A middle school student who said he was just trying to play a prank on a teacher he didn't like was charged with a cybercrime Wednesday after authorities said he hacked into his school's secure computer network. Sheriff Chris Nocco said Thursday that Domanik Green, 14, logged onto the school's network on March 31 using an administrative-level password without permission. He then changed the background image on a teacher's computer to one showing two men kissing. "Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done," Nocco said.
The Kentucky Wildcats had won 38 straight games this season heading into Saturday's Final Four matchup with Wisconsin. Big Blue Nation expected their team to take care of business and advance to Monday's national championship game. But the Wisconsin Badgers had other plans. They played a sound game from start to finish and defeated the Wildcats 71-64.
Gene Patton, the NBC stagehand in Burbank who stole the spotlight as Gene Gene the Dancing Machine on NBC's wacky The Gong Show, died Monday, his family announced. He was 82. The Chuck Barris-hosted oddball talent show aired on NBC in daytime from 1976-78 and then in syndication. At a random moment during the show, Barris would introduce Patton and the curtain would part, bringing the shuffling stagehand with the painters cap onstage to the sounds of Count Basie's "Jumpin at the Woodside." His dance sent everyone on the set -- Barris, the judges, the cameramen, the audience -- into an uncontrollable boogie. read more
After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter while covering the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly went on a tear. On his television show, the top-rated cable news anchor declared that the American press isn't "half as responsible as the men who forged the nation." He bemoaned the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other "distortions" by left-leaning outlets. Yet for years, O'Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don't withstand scrutiny -- even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.
David Sirota, IBT: Federal law enforcement officials have launched a criminal investigation of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and members of his administration, pursuing allegations the governor and his staff broke the law when they quashed grand jury indictments against Christie supporters, International Business Times has learned. Two criminal investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday interviewed the man who leveled those charges, Bennett Barlyn. He was fired from the Hunterdon County prosecutor's office in August 2010, and subsequently brought a whistleblower lawsuit against the Christie administration, claiming he had been punished for objecting to the dismissal of the indictments of the governor's supporters for a range of corrupt activities.