1. Someone pranked five Best Buy stores in Los Angeles by setting up fake product displays that purported to offer an empty box for $99. *** Federal authorities are now looking for the culprit; they want to offer him a job as a campaign manager.
2. Wal-Mart has lowered its sales and profit forecast for the rest of the year. *** And in order to cut costs, greeters will just say “Hello” to every other customer.
3. Because of negative connotations, the aircraft industry is trying to get journalists to stop referring to unmanned aircraft as “drones.” *** On the other hand, I don’t think they want us to refer to them by the word that the terrorists probably use when they see one coming right at them. “#$%@ !”
4. A pro-Assad group, the Syrian Electronic Army, hacked into the Washington Post web site and switched readers to the Syrian group’s web site. *** Well, I guess that’s a little more effective at getting attention than just putting something on the op-ed page.
5. Archaeologists say that rock etchings found in Nevada are the oldest of their type in North America, dating back over 10,000 years. *** Researchers have interpreted the symbols as saying, “Casino 10 miles ahead. Double jackpots on Tuesday.”
6. The country of Jordan has asked the United States for manned surveillance aircraft to help monitor its border with Syria. *** Now that’s desperation—when someone asks the U.S. to help control a border.
7. Six researchers have emerged from an isolated dome in Hawaii where they spent four months working on new recipes for space travel. *** The next food specialist to be sent into the dome for four months: Paula Deen.
8. The jury in the Whitey Bolger trial found him guilty on 11 counts of murder. Many of the prosecution’s witnesses were hit men, bookies and other underworld figures. *** The defense, on the other hand, only had the shaky testimony of politicians.
9. In London, workers building a new rail line have come across buried artifacts that give an exciting insight into English history, such as remnants of an 18th century shipyard and 2,000 year-old horseshoes. *** There are even items that suggest that at one time England had dentists.
10. A federal judge has ruled that New York City’s “stop-and-frisk” procedure is illegal. *** Mayor Bloomberg says the police will comply with the ruling and will only frisk people while they’re moving.