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Carrey run down by Professor.  HOLLYWOOD star Jim Carrey was left howling in agony after genius Stephen Hawking running over his foot.  more...

Satire: The Bacon Report.  Did you know that a one-pound package of bacon cooks down to less than 5 ounces!  more...

Family, Prosecutors Want Peterson Trial Unplugged.  The family of murdered Modesto schoolteacher Laci Peterson has joined prosecutors in asking a Stanislaus County judge to ban television cameras from the courtroom during the upcoming preliminary hearing and trial.  more...

Modesto Poll:  96 percent said Scott Peterson is probably guilty or definitely guilty.    more...

Three dead in samurai attack in Southern California.  Police shot and killed a sword-wielding man described by relatives as schizophrenic after he slashed and killed two former co-workers and wounded three other people at a supermarket where he used to bag groceries.  more...

Calif. Near Financial Disaster.  The nation's most populous state, home to one of the world's largest economies, has been staring in disbelief at the same dire predicament for months: a $38 billion deficit, the largest shortfall in its history.  more...

Calif. Fined $62.5M for Food Stamp Errors.  The state issued more than $172 million in coupons to recipients who were not entitled to them and did not give $79.5 million to others who were entitled.  more...

Virgins Meet in Sin City, Tout Abstinence.  It was a clash of the "Good Girls" and the sin-seekers as about 200 teens, parents and youth counselors descended on the Strip to pass out cards promoting abstinence.  more...

Nevada Turns to Brothels as a Budget Fix.  The girls are not happy about it:  "It's not right to balance the budget on the backs of girls"... "It's un-American."  more...

Woman fights off bear outside home.  A woman who fought off a black bear said the thought of her son having to watch the animal eat her helped her survive.  more...

Windshield Killer Gets 50-Year Prison Term.  Chante Mallard sentenced for hitting homeless man with her car and leaving him to die; 27-year-old eligible for parole after 25 years.  more...

Gay rights' ruling means 'more chicks' available.  Kid Rock: "I think it's a beautiful thing because, if you really think about it, the more gay men there are in the world, that just leaves more chicks for me and you."  more...

Laughing driver repeatedly runs over man.  A motorist in San Francisco ran down a pedestrian, laughed and then repeatedly drove over him before speeding away, leaving stunned witnesses scrambling to help the victim.  more...

Another 'Jackass' imitation burns boy.  The 10-year-old boy asked a 14-year-old friend to douse him with charcoal fluid and set him ablaze with a lighter.  The little idiot suffered third-degree burns over 15 percent of his body.  more...

Kennedys don't need a tax cut.  Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) told a crowd in D.C., "I don't need Bush's tax cut. I have never worked a [bleeping] day in my life."   more...

Kevin Costner Announces Engagement.  Dances With Wolves actor Kevin Costner is marrying his girlfriend of four years, Christine Baumgartner.  more...

HOO-RAY!  Telemarketing 'Do Not Call' list now available.  People pestered by telemarketers can start signing up for a national do-not-call list intended to block most phone sales pitches.  more...

High school senior uses helicopter to get to prom.  The high school senior arrived with his date in a helicopter, landing amid much curiosity and fanfare - after working months flipping burgers to pay for it.  more...

'Dog' Chapman Ordered to Stand Trial in Mexico.  A judge found enough evidence Thursday to order U.S. bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, his son and brother to stand trial on criminal charges for capturing a fugitive American heir.  more...

Windshield Killer Takes Stand in Sentencing Hearing.  A jury took less than an hour Thursday to convict a former nurse's aide of murder for hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with his mangled body jammed in the windshield and leaving him to die in her garage.  more...

An annoyed Peterson speaks out in court.  Scott Peterson lashed out at prosecutors Thursday, telling a judge in rare court comments that the district attorney's slow pace of turning over evidence to his lawyers left him no choice but to consent to a two-month delay in his double-murder case.  more...

No room at the inn since TV comment.  The manager of a Modesto hotel said he turned away Scott Peterson's parents after his father criticized Laci Peterson's family on a nationally televised talk show.

"I didn't want to take care of them anymore," said Brad Saltzman, general manager of the Red Lion Hotel. He made it clear that his stance did not reflect that of hotel ownership.  more...


'Full Throttle' barely sputters.  The big screen's second attempt to reconstitute Charlie cheese from the '70s TV show is a series of ho-hum production numbers: musical, pugilistic and one involving airborne dirt bikes.  more...

Demi uses text-message to zap nosy Letterman.  "He has a message for you, too: 'Tell him I wanted to say, "Dude, where's your girlfriend?" I mean, how do you keep it all so secret? You have the same girlfriend. How do you do it?' "  more...

Simon says: Give me $10 million for 'Idol.'  The caustic record producer is in talks for a third season of "Idol" after his cutting remarks to contestants turned him into a household name in the United States.  more...

Cocaine found on nearly all euro notes.  Almost all euro bank notes have traces of cocaine, according to a study by German scientists.  Rolled up banknotes are often used to sniff cocaine, causing 90% of the bills tested to contain the drug.  more...

Single pill to cut heart attack risk.  A single pill containing aspirin, folic acid and drugs to lower blood pressure and cholesterol could cut heart attacks and strokes by more than 80%, a newly released study claims.  more...

Pharmacist convicted of trading Xanax for sex.  A St. Louis-area pharmacist was convicted of giving prescription drugs to a woman in exchange for sex.  more...

Spike Has to Cough Up $2.5 Million Bond in Lawsuit.  Spike Lee, who's suing to stop Viacom International from renaming its TNN cable channel "Spike TV," must post a $2.5 million bond to cover the media giant's costs if it wins the case.  more...

YWCA Choice for Leader Outrages Critics.  Supporters of the Young Women's Christian Association are furious that the group has hired controversial former NOW leader Patricia Ireland as its top dog.  Ireland’s critics have attacked her admitted bisexuality and open marriage. Ireland has both a husband and a female lover.  more...

Tobey Maguire talks about his drinking problem.  "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire is opening up about a villain in his life: alcohol.  Though he will not say when he stopped drinking, the actor says that he finds Alcoholics Anonymous a form of "no-frills spirituality."  more...

Cash Sings Through the Pain of His Wife's Death.  Johnny Cash says it's painful to play without his wife, June Carter Cash, who died last month. But getting back onstage is "a healing thing," especially when he can sing about his love of 40 years.  more...

Kid Rock Says He's Proud to Be Part of the USO.  Kid Rock is mum on the state of his love life, but he wants to spread the word about supporting American troops in Iraq after he performed there as part of a USO tour.  more...

Eminem Takes a Crack a Jacko.  The real Slim Shady stood up and made fun of Michael Jackson by dangling a baby doll over a hotel balcony.  more...

Brad Pitt hikes up his skirt and gets to work.  The actor gets shipped out to an ancient past as the voice of the mythical sailor in Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, which opens July 2. And he dons a fetching mini-length warrior getup as Achilles.  more...

Fight for Peterson records continues.  Media lawyers filed two motions in an attempt to gain access to records in Scott Peterson's double-murder case.  "Judges are somewhat offended by a lot of media scrutiny, by what they would characterize as a media circus-type atmosphere." "They feel it's their obligation to impose order on that situation."  more...

Unprecedented Crackdown Targets Drunk Drivers.  Police will begin an unprecedented crackdown on drunk driving nationally on Friday, starting a full week before the three-day July Fourth holiday.  more...

S. Korean chief 'bought' peace prize.  THE 2000 Nobel Peace Prize won by former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung is in trouble after it was revealed that his government secretly paid communist North Korea $100 million to take part in the reconciliation summit.  more...

Outdoor Smoking Ban.  A Valley town gets ready to snuff out smoking in outdoor public places. It's happening in the city of Reedley, CA, where lawmakers want to eliminate smoking from parks, playgrounds and playing fields.   more...

Photographer Wants Streisand Suit Thrown Out.  A photographer Barbra Streisand is suing for putting photos of her Malibu estate on the Internet asked a court to dismiss the entertainer's action on grounds that it infringes on his right to free expression.  more...

Lottery Draws Same Number Twice in 1 Day.  The Pennsylvania lottery hit the same number twice in its "Big 4" drawings, making 3-1-9-9 a very lucky number indeed for anyone who picked it for both the midday and evening drawings.  more...

Universal Parks A Cash Cow for Spielberg.  Spielberg receives 2 percent of the gross -- from ticket sales to concessions -- from the company's two parks in Orlando, Florida.  more...

Demi Moore Breaking Hollywood's Traditional Dating Rules?  Former "brat pack" member Demi Moore has been spotted frolicking around with current a teen idol, Ashton Kutcher, who is 15 years her junior — but her ex-husband isn't bothered by it.  more...

The Boss Announces He'll Play Fenway.  For the first time in history, Fenway Park, a shrine to the Red Sox faithful, may be used as a venue for a major rock concert — and the featured performer is Bruce Springsteen.  more...

TV promo sent hen skyward.  The cruel knuckleheads who tied 150 helium balloons to a hen and set it adrift on Saturday may have simply been copying an antic shown on Fox television during a promo for a new in-your-face TV program.  more...

Cosmetics Heir Kept 'Payback' List.  Convicted rapist Andrew Luster sought to justify his crimes and listed his victims and prosecutors under the word "PAYBACK" in a notebook left in Mexico following his capture.  more...

Man's test of 'knife proof' vest kills nephew.  A man was charged with murder for allegedly killing his nephew while demonstrating a bulletproof vest they believed could also stop knives.  more...

Drunken Student Dies in Church.  A drunken college student fell 25 feet to his death from a church catwalk after drinking at a cookout at the church.  Police are investigating whether the Pastor should be charged in the death of the 19-year-old.  more...

Rough Crowd:  Man killed for singing Sinatra off-key.  A 25-year-old Filipino man has been stabbed dead for singing a Frank Sinatra classic out of tune during a birthday party.  more...

NYC Illegally Fired Firefighters, Cop Who Paraded in Blackface.  The city violated the First Amendment rights of two firefighters and a police officer when it fired them for riding on a parade float in blackface in 1998.  more...

Apple Says New G5s Will Scream.  While previous Mac computers never fulfilled expectations, Steve Jobs compared Apple's new G5, to a conventional dual-3 GHz Intel Xeon processor, proving it to be two to three times faster than the PC in complex graphic and calculation tests.

The sleek,
minimalist aluminum enclosure, generates so much heat that it requires nine computer-controlled fans to keep the processors cool.  more...

Baby thrown out of 7th-story window survives.  A man was arrested and charged with tossing his baby daughter out a seventh-floor apartment window, police said.  more...

'Windshield Death' Jury Shown Photos of Damaged Car.  Jurors were shown photos of the defendant's damaged car Tuesday as testimony resumed in the murder trial of a woman accused of hitting a homeless man with her car and leaving him to die lodged in the windshield.  more...

Diana Ross on the stand for DUI charge.  Pop singer Diana Ross testified that she was coerced and felt intimidated, as lawyers argued about what evidence could be used in her drunken driving case.  more...

Gatecrasher kissed Prince William.  The comedian who gatecrashed Prince William's 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle revealed today he was able to kiss the Prince on both cheeks. Self-styled "comedy terrorist" Aaron Barschak said he spent a full minute on stage with the Prince in front of the Queen and was only apprehended after he tried to order champagne.  more...

Is another eyebrow-raising romance going full throttle?  First, Angels villain Demi Moore, 40, hooked up with actor Ashton Kutcher, 25.  Now, co-star Cameron Diaz, 30, is stealing headlines with a boy toy of her own: pop star Justin Timberlake, 22.  more...

Celebrity Chatter: 'Angels' Hype Machine Working Overtime.  Seems like "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" is getting some good prepublicity by having the female stars of the movie linked to young, hunky bachelors.  more...

Pamela Anderson's Anime Alter Ego: 'Stripperella.'  Former "Baywatch" beauty Pamela Anderson is making her animation debut as a superhero who dances in a strip club.  more...

Whitney reportedly expecting 2nd child.  According to multiple reports, it is thought Whitney Houston got pregnant on a recent inspiration-searching trip to Israel with her R&B husband Bobby Brown.  more...

Terminator to Run for Governor: If State Needs Him.  Terminator 3 star Arnold Schwarzenegger says he'll run for governor if California needs him.  more...

Lionel Richie celebrates Hollywood star.  Lionel Richie was dancing on the ceiling after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  more...

Dolly Parton Unwigged? Never!  Few stars revel in the superficiality of celebrity glamour and then pop its pretensions the way Dolly Parton does.  more...

NY Bar Owners Unplug Lottery to Protest Smoking Ban.  Still steamed over a looming smoking ban, some New York bar and restaurant owners hit the state where it hurts - in the pocketbook.  This week's coordinated cutting off of Quick Draw Lottery machines is costing the state $1 million in lost revenues.  more...

Adam Sandler Ties the Knot.  Adam Sandler married model-actress Jackie Titone in an outdoor ceremony that was attended by celebrity friends and his pet bulldog dressed in a custom tuxedo.  more...

Lil' Kim Loses Big Gems.  Lil' Kim's bling-bling is gone-gone.  The hip-hop star says $250,000 worth of her jewelry was stolen at JFK airport in New York.  more...

Hulk Makes Killer Debut at Box Office.  The Hulk was a monster at the box office in its debut weekend, with the comic-book adaptation taking in a June opening record of $62.6 million.  more...

Love for the Bug Runs Out.  The iconic Volkswagen Beetle, the most popular car ever made, will cease production this summer, 69 years and more than 21 million sales after Adolf Hitler's Third Reich first commissioned the durable, dome-shaped little "People's Car."  more...

Police probe royal security breach.  Police have interrogated a gatecrasher called the "comedy terrorist" who made a mockery of royal security by bursting into a 21st birthday party for Prince William at Windsor Castle.  more...

Hollywood Screenwriter Axelrod Dead at 81.  George Axelrod, the playwright and Hollywood screenwriter best known for "The Seven Year Itch," and his adaptations of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "The Manchurian Candidate," has died.  more...

Luster's Alleged Captors Released From Mexican Jail.  Five Americans were released from a Mexican jail Saturday, days after allegedly capturing the fugitive heir to the Max Factor fortune, a convicted rapist.  more...

Luster's Mexican Journal Found.  Cosmetics heir and former fugitive Andrew Luster left behind a notebook in Mexico in which he apparently seeks to justify the assaults that led to his rape conviction.  more...

Police officer fired for smoking tobacco.  FALL RIVER, Mass. A police officer who was fired for violating an obscure state law banning smoking among public safety workers plans to fight his dismissal, which was based on an anonymous letter.  more...

Mariah Manages Tough Decision From Afar.  Mariah Carey did not attend the funeral of Conor McNally, her longtime manager's son, yesterday.  It was not an easy decision. Conor, 21, was discovered dead on Wednesday morning just hours before Carey was boarding a flight for South Korea.  more...

Renee and Bobby McGee.  Renée Zellweger will step up to the microphone as the late, gravel-throated songstress, Janis Joplin, who died of a drug overdose at 27 in 1970, in Piece of My Heart.  more...

Luther Doesn't Know He Has No. 1 Album.  Vandross, who is now in a rehab hospital, as yet does not communicate in any substantial way and is not understanding what is being said to him.  more...

Two Men Arrested for Brawling With Mike Tyson Plead Innocent.  Two men arrested with former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson after a street brawl were arraigned Sunday and entered pleas of innocent to misdemeanor charges of menacing and harassment, authorities said.  more...

Mail Carrier Says She Was Fired For Delivering Harry Potter Book Early.  The woman who ordered the book, Connie Fifer, thought the early delivery was a mistake, but she opened it anyway. One of Fifer's coworkers read two chapters, but a few hours later, the fun was over. Fifer got a call that the post office wanted the book back.  more...

Arrest of Max Factor Kin Throws a Wrench Into Lifetime Movie.  Cosmetics heir Andrew Luster's arrest in Mexico this week has sent the cast and crew of a movie on his life scrambling to stitch together a new ending.  more...

Jackpot winner tips waitress $25,000.  Nancy Moss is a woman who understands the old adage of sharing the wealth. So does Natalie Johnson.  Moss, of Crosby, Texas, hit a $1 million jackpot earlier this week while playing a slot machine.  more...

Howard Dean Says Son Allegedly Involved In Burglary.  Presidential candidate and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean says his son has been cited in court on charges of trying to burglarize the Burlington Country Club to get liquor.  more...

In memo, mayor says Peterson lacked grief at Jan. 3 meeting.  Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino said this week that he did not detect "much grief" from Scott Peterson when the two met 10 days after Peterson's pregnant wife, Laci, was reported missing.  more...

Geragos Wants D.A. Held In Contempt.  Scott Peterson's lawyer asked a judge Friday to find the Stanislaus County district attorney in contempt, alleging the prosecutor violated a gag order by saying he planned to present evidence at a public hearing that "might open some eyes."  more...

Latifah gets breast reduction surgery.  Queen Latifah has taken a load off - by having breast reduction surgery.  more...

Car tax tripled, now faces challenge.  California's vehicle license fees, which are based on the value of the car or truck, tripled Friday as state officials allowed a controversial provision of a law which had been gradually lowering them to kick in.  more...

Nude summer camp draws about 30 kids.  Parents sending their kids to one Arizona summer camp won't have to worry about outfitting them in the latest fashions.  - Campers will be in the nude.   more...

'Idols' Justin and Kelly can carry a note, but not a film.  The movie's appeal lies solely on the chubby arms of American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and the frizzy hair of runner-up Justin Guarini.  more...

Orrin Hatch: Software Pirate?  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) suggested Tuesday that people who download copyright materials from the Internet should have their computers automatically destroyed.  But Hatch himself is using unlicensed software on his official website, which presumably would qualify his computer to be smoked by the system he proposes.  more...

Kate Hudson, singer expecting first child.  Goldie Hawn is going to be a grandma.  more...

Aniston's the one atop 'Forbes' list.  Friends star Jennifer Aniston, whose film career also is heating up, is the most powerful celebrity in Hollywood, topping this year's Forbes Celebrity 100 list.  more...

The 'scoop' on Paige Jones, the gold digger on NBC's "For Love or Money."   Turns out that the 21-year-old knows what it's like to get plastered and act real stupid.  more...

Willard Scott Talks About His Stormy Past.  Willard Scott is talking about his battles with alcohol abuse in hopes of helping other people get sober.  "I drank three or four drinks every night," Scott said.  [and That's a problem?  - editor]  more...

Hurley, boyfriend stir up rumors.  Elizabeth Hurley and her millionaire lover Arun Nayar insisted on being called "Mr. and Mrs." on a romantic trip last weekend, reports IMDB.com, raising speculation they are now engaged.  more...

Bishop O'Brien's legal problems far from over.  O'Brien faces almost four years in prison if he is convicted of leaving the scene of Saturday's accident, which killed 43-year-old pedestrian Jim L. Reed.  more...

Jury Rejects High-Heeled Shoe Death Charges.  A jury threw out manslaughter charges against a 220-pound (100-kg) woman alleged to have sat on her ex-lover's chest and clubbed him to death with her size 12 high-heeled shoe, her lawyer said.  more...

Clay Aiken's single debuts at number 1.  Ruben's the "American Idol," but Clay has the bigger hit.  Clay Aiken's first single debuted on the singles charts at No. 1 Wednesday, selling nearly 393,000 copies.   more...

Potter Author Sues Paper Over Preview.  Author J.K. Rowling sued the Daily News for $100 million Wednesday after the newspaper obtained an early copy of her new Harry Potter novel and published a preview, the book's U.S. publisher said.  more...

Fans get into Sosa's return; Wood sparkles on mound.  Sammy Sosa cracked his bat on a single. He hit a prodigious homer. He made a sliding catch to help close out a win. The Cubs' beloved star returned with a flourish Wednesday night, showing he worked hard while serving a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat. Now, he'll have to work even harder on the fans.  more...

Kid who? Pamela hanging out with ex - Tommy Lee.  Looks like the music is over between Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock.  Despite a yearlong engagement, the former "Baywatch" babe seems to be spending more time with her ex, Tommy Lee, than her Detroit rocker fiance.  more...

These older luminaries are not lost in space.  Blink and you might think it's the 1980s. Sally Field, Demi Moore and Sylvester Stallone all have big movies out this summer. And each film is a sequel to a blockbuster.  more...

Viacom Says Spike Snafu Will Cost Them $16.8 Million.  Viacom Inc. said it will lose $16.8 million in the first week after filmmaker Spike Lee's so-far successful bid to keep its TNN cable network from being renamed Spike TV.  more...

Naples, FL cops shut down little girl’s lemonade stand.  A six-year-old girl was heartbroken when her small lemonade stand was put out of business because she didn’t have a temporary business permit.  more...

Moose Resigns as Montgomery Police Chief.  Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose has resigned in order to free himself from the ethical concerns surrounding his plans to write a personal account of last fall's sniper manhunt.  more...

Vandross' poignant 'Father' gives him first No. 1 debut.  Luther Vandross, still hospitalized two months after a severe stroke, scored his first No. 1 album debut this week.  more...

People Magazine Leaves Top Bachelor Spot Up to the Public.  The magazine released its list of the 25 hottest bachelors Wednesday, but is leaving the top spot open to an online vote.  more...

Defense wants judge taken off Peterson case.  Scott Peterson's lawyers and prosecutors want to kick out a judge who ruled against keeping search warrants secret in the double-murder case, according to court documents Peterson's camp filed.  more...

CMT to Do Special on Maines-Keith Spat.  That off-again, on-again battle between the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines and Toby Keith gets to be news on Friday night. CMT News will explore the public battle between the two, on a special titled "Natalie Versus Toby: Both Sides of the War."  more...

Max Factor heir and rapist, now in custody.  Max Factor cosmetics heir Andrew Luster, convicted of rape and sentenced to 124 years in prison, has been taken into custody in Mexico, a spokeswoman for the bounty hunter who made the catch said.  more...

Phoenix Bishop Resigns Amid Hit-and-Run Scandal.  Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation Wednesday of Bishop Thomas O'Brien of Phoenix, who has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal pedestrian-car accident.  more...

Family Member Reacts To Report About Jessica Lynch.  "I think she did try to fight," Zina Lynch said, "and until we actually can talk to her ... I know she would have because she's got that Lynch blood."  more...

Deadly crash during sex nets man 10 years.  A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a crash that killed his girlfriend while they were having sex behind the wheel.  more...

'Angels' on Demi's shoulders.  Demi Moore had not been thinking of "making a comeback" when she agreed to be the villainness in June 27's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, she says in the new Vogue.  more...

TV Cop Michael Chiklis Sued in LA by Former Agents.  The former managers of Michael Chiklis have sued the Emmy-winning actor for $1 million, charging that success went to his head and he is tougher on his agents than his rogue cop TV character is on crooks in the hit series "The Shield."  more...

Orrin Hatch Takes Aim at Illegal Downloading.  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet.  more...

Tough times shut down Turner philanthropy.  Ted Turner's philanthropic group has closed its wallet for at least one year to new funding for environmental groups because of financial problems.  The Turner Foundation has given away more than $222 million since its first year in 1991, but will not award new grants this year and is looking to limit future grants.  more...

Canada to Allow Same-Sex Marriage.  Canada will change its law to allow homosexual marriage, joining Belgium and The Netherlands as the only countries where same-sex couples can legally wed.  more...

Bishop arrested in fatal hit-and-run.  Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien, already beleaguered by a sexual misconduct scandal involving clergy, was arrested Monday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Phoenix.  more...

Thought he hit a cat.  more...

Insiders say bishop has hit end of tenure.  Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien likely will resign or be removed as head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix in the next few weeks.  more...

Crowe, pals trash restaurant.  Not letting marriage slow him down, the Aussie bad boy and his posse of buddies recently caused more than $13,000 worth of damage to a posh Sydney, Australia, hotel restaurant with a game of indoor football.  more...

Business Owner Chases, Runs Over Robbery Suspects In Hummer.  Investigators said after the suspects left with the store's money, the co-owner jumped into his Hummer and chased after the suspects.  He then rolled his Hummer over their car.   more...

Thousands of new 'Potter' books stolen.  A thief stole a truck with thousands of copies of the new Harry Potter book from outside a warehouse just days before the international release of the next installment in the popular series, police said.  more...

Hollywood Pays Final Tribute to Gregory Peck.  Movie stars rubbed shoulders with ordinary film fans on Monday as they paid final tribute to Gregory Peck, remembering him as one of the last heroes of Hollywood's golden era and a man symbolizing integrity on and off screen.  more...

Pizza company hires homeless to hold ads.  Instead of going Dumpster-diving for maybe a half-eaten sandwich and some cold fries, Peter Schoeff, a 20-year-old homeless man, was served a slice of hot pizza dripping with cheese.  All he had to do was hold a sign for about 40 minutes that read: "Pizza Schmizza paid me to hold this sign instead of asking for money."  more...

Mom drove twins to rob bank with toy gun.  The mother of two teenage girls accused of robbing a bank last year has admitted her role in the crime, saying she drove the twin sisters to the bank and knew they had a toy gun.  more...

Surprise!  Geragos wants gag gone.  Scott Peterson's defense attorneys asked a judge Friday to rescind his gag order in the double murder case and to hold a contempt-of-court hearing for attorney Gloria Allred.  Defense attorney Mark Geragos alleged in paperwork filed Friday that Allred - "mocking the authority of this court" - violated the gag order just hours after it was issued.  more...

Prince William Accused of Speeding; Palace Denies Rumors of Royal Romance.  An angry aristocrat on Sunday accused Prince William of driving too fast on his estate, while a royal official separately denied reports the young prince has a long-distance romance  more...

Ruben Studdard 'Can't Even Process' Success.  Ruben is not allowed to jump on stage and sing if he so desires. Why? The American Idol contract forbids unauthorized warbling in public.  more...

Jane Pauley sets sights on Oprah’s territory.  Veteran NBC anchor Jane Pauley is set to challenge Oprah Winfrey for the daytime TV talk crown.  more...

Cable Shakes Up Late-Night Talk.  Cable is looking to loosen the necktie of one of television's most buttoned-down genres: the late-night talk show.  more...

Peterson living life of letters, TV, chess.  Scott Peterson whiles away the hours in his cell watching television, playing chess and reading stacks of letters from female admirers, a fellow jail inmate says.  more...

NASCAR safer occupation than fishing?!  Driver Jeff Gordon contends in his divorce papers that racing is a "hazardous, life-threatening occupation." His wife Brooke dismisses that claim, pointing instead to a really dangerous gig - professional fishing - and noting, "there are no cases awarding commercial fisherman more than 50% of the marital estate."   more...

Wax figure of Britney to have 'heaving breasts.'  Britney's breasts are heaving! Madame Tussauds in London is working on a new wax figure of Britney Spears that'll have "heaving breasts."  more...

Surprise!: Stolen Oscar Found.  FBI agents on a drug investigation were shocked to find one of three missing Oscars stolen three years ago, authorities said.  more...

Paris Air Show Opens; US Execs Stay Home.  The 45th Paris Air Show kicked off on Saturday without the presence of a single top executive from a leading U.S. defense contractor.  more...

Wrigley Chews Over Idea of Viagra Gum.  The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. has patented a way to make its "Double Your Pleasure" slogan more potent: with chewing gum containing the active ingredient in Viagra.  more...

Hillary Clinton feels sorry for Lewinsky.  Hillary Rodham Clinton says she feels sorry for everyone who was caught up in the scandal of her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky - including Lewinsky.  more...

Connecticut Mayor sentenced for sex crimes.  Mayor Philip Giordano was sentenced to 37 years in federal prison for sexually abusing two girls - forcing them to perform oral sex on him in City Hall, his law office, and home, while he was mayor. The girls were 8 and 10 years old at the time.  more...

President Bush falls off Segway human transporter.  The Segway went down on Bush's first attempt, but he stayed on his feet with a flying leap over the machine. Undeterred, he got on again. His father, former President Bush, climbed on a second Segway, and with the other dog, Barney, leading the way, they cruised around the driveway at the estate at Walker's Point.  more...   Photo Enlargement

Prince William comes of age.  But compared to his father — who had a full-time valet at age 2 and who still has his toothpaste squeezed onto the brush for him — William leads an unpampered life. (Jousting with his fussy father, he has been heard to tell the next king, "Get a life.")  more...

Prince William at strip club?  Patrons of For Your Eyes Only, a strip club in Newcastle, England, are saying they were treated to a recent surprise appearance by Britain's heir to the throne.  more...

Anonymous caller claims she has shuttle tape.  A NASA official said, "All seven crew members had a recorder, and we have not found a single one." "If they knew things were bad, they would have been talking into those personal recorders."  more...

Judge Issues Gag Order in Laci Peterson Murder Case.  Judge Al Girolami said he believed the gag order was the only way to stop leaks and rumors from derailing Scott Peterson's right to a fair trial.  more...

Gregory Peck Dies at 87.  From his film debut in 1944 with Days of Glory, he was never less than a star. He was nominated for the Oscar five times, and his range of roles was astonishing.  more...

Mine rescue helper kills himself.  Bob Long, who became a controversial figure after parlaying his role in the rescue of nine trapped coal miners into a movie deal for himself, committed suicide.  "You know what, you bastards, I saved your goddamn life and you still don't acknowledge it," Long was quoted as saying before his death.  more...

Illegally parked minivan towed with girl, 7, inside.  The girl was inside the van Tuesday morning when it was towed from a parking lot, said police Sgt. Orlando Rolon.  more...

Dennis Miller heads to FoxNews.  Miller is heading back to television. The comic-actor, last on HBO's "Dennis Miller Live" and ABC's "Monday Night Football," is expected to join the Fox News Channel as a commentator for "Hannity and Colmes.  more...

Reality show star loses job at law firm.  Rob Campos, the bachelor star of NBC's dating game "For Love or Money," has a choice of women. But he no longer has his job.  more...

J.Lo fires longtime manager, agent.  Barely two weeks after she axed spokesman Alan Nierob, Jennifer Lopez has fired her longtime manager, Benny Medina.  more...

David Brinkley Dies at 82.  Brinkley was divorced from his first wife, Ann, in the 1960s and married Susan Benfer in 1972.  Among his four children, Alan is an American Book Award-winning historian and Joel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.  more...

Zellweger eating 20 donuts a day.  Renee Zellweger says she's eating 20 donuts a day in a bid to pile on almost 30 pounds for the sequel to "Bridget Jones's Diary."  more...

Man paid 24 years for sewer that wasn't there.  A homeowner who has been paying a monthly sewer bill since 1979 learned after plumbing trouble that he has a septic tank and has never been connected to the city utility.  more...

Marine had baby on ship in war zone.  A Marine gave birth aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Persian Gulf last month, marking what Pentagon officials believe is the first time an active-duty woman delivered a baby on a combat ship in a war zone.  more...

Hatch Has Best Year Yet in Collecting Song Royalties.  Entertainers such as Gladys Knight (search), Donny Osmond and country music artists Brooks and Dunn have performed Hatch's songs on 11 recordings and on the soundtracks of three movies.  more...

Wake up to Pamela's voice - for a price.  The blond Baywatch bombshell has signed on to a celebrity wake-up service that allows customers to be gently roused by her dulcet tones for $7.99 per month.  more...

Pizza Connection Nabbed Kidnapper.  San Jose police on Monday arrested a man suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a 9-year-old girl, who was returned to her family two days later after showing up at a convenience store.  more...

Kidnapped Girl Faked Illness.  The 9-year-old girl abducted from home helped win her release by telling her kidnapper she was sick - and then helped authorities make a quick arrest by memorizing his cell phone number, police said.  more...

Girl leads police to kidnap suspect.  A 9-year-old San Jose girl -- abducted, sexually assaulted and held hostage for more than two days -- helped lead police early Monday to her alleged kidnapper, who was hiding in a house just 12 blocks from her own home.  more...

Drug Dealer Ordered to Return Lottery Payoff.  A Texas man who won $5.5 million in the state lottery has been ordered to give it up because he bought the winning ticket with money made selling cocaine, federal officials said.  more...

Experts: No Proof of Satanic Cults.  The Laci Peterson case has all the makings of a made-for-TV movie: murder, sex, infidelity and most incredibly, an alleged satanic cult.  more...

Peterson lawyers subpoena judge in wiretap dispute.  Lawyers for Scott Peterson have subpoenaed the judge who approved a wiretap on Scott Peterson's telephone, arguing he violated rules governing a capital murder case, court officials said.  more...

Ex-'JAG' Actor Dies in Apparent Suicide.  Muscleman actor Trevor Goddard, a former boxer who once had a recurring role on the TV series "JAG" and plays a pirate in the upcoming movie "Pirates of the Caribbean," died in an apparent suicide, investigators said Monday. He was 37.  more...

Woman Kills Man with Her High-Heeled Shoe.  Add "The Shoe Murder" to the chronicles of New York's crimes of passion.  A stormy relationship ended up on a Brooklyn street in the early hours of Saturday when a woman sat on her ex-boyfriend's chest and clubbed him to death with her high-heeled shoe, police said.  more...

Release 'Jessica Lynch' outtakes.  The Pentagon refuses to release unedited footage of Jessica Lynch's rescue from an Iraqi hospital. Critics have alleged that the refusal is more proof that the breathtaking video, broadcast just when U.S. morale needed a boost, actually is a hoax.  more...

A kiss is still a kiss ... even if it breaks all the rules of primetime television.  With a lingering kiss, and a prime-time declaration of love that brought rousing applause from the audience, a gay couple stole the show at the Tony awards in New York.  more...

NBC Reality Show to Air Despite Star's Past.  The network on Monday said it would continue to air the reality series "For Love or Money," despite discovering that its star hid the fact he left the U.S. Marine Corps after being disciplined for groping a female officer.  more...

Past groping charge for reality show's star?  He was let in her suite and began grabbing the 27-year woman's breasts. She kneed him in the groin, he collapsed, and she fled the room, the report said. He then allegedly vomited all over the woman's bathroom.  more...

Letterman says he's tired, wants some time off.  Among the many mysteries of David Letterman: how much time he's planning to take off this summer. The CBS Late Show host turned over the reins to guest host Tom Arnold.  more...

Justin the Idol brought swoons, but 'Justin' the CD brings yawns.  With his slick, mannered singing and smarmy pinup-boy posturing, Justin Guarini was the most aggressively irritating of last year's American Idol finalists.  more...

O.J. Forensics Expert Consulted in Peterson Case.  Yet another high-profile expert has been consulted in the Scott Peterson murder case - this one the forensic specialist who was involved in the O.J. Simpson trial.  more...

Eric Rudolph evaded capture for five long years in the woods.  He said he hadn’t been with a woman in so many years, even “the bears started looking good.”  more...

Hustler Bidding for Nude Amber Frey Pics.  Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt says he has been approached by a man who says he owns the rights to about 27 pictures of Peterson's former girlfriend -- and most of them are nude.  more...

Billy Bob burns Angelina's blood.  Billy Bob Thornton celebrated his divorce from screen beauty Angelina Jolie by burning the vials of blood they exchanged when they married.  more...

Vandross Awake, Responsive.  R&B singer Luther Vandross is awake and responding to questions for the first time since suffering a debilitating stroke almost two months ago.  more...

Muslim woman cannot wear veil in driver's license photo.  A Florida judge ruled Friday that a Muslim woman cannot wear a veil in her driver's license photo, agreeing with state authorities that the practice could help terrorists conceal their identities.  more...



FLASHBACK:  Now we know why the muslim woman wants the veil!  Turns out the Florida woman who is suing for the right to wear a Muslim headdress in a driver's license photograph has already had her (unveiled) government portrait after her arrest and guilty plea in 1999 on felony aggravated battery.  more...

Freedom of religion meets the DMV.  Florida woman, Sultaana Freeman, is suing the state highway department to reinstate this license, which shows her wearing a traditional Muslim veil.   more...

Police Believe Laci Was Drugged And Strangled.  Police believe Scott Peterson drugged his pregnant wife with the growth hormone and date rape drug - GHB - and then strangled her in the couple's Modesto home, numerous sources revealed.  more...

Complete coverage of Laci Peterson Murder Case.  more...

Tot dies after Vegas teacher forgets him all day in hot van.  A 7-month-old boy died early Friday after being forgotten in a hot van for eight hours, and police said his schoolteacher father could face a felony child endangerment charge.  more...

New Twist in Stewart Case.  Martha Stewart is accused of deliberately trying to inflate the stock of her own company — by declaring her innocence.  more...

Sammy Sosa Hit With Eight-Game Suspension.  Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa has been suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball for using a corked bat during a game.  more...

Florida Baseball Team to Spoof Sosa.  A Florida minor league baseball team plans to poke fun at Sammy Sosa by giving away pieces of cork to the first 505 fans through the gate at its game Thursday night.  more...

PGA Tour golfer makes $1 million challenge to Sorenstam.  Taking exception to recent remarks by Annika Sorenstam, PGA Tour golfer John Riegger said Thursday he has backing for a $1 million one-on-one challenge against the world's top female golfer.  more...

Lana Clarkson's Family Cries Foul.  Spector has gone on a rampage declaring that Lana Clarkson, found dead in his home last February, killed herself by putting a loaded gun in her mouth.  more...

Larry Flynt Bidding for Nude Pictures of Amber Frey.  Larry Flynt, the controversial publisher of Hustler magazine, was recently approached by an agent who claimed to own the rights to about 200 photographs, most of them nude, of the former girlfriend of murder suspect Scott Peterson.  more...

All Ashton & Demi, all the time.  Demi Moore, 40, and Ashton Kutcher, 25, are the sizzling couple du jour, after several weekends of long-lens sightings that have fueled intense interest.  more...

P.Diddy wants to buy Rolls Royces for J.Lo, Ben.  Jen and Ben might want to hurry up and set a date: Sean "P. Diddy" Combs says he's planning to buy ex-lover Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck a pair of Rolls-Royces as a wedding present, reports People magazine.  more...

A&E to Make Movie About Hillary Clinton.  If you don't want to bother with the book, there's a Hillary Rodham Clinton TV movie in the works.  more...

Monica Lewinsky Popular in Iraq.  Just in time for the unveiling of Hillary Clinton’s autobiography, comes word that Iraqis are naming their SUV’s after her former rival Monica Lewinsky.  more...

Poll names 'Stand by Your Man' best song.  Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man has been voted the top song in country music history in a poll taken by Country Music Television.  more...

Vandross' Mom Says Son Was Overeating.  In the days before he suffered a stroke, Luther Vandross couldn't stop overeating, according to his mother.  more...

Vandross Is Still Hospitalized, But His Album Has Been Released.  The album Luther Vandross considers the best of his career hits stores Tuesday — with no videos, television interviews or concerts to trumpet its arrival.  more...

Did Rudolph succumb to loneliness?  In the end, it may have been loneliness that put Olympic bombing suspect Eric Rudolph behind bars. While it is not uncommon for criminals on the run to hide in a remote area for a few weeks or even a month, even the most resolute survivalist eventually gets desperate for interaction with other humans, according to top fugitive trackers.  more...

90-Year-Old Wins $16 Million Lottery.  Luis Salazar has seen a lot in his 90 years. But he's never seen $16 million - until now.  more...

Expensive dog:  Taco Bell must pay BIG over Chihuahua ad.  A federal jury Wednesday ordered Taco Bell Corp. to pay $30.1 million to two men who claimed the fast-food chain stole their idea for the advertising campaign featuring a talking Chihuahua.  more...

Ed Smart Reflects Back on Past Year.  One year ago, Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her bedroom. Today her father offered a look back on his family's ordeal.  more...

Dixie Chicks get booed.  Maines said, "I am so glad I got my voice back for tonight. I had absolutely no voice yesterday - and I swear you could hear clapping from the Oval Office." It was the only time during the evening when boos could be heard from the crowd.  more...

Phil Spector Says Slain Actress 'Kissed The Gun' Before Killing Herself.  The producer told Esquire magazine that Clarkson "kissed the gun" before pulling the trigger.  "I have no idea why," he said in the magazine's July issue. "I never knew her, never even saw her before that night."  more...

Mess in Martha's Kitchen.  Martha Stewart, the multi-millionaire icon of tasteful living, was indicted on securities fraud, obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges Wednesday by a federal grand jury for her role in the ImClone insider-trading scandal.  more...

Stewart Publishes Open Letter in Newspaper.  Stewart, who built a multimillion-dollar decorating and media business out of a catering business, resigned as chairman and chief executive of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.  more...

U.S. brothel offers free sex to returning troops.  Talk about what you can do for your country! - In an unusual act of patriotism, a Nevada brothel is offering free sex to troops returning from the U.S.-Iraq war.  more...

OUCH!  Manilow breaks his nose.  Barry Manilow has broken his famous nose and may need surgery to fix it. The singer bumped into a wall in the night in his house in Palm Springs and injured his most prominent feature.  more...

Jane Pauley may resurface as a talk-show host.  She has been talking to NBC Enterprises about hosting a daily syndicated daytime talk show that would air on NBC-owned stations starting in 2004.  more...

Hillary Clinton Book Details Betrayal.  Hillary Rodham Clinton says her husband's relationship with Monica Lewinsky caused so much pain that, at one point, Buddy the dog was the only member of the family willing to keep President Clinton company.  more...

Sammy Sosa Ejected for Corked Bat.  Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa was ejected in the first inning of Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay after umpires found cork in his bat.  more...

Busted: Image of Cubs slugger takes hit.  "Batters know their bats," Cirillo said. "They know their game T-shirts, their socks, their cleats. You are going to know which bat is your game bat.  "If you look at his bat, it was game-ready. He had been preparing. It was like a hunter sharpening his bow. And if I had a corked bat, I would surely know which one it was."  more...

Man late for flight allegedly calls in bomb threat.  A man running late for his flight to Phoenix called in a phony bomb threat Monday in hopes the plane would be delayed long enough for him to get on board, police said.  more...

Jay Walks All Over Dave in the Ratings.  Jay Leno's Tonight Show on NBC crushed David Letterman's Late Show on CBS by more than 60 percent among viewers 18-49 years old - the widest margin in four years in that advertiser-coveted demographic.  more...

Picasso Returned After Being Left on N.Y. Subway.  A framer who absent-mindedly left two works of art on a subway platform - including an original Picasso - was reunited with his lost property.  more...

Pickle eaters prefer dull to dill.  Researchers say they've spotted a downward trend in one of America's favorite garnishes. Pickle makers, they said, aren't using as much dill as they used to.  more...

The fine line of celebrity stupidity.  If you really wanted to keep people from invading your privacy, why would you file a suit so that everyone would easily be able to see how great life is at the top?  more...

O'Reilly and Franken Spar at Book Show.  A booksellers' luncheon isn't the place you'd expect to hear a shouting match, but Al Franken and Bill O'Reilly got into a verbal war Saturday at BookExpo America in Los Angeles.  more...

Stop Mouthing Off!  Sore throat cancels Dixie Chicks show.  "Natalie is not feeling very well. Her throat has some damage to it," Robison said. "She's sick right now and the doctor said, 'If you sing tonight, you're just going to make it worse.'"  more...

Ricky Martin's bon-bon shaking is behind him.  "I got tired of the glamour, of the limos and the private jets. All of that makes you lose perspective," he says.  more...

DreamLand Defense Team Now Seeking Man Named 'Donnie' as Laci Peterson Murder Suspect.  New details have come to light about the person Scott Peterson's defense team says they believe could be responsible for the murder of his 8-months-pregnant wife, Laci Peterson.  more...

'Nemo' finds animation record $70.6 million.  The latest entry, Finding Nemo, which cost $94 million, broke virtually every debut record for an animated film during the weekend with an astounding $70.6 million, according to studio estimates from box office firm Nielsen EDI.  more...

Richard Chamberlain Comes Out of the Closet.  Former Thorn Birds star says he's gay in TV interview, feels the time is right to come out of the closet.  more...

L.A. Law One More Tool for Slavery Reparations  The Los Angeles City Council's latest move to force companies seeking contracts with the city to disclose whether they ever earned profits from slavery has reparations opponents sounding off.  more...

Judge orders Peterson autopsy to remain sealed.  The autopsy report on the deaths of Laci Peterson and her unborn son will remain sealed - for now - even though portions already have been leaked to the media.  more...

Divorce Final for Angelina and Billy Bob  Tomb Raider actress and Sling Blade star were married for two years.  more...

Laci Peterson's Baby Had Noose Around Neck!
The body of the fetus found near its slain mother, Laci Peterson, on the shore of the San Francisco Bay had one and a half loops of plastic tape around its neck, according to a portion of the coroner’s report on the autopsy on the fetus obtained exclusively Thursday by NBC News. The finding could be used by the defense team for Scott Peterson, Laci’s husband, who is accused in her death, to bolster its theory that Laci and the fetus were killed in a satanic ritual.  more...


Streisand sues photographer over house photo.  Barbra Streisand has filed a lawsuit against an amateur photographer, claiming he is violating her privacy by displaying a picture of her bluff-top Malibu, Calif., estate on a Web site.  more...

Mariah Calls Victim of 'Bogus' E-Mail.  A 10-year-old Mariah Carey fan got her wish to talk to the diva after a prankster sent the girl a nasty e-mail claiming to be the singer, the pop star's spokesman said.  more...

Hurley appears nude in old film.  Now that she's a mom, Elizabeth Hurley might be hoping that a short film in which she appeared 15 years ago will never resurface.  more...

Laci's hubby spent secret cash on lovers.  With as many as three girlfriends, multiple cell phones to stay in touch and a checking account hidden from his wife, Scott Peterson had a busy secret life, a source close to the double-murder investigation revealed.  more...

Tyson: 'I Really Do Want to Rape Her'  The former boxing champion once again denied he raped Desiree Washington in 1991 in an Indianapolis hotel room, but told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that he'd like to now.  more...

Fans weigh in: Size doesn't make Ruben less of an Idol.  For Ruben Studdard, newly crowned American Idol, life has been moving fast. And that's not easy, especially for someone who weighs about 350 pounds.  more...

Bob Keeps Hope Alive; Turns 100.  "He's determined to be a 100...He rallies [thinking about it]. He's just absolutely amazing."   more...

Is Whitney Being Used By a Cult?  Whitney Houston's in trouble, her friends fear, and this time it's not because of drugs.  more...

Keanu Reeves is set to give away most of his money.  Keanu Reeves is set to give away most of the cash he makes from the two Matrix sequels to unlikely recipients - US$81m to the Matrix costume designers and special effects crews.  more...

McCartney, Mills Are Having a Baby.  Heather Mills, wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, is pregnant with the couple's first child, their spokesman said.  more...

Funeral Services Held for Chandra Levy.  Chandra Levy, the former intern whose disappearance ended the congressional career of Gary Condit, was buried Tuesday, more than a year after her remains were discovered in a Washington, D.C., park.  more...

Judge Dismisses Spears' Song Theft Suit.  Britney Spears has been cleared in a federal lawsuit in which two men claimed the pop star violated copyright laws.  more...

Students Create Winona Shoplifting Musical.  In the latest example of art imitating life, a group of high school students has created a musical based on Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial.  more...

Prisoners May Marry, but Honeymoon on Hold.  Two Texas prison inmates have received permission to marry even though they have never met and cannot honeymoon until at least 2036, officials said.  more...

Camilla Parker Bowles Invited to Royal Event.  Queen Elizabeth II has invited Camilla Parker Bowles, the longtime companion of her son Prince Charles, to the major royal event of the year, Buckingham Palace said.  more...

Lisa Marie likes rough sex, Jacko didn't deliver.  Presley tells Playboy she likes things "the way they do it in porn movies."  more...

Scott Peterson, No Longer Blond, Back in Court.  Sporting yet another new look, a clean-shaven, brown-haired Scott Peterson appeared in court again Tuesday to discuss several legal issues, including whether to unseal search warrants related to his arrest, wiretaps on his phone and the autopsy report for his 8-months-pregnant wife Laci Peterson.  more...

Dog food may have come from diseased cow.  A U.S. company asked customers Monday to return dog food that may have come from a Canadian cow that tested positive for mad cow disease.  more...

Simon Not Leaving American Idol: Stakes Too High.  Simon will be back. How do I know this? He's a part owner of the show and record contracts!  more...

Cops work 'McSting' at McDonald's drive-through window - to bust customers!  Dressed as a McDonald’s employee, an undercover officer worked the drive-through window March 21 and April 25 and spotted enough wrongdoing inside customers’ cars to warrant six arrests and 29 citations.  more...

Feel Lucky?  Atlantic City slot machine to take $1,000 tokens.  The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, scheduled to open this summer, has been given temporary approval to offer machines that accept $1,000 tokens.  more...

Phone number in 'Bruce Almighty' not answer to woman's prayers.  Dawn Jenkins has been getting about 20 calls per hour, with callers asking for God before hanging up.  more...

Iraqi man ends 20 years in hiding.  After two decades in hiding, an Iraqi man has finally emerged back into the real world - squinting at the unaccustomed light.  more...

Giuliani Marries Judith Nathan at Gracie Mansion.  Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani returned Saturday to the mansion he was once driven from by his ex-wife, this time to marry longtime companion Judith Nathan.  more...

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks in on-stage battle with Toby Keith.  Maines sported a shirt emblazoned with the letters "F.U.T.K." while the trio performed "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)" via satellite from a concert in Austin, Texas.  more...

Book Offers Scarce for Disgraced NY Times Reporter.  "Not from me!" said Judith Regan, when asked if she was about to enter the bidding war for a Blair tome. "There's a sucker born every minute!"  more...

Peterson's Lawyers Say They'll Prove He Didn't Murder Laci.  Scott Peterson's defense team says they have found the mystery woman who can provide information about the real killers of the California murder suspect's 8-months-pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn child.

Now, the defense team says they are only days – if not hours – from 'finding the real killers.'  more...


Michael Jackson is near bankruptcy, lawsuit says.  Michael Jackson, the King of Pop who amassed a half-billion-dollar fortune over the past 20 years, is saddled with debt and teetering near bankruptcy, his former financial advisers say.  more...

Could Sars be from the stars?  It sounds like science fiction, but one group of scientists believe Sars could be from outer space.  more...

Mayor Bloomberg star struck by J.Lo.  "I'd even have dinner with Jennifer Lopez," he said. "I assume Jennifer Lopez would want to have dinner with me. I don't know. I never met the young lady, but I'd certainly be willing to."  more...

Actors flee Morocco after attacks.  The move follows a string of suicide bombings in Casablanca last week which left 41 people dead.  more...

Hiker killed by boulder after saving companion.  A man was crushed by a falling 5-ton boulder Wednesday after he pushed a friend to safety.  more...

Whitney and Bobby Stir Things Up in Vegas.  Bloody noses and 'splitting with $5 grand.'  more...

Dixie Chicks Booed, Snubbed at Country Music Show.  The trio was snubbed at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday while audience members booed the very mention of the absent group's name.  more...

Ruben Is New American Idol.  Ruben Studdard outsang Clay Aiken to become the new American Idol.  more...

Simon says Clay peeked at 'Idol' results.  more...

Final 'Idol' vote being questioned.  more...

City pays $65,000 for 288 kaiser rolls.  A typing error caused city officials to pay $65,389 for a $65.89 Buns Masters bakery invoice.  The baker cashed it.  more...

Sorenstam Aims to Prove She Can Play.  Sorenstam will become the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour, a challenge she compared to climbing Mount Everest.  more...

Sorenstam may force rewrite of PGA policy.  The LPGA's bylaws ban men. The PGA currently does not have a rule banning women.  more...

Former Manager at Coca Cola Files Suit Claiming Corporate Fraud.  Lawsuit claims that company officials ran division as "an illegal racketeering enterprise."  more...

Smoking Kidman sparks controversy.  Australian actress Nicole Kidman has raised the ire of anti-smoking groups by lighting up a cigarette during her press conference at the Cannes Film Festival.  more...

anti-smoking treaty adopted.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has unanimously adopted an anti-smoking treaty - the first global public health measure ever approved.  more...

Saddam's singer shot dead.  An Iraqi singer whose fervently pro-Saddam Hussein songs made him a well-known face on Iraqi television has been killed.  more...

Six French journalists detained on arrival at Los Angeles, sent back to France.  The journalists say they were subjected to interrogation sessions, six body searches, were then handcuffed and fingerprinted.  more...

MCI Will Keep Glover as Pitchman.  Despite the brouhaha surrounding actor Danny Glover's anti-Bush remarks and support of Fidel Castro, MCI has decided to keep the Lethal Weapon star in its TV ads until his contract ends in January.  more...

Wesley Snipes in foreclosure battle.  His $1.7 million home in Isleworth, Fla., has been sold on the auction block for $636,000.  more...

South Carolina Pardons James Brown for Past Crimes.  Brown, who served a two-and-a-half-year prison term after a 1988 arrest on drug and assualt charges, and was convicted of a drug-related offense in 1998, was granted a pardon by the state.  more...

New York Times reporter booed off the stage during antiwar speech.  Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges began his abbreviated 18-minute speech comparing United States’ policy in Iraq to piranhas and a tyranny over the weak.  more...

Canada Sends Shock Wave with Mad Cow Case.  Canada reported its first case of mad cow disease, devastating for the country's huge beef industry just weeks after its economy was damaged by the SARS threat.  more...

Scott Peterson's Ex-Girlfriend Hires Lawyer.  Attorney Gloria Allred announced that she will represent Amber Frey, the woman who has said she had an affair with Scott Peterson before the death of his wife, Laci.  Amber revealed she is prepared to testify at Scott's trial on charges of murdering his pregnant wife.  more...

Study Finds 1 in 5 Youths Have Sex Before Age 15.  The analysis of seven studies conducted in the late 1990s offers a comprehensive look at the sexual activities of 12- to 14-year-olds, a group often overlooked in discussions of adolescent sexuality.  more...

Times reporter wants to write about his 'mistakes.'  Former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair told CNN on Monday that "race, substance abuse and psychological disorders" played a much more "nuanced role" in destroying his career than is being portrayed in the media.  more...

Grad Deal Offered to Hazing Suspects.  Thirty-one students accused in a videotaped hazing have been offered a deal to graduate on time if they won't fight expulsion or try to exploit the widely publicized incident with a book or movie deal.  more...

Truck driver a victim of 'Speed'-inspired prank.  The trucker was driving on the Capital Beltway when he "had people pull up next to him and tell him that if his truck slowed below a certain speed the truck would explode," said Sgt. J.R. Braun of the Virginia State Police.  more...

3-month-old Phoenix girl killed by ants during nap.  When the baby's caretaker went to check on the little girl a half-hour later, she was covered in ants and was in "severe respiratory distress."  more...

FBI agent drives over anthrax suspect's foot.  Steven Hatfill walked up to a parked car to take a picture of the FBI agent. The driver then drove off, striking Hatfill.  more...

Reality TV suddenly a dirty word for fall.  TV executives nearly trampled each other distancing themselves from the genre as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN and the WB revealed their fall schedules.  more...

Singh knows when 'it's a good time to take off.'  Singh announced on Sunday after winning the Byron Nelson Championship that he's skipping this week's Bank of America Colonial in Fort Worth.  more...

Oprah to continue show through 2008.  Winfrey extended her contract with King World Productions by two more years, taking her through the 2007-2008 television season, and agreed to make more shows over the next few years than planned.  more...

Hazing Students Charged With Misdemeanor Battery.  Fifteen students so far have been charged in the now infamous "powder puff" football game in Illinois that quickly turned into a drunken, violent hazing melee that left several participants seriously injured.  more...

'Matrix Reloaded' Already Sets Opening Day Record.  "The Matrix Reloaded," the movie produced by AOL Time Warner's Warner Bros. studio, raked in a record $42.5 million at domestic box offices in its first day, box office watchers said.  more...

U.S. exaggerated Lynch rescue tale, BBC says.  The U.S. military distorted POW Jessica Lynch's story to create an inspiring, but largely false, myth of a heroic Special Forces rescue.  more...

Lynch rescue questioned in British broadcast.  more...

Was 'Saving Private Lynch' Story True?  more...

Gates, Brokaw stiff café for cappuccino.  The world's richest man and one of the country's top news anchors sat down at a cafe for cappuccino - but both walked away without paying the bill.  more...

Shepherd Serves up a Delicious Martha Stewart.  Cybill Shepherd called the opportunity to play Stewart "the part of a lifetime.'  more...

Defense: Satanic Cult Possibly Involved In Laci's Death.  One of the theories the defense is reportedly considering is that Peterson was killed as part of a satanic ritual as the hands of one of the known cults in Modesto.  more...

Disney to Begin Renting 'Self-Destructing' DVDs.  That is the warning The Walt Disney Co. will issue this August when it begins to "rent" DVDs that after two days become unplayable and do not have to be returned.  more...

Bush's assets listed at $8.8M, Cheney's top $19M.  President Bush listed presidential gifts he just had to keep: a $5,728 boat, complete with dock, a cowboy hat and Rolling Stones concert tickets.  more...

Singer Barry White in 'Great Spirits.'  Singer Barry White is "in great spirits" as he recovers from a stroke that affected his speech and the right side of his body, his daughter said.  more...

Man claims 'Idol' was his idea, sues Fox.  In the suit, Keane seeks a temporary restraining order against the program and its assets, and asks that it stop airing immediately.  more...

High school class trip to Seattle includes stop at strip club.  When nine students at Seattle-area high school took their senior trip to the big city recently, the stops included Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and a strip club.  more...

Sorenstam doing a great disservice to women's sports.  Martha Burk: "What's the point of putting women at a natural disadvantage? We're not idiots. We know there are physical differences between men and women."  more...

Terminator 3 Toughest Yet for Schwarzenegger.  Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Friday that Terminator 3 ranked as the toughest movie he had ever made and vowed his days as an action hero were far from over.  more...

Branson buys island retreat for Virgin Group staff.  British billionaire Richard Branson bought a tropical island in Australia on Friday for staff at his Virgin Group to use as a holiday retreat.  more...

Parents fume over school ruling on Bush appearance.  A Westfield eighth-grader’s singing appearance during President Bush’s visit struck a sour note with school administrators who refused to treat her missed classes as an excused absence.  more...

Halle breaks arm filming horror flick.  Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry broke her right arm while filming a scene for the supernatural thriller "Gothika" in Canada, a publicist for the movie said.  more...

Turner criticized by AOL shareholders.  Turner says "Christianity is a religion of losers."   more...

Full AOL board still re-elected, despite concerns.  AOL Time Warner shareholders re-elected the company's board members to another one-year term Friday but continued to demonstrate growing dissatisfaction.  more...

Sources Say Laci Was Mutilated.  A source from Scott Peterson's legal team who has seen documents referring to the condition of the body said it was "horrendous," and "awful, awful, awful."

The source said Laci "was carved up," and "the head is not the only part that is missing."  more...


Hillary Clinton to launch book tour with Barbara Walters interview.  There had been speculation that Walters would have less of a chance to win this interview because Walters also interviewed Monica Lewinsky.  more...

JFK intern admits all.
Now a New York City church worker, 60, says, 'I was the Mimi'

Marion (Mimi) Fahnestock called it a huge weight off her shoulders to finally reveal her affair with the dashing young President more than four decades ago.  more...


Documents recently unsealed by the Kennedy
presidential library that disclose 'Mimi.'    more...


June Carter Cash Dies at 73.  June Carter Cash, the Grammy-winning scion of one of country music's pioneering families and the wife of country giant Johnny Cash, died Thursday of complications from heart surgery.  more...

FLASHBACK:  Spin behind Jessica Lynch story?  Discrepancies in reports of POW's capture and dramatic rescue raise questions.  more...

Saving Private Lynch story 'flawed.'  The Jessica Lynch story is fast-becoming one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived.  more...

Actor Robert Stack Dies at 84.  Robert Stack, whose granite-eyed stare and menacing baritone spelled trouble for television's fictional criminals in The Untouchables and real ones in Unsolved Mysteries, died at his home.  more...

Renée Explains Her Oscar After-Party Absence.  One of Hollywood's biggest mysteries has finally been solved - the whereabouts on Oscar night of Best Actress nominee Renée Zellweger, who disappeared after losing to Nicole Kidman.  more...

Kentucky Couple Faces 568 Counts Of Rape.  Deborah and Donny Hoskinson, of Boston, Ky., each face more than 500 counts of first-degree rape.  Donny Hoskinson reportedly raped a female relative while his wife allegedly coached the girl and took pictures, according to investigators.  more...

It’s Clay Aiken vs. Ruben Studdard.  ‘American Idol’ fans dump Kimberley Locke as finale nears.  more...

Lawyer dropping lawsuit against Oreos.  Californians rejoice! You won't have to smuggle Oreo cookies into the state after all.  more...

UK 'not ready' for euro.  "The prime minister has accepted that economics must be paramount and the economics remain negative."  more...

Condo where Bob Crane was killed to sell on eBay.  The apartment where TV star Robert Crane was bludgeoned to death in 1978, goes on sale in Scottsdale, AZ.  more...

Rodman weds, will live separately from wife.  "We won't live together," said Rodman, who's been married twice before, once briefly to model-actress Carmen Electra. "I like it like that. She and the kids come over on weekends."  more...

Funnyman Bachelorette Reject to Be Next Bachelor.  It's no joke: Bob Guiney, the funnyman who was rejected on The Bachelorette, gets to choose from 25 aspiring wives on The Bachelor this fall.  more...

Mickey Mouse to Back Michael Moore's Bush-bashing film.  Disney will back Michael Moore film about the Sept. 11 attacks that criticizes President Bush.  more...

TED TURNER:  Down to his last billion.  Ted Turner is a worried man. His media career is gone with the wind. His faith in the United Nations looks naive. He thinks humanity's on the verge of extinction, and he's down to his last billion.  more...

Texas Democrats go on the lam!  More than 50 House Democrats, in a surprise — and illegal — move, went into hiding at a Holiday Inn in neighboring Oklahoma, defying House rules.

Gov. Rick Perry sent the Texas Rangers to Ardmore to arrest and escort the AWOL Democrats back to Austin.  more...


Housewife Says John Tesh Stole Her Poem.  A Missouri housewife is suing John Tesh, claiming that the singer took a September 11 tribute she had written and included it, without credit, as a cut on a Christmas album he released last year.  more...

Hot Daryl flashes her bot.  more...

Spanish politician unveils "sex voucher" plan.  A Spanish politician is offering half-price love to the youngsters of southern Spain, with an electoral pledge to subsidise hotel rooms for young couples.  more...

Danny Glover's Bad Politics.  Danny Glover's criticisms of Bush, support for Castro draw fire for MCI.  Actor Danny Glover's outspoken political comments could be a "lethal weapon" for his career as a high-priced pitchman if he keeps calling President Bush a racist and supporting Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.  more...

It's too easy being green.  In an effort to thwart counterfeiters, the government on Tuesday will unveil a new $20 bill — the most commonly copied currency domestically. The bill, which will enter circulation in the fall, will include colors other than green for the first time in modern history.  more...

NBC Raising Cost of 'Friend'-Ship.  NBC is asking for Super Bowl-sized advertising rates for the two-hour finale of "Friends" in May 2004, advertising buyers said.  more...

Carol Channing, 82, Marries Childhood Sweetheart.  Carol Channing, the 82-year-old actress best known for her role in the Broadway musical 'Hello, Dolly' married her childhood sweetheart.  more...

CBS Loves Raymond Enough to Pay $1.8 Million an Episode.  The deal would make Romano the highest-paid actor in television, The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety reported.  more...

Celebrities Beware! 'The Smoking Gun' Coming to TV.  The Smoking Gun, a Web site devoted to digging up court documents in the skeletons of celebrity closets, is coming to television in August.  more...

Celebs smoked out of bars.  This spring and summer, celeb-hungry gawkers can skip the velvet-roped clubs and cruise the streets for some nighttime stargazing.  more...

Singh says Annika 'doesn't belong' on PGA Tour.  After months of polite comments surrounding Annika Sorenstam's decision to play a PGA Tour event, some male players are voicing their displeasure about her competing.  more...

L.A. Man Charged with Murder of Aspiring Actress.  An ex-convict who police say lured women with promises of movie stardom was charged on Monday with the murder of a 21-year-old woman whose nearly nude body was found in a Hollywood Hills ravine in March.  more...

Jay's 'Today,' Katie's 'Tonight' were an uneven trade.  TV is a constant trade-off. Apparently, if you want to spend Tonight without Jay Leno, you have to take him on Today, thanks to a sweeps gimmick Monday that had Leno and Katie Couric trading NBC places for the day.  more...

Stark expects visit from stork, will miss 'MNF' season.  ABC is searching for a replacement for Monday Night Football's hottie reporter Melissa Stark, who is pregnant and will miss the 2003 season.  more...

Book says JFK had affair with 19-year-old intern.  President John F. Kennedy had an affair with a 19-year-old intern who traveled with him on official trips, according to a new biography of Kennedy.  "She had no skills. She could barely answer the phone."  more...

'Unfinished Life' revisits Kennedy's appeal.  Forty years after his death, after a presidency that lasted just 1,000 days, John F. Kennedy still grips the American imagination.  more...

Lawsuit seeks to ban sale of Oreos to children in California.  Oreo cookies should be banned from sale to children in California, according to a lawsuit filed by a San Francisco attorney who claims that trans fat -- the stuff that makes the chocolate cookies crisp and their filling creamy -- is so dangerous children shouldn't eat it.  more...

A bail of a time.  Legendary pop producer Phil Spector isn't letting murder charges get in the way of a good time.  Diners at Dan Tana's, a restaurant in Los Angeles, were amazed to see Spector arrive with four hot young women.  more...

Jack Nicholson gets court rage.  Actor Jack Nicholson was almost evicted from an NBA basketball game after stepping onto the court and shouting at a referee.  more...

Woman Charged With Using Perfume to Injure Husband.  A woman was arrested for dousing herself with perfume, spraying the house with bug killer and disinfectant, and burning scented candles in an attempt to injure her chemically sensitive husband, prosecutors said.  more...

New Yorkers Charged to Check Smokes at Cloakroom.  Getting frisked for handguns has been commonplace at New York nightclubs for years, but these days some doormen have started patting down patrons for a new menace -- a pack of cigarettes.  more...

X2's Mutants Retain Box Office Power.  Mutants preserved their power at the box office as X2: X-Men United remained the No. 1 movie, taking in $41.4 million in its second weekend.  more...

Swimsuit Model Jenna Wins Survivor.  Jenna Morasca outwitted, outplayed and outlasted her rivals to become the newest Survivor millionaire.  more...

Girls Go Wild in Hazing Melee.  Shocking new videotape of the now-infamous Illinois "powder puff" football hazing melee shows high school girls chugging beer straight from a keg and some teens pummeling schoolmates with their fists.  more...

Dallas Cowboys Running Back Ennis Haywood Dies of Unknown Causes.  Dallas Cowboys running back Ennis Haywood died Sunday, a day after being placed on life support with an undisclosed illness. He was 23.  more...

Demi Moore accused of sexual harassment.  In a case of life imitating art, Bass, 43, is suing the 40-year-old star of the movie "Disclosure" - about a man (Michael Douglas) who is sexually harassed by his supervisor (Moore) - claiming sexual harassment and discrimination.  more...

Don Johnson's $8 billion draws no charges.  Former "Nash Bridges" star Don Johnson faces no action by German authorities over documents found in his car that listed transactions totaling $8 billion.  more...

Woman Holds Gun to Son's Head After Jail Escape.  A woman who escaped from a Tennessee county jail and fled in a stolen police car grinned Friday as she put a gun to her 3-year-old son's head when the cops surrounded her.  more...

Vandross not breathing on his own.  Luther Vandross remained in critical condition and still needs assistance to breathe, his publicist said.  more...

129 Passengers Sucked Out of Plane Over Congo.  The rear door of a Russian-built cargo plane burst open as the aircraft was flying across Congo (search) and 129 passengers were sucked out.  more...

TV's John Walsh breaks ankle in skateboard trick.  Television host John Walsh broke his left ankle in three places trying to mimic a child skateboarder on his syndicated show.  more...

Rosie blames fame for weight.  Rosie O'Donnell blames fame for making her fat. O'Donnell writes in a column in the gay magazine The Advocate.  more...

California woman indicted for cruise ship threats.  A federal grand jury has indicted a woman for leaving threatening notes aboard a cruise ship in hopes she could cut a family trip short and return home to her boyfriend.  more...

Secret copy of fifth Harry Potter book found in field.  Two first editions of JK Rowling’s The Order of the Phoenix — not due out until June 21 — were discovered by a reader in Suffolk.  The magical fifth installment of the smash-hit series about schoolboy wizard Harry has been dubbed literature’s most closely-guarded secret ever.  more...

Four arrested over Potter book.  Four people have been arrested over the suspected theft of the new Harry Potter book, which has not yet been published.  more...

Casino Bans Bibles From Rooms.  The billion-dollar Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has bagged the tradition of placing a copy of the religious text in each room’s nightstand — and declined to accept Bibles from Gideons International.  more...

Roger Moore collapses on stage.  Roger Moore is recovering in hospital after collapsing on stage in New York.  The 75-year-old was playing a cameo role in the Morecambe and Wise tribute The Play What I Wrote on Broadway.  more...

Townshend cleared of possessing child porn.  Rock guitarist Pete Townshend, co-founder of The Who, was cleared Wednesday of possessing pornographic images of children but still was placed on a national register of sex offenders.  more...

Microsoft Plans Toilets With Web Access.  The iLoo being developed by the MSN division of Microsoft Corp. in Britain is a standard portable toilet — a loo to the English — with a wireless keyboard and extending, height-adjustable plasma screen in front of the seat.  more...

Elizabeth Hurley a member of mile-high club?  Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph reports that after other travelers took exception to the behavior, Hurley "got out from under Nayar's duvet and returned to hers."  more...

Hussein's Son Took $1 Billion Just Before War.  In the hours before American bombs began falling on the Iraqi capital, one of President Saddam Hussein's sons and a close adviser carried off nearly $1 billion in cash from the country's Central Bank, according to American and Iraqi officials here.  more...

Iraq's most-wanted deck is a hit.  The five Army intelligence specialists behind the playing cards that show the 52 most-wanted Iraqis never imagined their creation would become this year's hottest collecting craze and a goldmine for companies selling Internet knock-offs.  more...

Swayze Will Salsa Back in Dirty Dancing 2.  The sequel to the original Dirty Dancing is shooting in Puerto Rico as we speak. So far, only Swayze is a repeat from the original film. "You're not going to see Jerry Orbach doing the salsa," a source quipped.  more...

Ice cream brand caters to political conservatives.  The company's flavor offerings include "I Hate the French Vanilla," "Iraqi Road," "Smaller Govern-mint" and Nutty Environmentalist.  more...

Wal-Mart Pulls 'Racy' Men's Magazines From Shelves.  The popular men's magazines, Maxim, Stuff and FHM are too racy for Wal-Mart.  more...

Madonna's Sales Tank After One Week.  Madonna is in trouble. Her American Life album drops from number 1 to about number 8 this week, selling a paltry 65,000 copies. That's down from 235,000 the first week.  more...

Cabbie allegedly kills man over $5 fare.  A Long Island taxi driver has been charged with killing a passenger with a tire iron after the rider refused to pay a $5 fare, police said.  more...

Country DJs Suspended for Playing Dixie Chicks.  Country station KKCS has suspended two disc jockeys for playing the Dixie Chicks, violating a ban imposed after the group criticized President Bush.  more...

Cat Gets Rich Off Owner's Inheritance.  Thanks to his late owner, a wealthy widow, the former stray now lives in some splendor in his own house, valued at $560,000, and dines on fish bought from his $160,000 trust fund.  more...

Jane Pauley plans to launch magazine.  Jane Pauley says leaving NBC doesn't mean she's retiring. Pauley plans to start up a magazine - among other things - in her post-"Dateline NBC" life.  more...

First Nude Flight Leaves Miami Bound For Cancun.  When the flight reached cruising altitude, 87 passengers took off more than their seat belts - they removed their clothes.  The nude flight, billed by organizers as the first one of its kind, took off Saturday afternoon from Miami International Airport, headed for Cancun.  more...

DiCaprio ordered actress' boyfriend beaten, lawsuit claims.  An actor is suing Leonardo DiCaprio for $45 million over a brawl five years ago.  more...

Bill Bennett's Gambling.  Wife Elayne Bennett says "He's never going again."  more...

Branson has plans for Concorde.  Sir Richard Branson has set out his vision for the future of the doomed Concorde fleet and pledged that he could make the aeroplane both profitable and more affordable.  more...

Claim:  The real 'Saving Private Lynch' Story?

Iraqi medical staff tell a different story than the U.S. military... 'We all became friends with her, we liked her so much.'

Dr. Harith Houssona, an Iraqi doctor said "The most important thing to know is that the Iraqi soldiers and commanders had left the hospital almost two days earlier [before Jessica was 'rescued']." Houssona continued, "The night they left, a few of the senior medical staff tried to give Jessica back. We carefully moved her out of intensive care and into an ambulance and began to drive to the Americans, who were just one kilometre away. But when the ambulance got within 300 metres, they began to shoot. There wasn't even a chance to tell them `We have Jessica. Take her.'"  more...


Hmmmm... Jessica now reportedly has Amnesia, can't remember a thing.  One month after being 'rescued,' POW Jessica Lynch says she can't remember anything after the moment the 507th was ambushed nor can she remember anything about her days in captivity in Iraq.  more...

Complete coverage of Jessica Lynch.  more...

New Hampshire's 'Old Man of the Mountain' Collapses.  New Hampshire awoke Saturday to find its stern granite symbol of independence and stubbornness, the 'Old Man of the Mountain', had collapsed into indistinguishable rubble.  more...

Wife of Tacoma, WA Police Chief Dies.  The wife of the city's police chief died Saturday, a week after he shot her in the head and killed himself.  more...

Fla. Deputy Pepper Sprays 12-Year-Old Jaywalker.  A deputy used pepper spray on a 12-year-old girl and wrestled her to the ground when she ignored repeated orders to stop jaywalking.  more...

Shooting Death Linked to Church Poisoning, Authorities Say.  Investigators have information linking a farmer who died of a gunshot wound to the arsenic poisonings at a church lunch that killed one person and sickened more than a dozen others.  more...

Man Affiliated With Maine Church Dies From Gunshot Wound.  A man affiliated with the church whose members were apparently targets of a poisoning plot died from a gunshot wound Friday, deepening the mystery of a case that has shocked this New England town.  more...

Arsenic at church not an accident.  Maine State investigators said on Thursday that arsenic found in coffee served in a church just north of here on Sunday had been put there deliberately, and that they were treating the death of one man who drank the coffee as a homicide.  more...

What a way to go:  2 workers drown in manure pit.  A judge is lettng manslaughter charges stand against California dairymen in the deaths of two workers who drowned in a manure pit.  more...

Hollywood Slow to Donate to Dem. Presidential Campaigns.  Democratic presidential hopefuls are heading west, not looking for votes so much as mining for campaign cash from California's mother lode — Hollywood.  But most of Hollywood's big stars are keeping their mouths and checkbooks shut.  more...

Party photo: Kiefer Sutherland drops jeans.  The new issue of In Touch magazine has a shot of Kiefer Sutherland that he wishes had never seen the light of day.  more...

Zorro Unmasked: Antonio Banderas Hits Broadway.  Antonio Banderas has some big shoes to fill in his Broadway debut.  more...

Running Out for a Smoke -- and Not Stopping.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg's smoking ban in New York bars and restaurants has given a new twist to the old bar prank of drinking and running.  The Daily News calls it "the smoke and scram" -- customers order, drink, excuse themselves to smoke a cigarette outside but do not return to pay their tab.  more...

Tiger II?  Golfer scores 2 holes-in-one in single round.  Getting one hole-in-one is lucky enough. But golfer Dave Ladensack scored two aces in a single round.  According to the odds, Ladensack will have to wait 335,000 years to again accomplish what he did last weekend.  more...

Conservative activist Bill Bennett wagered millions in Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos.  In one two-month period alone, the documents show him wiring more than $1.4 million to cover losses at one casino.  more...

Tests Prove Chicago Boy Isn't Missing N.C. Child.  DNA tests show a boy abandoned at a suburban hospital is not the same boy who vanished in North Carolina two years ago.  more...

Man Cleared in Rape Gets $480,000, Jailed Again.  A Los Angeles man who was awarded $481,000 by the state of California this week because he was wrongly imprisoned for raping a young girl, learned of the decision while in jail after being arrested for loitering near an elementary school.  more...

Cash-Poor California to Borrow Record $11 Billion.  "We are borrowing $11 billion so California will be able to pay its bills into the start of next fiscal year."  more...

Calif. Girl Recites Pledge Despite Dad's Lawsuit.  The California schoolgirl whose father sparked a major court battle against the Pledge of Allegiance has actually been saying it even though she could opt out of the daily ritual, a school official said.  more...

Chicks wisely kept the emphasis on the music.  That furor was an undercurrent throughout the show, but the Chicks wisely kept the emphasis on the music. An infectious blend of bluegrass, country and pop, it's infinitely more interesting than the band's political views.  more...

Anti-Chicks concert gets packed house.  Fans at the anti-Dixie Chicks show in Spartanburg booed the "other Upstate concert" Thursday night and shrieked when the Marshall Tucker Band took the stage.

The show, protesting the opening of the Dixie Chicks national tour in Greenville, was wrapped in red, white and blue. A giant American flag hung at the back of the stage. The crowd broke into frequent chants of "USA! USA!"  more...


Dixie Chicks draw sellout, protesters in 1st U.S. concert since flap.  In their first U.S. concert appearance since a slap at President Bush on the eve of war, Natalie Maines and company were greeted with thunderous applause at a sold-out Bi-Lo Center in the patriotic heart of the South.  more...

Review: Chicks hatch sassy show to launch tour.  The Dixie Chicks gave a performance full of sass and vinegar Thursday night on the first show of their Top of the World Tour at the Bi-Lo Center.  more...

Texas Man Who Saved Children in Apartment Blaze a Suspect in Arson.  The man hailed as a hero for rescuing four children from a burning building over the weekend has been named as a suspect in the arson because of "discrepancies" in his story, authorities said Thursday.   more...

Elizabeth Smart to Appear on John Walsh's Show.  Elizabeth Smart will appear on the syndicated television program "The John Walsh Show" scheduled to be aired Friday, the program's spokesman said.  more...

Flockhart OK after car crash.  Calista Flockhart was seriously shaken after a car crashed into the back of hers as she drove her son Liam to his nursery earlier this week, reports IMDB.com.  more...

Leno apologizes for Hitler insinuation.  Tonight Show host Jay Leno has apologized to an eastern Kentucky doctor for insinuating that he looked like Adolf Hitler.  more...

'Star' scoops the Douglases, publishes pics of new baby.  The first paparazzi photo of baby Carys Zeta Douglas appears in the new Star magazine, apparently nixing any chance that her parents would orchestrate the first public images.  more...

'Phone threat' to air safety.  There is new evidence passengers using mobile phones endanger aircraft, according to a Civil Aviation Authority report obtained by BBC News Online.  more...

New York City targets rich for bailout.  The Legislature expects to approve a $93 billion budget that targets single residents who earn more than $100,000 a year with a 7.5 percent tax surcharge. Many of the nation's millionaires live in New York City, and people whose incomes top $500,000 a year will pay a 7.7 percent surcharge.  more...

'West Wing' Creator Aaron Sorkin Leaving Series.  Aaron Sorkin, creator of the Emmy-winning White House drama "The West Wing," is leaving the series after this season.  more...

Anti-War Groups Struggle to Refocus.  With President Bush set to essentially declare victory in Iraq on Thursday night, anti-war and self-described peace groups are regrouping.  more...

Will criticism prompt Chicks to fly the country coop?  As the Dixie Chicks launch their 59-date Top of the World tour tonight in Greenville, S.C., two questions regarding their career loom: When will country radio start playing their records again? And if it doesn't, how long will country's biggest act remain country?  more...

Will country forgive or forget Dixie Chicks?  The trio's tour starting Thursday will test the maxim that there's no such thing as bad publicity.

Amid smashed CDs, ripped-up concert tickets, and radio boycotts, the Dixie Chicks launch a much-anticipated tour tonight that will test a question as old as the Beatles: Does political controversy help or hinder celebrity careers?  more...


Chicks debate fires up region.  The dust has settled in Baghdad, but controversy is still swirling over a statement the Dixie Chicks, a Texas-based country music trio, made about President Bush in March.  more...

Threats won't stop anti-Chicks concert, talk show host says.  Talk show host Mike Gallagher, the promoter of an anti-Dixie Chicks concert, said Wednesday he has received threatening e-mails, but they won't stop tonight's show in Spartanburg.  more...

Leno, Couric to switch jobs - for a day.  Katie Couric doesn't believe that trading her "Today" show gig for the "Tonight" show for one day will dent her reputation as a journalist.  "Because I've been doing this show for 12 years and been in the news business for 24, I think my news credentials are pretty well established," she said.  more...

Halle Berry's Still Beautful, Says People Magazine.  For the seventh time, Halle Berry is on People magazine's annual list of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" -- but making it there repeatedly isn't easy.  more...

How Sean Penn got a gun permit.  So why was actor Sean Penn toting a loaded 9mm Glock handgun and unloaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson in the trunk of a car that wound up being stolen?  more...

Court Documents.  In New York City, it seems that every celebrity - from Howard Stern to Steven Tyler - has been granted a license to carry a concealed weapon. But in northern California, it's the rare Bay Area resident who qualifies to pack a gat.  Here's the Scoop.  more...

California offers textbook case of political correctness.  A textbook review process in California has changed or eliminated references to everything from the Founding Fathers to hot dogs, leaving many to charge the state with distorting history in the name of political correctness.  more...

'Taxi' co-star says casino guards broke his arm.  Jeff Conaway, former co-star of TV's "Taxi," has sued the owners of Mandalay Bay, claiming security guards broke his arm at the Las Vegas casino last summer.  more...

Iraqi prostitutes back on the streets after Saddam.  Um Jenan used to wear gold jewellery, tight jeans and see-through blouses to attract VIP clients to her apartment in Baghdad - until the masked men in black packed her into a minibus and drove her away.  more...

Video rumored to show Bush daughter naked.  Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is hunting for a videotape rumored to show first daughter Barbara Bush in the nude, reports the New York Post.  Flynt's cohorts are scouring the New Haven, Conn., campus of Yale University, where Barbara, 21, is a student, in hopes of buying a video supposedly made at one of Yale's notorious "naked parties."  more...

Ex-Iraqi Information Minister Could Be a TV Star.  The new Dubai-based al-Arabiya satellite channel is trying to reach Mohammad Saeed Al-Sahhaf, the former Iraqi information minister whose daily press briefings during the Iraq war were highlighted by exaggerated statements and outright lies.  more...

Dixie Chicks Hire 'Posse' To Protect Them From Angry Fans.  According to Emily Robison, the group now has an entourage of guards wherever they go to deal with the rage directed at the group, which Robison adds, has gone too far.  more...

Falwell calls Dixie Chicks 'French hens.'  The Rev. Jerry Falwell called the Dixie Chicks three "French hens," saying "politics should end at the shore when you leave the country," referring to antiwar remarks made by lead singer Natalie Maines.  more...

Joe Millionaire Runner Up Poses for Playboy.  The first time Playboy magazine came calling, Sarah Kozer (search) from Joe Millionaire said no. The second time, she said no again.  But the third time — after receiving unanimous approval from her family and friends — she changed her mind. Now, the reality show runner-up is on the cover of the magazine's June issue.  more...

Erin Brockovich back to work.  Erin Brockovich and attorney Ed Masry on Monday filed 23 claims against the Beverly Hills school system and city government, alleging that toxic fumes from an oil-drilling rig on a high school campus have caused cancers in former students.  more...

Norman Mailer:  "We went to war just to boost the white male ego."  In Mailer's column, he says "With their dominance in sport, at work and at home eroded, Bush thought white American men needed to know they were still good at something. That's where Iraq came in."  more...

NBC's Banfield 'taken to woodshed' over criticisms.  NBC News president Neal Shapiro has taken correspondent Ashleigh Banfield to the woodshed for a speech in which she criticized the networks for portraying the Iraqi war as "glorious and wonderful."  more...

Flashback:  Banfield says Journalism Lacking in War Coverage.  "We didn't see what happened after mortars landed, only the puff of smoke. There were horrors that were completely left out of this war. So was this journalism? Or was this coverage?"  On the other hand, she said, many U.S. television viewers were treated to a non-stop flow of images presented by "cable news operators who wrap themselves in the American flag and go after a certain target demographic."  more...

Jack Osbourne enters rehab.  Jack Osbourne, the 17-year-old son of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic.  more...

Vandross Undergoes Tracheotomy, Remains In Critical Condition.  Two weeks after suffering a stroke, R&B singer Luther Vandross has yet to regain consciousness and was forced to undergo a tracheotomy last week after contracting pneumonia.  more...

Aguilera buys Hollywood home for $5 million.  The five-bedroom, 6,500-square-foot house, built in 1960, underwent an extensive renovation and has a home theater with a bar, bathroom and lounge. The house also has a pool, spa, 25-foot waterfall, and unobstructed city views.  more...

Driving the famous means don't see, don't tell.  Scott Herwitz travels in a world of celebrity, privilege and, sometimes, drama. Wearing a dark suit and shades, he is silent and nearly invisible -- qualities that make him privy to secrets, deals and the occasional romantic liaison.  more...

Man who rescued kids from fire arrested.  A Texas man who rescued four children from a burning apartment building over the weekend was jailed Monday for violating probation after authorities saw his heroics on TV.  more...

Eerie silence in Hollywood as anti-war stars vanish.  Where has the Hollywood anti-war lobby gone?   In the weeks leading up to war in Iraq, actors Martin Sheen, Mike Farrell, Sean Penn and Janeane Garofalo joined a cast of thousands in a fierce Hollywood resistance played out in protest marches and from the sofas of television talk shows.  But with the war in its waning hours, all is now quiet on the western coast.  more...

Lawyer bills school district for 81 hours in a day.  The invoice he submitted said he worked three 25-hour days - and one day that lasted 81 hours.  Attorney Barry Van Rensler was paid more than $421,000 for representing a suburban Philadelphia school district in one year.  more...

PETA Wants Town's Name Changed to 'Veggieburg.'  An animal rights group says it will donate $15,000 worth of vegetarian patties to area schools if officials change the name of Hamburg, Pa., to Veggieburg.  more...

Thousands mistakenly told they won contest.  Oops! You may not be a winner after all.  Thousands of people who entered the Kellogg's-American Airlines 25,000 Miles-a-Day Sweepstakes have received errant e-mail that they've won.  more...

Detective: Malvo Laughed About Shootings.  A police detective testified Monday that sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo was read his rights before confessing to some of the shootings that terrorized the Washington area last October.  more...

Next Up: The Reality TV Cable Channel.  The audience appetite for reality television could be tested by a planned cable channel that will offer a diet of all reality, all the time.  more...

Slasher film 'Identity' hacks its way to no. 1.  The slasher yarn Identity hacked its way to a No. 1 debut at the box office, taking in $17 million in its first weekend and displacing Anger Management as the top movie.  more...

Fans pilfering 'X2' posters.  Here's a new way to measure fan excitement about a movie: Theft.  Since unveiling the posters for its new movie X2: X-Men United, distributor 20th Century Fox has seen 168 of the advertisements stolen from bus stops — including the stop in front of Fox's Los Angeles studios.  more...

Tacoma police chief shoots wife, kills himself.  The Tacoma, WA police chief shot his wife and then himself in the parking lot of a strip mall Saturday afternoon while the couple's two young children were nearby.  more...

J. K. Rowling Richer Than the Queen.  Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling is now richer than the Queen, according to an annual survey that estimates the fortunes of Britain's wealthiest people.  more...

Fresno woman sues People magazine in photo dispute.  A Fresno woman is suing People magazine because it published a photo of Scott Peterson and Amber Frey with a picture of the woman visible on a wall in the background.  more...

"Will & Grace" Star In Grand Theft Bust.  A star of the NBC hit "Will & Grace" is facing a felony theft charge following her arrest Wednesday afternoon at a Los Angeles department store.  more...

Cops humiliate woman thought to be unconscious.  Four Fullerton, CA police officers have received suspensions in a case in which two of them were reputed to have humiliated a woman they had been called to help and who they thought was unconscious.  more...

Celebs Must Be 'Kidding.'  With Brooke Shields' due date only days away, here's hoping she doesn't fall victim to CSNS - Chronically Stupid Name Syndrome - the growing fondness celebrities have for bestowing unusual, offbeat and downright dumb names on their helpless children.  more...

'Booze Nearly Killed Me.'  Friends star Matthew Perry has told how years of boozing nearly killed him.  Perry, who plays Chandler Bing in the hit TV show, admitted that if he hadn't sought help for drug and alcohol addiction he would be dead.

"It wasn't a question of strength. It was a question of whether I wanted to live or die - that was the real decision. I'm happy to say that I chose life."  more...


Southwest fires pilots for takeoff — of their uniforms.  Southwest Airlines has fired two pilots for allegedly turning their cockpit into a clothing-optional playpen.  The pilot and co-pilot — both men — were dismissed for allegedly taking off all or most of their clothes in the cockpit of their aircraft.  more...

Dixie Chicks 'get death threats.'  The Dixie Chicks have said they fear for their lives following the backlash against singer Natalie Maines' comments about US President George Bush.  more...

Dixie Chicks Pose Nude (again) to Answer Critics.  The Dixie Chicks appear nude on the cover of a weekly showbiz magazine in a defiant answer to a backlash over their opposition to the war in Iraq.

Thursday's New York Post newspaper carried a reproduction of the Entertainment Weekly magazine picture in which the Grammy-award winning women wore only contradictory slogans painted on their bodies, including "Opinionated," "Traitors," "Saddam's Angels," "Dixie Sluts," and "Proud Americans."  more...


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Simpson has no plans for reality show.  Contrary to widely circulated reports, O.J. Simpson said Thursday he has no plans to star in a reality TV show but might consider becoming a news commentator for actor Robert Blake's murder trial.  more...

Exclusive: The True Identity of 'Deep Throat' Revealed.  After more than 30 years, Richard Nixon's nemesis is finally revealed by an unlikely source.  more...

From Idol To Chart-Topper: Kelly Clarkson Debuts At #1.  Fueled by the hit single "A Moment Like This," Thankful, Clarkson's debut LP, will bow at #1 with more than 297,000 copies sold, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday.  more...

Fox News Engineer Charged With Smuggling.  A television news engineer faces smuggling charges after attempting to bring into the United States 12 stolen Iraqi paintings, monetary bonds and other items, federal officials said.  more...

Springsteen defends Dixie Chicks.  Bruce Springsteen - probably America's most prominent symbol of rock 'n' roll patriotism - recently posted a statement on his website that 'The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves,' and that it's time to give 'em a break.   more...

Why we shouldn't give the Chicks a break.  more...

Treasure Island casino to dump pirates for sex.  Treasure Island's pirate show will be no more in Las Vegas later this summer.  Treasure Island hotel-casino is giving up on its tradmark show and skull marquee on the Las Vegas Strip. Instead, hotel owner MGM Mirage will remake the casino to feature more sex.  more...

Fans Fawn Over Ari Fleischer?!!  A new national sex symbol is emerging from an unlikely source: Washington, D.C.

"My friend and I have our own 'club' for Ari and are big fans!" wrote two girls from Washington State on Ari Fan Club, one of several sites devoted to Fleischer. "He is just very comforting and ... nice. He is so eloquent and trustable! We are definitely fans of Ari! ... We're two teenage girls with a political icon crush! Strange? Yes! But he's a cool guy!"  more...


Say goodbye to Ford's Thunderbird, again.  It was fun while it lasted, but Ford Motor Co. is ready to retire the T-bird again.  Ford plans to stop building the retro-styled Thunderbird convertible after the 2005 or 2006 model year, ending a mercurial four-year run.  more...

NBC Wins TV Ratings Competition Last Week.  Several generations of comic talent helped NBC win the prime-time ratings crown last week in a lull before television's important May "sweeps" period.  more...

Mr. Personality Charms Viewers.  Mr. Personality, the Fox reality dating show with Monica Lewinsky as host, displayed a dominant personality with viewers for its premiere Monday night, according to Nielsen Media Research figures.  more...

Madonna.  It had been a couple of years since we'd had a good ol' fashioned Madonna controversy — and sure enough, she delivered one. Only this time, it played out differently than what we had come to expect from the damn-the-torpedoes iconoclast of the Reagan '80s.  more...

Madonna releases new CD amid brutal reviews.  Madonna's latest album, ''American Life,'' hit stores on Tuesday and left critics asking if the Material Girl, after 20 years atop the musical heap, had lost her touch as pop's most successful chameleon.  more...

Prosecutor: Slaying suspect sent explicit letter.  Hours before kidnapping his niece and killing her parents, Robert Lee Hixson learned he would probably be charged with sending the girl a sexually explicit letter, authorities said.   more...

Scott Peterson Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Murder.  During his arraignment, Peterson was charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the slayings of his 8-months-pregnant wife and their nearly full-term baby, whose bodies washed up along the shore of San Francisco Bay last week.  "I am not guilty," Peterson, 30, said during a brief, but emotional, arraignment in Stanislaus County Superior Court.  more...

Susan SarandonSarandon Movie Finishes in Last Place.
The risk didn't pay off for CBS with last night's movie, Ice Bound: A Woman's Survival at the South Pole, starring Susan Sarandon.  The movie finished in last place in the overnight ratings.

Red Cross Exec Weeps Over Lost Job.  Its no wonder why Bernadine Healy was weeping after being fired as head of the American Red Cross... she had already made $1.9 million in compensation in less than a year, and was looking for more!  more...

More Red Cross Scandal.  Analysis of The Red (Double) Cross One Year After the September Attacks.  more...

Jazz Great Nina Simone Dies at 70.  Nina Simone, whose deep, raspy, forceful voice made her a unique figure in jazz and later helped chronicle the civil rights movement, died Monday at her home in France, according to her personal manager.  more...

Catherine Zeta-Jones gives birth to second child.  Carys Zeta Douglas weighed six pounds, 12 ounces when delivered early Easter morning at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. The Douglases live in Manhattan.  more...

Yes, It's True: Man Accused of Biting Dog.  After being thrown out of a Syracuse bar Saturday, Paul Russell Jr., 33, allegedly bit police dog Renny, a 3-year-old German shepherd.  more...

Liz Hurley Waits for Her Man.  The wife of Liz Hurley's new boyfriend has said she plans to make life hard for her love rival.  Hurley is dating Indian tycoon and married man Arun Nayer.  more...

Britney back to her roots.  Britney Spears has gone back to her roots - swapping her dyed blonde hair for her natural brown.  The superstar has also lost her long golden tresses, emerging from a New York hair salon.  more...

BUSTED:  Police arrest Scott Peterson in San Diego after DNA tests confirm body is Laci Peterson.  more...

Couric, Leno to trade places for a day.  Can Jay Leno interview a serious guest without looking for laughs? Can Katie Couric deliver rapid-fire jokes?  We'll find out on May 12, when Katie Couric and Jay Leno trade places for a day.  It's an NBC sweeps stunt.  more...

Dangerfield "Out of the Woods."  Such was the pronouncement of his rep, who said on Friday that Mr. No Respect is "out of the woods" a week and a half after going under the knife for 12-hour brain surgery.  more...

Man Throws Himself Through Court Window at Sentencing.  After a Calvert County judge sentenced John A. Brock yesterday to five years in prison for beating his girlfriend, Brock was aghast. "Five years?" he said to the judge. "If you give me five years, I might as well throw myself out that window."  Which he did, headfirst through the glass.  more...

Mom tells lottery winner to go rake lawn.  When Benedict "Bennie" Barta told his mother that he had won $5 million in the state's instant lottery, she told him to go rake the lawn.  more...

Man Arrested for Enter Burning Home.  Jarrod Martin is charged with recklessly endangering his life and the lives of firefighters working to put out a blaze at a west Nashville apartment complex. But he tells News 2 he had no choice; if he didn't act fast, the family dog was going to die.  more...

Bat Gets Quick Ouster From Supreme Court.  The uninvited guest was a small brown bat, first seen flying around the court's huge ceremonial main hall.  more...

Dixie Chicks Concert Ticket Holder Upset She Can't Get a Refund.  "I bought the tickets before she said what she said," Nelson says. "I don't want people to think that I support them in the way they feel, because I don't feel that way."  more...

Tommy Lee cleared in wrongful-death case.  A jury Thursday rejected a wrongful-death claim against rock drummer Tommy Lee for the drowning of a little boy during a children's birthday party at his home.  The Superior Court jury took less than three hours before returning the unanimous verdict in the lawsuit over the 2001 death of 4-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres at Lee's Malibu home.  more...

Madonna floods Web with fake tracks.  Those who download tracks from such services as KaZaA are greeted by the voice of Madonna asking, "What the f*** do you think you're doing?"  more...

Luther Vandross suffers stroke.  R&B singer/songwriter Luther Vandross, known as ''The Love Doctor'' for sultry, romantic hits like ''Here and Now,'' has suffered a stroke, his record label said.  more...

Obituary of Dick Cheney, others, a bit premature.
"Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

In an embarrassing mistake by CNN.com, the online news bureau inadvertently posted some pretty famous obituaries that included the living Dick Cheney, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Mandela, and Castro.  screen shots...


Dr. Robert Atkins Dead at 72.  Dr. Robert C. Atkins, whose best-selling low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet was dismissed as nutritional folly for years but was recently validated in some research, died Thursday, his spokesman said.  more...

Angry worker pees in office coffee pot.  Peeing in a coffee pot could cost millions.  Eight people are suing for $600,000 apiece, in the case of a PO'd office worker who peed in the pot.  more...

Brad Pitt wax modelBrad Pitt in wax has squeezable bottom.  Madame Tussaud's has unveiled a new waxwork model of Brad Pitt - with a lifelike, squidgy bottom.

The model is the first squeezable waxwork on show at the London attraction.  more...


Bad idea: Robbing bank next door to FBI.  The suspect in a bank robbery made it easy - and very convenient - for the authorities to arrest him.  The man allegedly robbed a bank located in the same downtown building as the local FBI office. The bank is also across the street from the city police department.  more...

Sir J. Paul Getty Jr. Dead at 70.  Sir J. Paul Getty Jr., the reclusive American-born billionaire philanthropist and art lover who became a British citizen late in life, died Thursday, his doctor said.  more...

Now This is a Serious NASCAR Fan.  A NASCAR fan faces up to a year in prison for flooding Fox Entertainment with more than a half-million e-mails because he was angry the network aired a Boston Red Sox game instead of the auto race.  more...

New vodka helps beat hangovers.  A drinks manufacturer claims to have come up with a new brand of anti-hangover vodka.  Bosses at the Vinprom AD firm in Bulgaria say their Shock vodka makes the morning after the night before a much more pleasant experience for drinkers.  more...

Iraq Information Minister Doll.  An American toy company has begun selling a talking doll of the Iraqi Information Minister, widely known as Comical Ali.  It recites some of the phrases that made Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf a cult figure during the Coalition offensive.  One of the phrases include: "They're not even (within) 100 miles (of Baghdad)."  more...

Lisa Marie makes respectable album debut.  Some 25 years after the death of her legendary father, Lisa Marie Presley claimed her own place in the pop charts on Wednesday with a respectable No. 5 opening for her debut album, "To Whom It May Concern."  more...

Anti-War Celebrities May Face Backlash.  Now that the big battles of Operation Iraqi Freedom are over and Iraq is on its way to establishing a democratic government, there are questions over whether anti-war celebrities will suffer backlash for their vocal stances.  more...

Robbins Rants Over Critics Of His Antiwar Views.  Actor and peace activist Tim Robbins took another swing at the Baseball Hall of Fame during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington Tuesday, and also hit line drives at selected media outlets who have criticized his and partner Susan Sarandon's antiwar views.  more...

Plastic surgury6.6 Million Americans Get A Nip, Tuck, And Lift With Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.
The top five surgical cosmetic procedures in 2002 were nose reshaping (354,327), liposuction (282,876), breast augmentation (236,888), eyelid surgery (230,672) and facelift (117,831).  More than 5.6 million (85 percent) were for women.  more...


Fake $1.5 million tax refund worked, almost.  The man doctored W-2 form showing he made nearly $9 million that year as an attorney for an employment agency, Temporary Time Capitol Corp. He claimed he paid $3,196,431 in taxes and was owed $1,580,065, court papers said.  more...

Saddam Son's Palace an Orgy of Excess.  Judging by the playboy lifestyle Saddam Hussein's son Odai apparently lived in his huge palace, the everyday miseries of life in Iraq weren't exactly the most pressing concern on his mind.   more...

Britney Doing a Cigarette Commercial?  Britney Spears seems to have a difficult time relaxing these days - even the cigarettes don't seem to help.  more...

  Maybe Britney's still thinking about that candlelit dinner with Las Vegas businessman Phil Maloof.  more...

Britney Drops Stalker Case.  Britney Spears is set to drop legal action against a fan she accused of being a stalker.  more...

Hope misses century party.  Stars gathered to celebrate Bob Hope's new title of Hollywood "citizen of the century" on Tuesday ahead of his 100th birthday in May.  more...

Michael Moore blasts Bush again.  Filmmaker Michael Moore, who slammed President Bush and the U.S.-led war in Iraq during his Oscar acceptance speech, continued his criticism before a university crowd in Bush's home state of Texas.  "It's not about the weapons of mass destruction; it's about the weapons of mass distraction."  more...

Drunk Man Assaults Easter Bunny.  The Easter Bunny at a mall in Wausau, Wis., could have used the help of McGruff the Crime Dog when an unknown man jumped him in front of a gathering of children.  more...

Body of Infant, Adult Wash Up; Modesto Police Called In.Laci Peterson may have been found  A woman's badly decomposed body was discovered Monday on a beach in northern California, one day after an infant boy's body was found along a nearby trail.  Scott Peterson said he went fishing at the Berkeley Marina, about three miles south of where the woman's body washed ashore.  more...

Scott Peterson and Amber FreyEXCLUSIVE:  Scott's Girlfriend.  Scott Peterson's Christmas photo with 'the other woman' — Amber Frey, a masseuse — at a Christmas party on Dec. 14, 2002, just ten days before Peterson's pregnant wife Laci disappeared.   more...

Complete Coverage of Laci Peterson Murder.    more...

Rodney King Allegedly Hits House At 100 MPH.  Rodney King is in trouble again.  A police officer in Rialto says King was weaving through traffic in his Ford Expedition, and was going about 100 mph when he slammed into a utility pole, a chain-link fence and then the home.  Nobody in the home was hurt. A hospital spokesman says King is in fair condition with a broken pelvis.  more...

U.K. soldier wearing a helmet riddled with bullet holes was playing a PRANKFifteen Minutes of Fame:  'Lucky' U.K. soldier was hoax.  The “Stay Lucky” U.K. soldier pictured wearing a helmet riddled with bullet holes was playing a PRANK.  Eric Walderman and his comrades fooled Gulf War II newsmen by pretending he had escaped death by inches when he was shot at while fighting Iraqis.  more...

Saddam's son had photos of Bush twins.  U.S. soldiers made an unusual discovery in the palace of one of Saddam Hussein's sons in Baghdad - photos of President Bush's twin daughters.  more...

Actor Sean Penn's car recovered, guns missing.  Actor Sean Penn's car, stolen as he had lunch near the University of California campus at Berkeley, has been recovered but two guns inside were missing, police said.  more...

Slot machine jackpot called a mistake.  Debra Hughes' euphoria didn't last long. She thought she had won $12,000 at a slot machine in a Tulalip casino. But resort officials told her the jackpot was mistake, because the machine was in the demo mode.  more...

Lawyer says jacket has DNA of Celine's husband.  The lawyer for the woman who's accusing Celine Dion's husband of rape turned over a jacket he says is proof.  more...

Celine Dion Pays 'Hush Money' in another case.  Celine Dion and her husband-manager Rene Angelil paid $2 million in "hush money" to a woman who claimed that Angelil once fondled her in the elevator of a Las Vegas hotel.  more...

Sloggi underwearUndies ad too Cheeky?  An underwear firm's poster campaign featuring a parade of women in revealing G-strings is being probed by the Advertising Standards Authority.  There have been 18 complaints about Sloggi's cheeky campaign, which is being investigated by the ASA for being "sexist", according to the firm.  more...

Cop Fixes Stripper's Record For Lap Dance.  Sgt. Felix Martinez of the Miami-Dade Police Department allegedly went to the Masters Gentlemen's Cabaret and "fixed" a dancer's tainted traffic record in exchange for a sexy striptease.  more...

Sharon Osbourne, agent in brawl.  Los Angeles police are investigating an alleged fight Thursday night between Sharon Osbourne and a Hollywood agent in a restaurant.  more...

L.A agent hits back over Osbourne brawl.  A Hollywood talent agent, accused of socking Sharon Osbourne on the chin, hit back on Wednesday with her own version of a catfight in a posh Los Angeles restaurant that has sent jaws dropping in Tinseltown.  more...

Alleged murder victim found alive.  Australian teenager Natasha Ryan, who disappeared four years ago and was presumed dead, resurfaced today - half way through the trial of her alleged murderer and to the astonishment of her grieving family.  more...

Nicklaus thinks Tiger Woods can win third straight Masters title.  Jack Nicklaus believes it will be easier for Tiger Woods to win his third straight Masters title this week than his first one.  Nicklaus is one of only two players before Woods to have the chance to win an unprecedented hat trick of green jackets at Augusta.  more...

Stars filing suits over cop's computer use.  Los Angeles city officials fear a possible onslaught of lawsuits from angry celebrities because their law enforcement records may have been sold to tabloid newspapers and magazines by a Los Angeles police officer.  more...

Firefighters accidentally burn down wrong house.  Police Chief Greg Adams was planning to fix up a vacant two-story house for his ailing parents. Apparently, no one told the fire department.  Firefighters burned the building to the ground believing it had permission to do so for training purposes.  more...

War Is Hell ... for the Box Office.  With a compelling, real-life war story on TV at home, many of those seeking relief at the movies are opting for comedies and thrillers over dramas — and some who are angry at anti-war celebrities are just staying home.  more...

Penn's car, with 2 guns inside, stolen.  Sean Penn's car - with two guns inside - was stolen earlier this week from a busy Berkeley street while the actor was eating lunch at a nearby restaurant.  more...

Again?! - Another Jacko special on Fox.  On May 24, the first night of the sweeps period, the network will air "Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies," a two-hour special built around his family movies and a new interview with the star.  more...

Concorde grounded for good.  Concorde flights are to end after more than three decades of luxury travel.  British Airways and Air France made simultaneous announcements that they would be permanently grounding the famous supersonic airliners this year.  more...

DiCaprio snubs Baldwin brothers.  A Baldwin is out to get Leonardo DiCaprio.  Daniel, the burliest Baldwin brother, wants a piece of the film star for skipping out on the brothers' charity event in Las Vegas last week, despite the fact that the Baldwins had flown him in on a private jet.  more...

Willie Nelson Has 70th Birthday Bash.  Country Singer Willie Nelson's 70th birthday isn't until the end of the month, but he'll be celebrating Wednesday night with a major bash.  more...

Stung by anti-war criticism, Hall cancels `Bull Durham' festivities.  The baseball Hall of Fame has canceled a 15th anniversary celebration of the film "Bull Durham," and the shrine's president said it was because of anti-war criticism by co-stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.  more...

Dr. Laura: 'Do as I say, not as I do.'  It has been determined that Dr. Laura Schlessinger's 77-year-old mom died of natural causes.  She had been dead for more than two months prior to being found in her home.  more...

Hanoi Jane Fonda'Hanoi Jane' Fonda fears 'entire world' will now unite against U.S.  Jane Fonda told a Canadian audience that she fears the U.S. campaign in Iraq will turn people all over the world against America.  "What it's going to mean for (America's) stability as a nation, for terrorism, for the economy - I can't imagine," Fonda said Tuesday. "I think the entire world is going to be united against us."  more...

Cop gets jollys by making women strip.  The cop forced four women to strip after he pulled them over for traffic violations. There were nine other women who later came forward to testify against Frank Wright for other alleged incidents of misconduct.  more...

Hong Kong SARs AdvertisementHong Kong tourism officials regret ad campaign.  Tourism officials in Sars-hit Hong Kong are regretting running an ad campaign with the slogan: "Hong Kong will take your breath away."  With the epidemic spreading fear among travellers worldwide, the local tourist board must be ruing the day it commissioned the series of magazine ads.  more...

Dangerfield Undergoes Brain Surgery.  Comedian Rodney Dangerfield underwent arterial brain surgery Tuesday to improve his body's blood flow in preparation for an upcoming heart valve replacement, his publicist said.  more...

Michael Douglas brands Catherine's former boyfriends idiots.  Michael Douglas has launched an unprovoked attack on some of Catherine Zeta Jones former boyfriends - branding them idiots.  The Welsh actress dated the likes of John Leslie, Soldier Soldier star Angus McFadyen and Mick Hucknall before getting together with Douglas.  more...

Virtual Tour of Tommy Lee's Malibu Home.  Jurors in the trial of a wrongful death lawsuit against rock musician Tommy Lee were given a video tour Tuesday of his lavish Malibu home and the swimming pool where a child drowned during a birthday party.  more...

Strange: Parents unaware as baby falls out of moving car.  A Michigan couple are facing child endangerment charges after their 11-month old baby fell out of their moving car.  The 26-year-old father has told police the baby, who escaped serious injury in the incident, was fastened and buckled in the car seat, and the door was locked.  more...

Pavarotti and Bono team up for Iraqi refugees.  Luciano Pavarotti and Bono are teaming up to help Iraq war refugees.  The UN High Commissioner for Refugees confirms they will sing together in a benefit concert on May 27 in Modena, Italy, the tenor's home town.  more...

Unseen Monroe photographs go on display.  Previously unseen photographs of Marilyn Monroe are to go on display as part of a new exhibition dedicated to the screen icon.  more...

NBC's David Bloom, 39, dies in Iraq.  Complete Coverage...
(He ignored medical advice that could have saved his life)


Dixie Chicks Fear For Personal Safety.  "We've gotten a lot of hate mail, a lot of threatening mail," Martie Maguire told reporters in Australia. "Emily (Robison) had the front gate of her ranch smashed in. We have to have security when we get back to the States. It puts my well-being in jeopardy."  more...

Do They have a Manager?!!  Dixie Chick Natalie Maines HAS NOW TOLD a New Zealand TV reporter last week that her now-infamous slam at President George W. Bush 'was a joke.'  more...

Complete Coverage of Dixie Chicks.  more...

Russell Crowe ties the knot in country wedding.  Russell Crowe has married his girlfriend Danielle Spencer in a lavish ceremony in the family chapel at his Australian country ranch.  more...

Russell Crowe's Wedding.  Decked out in Armani's finest, the Oscar-winning actor and his new bride Danielle Spencer posed for their very first photos after becoming man and wife Monday in Australia. The groomsmen arrived at the sunset ceremony by motorcycle. The fifty thousand dollar Harley’s were wedding party gifts from Crowe.  more...

Calvin Klein in drugs clinic.  Two weeks after acting erratically at a New York Knicks basketball game, Klein announced he was seeking treatment for his drugs problem.  more...

FLASHBACK: Calvin Klein causes scene at NBA game.  Security guards had to escort fashion designer Calvin Klein back to his seat at a New York Knicks game after he walked up to Latrell Sprewell and talked to him in the middle of play.  more...

Saddam's Slaughterhouse: Iraq gives up its grim secrets.  Abandoned warehouse is a tomb for hundreds of tortured and executed Iraqis.  The coffins are laid out in neat rows in an abandoned warehouse. In each lies a crumpled bag of bones, old and dusty but still recognisably human. Out of the open end of one sack, a skull can be seen buried in the fragments of skeleton.  Its eye sockets are empty. Its teeth are smashed. Two ribs point out like accusing fingers.  more...

Girls Gone Wild'Girls Gone Wild' Chief Busted on Prostitution Charges.  The head of the company that produces the "Girls Gone Wild" videos shown on late-night infomercials, was arrested on prostitution and drug charges after parents complained underage girls were told to say they were 18.  Search warrants on five locations and a private Gulfstream jet turned up videotapes to corroborate the case.  more...

Court documents of arrest.  more...

The Dixie Chicks may be finished, but how about the Dairyland Chicks?  The Dixie Chicks might not be welcome in some parts of the country, but a Wisconsin politician wants the country music trio to know they have a home in Madison.  more...

Geraldo was Framed!  The military value of the Geraldo Map is equal to a drunk watching CNN at Velma's Roadhouse in East Pisgah, Ky., and scrawling his opinions on a napkin with a crayon.   more...

war protesterOuch! War protestors learn lesson...
Don't try to stop war supplies to Iraq!


Anti-war protesters who act as human shields or who try to blockade U.S. military facilities should be prosecuted, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said.  Criminal sanctions may also be applied to peace protesters who stay stateside, Graham said.  more...


CBS employees allegedly bet on 'Survivor'  An online sportsbook has ended betting on "Survivor" after finding at least two CBS employees allegedly were placing bets - and winning.  more...

'Sopranos' actor arrested in drug sweep.  An actor who appeared as a minor character in "The Sopranos" was arrested in connection with a drug-dealing sting, city officials said.  more...

Julia in Splitsville... Again.  Julia Roberts is splitting from her husband - after just nine months of marriage, reports claim.  The Pretty Woman star is said to have called in lawyers and wants a divorce.  more...

Colin Farrell's Phone Booth.  With his drinking, smoking and swearing, Colin Farrell already drives publicists nuts. His new movie only makes things worse.   more...

Phil Maloof with Britney SpearsBritney Spears dating Sugar Daddy.  Britney Spears has been spotted dating an older man.  The singer is said to have enjoyed a candlelit dinner with a multi-millionaire 15 years older than her.  Britney, 21, was seen with businessman Phil Maloof, 36, at a Las Vegas restaurant.  Maloof is the youngest son of a prominent Arab-American family that made its fortune in liquor, banking and hotels, and is a former Senator of New Mexico.  more...

Columbia Professor calls for deaths of U.S. Troops.  Nicholas De Genova, an assistant professor at Columbia University, told a campus "teach-in" that he wanted to see the U.S. defeated in Iraq and suffer "a million Mogadishus" — a reference to the 1993 Somalia ambush that left 18 Americans dead.  De Genova and his wife were "fearing for their lives" and in hiding after receiving some 1,000 threatening phone and e-mail messages.  more...

Concert-goers jam exits after anti-Bush display.  Incensed fans walked out of Pearl Jam's concert Tuesday after lead singer Eddie Vedder impaled a mask of President Bush on a microphone stand, then slammed it to the stage.  more...

Man loses job, wins lottery.  A day after losing his job, Michael Maxim got a surprise that should make unemployment easier to bear: a $1 million lottery win.   more...

Jessica Lynch POW Jessica Lynch
Arrives at U.S. Military Base.

Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old Army supply clerk, arrived at a U.S. air base in southwestern Germany on a C-17 transport plane for treatment at a U.S. military medical center. Her father said that Jessica was in great spirits following her first surgery, and is looking forward to her return to Washington DC.  more...


Actor Robert Conrad Injured, Arrested After Crash.  Actor Robert Conrad was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after a crash with another vehicle that injured both the "Wild Wild West" star and the other driver.  more...

Robert Conrad's 1995 Jaguar sedan drifted into the oncoming lane and crashed head-on into a 1990 Subaru Legacy driven by Kevin Burnett.  more...

Los Angeles Times photographer was fired for providing an altered photo in Iraq that ran on the front page.  more...

One in three French hopes Saddam wins.  A recent poll shows that only a third of the French felt that they were on the same side as the Americans and British, and that another third desired outright Iraqi victory over “les anglo-saxons”.  more...

Sharon Osbourne's A-Okay.  Sharon Osbourne didn't spend 20 years bossing and cajoling the Prince of F***ing Darkness, mowing over Industry players, raising unruly kids and chasing bladder-challenged pets, all while maneuvering her dysfunctional brood to fame and fortune on MTV, only to be felled by colon cancer.  more...

Sick Joke: Caller shocks family with 'news' of military death.  A man called Danny Hogg's house and said that Hogg's nephew Wayne, who is in the Army, was dead. The caller said "we need to let you know Wayne died two days ago."  more...

Dead US soldier hung on public display by Iraqis.  US Marines moved into the southern Iraqi town of Shatrah today to recover the body of a dead comrade which had been hanged in the town square, officers said.  more...

Madonna delays release of video in U.S.  In the closing scene of Madonna's new music video, the singer tosses a grenade into the hands of a George Bush look-alike who uses it to light his cigar.  more...

Madonna Scores a Coup With Video Ban.  Madonna, whom the New York Times tried to kill off a couple of days ago, is about to be bigger than ever.  more...

Website Hoax on Killer Virus Triggers Hong Kong Panic.  A teenager's Web Site hoax about the killer virus sweeping Hong Kong sparked panic food buying and hit financial markets on Tuesday, and the government said it was placing more than 200 people into isolation camps.  more...

Dixie Chicks Get Support From Al Gore.  The Dixie Chicks controversy continues with the trio getting some support from former Vice President Al Gore. Gore spoke to a college audience last week on the subject of fewer companies owning more media outlets, and what he sees as the increasing lack of tolerance for opposing views.  more...

Liz Hurley's Posh Sex Fantasy.  Liz Hurley has said she'd love to have sex with Victoria Beckham if she were a man for the day.  The face of Estee Lauder revealed her fantasy in an interview for GQ magazine.  more...

Hugh Grant wants 'to start family.'  Grant says he now hates acting and wants to take time off to start a family.  more...

The poor guy just wanted some 'curly' fries.  A man pulled out a gun and shot at the drive-through window of a fast food restaurant because the manager wouldn't give him curly fries.  more...

California bids 'happy trails' to Roy Rogers museum.  After 36 years, the museum, which closed its doors Sunday, hopes to open in Branson for the Memorial Day weekend.  more...

Chicago Mayor Bulldozes Airport Runway.  The mayor of Chicago outraged pilots by sending bulldozers in the middle of the night to tear up the runway at an airport in the center of the city to prevent a terrorist attack.  more...

Evening Shade Actor Michael Jeter Dies at 50.  Emmy-winning Evening Shade actor Michael Jeter, 50, died over the weekend at his Hollywood Hills home, apparently of natural causes, publicist Dick Guttman reported Monday.  more...

Sacked Reporter Gets Tabloid Job.  Peter Arnett, one of America's leading journalists who was sacked for criticising the war in Iraq, has been signed up by Britain's Daily Mirror.  more...

Nick Nolte comes clean about staying clean.  Nick Nolte decided years ago that when it came to the press "the best approach to talking about my personal life was to lie."  But there was no hiding when he got himself arrested ''dazed and drooling'' in September after an erratic drive down the Malibu coast   more...

Lisa Marie Knocks Cage and Jacko.  Presley turns on Michael Jackson and blames him for their highly publicized bad marriage. She even sends a Rolling Stone writer lyrics to a song not on the album that imply Jackson is "masturbative."  more...

Bill Gates Funds $60 Million for Anti-HIV drive.  Microsoft founder Bill Gates has made $60m available to fund research into how to reduce the risk of HIV infection among women in developing countries.  more...

Van wouldn't stop after warnings.  U.S. troops killed seven Iraqi women and children at a checkpoint Monday when the van they were riding in would not stop as ordered, a military official said.  more...

McCartney, Don't Wake the Pope!  Paul McCartney is forced to tone down his concert in Rome for fear of waking the Pope.  Tour organizers are considering dropping some of his loudest rock numbers like Back In The USSR and Live And Let Die.  more...

Veteran war journalist, Peter Arnett, gets 'Dixie Chicked' by NBC News.  NBC fired Arnett, saying it was wrong for him to give an interview with state-run Iraqi TV in which he said the American-led coalition's initial plan for the war had failed because of Iraq's resistance. Arnett called the interview a "misjudgment" and apologized.  more...

National Geographic also Fires Peter Arnett.  more...

Satirical Word of the Day:  'Dixie Chicked.'  more...

Geraldo Rivera Booted?  In a separate incident, CNN and MSNBC reported Monday morning that the U.S. military had "expelled" Fox correspondent Geraldo Rivera. CNN quotes U.S. military officials as saying Geraldo violated "the cardinal rule of war reporting Monday by giving away crucial details of future military operations during a live broadcast."

Pentagon officials allegedly say Rivera posed a security threat to American forces. During a recent live broadcast, Rivera drew a map in the sand indicating the position where the unit which he was embedded with was located. Members of the 101st Airborne Division will escort Rivera to the border with Kuwait.
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Geraldo denies story in live Fox report in Iraq.  "Some rats at my former network, NBC, are spreading lies about me," Rivera told Fox News live from Iraq.  He said he was going all the way to Baghdad with the 101st Airborne and had had no conflicts with the U.S. military.  "MSNBC is so pathetic a cable news network that they have to resort to lies" to get attention.

Cher has harsh words for Jacko.  "I don't really care what he does to his face. He could just erase it as far as I'm concerned," Cher told TV Guide for its April 5 issue. "But I don't like him anymore. And it's because of his children. I cannot imagine putting my children through what he put his children through," Cher says.  more...

"American Idol" finalist has Rap Sheet.  Lashundra Cobbins AKA "Trenyce," apprarently qualifies as a finalist with her 'bust' in October 1999 on a felony theft charge.  more...

Another "American Idol" Scandal.  Corey Clark, 22, another "American Idol" finalist, is facing trial next month on charges he assaulted his teenage sister and battled with cops while resisting arrest in his family's Topeka, Kansas home.  more...

Doctor who identified deadly SARS disease becomes one of its victims.  An Italian doctor and 1999 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize who first alerted colleagues to a deadly new respiratory disease himself died of the ailment in Bangkok Saturday.  more...

John Travolta says his sex life has improved.  The 49-year-old star revealed he shed 25lb working out, and his wife of 11 years, Kelly Preston, loves his staying power.  more...

"Dick Van Dyke Show" reunion special in works.  No formal deals are in place, but series creator Carl Reiner is penning a script that would catch up with Rob and Laura Petrie in the present day.  more...

City rejects 'disruptive' Springsteen concert.  A Bruce Springsteen concert in Manchester which had sold more than 50,000 tickets has been cancelled after local councillors rejected a licensing application for the event.  more...

Dixie Chicks' Records Tank.  According to the Billboard charts, the recent Chicks controversy took its toll at retail, as sales of 'Home' fell by more than 42 percent, from 123,000 copies to 71,000. The LP, which has resided near the top of the chart for 30 weeks, will slide three spots to #7.  more...

Town bans yellow ribbons!

No ribbonsThe Fieldsboro, NJ mayor says he supports the council’s unanimous vote to outlaw any ribbons or other memorials for the American troops fightingin Iraq, if those ribbons are placed on public property.  "I’m shocked and outraged," said one resident. "I can’t believe the mayor would force me to take down ribbons put there in honor of American troops, fighting for our freedom in Iraq."  more...


Gamblers betting big on Saddam's fall.  Internet gambling sites are taking bets on how long Saddam Hussein will hold onto the presidency of Iraq.  About $1.25 million in wagers have been placed on just one site alone.  more...

Lou Rawles sued by alleged mistress.  A woman who says she gave up her business to become Lou Rawls' mistress sued the soul singer for $12 million, claiming he backed out of a verbal agreement to support her financially even if they split.  more...

Madonna accused of kidnapping daughter in mix-up.  Madonna says she was accused of kidnapping her own daughter from school by another parent who didn't recognize her.  more...

'Bug' causes Rolling Stones to cancel concerts.  Mick Jagger has spoken of his disappointment after the Rolling Stones cancelled concerts in China due to a killer bug.  The band had already pulled out of shows in Hong Kong, which had been due to take place today and tomorrow.  more...

'No French food' for US Marines.  Republican members of the US Congress have asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to boycott a French firm with an $881m catering contract for the US Marines.   more...

So where does Jay park His car?  Relying on the popularity of "The Tonight Show," a team of car burglars has been preying on fans as they attend NBC studio tapings, getting away with $100,000 in laptop computers, cameras and other equipment, officials said.  more...

Al-Jazeera website not welcome in U.S. - will now move servers to France.  Between constant hacking, and having to move its servers from the U.S. to France, the new English version Al-Jazeera is off to a bumpy start.  more...

Hackers put U.S. flag on Al-Jazeera site.  Hackers on Thursday replaced the English-language Web site for Arab satellite television network Al-Jazeera with a U.S. flag and the message "Let Freedom Ring."  more...

'Die-Ins' Tie up New York Traffic.  Hundreds of chanting demonstrators lined Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, and dozens lay down in the street in a "die-in" to protest the war.   more...

Charity calls off event with Sarandon.  The United Way of Tampa Bay canceled an upcoming event featuring Susan Sarandon after getting three dozen complaints from donors about the actor's opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.  more...

Saddam received key to city of Detroit.  Saddam Hussein has collected many things in his 24-year reign -- palaces, enemies. And the key to the city of Detroit.  "It is very strange, thinking about it now," said Pastor Jacob Yasso of Detroit's Sacred Heart Parish, who presented the key to the city, along with the compliments of then-Mayor Coleman A. Young, to the Iraqi leader in 1980.  more...

Mr. anti-war singer Lenny Kravitz, is now behind a 'get-out-the-vote' drive for young people - even though records show he hasn't voted himself in more than 10 years.  more...

FLASHBACK:  Sounds similar to when Ben Affleck said he had dreams of one day running for Congress - but hasn't even bothered registering to vote.  more...

Spider-Man 2 'on' despite back injury.  Tobey Maguire reportedly will put on his tights for ''Spider-Man 2.'' There had been concern Maguire might not do the sequel because of a bad back from playing a jockey in "Seabiscuit."  more...

Protesters throw stones at National Guardsman.  A group of Vermont teen-agers threw rocks at a uniformed female Vermont National Guard sergeant last week, in the latest example of a service member facing hostility in the United States.  more...

Robber hurt when dye pack explodes in pants.  A bank robbery suspect learned a painful lesson - never shove stolen money containing an explosive dye pack down your pants.  more...

French vandals in southwest Bordeaux torched a replica of the Statue of Liberty and cracked the pedestal of a plaque honoring victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.  more...

Where is PETA?  Morocco offers U.S. military 2,000 monkeys trained in detonating land mines.  more...

Elvis would roll over in his grave.  Lisa Marie said she had sex with Jacko 'for a while.'  more...

Manager: No More Apologies From Dixie Chicks.  The manager of the Dixie Chicks says singer Natalie Maines is through with her apologies for her controversial comment, and added he doesn't think that "Natalie can win."  more...

Toby Keith Update: "So, what do I think about her?" About that time, a doctored photo of Maines and Saddam Hussein together popped up on a giant video screen, and the crowd cheered as Keith launched into his self-penned song he wrote for his father, "Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue."  more...

Country Singers Perform for Troops.  Toby Keith and Darryl Worley performed for military families at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., yesterday per President Bush's request.  more...

Complete Coverage of Dixie Chicks Fiasco.  more...

Backlash over anti-war celebrities.  Talk show hosts and websites have been leading the protests against those celebrities who have been most outspoken against the war in Iraq.  more...

Charlie Daniels on Hollywood:  "OK, lets just say for a moment you bunch of pampered, overpaid, unrealistic children had your way and the U.S.A. didn't go into Iraq..."  more...

Greek filmmakers, including award-winning director Theo Angelopoulos, are calling for a boycott of American movies to protest the war in Iraq.  more...

More on Big Mouth Michael Moore.  more...

DUI official resigns after DUI bust.  A DUI coordinator in a Georgia court has resigned after being charged with drunken driving, officials said.  more...

'Potter' of Tiny Feet.  Harry Potter author J K Rowling has given birth to a boy named David Gordon Rowling Murray.  more...

Michael Douglas' Chicago Secret.  A lot of people are wondering what was going on at the Oscars when Michael Douglas and his father Kirk ripped the envelope with the name of the best picture winner in half.  more...

Arkansas gets first Starbucks.  (There is no word yet on whether it will be on wheels).  more...

CBS Bans Commercials During Masters.  The decision to drop commercials from this year's Masters stems from a bitter dispute over Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership policy.  more...

$5,000 Panty Raid.  That's the estimated value of 300 sets of skivvies taken from Victoria's Secret in Bellevue Square, WA.  more...

Madonna, Ritchie 'Sweep' Razzie Awards.  Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie swept away the competition at the Razzies, an annual spoof of the Academy Awards singling out the worst achievements in film.  more...

'Devil's Highway' may be renamed.  New Mexico, Colorado and Utah agree that U.S. 666 should be renamed, New Mexico highway officials announced.  more...

Roman Polanksi Wins Oscar for Best Director.  more...

TYPICAL OF HOLLYWOOD to give the Oscar to Polanski after brutally raping 13-year-old victim, Samantha Geimer.  more...


In Case You Were Fortunate to Miss the Oscars...
Wacko Michael Moore's Ramblings on the Iraq War:


"...We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war, for fictitious reasons, whether it's the fictition of duct tape or the fictition of orange alerts, we are against this war, Mr. Bush! Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you!"

"And any time you've got the Pope and Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up."  more...

Rest In Peace Oscar...

Nielsen Media Research show the audience fell 15 percent from last year and could be the lowest ever recorded for the Oscars.  The estimate is based on an overnight measure of the 55 biggest cities and is likely to drop even more once the rest of the country is included.

Hire a New Chef:  Tiger wins Bay Hill by 11 strokes, despite food poisoning.  more...

News feed photo of Bush being 'primped.'  more...

Sun brands France's Chirac 'Saddam's whore.'  The Sun has renewed its attack on the French, branding President Jacques Chirac "Saddam Hussein's whore" in a special Paris edition that has once again caused fury in the highest echelons of French government.   more...

After starting with a whimper, heavy attacks begin.  The war in Iraq began with a US air strike against what the Pentagon calls "a target of opportunity" in the Baghdad area. Explosions, heavy anti-aircraft fire now being heard in Baghdad.
COMPLETE COVERAGE...


Classy —  War protesters stage a 'vomit in.'  In a unique form of opposition, protesters at the Federal Building in San Francisco staged a "vomit in," by heaving on the sidewalks and plaza areas.  more...

A Jerry Lewis hoax fools French President Chirac. A Los Angeles radio DJ posing as the American comedian discusses the war in Iraq with France's leader.  more...

Liza enters 'self help' rehab.  Liza Minnelli has entered a 'self-help' program at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in rural central Pennsylvania, her publicist said.  more...

Monica Lewinsky to present dating show.  The former White House intern who caused a scandal over her affair with Bill Clinton, is to present a TV game show.  more...

American protester, woman aged 23, killed in Gaza Strip while trying to stop a bulldozer.  more...

Smothers' son launches porn career.  They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but the eldest son of veteran humorist Dick Smothers of the Smothers Brothers says his life's ambition is to become 'the Orson Welles of porn.'  more...

French encouraged to send Bush pretzels.  PARIS - U.S. citizens have turned on French fries and toast to vent their frustration at France's anti-war stance on Iraq. Now the French have joined in the food war -- with pretzels.  more...

Flight attendant accused of spiking child's juice to stop crying.  FBI confirmed the presence of Xanax, a prescription medication used to treat panic attacks and anxiety.  more...

'Miami Vice' star Don Johnson caught in money-laundering scandal after $8 billion worth of credit notes, checks and securities found in the trunk of his car. more...

Friendly Skies.  Hooters Air with hot pants takes off. Every flight will feature two "Hooters Girls" in snug t-shirts and orange hotpants who are there to "just be friendly."   more...

On Hooters Air, maybe the skies are too friendly.  more...

Hooters Air has inaugural flight from Atlanta.  more...

Hollywood private detective Anthony Pellicano may be indicted for alleged wiretapping.  more...

Militant gay-rights group, GLAAD, tries to stop Michael Savage's TV debut on MSNBC. Savage promises a legal fight with what he calls "Nazi bastards from hell."   more...

With friends like that: Augusta National Golf Club would certainly prefer not having Ku Klux Klan support.  more...

Teen Tossed 25 Feet in Air During Car Accident, Grabs Overhead Wires Until Rescued.  more...

Feature Photo of Dangling Victim.   more...

J-Lo Opts for Fleet of Limos for 100-Yard Trip.  more...

Famous chef commits suicide after receiving down-graded restaurant review.  more...

Oldest American Man Dies at 113. John McMorran of Fla. 'smoked cigars, drank beer and ate greasy food'  more...


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