WHAT: Troops loyal to Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo — who has refused to leave office despite losing the Nov. 28 election — opened fire on an opposition neighborhood for the second time in two days, only hours after supporters of Alassane Ouattara took to the streets in protest. Read More
WHO: Andrea Fernandez-Acevedo, 34 years old and six months pregnant, who was killed when she was struck by a snowplow in New York. Read More
WHO: Dozens of unruly teens, and gunshots, shut down the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wis., on Sunday.
WHAT: The flash mob ran through the mall scaring shoppers and forcing stores to pull down security gates. Online photos showed clothes and mannequins thrown about chaotically in several stores. Read More
WHO: Inmates at California prisons
WHAT: Cell phones are so sleek and in demand that they are easily smuggled into the hands of California prisoners — including the notorious Charles Manson. The man behind one of the most famous series of murders in American history had an LG flip phone under his mattress that he used to call and send text messages to people in California, Florida, New Jersey and British Columbia. Read More
WHAT: With active backing from departing Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., the federal government awarded a $54 million stimulus grant to the 1,700 members of the Mohegan Indian tribe, whose Connecticut casino grossed more than $1.3 billion in 2009. Read More
WHAT: Extremist Islamic rebels al-Shabab blocked trucks carrying United Nations food deliveries to hundreds of thousands of hungry Somalis in its territories for the past two weeks, the World Food Program said Monday. Al-Shabab tried to claim Sunday that U.N. food is unfit for human consumption, undercuts local farmers’ crop prices and is secretly given to support “apostates” who renounced Islam. Read More
WHAT: Lawmakers used statements written by lobbyists for South San Francisco biotech firm Genentech in the House debate on the health care bill, according to The New York Times.
WHY IT HAPPENED: While Genentech and parent company Roche have made contributions to some of the members who filed the company’s statements in the official congressional record, the company has denied any connection between the statements and the donations. Read More
WHO: Bigfoot hoaxers
WHAT: The two Georgia men who stood before an embarrassingly large media pack last week and swore they had the body of Bigfoot on ice, which was later revealed to be a hairy gorilla suit filled with frozen meat, now say it was just a joke that got out of hand — and they assumed everybody knew it. Read More