Obama backs away from McCain’s debate challenge

Democratic candidate Barack Obama on Saturday backed away from rival John McCain’s challenge for a series of joint appearances, agreeing only to the standard three debates in the fall.

Study confirms ‘Kevin Bacon’ theory

The “small world theory,” embodied in the old saw that there are just “six degrees of separation” between any two strangers on Earth, has been largely corroborated.

LaBeouf lawyers: Left hand ‘crushed’ in wreck (AP)

In this May 18, 2008 file photo, actor Shia LaBeouf arrives for the premiere of  'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France. Lawyers for Shia LaBeouf say his hand was 'crushed' in the wreck that flipped his truck last weekend, and he still runs the risk of infection and other complications. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)AP – LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shia LaBeouf could have a long road before him as he recovers from the accident that crushed his hand, his lawyer says.

Angry Ohio landlord posts ‘Drugs & Sex’ sign (AP)

AP – One Cincinnati landlord is so exasperated by street crime outside his building that he’s posted a large sign announcing “Drugs & Sex For Sale 24/7.”

Logano paving way for NASCAR’s young drivers

At age 18, Joey Logano is already enjoying NASCAR’s spotlight, but Lee Spencer says he’s just one of the sport’s new young stars.

Hardy withdraws from US swim team (AP)

Swimmer Jessica Hardy withdrew from the U.S. Olympic team Friday, four weeks after testing positive for a banned substance at the Olympic trials. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Hardy’s decision, saying she did so “in the best interests of the team.” The 21-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., could have contested the drug test results before the American Arbitration Association and potentially…

Starved, disabled girl was failed at every turn (AP)

In this undated photo released by the Philadelphia Police Department, Andrea Kelly, the mother of  Danieal Kelly, is shown.  Andrea Kelly, 39, was charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in connection with Danieal's starvation death on Aug. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)AP – For days before Danieal Kelly died in a fetid, airless room — made stifling hot by a midsummer heat wave — the bedridden teenager begged for something to drink until she could muster only one word: water.

Rule 240 Still Lives — After a Fashion (Aviation.com)

Aviation.com – Much has been written in the past few months about how a regulation called “Rule 240” used to require an airline to rebook you on another carrier when it canceled your flight – and whether or not the rule still exists.