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Judge: Woman must wear ‘idiot’ sign for driving on sidewalk

Probably everyone who regularly tempts fate on America’s roadways has yelled at a fellow motorist a time or two — which is what makes this story so satisfying. Cleveland, Ohio resident Shena Hardin, 32, was sentenced Monday to wear a sign explaining her boneheaded traffic maneuver: driving on a sidewalk…

‘KKK’ painted on ‘dozens’ of Missouri homes and cars

Police in Richmond Heights, Missouri have arrested a man suspected of a hate crime for spray painting “Ku Klux Klan” and “KKK” on houses and vehicles. KSDK reported that “dozens” of residents of one neighborhood woke up on Sunday to find racist symbols of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacists…

Watch: China’s future leaders learn founding ideology at ‘Communism camp’

In the remote Jinggang mountains, China’s future communist elite are being trained in Mao Zedong’s former guerrilla base, an effort to buttress the revolutionary roots of a regime striving to maintain its legitimacy. The Communist Party’s embrace of state-directed capitalism has utterly transformed China since Mao died in 1976. But…

Sheryl Crow: Female president should come with ‘a shovel and high heels’

Sheryl Crow recorded a new song that is free to download — but you might want to preview the track before writing it onto your hard drive. The song, “Woman in the White House,” is available for download, and you can also hear it on YouTube. According to Crow, singing…

Arizona church ‘standing behind’ youth pastor who gave ‘sex toys’ to 14-year-old girl

The pastor of a church in Yuma, Arizona said it is “standing behind” a youth pastor who was arrested this week for allegedly providing “sex toys” to a 14-year-old girl. Police told a reporter with CBS News affiliate KSWT Desert News Now that 43-yer-old Robert Warren, who’s worked at Valley…

‘Prison Architect’ online game challenges players to build and maintain maximum security prisons

Think of computer game management simulations, and you usually think of aspirational jobs – or at least the things we dreamed of doing as kids. Theme parks, railroads, game development studios, farms – all have featured in this popular genre since it flourished in the ’90s. But right now, there…

Watch: Korean elephant ‘imitates human speech’ and has a vocabulary of several words

An elephant at a zoo in South Korea has learned to imitate human speech and has a vocabulary of several words, researchers said Friday. Koshik, a 22-year-old male Asian elephant at Everland zoo in Yongin, a city south of Seoul, greeted visiting journalists by “saying” choah (good) and nuo (lie…

Tesla Model S named car of the year: An all-electric sedan with silent, face-melting speed

For the first time ever, Automobile Magazine has named an all-electric vehicle as its “Car of the Year” for 2013. Citing its sleek design and high performance, Automobile Magazine said Tesla’s Model S luxury sedan beat out gasoline-powered cars like the Subaru BRZ and the Porsche Boxster. “It’s the performance…

Man to test bionic leg by climbing skyscraper

Man to Test Bionic Leg by Climbing Skyscraper (via NewsLook) Three years ago, doctors had to amputate Zac Vawters right leg from above the knee after a motorcycle accident.…

Republican candidate: ‘The rape thing’ doesn’t justify abortion

Republican John Koster, who is running for Congress in Washington state, said over the weekend that “the rape thing” did not justify a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. When asked about his view of abortion at a Sunday fundraiser, Koster said the practice should be prohibited unless the life…

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