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Phone hacker: Queen annoyed by nut-eating police PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:40

LONDON (AP) — A private investigator convicted of eavesdropping on the voice mails of royal staff told a tabloid editor that Queen Elizabeth II was annoyed because police officers ate the nuts laid out for Buckingham Palace guests.

The tidbit was passed on by Clive Goodman to Andy Coulson, then editor of the now-defunct News of the World.

Goodman's 2005 email notes: "memo (has) now gone around to all palace cops telling them to keep their sticky fingers out."

The email was used as evidence at the phone-hacking trial of Coulson, former editor Rebekah Brooks and five others. All deny guilt.

An eighth defendant, Ian Edmondson, was dropped from the trial Thursday because doctors have declared him unfit to stand trial. Judge John Saunders said Edmondon would be tried once he has recovered.


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Swimmer nabs monster lobster off California coast PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:30

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime.

Ali tells the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/IQe4r3) he was closing his father's business, Zack's Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach, Monday when he saw the ocean was calm and decided to dive for dinner. He was down about 15 feet going after a smaller lobster when he saw the giant. He says it was too big to grab properly but it latched onto him and he wrestled it to shore.

It weighed nearly 18 pounds — even a 5-pounder is considered trophy-sized — and was likely at least 30 years old.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com


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Mandela ceremony interpreter called a 'fake' PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by AL CLENDENNING RAY FAURE   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:35

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.

Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa's government said it was preparing a statement.

Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country's 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn't immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a different method to communicate.

The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama "was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for," said Bruno Druchen, the federation's national director.

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Passenger awakes to find himself locked in plane PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 14:13

HOUSTON (AP) — The captain of an oil platform supply boat in the Gulf of Mexico is no stranger to bumps and other movement while he sleeps. So when Tom Wagner nodded off on a flight from Louisiana to Houston, it was no surprise that the landing bounce didn't wake him.

"That's the norm for me," Wagner said. "A little jolt wouldn't bother me."

The more perplexing revelation came when he opened his eyes to a dark and locked plane parked at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport.

"I looked down the aisle, there was nobody on the plane," Wagner said Monday from California, where he's visiting his sister. "It was locked up. Lights were off. No motors running. It was like it was secured for the night."

Wagner, 51, from Lafayette, La., who had a window seat near the back of the plane, said he didn't panic.

"I had a little smile: I've got to get off here," he said.

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Police: N.J. man didn't know he had knife in back PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 09 December 2013 14:11

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man awoke after a long night's sleep to discover a knife stuck in his back.

Police in Trenton say the 42-year-old man didn't know why his back was hurting when he got up Sunday so he had his brother take a look. The brother saw a knife protruding from the middle of his back.

Police did not identify the man. They say he had gotten into a fistfight on his porch after a night of drinking and apparently didn't realize he had been stabbed.

Police tell The Times of Trenton (http://bit.ly/1dhXNF9 ) the man was uncooperative when detectives tried to talk to him at the hospital. He was expected to be released as early as Monday.

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Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, http://www.nj.com/times


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