NC WOMAN'S SPIN ON 'PRICE IS RIGHT' LEADS TO PLEA: FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service employee from eastern North Carolina who was seen spinning the Big Wheel on TV's "The Price is Right" even though she had said she could not deliver the mail has pleaded guilty to workers compensation fraud.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said that Cathy Wrench Cashwell pleaded guilty earlier this week before a U.S. magistrate in Greenville. She'll be sentenced later.
The Fayetteville woman had filed for continued pay after she said she suffered pain in her right shoulder, arm and neck while loading mail trays into her work vehicle in 2004.
Cashwell said she could not reach, climb or grasp, among other physical problems.
But she appeared on the game show Sept. 23, 2009, where she spun the wheel twice.
Prosecutors also cited three other examples.
MAN TRIES TO SLIT HIS WRISTS OUTSIDE NBC'S 'TODAY' : NEW YORK (AP) — A 76-year-old man yelling that the government was going to take his house slit his wrists outside NBC's "Today" show Thursday morning before he was taken into police custody, police said.
The man, Pak Chong-Mar, was in the crowd on Rockefeller Plaza outside the "Today" studio and also was yelling about how the Internal Revenue Service was corrupt and ruined his life, authorities said. He took out a knife and sliced at his wrists, police said.
"I need people to help me fight for justice," Pak told the Daily News of New York from his hospital bed afterward. "If I don't do something drastic, sooner or later these guys are going to kill me anyway. I couldn't even pay rent this month."
ALLIGATOR TAKES PIT STOP NEAR CALIF. INTERSECTION: LANCASTER (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy could hardly believe the call when he heard two women were spotted near a Lancaster intersection, one of them holding an alligator.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/13IVx4U ) Deputy Michael Rust investigated the report Tuesday and found the offending reptile, along with a kangaroo and a monkey inside a van.
The menagerie is part of the "Zoo to You" program in Paso Robles that introduces kids to animals.
The animals had just visited with students at Quartz Hill Elementary when the alligator soiled its cage.
Rust says the driver decided to pull over because the alligator urine odor would be unpleasant during the hours-long drive to Paso Robles.
NY AUTHORITIES: SELF-HELP COUPLE COMMITS SUICIDE : NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a New York City couple who hosted a self-help radio show called "The Pursuit of Happiness" have taken their own lives.
A medical examiner spokeswoman said Thursday that autopsies found that John Littig and Lynne Rosen died from asphyxiation.
The bodies were found Wednesday in the victims' Brooklyn home. They had put plastic bags over their heads and inhaled helium.
Police said suicide notes indicated they wanted to die together.
The couple gave advice on how to lead more fulfilling lives on a monthly radio show broadcast on WBAI-FM.
MASS. GOVERNOR: I GOT DRUNK AFTER MARATHON MANHUNT: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick went to his rural home the day after the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect was captured and got "quite drunk" alone in a restaurant, he said during a candid conversation at a Boston area marketing firm.
Patrick also told employees at HubSpot in Cambridge on Wednesday that he was relieved that bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured on April 19 because, otherwise, people would have been complaining about the "shelter in place" order he gave that day, locking down Boston and several suburbs.
Patrick went to Berkshire County the day after Tsarnaev was captured, he said. The governor and his wife have a vacation home in the town of Richmond, about three hours west of Boston.
He said he went for a swim, then out to dinner alone to read a book. The restaurant's co-owner put him in a corner away from other diners.
"She starts bringing me things to drink as a celebration. And by the end of the meal, I was actually quite drunk, by myself," Patrick said, according to the Boston Herald
MASS. RESIDENTS SUE NY POST OVER MARATHON COVERAGE:
BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts residents have sued the New York Post, saying the newspaper falsely portrayed them as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings in part by featuring them on the front page under the headline "Bag Men."
The lawsuit said photographs and articles the Post published three days after the bombings made it appear that law enforcement officials suspected 16-year-old Salaheddin Barhoum and 24-year-old Yassine Zaimi as the attack's perpetrators, before the FBI publicly identified two brothers as suspects.
But the Post still stands by its story, and says it never identified them as suspects.
Lawyers for the two Moroccan plaintiffs said Thursday the friends had hoped to run the race that day as unofficial entrants, and had running gear in their bags.
The civil action said the Post's headline implied they had bombs in their bags and accuses the newspaper of libel, negligent infliction of emotional distress and privacy invasion. Filed Wednesday in Boston, the claim seeks unspecified monetary damages.
NUDE REVELERS GREET POPULAR COLORADO TOURIST TRAIN: DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Passengers on a recent run of a popular historic railroad in southwest Colorado got a bit more scenery than they paid for: More than a dozen revelers partying on a nearby beach doffed their clothes to greet the train.
Their antics on the May 25 run of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad drew warnings, but no charges, from police in Durango.
A photograph taken by James Slavin, a Phoenix tourist on the train, shows beer-holding — and nude — men and women whooping as the train pulled into town, The Durango Herald reported Thursday.
"I thought they were mooning the train, and I didn't think it was going to be that bad," said Slavin, 77. "I guess I didn't realize how bad it was until I looked at the pictures and zoomed in on them."