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'Hackers' access Emergency Alert System of local Great Falls, Montana TV station to broadcast fake warning of 'Zombie Apocalypse'

A Montana television station's regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse.

The Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and its CW station Monday.

KRTV says on its website the hackers broadcast that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" in several Montana counties.

The alert claimed the bodies were "attacking the living" and warned people not to "approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous."

The network says there is no emergency and its engineers are investigating.

Comment: The Emergency Alert System is probably very difficult for an outsider to hack. From Wikipedia, we read:
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national warning system in the United States put into place on January 1, 1997. In addition to alerting the public of local weather emergencies such as tornadoes and flash floods, the official EAS is designed to enable the President of the United States to speak to the United States within 10 minutes, but the nationwide federal EAS has never been activated. The EAS regulations and standards are governed by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the FCC. EAS has become part of IPAWS - the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, a program of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). EAS is jointly coordinated by FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS). [...]

The FCC requires all broadcast stations and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD) to install and maintain FCC-certified EAS decoders and encoders at their control points or headends unless they have been designated a non-participating station by the FCC. These decoders continuously monitor the signals from other nearby broadcast stations for EAS messages. For reliability, at least two source stations must be monitored, one of which must be a designated local primary. Stations are to retain the latest version of the EAS handbook.

Stations are required by federal law to keep logs of all received required monthly test, required weekly test, emergency action notification, and emergency action termination messages. Logs may be kept by hand but are usually kept automatically by a small receipt printer in the encoder/decoder unit. Logs may also be kept electronically inside the unit as long as there is access to an external printer or method to transfer them to a personal computer. While only the four aforementioned events are required by federal law to be logged, most stations log all received activations.
In other words, it is tightly monitored, and understandably so in today's climate of government paranoia regarding subversive messages breaking through the 'frequency fence' of mainstream media lies.


3 dead after Utah shooting; shooter still at large

© Ravell Call, Deseret News
Unified Police Department officers on the scene of a multiple shooting in Midvale Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013.
Police say there may be a second person of interest involved in a shooting that left three people dead and a woman in critical condition.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal confirmed that four people were shot in a house at 8286 Adams St. (450 West) in Midvale Tuesday. Police received a call about 8 a.m. either during or immediately after the shooting from within the residence.

"When they got here, they found three victims confirmed deceased at this residence. One was transported to the hospital, also having received wounds from a shooting as well," said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal.

Details on the exact nature of the shooting have not been released.


Woman hit, killed by subway after fainting in Brooklyn Station

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A woman was hit by a train and killed after she fainted on a train platform in Brooklyn Tuesday morning.

The MTA said the woman was struck at the Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue station at about 10:30 a.m.

Brooklyn-bound 3 trains are running express from Atlantic Avenue to Utica Avenue, and some southbound 4 trains are rerouted. There are delays in both directions, and Brooklyn-bound trains are bypassing Utica Avenue.

Two recent pushing deaths, one in Queens and another in Manhattan, have drawn attention to the dangers underground.

Bizarro Earth

Man gets ear lobe bitten off and swallowed by cousin during fight about loud music

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Police in Connecticut say a city man bit off his cousin's ear lobe and swallowed it during a fight over loud music.

Officers in Stamford charged 27-year-old Emilio Mendoza with first-degree assault and other crimes early Monday morning in connection with the attack on his cousin, 29-year-old Ruiz Clemente-Perez.

Clemente-Perez told police that he asked Mendoza to turn down his loud music because he had to work in the morning, but Mendoza started punching him in the head. During the brawl, Mendoza allegedly bit off part of Clemente-Perez's left ear and swallowed it.

Officers say Clemente-Perez was bleeding and missing part of his ear when they arrived. He also suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket.

Mendoza is detained on $100,000 bail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.


Ex-Penn basketball star stabbed to death allegedly by wife


Matthew White and his wife Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon
The wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball star is charged with stabbing her husband to death in bed, according to court records.

Matthew White, 53, of Nether Providence, Delaware County, was asleep in their rancher when his wife, Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon stabbed him in the neck in the early hours on Monday, the records say.

According to the records, Garcia-Pellon went in the kitchen in the couple's home on the 800 block of Parkridge Drive, sometime around midnight. There, she retrieved a glass of water and two knives.

She returned to the bedroom and slipped the knives under her side of the bed. She took one of the knives out as her husband was asleep.

She stabbed him in the neck, the records allege.

White awoke and the two struggled briefly before he collapsed of his wounds.

"I'm dying, I'm dying," he said, according to the court filing.

Bad Guys

Angry fans torch Jerusalem soccer offices over signing of two Muslim players

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The torching of Beitar Jerusalem's offices by fans angry at the signing of two Muslim players has sparked a major outcry which both supporters and ex-players hope could end decades of open racism at the club.

Friday morning's arson attack, which caused heavy damage to a room used as the club's museum, came just hours after prosecutors filed charges against four fans accused of racist chants aimed at the two new players from Chechnya.

Along with trophies, pictures and other memorabilia, a pair of boots and a jersey worn by former Beitar and Israel star Eli Ohana went up in smoke.

But for Ohana it will be a small price to pay if it ends up spelling an end to years of xenophobia.


9-year-old boy killed, 2 wounded by man randomly shooting at cars

A 9-year-old boy was killed and at least two others were wounded on Monday night in Minnesota by a man who police say was randomly shooting at cars.

The Pioneer Press reported that 34-year-old Nhan Lap Tran had been arrested and was being held on suspicion of murder after the shooting rampage in Oakdale.

A woman who asked not to be named said that she was driving home when a man walking in road the began riddling her car with bullets.

"He was just walking diagonally down the middle of the street. Then he turned toward me and just started firing," the woman said. "He was just walking, not even running... It was crazy."


Stranded cruise goer's husband: She said 'there's feces all over the floor'

The husband of a passenger onboard a stranded cruise ship told CNN host Soledad O'Brien on Tuesday that his wife and the other cruise goers had to abandon their cabins to avoid getting sick.

"She said the water pipes are breaking and toilets are overflowing, and there's feces all over the floor," Brent Nutt said.

CNN reported that the "Carnival Triumph" is just beginning to be towed back to Texas after an engine fire stranded it about 150 miles off the Mexican coastline on Sunday. It is expected to return to port on Thursday.

Nutt, whose wife and sister-in-law are onboard, said his wife told him she was fearful for her life at one point.


Coroner says Coca-Cola addiction responsible for woman's death


ADDICTED: Natasha Harris didn't like being without the fizzy drink.
Drinking too much Coke helped kill mother of eight Natasha Harris, the coroner has found.

Harris drank up to 10 litres of Coke every day - equal to more than twice the recommended safe daily limit of caffeine and almost one kilogram of sugar.

She died aged 30, on February 25, 2010, from a cardiac arrest. Her partner, Christopher Hodgkinson, found her seated on the toilet, slumped against the wall and gasping for air.

Coca-Cola has argued that the huge quantities of Coke drunk daily by Harris day could not be proven to have contributed to her death.


Hong Kong food prices rise more than 100 percent since 2007

© Felix Wong
The prices of some common foods have surged by over 100 per cent across Hong Kong since 2007, according to a Labour Party survey.
The prices of some common foods such as rice and beef have surged by over 100 per cent across Hong Kong since 2007 - far outpacing the 18-per-cent growth in income of public housing residents in that period - a Labour Party survey has found.

The party said on Monday that its survey compared prices and income from 2007 to last month.

It found that one of the city's poorest areas - Tin Shui Wai - has the most expensive food, with pork and beef prices more than 50 per cent dearer than in other districts.

Tam Chun-yin, the party's community officer, called for the government to introduce a negative income tax to subsidise people earning below a certain amount, to help them survive amid high inflation.