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'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.

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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

eat the bankers
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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.'

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Father Who Killed Daughter's Alleged Molester Won't Face Charges In Lavaca County, Texas

father kills molester
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Hearing his 5-year-old daughter crying from behind a barn, a father ran and discovered the unthinkable: A man molesting her. The father pulled the man off his daughter, authorities say, and started pummeling him to death with his fists.

With his daughter finally safe, the father frantically called 911, begging a dispatcher to find his rural ranch and send an ambulance.

"Come on! This guy is going to die on me!" the man is heard screaming on the 911 call. "I don't know what to do!"

A recording of the tape was played during a news conference Tuesday where the Lavaca County district attorney and sheriff announced that the father would not face charges.

In declining to indict the 23-year-old father in the June 9 killing of Jesus Mora Flores, a Lavaca County grand jury reached the same conclusion as investigators and many of the father's neighbors: He was authorized to use deadly force to protect his daughter.


Law enforcement restricts media wildfire coverage

FILE - In this Friday, June 15,2012 file photo Army National Guardsmen
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FILE - In this Friday, June 15,2012 file photo Army National Guardsmen Spc. Rachel Cornett, right, and Sgt. Timothy Apodaca let a fire truck pass their road block leading to the Poudre Canyon on the High Park wildfire west of Fort Collins, Colo. Colorado has some of the tightest restrictions on news media coverage of wildfires, keeping reporters miles away from burn areas and erecting barriers to access to officials in the know and as well as victims.
Denver, Colorado - Reporters covering northern Colorado's massive wildfire cannot enter areas that have been evacuated - an unusual restriction even for this state, where local officials have extensive powers at fire scenes and journalists are usually kept miles from the flames.

In Nevada, a newspaper photographer covering a brush fire this week was roughed up, handcuffed and cited for obstruction, his editor said. The newspaper is preparing a formal complaint.

Tension between news organizations and authorities is commonplace during emergencies, including wildfires in the drought-stricken West. But in many cases, journalists seeking to tell firefighters' and victims' stories face strict controls on the flow of information.

Law enforcement holds the upper hand, said Kelly McBride, who studies journalism ethics.


Iranian Navy Thwarts Pirate Attack on Cargo Vessel

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An attempt by pirates to hijack an Iranian cargo vessel in waters South of India was foiled after timely action by Iranian naval forces.

Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Moussavi said that the Iranian vessel came under attack by 8 pirate speedboats 90 miles South of India's Southern port city of Cochin.

Moussavi stated that the Iranian naval forces' swift and timely action and heavy firepower forced the pirates to flee the scene.

The Iranian Navy dispatched several fleets of warships to the Gulf of Aden and North of the Indian Ocean to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.

The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West through the Suez Canal.

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Executive coach's observations: 'Finance is an amoral world, bordering on the immoral'

A psychologist compares the 'twisted minds' of some executives to those of paedophiles he has tried to treat in the past
This blog suffers from an inevitable selection bias, as it can only feature those people in finance who agree to be interviewed. Hence, a second category of interviews with people who come into close contact with the kind of bankers who are unlikely to talk to me. Such as this elegantly dressed man in his early 40s. A psychologist by training, he has been working as an 'executive coach' for the past few years. He orders a coffee, then a glass of red wine.
ceo psychopaths
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'Those CEOs and managing directors at banks with their millions? They deserve our pity, really.'
"In two decades as a psychologist I have encountered perhaps half a dozen people in whom I could not detect at least something positive, if only a sliver. The psychopaths are a really rare breed. But they seduce the rest.

"I am sure your readers are familiar with psychological research comparing the personality traits of prison populations with those of successful managers. It found remarkable similarities; they are narcissistic, egocentric, manipulative ... The research has been replicated over at least 12 different populations and the findings are consistent. Criminals and CEOs are remarkably similar.

"We're moving slightly beyond my field of expertise but a question I often ask myself is: who are the owners of those major banks and corporations who figured out that if they want to make so much money, they need to get a psychopath in who will then turn the entire organisation into a ruthless money-making soul-destroying machine? That's pretty clever, isn't it? To find a psychopath to do that for you?