The U.S. credit rating is stabilized…for now; an intruder breaks into a Sydney home, leaving a ransom note and a bomb strapped to an 18-year-old; Hosni Mubarak arrives to court in a hospital bed; what happened to the days when only handbags were knocked off? China is now creating copy-cat stores; speaking of China, someone there has hacked 72 government and private organizations. Meanwhile in the entertainment world, Alfred Hitchcock’s first movie has been unearthed in New Zealand, and the rent Faye Dunaway pays is actually unfair.
Moody’s Affirms U.S. Rating, Warns of Downgrades, http://bloom.bg/qi7T1H
Rating agencies Moody and Fitch have conserved the U.S.’ triple-A credit rating. Moody, Fitch, and Standard and Poor have warned that the U.S. must continue to put forth deficit reduction plans in order to maintain its good standing.
Police Try to Defuse Bomb ‘Strapped to Teenage Girl’ in Sydney, http://tgr.ph/p4HkuI
An intruder broke into a Sydney, Australia home, leaving an 18-year-old girl strapped to a bomb. He also left a ransom note for the girl’s father, a wealthy businessman. Cops were on the scene for 10 hours before defusing the bomb.
Egypt’s Mubarak in Hospital Bed at Historic Trial, http://yhoo.it/oLvI7m
Hosni Mubarak’s trial started yesterday. The former Egyptian president laid in a hospital bed during the proceedings. The bed was kept behind a wire and iron cage, which Mubarak’s sons also stayed behind. A large group of protestors, some in support of Mubarak and some not, stayed outside the courthouse.
(via POLITICO Morning Tech) MADE IN CHINA: A copycat IKEA store, Subway sandwich shop and Dairy Queen are just a few of the imitation stores found in the same country that made headlines last month for fake Apple shops, the WSJ reports. http://on.wsj.com/rpQr4U
President Obama Headed to Chicago for Birthday-Themed Fundraiser, http://abcn.ws/npVCTq
President Obama, who turns 50 on Thursday, will be celebrating his birthday with a fundraiser in Chicago Wednesday night. About 1,000 people will be in attendance; there will be performances by Jennifer Hudson, OK Go, Herbie Hancock, and a speech by the President. The President will have a conference call with thousands of campaign volunteers before the costly event.
Report on ‘Operation Shady RAT’ Identifies Widespread Cyber-Spying, http://wapo.st/qJUstX
Computer security firm, McAfee has discovered that more than 70 government organizations and businesses have been hacked from a single server. The server has been traced back to a location in China. The cyber-attacks, the biggest bout in history, were carried out on The U.S. Department of Energy Lab, the Associated Press, the International Olympic Committee, and more.
Disturbing Video Shows Jaycee Duggard Kidnapper Nancy Garrido Luring Young Girl into Van, http://nydn.us/pQdtTP
A new video has been released showing Nancy Garrido, wife of fellow Jaycee Duggard kidnapper: Phil Garrido, luring a young girl into a van and asking her to do splits. The video is one of twenty and was made two years after Duggard’s kidnapping. The evidence is part of a report demonstrating the justice’s system inadequacy when dealing with Phil Garrido, who had already been convicted of kidnapping and rape. It is also said that Garrido passed drug tests by using a prosthetic penis and pouring Mountain Dew into a cup.
‘Two and a Half Men’ Premiere to Feature Charlie Harper’s Funeral, His Girlfriends Back & His House for Sale, http://bit.ly/pAjnur
Alfred Hitchock’s Earliest Surviving Film Found, http://bit.ly/nJTNLP
Two New Actors Join ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, http://bit.ly/osYKIT
Faye Dunaway May Be Evicted from $1,048-a-Month Apartment, http://bit.ly/oz1nYW
Linda Evangelista Asking for $46,000 in Monthly Child Support, http://bit.ly/rqDkqO