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Text Messages Reveal Sumo Match-Fixing Scandal in Japan

In Japan, sumo wrestlers aren't just athletes -- they're caretakers of an ancient tradition, rooted in noble behavior and moral dignity. Now, however, that perception may be changing, thanks to widespread accusations of match-rigging, and incriminating text messages. On May 10th, wrestler Kiyoseumi sent a text to his opponent, Kasuganishiki, asking him to "hit hard at the face-off, then go...

Record a Police Officer in Illinois, Get 15 Years in Prison

If you were to record an encounter with the police, you might call it covering your ass. In Illinois, it's called a felony. The Midwestern state is one of three, along with Massachusetts and Oregon, to have passed eavesdropping laws that make it a crime to record a conversation without the consent of all parties involved. In Chicago, the law is drawing significant attention because, there,...

Kidnapping Suspect Contacted Police via Facebook, Says Source

A woman accused of kidnapping an infant from a hospital more than 20 years ago has turned herself over to the authorities. The suspect, Ann Pettway, allegedly stole the young girl from a New York hospital back in 1987, and raised her as her own. A warrant was issued for her arrest on Friday, in North Carolina, and she was finally taken into custody on Sunday, in Connecticut. A source told CNN that...

'Nassau's Nasty List' Facebook Page Pulled

Facebook has removed a controversial page from its platform, at the request of Long Island school officials. The page, titled "Nassau's Nasty List," reportedly served as an online forum for salacious rumors about specific female students at Uniondale High School, and provided detailed information on alleged sexual dalliances. As news of the page spread to other schools in the region, more users...

Pennsylvania Police Find Kids in Filthy House, Neglected by Game-Addict Mother

Police in Uniontown, Pennsylvania were shocked to find a home stinking of feces and six children sleeping on bare mattresses. The childrens' mother, who had left the pantry bare and food rotting in the refrigerator, was neither absent nor an alcoholic; she was a gaming addict. After the children, three of whom are toddlers, were removed from the residence Monday, their stepfather told WPXI that...

Councilman Wants to Shame Drunk Drivers by Posting DUI Mug Shots on Facebook

The next time you get caught drinking and driving in Huntington Beach, California, you may get more than just a mark on your record; you could get tagged on Facebook, as well. Huntington Beach city councilman Devin Dwyer is calling on local police to begin posting mug shots of repeat DUI offenders on Facebook. Dwyer's proposal initially called for all drunk drivers to be publicly shamed on the...

Mom Admits to Playing Facebook Game While Child Drowned

Share A woman in Colorado has been arrested after telling police that she was busy on Facebook while her one-year-old son was drowning in a bathtub. The mother, 34-year-old Shannon Johnson, reportedly told authorities that she was playing a Facebook game called 'Cafe World,' browsing through her news feed, and sharing videos around the time that her son was in the tub one day last September....

Police Don't Need Search Warrants to Read Texts, California Court Rules

The Fourth Amendment requires all law-enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant before seizing a suspect's personal property. According to the California Supreme Court, though, the law doesn't apply to cell phones. In a 5-to-2 vote, the court ruled that police don't need a search warrant to search an arrested individual's cell phone -- because cell phones, in essence, are like clothing. ...

Prisons Testing Computers Capable of Detecting, Defusing Riots

Part of any prison guard's job involves breaking up fights or riots that invariably erupt when you put a bunch of convicts in close physical contact with each other. Defusing these spats can be a messy, and sometimes dangerous task, but it may be getting slightly easier, thanks to new computer vision systems that can automatically detect brewing violence from above. As the New York Times...

Vigilante Facebook Group Misidentifies Philadelphia Murderer

Philadelphia police have spent the last month looking for a man accused of being involved in at least three murders and several sexual assaults. Last night, it appeared that the hunt had finally come to an end, when a group of community members gathered outside the home of 24-year-old Triz Jefferies, who was identified as the so-called 'Kensington Strangler' by a group of vigilantes organized...

Wikileaks Founder Assange Arrested in London

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested this morning in London, on a Swedish warrant first issued in November. The 39-year-old Australian will now head to a British court, where authorities will have 21 days to decide whether or not to extradite him to Sweden. According to the extradition arrest warrant, Assange is suspected of one count of rape, two counts of molestation and one count of...

Denver Police Detonate Toy Robot That Could've Easily Been a Terrorist

Yesterday, Denver police found themselves in the middle of a lengthy standoff with a robot that had threatened to blow up Coors Field. Fortunately for all of humanity, the white, eight-inch 'bot was just a toy. Unfortunately for the 'bot, though, police had no choice but to put it out of its misery. A citizen first noticed the robot yesterday afternoon, and immediately notified local police....

College Student Googles Himself, Finds Out He's a Teenager Wanted for Murder

Share Zachary Garcia and Zachery Garcia may have homonymous names, but, as you'd imagine, they're actually very different people. The former is a University of Florida student who works at a sandwich shop. The latter is a teenager accused of murder. Investigators in Polk Country, Florida, however, failed to pick up on the subtle difference in spelling between the two names -- a mistake that came...

Google Street View May Have Caught a Thief in Action

Google's Street View cameras have caught plenty of embarrassing images in the past, but one family thinks the service may have just identified the man who stole their camper. As Jalopnik explains, 11-year-old Reuben Soames first discovered the suspect while looking up his family's home in Derbyshire, England on Google Maps. The site's Street View images of the Soames' front yard showed their...

Creepy ASSET Cam Catches You Speeding, Checks Your Insurance

Finland is testing out a new traffic cam that not only spies you when you speed, but uses image-analysis software to read your license plate, check your insurance and tax status, and even determine whether or not you're wearing your seatbelt. Not creeped out yet? The ASSET speed cameras can also dole out tickets for tailgating, by measuring the distance between you and the car in front of you....