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Wrong number gets reporters a 'nasty' Hillary Clinton

Dirty diplomat

Wrong number gets reporters 'nasty' Hillary

Journalists hoping to interview Hillary Rodham Clinton on the G-20 summit last week were surprised when the number they were given turned out to be a phone sex line. The White House accidentally listed a wrong number for journalists seeking an "on-the-record briefing call with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and national security adviser Jim Jones," Fox News reported. Journalists who dialed the number heard a soft-voiced female recording — clearly not Clinton — asking for a credit card number if you "feel like getting nasty." The White House soon released a statement with the correct number, but by this time, the conference call was already under way.

Aerial sex

Judge keeps pilot on tape grounded

Former commercial helicopter pilot David Martz had to appear before a judge Tuesday for a hearing on whether he could regain his pilot's license, which was revoked after an in-flight incident Martz described as "unwise" in testimony. Martz had been videotaped by a passenger while letting adult film actress Puma Swede perform a sex act on him during a flight over San Diego in 2005. National Transportation Safety Board administrative law Judge William R. Mullins watched the tape (which — surprise! — somehow became public), decided he saw gross negligence and upheld the Federal Aviation Administration's order — even though Martz said he was much more responsible now.

From cell to cell

Phone's morals stronger than boy's

A 16-year-old boy in Peoria, Ariz., was talking to friends when his cell phone spontaneously called 911. An operator answered and only heard scratchy noises but continued to listen. At one point, it sounds like the teen is describing how tough it is to steal a stereo. "It was bolted down — I had to rip it out," a voice can be heard saying. "It took all my energy to lift it out of the car." Police used cell-phone-signal triangulation (with help from the phone company) to find the teen's approximate location and dispatched a squad car to the area. There, police found the teen with a stolen stereo in his hands. The boy was charged with felony vehicle burglary.

Detective dad

Father shows up Swedish police

After six months, Australian George Pesor decided he'd waited long enough for Swedish police to find his two sons, who had been kidnapped by their Swedish mother. So Pesor flew to Sweden, rented a car and parked outside the home of the boys' mother's parents. After a week of waiting, he crept out of his car one night and walked toward the front door. For the first time in six months, he heard his sons' voices, coming from inside. "I didn't even know the children were alive. The feeling was incredible," he said. Pesor called the Swedish authorities, who arrested the mother and reunited the boys with their father. They said they had done their best to find the boys, 10 and 11.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

Wrong number gets reporters a 'nasty' Hillary Clinton 04/07/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 10:25pm]
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