Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Marlins Manager Suspended For Loving Castro

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games amid controversy over a comment he made about Fidel Castro.

The Marlins released a statement Tuesday morning, saying, "The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen. The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized, especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship."

Time Magazine reported that Guillen said he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long.[MORE]

Woman strips naked at Denver Airport

A female passenger at Denver International Airport caused a stir Tuesday morning when she stripped naked in the middle of Concourse B, airport officials said.

The incident happened at about 8:45 a.m. when, according to DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone, the woman was caught smoking a cigarette at gate B81, in a non-smoking area.[MORE]

Woman charged with faking cancer for NY wedding

Strangers donated the beautifully embroidered wedding dress, the two rings, the honeymoon time-share in Aruba. They acted quickly, too, because the bride was dying of cancer. Or so she said.

The state attorney general's office announced Tuesday that Jessica Vega, 25, has been indicted on charges of fraud and grand larceny for getting her "dream wedding" by falsely claiming she was dying of leukemia.[MORE]

Child Killed in Wood Chipper

A 6-year-old child in Salem was killed Tuesday morning after being pulled into a wood chipper, officials said.

Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said the boy was outside with his siblings helping his father clear brush and grind trees from a neighbor's yard at the time of the incident.[MORE]

Newt Gingrich's Filing Fee Check Bounces

Five Republicans have filed the necessary papers and $500 fee to qualify for the June 26 Utah presidential primary election, but with Rick Santorum dropping out of the race Tuesday, only four will be on the ballot.

Or possibly three. Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced.[MORE]

Death and Taxes Collide as Fatal Crashes Mount on IRS Filing Day

Death and taxes aren’t only certain, they also seem to share a same deadline in the U.S., according to a study that points to the role of stress in fatal accidents.

Deaths from traffic accidents around April 15, traditionally the last day to file individual income taxes in the U.S., rose 6 percent on average on each of the last 30 years of tax filing days compared with a day during the week prior and a week later, according to research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.[MORE]

Stocks Log Worst Day in 2012, Dow Skids 200

Stocks posted their steepest one-day decline this year, finishing in negative territory for the fifth-straight session Tuesday, amid concerns over the health of the global economy and the start of earnings season.[MORE]

Rep. Cleaver faces Bank of America suit, but could be bailed out by taxpayers

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), who is facing a lawsuit for failing to pay down a 2002 Bank of America loan that he used to buy a car wash in Missouri, could have a good chunk of the $1.5 million he owes paid off by taxpayers.

According to the Kansas City Star, the Small Business Administration (SBA) backed about three-quarters of Cleaver's 2002 loan, which means that if the loan goes bad, the SBA could pay off $1.1 million of that debt.[MORE]

Mich. teacher: I was fired over Trayvon fundraiser

A teacher fired from a Michigan middle school after encouraging students to raise money for the family of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said Tuesday she is confused by the dismissal and wants the school's administration to explain.

Brooke Harris was dismissed in March from Pontiac Academy for Excellence after she supported students' efforts to plan a wear-a-hoodie-to-school day. Martin was wearing a hoodie on Feb. 26 when he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer.[MORE]

GSA nixes Vegas conference in wake of scandal

The General Services Administration to Las Vegas: We’re just not that into you — anymore.

The agency, whose lavish 2010 conference in Sin City drew controversy — and led to the firing or discipline of eight officials — was slated to go back to the scene of the proverbial crime later this month. But alas for slots lovers, the GSA has cancelled “GreenUP 2012 Training Conference and Vendor Showcase,” set to take place in a Vegas hotel on April 25.[MORE]

George Clooney to Host Obama Fundraiser

ET can exclusively reveal that George Clooney is hosting a fundraiser for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign -- but there's one thing he won't do to help the president.

Clooney tells ET, "I'm proud to do whatever I can to support the President... as long as no one asks me to sing."[MORE]

Mexican town celebrates Easter with ‘burning of the Jews’

A newspaper in Mexico is detailing Sunday’s “burning of the Jews,” an annual tradition in Coita, a small town in the state of Chiapas. As part of the custom, locals spend the middle of their Holy Week making Jewish effigies — a reference to Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus before his crucifixion.[MORE]

George Zimmerman’s Attorneys Withdraw From Case

In a surreal press conference Tuesday evening, George Zimmerman’s lawyers said they are withdrawing as his defense council because of lack of communication from their client.

Zimmerman’s lawyers Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner said they lost track of Zimmerman on Sunday when he stopped returning their calls.[MORE]

Meth Lab Found in Walmart Restroom

Of all the things a Walmart janitor comes across, meth labs are probably low on the list.

Boaz Police say a maintenance worker cleaning the women’s restroom found pseudoephedrine pills and a plastic water bottle with residue in the bottom.

Managers contacted police, who recovered what Chief Terry Davis called a one-pot ‘shake and bake’ type lab.[MORE]

Police Find 5 ‘Horrified’ Nearly Naked BU Students In Fraternity House

Five nearly naked college students were found shivering in a Brighton basement Monday, tied together with duct tape.

Boston Police say they found the group terrified and humiliated. There were also signs the Boston University students may have been beaten.

The early morning raid left police officers stunned.[MORE]

Woman gets drunk, breaks into a house and tries to breast feed stranger's baby

An apparently intoxicated woman broke into a stranger’s home in eastern South Dakota and tried to breast feed a two-month-old child.

The baby’s shocked mother was awoken by dogs and called 911 at around 5am on Sunday.

She told officers that a woman she didn't know had entered her Brookings home and attempted to feed her daughter.[MORE]

Norway massacre gunman Anders Behring Breivik 'not insane'

"The experts' main conclusion is that the accused, Anders Behring Breivik, is not considered to have been psychotic at the time of the actions on July 22, 2011," the Oslo district court said in a statement which reopens the debate on whether the self-confessed killer can be sent to prison.

"That means that he is considered criminally responsible at the time of the crime."[MORE]

Old west re-enactor sent to prison for firing live shots into tourist crowd

The Old West re-enactor who fired four bullets into a crowd of tourists in downtown Hill City in June 2011 was sentenced Monday to 7-1/2 years in federal prison.

Paul F. Doering had earlier signed a plea agreement where he admitted that he concealed evidence after a June 17 Old West re-enactment of a gun fight on a Hill City side street in which three out-of-state visitors were injured, two seriously.[MORE]

Paul Ryan: Faith in the budget plan

House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says his Catholic faith helped shape the Republican budget plan by stressing local control and concern for the poor, according to an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network released Tuesday.

“A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves, in public and in private, so to me, using my Catholic faith, we call it the social magisterium, which is: How do you apply the doctrine of your teaching into your everyday life as a lay person?” he said.[READ]

Santorum asks for help paying down campaign debt

Rick Santorum asked supporters to help pay off his campaign debt after he suspended his presidential campaign this afternoon.

"I am planning to do everything in my power to bring a change about in the White House," he wrote in a campaign email. "But our campaign has debt, and I cannot be free to focus on helping defeat him with this burden."[MORE]

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