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When the FBI finally concluded that the late-2001 anthrax scare was the work of government scientist Bruce Ivins (who committed suicide in 2008), the bureau released its investigative files, revealing...
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Questionable Judgments


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In December, in St. Tammany Parish, La., and in February, near Miami Township, Ohio, men driving young female family members around decided it would be cool to feign crimes as they drove. Tim Williams...
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Latest Religious Messages


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Japan's Mantokuji temple in Gumma province was historically the place where women went to cleanse themselves in divorce, aided by the temple's iconic toilets, into which the bad spirits from the faile...
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cultural Diversity


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Florida's Agriculture Department, acting on a tip, confiscated Giant African Snails believed to have been smuggled into the country by Charles Stewart of Hialeah, Fla., for use in the religion Ifa Ori...
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Child-Unfriendly Religions


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Jeff and Marci Beagley were sentenced to 16 months in prison in March after a jury in Oregon City, Ore., found them guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of their teenage son, whose con...
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Alcohol, That Miracle Drug


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Toni Tramel, 31, angry at being jailed in Owensboro, Ky., for public intoxication in March, had "assaulting a police officer" added to the charges when, changing into a jail uniform, she allegedly poi...
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Undignified Deaths


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A 36-year-old man drowned in Denville, N.J., in January during a friendly swimming competition with a pal, as they raced underneath a 30-yard long ice patch on partially frozen Indian Lake. New York C...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Unclear on the Concept


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In March, sheriff's deputies in Kissimmee, Fla., detained a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was working undercover but who had aroused suspicions of residents of a neighborhood. Aft...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Questionable Obsessions


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In November, Jim Bartek, 49, of Maple Heights, Ohio, announced he was ending his streak of 524 consecutive days in which he listened to the album "Nostradamus" by the heavy-metal group Judas Priest. I...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Meals Ready to Eat?


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mad Dogs, Horseplay, Monkey Business, Having a Cow


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Pigs Livin' Large: Among the items that celebrity farmer Cathy Gieseker bought with proceeds from the $12 million Ponzi scheme she, in February, was sentenced for perpetrating (prosecutors called her ...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Least Competent Criminals


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Jonathon Smith, 27, was arrested in March in Fairbanks, Alaska, shortly after his release on bail on charges that he tried to buy three trucks from local dealers using forged checks. His latest arrest...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Leading Economic Indicators


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Details about Britain's biggest marijuana-importing operation emerged in March following the conviction of its three managers in Southwark Crown Court. The enterprise earned the equivalent of as much ...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fine Points of the Law


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If you're wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun and walk into a store to rob it, but there are no employees there to rob, and you abort, is that an "attempted robbery"? Sanjuan Reyes, 22, and two teen...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

22nd Century Already?


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Later this year, manufacturer Organovo, of San Diego, will begin shipping its $200,000 ink-jet-type printers that create living organs for patients needing transplants. The 3-D "bioprinter" works by s...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010
 
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