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New Zealand service station introduces DNA spray to deter robbers

DNA Spray
© The New Zealand Herald
The solution is a water-based, non-toxic spray that incorporates a UV tracer, with each batch of the solution having a unique synthetic DNA.
Z service stations are trialling an invisible liquid "DNA" they hope will deter would-be robbers and improve safety for staff and customers.

In a statement released today, Z said it would be the country's first service station to use the SelectaDNA Spray technology which it is trialling at a number of sites.

The new state-of-the-art security system enables would-be robbers to be invisibly "tagged" and therefore identifiable to police, the statement said.

The technology being used is not to identify stolen products, as has been the case in recent police-led "Safe as Houses" projects, but would identify the robber by using a high-tech spray unit installed at the doors that is activated automatically in the event of a robbery or after-hours burglary.

Highly visible warning signage is placed on the doors to alert would-be robbers of its presence, however, once there has been a security breach it is impossible to leave the scene without being sprayed with a fine DNA-laced mist. Z said the DNA solution - unique to each location - stays on the skin for up to 10 days and glows blue under ultraviolet light. The DNA within the solution provides police with a link between offender and crime scene.


Egyptian singer Sama Elmasry attacks Barack Obama in bizarre music video

Sama Elmasry's anti-Obama music video is a special kind of crazy. The Egyptian belly dancer, actress and singer is obviously unhappy with President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

She's put together an... interesting music video, which portrays Obama as dead terrorist Osama bin Laden and a diaper-clad baby, among other things. Elmasry accuses Obama of joining forces with "the terrorists", repeatedly telling him "our army is very strong".

"Hey Obama, you are stupid, bad man," Elmasry sings.

"You want us to release Morsi. Stop this or I will stab you."

At this point, Elmasry brandishes a sword at an image of Obama. The clip isn't exactly subtle.


Mexican drug cartels increasingly hire US military servicemen as assassins

mexico drugs
© AFP Photo / Francisco Vega
Mexican drug cartels are hiring US military personnel to carry out murders. In exchange for cash or drugs, some American servicemen are working as hit men or teaching gangsters their skills.

Drug cartels have recruited American servicemen for years, paying them thousands of dollars to assassinate government informants, ousted cartel members, and other enemies of the group, law enforcement experts told Fox News.

"There has been a persistent gang problem in the military for the past six to eight years," said Fred Burton, vice president for STRATFOR Global Intelligence. "...It is quite worrisome to have individuals with specialized military training and combat experience being associated with the cartels."

As of April 2011, the FBI National Gang Intelligence Center identified members of at least 53 gangs that have served in or are affiliated with the US military. The NDIC has also noted a rise in gang-related violence and activity along the US-Mexican border.

In one case, Michael Apodaca, a 22-year-old private first-class stationed at Fort Bliss, Tx., accepted a $5,000 offer by the Juarez Cartel to kill Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana, a cartel member who was secretly working as an informant for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Apodaca, who was 18 years old when he was recruited, fatally shot the informant in May 2009, but was caught by authorities and last week sentenced to life in prison.

In another case, Kevin Corley, a 29-year-old Army first lieutenant stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., conspired to commit a murder-for-hire for the Los Zetas drug cartel in November 2012. He was promised $50,000 and five kilograms of cocaine to conduct a drug raid and contract killing at a ranch near Laredo. He was required to bring his own team of assassins.

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Britain's biggest ever 'fatberg' - the size of a bus and weighing 15 tonnes - found in London drain

© The Independent, UK
Thames Water has found a 15 tonne bus-sized lump of rotting food and sanitary wipes in the drains beneath a road in Kingston, South West London.

The congealed mushy deposit, dubbed a 'fatberg' by the authority, is thought to be the largest ever found in Britain.

The blockage, which if left untreated could have led to sewage flooding homes, streets and businesses, was discovered after residents in nearby buildings complained that they couldn't flush their toilets. The water authority subsequently discovered the 'fatberg' through CCTV investigation.

Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water said: "While we've removed greater volumes of fat from under central London in the past, we've never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before.

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Escaped python kills two kids in New Brunswick

Escaped Python
© Claude LeBlanc/QMI Agency
RCMP forensic investigators at the Reptile Ocean store in Campbellton, N.B., Monday, August 5, 2013.
Campbellton -- Two young boys who were at a sleepover in an apartment above an exotic pet store in Campbellton, N.B., were killed by a large African python that got loose early Monday.

The python escaped from the Reptile Ocean exotic pet store and killed the children, reportedly five and seven years old, who were found at 6:30 a.m.

According to deputy mayor Ian Comeau, the snake escaped and slithered through the ventilation system to the residence above where the children had spent the night.

Well before the tragedy, an online petition was asking for Reptile Ocean to be shut down.

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Life in a 'dog cage': Manhattan's secret tenement offers hell for $10 a night

© William Farrington
HELLHOLE: John Arkue sits in his home at the Sun Bright Hotel, a filthy single-room-occupancy hotel outside Chinatown where tenants are packed into chicken-wire cages.
It's a human kennel.

Less than a 10-minute walk from Soho is the Sun Bright Hotel - where men pay $10 a night to live in tiny cells bounded by chicken wire.

It's a single-room-occupancy hotel that has been operating since the late 19th century and where today men live side by side in filth.

"It was horrible - like an animal shelter," a first responder, recently summoned to the hotel, told The Post.

"I picked up a suit on the wall and roaches fell out," the rescuer said, "hundreds of them."

Nestled on the edge of Chinatown between the Bowery and Elizabeth Street, the hotel on Hester Street is minutes from Balthazar, where the $135 côte de boeuf for two would cover half a month's rent at the Sun Bright.

Only men are allowed in the units on the third and fourth floors, the hotel's most hellish. The accommodations there measure 7 by 5 feet, smaller than the average 8-by-10 solitary-confinement cell in a state prison.

Roaches, bedbugs, fleas and other vermin infest the building. Hot hallways reek of rotting trash, sweat and urine.

"They keep all the garbage all on this floor," lamented John Arkue, a disabled construction worker who has lived on the third floor for 15 years. "Sometimes the garbage sits here. Like on a Saturday, we don't put the garbage out."


Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder

The Washington Post Co. agreed Monday to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family's stewardship of one of America's leading news organizations after four generations.

Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of the world's richest men, will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to The Washington Post Co., which owns the newspaper and other businesses.

Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase; Bezos himself will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days. The Post Co. will get a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post.


Someone within U.S. Senate edited Edward Snowden's Wikipedia page to change his description from 'dissident' to 'traitor'

The editor's IP address was tracked back to the US Senate

The edit was made one day after Edward Snowden was granted political asylum in Russia

A member of the US Senate was caught this week trying to make a rather conspicuous edit to Edward Snowden's Wikipedia page .

In a move sure to grind the gears of conspiracy theorists everywhere, a member of the US Senate recently edited Snowden's Wikipedia page from describing him as a 'dissident' to a traitor, according to the entry's changelog. The user's IP address was quickly traced back to the US Senate.

It is not clear if the person is an active Senator, a staffer or an intern, but the change certainly came from the Senate.

Tell us how you really feel: An editor with an IP address traced back to the US Senate attempted to change Edward Snowden's wikipedia entry to call him a 'traitor'

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Hysteria strikes again! Beeping alarm clock shuts down Florida airport

© Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Dis. R. Barnett patrols near the Silver Airlines check in at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2013.
West Palm Beach - A beeping alarm clock in a piece of luggage put airport workers on edge Saturday, prompting them to call the county's explosive experts.

The suspicious bag caused two floors of Palm Beach International Airport to be evacuated and close for several hours, delaying flights.

David and Joshua Pierre-Louis were getting their great aunt's IBC Air boarding pass for a noon flight to Haiti when police ordered them outside, along with everyone around them.

That was at about 11:30 a.m., the brothers said. They didn't get back inside until almost 2 p.m.

"We were literally about to hit enter to print the ticket," said David Pierre-Louis, who made the trip from Fort Lauderdale expecting check-in to move more quickly than in his crowded home airport.

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Lady Gaga, Madonna facing punishment in Russia for proselytizing 'gay rights'

Pop stars Lady Gaga and Madonna are facing punishment in Russia after authorities determined they violated their visas when they held concerts there last year.

Technically, the artists were not allowed to work in Russia on their tourist visas, but experts say it appears the visa warning is a veiled attempt punish the pop stars for their vocal support of gay rights in Russia.

The investigation into their visas came at the urging of a lawmaker who has spearheaded Russia's anti-gay campaign.

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