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Gas Prices On Catalina Island Pass $7 Mark

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© Ivan Hernandez/Avalon Marine Dock
US, California - Catalina Island is known for many things... its picturesque scenery, seafood and hiking, to name a few. But what about high gas prices?

For the past two weeks, gas prices on Catalina Island have been an average of $7 a gallon.

Stacy Dizon, who works at the Santa Catalina Island Co.-owned gas station on Pebbly Road, tells CBSLA that a gallon of regular unleaded on Saturday is $7.03.

The gas station is one of two service stations catering to the island and nearby, Avalon.

About 1.5 miles away, Ivan Hernandez at the city-owned Avalon Marine Dock says the price of regular unleaded is $6.90 a gallon, down 10 cents from Friday.

While some residents may be feeling the pinch, many aren't complaining.

"There's not a lot to complain about when we're living on an island," said Catherine Rogers, a server at Original Jack's Country Kitchen.

Stormtrooper

Hysteria in Action: Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford, Say They Are "Prepared" For Post-Trayvon Martin Violence

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Members of the National Socialist Movement during a patrol on the US-Mexico border in January
US, Florida - Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are "prepared" for violence in the case of a race riot. The patrols are to protect "white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety" in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement. "We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody, but we are prepared for it," he says. "We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over."

Because nothing diffuses racial tension like gun-toting racial separatists patrolling an already on-edge community.

UPDATE: The Sanford Police Department says that it has no evidence of neo-Nazis in the area. "We have not seen any neo-Nazis on patrol nor have we had any reports of them," says Sgt. David Morgenstern. He added that there had been no sign of the New Black Panther Party, either.

Schoep, whose neo-Nazi group is based in Detroit, tells Riptide the patrols are a response to white residents' fears of a race riot. A group called the New Black Panther Party recently offered $10,000 for a citizens' arrest of George Zimmerman, Martin's shooter. Schoep said the bounty is a sign that "the possibility of further racial violence... is brimming over like a powder keg ready to explode into the streets."

Comment: Please read the Sott Focus: Hysterization Via Racism in the Trayvon Martin Case for a better understanding of the dynamics at play in the Trayvon Martin case.


Phoenix

7-Year-Old Boy Tied to Alaska Arson Fires

US, Alaska - A 7-year-old Juneau boy has admitted setting five arson fires over a little more than four months, according to fire officials in Alaska's capital.

Juneau fire marshal Dan Jager tells the Juneau Empire that the boy caused about $1,000 in damages by setting fires in restrooms at Harborview Elementary School and the Terry Miller Legislative Building, plus a downtown grass fire and two fires at a Fred Meyer store.

The boy's name was not released.

"He won't be going to jail," Fire Chief Richard Etheridge said, but the case will be forwarded to probation officers at the Johnson Youth Center.

The boy told fire officials during interviews Wednesday that he set the small fires with a lighter he found. There was no immediate indication of why, Jager said, but the incidents were dangerous.

Cut

Sony to Axe 10,000 Jobs in Turnaround Bid

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© Reuters/Yuriko Nakao
Japan's Sony Corp is cutting 10,000 jobs, about 6 percent of its global workforce, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday, as new CEO Kazuo Hirai looks to steer the electronics and entertainment giant back to profit after four years in the red.

The job cuts would be the latest downsizing in Japan Inc where companies from cellphone maker NEC Corp to electronics firm Panasonic Corp are trimming costs in the face of a strong yen and competition from rivals like Apple and Samsung Electronics.

TV makers in particular have been hit hard by the tough business climate as well as sharp price falls, with Sony, Panasonic and Sharp expecting to have lost a combined $17 billion in the fiscal year just ended.

Investors will closely monitor a briefing on Thursday by Hirai, who formally took over this month as chief executive from Howard Stringer, for further clues on how Sony plans to revamp its business.

Pistol

1 Dead, 2 Wounded in Texas Beach Shooting

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US, Texas - One person has been killed and two others wounded in a shooting during a packed Texas Gulf Coast beach party.

Word of mouth of the unauthorized party spread on social media Saturday, drawing thousands to Surfside Beach, about 40 miles south of Galveston, before it turned deadly.

Among the victims, 25-year-old Derrick Milam was hit in the neck by a stray bullet and pronounced dead on the beach.

According to his step-sister Danielle Banks who was also in attendance, the party had become chaotic with numerous fights breaking out prior to the shooting that took over the entire beach.

Wolf

Suspect in Dismembering Says He Met Woman Online

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© The Associated Press/Butler County Sheriff Department
This undated file photo provided by the Butler County Sheriff Department shows Matthew Puccio. Puccio, 25, is one of five people arrested after the body of 21-year-old Jessica Rae Sacco was found Friday, March 30, 2012 in her Urbana, Ohio apartment. Puccio, who lived with Sacco, is accused of killing her.
US: Urbana, Ohio - A man suspected of stabbing, suffocating and dismembering his girlfriend told a newspaper that he met her through Facebook while looking for new friends and that he met two of his alleged accomplices at a library just three days before the killing.

Matthew Puccio, 25, is among five people charged in connection with the death of 21-year-old Jessica Rae Sacco, whose remains were found in the bathtub of their Urbana duplex apartment in late March, about a week after police believe she was killed. A couple from Fenton, Mich., and two people from Urbana are accused of failing to intervene in the killing and helping Puccio cut off or transport limbs that were dumped in southern Ohio and Kentucky, about 70 to 85 miles away.

In an interview, Puccio said he met Urbana residents Sharon Cook and Christopher Wright at a local library days before the killing, then contacted them afterward and was stunned that they helped him cover it up instead of calling the police, the Springfield News-Sun reported Sunday.

"It shocked the hell out of me," Puccio said. "I figured they'd be the first to call the cops on me."

Puccio said he had met Sacco through Facebook while he was living in Texas. Puccio said Sacco provided support he needed after his former fiancée left him and took two of his children.

Puccio said he and Sacco argued often and that their relationship became more stressed because she didn't get along with Andrew Forney and his wife, the Michigan couple who began living at the home shortly after Puccio moved in last fall.

People

India Rebels Warn of 'Extreme Steps' Over Italian Captive

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© Agence France-Presse
Undated photo shows Italian tour guide Paolo Bosusco (C) posing with tribal women at an undisclosed location in India.
Maoist rebels holding an Italian tour guide hostage in India have threatened "extreme steps" unless their demand for the release of their jailed comrades is met by Tuesday.

The rebels in the eastern state of Orissa did not specify in a tape recording sent to media late on Friday what they might do, but in the past Maoists have mutilated and killed their captives.

It is however the first time that the rebels have targeted foreigners.

"We want a clear-cut written commitment from the government concerning our demands. We won't release the Italian national until then," rebel leader Sabyasachi Panda said in the audio message received by AFP.

Otherwise, he said, they may take "extreme steps".

The Orissa state government has said it will free 27 prisoners in exchange for tour guide Paolo Bosusco and a local lawmaker who is being held in another part of the state by a separate branch of the rebels.

But the Maoists have rejected the list of prisoners the government has offered to free, saying the names do not include those insurgents the group wants released.

Crusader

Ban on Gideon Bible Handout at Public Schools Sparks Torrent of Hate Mail

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© Darren Calabrese/Guelph Mercury
A rural Ontario public school board's decision to ban distribution of Gideon Bibles to its young students has unleashed a torrent of threatening calls and hateful emails directed at trustees.

Some messages to the Bluewater District School Board express racist sentiment and question trustees' patriotism.

"When are you 'politically correct' idiots, with your heads buried in the sand, going to realize that every action you take to destroy Canadian heritage ...?" one email began.

"Allowing newcomers to Canada the ability to walk all over our heritage has got to stop before they carry us into the realm of a warring nation like the one they often left behind," another writer said.

The invective has unnerved some trustees as they prepare to formalize the ban on distribution of all noninstructional religious materials prompted by a parent's complaint about the decades-old tradition of offering free Gideon Bibles to Grade 5 students.

Dollar

Hi-Tech Scams Target Superannuation

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Superannuation investment scams have cost Australians $113 million in just one year.
A new wave of highly sophisticated superannuation investment scams has conned more than 2400 Australians out of $113 million in just one year.

Authorities have warned the growing threat - in which hi-tech fraudsters are convincing people on the verge of retirement to invest their savings - is unprecedented in its professional nature.

Individual losses have ranged from $35,000 to more than $4 million, with some victims losing all their retirement funds.

The scammers pose as legitimate investment companies, setting up call centres, professional websites and business structures.

The Australian Crime Commission has formed a national joint agency taskforce to target the scams after they were uncovered in South Australia last April.

SA Police identified five SA victims and notified the ACC, which says the sophisticated structures are able to trick even the most experienced of investors.

"In many cases, victims of these investment scams have a high financial awareness, are well educated and have invested before," the ACC said in a statement.

Shoe

Greek protesters hit news anchor with eggs and yogurt live on air

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Any television anchor would be hard pressed to find a more unfortunate experience than one endured by a Greek anchor Friday evening, as a group of protesters broke on set and fired eggs at him during a live telecast.

According to GreekReporters.com, anchor Panagiotis Bourchas was pelted with eggs and yogurt by protesters upset over him hosting a spokesperson from the far-right political organizations Golden Dawn.

Amazingly enough, Bourchas showed no signs of panic despite the barrage, calmly taking all the eggs thrown at him while remaining on set. The anchor talked to his viewers before signing off.