The attorneys general of 22 states have written to Urban Outfitters asking the retail chain to pull a coffee mug with a mock prescription label for coffee. In a joint letter, they said the mugs undermine their efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. Urban Outfitters has reportedly pulled the mugs as well as an entire line of products with fake prescription labels. I expect prescription drug abuse will no longer be a problem by the end of the year thanks to this letter.
Jon Locke couldn’t believe what his security cameras had captured while he was away from home. Uniformed Garland, Texas, police officers walk up to his front door. When no one answers, an officer opens up some duffel bags in front of the house. Then they begin to search inside a pickup truck in the driveway. Finally, they notice the security cameras filming them and turn them away. When Locke complained to police he said an internal affairs investigator told him the officers did nothing wrong. Oh, and the investigator said one of the officers opened an unlocked door and looked inside the house. The officers had an arrest warrant for Locke’s brother, who does not live with him. But they did not have a search warrant for Locke’s house or his truck.
Australian officials wanted Internet service providers to block 1,200 sites they said had helped defraud Australians. But they ordered the ISPs to block their IP addresses, not their domain names. That meant they blocked every website on a server serving one of those websites. In all, they accidentally blocked about 250,000 websites.
Federal prosecutors in Phoenix, Ariz., asked judges to dismiss heroin-smuggling charges against two men just hours before a local newspaper ran a story raising concerns about a key informant in the case. In fact, questions about that informant have existed for more than a decade. He was deactivated as an informant in 2000 after being accused of perjury in at least 16 criminal cases and of not paying taxes on money paid to him by law enforcement. But the Drug Enforcement Administration quietly began using him again as a paid informant in 2008.