Thursday, April 19, 2018
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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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Drone was to drop tobacco at prison

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.

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Brooklyn man racks up $8,000 bill at the Don CeSar resort with a fake credit card

Brooklyn man racks up $8,000 bill at the Don CeSar resort with a fake credit card

ST. PETE BEACH — A Brooklyn man is accused of running up a bill of more than $8,000 at the Don CeSar resort — all with a counterfeit credit card.Gavroch Muller Cadet, 27, was arrested Monday on multiple counts of forgery of a credit card and a single...
Published: 04/18/18
St. Pete man gets drunk, falls off bicycle, hits man at hospital with folding chair, police say

St. Pete man gets drunk, falls off bicycle, hits man at hospital with folding chair, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A 23-year-old man hospitalized Monday for falling off his bike after drinking too much was arrested later that day after police said he struck another man with a folding chair at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.Jimmy McCray faces a ch...
Published: 04/17/18
Argentinean officer claims mice got really high after eating a half-ton of marijuana

Argentinean officer claims mice got really high after eating a half-ton of marijuana

A former police commissioner claimed that more than half a ton of marijuana was eaten by mice, according to BBC,A haul of marijuana, weighing 13,227.74 pounds (6,000 kg) had been stored in a warehouse in Pilar, northwest of Buenos Aries, for two year...
Published: 04/13/18
Police: Louisiana man wields machete in Walmart, tries to kidnap children

Police: Louisiana man wields machete in Walmart, tries to kidnap children

KENNER, La. — A 33-year-old man was arrested Friday when he tried to kidnap two children from a Walmart in Louisiana using a machete, according to the Kenner Police Department. Billy Yoe Budier-Herrera went to the Walmart in Kenner, La., at 2 p.m. Fr...
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Drones delivering contraband to prisons a budding problem

Drones delivering contraband to prisons a budding problem

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A package of contraband covered in grass clippings that was dropped by a drone at a Panhandle prison is one of the most recent examples of inmates using advanced technology to smuggle illegal items behind prison walls.The News-Journ...
Updated one month ago
Florida woman ‘marries’ 100-year-old tree, hoping to save it

Florida woman ‘marries’ 100-year-old tree, hoping to save it

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Karen Cooper was ready to go out on a limb to save her beloved, so she got married — to a tree.Specifically, a giant ficus that’s shaded Snell Family Park in Fort Myers for more than a century.The tree became the center of a neighb...
Updated one month ago