David Moye - AOL News
Twenty years ago, when Debbie Clark was known as "Storm" on TV's "American Gladiators," she was a fearless warrior in spandex. She needed nobody's help.
Earlier this week, AOL News found Clark in a homeless shelter in San Diego. A knee injury had finished her career in sports, and domestic abuse had left her nowhere to turn, living in the street with her 10-year-old son.
In the days since the story came out, several people have stepped forward to help, most notably Sherri Shepherd, co-host of "The View," who has promised to pay six months' rent for the former "Gladiator," along with gas...
J. Conboy - AOL News
If 2010 taught us anything, it's that few people are able to accurately predict even the simplest events in the near-term future, let alone the big ones. From the price of gold, to unemployment, to Google Wave, prognosticators got more than a few major items wrong in their predictions lists.
Here, in no particular order, are "10 for 10" -- 10 of the worst predictions of 2010.
Paul Sancya, AP
Newsweek, in its "Business Predictions for 2010," said unemployment would drop below 9 percent this year.
Job growth will return
"Unemployment Drops Below 9 Percent," Newsweek "business...
Carl Franzen - AOL News
(Oct. 29) -- At an emergency press conference from the White House today, President Barack Obama confirmed what authorities alluded to and all Americans feared: Packages sent from Yemen aboard European cargo planes were found to contain devices of an "explosive" nature "intended to do harm" to U.S. citizens, allegedly to Jewish synagogue-goers in Chicago.
Two planes that departed from Paris and Cologne, Germany landed at Philadelphia International Airport. Another touched down in Newark, N.J., while a passenger jet was diverted to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
not in system - AOL News
Editor's note: AOL News is asking U.S. House and Senate candidates to answer 10 questions about themselves and their views on two big issues.
Republican John Loughlin, a state representative since 2004 who owns a TV, radio and film production company, is running for the U.S. House from Rhode Island's 1st District against Democrat David Cicilline.
The Fun Stuff
1) Everyone is angry with politicians in Washington. Why do you want to be one of them?
I'm a Republican from Rhode Island. I thrive on being unpopular.
2) What's the one thing you couldn't live without?
3) What do you do...
Steven Hoffer - AOL News
(Aug. 31) -- After only one day of "Blazing," Glenn Beck is already looking a bit slow.
Today, fresh off his successful "Restoring Honor" rally over the weekend, the Fox News personality launched his new "news, information, and opinion" website The Blaze, leading with the following video expose. It covers Ricardo Dominguez, a University of California, San Diego professor who retrofits cheap cell phones with a simple GPS application to help save the lives of illegal immigrants crossing a perilous stretch of desert between Mexico and the United States.
It's an important story, no doubt. So...
Carl Franzen - AOL News
(July 29) -- Is Uncle Earl the next Ansel Adams? According to one resident of Oakland, Calif., the answer is yes.
After two days of debate over a newly surfaced collection of 65 photographic negatives attributed to the legendary environmental photographer -- a cache said to be worth a cool $200 million, if genuine -- Miriam I. Walton has come forward with evidence that the images were actually taken by her not-quite-so-legendary late relative, Earl Brooks.
Eric Paul Zamora, Fresno Bee / MCT
Rick Norsigian holds up two images. On the left is a historically documented photo by Ansel Adams of...
David Knowles - AOL News
(July 8) -- Apparently, he knows when to fold 'em.
Retired former businessman Terry Watanabe has reached a deal with prosecutors that will keep the 53-year-old gambler from serving jail time.
According to The Associated Press, Watanabe has agreed to drop his $190 million lawsuit against Harrah's Entertainment, and Harrah's will put off its own legal claim and await the verdict of an arbitrator.
As reported by AOL News, Harrah's had filed charges against Watanabe, accusing him of running up a $15 million gambling debt at two of its Las Vegas casinos.
Watanabe countered with a civil...
Kathryn Yao - AOL News
(July 6) -- Today, the U.S. Postal Service announced what would be its latest price increases, proposing to hike the price of a stamp by 2 cents to 46 cents. If the independent Postal Regulatory Commission accepts its request, the new rate will go into effect beginning in January.
In related news, the Forever Stamp, which is set to get a new look, seems like an increasingly smart investment.
Here's a look back at the basic stamp's seemingly inexorable climb toward the half-buck threshold.
A Decade of Postage Increases
January 2001: The cost per ounce increases by a penny to 34 cents.
David Knowles - Politics Daily
Yesterday, AOL News' Sharon Weinberger reported on the Air Force's X-51A WaveRider, which completed what the Air Force called the "longest supersonic combustion ramjet-powered hypersonic flight to date" after being dropped from the wing of a B-52 Stratofortress above California's Andrews Air Force Base. During the flight, the X-51 hit Mach 6.
And how fast is Mach 6? One answer is that it's an estimated 3,000-plus miles per hour. Another is that it's this fast:
Named in honor of 19th Century philosopher and physicist Ernst Mach, the Mach number scale quantifies the velocity of an object...