De Carlo was Lily Munster
De Carlo was Lily Munster
LOS ANGELES -- Yvonne De Carlo, the beautiful star who played Moses' wife in "The Ten Commandments" but achieved her greatest popularity on TV's "The Munsters," has died. She was 84. De Carlo died of natural causes Monday at the Motion Picture & amp; Television facility in suburban Los Angeles. De Carlo, whose shapely figure helped launch her career in B-movie desert adventures and Westerns, rose to more important roles in the 1950s. Later, she had a key role in a landmark Broadway musical, Stephen Sondheim's "Follies." But for TV viewers, she will always be known as Lily Munster in the 1964-66 slapstick horror-movie spoof "The Munsters."
Crackdown on crime
NEW ORLEANS -- As foot patrols hit the streets Wednesday afternoon as part of a crime-fighting plan, officials announced that new traffic checkpoints produced several arrests. Authorities made 12 arrests -- including six on drug charges and one on a fugitive warrant -- between 2 and 6 a.m. Wednesday, the police department said. New Orleans counted nine homicides in the first eight days of the new year, prompting calls for a crackdown on violent crime and even suggestions of a curfew.
Scorpion on a plane
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- A scorpion stung David Sullivan on the back of his right leg, just below the knee, then continued up that leg and down the other, he believes, before getting him again in the shin. It wasn't what he was expecting on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Vermont. Sullivan, a 46-year-old builder from Stowe, awoke from a nap shortly before landing and noticed his right leg was being jabbed. The second sting came after the plane had landed and the Sullivans were waiting for their bags at the luggage carousel. Sullivan rolled up his cuff to investigate, and the scorpion fell out. For a healthy adult, a scorpion sting can mean numbness or shooting pain extending out from the sting, or flu-like symptoms, which Sullivan said he had the next day. An American Airlines flight was delayed for an hour in Toronto on Sunday after a passenger was stung by a scorpion that had made its way on board. Paramedics treated the man when the flight from Miami landed.
4 million coin heist
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Robbers in surgical masks pulled off a 4 million coin heist at knifepoint outside a coin dealers convention, getting away with gold, silver and a rare 1843 set of currency once owned by President Tyler, authorities said. It was the second time in two years that the Florida United Numismatists' annual coin show had been hit, and this year's loss was much larger. On Saturday, a Minnesota coin dealer's employee was unloading an SUV outside a luxury hotel when a robber in a surgical mask and a hooded sweater grabbed him from behind and held a knife to his throat, witnesses and the victim told authorities. Two other masked men grabbed a suitcase from the SUV, according to authorities. Last year, thieves stole about 450,000 worth of coins by breaking into cars, most of them while dealers ate in restaurants.
Prank kills 2 soldiers
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Two army soldiers died Wednesday from burns suffered when their beds were set ablaze by their peers in what officials say was apparently a prank gone awry. Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said the tragedy was the result of a hazing ritual known as "the Dragon Game" in which pieces of toilet paper are placed between the fingers of sleeping soldiers and then set afire. Three other cadets also suffered burns.
Chavez, Ortega inaugurated
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Invoking Christ and Castro as his socialist models, President Hugo Chavez began his third term Wednesday by declaring that socialism, not capitalism, is the only way forward for Venezuela and the world. His first stop: Nicaragua, where leftist ally Daniel Ortega was returning to power with his own inauguration hours later.
Chavez can now count on remaining president until 2013 -- or later if he gets his way with a constitutional amendment allowing him to run again. Chavez said a commission was being assembled to consider constitutional reforms to be decided in a popular referendum, including one allowing "indefinite re-election" by doing away with presidential term limits that bar him from running again in 2012.
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Ethiopia's prime minister said Wednesday the U.S. military targeted 20 high-level members of an Islamic movement linked to al-Qaida in an airstrike this week in southern Somalia, attacking quickly before the Islamists could escape. Meles Zenawi told reporters in his country's capital, Addis Ababa, that eight suspected terrorists were killed in Monday's airstrike, five were wounded and taken into custody by Ethiopian forces, and seven escaped.