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Enough Fentanyl to Kill 32M People Seized in Single NYC Bust: Prosecutors

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Authorities confiscated nearly 195 pounds of fentanyl in a pair of busts that prosecutors said included one sting that netted 32 million lethal doses of the drug, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin.

Four people were arrested after the busts in August and September that also netted 75 pounds of heroin and cocaine. Bridget G. Brennan, New York City's special narcotics prosecutor, said the busts come as overdose deaths hit an all-time high in New York's five boroughs in 2016.

"The sheer volume of fentanyl pouring into the city is shocking," she said. "It's not only killing a record number of people in New York City, but the city is used as a hub of regional distribution for a lethal substance that is taking thousands of lives throughout the Northeast."

In the first bust, on Aug. 1, 2017, police and federal agents seized more than 140 pounds of fentanyl — the most in the city's history — after watching Rogelio Alvardo-Robles and Blanca Flores-Solis receive what appeared to to be a package of cocaine from an unknown trafficker at a Walmart in Manhawkin, New Jersey. Authorities said that after the exchange, they went back to an apartment building in Queens' Kew Gardens neighborhood, where a DEA agent approached them and seized the alleged drugs.

Afterward, authorities said they got a search warrant for their apartment and found 97 packages of drugs in suitcases and a purse in a bedroom; 84 of the packages were either filled with pure fentanyl or heroin laced with the powerful drug. Authorities said the trove could have had enough doses to kill 32 million people from overdoses.
Then, on Sept. 5, authorities seized another 53 pounds of fentanyl-laced heroin and another 2 pounds of uncut fentanyl during a stop near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. That bust came after detectives and DEA agents watched Edwin Guzman and Manuel Rivera-Santana pick up a duffel bag from men inside a tractor trailer and drove back into New York City.  

After the stop police got a search warrant to open the locked duffel, and found 25 1-kilogram bricks with the drugs.
The four people arrested in the two busts each face criminal drug possession charges; Guzman and Rivera-Santana also face conspiracy counts.

Attorney information for the men wasn't immediately available.
Prosecutors say the drugs are worth a street value of $30 million. 

Of the roughly 64,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, more than 20,000 involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Criminology student, 22, who falsely cried rape at taxi driver is jailed for 16 months

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A criminology student who lied about being raped by a taxi driver after he refused to accept a kebab-soaked tenner has been jailed for 16 months.
Wannabe cop Sophie Pointon told police officers that she had been sexually assaulted in the back of the cab she had been picked up in after a night out in Leeds city centre.
Pointon, 22, rang the cops in the early hours of Aril 22 this year then continued the deception by signing a statement giving an account of the attack.
Leeds Crown Court heard the driver, a father-of-five, was tracked down and kept in custody for six hours.
He was also unable to work for four weeks as a result of the claim. 
Kate Bisset, prosecuting, said the driver was interviewed and said he could recall Pointon being “extremely drunk” when she got into his car holding a kebab.
He said Pointon threw a ten pound not at him when they reached the Hyde Park area but he refused to accept it as it was covered in oil from the kebab.
The driver said Pointon then became abusive and ran around the car opening doors. 
The prosecutor said: “He did not think much of it at the time because such incident with people who are intoxicated are not unusual.”
A recording of a conversation between the driver and a phone operator at his taxi office supported his account.
The court heard a GPS tracker fitted to the car also revealed Pointon’s description of the taxi journey to be untrue. 
Pointon broke down in tears and asked if she could drop the charges when her account was challenged by police.
She pleaded guilty to perverting justice.
Denise Breen-Lawton, mitigating, said Pointon, of Corkland Road, Manchester, had been studying in Leeds at the time.
She said her hopes of becoming a police officer were now ruined.
Jailing Pointon for 16 months, judge Christopher Batty told her: “Your malicious complaint has done a huge disservice to those seeking justice through the police and courts.”
The driver described in a statement how the false allegation had caused him to suffer from stress.

Man's body decomposed for eight months in airport parking while family searched the states

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While Randy Potter’s family and friends were searching across states to find him for the past eight months, his body was decomposing in a truck at a nearby airport.
They organised search parties, scoured through local parks and enlisted the help of a private investigator.
But the entire time, Potter was already dead, apparently by suicide, at a location where the family had previously searched for him, his wife, Carolina Potter, said.
“What kills me the most was I was there … he could’ve been found the first week,” Carolina said. She lives in Lenexa, Kansas, about 35 minutes from the airport, without traffic. 
Police found Potter’s body inside his work vehicle at the Kansas City International Airport on 12 September after they were alerted to a foul odour, The Kansas City Starreported.
Potter’s family is furious and demanding answers from local authorities, who they say let them down.
“The integrity of my father, his body … it just soiled because he sat in this vehicle for eight months. Through summer, cooking in the Midwestern heat, for eight months,” Potter’s daughter Nichole told The Post. “It’s disgusting. It’s a disgusting thought.”
Chris Hernandez, director of communications for the city of Kansas City, issued the following statement to local media following the discovery of Potter’s body:
“The City of Kansas City and its Aviation Department express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Randy Potter. We wish them peace during this difficult time. We are working with all parties to determine the facts involved, including SP Plus, which manages the 25,000 parking spaces at Kansas City International Airport.”
The Kansas International Airport police and the Lenexa Police Department could not be reached for comment early Monday.
Carolina, who is a flight attendant, searched the airport parking lot within a week of her husband being reported missing and said authorities reassured her that, if he was in the parking lot, they would find him.
Carolina and others close to him gave a description of the vehicle — a white 2014 Dodge Ram — and his licence plate number and were told that airport security checked the lots on a regular basis.
So the family continued searching elsewhere. 
They enlisted the help of private investigator John Underhill, telling him not to waste his time at the airport because the airport personnel had it covered. The family did not go back to the airport either, Carolina said.
Potter, 53, was a project engineer at T-Mobile, Carolina said. The Potter’s attorney, John Picerno, and investigator Underhill told The Post they believe Potter, a Navy veteran, died the same day he was reported missing, meaning his body sat in his truck at the airport from January to September.
“Every single entity failed my husband. Every single one,” Carolina said.
Picerno said he is going to piece together what went wrong in the search for Potter. The family wants to make sure no one else goes through a similar ordeal, he said.
The family spoke at a news conference Friday because they think it’s important for people to know what happened to Potter, his daughter Nichole said.
“I want whatever changes to come about from all of this to be permanent,” Potter’s daughter Nichole said. “I don’t want for someone to have to sit there for as long as my dad did.” 
Local media outlets covered Potter’s disappearance in January. Underhill logged 4,000 miles searching for Potter. Nichole carried a stack of fliers whenever she went out of town, even handing them out in downtown Denver on Father’s Day.
Carolina, Potter’s wife, headed search parties and tried to stay positive that he would be found one day. But she had a feeling something bad happened.
Investigator Underhill wishes he never trusted airport security. He passed the airport almost daily these past eight months and believes if he had searched the parking lots for Potter he would have found him sooner than authorities.
“They dropped the ball,” Underhill said of police. “If I would’ve checked that airport, I would’ve found him. That’s just the way I am.”
Potter’s family anguished over his disappearance for eight months and now they are grappling as well with knowing he was decomposing as they searched for him. Carolina said she was shocked to find out last week that his body withered away there “in plain sight.”
As Carolina described how her mind wanders to the days the heat was up in the 100 degrees and what her husband’s body must’ve smelled like, she started to cry.

Norway's pension fund is now worth $1,000,000,000,000

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Norway's giant pension fund is now worth over $1 trillion. Yes, 1 followed by 12 zeros.

The fund's managers announced Tuesday that currency shifts had helped push its value above $1 trillion for the first time.
"The growth in the fund's market value has been stunning," fund chief Yngve Slyngstad said in a statement. "I don't think anyone expected the fund to ever reach $1 trillion when the first transfer of oil revenue was made in May 1996."
For comparison: $1 trillion is roughly the size of Mexico's economy.
Norway is a major oil producer, and it has plowed its energy earnings into the fund in order to fund pensions and other government expenses.
The fund is among the world's biggest investors in stocks, owning $667 billion worth of shares in over 9,000 companies globally. It owns on average 1.3% of all listed companies worldwide.
Its largest holdings are in AppleNestleRoyal Dutch Shell , NovartisMicrosoft  and Alphabet , the owner of Google. 
The fund also owns large real estate portfolio, including stakes in buildings at the world's most desirable addresses, such as Times Square in New York, Regent Street in London, and Champs Elysees in Paris.
Returns have been impressive.
The fund has generated an annual return of 5.9 % since January 1998, a figure that is reduced to 4% when management costs and inflation are included. In 2016, it clocked a 6.9% return worth 447 billion Norwegian kroner ($57 billion).
This year is shaping to be even more prosperous. The fund made 499 billion kroner ($63 billion) in just the first two quarters of 2017.
The fund's value works out to over $190,000 for each of Norway's 5.2 million citizens.

Woman shouted ‘If you can’t beat them, eat them’ after biting detective

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A young woman shouted “If you can’t beat them, eat them” after she bit a detective in a Garda station.
Megan McQuaide (18) was arrested after she was involved in a traffic accident in Barnesmore, Co Donegal, on June 24th.
Ms McQuaide, of Meadowbank Avenue, Strand Road, Derry, was found by gardaí standing in the middle of the road and was shouting and striking out at the emergency services.
She was a passenger in a car but was unhurt. She was taken by ambulance to hospital but had to be accompanied by gardaí because of her behaviour.
She was physically aggressive to hospital staff and was arrested for public order offences and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.
As she was being released into the care of her grandmother when leaving Letterkenny Garda station, she sank her teeth into the chest of a female Garda.
As she did so she shouted, “If you can beat them, eat them.”

Broke the skin

Letterkenny District Court heard how the accused broke through two layers of clothing and broke the skin of the Garda, causing her severe bruising.
Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client, who pleaded guilty to public order and assault charges, had a severe history of drug abuse, both prescribed and unprescribed.
Mr Gallagher said Ms McQuaide was living with her grandmother, who had been searching for her at the time of the incident for a number of days.
“She was in a drug-confused hell but she is in a very different place today and is trying her best,” Mr Gallagher told the court.
Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report on Ms McQuaide and adjourned the case until January 15th.

15 Non-Americans Explain Their Reaction To 9/11; Their Answers Are Chilling

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This Oil Rig Hostel Is a Great Getaway for Adventure Seekers (14 pics)

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The Seaventures Dive Rig is an old oil rig located in the Coral Triangle, in Sabah, Borneo which has been converted into an awesome hostel at sea that caters specifically for avid divers. 

This New Artificial Intelligence Programme Is Actually Really Stupid (10 pics)

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NeuralTalk is a software program that is meant to be able to describe the images that it sees but it’s clearly not very good at it yet.