Jury awards $6M to McDonald's worker
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. - A jury awarded $6.1 million Friday to a woman who said she was forced to strip in a McDonald's back office after someone called the restaurant posing as a police officer.
Louise Ogborn, 21, had sued McDonald's Corp., claiming the fast-food giant failed to warn her and other employees about the caller who already struck other McDonald's stores and other fast-food restaurants across the country.
Ogborn had been seeking $200 million. McDonald's Corp. attorneys argued the company was not responsible and contended the company was being sued because of its deep pockets.
Ogborn hugged relatives after the verdict was read.
'Louise has stood up for what happened to her and what McDonald's failed to do for three-and-a-half years, and this jury just vindicated her completely,' said her attorney, Ann Oldfather.
McDonald's is evaluating whether to appeal the decision, a spokesman said.
Barber shoots self after council meeting
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A barber with strong ties to the military community pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head at a City Council meeting after his request for a rezoning measure was rejected.
Ronald 'Bo' Ward sought the rezoning to increase the property value of his home, allowing him to secure a loan to offset debt he incurred when he expanded his barber shop.
After the 5-7 vote Thursday night, Ward stood and walked toward the council.
'Ya'll have put me under. ... I'm out of here,' he said before killing himself with a handgun.
Thieves take corsets from costume shop
ORANGE, Calif. - Thieves have twice raided an Orange County store that specializes in corsets and other costumes, making off with an estimated $44,000 in exotic outfits.
Jeanette Zinkan, a 69-year-old great grandmother who goes by the name 'Miss Antoinette,' owns Versatile Fashions and designs most of the store's merchandise herself.
'They took the guts out of me when they took my entire showcase. That's more than 30 years of work,' said Zinkan.
Garbage worker turns in bag of cash
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A county garbage operations employee found a plastic bag on the road stuffed with $65,000 Thursday - and immediately turned it in to authorities.
It turned out the money had fallen off a Loomis armored car half an hour before Debbie Cole found it near the Pinellas County solid waste operations facility where she works. First she thought it was a turtle in the road.
The 53-year-old Largo woman found the bag just before 7 a.m., full of enough $50 and $100 bills to pay her salary for two years. She immediately contacted a supervisor, who called deputies.
Bush: Interrogation tactics are lawful
WASHINGTON - President Bush volunteered an unapologetic defense Friday of his administration's harsh interrogations of terror suspects, saying they are lawful, helpful and won't stop.
Amid fresh skepticism that U.S. interrogators may be going too far when trying to pry information from terror suspects, Bush said: 'The American people expect their government to take action to protect them from further attack. And that's exactly what this government is doing. And that's exactly what we'll continue to do.'
Lacrosse players file federal lawsuit
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Three former Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape filed a federal lawsuit Friday against disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong, the city of Durham and the police detectives who handled the investigation.
The lawsuit calls the criminal case against Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans 'one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial and scientific misconduct in modern American history.'
The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages, attorneys fees and numerous reforms to the way the Durham Police Department handles criminal investigations.
Jury finds hunter guilty in slaying
MARINETTE, Wis. - A jury on Friday found a white former sawmill worker guilty in the shooting and stabbing death of a Hmong immigrant with whom he crossed paths while both were hunting squirrels in northern Wisconsin.
The jury found James Nichols, 29, guilty of second-degree intention homicide in the death of Cha Vang.
The case had rekindled racial tensions in northern Wisconsin, where a Hmong deer hunter fatally shot six white hunters three years ago.
Man questioned in deadly robbery
PHILADELPHIA - Investigators searching for a robber who fatally shot two armored car guards servicing an ATM brought in a man for questioning Friday, according to news reports.
Local television and radio outlets citing anonymous sources said a man was being questioned, but city police declined to comment. FBI spokeswoman Jerri Williams said there had been a development in the case Friday afternoon, but declined to elaborate.
The robber approached the armored car from behind Thursday morning outside a bank. He shot one guard in the chest, then went around the vehicle and shot the second guard.