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The skinny: Hobbit's Smaug glares from New Zealand airplane

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Smaug glares from airplane

Air New Zealand unveiled a giant image Monday of the dragon Smaug on both sides of one of its planes to celebrate the premiere of the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy, filmed in New Zealand. The Boeing 777-300 was scheduled to fly to Los Angeles for the premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

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Welsh man tosses Bitcoin fortune

Months after he threw out a laptop hard drive, James Howells realized it held millions of dollars worth of the online Bitcoin currency. Howells told the Guardian Friday that he had stored 7,500 Bitcoins from 2009. The price has since soared, with a single Bitcoin surpassing $1,000 last week. The content of the hard drive was the cryptographic "private key" needed to access and spend the Bitcoins.

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Four people were arrested in Georgia after a small remote-controlled helicopter was seen hovering over Calhoun State Prison in Morgan, WALB-TV, Albany, reported Friday. Sheriff Josh Hilton said a vehicle was stopped nearby with the drone and bundles of contraband ready for inmates.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Hobbit's Smaug glares from New Zealand airplane 12/02/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 2, 2013 11:16pm]

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