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  • Whoops! MSNBC's Diaz-Balart Blanks on Rick Perry's Name

    08/29/2014 9:36:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the names that it would be embarrassing for an MSNBC network host to blank on, Rick Perry's would have to be at the top of the list. How countless many times has the Lean Forward network had fun at Perry's expense over his "whoops" moment during a 2012 presidential debate? But that unfortunate fate befell Jose Diaz-Balart today, hosting his own new MSNBC show. The topic was the way in which Ted Cruz and Perry would potentially fight over Texas donor dollars if they were to both run for president. Diaz-Balart got Cruz's name without problem, but when...
  • Traffic chaos after bridge the size of a football field COLLAPSES onto the main freeway from Los..

    05/06/2014 10:51:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 106 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2014 | James Gordon
    For almost a year and a half workers had been constructing a bridge to cross the main Interstate that runs between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but it took just minutes to bring the entire structure crashing to the ground. The blaze began after a construction workers' blowtorch was fanned by strong winds and ignited the wooden scaffolding that was being used to build the new flyover, across Interstate 15 in Herperia, California. Driven by high winds, the fire took hold extremely quickly and began burning the supports surrounding the bridge. Debris began to fell onto the I-15 minutes after...
  • British warship fires dummy torpedo into nuclear naval base

    03/17/2014 6:15:04 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 14, 2014
    A British warship accidentally launched an inert torpedo during a training exercise on Wednesday, sending a dummy weapon crashing into a wharf at a naval base in southern England used by nuclear submarines.
  • Cracker Barrel Backtrack: Duck Back On Menu; "We made a mistake, we listened to you, we apologize."

    12/22/2013 5:01:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | December 22, 2013 | Trey Sanchez
    Nationwide country restaurant Cracker Barrel has reversed its decision of Friday to stop selling some Duck Dynasty merchandise with Papa Phil's face prominently displayed. Thanks to fierce customer backlash and a strong anti-Cracker Barrel Twitter campaign, the restaurant tweeted on Sunday that Duck Dynasty products are back on the shelves. Cracker Barrel @CrackerBarrel We made a mistake, we listened to you, and we apologize. #DuckDynasty products are back in our stores. 10:19 AM - 22 Dec 2013 2,838 Retweets 1,408 favorites A full explanation was posted to their Facebook page.
  • Vultures Eat French Tourist Killed in Fatal Pyrenees Cliff Plunge

    05/04/2013 2:55:04 PM PDT · by Third Person · 61 replies
    IBT ^ | May 4th, 2013 | Fiona Keating
    A campaign against Griffon vultures is gathering pace in France after it was revealed that the carrion eaters had devoured the body of a 52-year-old woman who fell to her death in the Pyrenees. Major Didier Pericou of the gendarmerie said the woman had fallen down a 300-metre slope while taking a short cut walking with two friends. "There were only bones, clothes and shoes left," he told The Times. "They took 45 to 50 minutes to eat the body." French farmers are now demanding the right to shoot the protected birds after attacks on sheep and cows. The birds...
  • TSA agent accidentally pepper sprays fellow agents

    03/29/2013 11:43:26 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/28/13 | Claudine Zap
    An incident that reportedly led a TSA agent to accidentally shoot five fellow employees with pepper spray left Kennedy International Airport with mud in its eye.According to the New York Post, the stinging substance that is meant to be aimed at the face, and can cause major eye irritation, sent all six airport security screeners to the hospital.The Post reports: The agent, Chris Yves Dabel, discovered the device at the Terminal 2 security checkpoint and tried to determine if it was real, a source told The Post.He told Port Authority cops that he “found the canister on the floor and...
  • President Obama in Golden, Colorado: I was "born to a single mom"

    09/13/2012 7:04:36 PM PDT · by kristinn · 124 replies
    Obama for America ^ | Thursday, September 13, 2012 | Lauren Peterson
    "Let's face it, a mixed kid from Hawaii born to a single mom is not likely to become President of the United States. But in America it can happen because of education, because somebody gave me opportunity. "You know, a little black girl from the South Side of Chicago, whose mom is a secretary and dad is a blue-collar worker—not likely to become First Lady of the United States. But it happens because she got a great education, even though her folks didn’t have a lot of money. "It's the gateway of opportunity for middle-class families, for those who are...
  • Gay pageant winner beheaded

    06/13/2012 9:33:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    News24 ^ | 6/13/12
    Cape Town - A 23-year-old man from Kuruman, in the Northern Cape, was beheaded last Friday, allegedly because he was gay. Thapelo Makutle was attacked at his place of work in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district on Friday, MambaOnline quoted the NGO Legbo Northern Cape as saying. Makutle apparently got into an argument with two heterosexual men over his sexuality. The attackers allegedly followed him to the room where he lived and cut his throat, decapitating him. Makutle, who identified as both gay and transgender, was a volunteer for Legbo Northern Cape which provides support for LGBTI persons in rural...
  • Inside the [alleged] Secret Service's hooker hot spot

    04/16/2012 3:22:23 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 58 replies
    It was in this one-story, windowless, brick building with a cheesy neon sign on top that 11 Secret Service agents assigned to protect the President ended up embarrassing their country all for a little fun and flesh, local sources told the Daily News. Drinking beers and whisky that range in price from 40,000 to 150,000 pesos ($24 to $84) for bottle service, the agents had their pick of young girls with long, black and brown hair and lots of makeup. “The gringos got rowdy at the bar. They drank fine whisky and slept with the prettiest ones, the ones that...
  • Calif. woman killed by cannonball fired by husband

    03/06/2012 1:40:49 PM PST · by Doogle · 85 replies
    AP VIA fox ^ | 03/06/12 | AP
    Authorities in California say a 33-year-old San Diego County woman has been killed by a cannonball fired by her husband and another man. U-T San Diego ( ) reports the woman was found dead at about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday after the ball slammed into her home at the Twin Lakes Resort mobile home park in Potrero, a tiny community near the Mexican border. Her name hasn't been released.
  • Carbonite at 52 week low - down nearly 4% on the day

    03/06/2012 9:19:59 AM PST · by AAABEST · 220 replies
    Wall Street ^ | 03-06-2012 | God, nature and economics
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  • Oops! FBI uses chain saw on wrong door

    02/01/2012 11:34:20 AM PST · by The KG9 Kid · 77 replies ^ | 2/1/2012 | By NBC News and news services
    A Massachusetts woman says the FBI used a chain saw blade to cut through her door and held her at gunpoint for at least 30 minutes before agents realized they were conducting a raid at the wrong home. Judy Sanchez, of Fitchburg, says she awoke to heavy footsteps in the stairwell on Jan. 26 and walked into her kitchen in time to see a blade chop through her door. "I took two steps, face the second door, and I heard the click of a gun, and saying, ‘FBI, get down,’ so I laid down on my living room floor,” Sanchez...
  • Cracks found in A380 wings

    01/06/2012 12:25:32 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 29 replies
    afp ^ | 2012-01-06
    Australian carrier Qantas and Singapore Airlines on Friday reassured passengers there was no risk to safety after cracks were found on the wings of several A380 superjumbos, including some in their fleets. Airbus revealed on Thursday that "minor cracks" had been found on some jets, but the European plane maker said they posed no safety problem and recommended a way they could be fixed. Qantas said the cracks had been found on one of its 10 A380s. "Minuscule cracking was found in the wing ribs of the Qantas A380 being repaired in Singapore," a Qantas spokesperson said in a statement....
  • Jacksonville Woman Tries To Recover Priceless Items Sold At Yard Sale

    08/15/2011 2:09:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 1+ views
    WNCT ^ | August 14, 2011 | Kristen Hunter
    A yard sale seemed like a good idea at the time for a Jacksonville woman. She made money. The problem is she sold a suitcase that contained priceless memories of her marine husband, who died in Iraq five years ago. Lindsay Whitehouse was getting ready to move out of her home in the Timber Creek subdivision of Jacksonville, so she decided to have an impromptu yard sale on August 6th. She didn’t think twice when a couple bought an old suitcase from her that day. It wasn’t until later she realized what she lost. "It was the best of the...
  • Man dies after motorcycle crashes during helmet protest ride

    07/03/2011 8:33:56 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 271 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 2, 2011 | WSYR-TV
    LAFAYETTE, NY (WSYR-TV) – New York State Troopers say one man is dead after a motorcycle crash near McClary Road and Route 11 in LaFayette on Saturday. New York State Police say 55-year-old Philip Contos of Parish was part of a protest against motorcycle helmets. Police say several motorists from the group ABATE (American Bikers Aimed for Education) of Onondaga County had come together to make a point that they didn't need their helmets. The group was driving south on Route 11 in Lafayette around 1:30 p.m., headed toward Lake Como, just south of the Finger Lakes. Police say Contos...
  • Why was this Herman Cain article pulled from FR?

    05/08/2011 7:53:19 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 14 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8 May 2011 | Notary Sojac
    This article was pulled for copyright violation have searched the list of copyright complainants on the FR main page and "NorthStar Writers Group" is nowhere in evidence.Can I post this article?Can I link to it from within a thread?How can I point Freepers to the specific statements made by Herman Cain in this article, some of which he may now regret??
  • Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus’ death

    03/02/2011 11:14:14 AM PST · by T Minus Four · 185 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 March 2011 (really) | By NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book. In Jesus of Nazareth-Part II excerpts released on Wednesday, Benedict explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus' death. Interpretations to the contrary have been used for centuries to justify the persecution of Jews. While the Catholic Church has for five decades taught that Jews weren't collectively responsible, Jewish scholars said on...
  • iTunes 10.1.1 update causes upgrade woes

    12/15/2010 8:09:51 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 9 replies ^ | 12/15/10 | Mat Bettinson
    iTunes 10.1.1 update causes upgrade woes by Mat Bettinson iTunes 10.1.1 update causes upgrade woes Reports of software crashes on start Some users of Apple's iTunes music software have found that the application crashes on start up after installing the 10.1.1 update. The update that was released on Wednesday was designed to address a number of bugs including some which caused the application to unexpectedly quit. However readers of AppleInsider have reported that iTunes is now crashing immediately when the program is started. A thread on Apple's support forums discusses the issue with several users reporting that their fix was...
  • U.S. calls purported sex tape 'doctored' and 'smear campaign'

    09/24/2009 4:20:11 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 23 replies · 2,320+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/24/09 | CNN
    CNN) -- A videotape on a Russian Web site allegedly showing a State Department employee having sex with a prostitute is a "smear campaign" meant to discredit the man, a State Department spokesman said Thursday. The employee, Brendan Kyle Hatcher, denied any encounter with a prostitute to his superiors at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, another State Department official said. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, "supports" Hatcher, who remains at his job at the embassy.
  • Accidental firing outside Taj [Cop at Obama's hotel shoots self in leg]

    11/07/2010 6:09:31 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 35 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 11/6/2010 | staff
    An assistant police inspector of Mumbai police's crime branch, deployed in the outer security ring of US President Barack Obama, accidentally fired a shot from his .38 bore service revolver near Taj Mahal Hotel on Saturday evening. Suhas Chaudhary, posted with unit V of the crime branch, was injured in the incident and was admitted to St George Hospital. According to police, neither Obama nor his wife, Michelle, were not at the hotel when the incident occurred. Preliminary investigation found that Chaudhary was posted 50 meters away from Taj Mahal Hotel. After his duty, he was getting into his official...
  • Photo op mishap at Boot Hill(Darwin Awards miss one)

    09/22/2010 5:00:27 PM PDT · by aft_lizard · 11 replies
    Dodge Globe ^ | 9-22-10 | Staff
    DODGE CITY — A visitor to Boot Hill Museum thought he'd stumbled on a photo opportunity Wednesday, but he wound up in the hospital instead. The tourist, a 69-year-old man from Parks, Ark., put his head into a noose at the museum's "Boot Hill Hanging Tree" and was having his photo taken, Dodge City Police Chief Robin James said in a news release. He apparently lost consciousness and slumped into the noose, and two women who were with him were unable to remove him. "Fortunately, they were able to summon help from people at the museum who removed the man...
  • Officer Accidentally Used Pepper Spray on Burning Man

    01/30/2010 12:47:32 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 45 replies · 785+ views
    KATU News ^ | 1/29/2010 | Anna Song
    PORTLAND, Ore. - The first Portland Police officer to arrive on the scene of the man who set himself on fire Wednesday outside the Nicholas Ungar Furs store accidentally used pepper spray in an attempt to put out the flames instead of a fire extinguisher, officials at the Portland Police Bureau said Thursday.
  • Clinton wishes he had left White House "in a coffin"

    11/03/2009 12:33:13 AM PST · by Chet 99 · 54 replies · 2,015+ views
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he would have preferred to leave the White House in a coffin because he loved being commander in chief, but signaled his political life is over. "It's good that we have a (term) limit. Otherwise I would have stayed until I was carried away in a coffin. Or defeated in an election," Clinton said at a conference in Istanbul. "I loved doing the job."
  • Joe Biden Isn't Joe Biden Anymore, He's John McCain

    10/08/2008 12:48:25 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 13 replies · 1,169+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 8, 2008 | Mary Ann Akers
    Joe Biden Isn't Joe Biden Anymore, He's John McCain Thanks to the lightning speed of the Republican National Committee's media team, this video was circulated everywhere today. It shows an announcer at a Democratic campaign rally in Tampa getting Joe Biden confused with John McCain. Instead of introducing Biden as the "next vice president of the United States," the announcer flubbed his introduction and said "the next Vice President of the United States, John McCain."
  • 2,089,351 Reasons to Put Down the Keyboard After a 26 Hour Shift [FR status report]

    09/24/2008 9:38:37 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 296 replies · 6,907+ views
    <p>Well, the good news first. After installing three very sweet machines and new networking equipment, FR is geared up for the onslaught of traffic we anticipate during this election cycle. All that is left is some tuning and bringing online another database server.</p>
  • Man Convicted Of Molesting Boy Chokes To Death On Hot Dog In Jail

    01/07/2008 9:29:29 PM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 55 replies · 333+ views
    WFTV-Orlando, FL ^ | 01-07-2008 | WFTV News
    MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- A man who kidnapped and molested a Marion County boy choked to death in prison. Frederick Fretz died at a federal prison in Atwater, California after choking on a hot dog. In 2005, Fretz kidnapped 11-year-old Adam Kirkirt from Dunellon Elementary School. At the time, he told Kirkirt he was going to take him to his father, who had been arrested in Kentucky. Fretz and the child were later found in Georgia.
  • Caption this photo: non-political humor for the weekend

    06/02/2007 2:04:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 1,273+ views
    UPS and Fed-Ex accident.
  • Naked picture of 13-year-old brings charges for illegal alien

    05/10/2007 2:33:56 PM PDT · by csvset · 46 replies · 12,846+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 10, 2007 | CINDY CLAYTON
    CHESAPEAKE - A 19-year-old who police said is in the country illegally was detained after a store clerk who processed film he dropped off suspected an undressed girl on the film could be underage. Carlos Ramos of the 3700 block of S. Military Hwy. is charged with producing sexually explicit materials, said Christi Golden, a police spokeswoman. Ramos is being held without bond in the Chesapeake jail. Other charges are pending.A clerk at the Wal-Mart on Grassfield Parkway called police Tuesday after processing the pictures, which included a 13-year-old girl, Golden said. The girl is nude in at least one...
  • Police gaffe makes Muslims pray in wrong direction

    04/14/2007 8:34:16 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 78 replies · 1,844+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2007
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch police station trying to help Muslim detainees face Mecca for their prayers painted arrows in cells pointing in the wrong direction...
  • Particle collider magnet self-destructs

    04/03/2007 9:35:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 644+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/07 | Alexander G. Higgins - ap
    GENEVA - A 43-foot-long magnet for the world's largest particle collider broke "with a loud bang and a cloud of dust" during a high-pressure test, and officials said Tuesday they are working to find a replacement part. The part that failed March 27 was in a super-cooled magnet designed to focus streams of protons so that they collide and allow scientists to study the results of the collision, giving them a better understanding of the makeup of matter, according to Fermilab, based in suburban Chicago, which has an accelerator of its own and is helping build one deep beneath the...
  • Fla. storms killed all 18 whooping cranes led south by ultralight

    02/03/2007 3:32:31 PM PST · by SJackson · 59 replies · 1,634+ views ^ | 2-3-07 | JAMES A. CARLSON
    MILWAUKEE - All 18 young whooping cranes led south from Wisconsin by ultralight aircraft last fall were killed in storms that hit Florida, dealing a devastating blow to a project to create a second migratory flock of the endangered birds in North American, a spokesman said. The cranes were being kept in an enclosure at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge near Crystal River, Fla., when the storms moved in and intensified Thursday night, said Joe Duff, senior pilot and co-founder of Operation Migration, a nonprofit organization coordinating the project. "The birds were checked in late afternoon the day before, and...
  • Castro surgery seems to have been botched: experts

    01/16/2007 5:48:48 PM PST · by Huntress · 174 replies · 3,652+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/16/07 | Tom Brown
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro has long prided himself on Cuba's doctors and free public health care system, but that system seems to have let him down after he fell ill in July , U.S.-based doctors said on Tuesday. Based on a report in Tuesday's edition of Spain's El Pais newspaper, the doctors -- who have no first-hand knowledge of Castro's condition -- said Castro had received questionable or even botched care at the hands of health experts on his communist-ruled island. "It's not a good story. Too bad they didn't send him to Miami for surgery," said...
  • Man trying to kill bees sets home ablaze

    01/12/2007 6:27:13 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 16 replies · 427+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Thu Jan 11, 8:06 PM ET
    Man trying to kill bees sets home ablaze Thu Jan 11, 8:06 PM ET CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A man who tried to keep bees off his property accidentally set fire to his house instead, causing at least $500 damage. Franklyn Pigott Jr. set his home ablaze Wednesday while attempting to destroy a nest of bees that had formed outside the home, the Fort Myers News-Press reported Thursday. When Pigott, 38, mixed a product called Real Kill Indoor Fogger with WD-40, it became a "flame-thrower" and melted the home's vinyl siding, according to a police incident report.
  • Plane landed at wrong airport

    01/11/2007 5:22:18 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 65 replies · 1,866+ views ^ | 1/11/2007 | staff
    The crew of an Airbus plane with 39 passengers on board landed at the wrong airport, an accident report revealed today. The Dublin-based Eirjet flight, being operated on behalf of Ryanair, should have touched down at Derry, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said. But the Airbus A320, flying from Liverpool, landed at Ballykelly airfield, an ex-RAF base now used by the British Army, about five miles from Derry Airport. The AAIB report said air traffic controllers (ATC) had been told by the Airbus A320 aircraft crew: "We've just touched down." ATC replied: "It was the wrong airport, you've landed...
  • Official caught off-roading in preserve

    01/05/2007 11:25:27 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 26 replies · 1,002+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | 1/5/2007 | PAUL QUINLAN
    It beat Chris Sharek, the director of Venice's utilities department, whose job is to ensure that the city obeys environmental regulations, though he apparently failed to do so himself. A judge slapped Sharek with 25 hours of community service and probation last month for off-roading through a protected wilderness preserve with his wife and father-in-law. When their vehicles got stuck in the mud at Myakka River State Park, Sharek phoned for help. Friends arrived and dismantled a fence so they could drive in to free them. Their cars, in turn, got stuck. Another round of calls went out. Another round...
  • Air Force seeks answers after dummy bomb accident in South Korea

    12/02/2006 7:11:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies · 829+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 3, 2006 | Franklin Fisher
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Air Force safety experts were seeking answers Friday on why a U.S. fighter plane released a dummy bomb Wednesday that caused no injuries but ripped a jagged path through a South Korean wire factory. The nonexplosive training bomb sent startled workers scurrying at the two-story 3A Company Ltd. factory after it crashed through the roof and burrowed its way into a ground-floor office. The mishap occurred around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Eumseong, northern Chungcheong province. The bomb dropped from an A-10 attack plane assigned to the 25th Fighter Squadron, part of the 51st Fighter...
  • Man suffers severe burns when sheep costume ignites(WI)

    10/31/2006 12:15:12 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 80 replies · 2,963+ views ^ | 10-31-06 | ap
    SUAMICO, Wis. A Pulaski man is hospitalized at a burn center in Milwaukee after his home-made sheep costume caught fire at a bar in Suamico. Twenty-one-year-old Justin DeStarkey suffered burns over 80 percent of his body when the cotton balls and glue ignited at Chambers Hill Bar early Sunday. Sheriff's investigators say DeStarkey was dancing near the bar when he may have brushed against a cigarette.
  • Tycoon holes dream Picasso deal

    10/18/2006 12:21:08 AM PDT · by Mrs Ivan · 6 replies · 490+ views
    BBC ^ | 18 October 2006
    A US casino mogul has pulled out of a deal to sell his Picasso painting for a record $139m (Ł74m) after accidentally elbowing a hole in the middle. Las Vegas magnate Steve Wynn was showing Le Reve (The Dream) to guests at his office in Las Vegas last month. Mr Wynn, who has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease affecting peripheral vision, tore a coin-sized hole. He will now keep the painting, which he bought in 1997 for $48.4m, and repair it, his spokeswoman said. 'Terrible noise' Mr Wynn had finalised the sale of the 1932 painting to art collector Steven...
  • Radioactive snails lead to Spain-U.S. atomic probe

    10/12/2006 1:49:17 PM PDT · by Seńor Zorro · 50 replies · 5,531+ views
    Reuters India ^ | 10/11/06
    Radioactive snails lead to Spain-U.S. atomic probe MADRID (Reuters) - The discovery of radioactive snails at a site in southeastern Spain where three U.S. hydrogen bombs fell by accident 40 years ago may trigger a new joint U.S.-Spanish clean-up operation, officials said on Wednesday. The hydrogen bombs fell near the fishing village of Palomares in 1966 after a mid-air collision between a bomber and a refuelling craft, in which seven of 11 crewmen died. Hundreds of tons of soil were removed from the Palomares area and shipped to the United States after high explosive igniters on two bombs detonated...
  • Russian bombers passed aviation tower unnoticed

    10/06/2006 11:46:28 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 74 replies · 2,187+ views
    Iceland Review ^ | October 6, 2006 | Staff
    10/06/2006 | 12:34 Russian bombers passed aviation tower unnoticed The flight tower at Keflavík airport was seemingly unaware of two Russian bombers that flew through Icelandic airspace last Friday. This is claimed by Hjördís Gudmundsdóttir, press officer of the Icelandic Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCAA), although the Minister for Foreign Affairs has made claims to the contrary. RÚV online reports. Gudmundsdóttir says that the DCAA only registers aircraft that have their radars on, and this is not always the case with military aircraft. This was an unusual incident, as Icelandic aviation authorities are usually notified of military rehearsals near the...
  • Three-year-old buys pink convertible on Internet

    09/26/2006 5:47:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 281+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/25/06 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Jack Neal briefly became the proud owner of a pink convertible car after he managed to buy it for 9,000 pounds ($17,000) on the Internet despite being only three years old. Jack's mother told the BBC she had left her password for the eBay auction site in her computer and her son used the "buy it now" option to complete the purchase. "Jack's a whizz on the PC and just pressed all the right buttons," Rachel Neal said. The seller of the second-hand car, a dealer from Worcestershire, central England, was amused by the bid and agreed...
  • Pot plants seized in Marin raid disappear ($3mil worth stolen from police)

    09/06/2006 2:59:34 PM PDT · by CATravelAgent · 65 replies · 1,079+ views
    Marin Independant Journal ^ | 09/02/2006 | Mark Prado
    Bundles containing 1,200 marijuana plants cut down by narcotics agents hours earlier were stolen - possibly by the illicit growers - from a site on the Mount Tamalpais watershed in the middle of the night, water district officials said Friday. The stolen haul, part of 20,000 plants discovered at several West Marin pot gardens earlier in the week, was valued at roughly $3 million, according to estimates by narcotics agents. "It was overnight on Tuesday when the plants were taken," said Paul Helliker, general manager of the Marin Municipal Water District. "Apparently some of the growers returned." Disclosure of the...
  • Paraglider lands in minefield

    09/04/2006 12:34:25 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 6 replies · 837+ views
    Paraglider lands in minefield 1 hour, 30 minutes ago JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli man was stuck in the middle of a minefield near the Syrian border Saturday after crashing his paraglider and severely injuring himself. The unidentified man took off from a peak in the Golan Heights and drifted east toward the Syrian and Jordanian borders before crashing in the minefield, injuring his legs and breaking several bones, rescue services said. "He's in the process of being rescued," an army spokesman said. Paragliding, in which participants jump off tall peaks or cliffs with a parachute strapped to their back,...
  • Mel Gibson Arrested for DUI

    07/28/2006 12:48:29 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 527 replies · 16,783+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 28 July 2006 | Via Drudge
    FOX NEWS has confirmed that Actor Mel Gibson has been arrested in Los Angeles County for DUI. We are awaiting further details from the L.A. County Sheriffs Dept.... DEVELOPING...
  • Chance to Fire Cannon Goes Up In Smoke

    06/26/2006 1:25:47 PM PDT · by Dane · 204 replies · 3,023+ views
    GOP USA ^ | June 25, 2006 | Chuck Muth
    Posted by Chuck Muth June 25, 2006 at 4:46 pm JOHN JACOB DINGLE-BERRY SCHMIDT The old axiom that Republicans never blow an opportunity to blow an opportunity has never been more in play than in this Tuesday’s GOP primary race in Utah’s 3rd congressional district. Challenger John Jacob had the money to credibly take on incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon. And he had the hottest of red-hot issues: illegal immigration. Cannon, after all, is well known as a champion of amnesty for illegal aliens and Jacob has been successfully pounding him on it. In addition, Rep. Tom Tancredo’s Team America PAC,...
  • French navy loses multi-million-dollar sonar at sea

    04/19/2006 8:44:57 AM PDT · by inkling · 87 replies · 1,971+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | April 19, 2006 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - The French navy made a red-faced admission that it had lost a multi-million dollar sonar navigation device after its cable ripped in stormy waters. Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie confirmed a report in the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine, and said an investigation had been launched into how the three-million-euro (3.7-million-dollars) device was mislaid. "An inquiry is underway to determine whether a technical or a human error is at the origin of this problem," she told reporters. Le Canard Enchaine reported that the captain of the De Grasse frigate, decided against his lieutenants' advice to try out the...

    04/18/2006 8:23:39 AM PDT · by floridaobserver · 158 replies · 5,868+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4-18-06
    According to what Holloway's friends have told authorities, the blond-haired, blue-eyed van Cromvoirt was seen with their classmate after she left van der Sloot - the pals say they saw them in the Holiday Inn casino together. But when the casino's video surveillance tapes were turned over to police, investigators could find no sign of Holloway and van Cromvoirt, the source noted. Van Cromvoirt's father is the security expert in charge of video surveillance at the hotel. Aruban authorities are also scrutinizing a surveillance tape taken earlier on May 30 that shows Holloway arguing with a light-haired young man in...
  • Va. Lawmaker's Gun Discharges in Office

    01/27/2006 5:31:32 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 37 replies · 893+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1/26/06
    Va. Lawmaker's Gun Discharges in Office By BOB LEWIS, Associated Press Writer Thu Jan 26, 11:19 PM ET RICHMOND, Va. - A state lawmaker's handgun accidentally discharged in his office Thursday as he tried to unload it, sending a bullet zinging across the room. It was stopped by a bulletproof vest hanging on the door. "That absorbed the entire thing," said Del. John S. "Jack" Reid, a 63-year-old Republican who was both shaken and embarrassed by the incident. He later took the rare step of apologizing to both the Democratic and Republican caucuses before Thursday's floor session, and then made...
  • Zarqawi: Amman bombs did not target Muslims

    11/18/2005 8:51:25 AM PST · by elc · 102 replies · 2,459+ views
    Reuters ^ | 18 November, 2005
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda in Iraq's leader Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi said in an Internet audiotape on Friday that the group did not intend to target Muslim wedding parties in deadly bomb attacks in Jordan last week. In the tape, posted on an Islamist Web site often used by insurgent groups in Iraq, Zarqawi defended the suicide blasts on three hotels saying al Qaeda had inside information that they were home to U.S., Israeli and Jordanian intelligence agencies. "We ask God to have mercy on the Muslims, who we did not intend to target, even if they were in hotels...
  • Ozark "escort service" mix-up settled out of court

    11/02/2005 3:05:09 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 10 replies · 1,112+ views
    Ozark "escort service" mix-up settled out of court Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - An Ozarks man who provides motorcycle escorts for funeral processions has settled a lawsuit with a Kansas-based phone book company that published his business number under the heading "escort services," leading to late-night calls from people wanting female company rather than a ride. Larry Perkins, 57, started Ozark Motorcycle Escort about 2 1/2 years ago, basing the business out of his Highlandville home. But in the current Names and Numbers directories for Springfield and Branson - published in December 2004 - Perkins' business is misidentified as "Ozark...