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· Man Burns $288,000 in Life Savings, Fails Suicide Bid. A Frenchman who burned his life savings to a cinder before swallowing two bottles of pills is facing life with an empty bank account after neighbors foiled his suicide attempt.
· DUI Troubles: Man arrested 400 times! A 74-year-old man who has been arrested at least 400 times was sentenced Monday to 17 years in prison on drunken driving charges. Police have been arresting him since 1947, including three times since June. The man has had his driver's license suspended for life five times.
· Filming Of Peterson Movie Draws Mixed Reviews. The film is called "The Perfect Husband" and stars Dean Cain as Scott Peterson. "I don't want anymore attention to Modesto," said one resident. "Why make a movie out of it? We don't need to glorify it."
· Jacko Loses Logo; Manager Owns Sex Clubs. Jackson had no idea that his current manager, Dieter Wiesner, the man who helped hire attorney Mark Geragos and is now calling the shots in the Jackson camp, is famous for operating sex clubs and brothels at home in Germany.
· TV Director Earl Bellamy Dies at 86. Earl Bellamy directed dozens of popular shows, including "M..A..S..H," "I Spy," "Hart to Hart," "Leave it to Beaver," "The Donna Reed Show," "CHipS," "Starsky and Hutch," "Lassie," "Perry Mason," "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Munsters," "Fantasy Island," "Eight Is Enough," "The Mod Squad," "My Three Sons," "Get Smart," and "The Love Boat."
· Deputies Shop For Potential Jurors At Wal-Mart. A Wayne County court had summoned 150 people for jury duty, but over half of the potential jurors had excuses for not being able to appear, so a judge asked Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders to go to the Wal-Mart and randomly pick 50 people.
· Jessica Lynch to christen cruise ship. Former Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is to christen Carnival Cruise Lines' newest ship at Feb. 27 ceremonies in Jacksonville, Florida the Miami-based line announced.
· 'Dumb blondes' are best drivers. The popular stereotype of the dumb blonde could be shattered if accident statistics are any guide. Leading insurance company Suncorp today released a survey that shows blondes could be the nation's best drivers.
· New York Firefighter's Wives Getting Burned. At least a dozen of New York's Bravest - some of them assigned to look after Sept. 11 widows - have left their wives for the spouses of their comrades killed in the terror attacks.
· Ozzy sexually molested when he was 11. ROCK wild man Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he was sexually assaulted as a boy. Ozzy, now 54, has told how two boys regularly waited for him as he walked home from school in Birmingham.
· Sheriff's Dept. Handling Jackson Case Finds Wireless Microphones. Sheriff's officials said several wireless microphones discovered outside their headquarters could be the latest of several attempts by journalists to surreptitiously get information on the Michael Jackson molestation case.
· Wal-Mart Tops $1.52 Billion in One Day. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Saturday it hit a single-day company sales record during the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving shopping sprees, taking in more than $1.52 billion nationally.
· Woman Knocked Unconscious By Wal-Mart Shoppers. A 41-year-old woman was knocked unconscious and then trampled by a mob of shoppers who continued to step over her as she suffered a seizure during a Friday sale at Wal-Mart.
· More Tattoo Wearers Having Second Thoughts. Doctors say tattoo removals are becoming more common at a time when people frequently sport butterflies on their ankles or barbed wire around their biceps. "There are a number of people who did this and have said `Geez, this is not what I want.' What seems really great at age 17 or 20 may not seem so great at age 30."
· AWOL on Air Force One. As adventures go, it was not too bad - clandestine meetings in parking lots, Air Force One, bulletproof vests and a secret destination: Baghdad. "The ultimate road trip," one reporter called it.
· Black Friday: Today isn't the biggest shopping day. The day after Thanksgiving isn't what it once was. It isn't the biggest shopping day of the year (it ceded that title years ago to the Saturday before Christmas). Its reputation as a bellwether of holiday sales is mud after last year.
· Women Burned Frying Turkey. Two women were badly burned Thursday as they tried to deep-fry a turkey at a home. The mother and daughter had second-degree burns on their arms and legs after they were splattered with hot oil, the fire department said.
· Deep-Fried Turkey Try Costs Man His Garage. Bill Fickett wanted to give his wife a break from the kitchen on Thanksgiving, so he offered to cook. His kind gesture ended up causing about $14,000 in damage.
· 'Master' and 'Slave' Electronic Labels Raise Concern in L.A. A county official has asked computer and video equipment vendors to consider eliminating the terms "master" and "slave" from hard drives because they may be considered offensive.
· Bush Makes Surprise Thanksgiving Visit to Iraq. President Bush made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to American troops in Baghdad Thursday, flying secretly to violence-scarred Iraq on a trip tense with concerns about his safety.
"You are defending the American people from danger and we are grateful," Bush told some 600 soldiers who were stunned and delighted by his appearance.
· Thanksgiving Travel Rush Off to Trouble-Free Start. Despite anticipation that this will be the busiest weekend for Thanksgiving travel since 2001, planes, trains and automobiles were moving smoothly across the country early Thursday.
· Deep-Fried Turkey Can Be Delicious, Dangerous. As the trend toward fried — instead of roasted — turkey has grown, so has the concern over the possible dangers of deep-fat fryers. Underwriters Laboratory Inc. refuses to certify as safe any turkey fryer model currently on the market.
· Man, 73, kills robber holding shears to wife's neck. A man finds his wife being held hostage by a robber holding shears at her neck. Allowed to get his wallet, the homeowner retrieved his pistol instead and shot the intruder to death.
· Mrs. Santa in Drag at NY Thanksgiving Parade. In support of a recent Massachusetts high court ruling favoring gay marriage, actor Harvey Fierstein — Broadway's most famous drag queen — will dress as the Mrs. Claus while riding downtown on a float.
· Lottery winners saved by garbage strike. While Chicago's streets continue to smell, two lottery winners who tossed their $10.5 million ticket in the trash, are happy that their winning ticket was still in a bag waiting to be picked up, according to Illinois Lottery officials.
· Air Canada service staff gets a bone.. uh, bonus. Pleased with workers who scored top marks on customer service, Air Canada recently picked 100 at random to give them a bonus - a $3.78 hamburger coupon that expires in five weeks.
· Suspect Falls Through Roof Of Central City Bar. New Orleans police arrested a 43-year-old local man after he allegedly burglarized a Central City bar while a detective was inside investigating two previous break-ins.
· DA Apologizes for Joking About Jackson. The district attorney making child molestation allegations against Michael Jackson apologized for joking last week when authorities announced an arrest warrant had been issued for the pop icon.
· Angry granny scrambles fighter jets at Miami airport. Fighter jets were scrambled at Miami airport after an elderly woman threw a fit on an American Airlines plane and flight attendants thought she would attack them, police said.
· Campbell says he 'fell off wagon.' Sounding shaken and repentant, Glen Campbell said he had been drinking before his arrest Monday on suspicion of extreme drunken driving, a hit-and-run accident and assaulting a police officer.
· Participant at KKK initiation wounded after shots fired into sky. A bullet fired in the air during a Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony came down and struck a participant in the head, critically injuring him.
· Private Charter Jet Company Trys to Sell-Out Jacko. Attorney Mark Geragos called XtraJet's attempt to sell a video and audio recording in which Jackson is seen and heard talking to Geragos in flight "one of the most outrageous acts I've ever seen in my 20 years of practicing criminal law." A Los Angeles Superior Court judge forbade the release of videotape secretly filmed aboard Jackson's flight to Santa Barbara.
· $100,000 bounty offered for stolen PC. Wells Fargo said it had offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the burglar who stole a bank consultant's computer that had sensitive customer information on it.
· Glenn Campbell Faces DUI, Assault Charges. Country singer Glen Campbell was released from jail early Tuesday after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, hit and run, and aggravated assault on a police officer.
· Jacko accuser has troubled past. The kid at the center of the Michael Jackson sex case allegedly tried to steal clothes from a California store on orders from his father when he was just 8, court records reveal. The shoplifting turned violent when security guards grabbed the boy and his mother fought them.
· Concorde makes final trip to NY — up the Hudson River. After years of carrying thousands of celebrities and other well-heeled customers across the Atlantic, the Concorde arrived in New York Harbor Tuesday like millions of previous European immigrants — on a boat.
· Hooters' Latest? An All-Girl Band. Holy hot pants! Hooters has an official girl group! The chow chain famous for its wings (and breasts and thighs) is now serving up music with UC3, an R&B/dance trio from Tampa Bay
· FLASHBACK: Can the Dixie Chicks just stick to singing? Alec Baldwin, Poster boy for Hollywood has-beens, may have his center square in jeopardy now that the Dixie Chicks join the ranks of cheap Bush bashers.
· Saleswomen claim they were told to use sex to sell. The women said they were fired or forced to quit for not doing enough to make customers feel "warm and fuzzy" during telephone sales calls dictated by their managers.
· Pamela Anderson now a Sunday school teacher?! Pamela Anderson's latest professional incarnation may come as something of a surprise to fans of Baywatch and Barb Wire. Because the inimitable Ms Anderson has decided to leave her reputation for the risqué behind her, by reinventing herself as a Sunday school teacher.
· Pornography foe arrested on prostitution charge. A vice chairman of a Louisville anti-pornography group was arrested on a prostitution charges. Police said John W. Riddle, 65, was caught with a "known prostitute" and a bottle of Viagra.
· Former Gordonsville, VA police officer charged. A former police officer is accused of trading his service pistol for drugs and going on a three-day "cocaine bender" in Fredericksburg, that city's top prosecutor said.
· Ticket payment prompts bomb scare. Getting slapped with a $37 ticket she didn't feel was deserved, Tammy Sully expressed her irritation one cent at a time. She bundled up 3,700 pennies, put her name, address and parking infraction number on a label, and mailed the 22-pound box off to the district court in Bellevue.
· Doctors test man who claims he hasn't eaten in 68 years. An Indian man who says he has survived for 68 years without eating, drinking or relieving himself has baffled doctors who have been unable to disprove his claim.
· Kids ‘R’ Us, Sam Goody closing. Toys “R” Us Inc. will close the 146 freestanding Kids “R” Us stores nationwide, and Sam Goody music stores are closing 150 stores nationwide and selling its assets to a California liquidation company.
· Federal authorities seize Alec Baldwin's film. The Devil and Daniel Webster, Baldwin's first film as a director, will never be seen because it has been seized by federal authorities in a fraud case, as a result of investor's checks "bouncing all over New York."
· Queen wins order to silence phoney footman. In an unprecedented move, Queen Elizabeth has won an injunction to stop the publication of further revelations by a Mirror newspaper journalist who worked undercover as a footman at Buckingham Palace.
· Elizabeth Taylor Says Michael Jackson Is Innocent. Actress Elizabeth Taylor said on Sunday that she believes pop star and good friend Michael Jackson is "absolutely innocent" of child molestation charges and will be "vindicated."
· Cameraman collapses, dies covering Jackson arrest. A television cameraman who collapsed while covering pop star Michael Jackson's sensational arrest on child molestation charges later died of apparent heart failure, his station said.
· Peterson prosecutors thin on answers. Prosecutors didn't answer how, where or why they believe Laci Peterson was killed. They didn't show how or when her body found its way to the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay.
· Actress Kellie Waymire Dies at 36. Kellie Waymire, whose frequent appearances on such shows as "Six Feet Under," "Friends" and "Ally McBeal" made her a familiar face to television fans, has died apparently of a previously undetected medical condition.
· U.S. passes anti-Internet spam bill. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly for a bill to outlaw most Internet spam and create a "do not spam" registry for those who do not wish to receive unsolicited junk e-mail.
· Report: Kobe Accuser in Rehab Clinic. One more nail in the Prosecution's coffin as Kobe Bryant’s accuser enters a rehab facility after going on a wild binge of booze and marijuana. An Enquirer investigation has also uncovered a photo of the 19-year-old coed smoking from a pot pipe at a fraternity party just days before checking into the rehab center in Arizona.
· Talk of Stardom for One-Armed Surfer Girl. There's talk of a reality show and a clothing line, speaking appearances and a book - a lot of attention for a 13-year-old girl who's never recorded a song or rehearsed a script.
· Young boy talks of his 'sleepovers with Michael.' According to the (now) 17-year-old, Jackson insists on speaking to the parents of his prospective young guests before letting them stay over, and is known for treating dozens of young guests at a closed Toys R Us, where they have the run of the place for 2 1/2 hours and get to leave with anything they wanted at Jackson's expense.
· British kids stunned to meet President Bush. Six British kids were stunned yesterday when a man wandered up to them outside a pub and declared: “Hi, I’m the President of the United States.” George Bush bumped into the youngsters as he visited Tony Blair’s constituency of Sedgefield in Co Durham.
· Macy's Band Playing It Safe: Let's Skip Jackson's 'Thriller.' When one high school band struts in front of the cameras during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade next week, the trombonists, sousaphonists and mellophonists will not play the piece they rehearsed for months.
· Homeless man dies after being scooped up as trash. A homeless man died early Friday after he was scooped up along with a pile of rubble by a front-end loader. The man, who apparently had been sleeping, was wrapped in blankets and plastic garbage bags and had plastic bread crates on top of him, Sanitation spokeswoman Kathy Dawkins said.
· Man gets "spam rage" over penis emails. Call it spam rage - a Silicon Valley computer programmer has been arrested for threatening to torture and kill employees of the company he blames for bombarding his computer with emails promising to enlarge his penis.
· Victoria's Dirty Little Secret. The New York CBS Channel 2 affiliate went undercover and found that Victoria Secret, Saks, and Macy's are taking back used underwear and then placing them back on the shelves to be resold.
· Producer Phil Spector Charged With Murder. Legendary record producer Phil Spector, charged with murder in the shooting death of an actress at his hilltop mansion, told his chauffeur that night that he thought he had "killed somebody," according to a police report.
· Woman gets manicure then holds up salon. A woman casually strode into a Detroit nail salon Thursday, had her nails done and after they dried, robbed the owner and three customers at gunpoint, police said.
· Hawaiian Surfer: "I was shark chow." Surfer girl Bethany Hamilton said she thought she was meat when a shark clamped onto her left arm and started pulling her underwater off a Hawaiian beach last month.
· Lawyer Takes Up Case of Outlaw 'Billy the Kid.' First, he got a gun, then he earned a name as an outlaw in the Wild West, and now Billy the Kid, although long dead, has himself a high-powered lawyer and a chance at a pardon.
· What JFK would look like today. Here is a photo of what President John F. Kennedy would look like today if he hadn't been assassinated four decades ago, according to a computerized age progression program.
· $3M Verdict In Penile Surgery Case Sparks Court Flap. A man who had to endure a three-day erection after penile surgery was awarded $3 million by a jury two years ago, but an appeals court ordered a Monmouth County judge to lower the award. So Superior Court Judge Alexander Lehrer did - by one penny.
· Jennifer Aniston Settles Topless Photo Scandal. "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston (search) has reached a $550,000 settlement with a man she accused of illegally distributing photographs of her sunbathing topless, her publicist said.
· Dark secret of Michael Jackson's bedroom. The inside of Michael Jackson's creepy lair was revealed for the first time yesterday. A shocking video shows a secret room behind a trapdoor at Jackson's California mansion - where he apparently entertained kids who slept over. The chamber is concealed so well that it may have been missed by police.
· Wacky San Fransisco Federal Judges Reinstate Suit Against Gun Industry. A federal appeals court Thursday reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against the gun industry in a decision expected to re-ignite debate over legislation immunizing gun makers from being sued for crimes committed with their products
· Celebrities Have a Response to the Charges: No Comment. Many of Michael Jackson's close friends and acquaintances had little to say on Thursday when he surrendered to face charges of child molesting. In fact, the only people who seemed to have anything to utter were the army of celebrity publicists responding to calls from reporters with "no comment."
· Bitter rivalry between DA, Michael Jackson reflected in latest case. The bad blood between Michael Jackson and the prosecutor who filed child molestation charges against him goes back more than a decade. It even spawned a song in which the pop star calls Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon a "cold man."
· Michael Jackson Booked - To Be Arraigned in January. Superstar Michael Jackson will be arraigned on multiple counts of child molestation Jan. 9, a spokesman from the Santa Barbara sheriff's office said Thursday.
· Wacko Johnny Depp Named 'Sexiest Man Alive.' Confirming the bad taste of People magazine, they've named Johnny Depp the "Sexiest Man Alive 2003," saying the actor is known for his "brooding eccentricities."
· Report: Kobe Accuser Had Sex With Key Witness. Sources told the GLOBE that the 19-year-old woman who has accused Bryant of rape told them she had sex with the prosecution’s star witness Bobby Pietrack - a week before she met Bryant. Pietrack, a 23-year-old bellhop at the resort where the alleged rape took place, is the first person Katelyn Faber told about her encounter with Bryant.
He can testify about her emotional state and physical appearance at the time. But legal experts say that if there was a sexual encounter between Katelyn and the bellhop, it could wreck his credibility and sink the case of the Eagle County, Colo. prosecutor.
· Surrender Deal Reached for Michael Jackson. Pop superstar Michael Jackson and his legal team have reached a deal for his surrender to Santa Barbara County authorities, his attorney Mark Geragos said.
· A Warning To Atkins Dieters. Some doctors are raising a red flag about the safety of the popular, high protein, low-carb Atkins diet. Dr. Neal Barnard, a representative for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine explains that new survey and data of previously unreported health problems raises questions about the safety of the Atkins Diet and other high-protein, low-carb weight-loss plans, including two deaths.
· Would You Let Your Kid Bunk With Jacko? It’s the parents who are the fans, the parents who want the access to Jackson, to fame, to his money, to the bragging rights of being able to say they “know” a superstar, and because Jackson is who he is, their kids are the key to the Neverland gates.
· Jacko Lawyer on Case for Months. Forget all these stories that Mark Geragos was hired to represent Michael Jackson just yesterday. Or the day before. Were we all born yesterday? Geragos has been on the case since last March.
· Limbaugh Being Investigated. Authorities are investigating whether Rush Limbaugh illegally funneled money to buy prescription painkillers, a law enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity said.
· Transcript of Peterson-Frey Tape Released. About two weeks after his wife's Christmas Eve disappearance, Scott Peterson apologized for deceiving his mistress into believing that he was a widower, according to one phone conversation.
· Aaliyah Crash Pilot Was On Cocaine. A pilot had cocaine and alcohol in his system when the plane he was flying crashed in the Bahamas, killing nine people including singer and actress Aaliyah, a doctor testified during a coroner's inquest.
· Jacko Urged to Surrender; Bail Set at $3 Million. An arrest warrant has been issued on child molestation charges for pop superstar Michael Jackson and Santa Barbara authorities are in the process of negotiating his surrender with his attorneys.
· Jacko Accuser: 'Wine and Sleeping Pills.' The 12-year-old boy at the center of the Michael Jackson child molestation scandal may have confessed to his psychiatrist that the pop singer plied him with wine and sleeping pills when he allegedly molested him, according to sources.
· Lewinsky says past has hurt love life. The intern infamous for her affair with U.S. President Bill Clinton said in the December issue of GQ magazine that she dates occasionally but her romantic relationships have been short-lived. "If I were a guy and I'd heard all those things about a girl, I don't know that I'd want to take her out," Lewinsky told the men's magazine.
· Man Hoped to Sell Diaz Photos for $5 million. A photographer accused of trying to extort $3.3 million from Cameron Diaz (search) threatened to sell topless photos of her for $5 million to a European group, an investigator testified.
· Bryant Case Triggers Dating Consent Form. Some single people are toting a legal consent form with them so they can get things in writing before they get intimate. The form lists what you will and will not do behind closed doors, and asks for the signature of both parties.
· Carson's Boyhood Home to Be Sold. Owners of Johnny Carson's boyhood home are asking the city of Norfolk to buy it. Jim Pruett of Brandon, S.D., said he and partner Rick Runge of Sioux Falls, S.D., were trying "to do a nice thing" when they bought the two-story, off-white house last spring.
· Martha Stewart Indictment Stands. A federal judge Tuesday refused to dismiss a securities fraud charge that accuses Martha Stewart of deceiving her stockholders when she publicly declared her innocence in the insider-trading scandal.
· Schwarzenegger Asks Voters to Back $15 Billion Bond. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, saying he had "strong resolve" to cure California's fiscal woes, on Tuesday proposed a record bond issue of up to $15 billion to fund the state's ballooning budget deficit.
· OOPS! U.S.'s 'Iron Hammer' code name first used by Nazis. The U.S. military's code name for a crackdown on resistance in Iraq was also used by the Nazis for an aborted operation to damage the Soviet power grid during World War II.
· Scott Peterson to Stand Trial for Murder. Scott Peterson will stand trial on charges of murdering his wife and unborn child, a judge determined Tuesday following a preliminary hearing that spanned four weeks. He will be arraigned on Dec. 3.
· Peterson and Frey: 241 calls in 93 days. Scott Peterson exchanged 241 cell phone calls with his lover in a 93-day period starting five weeks before his pregnant wife disappeared, an investigator testified this morning.
· Paris Hilton: I Never Expected Tape to Go Public. Paris Hilton says she never thought the sex video she made with her ex-boyfriend ever would become public. "I feel embarrassed and humiliated, especially because my parents and the people who love me have been hurt," Hilton said in a statement.
· Principal Found Bleeding In School Bathroom Stabbed Himself. An assistant high school principal who was discovered with stab wounds in a school bathroom earlier this month inflicted the injuries on himself, authorities said.
· Burger King rates top 'dirty dining' fast food chain. In a Dateline report, the 100 Burger Kings that were visited rang up a whopping 241 total critical violations. Health inspectors cited a Virginia Burger King for 14 separate critical violations: employees not washing their hands, uncovered food in the fridge, and grime and debris found on this ice chute.
· Palestinians reprint schoolbooks praising jihad 'martyrs.'
A textbook on Islam that preaches the value of "holy war" and "martyrdom" for all Muslims is being reprinted by Yasser Arafat for use in schools in the occupied West Bank.
· T-shirt scam in Key West, Fl. The old 'bait and switch' scam has taken $800 from one Japanese couple for buying six T-shirts. Others recently paid $287 for four. Key West police Officer Steve Torrence said of the routine practice, "It's unconscionable."
· Over-Hyped Heroes. Elizabeth Smart is a star, and we are sick of her. Jessica Lynch is a star, and we are sick of her. We remain sympathetic to the events which brought her to public notice, but we have had enough. More air time, another book - and we are not even sure what happened to her or to what extent, if any, her rescue was staged.
· Ice hotel: For $1,067, guests get three nights at 28 degrees. Once it's completed in early December, the 30-foot-high Gothic palace taking shape about 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks will be one of the few ice hotels in the world - and the first in the United States - according to resort owner Bernie Karl. Getting married inside 14,000 tons of ice and snow would certainly be unique.
· Schwarzenegger Sworn In as Calif. Governor. Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in Monday as California's 38th governor, humbly promising to serve Californians and to give back to the state that gave him so much.
· Schwarzenegger Takes Office Today. Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger will be sworn in as governor of the Golden State Monday and experts say the state should prepare itself for a leader willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how flashy, to pump up California politics.
· Hollywood investigator to begin jail term. Anthony Pellicano, the celebrated private investigator who has worked for celebrities like Michael Jackson, Kevin Costner and Tom Cruise, is expected to surrender to the authorities on Monday to begin a jail term for possessing illegal weapons.
· NY Times: All Books Not Fit to Review. The New York Times Book Review is considered the industry bible of what’s hot and what’s not in books. Unfortunately, they only have time to review the extremist views of Al Franken and Michael Moore books.
· Air France Auctions Concorde Parts. Fans of supersonic flight claimed pieces of the Concorde from the dust-bin of aviation history, bidding at a charity auction for the trademark needle nose, doors and even instrument panels from the fleet of five retired jets.
· Wine Industry Urges Drinking and Driving. France's wine industry wants drivers to know: It's OK to have a drink for the road. Or three. The $18 billion-a-year wine industry is fighting back against a government campaign to discourage drunken driving.
· John Travolta parks his Boeing 707 jet at home. The star now keeps a Boeing 707 jumbo jet next to his new mansion in Jumbolair, a "fly-in community" about 80 miles north west of Orlando, Florida. His smaller Gulfstream is also parked there.
· Schwarzenegger Has Appetite for Extremes. The mighty tycoon in "Citizen Kane" had a little wooden sled to remind him of his humble origins. Citizen Arnold Schwarzenegger has the old M47 tank from his early years in the Austrian military.
· Teflon poses health risks if overheated. Teflon includes ammonium perfluorooctanoate, known as C-8, which has been linked to cancer, organ damage and other health effects - and if overheated - can cause immediate "headaches, chills, backache, and a temperature of between 100 and 104 degrees."
· Detective: Laci Peterson's Body Dressed In Tan Pants, Contradicting Husband's Account. The remains of Laci Peterson washed ashore in San Francisco Bay clad in tan pants - not the black pants her husband reported she was wearing when he said he went fishing on Christmas Eve.
· Peterson Defense to Subpoena Former Mistress. In a stunning move, defense attorneys for accused murderer Scott Peterson (search) were reportedly planning to subpoena his former girlfriend to testify in the preliminary hearing.
· Prostitution sting nabs 72. One was a 60-year-old Sun City woman. Another a Tempe woman with a brand-new $60,000 boat. And another advertised herself as a former Miss Canada. They were among the 45 women arrested Thursday in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's prostitution raid.
· Big lottery bet refused on man's bid to buy 7 million tickets. A deep-pocketed mystery man from Chicago tried to bet an odds-skewing $7 million on the Mass Millions numbers game this week after Lottery officials opened the door by helping him buy 60,000 of the dollar tickets just last week.
· Schwarzenegger in Hawaii: Luau or Labor? For many days, aides have portrayed California Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger as hard at work in meetings on his new administration which takes office on Monday. It turns out that the actor and his wife Maria Shriver have been vacationing in Hawaii with their four children.
· Rosie Wants $8 Million in Legal Fees. Rosie O'Donnell said she will try to recover $8 million in legal fees from her battle with the publisher of her now-defunct magazine, now that a judge indicated neither side will win any money.
· Murderer Files Lawsuit Against Dr. Phil. Convicted murderer Laurie "Bambi" Bembenek went on "The Dr. Phil Show" to clear her name, but she wound up with an amputated leg and a lawsuit against Dr. Phil, Paramount, and 52 staffers on his syndicated show.
· CDs 'could be history in five years.' Compact discs could be history within five years, superseded by a new generation of fingertip-sized memory tabs with no moving parts. Scientists say each paper-thin device could store more than a gigabyte of information.
· Airline Juice Spiker Sentenced. A Northwest Airlines flight attendant who spiked a toddler's apple juice with an anti-anxiety drug to stop her crying was sentenced Wednesday to four months of home confinement.
· Retail Giant's Hotties Appear in Playboy.Com's "Women Of Wal-Mart" Nude Pictorial. More than 400 beautiful employees from retail giant Wal-Mart answered Playboy.com's highly publicized invitation in September to pose nude for an online feature.
· Detective Reveals Tricks Used to Nab Peterson. A detective who spent Christmas Eve questioning Scott Peterson and the next four months trying to find his missing wife testified Wednesday about how officers enlisted Peterson's friends, neighbors and mistress in the effort to snare him.
· NYC school district denies birth of Jesus. Nativity scene barred as not 'historically accurate representation of an event.' In a dispute over display of holiday symbols, New York City schools are allowing Jewish menorahs and Islamic crescents but barring Christian nativity scenes, alleging the depiction of the birth of Christ does not represent a historical event.
· $246 billion anti-smoking programs go up in smoke. States that cashed in on a landmark $246 billion settlement with tobacco companies five years ago are spending little on programs to curb smoking, an anti-smoking group charged.
· Incorrect bet nets gambler $2.6 million. The gambler phoned a series of trifecta bets in on the Melbourne Cup and one particular bet, a $6 box trifecta 20 times on the winning combination of Makybe Diva, She's Archie and Jardine's Lookout, was mistakenly entered 203 times. The trifecta payed $12,895.00 for each bet.
· Rosie Trial Ends With No Damages Awarded. A judge effectively ruled Wednesday that there was no winner in the ugly court battle between Rosie O'Donnell and the publisher of her defunct magazine, saying neither side would collect any damages.
· Alleged Paris Hilton Sex Tape Hits the Net. Unfortunately for Paris Hilton, life was simpler before the advent of the Internet. Despite threats of legal action by her parents, links to bootleg copies of the vixen's steamy sex tape sprouted like fungus.
· Lynch book fails to excite on first day. Despite a media blitz, the biography of America's best-known soldier from the Iraq war, Jessica Lynch, appeared unlikely Tuesday to translate into big cash as the first day of sales fell short of expectations.
· A Look at the Real Town of Mayberry. A behind the scenes look at The Andy Griffith Show, and the REAL Mayberry. Never before seen photos of the 'forty acres' backlot where the show was filmed, the people who became stars after Mayberry, and where the show's concept came from
· 'Grand Theft Auto' makers fight $246M lawsuit. The creators of the video game series "Grand Theft Auto" want a federal judge to dismiss a $246 million lawsuit filed by the families of two people shot by teenagers.
· Merriam-Webster to McDonald's: `McJob' is here to stay. The 11th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines a "McJob" as "a low-paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement."
· Actor Art Carney Dies at 85. Art Carney, who played Jackie Gleason's sewer worker pal Ed Norton in the TV classic "The Honeymooners" and went on to win the 1974 Oscar for best actor in "Harry and Tonto," has died at 85.
· Hustler has topless photos of Jessica Lynch. Hustler Magazine said it has photos of Iraqi POW Jessica Lynch frolicking topless with male soldiers before she went off to war. A spokesman for the 20-year-old Army private - the subject of Sunday's TV movie on NBC that drew 14.9 million viewers - called the plan by Hustler magazine to publish the purported photos "unspeakable."
· Pornographer says he bought nude Jessica Lynch photos; calls her 'a good kid.' Pornographer Larry Flynt says he bought nude photos of Pfc. Jessica Lynch last month to publish in Hustler magazine, but changed his mind because she is a "good kid ... and a victim of the Bush administration."
· Faked chili lands joker in hot water. A Texas chili cook-off got heated when one of the contestants turned out to be a crook. As a joke, the winner had scooped up spoonfuls of chili from some of the 80 or so contestants' pots and entered the mishmash as his.
· CNN planted question at Democrats debate, student says. The student had her own question for the Democratic candidates, but was told by a CNN producer that she couldn't ask her alternative "because it wasn't lighthearted enough and they wanted to modulate the event with various types of questions."
· Durst Not Guilty of Murder. A jury found eccentric New York millionaire Robert Durst (search) not guilty Tuesday of murdering an elderly neighbor whose body was dismembered and the pieces thrown into Galveston Bay.
· 'Homeland Security' officers disciplined for fishing on duty. Five police officers were supposed to be protecting a Central Texas power plant against possible terrorism, but decided to go fishing instead.
· Amazon Launches Gourmet Foods Store. Have a craving for Le Cochon dOr smoked ham, Yarmouth Island lobster hors d'oeuvres, Mama Africa's Zulu lemon, garlic, jalepeno relish, or any of more than 700 different cheeses? Amazon now has it.
· People Get Fatter; Scales Go to 1,000 Lbs. Scales that go to 1,000 pounds, steering wheels for drivers who can't fit behind standard wheels, a device to help people who can't bend over to put on their socks, and super-size towels.
· County sells woman's $800,000 farm over $572 tax bill. An 89-year-old woman could be evicted from her home of more than 50 years for missing one tax payment of $572. The property was sold in September at a sheriff's sale for $15,000.
· Online shoppers getting busted for buying cigarettes on the Internet. Since early this year, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has been busy firing off 3,264 letters to online shoppers, ordering them to submit a check for unpaid cigarette taxes, plus interest and penalties - or risk fines and imprisonment.
· Woman Gets $350,000 Settlement For Fla. Airport Strip Search. The federal government has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a lawsuit by a Houston woman who says she was singled out for a strip search by Miami airport agents because she is black.
· Jessica Lynch slams rescue 'lies.' US hero Private Jessica Lynch has slammed the American government for exaggerating the account of her 'rescue' from Iraqi captors. The 20-year-old said "it hurt" for the Pentagon to make claims about the rescue operation that were not true.
· Michael Moore calls out the British to shout down Bush visit. Michael Moore, author, filmmaker and satirical nemesis of George W. Bush, urged Britons to take to the streets by the tens of thousands to protest the US president's visit to London.
· Woman Sues Over Condom Found in Soup. An Orange County woman is suing an Irvine restaurant, saying she found a condom in her clam chowder. Laila Sultan, 48, said she was eating at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant when something rubbery stuck to her tooth.
· FedEx Workers Find Human Body Parts In Boxes. startling discovery was made by FedEx workers in St. Louis earlier this week. They found two human legs and an arm inside three boxes, Kansas City, Mo., television station KMBC reported.
· Detective: Peterson Called Himself Widower. The same day he bought a fishing boat that would provide his alibi when his pregnant wife vanished two weeks later, Scott Peterson told his mistress he was a widower planning his first Christmas alone, a police officer testified.
· Jessica Lynch Laments Military Portrayal. Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch said the U.S. military was wrong to manipulate the story of her dramatic rescue and should not have filmed it in the first place.
· TV movies about Elizabeth Smart and Jessica Lynch go head to head. NBC and CBS will air the kidnapped girls' sagas Sunday night. NBC's "Saving Jessica Lynch," saga of the Iraqi war's designated heroine, vs. CBS' "The Elizabeth Smart Story," saga of the kidnap victim who astonishingly made it back home.
· Rosie Taunted Cancer Survivor. A cancer survivor burst into tears Wednesday when she testified that Rosie O'Donnell had suggested she was lying about goings-on at her now-defunct magazine "Rosie" and told her that liars get cancer.
· Jessica Lynch was allegedly raped. Jessica Lynch was brutally raped by her Iraqi captors. That is the shocking revelation in "I Am a Soldier, Too," the much-anticipated authorized biography of the former POW.
· Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield dead. Bobby Hatfield, half of the Righteous Brothers duo, has died at the age of 63, hours before he was due to go on stage. The singer, who was on tour with singing partner Bill Medley, was found dead in his hotel room after he failed to respond to a wake up call.
· Terrorism Patriot Act used to shut down strip club. The investigation of strip club owner Michael Galardi and numerous politicians appears to be the first time federal authorities have used the Patriot Act in a public corruption probe.
· Cincinnati Reds Player Shot, Dragged to Death. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson was found dead Wednesday on a residential street after he was shot and apparently run over in a Phoenix suburb, police said.
· Rush to return on November 17. Rush Limbaugh, the nation's top-rated talk-radio host who checking himself into a treatment center for an addiction to painkillers last month, will return to his daily syndicated program Monday, Nov. 17.
· Houston Chronicle's secret to higher circulation? A Harris County lawsuit alleges that the newspaper's reps have been taking the independent auditors who monitor the circulation figures out to titty bars and kept them happy, liquored up and too distracted to count.
· Babs furious that CBS dropped hubby's project. Barbra Streisand said she was "deeply disappointed that CBS, the network that in 1964 gave me complete artistic control in creating television specials, now caved in to right wing Republican pressure to cancel the network broadcast of the movie The Reagans."
· First-grade teacher charged in school bomb threat. A 42-year-old first-grade teacher at Washington-Reid Elementary School wrote a note claiming there was a bomb in the building, Prince William County police said.
· Kobe T-Shirts Cause Stink in Eagle County. Kobe Bryant has not yet entered a plea in the rape case against him, but some people closely involved with the case appear to have already made up their minds.
· Driver plays a name game with officers. When police officers arrived at an accident, they had no idea it might cost them $500,000 to write down the offending driver's name. It turns out that Daniel Smith, 45, had copyrighted his name, and intends to sue each time his name appears on any police document.
· Bank robber nabbed getting haircut after holdup. Police didn't have to go far to locate the man suspected of robbing a local bank Monday morning. In fact, they found the idiot accross the street at the local barber shop, where he had settled into a barber's chair to get a haircut.
· Letterman Becomes a Dad at 56. Jokes that first thing he did was dangle baby boy over the balcony. Letterman's girlfriend, Regina Lasko, delivered a baby boy late Monday night. He weighed in at 9 pounds, 11 ounces and is 21 inches long, Letterman announced on his show Tuesday night.
· Lawyer rapped over Bob Marley tune. The lawyer for a man convicted of shooting and killing a policeman has apologised for singing the Bob Marley hit "I Shot The Sheriff" as he was leaving the courtroom.
· Defense Department Settles With Linda Tripp. The woman at center of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal settles her Privacy Act case against the DOD for $590,000. Tripp's lawyer expects it to be the biggest government settlement of its kind.
· Reach Out and Bug Someone. FCC to Fine AT&T for Violating Do Not Call Rules. Federal regulators are proposing their first major penalty against a company for violating the "do not call" rules for telemarketers: a $780,000 fine against AT&T.
· Driver on cell phone crashes into Cingular Wireless store, dies. A 20-year-old Abington woman driving and talking on her cellphone died yesterday after her car plowed through the front of a Cingular Wireless store in West Bridgewater, police said.
· Student Punished For Keeping Extra Soda From Machine. A Rio Rancho, NM teen was slapped with an in-school suspension for taking both sodas that came out of a vending machine, when he had only paid for one.
· Zoo visitor injured when she tries to feed bear. Gail Stern was throwing apples to two 13-hundred-pound Alaskan Kodiak bears at the Space Farms Zoo and Museum yesterday when one of the apples bounced off the cage. The idiot then decided to retrieve it for the bears.
· DNA at Center of Laci Peterson Hearings. Defense attorneys in the Scott Peterson trial have called mitochondrial DNA evidence questionable science, frustrating experts and putting under a microscope what has become a mainstream tool of American justice.
· Jessica Lynch Plans June Wedding. Former prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch plans to visit her fiance's family this Thanksgiving and to marry Army Sgt. Ruben Contreras in June, the groom-to-be's mother said.
· New grief for 'Girls Gone Wild' producer. Already facing criminal charges for allegedly filming underage girls naked, "Girls Gone Wild" boss Joe Francis and his cronies are being sued by the parents of six teens who claim they were sexually exploited during this year's spring break in Panama City, Fla.
· Stores won't display paper ID'ing accuser. Colorado's two largest grocery chains are removing from news stands a supermarket tabloid that is publishing the identity of the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape.
· Housekeeper to Testify in Peterson Hearing. After two days of testimony supporting DNA evidence against Scott Peterson, prosecutors planned to question some of the last people to see Laci Peterson alive.
· State firefighters rejected air drop request for Cedar Fire because of night regulations. The first helicopter pilot to see the patch of flames that would become the catastrophic Cedar Fire radioed for aerial water drops, but state firefighters rejected his request.
· Microsoft and Google: Partners or Rivals? Google, the highflying Silicon Valley Web search company, recently began holding meetings with bankers in preparation for its highly anticipated initial public offering as it was still engaged in meetings of another kind: exploring a partnership or even a merger with Microsoft.
· Halloween Costume Sparks Capitol Hill Scare. Two Halloween revelers triggered a massive manhunt on Thursday, when the costume they were carrying included a toy gun that breached security at the entrance of a Capitol Hill building.
· Kobe's Accuser Fully Exposed in Tabloid. The Globe tabloid is outing the 19-year-old woman who has accused NBA superstar Kobe Bryant of rape, splashing her name and a provocative photo on its front page - and sparking outrage from rape victims and advocates. The blonde is shown hiking up her skirt to show her leg and garter at her 2002 high-school prom.
· DNA Testimony Opens Peterson Hearing. A hair found in a pair of pliers on the boat Scott Peterson took fishing the day his wife disappeared matched a genetic sample from Laci Peterson's mother, an FBI expert testified Wednesday, as prosecutors sought to have him tried in the slaying of his wife and unborn son.
· Gray Davis criticized for delay in aerial water drops. County supervisors fumed that Davis was too slow in authorizing the use of state "air assets" to douse the fire and too timid in seeking federal assistance.
· Arnold Accuser Threatens to Sue MSNBC. A woman who accused Arnold Schwarzenegger of groping her is now threatening to sue MSNBC and possibly host Joe Scarborough for saying that she had been convicted of multiple drug and prostitution charges.
· Animal trainer Horn moved to Los Angeles hospital. Las Vegas illusionist Roy Horn has been transferred to UCLA Medical Center, where he begins a long road to recovery from a tiger mauling during a Siegfried & Roy performance earlier this month.
· Harry Potter 'gives children headaches.' Children are getting migraine headaches by reading the latest Harry Potter book, a Washington doctor has said. Dr Howard Bennett said three children have complained of headaches caused by the physical stress of reading the 870-page Order of the Phoenix.
· Tearful L.A. Reporter Goes Live with Rescue Report. A veteran Los Angeles TV reporter wept on air Tuesday, moments after a firefighter rescued him from flames that engulfed his news van as he covered the California wildfires.
· Traffic Chaos as Hearse Ejects Corpse. A hearse overturned on a German motorway, shattering the coffin and ejecting the corpse onto the tarmac along with a bag of coffin nails that brought traffic to a standstill, authorities said.
· PETA Protest Disrupts Middle School. "These are to let you know that chickens are our friends they're not our food. We don't eat our friends do we?" This was the message waiting for kids after class outside Basset Middle School today.
· Burglar discovers photos taken by sex offender. A Piqua man was arrested Friday after a burglar broke into his home and stumbled upon a metal box full of illicit photos of young girls, including the thief's 4-year-old sister.
· Couple receives jackpot, commission for selling ticket. A Santa Clara couple will not only receive half of a $99 million lottery jackpot - they also get the commission for selling the winning ticket at his 7-Eleven franchise store.
· Wacky: Peter Jennings and Yoko Ono take it off. Peter Jenning got inside a giant black bag with Yoko Ono in front of 500 people at Cooper Union's Great Hall. A few moments later, both emerged with Jennings struggling to put his shirt back on and Ono's garb disheveled. Still no clue what they were doing in the bag.
· Sheriff: Columbine Killers Bragged 2 Years Before. The two students who gunned down 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School bragged about making pipe bombs and said they were looking for a "ground zero" two years before the bloodbath - and authorities knew it, the sheriff said.
· Michael Moore sued over anti-gun movie. James Nichols, the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, says he was tricked into appearing in the anti-gun documentary Bowling for Columbine, according to a federal lawsuit filed against filmmaker Michael Moore.
· 9-year-old arrested for waving toy gun. A 9-year-old boy was arrested at gunpoint and handcuffed because he was waving a toy gun over his head while seated on a bench outside a store, according to Cleveland-area police.
· Titan's 2M toga & tushie party. Jurors got a private showing yesterday of rich people gone wild - otherwise known as a video of a $2.1 million birthday bash ex-Tyco titan Dennis Kozlowski threw for his wife on Sardinia, an island off the west coast of Italy.
· WTC Death Toll Lowered by 42. The names of about 40 people listed on the World Trade Center death toll for more than two years are being removed because the city cannot confirm their deaths or even their existence, a city official said.
· Streisand 'Actors Studio' Interview in Limbo? James Lipton taped Streisand in front of a live audience on October 5, but the planned October 26 broadcast was cancelled, providing plenty of rumblings that Streisand didn’t like the way she looked on camera and was holding up airing of the show.
· NY Mayor Gets Political With 'Jenny From The Block.' [Bloomberg Once Admitted Crush On Jennifer Lopez]. Jennifer Lopez stopped by City Hall, arriving fashionably late with boyfriend Ben Affleck in tow.
· CIA displays some of its spy gadgets. The CIA showed a miniature camera with a tiny lens on top of what looked like a thick coin, which contained a film that rotated 11 times to produce 11 microdot images.
· Tour de romance for Sandra Bullock and Lance Armstrong. The couple have been seen smooching in New York and the romance is so intense that Bullock sees a long-term future with the Tour de France champ. "She is absolutely smitten. She really believes Lance could be the one," a friend of Bullock was quoted as saying.
· Fake $20s Showing Up In Massachusetts. The Feds may now realize color copiers are available. Fakes of the new 'nearly impossible to counterfeit' $20 bills are already showing up in Boston, according to police.
· Hackers defense: the computer did it. Although authorities traced the hack back to Caffrey's computer, he said that someone must have remotely planted a program, called a "trojan," onto his computer that did the hacking and that could have been programmed to self destruct.
· Pee Diddy Clothing Line Accused Of Using Sweatshop Labor. Sean John, the clothing line of rap music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, is under scrutiny from a workers' rights group for allegedly using laborers from a Honduran sweatshop.
· Jessica Lynch too busy to meet her 'savior.' An Iraqi lawyer who helped United States forces in the rescue of Jessica Lynch wrapped up a tour of the soldier's hometown on Monday, but he didn't get to meet the young woman because she was too busy recovering from her injuries and preparing for her book's release.