Robbers in drag steal $100M in jewel heist PARIS, France (CNN) -- Armed robbers -- two dressed as women -- have stolen an estimated 80 million ($102m) in jewels during a brazen raid at a central Paris store, police say. Robbers dressed in drag stole more than $100M worth of jewelry from a Harry Winston store in Paris. French state radio reported four robbers swiped luxury rings, necklaces and watches from the display cases at the Harry Winston store near the Champs-Elysees. The store is also just around the corner from a police station. After they entered the store, the four thieves pulled out their weapons, forced the customers and employees -- about 15 people -- into a corner, and grabbed jewels out of display cases and safes, state radio said. The robbers seemed to know the locations of secret hiding places for jewels and called some employees by their first names, the report said. The group then fled the store, which is located on a wide street near subways and other public transportation, but it was not immediately clear how they got away. Police told state radio that they believe it was the work of a highly professional band of either French or other European bandits. In a statement, Harry Winston said: "We are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation. Our first concern is the well-being of our employees." The store is situated on the fashionable Avenue Montaigne and was robbed little more than a year ago. In October 2007, up to five thieves stole an estimated 20 million ($25 million) worth of jewelry. The cheapest piece they took was worth 2,000 ($2,500) and the most expensive 3.2 million ($4 million). They overwhelmed staff as they arrived for work and calmly asked them to open the safe. Last year's raid was considered the largest jewel theft in France for a long time, the September 2004 theft of two diamonds worth an estimated 14.5 million ($18.5 million) from a Paris antique fair coming closest.
In North Korea,The Punishment is Always DeathIn North Korea,The Punishment is Always Death There are very few positive things one can say about the North Korean communist regime. For years they have lashed out at their neighbors, openly defied any request made of them, and worst of all they basically imprisoned all of their people with the fear of death. Shin Dong Hyuk, who grew up in one of North Koreas worst prison camps, is one of the few have have broken North Korean law and lived to tell of it. The interview Shin Dong Hyuk gave upon successfully escaping the prison camp is truly chilling and one of the darkest looks into North Korea I have ever read. The one thing that is a constant through everything you will read about North Korea, is that the punishment for breaking any rule, is almost always death. Resistance is simply unthinkable. Here are the 10 rules of the prison camp, as translated from Shin Dong Hyuk:
Camp Rules: The 10 Commandments 1. Do not attempt to escape. The punishment is death. 2. Never gather in groups of over three people or move around without the guards authorization. The punishment for unauthorized movement is death. 3. Do not steal. If one steals or possesses weapons, the punishment is death. The punishment for failure to report the theft or possession of weapons is death. 4. Obey your guards. If one rebels or hits a guard, the punishment is death. 5. If you see outsiders, or suspicious-looking people, report them immediately. The punishment for abetting in the hiding of outsiders is death. 6. Keep an eye on your fellow prisoners and report inappropriate behavior without delay. One should criticize others for inappropriate behavior, and also conduct thorough self-criticism in revolutionary ideology class. 7. Fulfill your assigned duties. The punishment for rebelling against ones duties is death. 8. Men and women may not be together outside the workplace. The punishment for unauthorized physical contact between a man and a woman is death. 9. Admit and confess your wrongdoings. The punishment for disobedience and refusal to repent is death. 10. The punishment for violating camp laws and rules is death.
Neb. 'Butt Bandit' gets 13 months in jail VALENTINE, Neb. A man dubbed the "Butt Bandit" for making greasy imprints of his nether parts on windows in the north-central Nebraska city of Valentine has been sentenced to more than a year in jail. Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott says police caught 35-year-old Thomas Larvie in the act on Nov. 19. Scott says Larvie was sentenced Thursday to 13 1/2 months in jail after being convicted of eight misdemeanor counts of public indecency and one of disturbing the peace. Authorities said Larvie used lotion or petroleum jelly to make imprints of his naked behind and sometimes his groin on the windows of stores, churches and schools in Valentine beginning in the spring of 2007. Townspeople dubbed the vandal the "Butt Bandit" even though no theft was involved. Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Update…….
Man dies in Bonn porn video booth 5 Dec 08 09:56 CET A German man has been found dead in a pornography video booth at a Bonn Beate Uhse sex shop, Cologne daily Express reported on Friday. Apparently plump boobs and hot thighs were too much for the 54-year-old pornography customers heart, who died while watching porn in one of the video-booths at the sex-shop on Bischofsplatz, the paper said. A staff member became suspicious when there was no sign of movement in the cabin long after the mans time was up. She reportedly knocked on the door and unlocked the booth from the outside and was shocked to find the porn fan dead in the chair, the paper reported. A call to emergency services came too late to help the man. Though authorities suspect he died of a heart attack, the doctor on the scene could not determine the cause of death at the time, and the corpse was handed over to police. Investigations so far have not brought up any evidence that a third party might have been involved, police spokesperson Christian Gräßler told the paper.Bonn
Amsterdam to clamp down on sex shops, brothels, dope cafes AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Amsterdam unveiled plans Saturday to close brothels, sex shops and marijuana cafes in its ancient city center as part of a major effort to drive organized crime out of the tourist haven. The city is targeting businesses that "generate criminality," including gambling parlors, and the so-called "coffee shops" where marijuana is sold openly. Also targeted are peep shows, massage parlors and souvenir shops used by drug dealers for money- laundering. "I think that the new reality will be more in line with our image as a tolerant and crazy place, rather than a free zone for criminals" said Lodewijk Asscher, a city council member and one of the main proponents of the plan. The news comes just one day after Amsterdam's mayor said he would search for loopholes in new rules laid down by the national government that would close marijuana cafes near schools citywide. The measures announced Saturday would affect about 36 coffee shops in the center itself -- a little less than 20 percent of the city total. Asscher underlined that the city center will remain true to its freewheeling reputation. "It'll be a place with 200 windows (for prostitutes) and 30 coffee shops, which you can't find anywhere else in the world -- very exciting, but also with cultural attractions," he said. "And you won't have to be embarrassed to say you came." Under the plan announced Saturday, Amsterdam will spend 30 million to 40 million ($38 million to $51 million) to bring hotels, restaurants, art galleries and boutiques to the center. It will also build new underground parking areas. Amsterdam already had plans to close many brothels and some coffee shops, but plans announced Saturday go further. Asscher said the city would reshape the area, using zoning rules, buying out businesses and offering assistance to upgrade stores. The city has shut brothels and sex clubs in the past by relying on a law allowing the closure of businesses with bookkeeping irregularities. Prostitution will be allowed only in two areas in the district -- notably De Wallen ("The Walls"), a web of streets and alleys around the city's medieval retaining dam walls. The area has been a center of prostitution since before the city's golden shipping age in the 1600s. Marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but prosecutors won't press charges for possession of small amounts. Coffee shops are able to sell it openly.
Sat Dec 6, 5:27 PM ET In this undated photo released by Cenegenics Medical Institute on Oct. 8, 2008, is Dr. Jeffry Life when he was 67, after being on the Cenegenics program for about two years. Life, the chief medical officer at Cenegenics, will be 70 this Christmas day. (AP Photo/Cenegenics Medical Institute) Before After
Having his cake... Manuel Uribe jokes as he holds a fruit cake with his girlfriend Claudia Solis outside his house in Monterrey, Mexico. Uribe, once the world's most obese man, celebrated his 43rd birthday with a very short trip outside his house. Picture: Tomas Bravo / Reuters
Human painting... a model displays body make-up by Nadia Brito at a contest during carnival festivities in Las Palmas on the Spanish Canary Island of Gran Canaria. Picture: Borja Suarez / Reuters
Getting ahead... a model displays the latest collection of Omani designer Amal Al Ra'aes during a fashion show held by Gulf designers in Bahrain. Picture: Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters
Naked search for truth... a protester signals to police during a demonstration by political activists in Malmo, Sweden. The demonstration coincided with the European Social Forum. Picture: Bob Strong / Reuters
Religious rest... a performer rests during a religious carnival during the Muslim holy month of Moharram in Sede, south of Tehran. Ashura, a 10-day-long event commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson Iman Hussein in battle 1300 years ago. Picture: Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters
Medical marvel... Huang Chuncai poses before his second operation to remove his tumours, which weigh about 10kg, at a hospital in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province. Huang, 32, had part of his facial tumours, removed last year. Picture: Joe Tan / Reuters
Hit with his best shot... referee Joe Cortez reacts as Bernard Hopkins of the US hits Joe Calzaghe of Wales during their light- heavyweight boxing fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Picture: Marsh Starks / Reuters
Bum rap... a contestant competes during the final of the "Most Beautiful Bottom In The World" competition in Paris. Some 45 finalists from 26 different countries took part in the competition to win a modelling contract and $20,000 prize money. Picture: Vincent Kessler / Reuters
Vending Oddities: Used Schoolgirl PantiesVending Oddities: Used Schoolgirl Panties There is no place like Japan when it comes to vending machine weirdness. You can get a whole slew of weird, but common, items like umbrellas, rice, beer, tobacco, eggs, and even porn, on any given street through the land of the rising sun. However, in some darker and more obscure side streets of Japan, you can find vending machines selling things that even the Japanese find weird and strange. One such vending machine that is found through out Japan is the Used Schoolgirl Panties vending machine. As the image shows, machines would carry used panties with a picture of the schoolgirl who supposedly had worn them before giving them up to be sold.beer eggs
World Record in Japan: Largest OrgyWorld Record in Japan: Largest Orgy Japan has successfully set a new world record. Having 250 men and 250 women who commensed to have sex in the same place at the same time, completing the world biggest orgy ever! The Orgy was held in a warehouse with a professional camera crew taking pictures and recording the entire event, which was pretty hot and sticky.Orgy