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Movie-style heist lands Rx drug haul

“It has the appearances of a sophisticated, well-planned criminal action,” said Edward Sagebiel, a spokesman for Eli Lilly. The thieves got about $70?million worth of drugs.

Associated Press

“It has the appearances of a sophisticated, well-planned criminal action,” said Edward Sagebiel, a spokesman for Eli Lilly. The thieves got about $70?million worth of drugs.

Movie-style heist lands Rx drug haul


Number of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry in 2008. That is more than eight times the population of Ireland itself (4.4 million).


Number of Irish-born U.S. residents in 2008.

Thieves scaled a wall at a pharmaceutical warehouse over the weekend, cut a hole in the roof and rappelled inside to steal about $70 million in antidepressants and other prescription drugs, authorities said Tuesday.

The thieves disabled the alarm at the Eli Lilly & Co. warehouse early Sunday in Enfield, Conn., where they spent at least an hour loading pallets of drugs into a waiting vehicle at the warehouse's loading dock during a windy rainstorm, police said.

The thieves, whose identities remained unknown Tuesday, made off with enough drugs to fill at least one semitrailer truck, police said.

"Just by the way it occurred, it appears that there were several individuals involved and that it was a very well planned-out and orchestrated operation," Enfield police Chief Carl Sferrazza said. "It's not your run-of-the-mill home burglary."

The drugs included the antidepressants Prozac and Cymbalta and the antipsychotic Zyprexa. The warehouse contained no narcotics or painkillers.

The company said that the thefts will not cause any national shortages of the products.

Associated Press

World's shortest man dies in Rome

The world's shortest man died Saturday in Rome, where he was to take part in a TV show, the program's production company said Tuesday. He Pingping of China, who was 2 feet, 5.37 inches tall — about 6 inches more than the length of this page — had become a recognized figure across the world, often taking part in shows, photo shoots and other events, Guinness World Records said. After two days in the hospital, He was transferred to intensive care, where he was found to have a heart condition and high cholesterol. "(He was) an inspiration to anyone considered different or unusual" and "showed us that, despite the challenges we face, we can still make the most out of life," said Craig Glenday, the Guinness World Records editor in chief.

Reports of train explosion an error

France's railway operator says an "internal error" caused it to post a false statement on its Web site saying a train explosion had killed 102 people. The announcement on SNCF's home page described an "explosion of unknown origin" on train number 1234 near the town of Macon on a Paris-Dijon line. It cited early estimates "of 102 killed and 380 injured." The statement was later taken off the site. A spokeswoman said the announcement was part of an exercise, clarifying that the incident was not the result of a hacker attack.

NYC gives okay to keep bees in the city

The New York City Board of Health decided Tuesday to allow beekeeping in the city after a long ban. Some New Yorkers have secretly tended beehives on rooftops and in backyard gardens for years in defiance of city regulations. The health code had placed honeybees in the same category as other creatures that are deemed too dangerous or venomous for city life, including hyenas and venomous snakes.

More body parts turn up in Calif.

Northern California authorities are investigating the discovery of a human head and two arms along a river. Sutter County sheriff's Lt. Butah Uppal said the body parts belong to a white male whose identity could be determined through fingerprints. Two fishermen reported finding the arms Saturday. Several feet up a hill, authorities found a decomposed head. The body parts were discovered just a half-mile from the site where a leg in a plastic bag was found in November. Authorities determined the leg had been amputated while the as-yet unidentified person was still alive.


Percentage of Massachusetts residents who were of Irish ancestry in 2008. Nationally, the percentage is 12.


Number of places in the United States named Shamrock (Mount Gay-Shamrock, W.Va.; Shamrock, Texas; Shamrock Lakes, Ind.; and Shamrock, Okla.)


Number of places in the United States that share the name of Ireland's capital, Dublin.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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