Obscure news for June 15

Todays’ obscure news includes Howard Sterns side-kick, Guantanamo detainees, wireless keyboard security threat, foreign material at a chocolate plant, a jury duty scam along with other obscure topics not widely reported. Enjoy the read!

Secretary Napolitano announces $26 million in recovery act funding for screening technology at Philadelphia International Airport — U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano today announced approximately $26 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for the construction of two new inline baggage handling systems at Philadelphia International Airport—a project designed to infuse the local economy with Recovery Act dollars while increasing security and easing check-in procedures [read it at the Homeland Security website]

Public health advisory issued regarding Levemir insulin –129,000 vials of stolen Levemir insulin have reappeared and are being sold in the U.S. These vials may not have been stored and handled properly and may be dangerous for patients to use [read it at the FDA website]

Scam alert: jury duty scam — Scammers call claiming to be an officer of the court. He or she tells you that you have failed to report for jury duty and that a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest. The scammer attempts to verify the victim’s social security number and/or birthdate in order to “clear up the matter.” [read it at counton2.com]

Shea-Porter files bill to punish negligent defense contractors — A U.S. Representative has introduced legislation to punish defense contractors if they have previously been found guilty of causing serious injury or death of government personnel. The bill would prevent those defense contractors from receiving additional government contracts for five years [read it at wmur.com]

Italian police ask SEC to authenticate seized U.S. Treasuries — Italy’s financial police said they asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to authenticate U.S. government bonds found in the false bottom of a suitcase carried by two Japanese travelers attempting to cross into Switzerland [read it at Bloomberg.com]

Feds investigate ‘foreign material’ at chocolate plant — Production at a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania chocolate plant is shut down while federal officials look into a possible case of product tampering. A representative for Cargill Inc. says three pieces of “foreign material” were discovered at the Wilbur Chocolate plant in Lititz [read it at Philly.com]

Missouri only State that can’t track 911 calls from cell phones — Missouri does not have the technology in place to track certain cell phone numbers or locations when a person calls 911. This is because Missouri is the only State in the country without a cell phone tariff [read it at kfvs12.com]

Symantec warns of wireless keyboard security threat — Security firm Symantec has uncovered a new form of attack aimed at users of wireless keyboards. The warning follows the release of Keykeriki, an open-source “sniffer” project that allows users to remotely decode wireless transmissions [read it at enterprise-security-today.com]

United States transfers three Guantanamo detainees to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — Three Saudi nationals were transferred to Saudi Arabia are subject to judicial review in Saudi Arabia before they undergo a rehabilitation program [read it at the Department of Justice website]

Stern side-kick pleads guilty to harassment and identity theft — U.S. shock jock Howard Stern’s side-kick Ivy Supersonic has pleaded guilty to charges of harassment and identity theft [read it at contactmusic.com]

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