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Michael Jackson's glove brings $350,000 at an auction

Singer Michael Jackson wore the glove for his moonwalk dance in 1983.

Associated Press

Singer Michael Jackson wore the glove for his moonwalk dance in 1983.

New York

Jackson glove brings $350,000 at an auction

The gleaming glove Michael Jackson wore when he introduced his trademark moonwalk dance in 1983 has been auctioned off for $350,000. As the glove's price soared Saturday, fans roared and squealed with pleasure — echoing the kind of frenzy that accompanied the late pop star on his tours. The rhinestone-studded white glove Jackson wore on his left hand at Motown's 25th anniversary TV special was the top item among the memorabilia auctioned at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Its presale estimate was $40,000. Also auctioned was the fedora hat Jackson wore for the dance, which sold for $22,000.

Washington

More to travel by road, fewer by air

The number of Americans traveling away from home for Thanksgiving will be up only slightly this year from 2008, according to a report from the AAA auto club. The group, which surveyed 1,350 households, said there will be about 33.2 million people traveling by car this year — a 2.1 percent increase from last year. But there will be a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of air travelers, totaling 2.3 million this year, continuing a decade-long decline of Thanksgiving air travel. AAA officials said Thanksgiving travel dropped 25 percent in 2008.

Charlotte, N.C.

'Death by scaring' earns life sentence

A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty in what prosecutors said was a case of scaring a North Carolina grandmother to death. A federal jury found Larry Whitfield, 21, not guilty of murder Friday in the death of Mary Parnell, 79, last year. But they did find him guilty of causing her death by kidnapping her, and that carries an automatic life sentence. Authorities say Whitfield broke into Parnell's house after a failed bank robbery in September 2008. Parnell suffered a heart attack when she saw him, and he didn't call for help.

San Antonio, Texas

Nurse is acquitted of killing patients

A military judge in Texas has found a former Air Force nurse accused of killing three terminally ill patients not guilty of murder. Capt. Michael Fontana was accused of administering excessive dosages of painkillers to speed the patients' deaths. Presiding over the court-martial Saturday, Col. William Burd said Fontana was not guilty on all counts. Fontana has been in the Air Force since 2006 and served a tour in Iraq in 2007.

Elsewhere

Ohio: Police say bank robbery suspect John Ford, 35, of Cleveland may have eaten evidence when he gobbled a piece of paper while handcuffed and lying across the hood of a police cruiser.

San Francisco: Authorities say four people were hurt when one of the city's historic cable cars jarred to a sudden stop while traveling through downtown on Saturday. Hurt were two passengers, the cable car's gripman and the conductor.

Times wires

Michael Jackson's glove brings $350,000 at an auction

11/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:31pm]

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