Man ticketed in gridlock while wife in labor
BOSTON - A man in Massachusetts is appealing a $100 ticket he got for driving to a hospital in the breakdown lane of a gridlocked Boston highway while his wife was in labor.
John Davis of Dracut said his wife Jennifer's contractions were three minutes apart on Nov. 18 when a state trooper pulled them over for using the breakdown lane.
The couple said the trooper made them wait five to 10 minutes while he wrote a ticket for another car on Route 2, asked to see Jennifer's belly to prove her pregnancy, then issued them a ticket.
The couple made it to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. Their daughter was born five hours later.
Obama goes upscale for Hawaiian holiday
President-elect Barack Obama, returning to his home state of Hawaii for the holidays, plans a beachside vacation at one of Oahu's most exclusive properties, according to an islander involved in the planning.
Arrangements are being finalized for the Obamas and the families of two or three friends to stay at a Kailua beachfront location with three modern, multi-million-dollar homes. Each wraps around a lagoon-style swimming pool, with palm trees, grassy lawns and retractable glass walls for postcard views of the white sand and windsurfers.
Luck of the draw decides Neb. board seat
LINCOLN, Neb. - Drum roll, please!
Election officials have broken a 34-34 tie for a village board seat in Denton, Neb., by drawing a name from a rotating drum.
Lancaster County Election Commissioner Dave Shively put 10 pieces of paper in the drum, five with the name of Richard Spellman and five marked for Sebastian Carnazzo.
Back and forth went the drum, then out came Carnazzo's name.
Under state law, the tie had to be broken by lot or chance. That could include cutting cards or a coin flip. Shively suggested using the rotating drum used for pulling juror names.
Amnesia victim 'H.M.,' who shed light on brain, dies
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Henry Molaison lived for decades with profound amnesia, but in death he will be remembered for his groundbreaking contributions to understanding the brain.
Molaison, who was known as Henry M. or H.M. in scientific studies, died Tuesday at a nursing home at the age of 82, said Suzanne Corkin, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who worked closely with him.
Dog frozen to Wis. sidewalk survives on fat
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - A dog weighing more than 120 pounds survived being frozen to a sidewalk overnight, probably because he was insulated by layers of fat, authorities said.
The Sheboygan County Humane Society said the 'morbidly obese' dog, an aging border collie mix named Jiffy, froze to the sidewalk when he was left out overnight Wednesday. Shelter manager Carey Payne said few dogs could survive the single-digit temperatures, and it was probably the fat that made the difference.
Jiffy's 59-year-old owner was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of animal neglect, Sheboygan Police Lt. Tim Eirich said.
Teacher sorry for binding girls in slavery lesson
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A white social studies teacher attempted to enliven a seventh-grade discussion of slavery by binding the hands and feet of two black girls, prompting outrage from one girl's mother and the local chapter of the NAACP.
After the mother complained to Haverstraw Middle School, the superintendent said he was having 'conversations with our staff on how to deliver effective lessons.'
Former FEMA worker gets 5-year sentence
WASHINGTON - A former FEMA worker who stole the identities of disaster victims to go on shopping sprees - which a federal judge called 'low down' - was sentenced Friday to more than five years in federal prison.
Robert G. Davis, 44, of the District of Columbia, got 64 months in prison from U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, and was ordered to pay $48,765.80 in restitution. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.