Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow; winter to continue
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - The world's most famous groundhog saw his shadow Monday morning, predicting that this already long winter will last for six more weeks.
Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn in front of an estimated 13,000 witnesses, many dressed in black and gold to celebrate the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl victory the night before.
'There's significant buzz from the Steelers win and quite a few Terrible Towels floating from the crowd,' said Mickey Rowley, deputy secretary for tourism in Pennsylvania.
The annual ritual takes place on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in Punxsutawney, a borough of about 6,100 residents some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Boulder police retake JonBenet investigation
BOULDER, Colo. - The slaying of JonBenet Ramsey will be investigated as a cold case with all evidence and actions taken 12 years ago reviewed anew, the police chief said Monday as the department resumed a probe for which it had long been criticized.
Chief Mark Beckner said new technology gives investigators tools that they didn't have a decade ago; the 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant was found bludgeoned and strangled in the basement of her Boulder home in 1996.
Police had transferred the probe to the district attorney's office six years ago amid criticism of how the case was handled.
'We'd love to solve this case for JonBenet so she can rest in peace,' Beckner said at a news conference announcing the shift.
Octuplets mom gets TV, book offers for story
LOS ANGELES - The mother of the longest-living octuplets in the U.S. is being deluged with offers for book deals, TV shows and other business proposals, but has not decided what she might do other than care for her children, her newly hired spokeswoman said Monday.
Hundreds of requests have been made since Nadya Suleman gave birth to six boys and two girls a week ago, said Joann Killeen, president of Killeen Furtney Group, a public relations company.
'She's the most sought after mom in the world right now,' Killeen said. 'Everyone wants to talk to her.'
Passerby kills dog as it attacks Iowa woman, 77
DES MOINES, Iowa - A good Samaritan armed with a pocketknife stabbed a dog to death as it was attacking a 77-year-old woman in her front yard, officials said.
Ann Lyon, who was with her own dog Sunday when an American bulldog attacked, was wearing a leather coat that protected her from serious injury, authorities in Council Bluffs said.
Lyon said Monday that the bulldog knocked her to the ground and then went after her dog Casey, a 4-year-old miniature Doberman pinscher.
'My main concern was that dog was so big and so heavy that I know if he got ahold of Casey that would have been it for her,' she said. 'I was trying to shield her from this dog and he was all over me.'
She estimated the attacking dog weighed about 90 pounds.
Oil prices fall 4 percent on more bad economic news
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Oil prices tumbled nearly 4 percent Monday in a volatile trading day fraught with more bad economic news, including thousands of job cuts by Macy's department store.
Light, sweet crude for March delivery fell $1.60 to settle at $40.08 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after tumbling at one point to $39.83.
Consumers have cut spending on everything from clothes to gasoline, and those cuts are showing up in falling crude prices and tumbling sales for retailers.
Warrant issued for 'Girls Gone Wild' founder
LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in California has issued an arrest warrant for 'Girls Gone Wild' founder Joe Francis because he failed to appear at a hearing in his tax evasion case.
U.S. attorney's office spokesman Thom Mrozek said U.S. District Judge S. James Otero issued the warrant Monday in Los Angeles.
Francis did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. The hearing was to address his request to hire a new attorney.