Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pa. teen uses fork, cookie cutter to brand friend

NEW SALEM, Pa. (AP) -- State police have charged a southwestern Pennsylvania teen with branding a friend using heated metal objects because the boys thought it was "cool." Trooper James Pierce, of the Uniontown Barracks, says Tuesday he filed one count of illegal tattooing and body piercing against a 15-year-old New Salem boy with Fayette County juvenile probation officials...--...More

Woman charged for bringing marijuana to courthouse

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities said a woman walking through security at the St. Lucie County Courthouse was found to have marijuana in her purse. The sheriff's office reported a 21-year-old woman was entering the courthouse Tuesday morning when a private security officer ran her purse through a scanning device. The scanner found a razor, a knife, scissors and padlock, which led to the officer to emptying out the purse. That's when he found a small bag of what appeared to by marij---...More

Man gets 18 months for pellet gun hot dog theft

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man who stole a hot dog from another man sitting under a tree in a park has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Antonio Judd pleaded guilty Monday in Worcester Central District Court to charges including larceny from a person. Police said Judd grabbed the hot dog in August after flashing what appeared to be a gun in Elm Park in Worcester, New England's second-largest city--...More

No more pizza deliveries for naked customer

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire - A female pizza delivery worker got more than she bargained for on multiple occasions when she went to deliver food and was met at the door by a man wearing no pants. Portsmouth Police Lt. Rodney McQuate said the woman delivering the pizza notified police of the man?s actions after it took place four different times.--...More

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Naked man steals truck and drives into a ditch

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities said a naked man was arrested after he allegedly stole a truck and and drove it into a ditch on Thursday. Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the man was shouting "somebody's trying to kill me" when he appeared in an Ardmore neighborhood. He said the man jumped in the back of a truck and broke the window to the cab. The man's name has not been released--...More

Cremated remains stolen during Fla. burglary

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida woman says a plastic bag that contained her uncle's cremated remains was stolen during a burglary. Denise Littler of Bradenton kept the ashes in a wooden box. She found the box after her home was burglarized Friday, but the ashes were gone--...More

City cracks down on weddings at lavish LA home

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) -- City officials in an upscale Los Angeles County suburb are cracking down - on weddings. The city has charged homeowner Melahat Uzumcu with improperly renting out her lavish 6,900-square-foot home for wedding receptions after neighbors complained of noise and traffic in Palos Verdes Estates. Police Cpl. Greg Robinson said 18 noise complaints have been filed since July---...More

Monday, September 28, 2009

Foulmouthed Saturday Night Live

New York - Newbie Jenny Slate marked her Saturday night debut by dropping the f-bomb on air, uttering the four-letter word during a sketch she shared with veteran Kristen Wiig. Slate, a New York comedian, was performing in “Biker Chicks Chat,” playing a foulmouthed motorcycle-driving woman clad in leather, when she dropped the curse word, which slipped by censors and was heard by East Coast viewers of the show....More

Mexican taco cart wins NYC's street vendor award

NEW YORK (AP) -- A husband and wife who sell tacos and quesadillas have been named New York City's best street vendors---

NH woman celebrates 92nd birthday by sky-diving

KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- A 92-year-old New Hampshire woman has celebrated her birthday by sky-diving from a plane at 13,000 feet--...More

Pa. couple has 49-year marriage but no documents

WILMORE, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania couple still plan to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary next month even though they recently learned their marriage paperwork was never filed---...More

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Airline hijacker unaware actions were illegal

Jamaica - The lawyer for a Jamaican man who held Canadians hostage last spring aboard a CanJet flight bound for Halifax told CBC News that his client didn?t feel he was doing anything wrong. George Thomas, speaking from Kingston, Jamaica, said he had expected the judge to find Stephen Fray not guilty because of mental illness.---More

Kennedy funeral cost $431,000 - US Taxpayers paid most

Boston - The city of Boston spent $431,000 on overtime costs to deploy 629 police officers, 48 firefighters, and a raft of other workers for the funeral of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. City officials said a federal grant for ?urban areas security?? would cover $400,000 of the cost. Boston spent $359,714 on 629 police officers, $36,748 on 48 firefighters, $29,572 on 55 public health and emergency medical workers, $4,350 on 27 transportation workers, and $1,293 on six public works employees....--More

Friday, September 25, 2009

Venezuela: Stewie Griffin is a drug use promoter for US Gov.

Venezuelan state TV today broadcast an exceprt from "Family Guy" as an example of how the U.S. promotes drug use. The clip features Stewie, the matricide-obsessed infant son of Peter and Lewis Griffin, singing a song extolling the virtues of smoking weed....More

Most wanted fugitive arrested trying to steal video games

Florida - Lee County’s most wanted fugitive is in jail after attempting to steal about $120 worth of Nintendo DS games from a Cape Coral Walmart, police say. Daniel Larson, 32, of Cape Coral, already had an extensive criminal record, leading to his place on the list. He had two convictions for armed robbery with a deadly weapon in 1999 and 2004, and another 1999 conviction for kidnapping. Larson tried to leave Walmart with the video games stuffed in his pants and shoes....More

Stupid News-More than 1,000 animals rescued from house

HOUSTON, Texas - Animal rescue personnel removed more than 1,000 birds, gerbils, snakes, dogs and a goat from wretched conditions at a home in the Houston area. SPCA spokeswoman Meera Nandlal says the property owners said they planned to sell the animals at flea markets. Investigator Charles Jantzen says a tip led the SPCA to the site, with many of the animals in cages and no water or food.....More

Man gets two years for videotape

Montana - A Billings man will spend two years in federal prison for videotaping himself having sex with his then-16-year-old girlfriend. The girlfriend was old enough to consent to sex but was not of legal age to agree to the visual recording of the act. Daniel Scott Michaelis, 24, eventually pleaded guilty to an obscure law that requires producers of sex tapes to keep records of the participants’ ages. The maximum penalty for violating the law is a maximum five years in prison and a $250,000 fine....More

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Woman driver blows a kiss after running down woman

KENT, Washington - Police say a woman with a history of driving infractions, including vehicular homicide, intentionally tried to run down another woman in a grocery store parking lot and then blew a kiss to the victim before driving away. Prosecutors have now charged Shannon Lee Doyle, 35, of Des Moines with Second Degree Assault. Detectives say the victim had a just parked her car and she and her daughter got out to go into the store.----

America armed Bullets are scarce

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can?t keep up with the nation?s demand for ammunition. Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation. Gun sales spiked when it became clear Obama would be elected a year ago and purchases continued to rise.---...More

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mass. postal worker admits to stealing 30,000 DVDs

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A former postal service employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 30,000 DVDs that moved through a western Massachusetts post office.--...More

Man protecting his birds with BB Gun causes school lockdown

YORK, Pennsylvania - Police say a man using a BB gun to protect his birds from cats led to an elementary school lockdown in Pennsylvania. York schools Superintendent Sharon Miller said Tuesday that a report of a gun-wielding man outside Alexander Goode Elementary School came in at 8 a.m. Officers surrounded the building with about a dozen vehicles. Some students cried as they left school, while parents who had heard rumors waited anxiously....More

Ex-Student Gets 7 Years in Prison for Changing Grades

Florida - Former Florida A and M University student Marcus Barrington was sentenced to 84 months (7 years) in federal prison for his involvement in the March grade change scandal. Barrington’s accomplices, Lawrence Secrease and Christopher Jacquette, pleaded guilty and are currently serving their 22-month sentence....More

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Man arrested without pants at Laundromat

EAST NAPLES, Florida - Authorities in Florida said a homeless man arrested outside of a laundromat told deputies he wasn’t wearing pants because they were inside being washed. Collier County Sheriff’s deputies said James Lowe, 59, was spotted outside of the coin-operated laundry in East Naples with nothing on below the waist but a jean jacket that was not completely covering his genitalia....More

Naked man, 91, holds drunken intruder at gunpoint

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a 91-year-old South Florida man jumped out of bed naked and held an intruder at gunpoint until deputies arrived. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Robert E. Thompson woke up Saturday morning after a would-be burglar climbed his backyard fence and was met by his charging dog, Rettt, a Rottweiler and Doberman pinscher mix. Thompson heard the commotion, grabbed his .38-caliber revolver and phoned police without ever getting dressed...More

Man accused of sword attack after finding soda can

BRYAN, Texas (AP) -- A man who was apparently was upset after finding a soda can in his room allegedly used a sword to cut two of his roommates. Michael Angel Zamago was jailed on Friday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon related to family violence. Bail was $25,000...More

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Stupid News-Two-day trek for ?green? employee

UK - A woman in Devon is doing her bit for the environment by not taking her car to work on Tuesday. Instead, Pandora Best is setting off on Sunday morning to travel the 39-mile (63km) journey by pony and cart. The 50-year-old, who is a technical adviser with the Environment Agency in Exminister, said the two-day trip can normally be done by car in 50 minutes. ?We all need to make an extra effort to choose a green form of transport, rather than relying on our cars.?

Man scrawling graffiti shoots seven people

MEXICO CITY, Mexico - A man scrawling graffiti inside a downtown subway station pulled out a gun and began shooting when confronted by police, killing at least two people and wounding five before being shot and subdued by officers. Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Angel Mancera said a passenger and a police officer were killed at the Balderas subway station, near the Ciudadela crafts market. He said six people, including the shooter, were wounded.-- ...More

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Man was milking cows and one fell on him

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Florida - A cow fell on a man at a dairy farm sending him to a local provisional trauma center via helicopter after the apparent milking-related incident, a St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman said. ?They were in the process of milking cows. That?s why he was near a cow.? ?He was out there milking cows and this one fell on him.? --More

City?s rabbits headed for zoo - As food

HELSINKI, Finland - Officials in Helsinki, Finland, said they have reached a deal with the city?s zoo to feed nuisance rabbits to zoo predators. Helsinki?s Building Services Unit and the Helsinki Zoo said lions, wolverines and vultures at the zoo will receive rabbits caught in the city?s parks and green areas starting in October, the Helsingin Sanomat reported.--More

Pa. man gulps 33 1/2 burritos, wins eating contest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Professional eater "Humble Bob" Shoudt ate 33 1/2 burritos in 10 minutes, winning the 2009 World Burrito eating championship on Friday before an excited crowd at the New Mexico State Fair--More

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thank God-Guiding Light? goes off the air after 72 years

USA - The latest soap victim, CBS? ?Guiding Light? ? a show that began on NBC Radio in 1937 ? will go quietly out after 72 years on the air. Fans lament the passing of the show, which has followed the Springfield clans of the Bauers, Spauldings, Coopers and Lewises for decades. ?I?ve been watching ?Guiding Light? for the past 20 years,? says Ashley Dos Santos, an account executive and pop culture expert. I think it?s really, really sad--...More

Student Made Up Gang Rape Story

New York - The student who alleged she was gang raped by five men inside a Hofstra University dormitory bathroom has admitted to making the entire story up, the Nassau County District Attorney?s office confirmed. Charges against the four men arrested have since been dropped. The district attorney had not decided whether to press charges against the woman---...More

NC doctor removes plastic fragment lodged in lung

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Doctors say a North Carolina man who was plagued with coughing fits should be OK now that they have removed a 1-inch piece of plastic from his lung, where it had rested since he apparently inhaled it nearly two years ago while sucking down a soft drink at a Wendy's restaurant---...More

Ohio couple gets car stolen after auto accident

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio couple got a double dose of bad luck when their car was stolen while they were hospitalized from a car accident on the same day--...More

Man In Stolen Miniskirt Wanted To Impress Wife

River Falls, Wisconsin - A Minnesota man was ticketed for walking out of a store wearing a stolen miniskirt and bikini to impress his wife. According to the River Falls Journal, police said workers caught Justin Larson leaving Shopko in River Falls wearing the women?s clothing. Police said they also found a bra and a bikini top in his pocket, as well.---...More

Man litters national park with 3,000 golf balls

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A man who said he hurled thousands of golf balls into Joshua Tree National Park for more than a year to honor deceased golfers will be explaining his tribute to a federal magistrate----...More

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Man accused of trading dad's car for $50 in crack

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities arrested a man they said tried to trade his father's car for $50 worth of crack cocaine. Deputies arrested the 39-year-old man around 4 a.m. Wednesday after his 74-year-old father reported that his Lincoln had been stolen. When deputies arrived at the father's home, they saw the son walking up the street. They determined that the car had been sold for drugs....More

Pittsburgh OKs ordinance on human waste in public

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh City Council has passed an ordinance specifically banning public urination and defecation because they said other laws used to cite offenders sometimes don't hold up in court. The measure approved Tuesday carries a $500 fine for anyone who relieves themselves on public streets, private property or city parks....More

Bikini Coffee Servers May Have to Cover Up

EVERETT, Washington - A city in Washington has been flooded with complaints about what some voluptuous coffee shop workers are wearing — or not wearing — and is considering forcing them to cover up. Everett, Wash., has had about 50 complaints in the past six months about its bikini-clad baristas who work in drive-through coffee stands....More

Dad Catches Foul Ball - Daughter Throws it Back

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - A father made a nice grab on a foul ball at a Philadelphia Phillies game only to watch his toddler daughter toss it back. Steve Monforto attended the game against the Washington Nationals with his wife Kathleen and two little girls Emily and Cecilia. After Monforto caught the ball in the fifth inning, he gave it to 3-year-old Emily - who tossed it back in the direction of the field. When she looked at her dad for his reaction, he just hugged her...More

Live cockroaches delivered to official’s home

MALMO, Sweden - A left-wing Swedish group has claimed responsibility for sending live cockroaches to a man whose firm owns several rental property companies. The group, Antifascist Action, said it delivered the package to the suburban Stockholm home of Simon Kling, vice president of Norway-based investment firm Acta, because the company “has let several rental properties which they own fall into disrepair while the leadership lives well in their newly renovated houses....More

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Stupid News:Snuggie shows new styles at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK (AP) -- All the big names came out for New York Fashion Week: Marc. Vera. Snuggie. Yes, Snuggie - the blanket with sleeves - staged a runway show on Tuesday, complete with high-fashion models and a new "urban jungle" line of zebra and leopard prints....More

Chicken licker caught on video

UK - Police are probing a video of an ex-Asda worker caught on camera licking a chicken from one of the supermarket’s displays before replacing it. The scene comes at the end of a shocking video which shows Adeel Ayub running amok in Asda’s store in the Fulwood area of Preston. A spokesman for Asda said: ‘We are absolutely disgusted and appalled by the behaviour of this man. ‘Despite leaving our business three years ago, we now have video evidence of criminal damage....More

Deputy goes to wrong home, finds different suspect

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A northeast Tennessee deputy sheriff who went to the wrong house came back with his man anyway. The incident occurred Friday evening when Carter County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Barnett responded to a domestic disturbance call, but mistakenly knocked on the door of the wrong house...More

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Stupid News:Shotgun-wielding man Tasered after manure dispute

HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Police said a dispute over manure led to a man firing his shotgun near his neighbors and police later using a Taser to subdue him. The Saginaw News reported the man approached his neighbors in Huron County's Huron Township, about 110 miles north of Detroit, Saturday as they spread lime and manure on their farm....More

Two skydivers die after chutes get entangled

LODI, California - Two members of an elite skydiving team were killed when their parachutes got entangled at 6,000 feet during a group jump in Northern California. Bill Dause - owner of the Parachute Center near Lodi - says the men were part of the Red Line jumping team, an eight-member group that was practicing for the U.S. Parachute Association national skydiving championships next month.....More

City considers making citizens poo scrapers

ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Some officials in St. Paul, Minn., are proposing a city code change to clarify that residents are responsible for removing pigeon feces from their sidewalks. Bob Kessler, the city’s Safety and Inspections Department director, said the proposed change to the property maintenance code would legally require property owners to scrape the bird droppings from their sidewalks....More

Kids sentence Marcus the lamb to death

LONDON - A group of school children who reared a lamb from birth and named it Marcus has overridden objections by parents and rights activists and voted to send the animal to slaughter. Marcus the six-month-old lamb has now been culled, the head teacher of the primary school in Kent confirmed, after the school’s council - a 14-member group of children aged 6 to 11 - voted 13-1 to have him killed...More

Monday, September 14, 2009

Grizzly bear gets swim lessons in Montana pool

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A 7-year-old learning how to swim is nothing new unless it's an 800-pound grizzly bear taking the plunge.

Brutus the bear slapped the water a few times then gingerly backed into the East Helena pool while onlookers gawked late last week.

Casey Anderson was teaching Brutus, who was born in captivity, how to swim and catch fish for a National Geographic special called "Expedition Kodiak," scheduled to run next year.

"I've had him since he was the size of a cupcake," Anderson said of Brutus, who served as best man, or bear, in Anderson's wedding.

Anderson grew up in the area and learned how to swim in the same pool where Brutus was getting his lesson.

Brutus, though, drew more of a crowd, and an electrified fence was put up around the pool to keep Brutus from wandering through town.

At the pool, Anderson used a fish on the end of a pole to help Brutus develop his fish-catching skills. Next up, Anderson plans to return with Brutus to the Montana Grizzly Encounter in Bozeman, where Brutus will learn to catch live fish.....More

Men stabbed during urination dispute

Salt Lake City, Utah - Two men were stabbed in Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park during an argument over one of the men urinating on a tree. Salt Lake City police responded to a report of a stabbing at about 7:30 p.m. at the park where they found a man who was stabbed once in the back. Witnesses told police a man became angry with another man who was urinating on a tree in the park. Hey, use the bathroom, they’re right over there.....More

Sunday, September 13, 2009

With a Click of a mouse sends money to wrong person

UK - Claire Logie has a cartoon on her desk which says “stop and think” - a painful reminder of the day when she failed to do exactly that. She had been meaning to transfer money into her savings account. But, after clicking the wrong box, she accidentally sent the cash to someone she had paid years ago, and whose details had been saved on her account. “As soon as I’d done it I felt sick and very upset,” she said, but assumed she would eventually get the cash back. But six months later she has still not received a refund...More

Message in a bottle follows girl home

FALMOUTH, Massachusetts - The family of a girl who dropped a message in a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda said the bottle was found only miles from her Massachusetts home. Denise Acquaviva said her daughter, Meagan Bilodeau, 8, dropped the bottled message during a cruise June 18. Ten days later it was discovered by Teddy Herrick, 11, who was boating with her family in Massachusetts’ Vineyard Sound, only 15 to 20 miles from Meagan’s home...More

Deputy Lets Disney World Worker Use His Stun Gun

ORLANDO, Florida - Officials say an Orange County deputy is under administrative review following reports that he gave his Taser stun gun to a Walt Disney World employee, who then shocked a co-worker. The sheriff?s office reported that Deputy Eric Jaros was working off duty at one of the park?s security offices when he let another person handle the device.--...More

Saturday, September 12, 2009

6-year-old drives car after mom smokes stinky stuff?

Coatesville, Pennsylvania - A mother made her 6-year-old daughter drive a car because ?[mom] was sleepy? after smoking ?that stinky stuff,? according to police. The 30-year-old mother was arrested after police saw the child driving a Dodge Durango station wagon. Officer Robert Keetch said he had to do a double take after seeing the little girl driving.--More

Partygoer steals a cop car for fun

FARMINGTON, New Mexico - A 21-year-old man faces charges after he allegedly stole a New Mexico sheriff?s patrol car, later telling investigators he ?thought it would be fun.? The San Juan County Sheriff?s Office said Matthew Anderson was charged with a fourth-degree felony of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing a police officer.-- More

Friday, September 11, 2009

Man in anti-drug ad charged in drug bust

HUNTINGTON - A labor organization’s voice for a drug-free work force found himself behind bars this week charged with cultivating a massive marijuana grow. Wendell Aaron Searls, 56, was accused of cultivating marijuana and possessing the drug with an intent to deliver, both felonies. He was jailed on a $52,000 bond. He had more than 100 plants and sophisticated tools needed to grow the crop indoors.

Governor sends Texas Rangers to Mexico border

HOUSTON, Texas - Special teams of Texas Rangers will be deployed to the Texas-Mexico border to deal with increasing violence because the federal government has failed to address growing problems there, Gov. Rick Perry said. “It is an expansive effort with the Rangers playing a more high-profile role than they’ve ever played before,” Perry said of the Department of Public Safety’s elite investigative unit. The forces are the latest effort “to fill the gap that’s been left by the federal government’s ongoing failure to adequately secure our international border with Mexico,” he said.

Record companies sue ‘Ellen’ show over copyrights

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Some of the world’s largest recording companies are suing “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” claiming producers violated their copyrights by playing more than 1,000 songs without permission. Many of the songs were played during the “dance over” segment of the show, when DeGeneres dances from the stage to the interview area, often through the audience.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pizza delivery man held woman’s son for ransom

Australia - Cindy Paardekooper, 30, claims the driver from Pizza King at the Hibiscus Shopping Centre in Darwin was an hour late delivering her half-Hawaiian, half-supreme. When she refused to pay, the driver allegedly grabbed her four-year-old son Cain who was standing on the other side of the fence. ”He grabbed my son, four years old, by the arm through the fence as ransom for the pizza.” More…

Teenage Boys Behind Bars in Plot to Kill Mother

Florida - Two teenage friends are in jail in Florida after their alleged plot to murder one of the boys’ mothers went awry. Prosecutors in Miami say they plan to try Erik Stone, 15, as an adult for helping concoct the scheme to kill his mother, Eliana Poveda, with a steak knife. Authorities say Stone enlisted his 13-year-old friend Marko Lazovic to stab Poveda. The plot failed when the knife broke during the attack, leaving Poveda with just a stab wound on her chin. More…

City’s security cameras are all fakes

Orlando, Florida - Three years ago, MetroWest was hit with a crime wave. Residents, business owners and real-estate brokers all turned to the developer, Kevin Azzouz, asking that something be done. Azzouz promised an aggressive security plan: about 40 or so “infrared” security cameras along the major thoroughfares to be monitored by security. Now, residents have discovered: All of the security cameras that Azzouz had installed are fakes. More…

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Man breeds 4,600 scorpions to keep as pets

UTTARADIT, Thailand - A Thai man is keeping more than 4,600 scorpions as pets to atone for the years he spent cooking them to sell as snacks. Scorpions, insects and worms are commonly eaten in Thailand, especially in the northern regions. But after years of serving up scorpions, Suang Puangsri, a practicing Buddhist, felt it was time to befriend them instead.....More

Police: Ohio robbery suspect asked victim for date

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio police said a suspect in a robbery was arrested when he returned to the home about two hours later to ask the victim out on a date. Police say 20-year-old Stephfon Bennett of Columbus was among three men who robbed a couple late Sunday...More

Judge orders trial on eligibility issue

California - A California judge today tentatively scheduled a trial for Jan. 26, 2010, for a case that challenges Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president based on questions over his qualifications under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. If the case actually goes to arguments before U.S. District Judge David Carter, it will be the first time the merits of the dispute have been argued in open court, according to one of the attorneys working on the issue....More

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Boy’s gun slips - Shoots himself in penis

New York - A 15-year-old Brooklyn boy shot himself in the penis after fumbling with a gun that had slid from his waistband. Khamir Grant was then arrested for reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. Grant told cops that he was walking home from Amersfort Park when the gun began to fall into his pants. He grabbed for it, accidentally pulled the trigger, firing a bullet right through his penis....More

Too fat to fly

Park Forest, Illinois - They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But one south suburban couple found themselves forced to stay in Vegas a lot longer they wanted. Their trip out West went South when a man claimed he was picked on because of his size. The man flew from Midway Airport to Las Vegas without incident. But when he tried to fly home to Midway several days later, he says he was prevented from doing so because of his girth.....More

Death-row inmate dies before execution

TAMPA, Florida - A Tampa, Florida, man sentenced to die 23 years ago for the deaths of an elderly couple has died in prison of natural causes, state authorities said. Alphonso Green needed money for crack cocaine when he went to the Tampa home of Robert J. Nichols, 77, and Dora V. Nichols, 72, the night of Oct. 10,1986, killing them with a butcher knife--More

Monday, September 7, 2009

Customer Beaten to Death by Walmart Employees

China - At Walmart, theft is not tolerated. At least not at the Walmart in Jingdezhen, China, where a customer died at the hands of Walmart employees who suspected her of stealing. It started out when one of the Walmart employees suspected a female customer of theft. Next thing she knew, more Walmart employees gathered around her and started beating her up. Unfortunately, she died of wounds shortly afterwards...More

Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered

News PicsNew Guinea - A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea. A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago--More

Naked Cowboy Drops Bid to Become NYC Mayor

News PicsNEW YORK - The Naked Cowboy of Times Square says he?s dropping out of the race for mayor of New York City. Robert Burck is a tourist attraction known for strumming his guitar in the square while wearing only white briefs, boots and a cowboy hat. He entered the mayoral race in July with the slogan, ?Nobody has done more with less.? --More

Woman Charged With Kissing 6-Year-Old

News PicsMADERA, California - A 37-year-old Madera County woman is facing criminal charges after she allegedly planted a passionate kiss on a 6-year-old boy and then spat on the deputy sheriff who arrested her. Madera sheriff?s spokeswoman Erica Stuart says the boy was crossing a parking lot with his family when Arceneaux allegedly ran up to him, told him he was sexy and kissed him. She then ran into the bar and authorities were summoned. --More

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Girl Poses As 71-Year-Old To Save On Tuition

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida - Police said a Florida Atlantic University student posed as an elderly woman to save on tuition. FAU police have filed criminal charges against former student Patricia Brandao. Police said she used the used the Social Security number of a 71-year-old woman. Brandao graduated three years ago, but school officials discovered the alleged ID theft when Brandao requested that her Social Security number be changed on transcripts sent to two medical schools.

Dispatcher Charged with Burning Cop’s Home

BURNET, Texas - A dispatcher in Burnet is charged with arson after fire damaged her lawman boyfriend’s home hours after they broke up. Four people suffered smoke inhalation trying to rescue a dog owned by Burnet County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Keese. Fire Marshal John Paul Erskine says Keese, who was not home when the fire broke out, has no plans to reunite with Kristen Gilliam. Both are 34.

Drunk chess player carried from tournament

KOLKATA, India - A champion French chess player allegedly showed up drunk and passed out on his board at a grandmaster tournament in Kolkata, India, officials said. Vladislav Tkachiev had to be carried out of the Kolkata Open Grandmaster Tournament after he passed out during a game against Tamil Nadu’s Praveen Kumar, who was awarded the game point...More

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Fake nurse gives physicals to high school students

MARION, Arkansas - A Mid-South high school is trying to determine how a fake nurse was allowed to examine more than 90 students. ?We were told that the physicals were performed at our school were fake, and the lady that did the physicals she wasn?t exactly a nurse, and that we had to retake physicals,? one student said--More

Deputies breaking for cup of joe spot suspects

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- It didn't take much work for two county sheriff's deputies in Minnesota to track down four burglary suspects--< a href="">More

Friday, September 4, 2009

Man allegedly calls 911 twice to say hes hungry

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities said a man was arrested after calling 911 twice for a ride and saying he was hungry. Police reports said Benjamin Dewer, 26, was charged early Wednesday with making false calls to 911. The report said Dewer was apparently drunk when police found him sitting on a sidewalk. He asked police for a ride to a park and told them he was hungry.--...More

Woman says life easier after breaking long nails

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Salt Lake City woman who held a Guinness World Record for her long fingernails before they broke off in a car crash says it was the most dramatic event of her life. But Lee Redmond, who lost the fingernails in February, says it's now much easier to do things and her hands seem to fly with the weight of the nails gone--...More