7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW YORK (MCT) - More than 250,000 people in Maine, New York and New Hampshire remained without electrical power Sunday, following the heavy storm that hit the Northeast with snow, sleet and blustery conditions late last week. And there's more bad weather on the way as Wall Street and the Northeast prepare to return to work Monday. Another storm carried snow and rain into New England on Sunday night.
7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last summer, a pet Burmese python coiled itself around a young girl in Sumter County and suffocated the 2-year-old inside her crib. That snake is alive today. In mid-December, a Florida Black Bear roaming neighborhoods near Longwood took a non-lethal swipe at a man with a history of feeding bears near the man's front door. The bear was trapped within 24 hours and then euthanized. These cases and the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's tragedy at SeaWorld - trainer Dawn Brancheau's drowning death at the mouth of killer whale Tilikum - illustrate how government and society dictate life and death decisions for animals who injure or kill humans. Tilly, linked to two earlier human deaths, will live, SeaWorld officials said.
7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Congress will pass legislation aimed at keeping certain jobless benefits, highway and transit money and other government programs funded, Sen. Jon Kyl, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said Sunday. But the approval is highly unlikely to come before Monday morning. Several programs expire at midnight, and Congress has failed to extend them because of an objection by Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky. Bunning wants the $10 billion price offset by budget reductions.
7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANTIAGO, Chile (MCT) - Ohio native Laura Bradshaw said she didn't realize at first that it was an earthquake. Later, she would acknowledge how lucky she and others around her were. The 24-year-old Bath High School grad is in Chile, on a 10-month tour teaching English at a technical university. Bradshaw is in her second year in Chile, just having returned from a month at home. Her return had her in Chile, in an apartment shared by natives and foreigners, when the giant 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast, though she is somewhat north of the area hardest hit.
7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council has a tough decision to make. The council members, at some point, need to decide what zoning best fits adult arcades.
7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
PHILADELPHIA (MCT) - As recalls and manufacturer defects continue to raise questions about Toyota vehicle safety, owners may worry that auto-insurance premiums may be affected, too. Not necessarily, experts say.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Congressional investigators said they had found evidence that Toyota Motor Corp. "deliberately withheld' evidence in lawsuits related to vehicle safety, exhibiting a "systematic disregard for the law.' The allegation, made Friday by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, came two days after Toyota's chief executive appeared before Congress asking forgiveness for the automaker's handling of the issue of sudden acceleration.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - Lipoban was advertised as a miracle drug that absorbed fat, allowing people to shed weight without changing their diets. The claim was a lie, but the pills did absorb something - money from people's wallets. The Boca Raton man behind the ads spent the better part of three decades making similar weight-loss claims, raking in enough money to buy a posh Virgin Islands hideaway.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard paid the commissioners a visit at Tuesday's meeting to talk business. Howard told the board he could obtain two used patrol cars that could be painted and fitted as sheriff's cruisers for less than $15,000. The $15,000 comes from insurance money from the recent cruiser that was totaled.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Authorities have determined a Ridgefield Township shed fire did about $12,500 worth of damage to the structure and contents. Seventeen firefighters with the Huron River Joint Fire District responded to what originally was reported to be a barn fire at 4:07 p.m. Sunday at 1660 Jacobs Road.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Chris Carroll may be Monroeville's answer to Batman. Actually, Carroll said he was at the right place at the right time to catch one of four suspects running away from a break-in at his one-time rental property.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - When 14-year-old Tessa Lamar discovered her father not breathing and his lips purple, she was scared like any child would be. But an instinct also kicked in. It was as though the information about CPR she picked up at a baby-sitting course training two years ago drove her, like an involuntary muscle movement, to start the potentially lifesaving process for her 47-year-old father, Mark.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Could the city of Norwalk save money by going with a private company to collect residents' trash? With the city and county currently trying to hash out a new solid waste contract, this idea is being tossed around.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Bellevue man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in brutally assaulting a 21-year-old mentally disabled man. Andrew R. Ohler, 26, of 349 N. Buckeye St., could face one to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 when he is sentenced April 13. He pleaded guilty to an amended count of attempted felonious assault, a third-degree felony, which was reduced from the original charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you can barely scrounge up enough cash to pay the bills, saving for retirement might be relegated to your good-intentions list. But with the nation deeply in debt and concerns mounting about Social Security and Medicare, Americans are going to need more than good intentions to secure their future. And your tax return, of all places, might help you get there. .
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
TACOMA, Wash. (MCT) - The man who fatally shot a Tacoma special education teacher before being slain by a sheriff's deputy Friday morning had stalked the woman for years, showering her with unwanted attention that made her fearful, according to police and court records. The victim, Jennifer Paulson, 30, had obtained a civil anti-harassment order against the man in September 2008 after he repeatedly called her, sent her flowers and visited her workplace against her wishes, according to Tacoma Municipal Court records.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
PASADENA, Calif. (MCT) - NBC's new series "The Marriage Ref' offers average couples the chance to air their differences on national television and have the argument settled by the show's resident referee, Tom Papa. The show also marks the return of Jerry Seinfeld to network TV - he's the executive producer and an occasional guest panelist.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
There were 414 foreclosures filed last year in Huron County Common Pleas Court. That accounts for 61 percent of the total cases filed in 2009; there has been a 273 percent increase in the amount of foreclosures filed since 1999.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
You think the snow this month is the worst you've ever seen? It just might be.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
DON'T MISS: "THE MARRIAGE REF' - Yes, all those promotional ads during the Olympics got on our nerves - but they also piqued our curiosity. Why would Jerry Seinfeld, who led one of television's landmark sitcoms, want to produce a goofy reality series that has celebrities serving as arbiters in marital disputes? Last we checked, celebrities don't have a standout track record when it comes to relationships. Still, it looks like this show has the makings of a delirious train wreck, so count us in for at least one viewing. By Week 2, we might be ready to file for divorce. 10:30 p.m. tonight, NBC.
7:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's an article of faith among the business and government elite that bailing out Wall Street prevented another Great Depression. America had to do it, the thinking goes, to avoid a much worse fate.