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Photo: 74-Year-Old Jailed Over Sewer Bill 74-Year-Old Jailed Over Sewer Bill
WTAE-TV - Wed Jan 6, 2010
CHARLEROI, Pennsylvania - A 74-year-old Charleroi woman who spent a night in jail over overdue fees from late sewer bills was in court on Thursday. More»

Georgia County To Add 'Crash Fee'
Associated Press - Sun Dec 27, 2009
DECATUR, Georgia - Some victims of car crashes in DeKalb County will soon have to pay a $250 fee for the first time. More»

Adm. Mullen says hacked drones caused no damage
Associated Press - Thu Dec 17, 2009
WASHINGTON - The top US military officer said recent computer hacking of information from US drones caused no significant military damage. More»

Photo: Mattel makes Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken doll Mattel makes Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken doll
WPTV - Wed Nov 4, 2009
PALM BEACH, Forida - Palm Beach has a new "sugar daddy," and he's only a few inches tall. More»

Photo: 2012 isn't the end of the world, Mayans insist 2012 isn't the end of the world, Mayans insist
Associated Press - Sat Oct 10, 2009
MEXICO CITY - Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly "running out" on December 21, 2012. More»

French arrest physicist suspected of al-Qaida link
Associated Press - Thu Oct 8, 2009
GENEVA - A nuclear physicist working at the world's largest atom smasher has been arrested on suspicion of links to the Algerian branch of al-Qaida, another blow to a project that has been plagued by glitches and was shut down after a massive electrical failure a year ago. More»

Photo: GOP member shoots target with Fla. Dem's initials GOP member shoots target with Fla. Dem's initials
Associated Press - Thu Oct 8, 2009
MIAMI - A South Florida Republican said it was a mistake to shoot at a target with the initials of the Democratic congresswoman he is trying to unseat. More»

Photo: Bank of America Turns Armless Man Away, After Demanding a Thumbprint Bank of America Turns Armless Man Away, After Demanding a Thumbprint
Associated Press - Wed Sep 2, 2009
TAMPA, Florida - A Florida man born without arms says a Tampa bank would not let him cash a check because he couldn't provide a thumbprint. More»

Burger King Kicks Out Baby for Not Wearing Shoes
Associated Content - Wed Aug 5, 2009
A Mother and Her Six-Month-Old Baby Were Asked to Leave a Missouri Burger King when Baby Wasn't Wearing Shoes. More»

Officers Run Background Check On Obama; Placed On Leave
WSB-TV - Tue Jul 28, 2009
DEKALB COUNTY, Georgia - Two DeKalb County police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after an investigation revealed they ran a background check on President Barack Obama. More»

Photo: Is Scientology Threatening John Travolta? Is Scientology Threatening John Travolta?
Daily Mail, UK - Fri Jul 24, 2009
Dead of night, and on a deserted Florida landing strip, the silence of the oppressively hot early hours is broken by the low whirring of an electric cart, driving lazy circuits. More»

Denver Officer Pulls Weapon Over Slow Service at Drive-thru
KMGH TV - Mon Jul 20, 2009
AURORA, Colorado - A Denver police officer assigned to Denver International Airport was on administrative leave Tuesday after employees at an Aurora McDonald's said he pulled a gun on them when his order wasn't filled fast enough. More»

Photo: S.C. Governor Mark Sanford goes AWOL for the Boink of the Century S.C. Governor Mark Sanford goes AWOL for the Boink of the Century
Associated Press - Tue Jun 23, 2009
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - After going AWOL for seven days, Governor Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday that he had secretly flown to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he was having an affair. More»

Photo: 'A loooot of fun': Miss Universe's verdict after getting a grand tour of Guantanamo Bay 'A loooot of fun': Miss Universe's verdict after getting a grand tour of Guantanamo Bay
Daily Mail, UK - Tue Mar 31, 2009
Reigning Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela has described the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison as a 'relaxing, calm and beautiful place'. More»

Power Surge Causes Explosions In 55 Homes
WFTV-TV - Tue Feb 17, 2009
MINNEOLA, Florida - Fifty-five homeowners in Minneola were stunned Wednesday when a sudden power surge blew up appliances and caused fire to shoot out of outlets. More»

'Pull My Finger' subject of court fight
CNN - Mon Feb 16, 2009
A Florida-based company has accused a Colorado competitor in federal court of trademark infringement and unfair business practices over the phrase "Pull My Finger". More»

Photo: Hacked road signs warn of zombies, raptors ahead Hacked road signs warn of zombies, raptors ahead
Associated Press - Wed Feb 4, 2009
COLLINSVILLE, Illinois - Hackers are messing with electronic road signs in some states, warning of zombies and raptors down the road. More»

Photo: Tangerine growers tell beekeepers to buzz off Tangerine growers tell beekeepers to buzz off
Associated Press - Thu Jan 8, 2009
FRESNO, California - Is it trespassing when bees do what bees do in California's tangerine groves? That is the question being weighed by state agriculture officials caught between beekeepers who prize orange blossom honey and citrus growers who blame the bees for causing otherwise seedless mandarin oranges to develop pips. More»

Former Sen. Larry Craig dropping further appeals
Associated Press - Wed Jan 7, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Idaho Senator Larry Craig has reached the end of the road in his effort to reverse his conviction in an airport bathroom sex sting, one of his lawyers said Thursday. More»

Florida congressman Cliff Stearns asks Nancy Pelosi for football break
Canadian Press - Tue Jan 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Thursday's championship football game between Florida and Oklahoma is obviously a big game, but big enough to shut down Congress? Representative Cliff Stearns hopes so. More»

Photo: Could 'Tentacle' UFO Have Destroyed UK Wind Turbine? Could 'Tentacle' UFO Have Destroyed UK Wind Turbine?
Louth Leader - Mon Jan 5, 2009
LINCOLNSHIRE, UK - Engineers from Ecotricity are working to establish how a 20m blade mysteriously fell off a turbine at Conisholme wind farm - but residents have their own conclusions. More»

Flag-waving gunman closes Calif. highway for hours
Associated Press - Mon Nov 3, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, California - A man in a ski mask waved an American flag and a handgun on a freeway overpass for about three hours Monday morning, forcing a massive traffic shutdown before he surrendered. More»

Photo: Woman Thrown in Georgia Jail After Lawn Care Complaint Woman Thrown in Georgia Jail After Lawn Care Complaint
WAGA-TV - Sat Nov 1, 2008
GAINESVILLE, Georgia - A Gainesville woman was put behind bars, lost her job and asked to pay a fine and it all started with a complaint about her lawn care. More»

Photo: McCain volunteer made up robbery story McCain volunteer made up robbery story
Associated Press - Thu Oct 23, 2008
PITTSBURGH - A McCain campaign volunteer made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter "B" scratched on her face in a politically inspired attack, police said Friday. More»

Photo: Big ballot boo-boo: Osama for president? Big ballot boo-boo: Osama for president?
Times Union - Fri Oct 10, 2008
TROY, New York - Rensselaer County gaffe makes national news after absentee ballots misspell Barack Obama's name. More»

Photo: Palin blessed to be free from 'witchcraft' Palin blessed to be free from 'witchcraft'
Associated Press - Wed Sep 24, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A grainy YouTube video surfaced Wednesday showing Sarah Palin being blessed in her hometown church three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for her protection from "witchcraft" as she prepared to seek higher office. More»

Bogus anti-Scientology DMCA notices sent to YouTube linked to Wikipedia user
The Industry Standard - Sun Sep 7, 2008
YouTube may be rethinking their process for handling DMCA takedown notices this week, after receiving thousands of bogus notices alleging illegal content on the site. More»

Photo: Cops: We've Seen The Chupacabra Cops: We've Seen The Chupacabra
KSAT-TV - Mon Aug 11, 2008
DeWITT COUNTY, Texas - The legend of the chupacabra gained new life over the weekend as two DeWitt County sheriff's deputies spotted what they said they believe is the mythical creature. More»

FBI: We Don't Have Tesla's Death Ray
Wired - Thu Jul 24, 2008
As part of its centennial celebration, the FBI just released a list of the "Top Ten Myths in FBI History". More»

Court: Exorcism is protected by law
Associated Press - Fri Jun 27, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism conducted by members of her old church, ruling that the case unconstitutionally entangled the court in religious matters. More»

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