News archive from 22 April 2012

Rooney tops Wariner in 400 at Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT, Calif. -- Jeremy Wariner ran his fastest 400 meters of the season Saturday but was beaten in his marquee event by Martyn Rooney of Britain at the Mt. SAC Relays. Wariner set a steady pace for the first 200 meters but slowed on the final turn...

 

Watergate figure Chuck Colson has died at 80

LANSDOWNE, Va. - Charles Colson, the tough-as-nails special counsel to President Richard Nixon who went to prison for his role in a Watergate-related case and became a Christian evangelical helping inmates, has died. He was 80. Jim Liske, chief...

 

Vandals deface Hickory church's ‘marriage' sign

HICKORY After the vandals were finished with it, the marquee sign in front of Hickory's Tabernacle Baptist Church read: “Hate Speech Sunday April 22.” The black paint obliterated the sign's original message: “Marriage...

 

MLB whispers: Nothing's wrong with Wright now

David Wright's fast start follows offseason work with Virginia Wesleyan coach Nick Boothe, who started working with him when he was 7 years old at a baseball camp. They worked three days a week, and the Mets' third baseman is looking like the guy who...

 

Robin Gibb wakes from coma

Robin Gibb's family "can't believe" his progress since he woke from his coma. The Bee Gees singer - who slipped into a coma last week after suffering pneumonia having recently battled cancer - has been nodding his head and communicating with...

AZCentral, 17:05 in Showbiz
 

Watergate figure Charles Colson has died at 80

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charles Colson, the tough-as-nails special counsel to President Richard Nixon who went to prison for his role in a Watergate-related case and became a Christian evangelical helping inmates, has died. He was 80. Colson's death was...

 

Nicki Minaj never wants to be poor again

Nicki Minaj never wants to be poor again. The 29-year-old singer had a tough childhood with an abusive father and grew up without a great deal of material possessions but the "Starships" hitmaker believes her upbringing made her even more...

AZCentral, 17:05 in Showbiz
 

Thousands attend Noble Street Festival

Jack Houston had balloons on his mind. “He’s been wanting a balloon ever since he saw the balloon man,” Christi Houston said of her 4-year-old son. The Houstons, of Oxford, were just a few of the thousands who turned out for the annual Noble Street...

 

Cyclists converge in Anniston for Sunny King Criterium

James Duncan was out of breath. He had participated in multiple professional cycling races in the past seven years. But even so, for Duncan the Sunny King Criterium today was no small feat. “I’m not a fan of hills, but it was a good course,” Duncan...

 

Halle Berry saving shoes for daughter

Halle Berry is saving her shoes for her daughter. The 45-year-old actress still owns footwear that was given to her by her mother and hopes one day to hand her own pumps down to four-year-old Nahla - whose father is her ex-partner Gabriel Aubry - for...

AZCentral, 17:06 in Showbiz
 

Film crew in Oxford for Hilley documentary

It’s a story that refuses to go away. The life and crimes of Audrey Marie Hilley — the so-called “black widow” of Anniston — will once again be the subject of a television show. Film crews from New York City-based Optomen Productions were at the...

 

Willie Nelson unveils statue of himself

AUSTIN, Texas -- Country music legend Willie Nelson helped unveil a statue honoring him in downtown Austin by singing his new song "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" on Friday, a date long reserved to celebrate marijuana use. The faint...

AZCentral, 17:06 in Showbiz
 
Contaminants near Coldwater raise concerns

Contaminants near Coldwater raise concerns

slideshow COLDWATER — Chad Gregory watched for five years as dirt clouds followed dump trucks driven along Turner Road in front of his family farm to a Calhoun County barn where potentially contaminated dirt may have been stored improperly. He said he...

 

Hundreds gather for Christopher Hitchens memorial

NEW YORK -- No one smoked or drank on stage during the memorial for Christopher Hitchens, although one overhead picture featured a cigarette drooping from his mouth. And few of the speakers swore, unless quoting from their departed friend. Hundreds...

AZCentral, 17:06 in Showbiz
 

Mercilus anxious to find out where he lands

Illinois' Whitney Mercilus is one of the highest-rated defensive end prospects in this year's NFL draft. The first-team All-American will chronicle his experience leading up to the April 26-28 draft for the Tribune. The draft is almost here, and I'm...

 

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