January 2nd, 2013
08:11 PM ET

NYC couple arrested for explosives; Police discover "The Terrorist Encyclopedia"

New York Police have a couple in custody accused of possession of an explosive with an intent to use.

Aaron Greene, 31, and Morgan Gliedman, 27, were arrested in Manhattan for allegedly possessing an explosive substance and a sawed-off shotgun, authorities say.

New York City couple accused of possession of explosive material

Police say officers discovered the explosive substance at the couple's Greenwich Village apartment while serving a warrant related to four counts of felony grand larceny against Gliedman involving credit card theft in February.

CNN's Susan Candiotti has the story.

Filed under: Crime • Justice • Law • News
OutFront OutThere: Rise in crime no pipe dream
January 2nd, 2013
03:48 PM ET

OutFront OutThere: Rise in crime no pipe dream

Hide yo’ iPhones, hide yo’ iPods, hide yo’ iPads!

Thieves are snatching everything Apple-related out here in New York City, and the superfluity of Jobs’ highly-coveted electronic gadgets is purportedly what’s to blame for the slight increase in the city’s annual crime index.

 According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s weekly radio show, Apple product thefts alone (“not Galaxies,” Bloomberg was quick to highlight) accounted for a 3.3 percent jump in major crimes in the city, with an increase of 3,890 Apple thefts.

Thieves are also picking Apples in France.

Armed robbers hit Apple store on New Year's Eve

The company’s flagship store in Paris was overtaken on New Year’s Eve by masked and armed robbers, who, according to the French press, escaped with an estimated whopping $1.3 million in merchandise.

But it’s not just Apple products thieves are taking a bite out of.

In the “things-you-can’t-make-up story department,” robbers in Roseville, Michigan are after shiny objects of an entirely different kind: pipes.

Specifically, the thieves are targeting plumbing fixtures and valves from public restrooms around the city.

Thieves target public restrooms and Roseville Police say they weren't after purses or wallets

Roseville Police Chief James Berlin tells OutFront that an unidentified 25-year-old male has been entering men's restrooms during afternoon hours and using tools to expertly remove exposed piping and valves that lead to the urinal and toilets.

“Whoever is doing this obviously has some plumbing knowledge,” says Berlin, adding that the burglars turn off the water in the restroom and then make off with the hands-free flush controls.

Authorities confirm that the bathroom bandits have already terrorized a McDonald’s, a Tim Hortons, and a McMobil gas station on December 27, 28 and 29.

Berlin says he has never come across such an unusual case.

No arrests have been made in the case and Roseville Police encourage anyone with information to come forward.

I’m no betting woman, but if the ludicrousness of these robbers’ crimes was being ranked according to high-stake poker moves, I’d say they take the [toilet] cake for a Royal Flush.

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January 2nd, 2013
12:09 AM ET

Obama to sign fiscal cliff legislation: "The House worked its will" says Rep. Tom Cole

The House approved the Senate fiscal cliff bill late Tuesday - 257 votes in favor to 167 against.

The package (PDF) puts off budget cuts for two months and preserves Bush-era income tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 or couples earning less than $450,000.

President Barack Obama delivered a statement at the White House, saying he will sign the legislation. 

"This law is just one step in a broader effort in strengthening our economy," Obama said.

OutFront tonight: One man responsible for wrangling Republican votes in the House - Deputy whip, Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), who serves on both the Budget and Appropriations Committees.

Filed under: Economy • Fiscal Cliff • News • Politics
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