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Oy! Eating Champ Downs 35 Dozen Oysters

Posted: 04/12/2008 - Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti looked down at the litter of empty oyster shells in front of him and savored the sweet taste of victory. For Crazy Legs Conti, the bitter taste of defeat could be washed away only by beer.

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A 26-Year-Old Secret Could Free Inmate

Posted: 04/12/2008 - For nearly 26 years, the affidavit was sealed in an envelope and stored in a locked box, tucked away with the lawyer's passport and will. Sometimes he stashed the box in his bedroom closet, other times under his bed.

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US Troops Suffer Worst Week This Year

Posted: 04/12/2008 - A roadside bomb killed an American soldier in Baghdad on Saturday, capping the bloodiest week for U.S. troops in Iraq this year. Clashes persisted in Shiite areas, even as the biggest Shiite militia sought to rein in its fighters.

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More Catholic Schools Closing Across US

Posted: 04/12/2008 - For 46 years, crime, recessions and hurricanes proved no threat to the daily ritual of St. Monica School, where the entire blue-and-white uniformed student body gathered outside each morning to join in prayer.

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Obama's Remarks Gives Clinton an Opening

Posted: 04/12/2008 - A political tempest over Barack Obama's comments about bitter voters in small towns has given rival Hillary Rodham Clinton a new opening to court working class Democrats 10 days before Pennsylvanians hold a primary that she must win to keep her presidential campaign alive.

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Tanzania Expects Trouble-Free Torch Run

Posted: 04/12/2008 - The mayor of Tanzania's main city received the Olympic torch from a Chinese official Saturday and assured him its run through the East African nation would be smooth.

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Canada Geese Drawing Shoppers to Store

Posted: 04/12/2008 - Buyer beware: A pair of Canada geese guarding their nest outside an Illinois furniture store are attacking unwary shoppers, even drawing blood from a few people.

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Man Charged in ID Theft at NY Hospital

Posted: 04/12/2008 - A man who worked in the admissions department at a prestigious Manhattan hospital has been charged with stealing and selling information on nearly 50,000 patients.

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Ivana Trump Getting Married Again

Posted: 04/12/2008 - The ex-wife of real estate mogul Donald Trump is tying the knot Saturday evening with Italian entrepreneur Rossano Rubicondi, her spokeswoman Catherine Saxton said.

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Luminaries Attend Heston's Funeral

Posted: 04/12/2008 - Actors, relatives and politicians have gathered at a church in Los Angeles to mourn Charlton Heston, one of the last lions of Old Hollywood.

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Unusual Earthquakes Measured Off Oregon

Posted: 04/12/2008 - Scientists listening to underwater microphones have detected an unusual swarm of earthquakes off central Oregon, something that often happens before a volcanic eruption - except there are no volcanoes in the area.

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Bush Defends Halt in Troop Withdrawals

Updated: 05/12/2008 - President Bush, defending his decision to halt withdrawals of U.S. troops after July, said Saturday that Iraqis are shouldering more responsibility for securing their future.

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Online Reservations Only at NYC Hot Spot

Updated: 05/12/2008 - When one of the hottest chefs in town opened his newest creation, Momofuku Ko, the rich, powerful and influential immediately set about trying to land a reservation the easy way. They appealed to the chef.

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Keys Talks About Her Conspiracy Theories

Updated: 05/12/2008 - There's another side to Alicia Keys: conspiracy theorist. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter tells Blender magazine: "`Gangsta rap' was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. `Gangsta rap' didn't exist."

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Obama Concedes Remarks Were Ill Chosen

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Democrat Barack Obama on Saturday conceded that comments he made about bitter working class voters who "cling to guns or religion" were ill chosen, as he tried to stem a burst of complaints that he is condescending.

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Clashes Kill 13 In Baghdad's Sadr City

Posted: 04/12/2008 - Shiite militants fought U.S. and Iraqi forces around Baghdad's Shiite district of Sadr City early Saturday despite a call for calm by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr following the assassination of one of his top aides.

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Homeowners feel Heat in West Coal Boom

Posted: 04/12/2008 - WESTON, Colo. - A hamlet near here of wooded gulches, rocky outcrops and views of the snowy tops of southern Colorado's Sangre de Cristo mountains is the perfect escape for retirees and telecommuters who've settled in.

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Obama puts Time, Ad Money into Indiana

Posted: 04/12/2008 - MUNCIE, Ind. - Barack Obama sees himself with a disadvantage in Pennsylvania and with an advantage in North Carolina. "So Indiana may end up being the tiebreaker," he said this week.

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War-Weary Pa. Voters Wonder about Exit

Posted: 04/12/2008 - ALLENTOWN, Pa. - For Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, vital to getting the edge in military service-oriented but war-weary Pennsylvania is figuring out how to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq without dragging the flag in the process.

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26-year-old Texan Crowned Miss USA

Posted: 04/12/2008 - LAS VEGAS - A 26-year-old entrepreneur from Texas was named Miss USA on Friday, besting 50 other beauty queens for the coveted crown.

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Marine Capture Stuns Mexican Village

Updated: 05/12/2008 - People wondered about the bearded stranger with a foreign accent who moved into a rustic cabin weeks ago in the pine-clad mountains surrounding this picturesque village.

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