Obama poster artist arrested
BOSTON - A street artist famous for his red, white and blue 'Hope' posters of President Obama has been arrested on warrants accusing him of tagging property with graffiti, police said Saturday.
Shepard Fairey was arrested Friday night on his way to the Institute of Contemporary Art for a kickoff event for his first solo exhibition, called 'Supply and Demand.'
His Obama image has been sold on hundreds of thousands of stickers and posters, and was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington before Obama's inauguration.
The image is the subject of a copyright dispute with The Associated Press. Fairey argues his use of the AP photo is protected by 'fair use,' which allows exceptions to copyright laws based on, among other factors, how much of the original is used, what the new work is used for and how the original is affected by the new work.
Practical joker hacks road sign
LUBBOCK, Texas - A hacked electronic highway sign in northwestern Texas carried an international message that seemed to predate, well, the use of electricity.
The sign Friday briefly flashed: 'OMG The British R coming. They R watching you.'
KCBD-TV reports the sign was in a construction area in southwest Lubbock.
A statement from Austin Bridge & Road says someone 'with a questionable sense of humor' accessed the password on the message board. The portable sign that was hacked has since been removed, and a permanent exit sign has been installed.
Navy fails to free stuck warship
HONOLULU - An attempt to pull a $1 billion warship free after it ran aground off the coast of Honolulu was unsuccessful Saturday, but the Navy planned to try again after lightening the vessel's weight.
Navy tugboats and a salvage ship, the USS Salvor, tried to tow out the USS Port Royal at high tide early Saturday, but the guided missile cruiser remained stuck on the sandy, rocky bottom, said Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Agnes T. Tanyan.
Navy officials now plan to remove the ship's fuel and water supplies in an effort to lighten the vessel and make it easier to refloat, she said.
Racers run 2 miles, down doughnuts
RALEIGH, N.C. - It's a challenge, all right.
In a charity race Saturday, more than 5,000 runners ran two miles to a downtown Raleigh Krispy Kreme shop, ate a dozen glazed doughnuts each and returned to North Carolina State University in less than an hour.
That's 2,400 calories and 144 grams of fat consumed while burning about 400 calories during the run.
The student-run Krispy Kreme Challenge raised about $35,000 for the North Carolina Children's Hospital.
The event began on a dare among college friends in 2004.
Octuplet fertility doc investigated
LOS ANGELES - The spotlight on the mother of octuplets is turning to the fertility doctor who helped her give birth not once but 14 times by implanting Nadya Suleman with fertilized embryos.
The Medical Board of California investigating the doctor - whom it did not name - to see if there was a 'violation of the standard of care,' board spokeswoman Candis Cohen said Friday.
She did not elaborate.
Suleman, 33, of Whittier, already had six children when she gave birth Jan. 26 to octuplets. The births to an unemployed, divorced single mother prompted angry questions about how she plans to provide for her children.
Escaped prisoner turns up in trunk
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - A Michigan judge says he's learned a lesson about locking his car after a 16-year-old prisoner who escaped from a courthouse cell was found hiding in the vehicle's trunk.
The Macomb Daily reported the teen had vanished Friday after appearing in juvenile court in Mount Clemens on a probation violation.
Sheriff's deputies searched for about an hour until a security officer became suspicious when he saw a picture that had fallen to the ground outside judge's car.
A deputy checked the car and found the boy in the trunk.
Macomb County Circuit Judge Peter Maceroni said the teen likely used a button inside the unlocked car to open the trunk.
The judge said he will lock the car from now on.