Things get a little tense in residential rehab

Things get a little tense in residential rehab

Lindsay Lohan has been five times. Charlie Sheen is also a regular. Someone tried to make Amy Winehouse go, but she said, “No, no, no.” Rehab is practically a rite of passage in Hollywood, and Lohan is its latest poster child. Her trips to treatment and travails once there — including an alleged altercation with […]

Mortgage lenders now cast themselves as saviors

Mortgage lenders now cast themselves as saviors

PacWest Funding’s CEO watched in late 2007 as rival mortgage brokerages, banks and collaborators collapsed under the weight of the declining housing market. Fearing his company would be next, Curtis Melone restructured his business to offer what he felt people needed most: help with their crushing mortgage debt. Melone re-christened his company Green Credit Solutions, […]

2011 arrives with so little hope, so much skepticism

2011 arrives with so little hope, so much skepticism

Nearly a million revelers crowded New York’s Times Square to witness the traditional dazzling ball drop, fireworks lit up Australia’s Sydney Harbor and communist Vietnam held a rare Western-style countdown to the new year as the world ushered in 2011. In Europe, Greeks, Irish and Spaniards partied through the night to help put a year […]

Warm-air fueled tornadoes kill six, injure dozens

Warm-air fueled tornadoes kill six, injure dozens

Tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the South and Midwest on Friday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more across Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois. Forecasters said storms could hit along a stretch from near Chicago to New Orleans later in the evening as New Year‘s Eve celebrations begin. Three people died in […]

No pardon for Billythe Kid

No pardon for Billythe Kid

The rehabilitation of Billy the Kid lies dead in the dust. In one of his last official acts — or non-acts — before leaving office, New Mexico‘s governor refused to pardon the Old West outlaw Friday for one of the many murders he committed before he was gunned down in 1881. Gov. Bill Richardson cited […]

Pie in face for Levin brings criminal charges

Pie in face for Levin brings criminal charges

An anti-war protester who hit Michigan Sen. Carl Levin in the face with an apple pie has been charged with assault. An indictment filed Thursday charges Ahlam Mohsen of Coldwater with two counts of assault against the Democrat while he was meeting with constituents in August in Big Rapids. Her friend Max Kantar of Big […]

Obama still vague on Gitmo’s future

Obama still vague on Gitmo’s future

Basking in a series of end-of-the-year victories, President Barack Obama is showing no interest in discussing one of his biggest unmet promises: the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison. The White House has acknowledged it is working on an executive order that would set up a legal process for detainees who are being held there […]

Obama’s economic pick: A sign of changes to come?

Obama’s economic pick: A sign of changes to come?

Change is soon coming to the White House economic team, with President Barack Obama set to announce a new top adviser who will have broad influence over the administration’s efforts to jumpstart the struggling economy. Obama is expected to announce a replacement for departing National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers early in the new year, […]

The O’Donnell excuse: It’s always somebody else’s fault

The O’Donnell excuse: It’s always somebody else’s fault

Former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell went on the offensive Thursday following reports that federal prosecutors are looking into whether she illegally used campaign money for personal use, saying the accusations are politically motivated and stoked by disgruntled former campaign workers. The Delaware Republican appeared on several network television morning shows to defend herself a day […]