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2009-02-18 16:02:06

An Ohio high school student said his principal told him he may be expelled after he was caught firing a Nerf dart gun inside the school. Devon Smith, 14, of Columbus, Ohio, said he was taken to the Northland High School principal's office after firing the Nerf gun, which had been taken to school by a classmate and told that he would be suspended and may be expelled after a hearing scheduled for Thursday, WBNS-TV, Columbus, reported Wednesday. District spokesman Michael Straughter said he...

2009-02-04 15:37:50

A man who helped place a statue of late country singer Minnie Pearl in Centerville, Tenn., said he will take the statue back if officials try to have it moved. Some officials, including Mayor Ronnie Martin, have called for the statue to be moved from the town square where it has stood since 2005 because of traffic issues caused by tourists pausing to photograph the monument, WSMV-TV, Nashville, reported Wednesday. It's not in the best location to start with, Martin said.

2009-02-03 13:29:56

A North Carolina bank has adopted a new policy of asking patrons to remove hats, hoods and sunglasses while inside the bank and its branches, officials said. Matthew Converse, president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Currituck in Moyock, said bank visitors will be asked to take off the face-obscuring items as a means of deterring robbery, the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday. A ball cap pulled down low or sunglasses obviously hides some features, Converse said.

2009-01-30 22:46:38

Natural disasters -- including a possible volcano eruption in Alaska -- may necessitate leaving an area, U.S.

2009-01-04 22:09:17

The Mad Malden Mud Race justified its name Sunday, as more than 200 costumed competitors staggered across the River Blackwater in eastern England. A crowd of 10,000 people, wrapped warmly against below-freezing temperatures, cheered the racers on, The Telegraph reported. The race dates back around 30 years, when drinkers in the Queen's Head pub in the Essex town would cross the river, drink a barrel of beer and then return to the bar to get hosed down by the landlady.

2009-01-01 13:27:07

Two sisters, believed to be Britain's oldest twins, said they celebrated their 101st birthdays Thursday with their families. Betty Richards and Jenny Pelmore of Feock, England, said their secrets to long life are activity and keeping a positive outlook, The Times of London reported Thursday. We are still in very good health and keep mobile, Pelmore said.

2008-12-10 13:09:36

Six oncologists across the United States who specialize in women's cancers have formed a rock group, N.E.D., a name that stands for no evidence of disease. Lead guitarist William Winter, who practices his day job in Portland, Ore., said N.E.D.

2008-11-27 15:27:06

The ex-wife of U.S. rocker Prince told CNN she witnessed this week's massacre in Mumbai firsthand. Officials said more than 100 people were killed and more than 300 injured in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in the Indian city.

2008-11-18 15:13:41

A New York woman said a burglar stole so many large items from her house that he would have needed a moving truck to remain inconspicuous. Tammy Gould, 45, said she returned in May to her apartment in Brooklyn after two days of visiting her ill mother and found her home had been trashed and looted, the New York Post reported Tuesday. Everything was gone.

2008-11-18 16:57:03

Late Hollywood screen icon Paul Newman is among those shortlisted for Beliefnet.com's 8th annual Most Inspiring Person of the Year award.


Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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