Thursday, August 28, 2008

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Robbers in a hurry steal cakes, not cash
Robbers ran off with a bag of cakes instead of 1.9 million ringgit ($651,000) in cash in a botched heist.
Security guard Zainol Othman, who accompanied the money changer as he got out of a van and put his personal bags on a trolley when the robbers attacked.
"In the midst of the commotion, the robbers grabbed the money changer's bags, thinking that I had already placed the money bag onto the trolley, then the thieves sped off in a getaway car with the bags, one of which contained mooncakes, a Chinese delicacy.
In April, thieves escaped with more than $1 million after attacking two money changers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Man tells deputies he slept through car chase
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says a man who led a deputy on a high-speed pursuit told investigators he was sleeping, not driving, during the chase.
According to reports, deputies didn't believe Anthony Fernandez's claim that someone else was behind the wheel. They arrested the 49-year-old Key West man on charges of fleeing and eluding police, running a red light, speeding and driving with a suspended license.
A report states that after Fernandez stopped driving a 2005 black Dodge Ram pickup truck during Monday morning's chase, he got out of the driver's side of the car, ran to the passenger side, opened the door, and walked slowly to the front.
Fernandez told investigators that a friend was driving during the chase and then fled the scene while he slept.
Truck Driver Robbed Own Truck
Police say the story just didn't make sense.
A delivery truck driver said he had been robbed at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon while attempting to put a large amount of cash into a safe at the back of the vehicle.
But authorities were suspicious, since there didn't seem to be any witnesses and the driver couldn't say what the robber looked like. After further questioning, police said the driver confessed he was the one who actually stole the money.
The driver was charged with grand larceny and making a false report.
Soup Causes Emergency Landing
A Ryanair plane was forced to land in Germany after a passenger had an allergic reaction to mushroom soup.
The soup leaked onto the man from a jar in an overhead locker on a flight from Budapest to Dublin on Monday, the airline said.
His neck swelled up and he struggled to breathe, forcing the plane to divert for emergency medical help.
Cop sells Cocaine and Buyer gets Busted
Police arrested a Nebraska man after they said they sold him one kilo of cocaine in a sting operation Monday.
According to a police report, Miguel Madera, 46, paid an undercover Chandler police officer $17,000 for the cocaine in a drug reversal transaction. In the undercover operation, police provide the narcotics and arrest the buyer only after money has been exchanged.
After being advised of his rights, Madera admitted to purchasing the cocaine and said he was going to transport it to Nebraska for a profit, according to the report.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 to Include 'Porn Mode'
Microsoft’s latest Internet browser includes a piece of software that allows Internet users to hide the audit trail of websites they have visited.
The InPrivate feature on Internet Explorer 8, nicknamed "porn mode", allows users to conceal the sites they have viewed at the click of a button.
Once the setting is chosen, others using the same computer will not be able to see which sites have been accessed. Other browsers have similar functions, but this one is far more prominent.
Body Was Decomposing in Trunk of Car
Results taken from air samples reveal that a body was decomposing in the trunk of a car driven by the mother of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony.
Detectives with cadaver dogs said in July they detected the smell of human decomposition coming from the trunk of the Pontiac that the mother, Casey Anthony, was driving when police began investigating the disappearance of her little girl, who was last seen more than two months ago.
The University of Tennessee "Body Farm" conducted the tests on the car's air samples Aug. 10, and on Wednesday their conclusion was released: a human corpse had been decomposing there.
Back in July, Caylee's grandmother Cindy Anthony initially made a frantic 911 call to report that her daughter's car smelled like a dead body. She later said the scent just as easily could have been that of rotting pizza.
Armed Robbers Hit Illegal Gambling House
Two men are on the run from the cops in Brooklyn after robbing an illegal gambling house.
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78-year-old woman heads down baggage chute
An elderly woman misunderstood instructions while checking in at Sweden's main airport and was whisked down a baggage chute after she placed herself instead of her luggage on the belt.
The woman, who was not named, was preparing to fly from Stockholm's Arlanda airport to Germany yesterday when she lay down on an unmanned baggage belt in the belief she was following check-in instructions.
She was quickly swept off to the baggage handling center, where staff members helped get her back on her feet.
Man jailed after sending hostages for beer
An Illinois man who held five Iowans hostage in a Fort Madison motel was arrested.
Police say 33-year-old Jason Slagel, of Moline, Ill., is charged with five counts of false imprisonment and going armed with intent. They say Slagel pulled a knife during an argument Tuesday night with another man and told the people in the room that they wouldn't be allowed to leave. One man was cut and Slagel had a cut on his hand, but police say the injuries weren't serious.
Police say that after awhile, Slagel got thirsty and sent two of his hostages out for beer. After they left they called police and Slagel was arrested without incident.

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