records at the two New York City theaters where it played.
» Demi Moore raves over Michael Moore film. “Fahrenheit 9/11” opens tomorrow, and one celeb has already weighed in with an unofficial rave. A source was sitting behind Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher at the Hollywood premiere and says that Moore was “really, really vocal” throughout the Bush-bashing documentary.
» Flowers alerts lawyers on Clinton. Gennifer Flowers, the cabaret singer who had an affair with Bill Clinton, has threatened possible legal action over the former president's treatment of her in his newly-published memoir, My Life.
· Berkeley Weighs Legalizing Prostitution. Residents of this left-leaning city will have a chance to vote in November on whether they think prostitution should be a crime. An advocacy group announced Wednesday it had gathered nearly 3,200 signatures, about 1,000 more than needed to get the initiative on the ballot.
· Doctors discover a toddler muscle man. Somewhere in Germany is a baby Superman, born in Berlin with bulging arm and leg muscles. Not yet 5, he can hold seven-pound weights with arms extended, something many adults cannot do. He has muscles twice the size of other kids his age and half their body fat.
· Billy Crystal Bringing Show to Broadway. Billy Crystal, after conquering "Saturday Night Live," is taking on the rest of the week. The comic veteran makes his Broadway debut this November with an autobiographical one-man show, "700 Sundays."
· AOL customer list stolen, sold to spammer. A former AOL employee was charged Wednesday with stealing the Internet provider's entire subscriber list - over 30 million consumers, and their 90 million screen names - and selling it to a spammer.
· For $7 you can hear Son of Sam. Just days after we reported that imprisoned serial killer David Berkowitz is flaunting his religious musings on a personal Web site, it was revealed he can be heard without even logging on.
· Fla. Woman Banned From Teaching After Marrying Lesbian Partner. A 62-year-old Cape Coral woman who married her lesbian partner in Massachusetts was banned from teaching in the Church of Christ, Scientist, after she refused to "repent" for her actions.
· Gang-rape case goes to jury. Prosecutors Wednesday reminded a jury in the Southern California trial of three men charged with raping an unconscious teenage girl of what they witnessed on a videotape of the incident.
· Microsoft gets under your skin. Software giant Microsoft has gone one step nearer global domination by patenting a new kind of network - human skin. US Patent No. 6,754, 472 - just awarded - is a "method and apparatus for transmitting power and data using the human body."
· After 6-year gap, Van Halen is outta sync. A recently reconstituted version of the group, with Sammy Hagar on the mike, hit the stage at the Meadowlands. It was the first Van Halen road show with that lineup in nine years and the first with any singer in six.
· Two Spins on What Happened With Tommy Lee. There's plenty of spin about what happened at the Bellagio's Light nightclub when former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was spinning the tunes. Sean Christie, the club's director of marketing, said Lee had to be removed by security officers, but Lee's manager said the 41-year-old drummer walked out of Sunday's show.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
· 'Juror No. 5' Tossed Off Laci Case. The judge in Scott Peterson's murder trial removed one of the 12 jurors Wednesday but denied a defense motion for a mistrial. According to a transcript of a closed-door meeting with Judge Alfred A. Delucchi, Juror No. 5 admitted to discussing the media coverage of the case with his girlfriend.
· Man Seeks Ideas For 'Groping Arnold' Doll. The gun-wielding, bobble-headed Arnold Schwarzenegger doll isn't the only knickknack giving the California governor a headache. Despite a pending lawsuit by Schwarzenegger over the doll, its creator is seeking ideas over the Internet on how to design a new "groping Arnold" doll.
· Judge wraps up hearing on Bryant accuser's sex life; no trial date set. Attorneys wrapped up closed-door arguments Tuesday over whether the sex life of the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape can be introduced at the NBA star's trial. More written arguments are due next week.
· Stars promote alternate energy. When it comes to the debate over America's energy independence, celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Ed Begley Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Darryl Hannah and Tom Hanks are promoting a variety of alternative-energy solutions.
[Isn't it refreshing to see many of these stars routinely flying from New York to Los Angeles using 25,000 pounds of fuel (about 4,000 gallons) on their private Gulfstream jets - then arrive at their gala events... in a Hyundai].
· Jurors hear Scott Peterson's own account of night Laci vanished. The first detective to come to investigate Laci Peterson's disappearance testified that it became an exercise in futility to try to eliminate Scott Peterson as a suspect.
· $100,000 Offered for Newlyweds J.Lo and Marc Anthony If They Can Stay Married for 18 Months. Online gaming service MyBookie has issued a $100,000 challenge to the couple if they can stay married until December 31, 2005. If J.Lo and Marc Anthony accept the challenge, MyBookie will donate $100,000 to a charity of the couple's choosing.
· Audit finds $3 million in drugs missing from Memphis police evidence room. Nearly $3 million in drugs, $147,000 in cash and dozens of guns went missing from the evidence room at the Memphis police department, according to an audit released yesterday.
· At One Point, 'I Was Deathly Afraid,' New Space Visitor Admits. For a moment, Michael W. Melvill thought he was going to be a "squashed bug." A day after he piloted a rocket ship to the cusp of space, he said yesterday that the problems he experienced during the harrowing ascent - including a violent roll to the left and a vital control system gone awry - had led him to expect the worst.
What is Bill Clinton wearing on his wrist?
If you were wondering what former president Bill Clinton was wearing on his right wrist when he was hawking his new book on '60 Minutes' and Oprah recently, it's a Hindu nada-chhadi.
· Clinton revises timeline of Lewinsky affair. In his new memoir, former U.S. President Bill Clinton says his "inappropriate" encounters with Monica Lewinsky began when she claimed they did, during the government shutdown in November 1995. That account contradicts his August 1998 testimony before a federal grand jury that investigated the case.
· Doris Day Won't Fly to Get Presidential Honor. Doris Day is honored to be receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom, but the entertainer's fear of flying will keep her from traveling to Washington Wednesday to accept it from President Bush.
· Music industry sues 482 more song swappers. The music industry filed copyright infringement lawsuits against 482 computer users Tuesday, the latest round of litigation by recording companies against suspected online music file-swappers.
· Swiss OK Gypsy Holocaust Suit Vs IBM. A Swiss court has cleared the way for a group of gypsies to sue computer giant IBM for allegedly helping Nazi slaughter campaigns during World War II, the plaintiffs' lawyer said on Tuesday.
· NY Promoter Wants Springsteen to Upstage Bush. A New York concert promoter has mounted an online campaign to "draft" Bruce Springsteen to headline a rock 'n roll show to upstage the Republican National Convention, but the rock icon appears to be uninterested.
· Rocket Fuel Found In Milk. Young children and pregnant women who drink milk from California cows may be exposed to unsafe levels of a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel, according to a new study by an environmental group.
· Labelling blamed for IVF baby mix-up. Blunders, overworked staff and poor management at one of Britain's leading fertility clinics led to mixed race twins being born to a white couple, an official investigation has found.
· Judge certifies Wal-Mart class action lawsuit. A federal judge on Tuesday approved class-action status for a sex-discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that has become the largest private civil rights case in U.S. history.
· Fake American bills flooding international markets. Experts believe that the money is being produced and flooded into the system, mostly by North Korean diplomats as they travel abroad. It is also circulated by criminals - with the Russian mafia and even Republican organisations in Northern Ireland involved in the distribution process.
· Shocker! 50-Year Smoking Study: Quitting Lengthens Lives. Those clever Brits have come come up with it again. They say as many as two-thirds of people who begin smoking in their youth are eventually killed by the habit.
· State Web site linked to porn page. The New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission Web site link to its "business resource center" took viewers Tuesday afternoon - and maybe for much longer - to full-color, hard-core teen pornography.
· Fake 'Investigator' Enters Home To Inspect Treatment Of Cats. A 51-year-old California woman was arrested on burglary charges Monday after she reportedly entered a home claiming to be an animal welfare investigator.
· Muscular Dystrophy Advocate Dies at 13. Mattie Stepanek, the child poet whose inspirational verse made him a best-selling writer and a prominent voice for muscular dystrophy sufferers, died Tuesday of a rare form of the disease.
· Korean man beheaded as pleas and talks fail. Spurning a South Korean's desperate plea to live and frantic late bargaining by his government, Al Qaeda-linked terrorists beheaded another civilian hostage in Iraq yesterday.
· E-mail providers: Unplug spam-sending PCs. Consumers who allow their infected computers to send out millions of "spam" messages could be unplugged from the Internet under a proposal released Tuesday by six large e-mail providers.