Franken chosen as Democratic Senate nominee
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Al Franken won a resounding endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Saturday from Minnesota Democrats, quickly dispatching with concerns about jokes that offended some and promising a tough challenge to Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.
'To the people of Minnesota, let me say this: I'm not a perfect person,' said Franken, a former 'Saturday Night Live' writer and performer. 'I'm not going to pretend to have all the answers. But I'll tell the truth, I will keep my spine and I will work for you.'
Franken's only competitor, college professor and peace activist Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, withdrew after Franken passed the necessary 60 percent threshold on the first ballot. Nelson-Pallmeyer proposed that delegates unanimously back Franken, putting him over the top.
'Alabama' band sues drummer for $200,000
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The drummer for the country group Alabama has been sued by his fellow band members, who say he was overpaid $202,670.
The lawsuit filed May 9 in the Circuit Court of DeKalb County, Ala., claims that in 2003 Mark Herndon was paid for his share of net merchandise sales during the band's 'American Farewell Tour' before a final accounting was done.
The final accounting, the suit claims, found that 'there were no net merchandise revenues as defined by the contract.'
'Wonder Woman' finds body in Potomac River
WASHINGTON - The actress who played Wonder Woman on TV in the 1970s said she didn't do anything extraordinary when she discovered a body this week on the Potomac River in Washington.
Lynda Carter told The Washington Post she was alone in a boat when she saw the body Wednesday. Carter said she didn't have a cell phone with her, so she yelled to some fishermen and asked them to call police. Carter waited until rescuers arrived and directed them to the body.
District of Columbia police say the body of 47-year-old Helen Johnstone of Washington was found floating on the river Wednesday. The medical examiner's office has not declared an official cause of death.