A kooky cast of characters from Italian crime ring Ndrangheta, including one “Charlie Pepsi," were arrested for a drug deal Tuesday. FBI intercepted, and now they're cooling on ice behind bars.
To smuggle 500 kilograms of Mexican cocaine in frozen fish from Guyana to Italy would require as many as 5,000 fish.“They put a hundred grams, two hundred grams in each fish,” an alleged conspirator named Franco Lupoi was recorded saying.And then there’s the question of recovering it all.“It takes a day to defrost and then it takes a day to take out,” Lupoi says on the recording.The alleged conspirators were still ready to go ahead and even bought a fish wholesaler in Italy before deciding it might be easier just to hide the stuff in pineapples and charcoal.
With access to Edward Snowden’s treasure-trove and four months to prepare, the new magazine got scooped by the 168-year-old Associated Press on the world’s biggest drone story Monday.
The Intercept has landed—but with a bang or a thud?Given the four-month drumroll preceding Monday’s launch of the first in a series of digital magazines planned by First Look Media—eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s $250 million journalism startup—the attendant fanfare has been predictably noisy, with scores of news outlets in the United States and abroad welcoming the new kid on the block.But the day’s big headline concerning America’s mushrooming espionage and national security apparatus—the new mag’s stated focus—was generated not by The Intercept but by the Associated Press, the 168-year-old news cooperative.
When the Taliban released a video showing a military working dog held hostage the internet paid fast attention. Meanwhile, America’s last POW, Bowe Bergdahl, is still languishing.
Last week, the Taliban went viral. In what is thought by experts to be a unique case, a website affiliated with the Taliban released a video showing a captured military working dog. The dog, a Belgian Malinois named Colonel, is shown wearing a sophisticated flack vest and surrounded by Taliban fighters who display captured rifles of the type commonly used by U.S. and British commandoes.For lack of a better term, it was an animal-hostage video, an unholy new mash-up of internet genres.
Dumb Starbucks opens to long lines in L.A.
You can get a Dumb Frappuccino, a Dumb Iced Coffee, and listen to Dumb Jazz Standards at Dumb Starbucks, a parody store that adds the word "dumb" to everything Starbucks. The shop opened Friday in L.A. to long lines and big laughs. But the Seattle coffee giant is not amused. "We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark," says Zack Hutson, a spokesman for the company. But Dumb Starbucks says that the operation is legal because it is considered parody art.
Abe Foxman leads the Anti-Defamation League.
Wanted: Crusader against anti-Semitism. After 27 years, Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, will retire in July 2015. The 73-year-old is a Holocaust survivor who joined the organization in 1965. In a letter released by the ADL, Foxman wrote of his "passion to fight for the safety and security of the Jewish people" and how the organization allowed him to fight "bigotry and all forms of oppression."
More girls are reporting their boyfriends stalk them via text message or threaten to humiliate them with social media. What starts in cyberspace rarely ends there.
When most hear the words “domestic violence,” the image of someone physically battered comes to mind. But technology is increasingly replacing fists as the weapon of choice in abusive relationships.Katie Ray-Jones, president of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, explained that one of the goals of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February is to educate teens and their parents about the perils of dating abuse in all its forms. Ray-Jones explained that in recent years they have seen a significant increase in the number of girls contacting the Hotline to report treatment by their boyfriends that didn’t fit traditional definitions of violence but certainly constituted abuse.
General Eric Holder announced that the DoJ will recognize same-sex marriages in all jurisdictions. For the 34 states still resisting marriage equality, it's time to get on board with the future.
“People all over the world / Join hands / Start a love train. Love train!” —The O’JaysAttorney General Eric Holder has announced that his agency will issue a memorandum this week stating that the Department of Justice will recognize same-sex marriages to the full extent of the law in all jurisdictions. That means that, in the 16 states where marriage equality is already the law of the land, those loving couples will now be treated equality in matters from survivor’s benefits to bankruptcy proceedings to prison visitations that the Department of Justice oversees.
The 33-page New York Supreme Court decision from Woody Allen’s 1992 custody suit against Mia Farrow sheds light on the Woody Allen-Dylan Farrow back-and-forth.
It is, quite frankly, incredible how the Dylan Farrow-Woody Allen saga has played out in the public discourse. But, for all the fiery op-eds by journalists on the child sexual abuse allegations levied by Farrow against Allen, and the subsequent firestorm of controversy, few have sat down and analyzed the 33-page decision from New York Supreme Court Justice Elliott Wilk in Woody Allen’s 1992 custody suit against his former partner, Mia Farrow (Farrow would later go on to name one of her adopted children, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, after the judge).
Democrats hope the GOP’s wishy-washiness in continuing to side-step immigration reform sways the Latino vote over to their side of the ballroom.
When House Speaker John Boehner announced on Thursday that comprehensive immigration reform was unlikely to pass this year, the news sunk Democrats in the House and the Senate who had spent well over a year working on the bill. But it may prove to be a lifeline. Why? Because Democrats in the Senate are facing an awful difficult electoral environment in which to defend their 55-45 majority. According to political forecasts, six of the seats most likely to flip—and nine of the top 11—are held by Democrats.
It’s almost inevitable that Michael Sam will be drafted after coming out of the closet Sunday. When he is, decades of debate about what would happen in such an event will be tried in real life.
In September 2014, the NFL will start the season as usual. There will be fireworks and jets flying over the stadiums. But, when the players stand along the sidelines, silently mouthing the words to the Star Spangled Banner and waiting for the game to begin, something will be different. Almost certainly, at least one player will be openly gay. The NFL was founded in 1920 and it’s almost certain that gays have played in the league since its inception, when teams like the Canton Bulldogs faced off against the Dayton Triangles.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
The WikiLeaks founder participated in a glitch-filled—but candid—live video chat from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as part of the South By Southwest tech fest.