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Portland mom charged for circumcising baby with box cutter

A Portland mother accused of trying to circumcise her 3-month-old son has been released from jail and awaits trial for assault and criminal mistreatment charges.

Chris Brown not to attend Grammys

Due to scheduling conflicts, Chris Brown will be unable to attend this year’s Grammy Awards, according to the singer’s rep.

Husband charged with assault on boxer

Orlando -- Her husband's alleged assault on boxer Christy Martin may have been motivated by her affair with a woman, Florida police records released Wednesday said.

James Martin was arrested Tuesday after a week as a fugitive and hospitalized in Orlando after stabbing himself, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Officials say he will be arraigned after his release from the hospital.

Martin allegedly shot and stabbed his wife at their home in Apopka on Nov. 23.

Records released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department said the attack occurred shortly after Christy Martin spent two days at a motel with a longtime friend. She and the woman reportedly had recently begun a romantic relationship.

DMX denies violating parole

Phoenix -- Hip-hop star DMX has denied violating his probation for an assault conviction by using cocaine and Oxycontin, court officials in Arizona said.

The 39-year-old rapper, whose real name Earl Simmons, appeared at the Maricopa County courthouse Wednesday and insisted he hasn't recently used cocaine and Oxycontin, reported.

Simmons was arrested Nov. 18 for a probation violation after he was allegedly found to be in possession of cocaine.

He was also cited for use of Oxycontin without a prescription, failing to submit to drug testing, failing to participate in counseling programs, failure to make payments for fines and driving on a suspended license, RadarOnline said.

The rapper is due back in court Dec. 9.

Brett Sutter apologizes for assault arrest

Calgary, Alberta -- Calgary Flames center Brett Sutter, arrested in Arizona last week for allegedly punching a man as they left a bar, apologized Monday .

"I want to apologize to my family, my friends, our fans and the entire Flames family for what took place this past Wednesday night," Sutter, 23, said in a statement issued by the team. "My background is one of hard work and respect so this incident is totally out of character for me.

Rodriguez hit with civil suit over beating

New York -- New York Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, facing a criminal charge of assault, has been hit with a civil suit stemming from the same incident, officials said.

Rodriguez, 28, accused of viciously beating his girlfriend's father, Carlos Pena, at Citi Field following a Mets loss in August, was served with legal papers for the civil suit as he entered the Queens Supreme Court for a hearing on the criminal case, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

A lawyer representing Pena says his client has been in and out of doctor's offices to treat injuries to his "head, brain, face, neck and back."

The suit filed in Bronx Supreme Court seeks unspecified damages for the "extreme and outrageous" beating.

Police: PlayStation led to road ramming

Allentown, Pa. -- Police in Pennsylvania said a man allegedly ran his girlfriend's car off the road because she took away his PlayStation video game console.

Colleen Frable told Lehigh Township police she decided to take the video game system with her to work Friday morning because she was angry at her live-in boyfriend, Darren Suchon, 42, for playing all day instead of finding a job, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa., reported Wednesday.

Frable said Suchon took her 1996 gold Porsche sports car and used it to ram her off the road while she was on her way to work, the newspaper reported.

Woman charged in feces fling

Belmont, Mass. -- Police in Massachusetts said a woman who allegedly threw a bag of dog feces into a car window is facing assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges.

\Belmont police said the woman admitted to throwing the bag of dog feces at the dark colored sedan, which she said was speeding while she was walking her dog down Stone Road Sept. 30, the Belmont Citizen-Herald reported Wednesday.

The driver of the car said the dog feces "splattered across his face, and the remaining matter soiled the front of the car," the police report said.

Ironing hostage suspect indicted

Villa Rica, Ga. -- A Georgia man who allegedly held his mom hostage for refusing to iron his clothes has been indicted on aggravated assault and false imprisonment charges.

Robert Edward Tyrrell, 29, of Villa Rica was indicted by a Carroll County grand jury for allegedly using a rifle to hold his mother hostage for 6 hours when she refused to iron his clothes in June, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.

"He wanted her to do some ironing, and when she said 'no,' they got into an argument," Sgt. Marc Griffith with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said of the start of the incident. "He told her 'ironing is woman's work.'"

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New details of moon's surface revealed

Washington -- Our moon was bombarded by two distinct waves of asteroids or comets in its youth, leaving it surface more complex than previously thought, U.S. scientists say.

New results from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft are featured in papers appearing in the Sept. 17 issue of Science, NASA said in a release Thursday.

LRO data shows there were two separate populations of impacts on the moon's surface with the earlier period featuring much larger impacts than the later assault, James Head of Brown University wrote in a study.

The rich record of craters on the moon can give clues to the effects of similar impacts in Earth's early history, he said.