Friday, November 27, 2009

Man accused of ramming car into hot dog stand

CARY, N.C. (AP) -- Police said a North Carolina man rammed his car into a hot dog stand when the vendor refused to sell him a hot dog and drink for a dollar. WRAL-TV reported 23-year-old David Kelbaugh of Rolesville was charged Wednesday with assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, driving while intoxicated and injury to property. Police said Kelbaugh was drinking at a bar in Cary early Wednesday when he left to order food at the hot dog stand---...More

Police seek bald man who swiped family's turkey

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- Jackson police are working to crack a case of fowl play. They're searching for a man who broke into an apartment about 11 p.m. Tuesday and stole a family's holiday turkey. Police Lt. Christopher Simpson told the Jackson Citizen Patriot the suspect ran into the kitchen and stole the turkey out of the freezer....

Police: Barefoot thief steals shoes for left feet

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It didn't take Knoxville police gumshoes to track down a suspected shoe thief. He was sauntering barefoot through the parking lot of a Knoxville store called the Shoe Show Wednesday morning when an employee identified him as the man who crammed shoes into his pockets and pushed her out of his way as he walked out Tuesday night....

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pa. prosecutor wants 'no-tip' charges dropped

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor wants charges dropped against a couple who refused to pay a tip at a restaurant where they said they got poor service. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said he's recommending that Bethlehem police drop the theft of services charges---...More

Kangaroo tries to drown dog, attacks owner

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A kangaroo startled by a man walking his dog attacked the pair, pinning the pet underwater and slashing the owner in the abdomen with its hind legs. The Australian, Chris Rickard, was in stable condition Monday after the attack, which ended when the 49-year-old elbowed the kangaroo in the throat---...More

Robin Hood Banker Gave Millions To The Poor

Germany - A German bank manager who secretly transferred millions of pounds from rich clients to debt-ridden customers has been spared jail. The 62-year-old, dubbed the ?Robin Hood banker?, was found guilty of moving a total of 7.6 million euros (?6.85m) between 2003 and 2005. She carried out 117 separate transfers to try and stop people?s accounts closing due to lack of funds. As a rule she moved the money back when the indebted clients were solvent again. But 1.1 million euros (?991,000) was lost when certain customers were unable to pay their debts.---...More

Officers say they?ll no longer carry beanbag guns

PORTLAND, Oregon - The union that represents Portland police and a Portland police spokeswoman both said Monday they?re hearing some officers are planning to ask the city to decertify their use of beanbag guns after one of their own was put on leave last week for using his on a 12-year-old girl. Officer Christopher Humphreys was assisting another officer who was trying to arrest the adult-sized 12-year-old. Police said the girl punched the officer in the face before he took her down. Humphreys then shot her in the leg with his beanbag gun at close range---

Monday, November 23, 2009

I?ll keep having babies until I have twins

UK - A mother expecting her 14th child has vowed to keep having children until she has twins. Sara Foss, 39, already picks up 50,000 pounds in benefits every year. She said: ?All I?ve ever wanted is twins or triplets. It?s my biggest wish, and I?m going to keep trying until I do it. ?It would be fantastic. In fact, I won?t stop trying until I?ve done it. I love having babies - it?s the most wonderful thing in the world.? Miss Foss, of Derby, was 16 when she had her first baby, Patrick, in 1986. She has almost averaged one birth a year since.---...More

Teen breaks into home for snacks

SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin - A Sheboygan teen has been charged with breaking into a neighbor?s house to look for snack food. Ronald M. Savela Jr. is 17 but is charged as an adult with felony attempted burglary. The Sheboygan Press says the charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 4 years. The criminal complaint quotes the teen as saying he smashed the window with a rock and removed the screen. He says he was looking for snack food but didn?t find any.----...More

Man Marries Virtual Girlfriend With Public Reception

Japan - A man who calls himself SAL9000 has married his virtual girlfriend with a public reception. The man reportedly fell in love with a virtual girl named Nene Anegasaki and plans to hold a public wedding reception in Tokyo. Since the girl doesn?t really exist, SAL9000 reportedly took his Nintendo DS to Guam for a legal ceremony and honeymoon, and will livecast the upcoming wedding reception online. SAL9000 met his ?bride? on the video game Love Plus, which requires players to take out the virtual girl on dates, buy her gifts and make their girlfriends happy like they would in real life.---...More

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Woman tries to kill new husband twice

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A Florida woman allegedly tried twice to kill her husband within a few months of their wedding before being set up with a police officer posing as a hit man. Police in Boynton Beach said Dalia Dippolito tried to find a hired killer, ending up paying someone who took her money and failed to follow through. She then allegedly decided on a do-it-yourself killing and gave her husband, Michael, antifreeze concealed in tea from Starbucks, but it tasted so bad he spat it out. ----...More

Fines for too-tall grass - $1,000 a day

JUPITER, Florida - An overgrown lawn could cost a homeowner $1,000 a day. A plan to quadruple the penalty from the current maximum of $250 per day for a first violation is scheduled for consideration at the town council meeting. A repeat violation by the same person would be boosted to $5,000 a day maximum from $500 per day. If the code enforcement board finds that the violation is irreversible - the unapproved removal of an historic tree, for example ? the violator would face a maximum fine of $15,000. The current maximum penalty is $5,000. Last year Jupiter?s seven-person Code Enforcement Division collected about $39,000 in fines.--- ...More

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Captain America wins rock-paper-scissors title

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan man has won the world Rock Paper Scissors championship in Toronto. Tim Conrad clinched the title after five hours of play and nine matches at the Steam Whistle Brewery on Saturday night----...More

NFL Owner Fined $250,000

Nashville, Tennessee - The NFL has fined Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for making an obscene gesture at Bills fans. It happened in Nashville. After the Titans beat the Bills 41-17, Adams was seen ?flipping off? fans from his luxury suite at the stadium. Adams apologized later in the day for the display of his middle fingers. ?I do realize that those types of things shouldn?t happen,? Adams said in a statement. ----...More

Video shows patient cop with affectionate cat

TAYLOR, Texas (AP) -- A black cat showed affection by crawling up and down a Texas police officer in a friendly display captured on the patrol car's dashcam. Taylor police Officer Keith Urban was seen being patient with the cat, whose image was captured during a recent traffic stop, then finally gently booting the kitty away----...More

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Man carrying $600 pinched for alleged pencil theft

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Police have arrested a man after he allegedly stole a pencil from a Bellingham store even though he was carrying $600 in cash. The man, 44, was booked into the Whatcom County Jail after police learned he had an outstanding warrant from Everett----...More

Turkey on NJ Turnpike causes havoc, evades capture

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities have stopped trying to capture a wild turkey that calls Interchange 14B on the New Jersey Turnpike home. The bird has been causing havoc for toll collectors and motorists as it runs across toll booths, plays in traffic, and sits atop toll collectors' parked cars----...More

Idaho boy, 11, shoots black bear on family's porch

DRIGGS, Idaho (AP) -- An 11-year-old boy shot a black bear on his family's front porch after he said it wouldn't leave. The boy was at his home near Driggs, just west of the Idaho-Wyoming border, with his younger sisters last Wednesday when the bear showed up. The youngster said he couldn't shoo it away, so he went and got his gun and shot it---...More

Police: Man upset over ticket phoned trooper's mom

CARLE PLACE, N.Y. (AP) -- Police said a Long Island man upset about a speeding ticket tried to get even with a state trooper by making a prank phone call to his mother. Authorities said Lawrence Demaio, of Carle Place, called the woman about a month after the ticket was issued and told her her son had been badly hurt in a car accident---...More

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fla. man arrested for calling 911, asking for sex

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Florida police say a man arrested for repeatedly calling 911 looking for sex claimed it was the only number he could dial after running out of cell phone minutes---...More

Spider-Man slugs man

HOLLYWOOD, California - A man in a Spider-Man costume was arrested on outstanding warrants in Los Angeles after he allegedly hit a man on Hollywood Boulevard. First, officers had to figure out which Spider-Man impostor was which, because they found four of them dressed as the superhero. They stopped the second, and it was the suspect. The victim told police he was hit in the face and arms but did not want to press charges but Christopher Loomis, 39, was booked on outstanding misdemeanor warrants.---...More

San Diego Great Dane named world's tallest dog

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Only one animal got credit for a record Thursday, the same day Norway registered the world's largest gingerbread man; the most people hugging in one minute were in the U.K.; Italy set the mark for the fastest consumption of a bowl of pasta; Finland had the most nationalities in a single sauna; and a team from Mexico assembled the world's longest paper clip chain---...More

UK man breaks record for pulling bus with hair

LONDON (AP) -- A British man broke the world record for pulling a double-decker bus with his hair. Manjit Singh broke the Guinness World Record on Thursday by pulling the bus weighing 8.5 British tons for 21.2 meters (69.55 feet) across Battersea Park in London with ribbons attached to his hair---...More

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Milwaukee muggers see Army ID, return wallet

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee Army reservist's military identification earned him some street cred Tuesday, when he says four men who mugged him at gunpoint returned his belongings and thanked him for his service after finding the ID---...More

Wedding ring found in dump amid 10 tons of trash

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) -- Sanitation workers sorted through 10 tons of trash to recover a wedding ring accidentally thrown away by a New Jersey couple---...More

Veteran’s Day Tribute

Veteran’s Day Tribute

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.

They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.

They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.

Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.

We salute each and every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.

So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.

By Joanna Fuchs

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Chestnut gobbles down 50 meatballs to win contest

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Joey Chestnut maintained his dominance in the sport of competitive eating - and expanded his palate - by winning the first-ever Martorano's Masters Meatball Eating Championship in Las Vegas. Chestnut on Sunday gobbled 50 meatballs in 10 minutes at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino. The 6.25 pounds was a new world record and earned him the first-place prize of $1,500....More

Robbery suspects found sleeping in Calif. garage

POMONA, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities said four men were arrested after being found sleeping in a garage stacked with stolen property. Pomona police Lt. Alex Rilloraza said officers discovered the suspects Friday while investigating the robbery of electronics from a nearby home. He said some of the stolen goods were in the suspects' pockets---...More

Student expelled after row over short dress

SAO PAULO, Brazil - In Brazil, famed for its tiny bikinis and carefree attitude, a university student has been expelled after violent protests by students outraged at the short outfit she wore on campus. The Universidade Bandeirante (Uniban) said it had expelled the student, Geysi Villa Nova Arruda, 20, for “flagrant disrespect of ethical principles, academic dignity and morality,” in a statement published in some newspapers. Her dress sparked student protests in this largely Roman Catholic country....More

Monday, November 9, 2009

Accused bigamist says he didn?t say ?I do?

DETROIT - A married Detroit man says he can?t be accused of bigamy because he didn?t say ?I do? in a marriage ceremony to a second woman. Eugene Pallisco, 44, testified in Oakland County Circuit Court that his marriage to Lesley Keith, 38, was a sham and Keith knew it. Keith told Judge Cheryl Matthews he stood mute during the 2002 marriage ceremony and never uttered the words of consent ?I do.? Several witnesses, however, testified they heard Pallisco say ?I do? and believed the marriage to be legitimate.---...More

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mayor, 92, wins fifth term

SOUTH COATESVILLE, Pennsylvania - A 92-year-old mayor just elected to a fifth term is older than the Pennsylvania town he represents. James C. Kennedy of South Coatesville is not the oldest mayor in the United States, an honor believed to be held by Dorothy Gechen, the 101-year-old mayor of Ocean Breeze, Fla., the Philadelphia Daily News reported. But he is old enough that he decided to rest instead of attending a victory party. Kennedy, a Democrat, won 85-59. ---...More

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Driver suspected in bank van heist

LYON, France - French police are looking for the driver of a security van suspected of driving off with more than 10 million euros ($14.85 million) after the man vanished, apparently after first clearing out his flat. The van disappeared after the three-member crew took delivery of the cash at a branch of the Bank of France in the southeastern city of Lyon. While they were making their delivery rounds, two crew members who had left the driver alone returned to find the van had disappeared. It was found abandoned later in the day. -- More

Nolan brother planned jailbreak

CHICAGO, Illinois - Authorities in Chicago said the brother of ?The Dark Knight? director Christopher Nolan was allegedly planning a jail escape worthy of Batman. Officials at the high-rise Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago said they discovered 31 feet of rope made from bedsheets, a harness, a razor and a metal clip that could unlock handcuffs in the cell of Matthew Nolan, 41, who was arrested in February on Costa Rican murder charges.--More

Newlywed Kills Bride, Kidnaps Friend

GAINESVILLE, Florida - A Florida newlywed allegedly killed his bride and kidnapped a friend before surrendering to deputies after a dramatic six-hour standoff. Twenty-three-year-old Charles Edwin Duke was taken into custody in Levy County. Investigators say he fatally shot 22-year-old Felicia Fine Duke in an argument at their Cedar Key home, then fled with a friend who was staying with them. ---More

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pay problem parents not to breed

New Zealand - An outspoken Kiwi politician has proposed a new solution to the country?s child abuse problem - pay the ?appalling underclass? not to breed. Michael Laws - ?That there is a group within our society who give their children no hope nor opportunity from the moment that they are born,? the regional mayor wrote on the New Zealand radio website where he broadcasts as a talkback DJ. ?That these ?parents? are known to authorities ? and yet the authorities can only intervene after children have been harmed.? ?It would be far better for this appalling underclass to be offered financial inducements not to have children, given the toxic environment that they would provide for any child in their care.?---...More

'You hit a what?' SUV nearly slams into elephant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- It's not unusual to see a deer or a cow crossing Oklahoma's rural highways. But an elephant? A couple driving home from church nearly slammed into a giant pachyderm that had escaped from a nearby circus late Wednesday---...More

Man rescues stray dog, but ends up with 10 pooches

ATLANTA (AP) -- An Atlanta man who rescued one stray dog from traffic now has his hands full with 10 pooches. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday that Gary DeNicola rescued the dog in late September with plans to take it to a shelter the next day. But it turns out the dog was pregnant and gave birth to nine puppies that night. Now DeNicola is running an animal shelter of sorts himself and he's looking for good homes for the dogs---...More

Terrorist Attack-Fort Hood Shooting by Major Hasan

Shooter Major Malik Nadal Hasan Kills 13 and 31 wounded at Fort Hood Texas.

Malik Nadal Hasan A Muslim extremist infiltrates the US Military and goes on a Jihad.

Fort Hood shooting: Army psychiatrist named as gunman is still aliveUS major unconscious and under military guard after being shot four times during Texas base rampage that killed 13

The US army psychiatrist who allegedly shot dead 13 people and wounded 30 when he went on a rampage at Fort Hood military base in Texas is alive in a hospital under military guard.

The gunman, identified as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, was initially reported to have been killed. But it emerged early this morning he survived despite being shot four times by a police officer. He is on a ventilator and unconscious, according to military officials. "I would say his death is not imminent," a military spokesman told the Associated Press.

Hasan was about to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, said Kay Bailey Hutchison, Republican senator for Texas. One of Hasan's cousins, Nader Hasan, told reporters the major was dreading going to war, having counselled scores of returning soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder....More

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Police: Drunk man admits theft after traffic stop

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) -- Officials said a man gave deputies more than they asked for when he was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Sheriff Greg Bartlett told WAFF Tuesday that 48-year-old man pulled out in front of a deputy in the early morning hours of Halloween and the official observed the truck weaving in and out of lanes heading to I-65.---...More

Man Shows Up Alive at Own Funeral

Brazil - A Brazilian bricklayer reportedly killed in a car crash shocked his mourning family by showing up alive at his funeral. Relatives of Ademir Jorge Goncalves, 59, had identified him as the victim of a car crash in Parana state in southern Brazil. As is customary in Brazil, the funeral was held the following day, which happened to be the holiday of Finados, when Brazilians visit cemeteries to honor the dead. What family members didn?t know was that Goncalves had spent the night at a truck stop talking with friends over drinks of a sugarcane liquor known as cachaca. He did not get word about his own funeral until it was already happening. ---...More

Chinese villagers listed as dead in welfare scam

China - Hundreds of Chinese villagers are protesting after they were registered as dead and struck from village lists. The taxes villages pay to higher levels of government and the social warfare payments allocated by the central Government are both based on the number of households. By recording the false deaths, local officials held back payments. And the victims are also deprived of newly established medical insurance and pension schemes. The 300 members of Zhouzhuang village - a sixth of the population - discovered they were ?dead? when a man tried to apply for a new identity book for his parents. ---...More

Pa. robbery victim IDs suspect from old yearbook

ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- After being robbed of his jacket, cell phone, keys and $300, a Pennsylvania man was left with the odd feeling that his assailants looked familiar. Police say that's because they went to school together about 15 years ago--...More

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Records on the Rise

LOS ANGELES, California - Immigration agents assigned to track down people who have ignored deportation orders have increasingly arrested immigrants with criminal records during the past year, new data show. Data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement show a shift from the prior three years, when more than 70 percent of immigrants arrested by fugitive operations teams had no criminal histories. About 45 percent of the 35,000 immigrants arrested by the teams during the 2009 fiscal year had criminal convictions. The figure is up from 23 percent during the prior year.--...More

Stupid neighbor cited for repeated horn honking

VANDALIA, Ohio - Police in Ohio said a woman was cited for disorderly conduct for repeatedly honking her horn while driving past a neighbor?s home. Vandalia police said a woman called officers to report a female neighbor was honking the horn every time she drove past her window and investigators warned the neighbor to cease the honking. The woman was again warned to cease the honking and cited for disorderly conduct.---...More

Man without ride stole ambulance

RICHMOND, Michigan - Michigan State Police said a man denied a ride from people at a hospital stole an ambulance. Sgt. Craig Nyeholt with the Michigan State Police Richmond Post said Marcus Belgrave Jr., 31, of Detroit, stole a Richmond Lenox EMS ambulance idling outside the emergency room entrance of St. John River District Hospital in East China Township. Belgrave took the ambulance after failing to get a ride to his car in St. Clair, Michigan----...More

Heavyset Fla. man allegedly robs same bank 4 times

TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) -- Investigators are searching for a man who has robbed the same South Florida bank four times in the past year. The suspect has targeted a Tamarac BankAtlantic so many times that during the last heist one of the tellers said, "He's here again." The alleged robber is heavyset and has with dreadlocks. He wears different clothes each time, but during Saturday's heist the suspect wore all-black clothes, gloves and a black hat---...More

Pa. woman, daughter hold signs admitting theft

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) -- In exchange for no jail time, a woman and her adult daughter have agreed to stand outside a Pennsylvania courthouse holding signs saying they stole a gift card from a 9-year-old girl on her birthday---...More

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hotels come to the rescue of stray dogs

TAIPEI - Taipei?s dogs are living it up at hotels, complete with VIP suites and pools, that aim to ease the problem of strays that has plagued the city for decades. Hoping to discourage people from dumping unwanted pets on the streets, two Taipei proprietors have opened giant hotels dedicated to dogs, with pools, salons, classes and playrooms. The hotels offer an alternative to pet owners who lack the time or space to look after dogs and who can pay the room rate of $14 a day plus food.---...More

Marilyn Monroe crypt auction fails again

LOS ANGELES, California - A second attempt to sell a crypt on top of Marilyn Monroe?s final resting place has failed, with not a single bid received for the burial spot in a celebrity-filled Los Angeles cemetery. Widow Elsie Poncher is trying to sell her husband?s crypt to pay off the mortgage on her Beverly Hills home. On selling the crypt, Poncher had planned to move her husband, who died in 1986, to an adjacent crypt intended for her.---...More

Ohio woman hopes trick-or-treater may find ring

TERRACE PARK, Ohio (AP) -- A Halloween trick or treater in Ohio may have gotten a bigger treat than expected - a diamond ring. A woman in suburban Cincinnati said she thinks she may have lost her wedding ring when she was tossing candy into trick or treaters' bags on Halloween---...More

Woman calls 911 to report herself as drunk driver

NEILSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- The call came into the 911 dispatcher: "I don't want to hurt anybody. I'm drunk." And with that, Mary Strey, 49, of Granton, reported herself as a drunken driver about three miles northeast of Neilsville in central Wisconsin--...More

Monday, November 2, 2009

Elderly Patient Locked in Ambulance for Hours

UK - An elderly kidney patient was locked in the back of an ambulance for five hours after the driver forgot about him and clocked off duty. The 65-year-old man was trapped at Sharston ambulance station in Manchester from the early evening until the middle of the night. Staff at the patient?s care home contacted police after he failed to return from a regular hospital appointment in a non-emergency ambulance. It is thought the driver forgot about the man after dropping off three other patients.---...More

Man convicted in orange rabbit pedicab hit-and-run

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Mercedes driver testified he didn't see the 6-foot-tall orange rabbit driving a pedicab because he was fumbling for a dropped cell phone---...More

Smoking bans extend to the great outdoors

Massachusetts - It was a recent trip to the park that finally did it. Jason Mayo watched as a father pushed his child on a swing, cigarette clenched between his teeth. On every upswing, the child got a face full of exhaled smoke. ?We can?t tell people how to parent,?? said Mayo, a member of the Ayer parks and recreation committee, which has banned smoking in the town?s recreation areas. ?But all the other kids around him were inhaling that cigarette too.?? As antismoking sentiment sweeps across the country, nonsmokers are taking back bars, restaurants, and workplaces, snuffing smoking out of its indoor havens. And now some of them are turning their sights on the great outdoors.---...More

Homes for sale for $1.00 - No buyers

Chicago, Illinois - Officials in suburban Barrington - put three homes up for a sale at just a dollar a piece and did not get a single bidder. Though the homes aren?t officially designated landmarks, they are believed to have some historic value; that?s why Barrington officials want to sell the homes - which are located in the suburb?s downtown - rather than just demolish them to make way for development, which is the alternative.---...More