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Academics Ban Words

Posted: 12/31/2010 - They also repudiated Sarah Palin's "refudiate," flunked "fail" and weren't at all wowed by "wow factor."

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Man Strips to Skivvies in Protest

Posted: 12/31/2010 - He had scrawled across his chest a reference to the Constitution's 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

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Alabama Firm Recalls Breaded Chicken Wing Products

Posted: 12/30/2010 - Pilgrim's Pride, a Boaz, Ala., establishment, is recalling approximately 180,000 pounds of breaded chicken wing products because they contain an undeclared allergen, egg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Egg is a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

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Chrysler, Ford Recall Thousands of Trucks and SUVs

Posted: 12/30/2010 - Chrysler recalled about 150,000 trucks and SUVs on Thursday to address steering, air bag and potential stalling problems, while Ford recalled nearly 15,000 trucks and crossovers because of electrical issues.

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Gulf Spill Fund Czar Paying for Ethics Advice

Updated: 12/30/2010 - The administrator of the $20 billion fund BP set up to compensate Gulf oil spill victims is using money from it to pay for advice from a law professor who backs his assertion that he is independent from the oil giant.

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Unemployment Benefit Applications Drop Sharply

Updated: 12/30/2010 - The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest point in nearly two and a half years, a sign that the job market is slowly improving.

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Fake Products Fill Flea Markets

Posted: 12/30/2010 - This month alone customs agents seized $350,000 worth of goods at a flea market in Las Vegas.

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Emotions Flare Over Sex Toy Drive-Thru

Posted: 12/30/2010 - Obscenity law makes it illegal, but a loophole allows for unspecified "medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial, or law enforcement." Customers fill out an anonymous form with 10 questions including whether they or a partner have difficulty with sexual fulfillment.

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Bodies Pulled from Explosion Rubble Near Detroit

Posted: 12/29/2010 - A blast felt miles away leveled a Detroit-area furniture store, where crews rescued the owner from the rubble alive and searched for more than 12 hours before recovering the bodies of a salesman and a clerical worker who were killed in the suspected natural gas explosion.

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Police: Texas Officer Killed Trying to Protect Child

Updated: 12/29/2010 - A rookie police officer responding to a domestic violence call in suburban Dallas was shot to death trying to protect an 11-year-old girl from her mother's gun-wielding ex-boyfriend, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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Ind. Mom Charged; Authorities Await ID of Dead Boy

Posted: 12/29/2010 - An Indiana woman who told investigators she fed her young son olive oil and vinegar until he stopped breathing and died, then hid his body more than a year has been formally charged.

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Travelers Say Airlines' Customer Service Failed

Updated: 12/29/2010 - Travelers are lashing out at airlines for poor customer service after this week's storm on the East Coast left thousands stranded and unable to get through to reservation agents.

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Obama Bypasses Senate to Name New Envoys

Updated: 12/29/2010 - President Barack Obama has bypassed the Senate and directly appointed four new U.S. ambassadors whose nominations had been stalled or blocked by lawmakers for months.

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Airliner Slides Off Runway

Updated: 12/29/2010 - An airliner landing at the Jackson Hole Airport has slid off the runway. No injuries are reported.

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Wind Contributed to Maine Ski Accident

Posted: 12/29/2010 - High wind contributed to a chair lift accident at a Maine ski area that sent skiers plummeting 25 to 30 feet, injuring eight and trapping others for more than an hour, investigators said Wednesday, but they're not ruling out other factors.

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Texas Polygamist Sect Leader Pleads Not Guilty

Updated: 12/29/2010 - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs remained mute during a Wednesday arraignment on bigamy and child sex abuse charges, forcing the West Texas court to enter not guilty pleas on his behalf.

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Two Trapped in Exploded Detroit Store Rubble

Posted: 12/29/2010 - A family-owned furniture store in suburban Detroit exploded and collapsed in what appeared to be a natural gas explosion Wednesday, trapping three people in the rubble.

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NFL Fines Favre $50K for 'Failure to Cooperate'

Posted: 12/29/2010 - The NFL has fined Brett Favre $50,000 for a "failure to cooperate" with the investigation into allegations he sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to a former New York Jets game-day hostess.

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Flood of Boomers Begins

Posted: 12/29/2010 - The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program's obituary will be written before their own.

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New Laws May Not Be on the Books Long

Updated: 12/28/2010 - Revamped gun measures and tougher rules for payday lenders are among the laws set to take effect around the country on Jan. 1. But some of them may not be on the books for long.

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Obama to Delay Next Year's Budget Proposal by Week

Posted: 12/28/2010 - President Barack Obama will push back the release of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 by about a week, a delay administration officials blame in part on a hold placed on Obama's nominee for budget director.

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Self-Defense Claim in NYC Body-in-Luggage Case

Posted: 12/28/2010 - Authorities say a parolee has admitted killing a woman whose body was found in a suitcase on a New York City street. He claimed she attacked him first.

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Several Injured as Chairs Drop from Maine Ski Lift

Posted: 12/28/2010 - A chair lift derailed in high winds at Maine's tallest ski mountain Tuesday, sending screaming skiers plummeting as far as 30 feet to the slope below and injuring several of them.

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