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Ore. woman, 88, gives naked intruder the 'squeeze'

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said an 88-year-old woman fended off a naked intruder by grabbing the man's crotch and squeezing. Deputy Paul McRedmond said the man got into the house Tuesday through a sliding door. He backed the woman into her living room and pushed her face down onto a chair.

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Minn. man accused of breaking into his own home

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A 19-year-old Hutchinson man was arrested after allegedly breaking into his own home and stealing a car, jewelry, some money, and other items. Police said he allegedly lured his other family members away Friday afternoon by making a dinner reservation for them in Chanhassen.

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Man who aided bicycle theft plan has bike stolen

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A former Fort Lauderdale city commissioner who helped create a program to combat bicycle theft had his own bike stolen while trying to help people involved in a vehicle crash.

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Police say alleged drug dealer accepted gift cards

Updated: 12/31/2008 - You can call it a case of creative drug-dealing. Athens police have a 38-year-old man in custody for allegedly accepting gift cards for payment for crack cocaine and prescription drugs. Police Captain Marty Bruce, a spokesman, said the man was arrested Monday night. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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Scientists eye unusual swarm of Yellowstone quakes

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.

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New NASA report details final minutes of Columbia

Updated: 12/31/2008 - When the first of many loud alarms sounded on the space shuttle Columbia, the seven astronauts had about a minute to live, though they didn't know it. The pilot, William McCool, pushed several buttons trying to right the ship as it tumbled out of control. He didn't know it was futile.

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Playwright Harold Pinter buried in London

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter was buried at a London cemetery Wednesday in a small private funeral attended by family and close friends.

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Blackout looms in Time Warner Cable-Viacom fight

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A spat between Time Warner Cable Inc. and Viacom Inc. over how much the cable company pays to carry channels such as MTV and Comedy Central headed down to the wire on New Year's Eve - with little sign of movement as a blackout looked likely at a minute past the stroke of midnight.

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You could party with a rock star on New Year's Eve

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Why not share a shot with Paris Hilton or boogie down with Pete Wentz to ring in 2009? This year, any regular Joe with dough (and no reason to sweat the economy) could party like - and with - a rock star, movie star or reality TV star on New Year's Eve.

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GMAC Completes Debt Deal to Raise Capital

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The financing arm of General Motors Corp. completed a complicated debt deal that fell short of the goal it set for the amount of fresh capital needed to help the auto loan company ride out a historic collapse in auto sales.

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Brother accused of embezzling from Dane Cook

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The half brother of comedian Dane Cook has pleaded not guilty to embezzling millions from the comedian and ordered held on $3 million bail.

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Atlanta inner-city school gets $365K from Oprah

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A letter from Oprah Winfrey last week seemed like the world's best Christmas present - until teacher Ron Clark noticed an extra piece of paper flutter out of the envelope.

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Stores to airlines, many brands vanished in 2008

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Shoppers won't be picking up ornate lamps from the Bombay Co. in the coming year. Or investing with Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns. No flying to Hawaii on Aloha Airlines or buying ultra-cheap tickets on Skybus, either.

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Gazprom: Russia to cut gas supplies to Ukraine

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Russia's state gas monopoly said it would cut off all natural gas supplies to Ukraine early Thursday after the two sides failed to agree on how much Ukraine would pay in 2009.

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Madoff set to disclose list of holdings

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Investigators may get a clue Wednesday into how much money might be available for victims in the Bernard Madoff scandal.

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