Need To Know:
Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been expelled from the Communist Party and is "to face justice," according to state media.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, announced that Bo was expelled from the party and public office based on a decision taken at a meeting of the CPC Central Committee's political bureau Friday.
"The meeting also decided to transfer Bo's suspected law violations and relevant clues to judicial organs," Xinhua said. Sounds like ominous news for Bo.
Want To Know:
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man thought responsible for anti-Islam footage that sparked days of rioting throughout the Muslim world earlier this month, was arrested late Thursday on charges of violating parole terms tied to a separate 2010 fraud case, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Nakoula was found guilty of fraud in a 2010 case and released in 2011 on probation terms that restricted, among other things, his use of the internet, said the LA Times. However, his association with the footage released on YouTube prompted authorities to investigate whether he broke the rules of his parole.
Prosecutors are charging the 55-year-old Egyptian-American with violating eight terms of his parole.
Dull But Important:
India police are embarrassed after drug kingpin Ranjit Singh, a.k.a Raja Kandola, escaped from custody while being transported back to Delhi’s Tihar Jail by train.
Singh flew the coop Monday around 11:30 p.m. after a court hearing in northern Punjab state, reported the Los Angeles Times. Reports differ on exactly what happened, but most agree that Singh's train made a stop in Ludhiana, about 160 miles north of New Delhi. Some say he was escorted by four officers, others say six.
According to the Hindustan Times,Singh somehow outwitted the officers when they stopped at the Ludhiana station. Police tried to locate him for some time, but ended up returning to the capital in the same train without him.
Talk about role reversal. Now it is sharks who shouldn't feel safe in the water.
Following a record 5 shark attacks off the Australian coast, the state of Western Australia has put into place a new policy to track and kill sharks spotted anywhere in the general vicinity of swimmers.
Premier Colin Barnett told the Australian, "We will always put the lives and safety of beachgoers ahead of the shark. This is, after all, a fish-let's keep it in perspective."
Strange But True:
Canada may want to add a security detail to all supermarkets.
Following the maple syrup heist, Canadian police uncovered a large-scalecheese-smuggling ring involving an active duty police officer and an officer who resigned this summer, along with an American accomplice.
Officials believe the trio bought $200,000 worth of the gooey stuff and sold it to pizzerias and other restaurants in the US for a profit of $165,000, the Toronto Sun reports.