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Explosives found at Swedish nuclear plant

Swedish nuclear facilities were placed on alert Thursday after explosives were found at the Ringhals nuclear power plant, the Radiation Safety Authority said.

Authority spokesperson Maria Strahle told the Swedish news agency TT the threat level was raised as a precaution following the incident at the plant south of Gothenburg.

An explosive device was found Wednesday afternoon on a large truck that was returning to the reactor area from an industrial estate belonging to the nuclear power plant.

"Under the first step onto the truck there is a fire extinguisher and that is where the explosive had been placed," said Gosta Larsen of the Ringhals plant.

Larsen told TT the device was the size of a small fist.

Police have no suspects but truck drivers and officers are being questioned, officials said. The explosive device was sent to Sweden's National Laboratory of Forensic Science for testing.

The incident has been classified as suspected sabotage.

Alarm Clock

Middle School Students Bully School Bus Monitor

Karen Klein wasn't having the best of days when she was recently bullied by a bus full of students from Greece, N.Y.

The middle school students teased, taunted and threatened the 68-year-old school bus monitor. The incident was caught on video, posted on YouTube, and instantly went viral -outraging viewers.

The students, between ages 12 and 13, can be heard heckling Klein - calling her "a troll" and asking aloud why there's water running down her face.

"I'm crying," Klein said on the video. "Unless you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all."


Boat with 200 asylum-seekers capsizes on way to Australia

Indonesian and Australian navies launched a rescue for about 200 people on a boat that capsized Thursday south of Indonesia in an apparent attempt to reach Australia to seek asylum. Scores of people were feared drowned.

The boat capsized about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of the Australian territory of Christmas Island - and about the same distance south of Indonesia - with "up to 200 people" on board, the Australian Customs Service said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear where the passengers were from.

"There's about 40 on the hull and the rest are in the water," Western Australia state Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said. "Some of the very early reports suggest that up to 75 people may have drowned, but I do stress that they're unconfirmed at this stage."

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Women being singled out for airport strip searches

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Women are being disproportionately singled out for strip searches at Gatwick airport, an official study has found. Grounds for subjecting woment to a strip search included the fact that they had bought a ticket the day before travel, were carrying £200 in cash or had said they were in Britain to look for hair and beauty products
John Vine, the Government's chief inspector of immigration, highlighted the failings of Border Force staff in a highly critical report.

It followed a study of the immigration and customs operation Gatwick Airport's North Terminal last summer.

It was Mr Vine who disclosed the unauthorised relaxation of immigration checks which heaped embarrassment on Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and led to Brodie Clark being forced out of his job as Border Force.

He found a series of irregularities in the way in which searches were being conducted, which were not only discriminatory, with Afro-Caribbean women being singled out, but were also not recorded properly.

"Although the majority of person searches involved men, women were significantly more likely to be subject to a strip search than men if a search was undertaken."


'Zombie Apocalypse' Comes To Abandoned U.K. Mall Through Live-Action Game

Anyone with a Xbox or PS3 has played or at least heard of a zombie video game. But an undead experience that was once relegated to the virtual and movie world has now moved into the real one. Sort of.

ABC News reports the U.K.-based company Zed Events has been using an abandoned Berkshire mall to provide thrill seekers with a game simulating a zombie apocalypse. (Zed Events hires local students to play the part of the zombies.)

Zombie Apocalypse organizer Lee Fields argues the idea of a slow, encroaching and inescapable death is what draws people to zombies. Making the fear factor more real only increases the draw -- and the cost. But the game's organizers believe in the national home of the film 28 Days Later, both locals and tourists who can afford the $189 price of a live-action zombie game will gladly pay to play.

2 + 2 = 4

Clinton Third-Grader Strip-Searched by Assistant Principal after Being Accused of Stealing

Clinton, North Carolina - The mother of a Clinton third-grader says a school administrator went too far when she strip-searched her child after accusations that he stole from another student.

Clarinda Cox says her 10-year-old son, Justin, a student at Union Elementary School, was ordered to take off everything but his T-shirt and boxer shorts on June 1 after a girl accused him of taking $20.

Justin told his mother that a girl dropped the money in the cafeteria and that he picked it up and gave it back to her, Cox says.

"If I felt he needed to be searched, I would have brought him into the bathroom," she said Monday. "You could have had a witness in the bathroom with me. I would have searched my son."


TSA Screeners Spooked by Apple's 'Futuristic Artifact'

Design Award winning developer snagged by suspicious scanners
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The glowing 'futuristic artifact' that aroused the TSA's suspicions
A glowing, cube-shaped Apple Design Award trophy prompted US Transportation Security Administration airport staffers to give one award winner special scrutiny when he tried to board a flight back to his Seattle digs.

Juraj Hlaváč had won the award at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco for the educational game Bobo Explores Light developed by his company, Game Collage. The award itself is a small silver cube that glows from within.

As Hlaváč explains, "As I was heading back to Seattle from WWDC, I was only traveling with a small backpack. I bundled the Apple Design Award into a t-shirt when I packed that morning, shoved it into my backpack, and forgot all about it when I got the airport."

When his backpack went through the x-ray scanner, however, the TSA staffer manning the machine was concerned about the cube that appeared in the scan, called another TSAer, then another, until as Hlaváč says, "there was small crowd scrutinizing the image."


Financial crisis is boom time for mafia

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Grasso: 'They've got liquid cash, they've got ready money ... and not just in Europe'
Struggling banks in the EU and beyond are becoming more willing to launder dirty cash for organised crime.

Italy's anti-mafia prosecutor Pietro Grasso drew attention to one of the lesser known aspects of the crisis at a hearing in the European Parliament's new anti-mafia committee on Tuesday (19 June).

He told press: "The current economic crisis is making criminal groups even more powerful because they've got liquid cash, they've got ready money ... and not just in Europe, but in other countries where there are fragile economies and they can influence politicians."

His line was echoed by Jean-Francois Gayraud, the chief superintedent of the French police.

Comment: The difference between bankers and the mafia is becoming increasingly indistinguishable.


What should be happening in every country: More Icelandic bankers arrested

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Iceland's special prosecutor into the banking crisis has confirmed that raids have taken place today and that arrests have been made. The Central Bank of Iceland is among the institutions under investigation.

Special Prosecutor, Olafur Thor Hauksson told Visir.is that house searches are taking place in at least three places today as part of investigations into the central bank, MP Bank and Straumur Bank.

Stefan Johann Stefansson at the central bank confirmed that agents were in the building conducting searches; and it has also been confirmed that searches are underway at MP Bank and ALMC (formerly Straumur).

An ALMC spokesman said that the premises are indeed being searched and that the bank's staff members are doing their best to help.

In other news, four people have so far been arrested today in connection with the special prosecutor's investigation into Landsbanki.

Comment: The rest of the world would benefit from following the example set by Iceland: Arresting the corrupt bankers who are responsible for the current economic turmoil.


Passengers' terror as JetBlue Airbus 'careens wildly through the skies' for FOUR hours after it suffers mechanical meltdown

A JetBlue Airbus was sent careening wildly through the skies for fours after a mechanical meltdown. The 155 people on board the Las Vegas to New York flight were left terrified as the A320 aircraft lurched from side to side and went into steep turns after its hydraulic system failed. Travis McGhie, a passenger on the Sunday afternoon flight, said: 'It was four hours of hell.'

Another passenger, Tom Mizer, told the New York Post: 'People were getting sick. Some people were throwing up. There were a lot of people getting nauseous.' They said that crew members of Flight 194 'did everything they could to prevent panic', with one attendant walking down the aisles trying to reassure people.

Mr Mizer said: 'She said "Look at me, I'm smiling. If I was scared, you would know it. If I'm not scared, you don't need to be."' Mr McGhie added that there was no screaming, but 'there were definitely people reacting out loud'. He said: 'The plane kind of felt out of control. It wasn't able to balance itself, and the air was choppy.'