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· Rod Roddy, Voice of 'Price is Right,' Dies. Rod Roddy, the flamboyantly dressed announcer on "The Price is Right" whose booming, jovial voice invited lucky audience members to "Come on down!" for nearly 20 years, died Monday. He was 66.
· Fifteen cooks and a janitor turn $4 into $95 million. They waited until the students got their lunch, then 15 school cooks and one janitor who each put a quarter into a lottery pool came forward Monday night as the holders of a Powerball ticket worth more than $95 million.
· Are blondes really dumb? The original dumb blonde, by most accounts, was the childlike gold-digger Lorelei Lee, the protagonist in Anita Loos' 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Lorelei's motto: "A girl with brains ought to do something else with them besides think." And then there are all the bad jokes. -Did you hear about the blonde who spent 20 minutes staring at an orange juice can? It said "concentrate."
· Actor Sentenced To Jail, Rehab For Fleiss Abuse. Actor Tom Sizemore was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and three years probation for battering his ex-girlfriend, onetime Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.
· U.S. outrage over Wolfowitz jibe. An influential Lebanese politician triggered U.S. outrage today when he expressed regret U.S. Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was unhurt in a Baghdad rocket attack, saying "We hope the firing will be more precise and efficient (next time)."
· Get Rid Of Telemarketers By Being Silly. Ray Sodini says that it's a lot better to tell a telemarketer something like, "I just finished stuffing my mother-in-law into a trash bag and am way behind schedule" than to scream or threaten death.
· Rod strikes out at fellow rock stars. Rock star Rod Stewart has complained that he is unfairly criticised for dating a younger woman, because Sir Paul McCartney and his wife have a similar age gap and get away with it.
· How the rich kids live. Documentary gets rich kids to open up about what is called the "voodoo of inherited wealth." Having millions and billions affects everything from their dating lives - to who their friends are to what they plan to do with their lives since none of them ever has to work.
· Bartman cometh for Halloween. Surely, the notorious Cubs fan Steven Bartman wants to fade into anonymity. But that's not likely to happen. In fact, this Halloween, it looks as if there will be dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Steve Bartmans roaming the streets, wearing headphones, a Cubs cap and a sweatshirt for the Renegades traveling youth baseball team.
· Spoiled Brat: 8-year-old receives ticket. In a case of the police having more sense than the parents, 8-year-old Scott Montgomery was given a ticket for $34 for riding his bicycle onto the street into the path of a car that could have killed him. He was also not wearing a helmet. "I'm not going to pay this ticket, and Scott's definitely not going to pay it," his mother said. "He's an 8-year-old child. He does not understand what the right of way is."
· Schwarzenegger Attends Mr. Olympia Contest. California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger showed he still has a soft spot for body building, popping in unexpectedly at the Mr. Olympia contest to congratulate its winner.
· Sony awash in red ink following Ben and Jen film flop. Top Hollywood studio Sony Pictures is licking its financial wounds following its appalling summer flop of superstar couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's movie "Gigli."
· Company fined $2 million in first ruling on California's anti-spam law. A company accused of sending unsolicited bulk e-mail was fined $2 million by a judge Friday, the first such ruling under California's anti-span law.
· Idiot II - Second Air France Pilot Lands in Trouble. For the second time in three months, an Air France pilot was detained at Kennedy Airport for making a glib comment about blowing up a plane, federal officials said. "During the course of their inspection, the pilot made several comments which included references to the airplane blowing up, him blowing up and the story ending up on the front page of the New York Times."
· Elvis rules Forbes list of top-earning dead celebs. Rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley, dead for more than 26 years, Friday led the Forbes.com list of top-earning deceased celebrities for the third year in a row, to the tune of $40 million for the year ending September 2003.
· Spoiled Brat: 8-year-old receives ticket. In a case of the police having more sense than the parents, 8-year-old Scott Montgomery was given a ticket for $34 for riding his bicycle onto the street into the path of a car that could have killed him. He was also not wearing a helmet. "I'm not going to pay this ticket, and Scott's definitely not going to pay it," his mother said. "He's an 8-year-old child. He does not understand what the right of way is."
· Minnesota Governor Looks for 'Super Teachers.' Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to create a new educational job titled, "super teacher" for educators interested in making $100,000 in salary and bonuses - but there's a catch. Teachers would have to give up certain union protections like tenure and job security.
· New Brawny man dark-haired, clean-cut, less gay. The new Brawny man is dark haired, dimpled and clean shaven - a big upgrade for the macho cleanup guy. Paper towel maker Georgia-Pacific announced the new model for the paper towel rolls Thursday to replace the old mustachioed lumberjack.
· 'Girls Gone Wild' crew surrenders. Eight "Girls Gone Wild" camera and production crew members have surrendered in Panama City, Florida, to face charges stemming from allegations they had videotaped underage girls during spring break.
· EgyptAir plane delayed after pilot refuses fat lady. An EgyptAir pilot refused to take off because he said one of the plane's passengers was too fat. The pilot feared the flight to Dubai would trigger medical problems in the female passenger.
· A Double Standard for Sex Offenders? There are tens of thousands of male sex offenders in U.S. prisons, and only 1,200 female offenders. But sex offenses by women are more common than most people would think.
· Insult to injury: Raw deal for Jessica Lynch's black comrade-in-arms. Shot through both legs and held prisoner in Iraq for 22 days, Shoshana Johnson returned home to a difficult convalescence that lacked the media fury and official hype of her comrade in arms Jessica Lynch.
While Private Lynch was discharged with an 80 per cent disability benefit, Specialist Johnson learned last week she will receive only a 30 per cent disability benefit from the army for her injuries.
· National Enquirer: Matt Lauer's Cocaine dealer tells all. On the heels of the Rush Limbaugh drug debacle, The National Enquirer is releasing what it calls "a blockbuster interview" with a former friend and drug dealer to respected "Today" show star Matt Lauer - expected to hit the newsstands this weekend.
· Concorde Takes Off for Final Flight to London. The Concorde soared into the sky on its last regular passenger flight Friday, heading for London as the world bid adieu, cheerio and farewell to the era of supersonic travel.
· Woods closing in on another record. Tiger Woods is one round from more golfing history. Barring an unexpected disaster, Woods will now match Byron Nelson's long-standing PGA Tour record of 113 straight cuts, set in the 1940's.
· Leno Proves Hot with the Kids, Letterman Crumbles. Despite double-digit dips in primetime among younger adults, NBC has kept its late-night audience intact from last season while CBS' viewership has gone through the floor.
· Prosecutors Accuse Kobe's Defense of Leaking Sealed Details to Media. Prosecutors in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case on Thursday angrily accused defense attorneys of leaking sealed details to the media and asked a judge to consider punishing the defense team.
· Google considers online auction of IPO shares. Google is considering holding a massive online auction of shares early next year in an initial public offering that investment bankers predict could value the search-engine company at more than $15bn.
· San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown may stay closer to home from now on. San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, who was tapped by Brown to serve as acting mayor for one day Wednesday, decided to go on a gutsy spree of appointing two people to the powerful PUC while Mayor Willie Brown was traveling in Tibet.
· Study Suggests Oprah Winfrey Causes Mental Stress. According to a new study conducted for a new self-help book, "The Sedona Method," 5 percent of Americans claim they are "so stressed they don't know how to cope" - and half of those people are avid fans of Oprah. Even more ominous: 76 percent of Oprah fans say their lives are "insufficiently serene" compared to only 66 percent of non-fans.
· ABC Pulls Plug on Plans for 'Reality' TV Awards. It would probably be easier for Joe Millionaire to find true love in the "Big Brother" house than to get a new awards show for "reality TV" off the ground.
· Thinking about an air Purifier? Thumbs down on the Sharper Image Quadra. Consumer Reports evaluated Sharper Image's Ionic Breeze Quadra along with 17 other portable cleaners. Consumer Reports' David Pittle says many portable cleaners have no trouble clearing the air quickly. But it was a different story with the Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Quadra. "In the same test, the Ionic Breeze Quadra had a very slow rate of cleaning," according to the report.
· Who's in Concorde's "11-mile-high club"? No one will reveal how many passengers may have made love at twice the speed of sound. "One of the things we offer in British Airways is discretion," veteran Concorde pilot Mike Bannister said.
· Cab Driver Returns $230,000 Worth of Jewelry. Jewelry designer Anthony Camargo says he began chasing after the cab when realized he'd left a bag containing samples of his latest collection in its trunk. But the cab - and the $230,000 worth of jewelry inside - were nowhere to be found.
· Courtney Love 'tried to make overdose fun for daughter.' "That's the only time my daughter has ever, ever, ever pitched in on one of my little crises," Love said. "I made it fun. I said it was going to be gross and I was going to have to make myself throw up but it was going to be OK," she told People magazine.
· McDonald's settles suit with fatass. McDonald's settled a lawsuit alleging it had discriminated against a 420-pound man who said he was denied a job in one of its restaurants due to his weight. No word on whether Big Macs were part of the settlement.
· Customers' Secrets Not Safe With Victoria's Secret. A lot of people are finding out that their "secrets" weren't so safe with Victoria's Secret. A website flaw allowed viewers to look into the online orders of other customers.
· Suicide Niagara nut sees the light now. Niagara fall-guy Kirk Jones said he was suicidally depressed before he made his insane trip over the mighty cataracts - but his miracle survival has made him see the light.
· Onassis Heiress Gives Boyfriend a Cow. The gift that the $2.7 billion heiress of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis chose for her Brazilian boyfriend may not match in elegance the flawless gems her grandfather poured on Jacqueline Kennedy. But the price is quite high, for a cow.
· Calender debut for 52-year-old Lillian Müller. The well-known diva Lillian Müller is one of Playboy’s most photographed models in the magazine’s history, however, this is the first time the curvy model publishes a calendar.
· Tom Cruise - Super Psychic. Tom Cruise has been cruising along as a box office champ for 20 years and now is revealing the supernatural secret for his success. Cruise tells "Boxoffice" magazine that when it comes to picking films, he has supernatural powers of divination.
· Cheerleaders Shed Skirts to Wow Fans. Pom-poms, tiny skirts and big smiles are cheerleaders' trademarks, but the eternally perky sets are flashing a lot more than pearly whites on the sidelines this football season.
· 'Next Joe Millionaire' gets bargain-basement ratings. Maybe people are finally getting smart. In its most surprising twist yet, the second outing of last season's biggest new hit opened with a paltry 6.6 million viewers. That's little more than a third of the 18.6 million who showed up for the show's debut Jan. 6. And Skin, the new Jerry Bruckheimer soap, fared slightly worse with 6.5 million, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings.
· Search Warrants In Spector Murder Case To Stay Sealed. One of the search warrants executed after B-movie actress Lana Clarkson's shooting death at record producer Phil Spector's Alhambra, Calif., mansion will stay sealed until at least Nov. 12.
Clarkson, 40, died of a gunshot wound to the "head and neck" and was "shot by another."
· Amber Frey Files Lawsuit Over Nude Photos. The former girlfriend of murder suspect Scott Peterson has filed a $6 million against a pornography broker for posting nude and seminude photos of her on his Web site.
· Yahoo! sets decoy email traps for spammers. Yahoo! has rolled out email enhancements and tools that enable users to set up hundreds of disposable decoy addresses, which if compromised by spammers and swamped by junk mail, can be deleted without affecting the primary account.
· Niagara Falls Fall: 'Impulsive,' 'Stupid.' The man who went over Niagara Falls with only the clothes on his back and survived will be charged with illegally performing a stunt, park police said.
"It was an impulsive one-second thing and in a second-and-a-half I was in the water," Kirk Jones, 40, said.
· Wimp alleges Liza Minelli beat him during marriage. David Gest, the estranged husband of Liza Minnelli, claims in a lawsuit filed today that the singer regularly beat him during the couple's 16-month marriage.
· Did bribery lead to Roy’s attack? Did Siegfried & Roy give gifts to the government officials who were assigned to inspect their show? That’s the explosive allegation being raised by an animal rights group. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is alleging that would-be inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were given free tickets to the pricey, hugely popular Las Vegas act. And they’re saying that may have caused the inspectors to go easy on the animal-training act.
· Man Survives Daring Jump Over Niagara Falls. Witnesses watched in horror Monday as the man took the dangerous plunge. But he somehow got the the bottom alive and managed to crawl to safety. This is the first known instance that someone has survived a plunge over the falls with no safety devices.
· Rodman Faces DUI After Crash At Vegas Strip Club. Former basketball star-turned-celebrity bad boy Dennis Rodman is in trouble again after crashing a borrowed motorcycle over the weekend outside a Las Vegas, Nev., striptease club.
· Amazing: Ants can withstand microwave oven. In a conventional microwave, the waves are spaced a certain distance apart, because that is all that is needed to cook food properly. The ants are so minute that they can dodge the rays and so survive the ordeal.
· The proud and the under-rewarded in Iraq. Lance Corporal (Billy W.) Peixotto was incredible. He was slowing the blood flow with one hand, laying fire on the enemy with the other and directing fire from a radio another Marine held for him.
What does he get in return? A $5 scrap of metal embellished with a small red ribbon - the exact same medal awarded Jessica Lynch for being knocked out in a truck crash while attempting to flee a similar enemy ambush, and the same given to an Air Force colonel for keeping good records.
· French Perversions. A French judge was placed under official investigation for "sexual exposure" in a courtroom, prosecutors said, after a newspaper reported the judge masturbated while a lawyer pleaded her case.
· Martha snaps in photo flap. Maybe she was having a flashback to her mug shot. Suddenly camera-shy Martha Stewart lost her cool in Central Park yesterday - grabbing the lens of a Daily News photographer taking pictures of her at a fund-raising walk.
· NBC News is ready to ease Williams in. Brian Williams is just over a year away from succeeding Tom Brokaw as anchor of NBC Nightly News. Between now and then, NBC News plans to put Williams on the big stories and increase his on-air broadcast profile in hopes of getting viewers used to him and producing a seamless transition.
· Scientists make electricity from tap water. The technique offers a potential source of clean, non-polluting electric power with a variety of possible uses, ranging from powering small electronic devices such as calculators or mobile phones to vast stations that can contribute to the national grid.
· Magician David Blaine Leaves Box Suspended Over London. New York magician David Blaine emerged Sunday from 44 days of isolation in a clear plastic box, 50 pounds lighter and buoyed by crowds celebrating the conclusion of his self-imposed starvation stunt.
· U.S. interest rates 'to rise soon.' Interest rates are set to rise over the next few months, one of President Bush’s most senior officials said. However, far from being a dampener on the economy, John Snow, the US Treasury Secretary, said that Washington would welcome such a move because it would underline the strength of the country’s growth prospects.
· Engineers love dogs. A survey found 73 per cent of inner-city engineers have pet dogs, blitzing the levels of dog ownership of all other professions. The labrador retriever is the pet of choice for most dog-loving engineers - a preference shared by accountants.
· Microchip 'could do away with pills.' Scientists have developed a new way of taking medicines which could improve the effectiveness of some treatments. A drug-containing microchip can be implanted in the body, then release prescribed medications slowly so the patient no longer has to take any pills.
· New book, TV interview bring Smarts back into spotlight. "This has been a strange, hard, sometimes rewarding, but mostly painful journey," Ed and Lois Smart — the parents of kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart — write in their new book, "Bringing Elizabeth Home, A Journey of Faith and Hope."
· Elizabeth $mart and Je$$ica Lynch TV movies go head-to-head Nov. 9. NBC has scheduled "Saving Jessica Lynch," a saga of the rescue of the celebrated Army private from an Iraqi hospital. CBS is countering with "The Elizabeth Smart Story," a docudrama on the Utah teenager who was kidnapped from her bedroom and held captive for nine months.
· No resentment or anger from the Real hero in Jessica's unit. "Jessica's a wonderful girl, and we're happy she's OK. But it was Patrick [Pfc. Patrick Miller]; it wasn't Jessica. His weapon was working. He was doing everything possible. Patrick deserves so much, and he's not getting the recognition. He's still a private first class. He hasn't even been promoted."
· More than 1,000 complaints a day in do-not-call era. The government is fielding more than 1,000 complaints a day from people who say telemarketers continue to call them even though they are on the do-not-call list.
· Two Charged in Junkyard Prostitution Ring. A couple have been charged with operating a prostitution ring from an auto junkyard, where police said some women waited before being sent out when customers called.
· Pam Anderson Clucks at KFC. Pamela Anderson is outraged over thighs and breasts - and every other part of the chicken carved up by KFC. The former Baywatch beachcomber has called for a boycott of the fast-food giant, accusing Colonel Sanders' minions of "cruelty and injustice" toward its feathered friends.
· Feds Searching All Commercial Airplanes. Authorities are searching every commercial airplane in the United States on Friday after someone left three suspicious bags filled with claylike material, bleach and boxcutters on two Southwest Airlines flights.
· Taiwan Boasting World's Tallest Building. Construction crews finished building the world's tallest skyscraper in Taiwan on Friday, shifting into place a massive pinnacle on top of 1,676-foot-tall building.
· California man denies hiding knife in shoe at airport. A California man who tried to board a plane out of Newark Airport with an 8-inch dagger in his sneaker pleaded innocent Thursday. Vincent Rosso's lawyer, Joseph Spagnoli, said his 25-year-old client did not even know the knife was buried in the sole of the sneaker because it belonged to his 19-year-old brother.
· South Africa has Guinness record for rapes. Both the Guinness Book of Records and Interpol say South Africa is the country with the highest rate of rapes, "There are about 50,000 reported cases every year in South Africa, 50 percent of which are against children."
· NY Post: Yankees Lost. On the morning after the New York Yankees vanquished the Boston Red Sox to win the American League pennant, some editions of the Post carried an editorial bemoaning a loss for the Bronx Bombers.
· Preliminary hearing in Laci Peterson murder case postponed again. The preliminary hearing in the Laci Peterson murder case was postponed until Oct. 28 so defense attorney Mark Geragos can attend a different murder trial in Southern California, Stanislaus County court officials said.
· Demi says yes. Demi Moore plans to wed her boytoy Ashton Kutcher in a lavish ceremony in Las Vegas - where she tied the knot with ex-husband Bruce Willis. And she wants her former husband to walk her down the aisle, according to reports.
· Mayberry veterans return for CBS reunion. Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts and Jim Nabors will take a sentimental journey back to the fictional town of Mayberry next month in a CBS reunion special 35 years after the "Andy Griffith Show" ended its run.
· Man Sinks Ace, Bowls 300 in 24 Hours. Paul Hughes, a retired business owner, sank the hole-in-one on the 149-yard fifth hole at the Pleasant View golf course Monday afternoon. He bowled the perfect game at Bowling Green lanes in Middleton Tuesday. "It's a super feeling," Hughes said.
· Magician David Blaine Nears End of Stunt. The American magician is approaching Sunday's end to a 44-day fast-cum-vigil in a dangling plastic case in London - hungrier, hairier and, he says, wiser, than when he went in.
· James Garner to Play '8 Simple Rules' Grandfather. The producers of ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" have recruited one of television's most enduring stars, James Garner, to help shore up the series after the death of its lead actor, John Ritter.
· Sources: Ferry Pilot Tried Suicide. One hour after the fatal crash of a Staten Island Ferry, police called to the house of a man identified as its pilot found him with a pellet shot to the head and slashed wrists, police sources said.
· Harvard Science Breakthrough. Harvard science students still can't come up with a cure for cancer, or even the common cold, but CAN provide quantum physics geographic statistic patterns for what to call a drive-through liquor store.
· Cubs fan apologizes. "I had my eyes glued on the approaching ball the entire time and was so caught up in the moment that I did not even see Moises Alou, much less that he may have had a play," Bartman said in a statement. "I am so truly sorry from the bottom of this Cubs fan's broken heart," he said.
· Saddam Scrubbed Toilets in a Baghdad Office! Nobody recognized the pathetic-looking janitor until a sharp-eyed intelligence officer scrutinizing his ID photo positively identified him as Saddam -- but by then he'd vanished. "He looked like some harmless low-level worker," recalls a U.S. Marine guard who serves in the building.
"Sometimes when you ordered him to do something, like be sure to get under the toilet rim, he'd mutter under his breath 'damned Americans' or 'I should be in my palace.' "But we just thought he was a grumpy dude who was a little senile."
· You having a bad day? Be thankful you're not Steve Bartman. Bartman is the poor 26-year-old Chicago Cubs fan who last night got his hands on that foul ball headed for outfielder Moises Alou's mitt. Bartman works for a Chicago-area consulting firm.
· Unlucky Cubs Fan Getting Florida Support. Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday an offer of asylum might be a good idea, and an oceanfront retreat in Pompano Beach is offering the man a free three-month stay, should he deem it necessary to get out of Chicago until the hubbub over the popup cools down.
· Detective Says Semen, Pubic Hair Not Kobe Bryant's. With Kobe Bryant's lawyers claiming to have "compelling evidence" of his innocence, a police detective testified on Wednesday that semen and pubic hair belonging to someone other than Bryant was found in the underwear of the woman who accuses him of rape.
· Kobe Defense Drops Another Bombshell in Today's Hearing. The judge in the Kobe Bryant preliminary hearing decided Wednesday to keep the proceedings open after the basketball player's defense said it has "compelling evidence" that Bryant is innocent.
· UNL professor tried to rape student. A university visiting professor tried to sexually assault a student in his office, saying she asked for it because of how she was dressed, police allege in court documents.
· New York Toll Booth Jerks. You'll find an amusing collection of letters by motorists who complained of an assortment of run-ins with booth inhabitants, ranging from verbal harassment to getting ripped off by nasty state employees.
· Tennis will not be the same. Tennis stunner Anna Kournikova is hanging up her hotpants and quitting tennis. The Russian beauty said she was finally giving up the game after sinking to a lowly 70 in the world rankings.
· Polaroid [FINALLY] Bets On Digital. But bad investments and the digital imaging revolution buried that business, sending the company spiraling into bankruptcy two years ago as it failed to evolve gracefully in a new instant photo world.
· Homeowners Association Takes Couple To Court Over Purple House. In a neighborhood where most homes are plain brick or brown, Andy and Amy McAuliffe's purple palace stands out. So much so that the neighbors are taking them to court.
· Peterson Phone Logs Shed New Light on Affair. Newly released phone records belonging to accused double murderer Scott Peterson offer a very different account of his extramarital relationship than what his lawyers and family have discussed publicly.
· Why some of us are early risers - and some aren't. "We found most of the extreme morning preference people have the longer gene and the extreme evening preference people have the short gene," Dr Simon Archer, who led the study.
· Rodney King Arrested For Alleged Domestic Violence. Rodney King, the black motorist whose beating by Los Angeles police was videotaped a dozen years ago, was arrested for allegedly punching his girlfriend, authorities said.
· Nicole Kidman Wins Libel Case Over Adultery Slur. Nicole Kidman won a five-figure sum and an apology Tuesday from a British newspaper that said she had had an affair with actor Jude Law and was to blame for the break-up of his marriage.
· Smith & Wesson Sets Sights on Clothes, Home Decor. Looking for just the right duvet cover to match your .38 Super? Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., parent of the legendary 151-year-old handgun maker, is branching out into home decor, clothing and jewelry with a new catalog, just in time for Christmas.
· Scientists Seek To Build Elevator 62,000 Miles Tall. Some scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory want to build an elevator reaching 62,000 miles into the sky to launch payloads into space more cheaply than the shuttle can.
· 'Miscommunication' causes hijack scare. Fighter jets were scrambled off the New Jersey coast early yesterday after the crew of a Central American airliner accidentally reported it was being hijacked, Air Force officials said.
· Why the 'beer belly' may be a myth. Researchers in Britain and the Czech Republic surveyed almost 2,000 Czechs, who are generally regarded as the world's biggest beer drinkers. They found no link between the amount of beer they drink and the size of their stomachs.
· 400 Military Bombs, Weapons Found In Dead Man's Home. Sanford, Fl. police discovered a stockpile of about 400 military bombs and weapons - some live - inside a man's home while investigating his death.
· Two Women Found Dead in Cabin in California's Big Sur. Investigators awaited autopsy results Monday to determine whether two young women found side-by-side on a bed at an oceanside resort with plastic garbage bags over their heads died in a suicide pact or a double slaying. Their hands were bound with duct tape and one of the black bags had a grinning Halloween mask attached to it.
· A Clone of Dangerfield? Funnyman Rodney Dangerfield has met with members of the alien-obsessed Raelian cult about cloning himself. Dangerfield and his wife, Joan, met with Brigitte Boisselier, the flame-haired CEO of the cult-linked company Clonaid, at their Los Angeles home recently to talk about copying the comic.
· Another idiot tries to outrun a train. Officials say a 19-year-old man was killed this morning when his vehicle was struck by an oncoming Amtrak passenger train. Anthony Rice of Jacksonville died after his Chevrolet Blazer was dragged more than 2,000 feet by the train.
· Too sexy for Harvard? Harvard reference assistant Desiree Goodwin is one smart librarian - but her sexy short skirts, tight blouses and dark skin are holding her back professionally, her lawsuit against the stodgy university claims.
· Martial arts expert kills two home burglars. A Chinese martial arts expert was in custody yesterday after turning the tables on four burglars armed with knives, killing two of them and seriously wounding a third.
· 'Barbie Drug' Makes You Thinner, Tanner, Sexier. A new drug that started out as a tanning aid is being compared to Viagra. But the drug isn't just for men. In fact, many researchers are calling it "The Barbie Drug" because of its effect on appearance. Dr. Mac Hadley from the University of Arizona told NBC News, "After about 10 days of taking this Melanotan II, I lost about 10 pounds."
· Once-Humorless Davis Gives Schwarzenegger Advice. Davis, often-criticized for his aloof and seemingly cold personality, appeared on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" on Friday night to present one of the show's famous Top Ten Lists.
· Free Beer for Pub’s Most Loyal Drinker. A 90-year-old war veteran has drunk in the same pub for the last 72 years, his landlord confirmed today. Tommy Spurr has supped an estimated 52,000 pints of beer and the same number of glasses of whisky over eight decades – popping in almost daily for his never changing order, two pints of bitter and two glasses of whiskey.
· Rush Limbaugh Addicted to Drugs. Rush Limbaugh today issued the following statement on his radio program: "You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life. So I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication." He will go into rehab.
· Doctor Makes Rare Protest Over Nobel Prize. U.S. doctor who owns a patent on magnetic resonance imaging machines has made a rare public denouncement of the Nobel Prize for Medicine committee, saying it explicitly omitted him from Monday's shared award.
· Woman nabbed after run at Air Force One. An apparently deranged woman who claimed to be "radioactive" barreled her car through a secure tarmac gate at Manchester Airport yesterday - coming within 800 feet of Air Force One, just minutes before President Bush was slated to board.
· Why we’ll see more ugly cars. There is a very good reason the nation’s auto showrooms are filling up with models that strike a lot of would-be buyers as just plain ugly. As it turns out, ugly sells.
· Kobe plays hardball. Kobe Bryant's attorney blurted out his alleged victim's name six times in less than 10 minutes, then asserted during cross examination the alleged victim's vaginal injuries might have been caused by having sex with three men in three days.
· Alleged victim in Kobe case: Three men in three days?! Bryant's defense attorney asked the prosecution's detective if the alleged victim's injuries would also be "consistent with a person who has had sex with three different men in three days."
· Probe Finds Airport Screeners Were Given Test Answers. The written tests given potential baggage screeners at airports never asked applicants to show they could identify dangerous objects inside luggage, and screeners hired by the government to check baggage for bombs were given most of the answers to the tests.
· Celebrity Private Eye Pleads Guilty To Weapons Charges. Celebrity private eye Anthony Pellicano pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony counts of possessing hand grenades and C-4 explosives, authorities said. Pellicano faces up to 33 months in prison and was scheduled to return to court Jan. 20 for sentencing.
· NASA Successfully Flies First Laser-powered Aircraft. The team has developed and demonstrated a small-scale aircraft that flies solely by means of propulsive power delivered by an invisible, ground-based laser. The laser tracks the aircraft in flight, directing its energy beam at specially designed photovoltaic cells carried onboard to power the plane's propeller.
· "Big Hairdo" Caused Tiger Attack Against Roy Horn. The tiger got down on all fours and put his 26-inch head four inches away from a woman with a big hairdo sitting in the front row. She thinks this is adorable and part of the show and reaches out to try and rub him under his chin. Roy is talking and sees this move. "That's way wrong all the way around," says Steve Wynn. As usual this heroic fellow that he is, Roy jumps between the tiger and the woman.
· Detective Details Alleged Rape in Kobe Hearing. The 19-year-old woman who has accused basketball star Kobe Bryant of sexual assault said he grabbed her neck and raped her from behind, a sheriff's detective said Thursday in the preliminary hearing.
· Phil Spector Might Flee The Country. The New York Daily News reports that legendary '60s record producer Phil Spector, who was arrested in February on suspicion of killing actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion, may have plans to flee the U.S. before his October 31 hearing.
· Another Pervert Priest: Kept loot, Nazi stash, and porn. Behind his white collar, a Queens priest kept some dark secrets, cops said yesterday. The Rev. John Johnston, 64, was a pistol-packing padre who had a stash of Nazi memorabilia and gay porn in his Jackson Heights apartment, police said.
· Vatican: Its better to die of HIV than use a condom. The church opposes any kind of contraception because it claims it breaks the link between sex and procreation. The World Health Organization has condemned the Vatican's views, saying: "These incorrect statements about condoms and HIV are dangerous when we are facing a global pandemic which has already killed more than 20 million people, and currently affects at least 42 million."
· Death Row Inmate Named Honorary Citizen of Paris. Mumia Abu Jamal, a convicted murderer and death row inmate, was awarded the status of honorary citizen of Paris last weekend in a ceremony attended by former Black Panther Angela Davis.
· Siegfried Says Tiger Was Trying to Help. The tiger that injured Roy Horn of the duo "Siegfried & Roy" had been trying to help the illusionist after he slipped and accidentally harmed him by using too much force, says Horn's partner, Siegfried Fischbacher.
· Canadian film industry worried. The election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as California's governor has sent a shiver through the Canadian film industry, which is worried the superstar and former body builder could flex his new political muscles to try to keep movie production in his home state.
· Court day for Kobe Bryant. When last seen in this small mountain town, Kobe Bryant spent seven minutes in court and uttered just two words. He returns Thursday for an appearance that could be just as brief - but what he says might be a lot more significant.
· Alaska Bear Mauling Recorded on Tape. The graphic sounds of a fatal bear attack were recorded, Alaska state troopers discovered Wednesday while reviewing a tape recovered near the bodies of a wildlife author and his girlfriend. "They're both screaming. She's telling him to play dead, then it changes to fighting back. He asks her to hit the bear." "There's so much noise going on. I don't know what's him and what might be an animal."
· Charges Dropped Against Ben Affleck. Charges against Ben Affleck were dropped after New Hanover County officials said they found no evidence to support a woman's claims that the actor threatened to kill her.
· Which country is most corrupt? Many rich countries have unacceptably high levels of corruption, but the situation is even worse in poor countries, according to an anti-corruption group which released a survey Tuesday that had Finland as the world’s cleanest nation and Bangladesh as the most corrupt.
· Calif. dumps Davis, Schwarzenegger new Governor. Frustrated with politics as usual and captivated by a big-screen action hero who promised to clean house, Californians flocked to the polls Tuesday, dumping Gov. Gray Davis in a historic recall election and replacing him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
· A Few Wrinkles in Shriver's Marriage to NBC News. Maria Shriver, who has at times acted as a shock absorber for her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his campaign for governor, plans to return to her job as a correspondent and occasional anchor at "Dateline NBC."
· Kutcher goes home to Iowa with Demi Moore. Actor Ashton Kutcher and girlfriend Demi Moore enjoyed a homecoming weekend with all the Iowa fixings — pork, Hawkeye football and chit chat about children. Kutcher, a co-star of Fox's sitcom That '70s Show, grew up in Iowa and briefly attended the University of Iowa.
· TV Gun Stunt Man Declines to Answer 'Live Bullet' Question. Self-proclaimed "mind controller" Derren Brown today refused to say if he used blanks in his TV Russian roulette stunt as he spoke for the first time about the show.
· Appeals Court: FTC Can Implement Do-Not-Call. A federal appeals court Tuesday cleared the way for the Federal Trade Commission to launch the national do-not-call list, putting on hold a judge's order that said the registry violates the industry's free-speech rights.
· If Bryant can't go, Phil may call Michael Jordan! If Bryant is unable to play due to his legal problems, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has reportedly considered approaching former player and NBA legend Michael Jordan to take his place.
· Senator’s Wife Abducted From Home. The wife of Rhode Island Sen. Judd Gregg (search) was abducted at knifepoint Tuesday from the couple's suburban home and forced to withdraw money from a local bank, police said.
· How to bury a mobster. A mobster undertaker in the real-life Sopranos crime family used "double-decker coffins" so that whacked victims could be buried secretly in the same box as legitimate clients of his funeral parlor, a Manhattan jury was told.
· 'Bad Ass' Coffee Shop Keeps Its Name. Officials in Jacksonville, Florida, say they have no grounds to ban the "Bad Ass Coffee Company" sign. A city lawyer says while some may feel the name is offensive or immoral, no court would find it obscene.
· Google Accepts Porn Ads but Refuses Those for Guns. A federally licensed firearms dealer in Connecticut is upset the Google search engine will accept ads for pornographic websites that illegally show their materials to underage children but will not accept ads from licensed gun dealers selling a legal product to adults.
· Ted Nugent endorses 'Gun Nut' ice cream. Ted Nugent, rock musician, avid outdoorsman and defender of gun rights, has come out in support of "Gun Nut" ice cream, a new flavor unveiled by a company billing itself as "the conservative alternative to liberal Ben & Jerry's."
· Arnie's rivals on the ropes. Californians head to the ballot box today in the historic recall election of governor Gray Davis, with the latest poll showing voters will oust the unpopular Democrat and replace him with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
· FCUK Ad Angers Tennessee Parents. A group of Tennessee parents are livid about a teen magazine ad for a company known for its provocative acronym, FCUK. Clothing store company French Connection United Kingdom ran an ad for one of its perfumes in Seventeen magazine, which outraged many parents whose kids were reading it in the school library.
· Surplus Gov't Bioweapons Equipment Sold on Internet. The Defense Department did not properly monitor Internet sales of equipment that could be used to make chemical and biological weapons, congressional investigators say.
· Tiger Attack May Cost Mirage Huge Loss. The Mirage hotel-casino lost one of its biggest money-making shows when a tiger nearly killed Roy Horn of "Siegfried and Roy." Now the resort has to figure a way to plug an annual revenue hole estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.
· Peterson Had $250,000 Life Insurance Policy On Laci. In court fillings, the Principal Life Insurance Co. has asked a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge to withhold a $256,429.02 payment to Laci Peterson's estate until the murder charges against her husband, Scott Peterson, are adjudicated.
· Kobe Looked Into Divorce Before Incident. Months before he was charged with rape, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant contacted a divorce attorney - a move that sent his wife into an emotional tailspin that led to her being hospitalized on advanced life support, a new report says.
· As seen on TV: New $20 bill. Got change for a $20 bill? The U.S. government does and will roll out the revamped note this week, backed by a $30 million marketing campaign to alert businesses and enlist consumer help in the battle against counterfeiting.
· Doctor Pays for Not Stopping 'Concepcion.' Her name should have been a warning, but now a Spanish doctor has been ordered to pay 20-years child support to a woman called Concepcion who gave birth three years after he tried to sterilize her.
· Roy tells paramedics, 'Don't kill cat.' That was famed tiger tamer Roy Horn's plea to rescuers as they tried to stanch the blood pouring from his neck after one of his beloved felines attacked him, a friend said.
· Abuse Allegations: Why wasn't Davis investigated too? He so violently shoved his loyal, 62-year-old secretary out of a doorway that she suffered a breakdown and refused to ever work in the same room with him. He later left a message on her phone machine. Not an apology. Just a request that she resume work, with the comment, "You know how I am."
· Warrant issued against Ben Affleck. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Hollywood actor Ben Affleck after a woman accused him of making threats against her. The warrant was taken out by Tara Ray, 29.
· Tiger attack update. Magician remains in critical condition after suffering stroke, undergoing second surgery. MGM Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman acknowledged the injuries were "extremely severe" and involved a lot of blood loss. He said it could be two or three days before doctors know the full impact of the injuries.
· No Link Between Fat And Stroke Risk. Unlike its scientifically established relationship to heart disease, dietary fat does not seem to be associated with risk for stroke, according to an article in the Oct. 4 issue of the British Medical Journal.
· Schwarzenegger on the Offensive. California recall candidate accuses Dems of 'sleaze politics.' Arnold Schwarzenegger was wrapping up his four-day bus tour across California, still leading in the polls but his campaign deeply troubled by claims he groped women and once praised Hitler.
· Bruce Willis Pledges $1 Million for Saddam's Capture. Bruce Willis has just returned from Iraq, where his band, the Accelerators, entertained the troops. While over there, Mr. Willis offered a million dollars of his own money to the people who capture Saddam. [Transcript]
· Denver Airport Concourse Sealed off When FBI Agent Misplaces Gun. Up to a dozen flights were delayed and a concourse was sealed off Saturday when an FBI agent reported his weapon and credentials missing. They were found 30 minutes later in a restaurant where he had eaten.
· Steamed up chef tells food critics to leave 'like dogs.' When French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli received a bad review at his new country house restaurant, he did what all chefs must dream of doing: he chased the critics out through the back door.
· Roy, of 'Siegfried and Roy', attacked by tiger. A tiger attacked magician Roy Horn of the duo "Siegfried & Roy" at his throat during a Friday night performance at The Mirage hotel-casino, and is currently in critical condition.
· Schwarzenegger Releases Data on Hitler Comments. Campaign aides to Arnold Schwarzenegger distributed an excerpt of a 25-year-old interview in which he speaks admiringly of Hitler, providing some additional context to comments that were in a book proposal written by the producer of Mr. Schwarzenegger's first film, "Pumping Iron."
· Mink eat each other after animal rights break-in. An animal rights group's plan to free 10,000 mink from a farm turned deadly after many of the emancipated mustelids became cannibals while others went on a carnivorous feeding frenzy.
· That explains it - Men's brains 'are programmed to ignore dust.' Women who accuse their husbands of laziness for not doing housework are ignoring the simple truth that men's brains do not notice dust in the same way, a scientist claimed.
· Porn charges filed against home seller. A former school bus driver with a law degree from an elite California university was charged Thursday with amassing a house full of child pornography discovered by a real estate agent tidying up the home for sale.
· Hitler Allegations Shadow Arnold's Apology. As California recall candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to prevent sexual harassment stories from stalling his campaign, negative reports surfaced Thursday night about the Hollywood star once speaking fondly of Adolf Hitler.
· Courtney Love overdoses. Courtney Love has been taken to hospital and treated for a reported drugs overdose. The 39-year-old rock star and actress is understood to have taken the overdose less than an hour after being arrested for smashing windows at a friend's house.
· Soldier On Leave Wins $150 Million Jackpot. The soldier bought a lottery ticket while visiting family in Fitzgerald, Ga., this week. Turns out he has the winning ticket for the multistate Mega Millions lottery, with a $150 million jackpot.
· Defense Loses Bid to Have Kobe's Accuser Testify. Basketball star Kobe Bryant's accuser will not be forced to testify during the Los Angeles Lakers player's preliminary hearing, a Colorado judge ruled Thursday.
· FCC Begins To Receive Complaints About Calls. The Federal Communications Commission said it received 250 complaints in the first eight hours in which consumers could submit them. FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell said the agency's "number one enforcement priority right now" is to go after telemarketing companies that are calling phone numbers that have been placed on the do-not-call registry.
· Under Fire, Rush Now Faces Drug Allegations. Political commentator Rush Limbaugh, who quit from ESPN as a football analyst Wednesday over comments he made, faced allegations Thursday that he illegally obtained and abused prescription painkillers in Florida.
· Schwarzenegger Apologizes for 'Bad' Behavior. Saying he has changed his ways, California recall candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger apologized Thursday for offending any women who claim he had sexually harassed them.
· Man claims he was bitten by rattle snake at Walmart. A man, whose name was not released, told firefighters he reached for a pair of shoes in the shoe department when the snake bit his hand, fire Capt. Larry Butler said.
· Phil Spector's Bail Extended to Nov. 3 Record producer Phil Spector has had his one million dollar bail extended until November third while a decision is being made on whether he will be charged in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.
· Attorney Says He Has Evidence for Peterson Kidnap Plot. The attorney for the inmate who claimed double murder suspect Scott Peterson plotted the kidnapping of his pregnant wife may have "corroborating evidence" as early as Monday.
· Carly Simon 'Too Rude.' Carly Simon, made famous by her song You're So Vain, has been told that she cannot move into one of New York's smartest apartment blocks after allegedly being "rude and disrespectful" at an interview with residents.
· Best-Dressed Socialite Charged with Shoplifting. A Dallas socialite who earned a "best dressed" distinction from Vogue magazine has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting about $2,000 worth of designer goods from a posh department store.
· All Segway human transporters recalled. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of approximately 6,000 Segway HT Human Transporters. As President Bush found out, some Segway HTs do not deliver enough power, allowing the rider to fall.
· Rock Singer Robert Palmer Dies at Age 54. Rock singer Robert Palmer, known for his sharp suits and hits including "Addicted to Love," died Friday in Paris of a heart attack, his manager said. He was 54.
· Man Steals $729K Ferrari After Test Drive. Where do you hide a $729,000 Ferrari during rush hour? That's what police in the Philadelphia suburbs want to know, after a con man drove off with a red Ferrari F50 during a test drive.
· Fox publicizes CNN commentator's phone number. According to Fox, Tucker Carlson, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," made a "journalistic blunder" by giving out the phone number of Fox's Washington bureau on the air when he was prodded to reveal his own home number. Fox decided to return the favor.
· Its Working! Judge Who Backed Telemarketers Is Deluged! U.S. District Judge Lee R. West's telephone has not stopped ringing since he sided with telemarketers seeking to block a popular national do-not-call list.
· Osama in Alaska? Tabloid says bin Laden's here; troopers say they're 'on it.' It cites a secret CIA memo as its source, along with an audio tape that claims the terrorist flew from Pakistan to Juneau in May before going north to live with a mystery woman known only as "Falana, the bride."
· Congress Passes Bill to Protect Do-Not-Call List. Sorry Judge West: Congress passed a bill on Thursday supporting the "Do-Not-Call list" aimed at preventing telemarketers from calling potential customers at home.
· Red Lobster's 'endless crab' promotion costs prez her job. Red Lobster management had badly miscalculated how many times customers would take the chain at its word and eat all they wanted. "It wasn't the second helping on all-you-can-eat but the third," said company chairman Joe R. Lee. "maybe the fourth."
· Recall Candidates Spar Over Economy, Each Other. The top five candidates seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Gray Davis jousted, sparred and occasionally bickered in the first major debate of the California recall effort.
· File-sharing suit against 66-year-old woman dropped. The recording idiots have withdrawn a lawsuit accusing a 66-year-old woman, who says she didn't even have file-sharing software, of illegally sharing hundreds of songs including rap.