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That must have been some incredibly delicious macaroni salad.

Three men who robbed a restaurant in Livingston County, New York, on Sunday were located quickly by police because they left, among other things, a trail of macaroni salad in their wake.

The trio, James Marullo, Matthew Sapetko and Timothy Walker Jr., broke into Build-A-Burger Restaurant by throwing a rock through the glass door. The thieves also removed the restaurant’s surveillance system, but did not manage to clean up their own evidence.

When officers arrived to the scene on Sunday morning, they discovered “cash register parts, surveillance system parts, rubber gloves, loose change, and a steady trail of macaroni salad” leading from the restaurant to the wooded trail behind the restaurant, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

“It was later discovered that the suspects stole a large bowl of macaroni salad, which they took turns eating along their escape route.”

By the early afternoon, all three suspects were in custody and charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and grand larceny.

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5 Moronic Criminals Who Basically Caught Themselves

In all the years Wile-E Coyote spent attempting to brutally murder the Road Runner and feast upon his corpse (yes, that is the show’s premise), the biggest reason Coyote kept failing was his own stupid self. Sure, the Road Runner was obviously pretty quick, but after the 817th consecutive trap turned Coyote into a pile of cartoon ash, you’ve got to start wondering if there’s some user error involved.

Real life can be the same way. For every next-level, Oceans 13-style heist, there are thousands of morons out there who are lucky if they don’t accidentally drop an anvil on themselves while putting on their robber-pants in the morning. These are their stories. Their incredibly stupid stories.

Criminals Stole A Bowl Of Macaroni Salad, Ate It On The Way

Macaroni salad is pretty good (Editor's note: It is not). In the right hands, a nice macaroni salad can even be borderline delicious (Editor's note: It cannot . you disgust me). That said, it doesn’t feel like the world’s most controversial statement to say that even the best macaroni salad of all time probably isn’t worth going to jail for. Reese’s peanut butter cups, sure, but macaroni salad just isn’t exciting enough. Well, at least for most people.

Matthew Sapetko, James Marullo, and Timothy Walker Jr. clearly aren’t “most people.” When this trio of super-thieves robbed a Build-A-Burger & Ice Cream restaurant in upstate New York, they made the most of it. Not only did they bust open the cash register which was overflowing with 29 entire dollars, they also nabbed a bigass, 10-pound bowl of . wait for it . macaroni salad. Burglary can be tiring work, and one is bound to get a bit peckish after all that thievery.

"If anybody asks what we were busted for, you tell them 'murder'."

Now, these criminals weren’t entirely stupid, and, along with lunch for the next seven months, they also stole the store’s surveillance equipment. This turned out to be the right move, because police were initially left without any footage or strong leads. Well, other than the Hansel and Gretel style trail of macaroni droppings outside the restaurant. Shockingly, this trail didn’t lead the police to the world’s lamest evil witch who lures children with mediocre pasta -- it led directly to the suspects who were immediately put into custody. The most difficult aspect of the entire ordeal was probably securing the handcuffs over the thieves’ mayonnaise-coated wrists.

What’s even more ridiculous is that the trail wasn’t just made of macaroni. In their haste to consume more macaroni salad than any human ever should, the criminals chucked aside the cash register, rubber gloves, loose change, and even a bunch of parts from the surveillance system they had so cleverly stolen moments before. At this point, it’s a wonder they even made it home without leaving behind their soiled underwear and a crudely drawn map to their secret hideout.

Getting Trapped In An Unlocked Closet

Florida ranks 29th amongst US states in degree attainment, with about 40% of adults acquiring some kind of college degree. But that means for a lot of other Floridians, the only way they’ll set foot on a college campus is if they’re lost or lured there by an enticing trail of macaroni salad. Getting a degree just isn’t a high priority for everybody. For example, when Florida residents John Arwood and Amber Campbell finally made the choice to check out Daytona State College, they were less interested in the Nursing program and more excited about smoking crack in a janitor’s closet.

As everybody knows, success in college is largely linked to perseverance, and so those two love-birds lived in that damn closet for two straight days. This wasn’t just because all they needed to survive was love . and crack. See, the closet door had locked behind them, and they had no way to escape their love nest/crack den. They could have called the police right away, but they were afraid of being arrested for trespassing and, you know, the crack.

Dollar sign neck tattoos are the true sign of wealth.

Two days later, they got desperate (and apparently ran out of crack) and decided to go ahead and call the police to come help them out. The police tracked the phone and finally freed the two from their makeshift prison. Technically, they didn’t find any crack (though there were several copper scouring pads that are often used for crack smoking), but the police did find quite a bit of human poop stacked around the little closet.

That all sounds pretty stupid, but to be fair, the two crackheads claim they were chased into a Marine and Environmental Science Center janitor's closet so they didn’t have a lot of time to plan how they’d get back out. But the greatest part? Remember when we said that the door had locked behind them? Well, it turns out they only thought it had. The closet actually didn’t have a lock. The two literally could have opened the door at any time instead of hunkering down and trading off pooping in the corner. But hey, at least now prison will feel like a luxury hotel.

Hotdog Robber Shoots Off His Own . Um . You Might Want To Skip This Entry

Whatever your stance on guns, most everybody agrees they need to be used responsibly. It’s important to keep them unloaded and with the safety on until you’re absolutely ready to use it. And even after all that, you should never aim a gun at something unless you absolutely intend to shoot that thing. For example, your penis.

Terrion Pouncy decided to rob a Far South Side hot dog stand in Chicago. Wearing a scarf on his face and pointing a small-caliber gun, Pouncy commanded the two employees to hand over all the money in the cash register. The employees complied, and Pouncy ran from the restaurant with his newfound riches. As he left, Pouncy attempted to stuff his gun into the front of his pants despite, as we all know, that being exactly where most penises are located. Pouncy was quickly reminded of this fact when his gun fired twice hitting Pouncy in both the thigh and the actual penis itself.

An air mattress in an empty room is the true sign of wealth.

To his sort-of credit, Pouncy managed to keep running despite his mangled member flopping around in his sweatpants, and he even managed to ditch some evidence of his fateful caper before eventually calling 911 and letting them know of his damaged hog. Whenever he gets released from jail, we imagine he’ll likely never return to a hotdog stand again. Even if the reason is purely Freudian.

Terrorist Turns Himself In For The Money

Even after 17 years in Afghanistan, the war still seems a long way from being over. Every victory can feel pyrrhic as terrorist groups in the region like the Taliban and Al Qaedacontinue to recruit and create instability, and we’ve yet to find a sure-fire strategy for stabilizing the country and eliminating the need for a military presence. But maybe that’s because we haven’t tried offering the Taliban leadership a cool 100 bucks each if they’d give up. Hey, it’s worked before.

See, Mohammad Ashan was a low-level Taliban commander who was wanted by Afghan security forces for the coordination of multiple IED attacks on US and Afghan troops. Though they didn’t expect much, Ashan had done enough damage that officials decided to post a few “wanted” posters in the districts where he was active. They also offered a measly $100 reward (for reference, the FBI’s most wanted criminal has a $100,000 reward), just in case the promise of a Ben Franklin could motivate normal citizens to betray and potentially piss off a literal terrorist.

Well, it turns out that somebody was willing to risk it all for $100: Mohammad Ashan. It turns out there’s a very clear reason why Ashan is considered low-level, he’s an idiot.

They call that "the $100 stare".

Imagine the surprise of the Afghan security officers when Ashan walked up to them at a police checkpoint carrying a wanted poster with his name on it and demanding a reward. Ashan is nothing if not thourough, and along with the poster, he also brought along an image of his fingerprint, and other identification. He wanted everybody there to be sure it was him. After all, how else could he prove he was worthy of the reward?

The security officers at the checkpoint understandably couldn’t believe anybody was that stupid, so they called the US military to come in and help identify the clearly deranged man. According to The Washington Post, US Army Spc. Matthew Baker incredulously asked, “Is this you?” to which Ashan immediately responded, “Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?” To be fair, he’d probably been out in the sun all day and was frustrated with all the red tape bureaucracy he was dealing with.

Shockingly, Ashan was promptly arrested and didn’t receive any money.

Would Be Religious Fanatics Attempt To Dry Gunpowder With Fire

Contrary to what we saw in V For Vendetta, the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 had almost nothing to do with slo-motion knife ballets. In the movie and comic book (or graphic novel, if you’re one of those people), the semi-terrorist, V, is inspired by the Gunpowder Plot instigators’ rebellion against a tyrannical, oppressive government. What’s not apparent in the movie, however, is just how freaking stupid everybody involved with the Gunpowder Plot was.

The Gunpowder Plot was an attempt by a bunch of Catholics to assassinate the English/Scottish King James. The idea was to gain more religious freedom by . blowing the king up with explosives. Sort of like trying to argue for a later bedtime by burning your house down: technically you might get what you want, but now you also have to live with Dirty Rick under a bridge in Midtown. Doesn't seem worth it.

On the upside: Tomorrow was your turn to do the dishes.

Well, unfortunately, before the gunpowder plotters could light the fuse, the head bomber, Guy Fawkes, was caught, and his explosives were confiscated. A few of Fawkes’ co-conspirators eluded capture, however, and decided to use whatever remaining explosives they had to continue the glorious revolution. They only had one, tiny problem: All of their gunpowder was super moist and wouldn’t ignite.

Determined not to let their plans falter again, the revolutionaries came up with a simple solution. Why not dry the gunpowder? Once it’s dry it’ll be easy to explode again! You can see where this is going.

So the amateur saboteurs went right to work. Since hair dryers didn't exist yet, they naturally decided to build themselves a little fire to dry the wet powder. To nobody's surprise, it promptly exploded all over the place.

Now armed with zero explosives -- and the newly-appointed head conspirator, John Grant, no longer equipped with eyeballs thanks to staring directly into the explosion -- the Catholics decided to just assault Warwick Castle directly and hope for the best. They were defeated almost immediately, and the entire group was caught and/or killed, which is about all you can expect from people who tried to cook gunpowder.

8 The Terrifyingly Stupid Terrorist

Terrorists are not exactly known for their intellect at the best of times. They blow themselves up (deliberately), spend much of their time preaching nonsense that nobody understands, and very rarely get dates. Even so, Afghan Taliban commander Mohammad Ashan has to represent one of the least cerebral of these operatives.

The United States believed that Ashan was involved in plotting IED attacks against US and Afghan forces. In response, officials targeted the Paktika province, where Ashan and his insurgent followers operated, with a flurry of wanted posters. The flyers promised informants $100 for any information that led to the commander&rsquos capture.

In 2012, the bizarre happened. A cash-strapped Ashan sauntered into a checkpoint in the Sar Howza district and handed himself over. Suffice it to say, Afghan troops were somewhat bemused when Ashan tried to claim the $100 bounty. Clutching a wanted poster with his own mug shot, the clueless rebel essentially demanded payment for his own capture.

&ldquoThis guy is the Taliban equivalent of the Home Alone burglars,&rdquo stated one US official. [3]

Biometric scans confirmed the man&rsquos identity. He did not get his reward, unsurprisingly. It seems unlikely that the commander&rsquos superiors will promote him beyond his &ldquolow-level&rdquo grade anytime soon.

Macaroni Salad

This is my favorite Homemade Macaroni Salad recipe! It’s a classic pasta salad dish — nothing super fancy, it’s just that delicious comfort food you remember growing up with and eating in the summertime. It’s tossed with colorful veggies and covered in a rich and creamy dressing.

According To ParsiDay Macaroni salad is one of those things that I haven’t always appreciated. I would always walk right past pasta salads and potato salads and now I absolutely love both of them! They are perfect for parties/potlucks, picnics, and of course they are a wonderful side dish for lunch or dinner.

I love pairing this easy macaroni salad with the classic summertime favorites like bbq chicken or pulled pork and corn on the cob, and oh yes, and let’s not forget the watermelon.

I have the feeling it might just be the first thing to go at your next cookout. Just look at all the goodness in this salad! Chances are it will become a new favorite!

Hellmann’s or Best Foods Mayonnaise

Fat free or low fat plain Greek yogurt

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Hard boiled eggs , peeled and chopped

Matchstick carrots , roughly chopped

Cook macaroni in salted water according to directions on package.

Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Let drain very well.

In a medium mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add well drained macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion.

Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat. Serve or store in refrigerator up to 1 day.

I love this homemade macaroni salad recipe, and that you can make it your own! (I’ve made it a little healthier by subbing out half the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt).

I added the mix-ins I like but you can swap the ones I have here with different vegetables or mix-ins you prefer. Here’s some other good choices:

Diced baby dill pickles or sweet pickle relish

Yes, this classic macaroni salad is great for making the night before a potluck or picnic. Because this is a pasta salad with mayo and yogurt in the dressing, making it ahead of time gives the macaroni time to soak up all that flavor.

You can store this homemade macaroni salad in the fridge for up to a day before serving it.

Don’t worry, this macaroni salad won’t taste sweet at all. The honey helps offset the tanginess of the vinegar, yogurt, and mustard.

Use fresh parsley to brighten up this salad. Dried parsley won’t work in this recipe!

If you don’t have Dijon on hand, feel free to use a different type of mustard instead.

Another type of short, sturdy pasta can be used in place of elbow pasta, if needed.

5. Macaroni Salad Leads Cops to the Suspects

Robbery is a dish that’s better served…cold, like macaroni salad. It was the macaroni salad that led the Mt. Morris police department to three burglary suspects.

The breadcrumb trail was a little wetter and cold than dry and crumbly. The three thieves broke in and stole money from the local Build-A-Burger Restaurant, as well as a hefty bowl of macaroni salad.

“Found along the trail were cash register parts, surveillance system parts, rubber gloves, loose change and a steady trail of macaroni salad,” said the local sheriff’s office. “It was later discovered that the suspects stole a large bowl of macaroni salad, which they took turns eating, along their escape route.”

Needless to say, officers quickly caught up and arrested Matthew P. Sapetko, 34, James P. Marullo, 35, and Timothy S. Walker Jr., 23, and they were charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Distinctive Palate: At Anthony’s Restaurant, taste the homemade scrumptiousness

OLD FORGE — Oftentimes when we think of Old Forge, we think of it as being the pizza capital of the world.

But if you’re looking to expand your palate for a night out in the borough, I have just the spot for you.

Find your way to Anthony’s on South Main Street and you’ll see what I mean – even if it’s an off night, like a Tuesday, as a dining companion and I did on a recent night.

Walk through the front door and see the long bar with regulars chatting and tables of four imbibing in appetizers, or saunter through the back into a spacious dining room that oozes intimacy. Either way, you’ll be greeted with a hello and a smile from the staff, and possibly a hug, as many regulars were on the eve in question.

Upon entering through the back that evening, the wait staff couldn’t have been friendlier, as they asked us which area we’d prefer to dine in. We chose the back room for its candlelight ambiance and relaxed environment.

Jen, our lovely waitress, was quick to offer us a drink. Known for my love of gin, I ordered a Tanqueray and tonic and was pleasantly surprised to see it come out with perfectly bubbly tonic water and just the right twist of lime. My companion chose a house Cabernet, which she knew would complement the homemade pasta she was about to enjoy.

Besides the quick service upon entering and the natural likability of the restaurant, we were impressed with the curly pasta waiting at our table. Sprinkled with broccoli and chick peas on top, a light and garlicy seasoning caused us to devour it.

As we perused the menus, we noticed many choices we swooned over, because in addition to the regular, everyday menu, a special features menu also was available.

Starter choices included Long Hot Peppers, Lobster Ravioli, Basil Clams, Italian Clams and Spaghetti Squash. My companion immediately set her sights on the Spaghetti Squash, which was much more than just some spaghetti atop squash. It came served among jumbo shrimp and fresh asparagus with marina. Needless to say, it was large enough to be a meal. I went with the Long Hot Peppers, which came covered in prosciutto and provolone cheese, causing my taste buds to sizzle. Both were hits at this table of two.

In between bites and sips of libations, we caught up on our day and relished in the relaxed atmosphere, where we felt anything but rushed – truly the perfect way to end a busy Tuesday.

As we finished our appetizers, a sweet bus girl cleared the table for dinner, and we were ready for more.

Next up: the dinner menu. Think pasta, seafood and steaks. The options were numerous, and it proved to be a tough choice for us as the potato-encrusted salmon with horseradish cream sauce, Italian-style haddock in a lemon and butter sauce, and veal francaise with lump crabmeat and asparagus were considered. Also pasta lovers, we debated the gnocchi with meatballs and fettucini alfredo before making our final decision.

For my dining companion? The chicken piccata with capers, accompanied by a twice-baked (or double-baked) potato and green beans. And for me? One of the many dinner features: the pumpkin ravioli, an ideal selection for an October evening.

Once our order was in, the bartender made her rounds to the tables, asking how everyone was doing. As we chatted about our evening and choices for the night, she decided a pumpkin martini would be the perfect addition to my meal.

And she was right. It was delivered filled to the brim and tasted like a glass of vodka-infused mocha pumpkin delight. Heavenly.

Both plates – and by this time, glasses – were empty within minutes. Not because my companion and I are fast eaters, but because the meals were so savory and fresh it was hard not to devour quickly.

Now the biggest question of the night: Could we find room for dessert? As Jen brought the dessert tray our way, I could tell it would be tough to turn everything down. From pumpkin cheesecake to mocha almond crunch, the tray was filled with homemade goodies. We settled on the peanut butter lush, a special treat adding whipped cream and chocolate pudding with a cherry on top. To say it was a glorious way to end our evening would be an understatement.

Jen thanked us graciously for coming in and welcomed us back if we come to Old Forge again. My companion and I decided it will forever be marked as a stop on our dining destination map.

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Montreal riot police dispersed a large crowd Saturday night in Old Montreal, where two people were injured when a fight broke out amid spontaneous celebrations of the end of Quebec's curfew and a victory by the Habs. It was the second night in a row that large crowds flocked to the popular district, after restaurant terrasses were permitted to open Friday and the 9:30 p.m. curfew lifted. This time, two people were injured in an altercation just after midnight. An 18-year-old woman was shot in the foot and a 19-year-old man was stabbed in the upper body. Both were treated in hospital. Montreal police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant said the woman reported not having been part of the fight itself. It was the second night in a row that revellers gathered in Old Montreal since restaurant terrasses were reopened and the curfew lifted. (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada) "We're looking to find out what happened because so far we don't have any arrests. We'll be looking at security camera footage later today," Brabant said. Brabant said after the fight, officers forced the revellers to leave Place Jacques-Cartier for safety reasons.

In Mexico, cartels are hunting down police at their homes

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The notoriously violent Jalisco cartel has responded to Mexico’s “hugs, not bullets” policy with a policy of its own: The cartel kidnapped several members of an elite police force in the state of Guanajuato, tortured them to obtain names and addresses of fellow officers and is now hunting down and killing police at their homes, on their days off, in front of their families. It is a type of direct attack on officers seldom seen outside of the most gang-plagued nations of Central America and poses the most direct challenge yet to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's policy of avoiding violence and rejecting any war on the cartels. But the cartel has already declared war on the government, aiming to eradicate an elite state force known as the Tactical Group which the gang accuses of treating its members unfairly. “If you want war, you'll get a war. We have already shown that we know where you are. We are coming for all of you,” reads a professionally printed banner signed by the cartel and hung on a building in Guanajuato in May. “For each member of our firm (CJNG) that you arrest, we are going to kill two of your Tacticals, wherever they are, at their homes, in their patrol vehicles,” the banner read, referring to the cartel by its Spanish initials. Officials in Guanajuato — Mexico's most violent state, where Jalisco is fighting local gangs backed by the rival Sinaloa cartel — refused to comment on how many members of the elite group have been murdered so far. But state police publicly acknowledged the latest case, an officer who was kidnapped from his home on Thursday, killed and his body dumped on a highway. Guanajuato-based security analyst David Saucedo said there have been many cases. “A lot of them (officers) have decided to desert. They took their families, abandoned their homes and they are fleeing and in hiding,” Saucedo said. “The CJNG is hunting the elite police force of Guanajuato.” Numbers of victims are hard to come by, but Poplab, a news cooperative in Guanajuato, said at least seven police officers have been killed on their days off so far this year. In January, gunmen went to the home of a female state police officer, killed her husband, dragged her away, tortured her and dumped her bullet-ridden body. Guanajuato has had the highest number of police killed of any Mexican state since at least 2018, according to Poplab. Between 2018 and May 12, a total of 262 police have been killed, or an average of about 75 officers each year — more than are killed by gunfire or other assaults on average each year in the entire United States, which has 50 times Guanajuato’s population. The problem in Guanajuato has gotten so bad that the state government published a special decree on May 17 to provide an unspecified amount of funding for protection mechanisms for police and prison officials. “Unfortunately, organized crime groups have shown up at the homes of police officers, which poses a threat and a greater risk of loss of life, not just for them, but for members of their families,” according to the decree. “They have been forced to quickly leave their homes and move, so that organized crimes groups cannot find them,” it reads. State officials refused to describe the protection measures, or comment on whether officers were to be paid to rent new homes, or if there were plans to construct special secure housing compounds for them and their families. “This is an open war against the security forces of the state government,” Saucedo noted. López Obrador campaigned on trying to deescalate the drug conflict, describing a “hugs, not bullets” approach to tackle the root causes of crime. Since taking office in late 2018, he has avoided openly confronting cartels, and even released one capo to avoid bloodshed, saying he preferred a long-range policy of addressing social problems like youth unemployment that contribute to gang membership. But former U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau said in April that López Obrador views the fight against drug cartels “as a distraction . So he has basically adopted an agenda of a pretty laissez-faire attitude towards them, which is pretty troubling to our government, obviously.” Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press

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As pandemic wanes, Florida's DeSantis seizes national stage

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis struggled to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats readied to pounce. The state's economy was in tatters, infections and deaths were on the rise and there were doubts about the Republican's plan to lead Florida out of crisis. Now that the pandemic appears to be waning and DeSantis is heading into his reelection campaign next year, he has emerged from the political uncertainty as one of the most prominent Republican governors and an early White House front-runner in 2024 among Donald Trump's acolytes, if the former president doesn't run again. As DeSantis' national stature has risen, he has remained defiant in the face of continued attacks on his hard-line opposition to mask mandates and lockdowns. “Hold the line. Don’t back down,” he told a crowd at a party fundraiser in Pittsburgh on May 20. “And in the state of Florida, with me as governor, I have only begun to fight.” That fight will happen soon, as he campaigns for a second term and pressure builds on Florida Democrats to regain their footing in a state that has swung toward Republicans for several election cycles. Unless they find a new formula, Democrats could find themselves shut out of statewide office for the first time since Reconstruction. “This isn’t just one race — this is two races in one, given how Ron DeSantis is trying to use a reelection win as a slingshot to then be the odds on favorite" for the GOP nomination in 2024, said Fernand Amandi, a Democratic pollster in Miami. “If they manage to prevent him from getting reelected, they almost certainly eliminate any possibility of him running for president.” DeSantis won in a nail-biter three years ago against Democrat Andrew Gillum, and Democrats worry whether they can field a candidate able to win back the governor’s mansion for the first time since 1994. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor who is now a Democrat, announced his campaign for governor this month. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only Democrat currently holding statewide office, has teased a June 1 date to publicly announce whether she will run. Some Democrats had hoped U.S. Rep. Val Demings, who helped manage the first Trump impeachment and was considered as President Joe Biden's running mate, would join the race. Instead, she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Marco Rubio. Regardless of who gets in the Democratic contest, toppling DeSantis will be “a tall order,” said Ryan Tyson, a Tallahassee-based Republican pollster. “The Democrats fail to understand that the state of Florida is changing under their very noses.” Florida’s population continues to boom, but many of the state’s new residents are older and come from parts of the country friendlier toward Republicans. Before last November’s presidential election, Republicans had narrowed the registration gap with Democrats to about 117,000. On Election Day four years earlier, Democrats had a 327,000 voter registration lead. Since then, Republicans have continued to gain — with the Democratic advantage now barely over 100,000. Both sides will try to nationalize the race, partly to draw support from big-money donors from outside the state. For DeSantis, it’s also about raising his national profile. That of course, probably will become a line of attack for Crist and Fried, who accuse DeSantis of being more interested in pursuing his political ambitions than in tackling the concerns of Floridians. “Just like our former president, he always takes credit but never takes responsibility,” Crist said when he announced his bid for governor. In a video hinting at her possible entry into the race, Fried called DeSantis an “authoritarian dictator.” Appealing to Trump supporters might be smart as the Republican Party deepens its allegiance to the former president, whose shadow will no doubt loom over high-profile races like the one about to unfold in Florida. During his Pittsburgh visit, DeSantis applauded Trump for recognizing the military and economic threats posed by China and sympathized with him over his battles against social media companies such as Twitter, which banned him from its platform. The governor is “definitely made efforts to to appeal to the Trump base. The disadvantage to that, of course, is that the former president is so polarizing,” said Kevin Wagner, a political scientist at Florida Atlantic University. ”But in the state of Florida, where the former president did really well, appealing to his base of voters seems like a pretty prudent move.” DeSantis’ ambitions could become muddled if Trump runs in 2024. That would force DeSantis and other hopefuls to wait it out or begin redefining themselves beyond Trump's shadow. Democrats thought the pandemic would be a strong line of attack against DeSantis. In November, Floridians were about evenly divided about the governor's handling of the pandemic, with 49% approving and 50% disapproving, according to AP VoteCast. In that same poll, 48% had a favorable opinion of DeSantis while 45% viewed him unfavorably. But with about 18 months before the November 2022 election, it remains to be seen how the pandemic might play out in the campaign. The pandemic has become a key talking point against what DeSantis called “the militant left.” “We’ve saved millions of livelihoods from the brunt of lockdowns," he said in Pittsburgh. "All I can say to any state that has not followed suit: Open your state, open your schools, take off these mask mandates, let people live and thrive.” While he spent his first years as Florida governor casting himself as a defender of the environment, including the state’s cherished Everglades and imperiled coastlines, and even as a booster for his state’s underpaid teachers, DeSantis has more recently taken a sharper turn to the right. During Florida’s just-completed legislative session, DeSantis successfully pushed for an “anti-riot” law that countered the Black Lives Matter movement. He won legislation that excoriated social media companies that, the governor charged, censor conservative thought. On a recent appearance on Fox News — one of many — DeSantis showcased a freshly signed law that tightens voting rules amid unproven claims among Trump followers that Trump was denied a second term because of election irregularities. “The governor’s priorities certainly got through, and that can only be good for him,” said Susie Wiles, a Republican strategist who helped Trump win Florida last year and continues to work for him. “What is good for him has proven to be good for the state, which in turn makes his fortunes good going into reelection next year.” ___ Associated Press writer Hannah Fingerhut in Washington contributed to this report. Bobby Caina Calvan, The Associated Press

State of emergency declared in Aklavik, N.W.T., as floodwaters rise

A state of emergency has been declared in Aklavik, N.W.T., after water started rising over the road that leads to the hamlet's dump, according to a statement issued by its mayor and council overnight. Residents would start being evacuated from their homes Sunday morning between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. local time, the statement said. The remote community of roughly 600 people has been on flood watch for about a week and is the latest of several communities in the Northwest Territories to be affected by historic flooding on the Mackenzie River, caused by the spring breakup. The hamlet is on the bank of the Peel Channel, which is fed by the Mackenzie River further upstream. Mayor Andrew Charlie told CBC News on Sunday morning that water levels had risen to 16.2 metres — the same height as the last significant flood in 2006. That's 1.1 metres below the highest record on file, according to the Northwest Territories government. Water has started to cover what Allen Kogiak describes as the hamlet's 𧮬k road.' (Submitted by Allen Kogiak) "Water is still coming up at the moment," he said. Residents will start being voluntarily evacuated to Inuvik — located about 55 kilometres northeast of Aklavik — by air, Charlie said. The two communities are connected only by ice road in the winter months. "I don't believe everybody is going to leave," the mayor said. "Most people want to stay here and protect what they have around their yards." 4 planes sent for evacuation efforts Northwest Territories Premier Caroline Cochrane tweeted Sunday afternoon that the government is helping with a full evacuation. "Four planes are making trips into the community to evacuate residents, starting with elders and families and children. Evacuees will stay at the Inuvik arena, and work is underway around recovery plans and financial support for those impacted," she wrote. Cochrane said an update would be provided on Monday and that "right now, our officials are focused on the safety of our residents." 'Hopeful but anxious' Allen Kogiak, who lives in Aklavik, said he doesn't plan to leave unless things get much worse. But his mother, who is in her 80s, is being evacuated. "Heading out probably on one of the first flights, I guess," he said. "I'm feeling hopeful but anxious at the same time," Kogiak said, adding it's the third time he's going through a flood. "This flood is kind of different for me this year, it's unlike other floods," he said. "Everybody's worried" but calm. Fuel and sewer tanks cause for concern The mayor said water has breached a few roads in the community, including access to the dump and sewage lagoon. However, the water and sewer trucks were still in service Sunday morning. "They'll go until they feel it's unsafe to do services in the community," he said. Charlie said most homes have been built on platforms that are lifted off the ground because of past floods. "There's a few homes that water has come up to . their stairs and whatnot. They still have access to their house," he said. The Hamlet of Aklavik rests on the west side of a bend in the Peel Channel in the Inuvik region of the N.W.T.(Kate Kyle/CBC) "The danger is our fuel tanks, chances of them toppling over. We have a few sewer tanks in the ground, sitting on the ground, they'll be able to float around, bust up people's houses." The other big concern, he said, is if water floods the hamlet's airstrip. "If that ever goes under water, there's no way a plane would land in Aklavik, so it would make it more difficult." About 26 elders and vulnerable people had already been evacuated from their homes as of Friday evening. "Everybody is on high alert," Charlie said. "But other than that, it's something we go through annually and we continue to do that. We're prepared."

Tennis-Osaka fined for media boycott, could face expulsion from French Open

Japan's Naomi Osaka could be thrown out of the French Open if she continues to boycott post-match news conferences at the tournament, the board of Grand Slam tennis tournaments said on Sunday. Osaka, who was fined 15,000 dollars for skipping the news conference after her first-round victory at Roland Garros, could also face suspension from other Grand Slam tournaments, the board added. The four-times Grand Slam champion said earlier this week she would not face the media during the French Open, citing mental health reasons.

Victim IDɽ in 4th fatal shooting in less than a week

Ottawa police have identified the man shot to death early Sunday morning in the city's east end, the fourth shooting death in the nation's capital in the past five days. Police and emergency responders were called to the intersection of Cyrville and Meadowbrook roads at approximately 12:50 a.m. after getting reports of gunshots. CBC spoke with several neighbours of the strip mall where the shooting happened. They reported hearing between three and five gun shots just after 12:30 a.m. Police found 27-year-old Warsama Youssouf from Ottawa in a parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital but was later declared dead. The homicide unit is investigating. A section of Meadowbrook Road was closed at 5:30 a.m. but has since reopened. Police appeal for information Those with information about the investigation are asked to contact the homicide unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493 On Friday evening, Ottawa police were called to Alta Vista Drive after two men were shot dead, with a third man taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. On Wednesday, police were called to Palmerston Drive following the shooting of a 22-year-old man. There have now been seven homicides in Ottawa in 2021.

Canadian telecoms regulator's latest ruling spells ⟚rk period' for smaller operators

Two recent decisions by Canada's telecom regulator are freezing out competition in the country's highly concentrated industry, critics argue, making it even harder to bring down prices for mobile and internet service. For years, Canadian consumers have complained about high cellular bills, which rank among the steepest in the world, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers failed to cut bills by 25%. On Thursday the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled that it would not significantly lower the rates that small companies must pay to access the high-speed broadband networks of larger rivals, including BCE Inc, Telus Corp and Rogers Communications Inc, known as the Big Three.

N’Golo Kante, the humble star close to winning it all

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — N’Golo Kante approached the winner’s podium and sized up the gleaming European Cup that was almost as big as him. The diminutive midfielder had seen jubilant teammates before him give the trophy a kiss as they walked by. Kante, a touch nervous maybe, gave it a little pat and shuffled on. Humble to the end, Kante moved a step closer to winning everything there is to win in football by adding the Champions League with Chelsea on Saturday. A Premier League winner in 2016 and ’17, with Leicester then Chelsea. A World Cup winner in 2018 with France. A Europa League winner in 2019. Now, a European champion. Win the European Championship with France across the next six weeks and Kante will have done the lot. All with that beaming smile on his face. Asked if Kante is the best player in the world, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was in no doubt: “It’s straightforward, yes.” At the moment, it’s hard to argue. Kante was voted man of the match by UEFA’s technical observers in both legs of Chelsea’s semifinal against Real Madrid, and again in the 1-0 win over Manchester City in the final. He made 10 ball recoveries, more than any other player. He won all three tackles he attempted — including a key one to snuff out Kevin De Bruyne as he approached Chelsea’s box early in the second half. Then there were his surging runs forward, leading the counterattack. In a match where so much focus was on City manager Pep Guardiola’s decision to not play a specialist defensive midfielder, Kante produced a clinic in that position once again. “He does everything,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “The energy he brings, I don’t know how many ball recoveries today. He covered so much ground. “It’s special to have him and when we don’t have him we missed him. After winning the World Cup, the Champions League, he’s so humble in his position.” Tuchel has said before that he was bestowed a gift when he arrived at Chelsea in January to be handed a squad containing Kante. “I think N’Golo fits into any manager’s plans on the planet,” said Tuchel, the former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund manager. “I was desperate to have him in my teams in the past.” Now he has him and is utilizing him perfectly. It will not be a surprise to see Kante voted the FIFA player of the year for the first time, especially if he helps France to win the Euros. He has already won the biggest personal award in English soccer, the PFA player of the year in 2016 on the back of Leicester’s title win. At Leicester, the story goes, he used to run to training while others arrived in their flashy cars and kept going to the same hairdresser, paying 10 pounds for a trim. That humble side of Kante hasn’t changed, even as he adds Champions League winner to his lengthy list of accomplishments. ___ More AP soccer: and ___ Steve Douglas is at Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

'You can't even go outside': Alberta's Pigeon Lake overrun with midges

In Alberta's Pigeon Lake, cabins and cars are blanketed in quivering clumps. The midges have taken over in swarms of almost biblical proportions and unlike anything some longtime residents say they've ever seen. "You can't even go outside," said Allan Eliasson, who said the non-biting midges are the largest seasonal swarms he has seen in his two decades living near the central Alberta hamlet of Mulhurst. "It's just so annoying out there. It's overwhelming. It's like a horror movie out there." Albertans looking to get away to a lakeside cabin or camping spot might be in for a rude surprise. Lake flies are hatching en masse around Pigeon Lake, about 100 kilometres southwest of Edmonton this week. The insect invasion may be a nuisance for some on a summer-like weekend, but others see it as a stunning natural phenomenon. With over 2,000 species in North America and over 600 in the Edmonton area alone, the symphony of midges is a sweet sound to an entomologist's ear. "This is wonderful opportunity to see what great biodiversity we have," said Janet Sperling, entomologist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alberta. Entomologist Janet Sperling says the midges are a sign of a healthy lake.(Submitted by Janet Sperling) The adults live for only a few days, dying shortly after mating. The swarming, which started about 10 days ago, will not likely last for much longer. Most residents just call these non-biting midges annoying. But Sperling, who expects the swarms to die off in the coming days, hopes they might attract more curiosity than contempt. She says it's likely spring conditions were primed for the insects to surface from the lake en masse. The insects drive the local ecosystem, feeding fish and birds with their abundance a sign of a healthy lake, Sperling added. "It's just basically showing us that it's a clean lake," Sperling said. "And I'm not sure if you can hear all the birds but the birds that eat insects are just having a great time. They just open their mouth, fly along and they've got themselves a whole collection of insects to eat. "Some people go to the Serengeti and they want to see zebras and wildebeest," Sperling added. "But as an entomologist I don't have to go anywhere, I just have to go into my own backyard and see this incredible number of non-biting midges." Eggs are laid on the lake top with larvae feeding on tiny lake bed particles over the winter. Sperling says the size of this spring swarm is likely a matter of timing, with conditions rife for pupae to emerge over a few days, rather than several weeks. With insect appreciation day on June 8, Sperling says she hopes what might at first glance appear nightmarish, could inspire dreams of entomology for the next generation of curious insect appreciators.

Man shot, killed after striking Oklahoma deputy with vehicle

ANTLERS, Okla. (AP) — A man who struck a sheriff's deputy with his vehicle early Sunday morning following a chase in rural southeastern Oklahoma was fatally shot by a deputy, authorities said. After Pushmataha County sheriff’s deputies pulled the man over for a traffic stop at about 2:45 a.m. west of Antlers, he drove away, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The OSBI said the deputies then pursued the vehicle, which also carried a female passenger, for several miles along rural county roads. Eventually, the man stopped and deputies approached. As the passenger was being removed from the vehicle, the man tried to drive away again and struck a deputy with the vehicle, OSBI said. A deputy fatally shot the man, who died at the scene, OSBI said. The OSBI said a deputy received medical attention for an injury that wasn't life threatening. The OSBI, which is investigating, said the name of the man killed will be released after his family is notified. The Associated Press

Ukrainian ambassador in Thailand dies on resort island

BANGKOK (AP) — The Ukrainian ambassador to Thailand collapsed and died on Sunday while on a resort island with his family, authorities said. Andrii Beshta, 44, was declared dead on Lipe Island in southern Satun province, Gov. Ekkarat Leesen told The Associated Press. Police quoted his teenage son, who was staying in the same hotel room, as saying his father vomited and fainted early Sunday. He said he was feeling fine before. Police said they suspect he may have suffered a heart failure. Leesen said the body was sent to the police hospital for an autopsy. Beshta had assumed the post of ambassador in January 2016. He is survived by his wife, daughter and two sons, according to a bio on the embassy's website. The Associated Press

Squamish husband and wife who died hours apart from COVID-19 honoured at truck rally

Two long-term residents of Squamish, B.C., who recently died hours apart of COVID-19 were honoured at a truck rally on Saturday. Margaret (Gail) Ross and Harvey (Merrill) Ross died 17 hours apart on May 5 and 6, respectively, of complications from COVID-19 after a month-long battle with the disease, according to their obituary. Merrill was 76 and Gail was 73. "This is not the way Merrill and Gail's story was supposed to end," said JR Transport owner Darren Doak, who organized the rally. "I miss them every day." Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Doak says, thousands of locals came out to watch about 90 trucks meander through Squamish and onto the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Hard worker and team mom Doak says he had known Merrill for 50 years from their shared careers in the trucking and logging industry. According to their obituary, Gail and Merrill Doak were married for 54 years and had moved to Squamish from Montague, P.E.I, in 1969. Merrill was known to many for his "old-school work ethic." "Merrill was an extremely hard worker, whether he was going to work for five minutes, one load, or whether it was going to be a 15-hour day," Doak said, adding that Merrill worked right up until he became ill. His wife, Gail, was known in town as "the ultimate team mom" who volunteered with hockey, soccer, baseball and ringette youth teams in the community. She often travelled with her husband on his trips. Doak says the couple were sent to the Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver shortly after they fell ill. He doesn't know if they had been vaccinated against COVID-19. The pair leave behind four children and seven grandchildren.

Military's diversity, inclusion efforts plagued by shortcomings: internal review

OTTAWA — An internal Defence Department audit completed last fall but only recently released has uncovered significant problems in the military’s attempts to promote diversity and inclusion in the ranks. Those problems included a lack of leadership and insufficient resources and time to push real change, with auditors suggesting the entire effort was poorly defined and planned from the start. The military also failed to set up any ways to measure whether the work they were doing was having any success aside from trying to recruit more women, Indigenous Canadians and people of colour. The audit was completed before the recent rash of allegations of sexual misconduct involving several top commanders, which has cast a harsh light on the military’s failure to eradicate such behaviour despite years of promises. The government has since asked retired Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour to come up with ways to finally eliminate inappropriate sexual behaviour in the Canadian Armed Forces. A senior female officer, Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan, has also been officially tapped to lead the military’s efforts to change its culture, which will include implementing Arbour’s recommendations. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2021. The Canadian Press

Grizzly believed to have killed Alberta woman is caught and will be euthanized

WATER VALLEY, Alta. — Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers have captured a grizzly bear they say fatally attacked a woman while she went for an evening stroll on her property last week. The government agency says the animal will be euthanized. The agency says in a Facebook post that officers captured two large, mature female grizzlies on Saturday near the site of the attack near Water Valley, Alta. on May 25. The post says one of the bears was lactating, but did not appear to be actively nursing due to the minimal volume of milk, and officers do not believe that she had cubs with her. The other bear is a mature sow that was not lactating, and her teeth are extremely worn, which the post says suggests means she is an older and post-prime bear. The post says officers obtained DNA samples from both bears, which were analyzed and confirmed that the older female grizzly with the worn teeth was responsible for the attack. It also concluded that the bear was not the same animal involved in the fatal attack on a man in the Waiparous Village area earlier in May, about 25 kilometres south of where the woman was killed. "The bear that killed the woman will be euthanized later today, in accordance with the grizzly bear response guide," the Facebook post stated. "This decision is never made lightly, and when it is made, it is to prevent more attacks by that particular bear." The post says the second bear will be released at a to-be-determined location. It says all traps will be removed from the area. The woman's body was found partly buried, initially causing wildlife officers to fear the attack was predatory. However, wildlife officer Paul Frame said Friday that was not the case, as the behavior is similar to what is generally seen with a defensive attack. Bear attacks are infrequent in Alberta, rarely totalling more than one a year, although there were three in 2005. The Facebook post from Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement says due to the unusually large number of bears still in the area, residents are urged to observe bear safety rules and guidelines. "Doing so will help keep everyone safe by avoiding human wildlife conflict and prevent a similar tragedy from occurring," the post stated. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2021. The Canadian Press

3 people with gunshot wounds walk into hospital after St. James Town shooting

Toronto police say three people made their way to hospital following a shooting in St. James Town Saturday evening. Emergency crews were called to the area of Wellesley Street East and Bleecker Street shortly before 9:30 p.m. ET for reports of shots fired and multiple people seen fleeing the area. When officers arrived, they say they found evidence of gunfire but did not locate any victims at the scene. Police say they were later informed that three victims with gunshot wounds walked into a hospital. There is no update on the conditions, genders or ages of the victims. Police taped off the area near a playground, but could not confirm exactly where the shooting happened. Police do not have any suspect information and are appealing for any witnesses to contact investigators at 416-808-2222.

'Too much British cheese'? U.K. PM Boris Johnson on trade, climate co-operation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hopeful that Canada and the U.K. can conclude a permanent deal on how much British cheese can enter Canada, just one part of a comprehensive free-trade deal set to be negotiated this fall. Reluctance to "allow too much British cheese to tempt the palates of Canadians" was one sticking point during negotiations over a transitional deal last year, Johnson told CBC News chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton in an exclusive Canadian interview airing Sunday on Rosemary Barton Live. "What's really needed now is more affordable, high-quality British cheese in Canada, and I hope that we can do a deal to allow that," Johnson said. Canada and the United Kingdom completed a transitional trade agreement in November, necessitated by Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. But the agreement did not include a lasting deal on market access for British cheese producers, instead temporarily maintaining the system established under Canada's free-trade agreement with the European Union. Johnson speaks with the CBC's Barton on Friday from 10 Downing Street in London, his official residence.(Adrian Di Virgilio/CBC) Access to Canada's supply-managed dairy market has been a controversial issue in a slew of trade agreements concluded by the federal government in recent years, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. "We were very concerned that dairy might be implicated in that, but we are pleased to see that the government has excluded dairy imports in that particular trade agreement. Now we know that it's an interim agreement that is renewed in three years. That gives them time to negotiate," Dairy Farmers of Canada vice-president David Wiens said after the Canada-U.K. deal was signed in November 2020. Around the same time, an adviser for the National Farmers' Union in Britain said that "a U.K. priority in these negotiations should be to secure greater access for our cheese producers." Johnson pointed to his procurement of Canadian-made "big burly bicycles" — referring to Montreal-based Bixi bikes — when he was mayor of London as proof of his free-trade bona fides. 'We were the beginners of the crime' The prime minister also discussed the issue of co-operation in the fight against climate change, noting he was pleased with Canada's emissions reductions targets, but "I'm not saying you couldn't go further." The U.K. has an aggressive emissions reduction target for 2030 of 68 per cent below 1990 levels, compared with Canada's lower target of between 40 and 45 per cent below 2005 levels. Johnson highlighted a push by his government to secure $100 billion US per year from rich countries to direct toward climate action in developing nations. "After all, we in the U.K., I'm afraid to say we were the first. We were the beginners of the crime," Johnson said, referring to Britain's early industrialization and related hydrocarbon emissions. "We owe it to [developing countries] to support them now in accelerating their move to net-zero. It's not fair otherwise, and I think Justin [Trudeau] totally gets that," he said. Johnson repeatedly said his government and that of Trudeau were in "harmony" on the issue of climate change. You can watch full episodes of Rosemary Barton Live on CBC Gem, the CBC's streaming service.

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Video shows suspect wanted in Mississauga restaurant shooting

Peel police have released video of the suspect wanted in connection with a Mississauga restaurant shooting that left one man dead and four others injured.

The high cost of advocating for Palestine

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How Criminals' Snack Trails Have Led Them Straight into the Slammer

In a classic case of life-imitates-Looney Tunes, a smooth criminal in Iowa City left a trail of snack foods leading from the store he just robbed. When arrested, the man was blackout drunk, smeared in nacho cheese.

The Iowa City police provided scant details of which snacks, exactly, led to Francisco Jacob Munoz&aposs arrest. Nacho cheese, certainly, but we can imagine all manners of Slim Jims and Mallomars and chicharróns strewn down the boulevard. We also visualize a happy crime dog scarfing up each snack as it tracked him (an Iowa City police rep declined to comment).

But Munoz is not alone. He joins a long, proud legacy of criminals foiled by their own appetites. No matter how expertly you plan your caper—Munoz tossed a brick through a gas station window, then grabbed an armload of snacks and beer—if you don&apost clean up your trail of crusts and flavor crystals, you&aposre toast.

Last month, in a sweet little Mother&aposs Day fable, a trio of thieves busted into a Build-a-Burger and Ice Cream Restaurant, stealing $29 and a 10-pound tub of macaroni salad. The buddies took turns eating from the tub as they escaped𠅊nd police followed a macaroni trail to their hideout. At least the restaurant owner was proud: "Obviously, it must be good if they took the whole ten pounds of it."

And in April, a man in Paincourtville, Alabama hit a rough patch of luck after making off with some hot dogs and candy from a Family Dollar. This could have been a successful smash-and-grab if his bags hadn&apost torn open Public Information Officer Robert Martin said he "left a trail (of food) down the street."

In March, a British thief nabbed a milk truck and led police on a high-speed chase through West Midlands. He probably should have closed the truck&aposs side door, though. Chief Inspector Simon Pemberton could barely contain his glee: "It&aposs not often our officers are called to pursue a milk van! The suspect left a trail of breakfast destruction in his wake with bottles of milk and loaves of bread strewn along Small Heath Highway."

Back in fall 2013, four thieves made off with $120 worth of fast food from a Carls Jr. in Rocklin, California. This was the grand finale of an evening of smash-and-grab car break-ins they used a stolen credit card from their spree to buy the food. These guys were so amped from their baller score, they posed on Instagram with the stolen burgers. Apparently police use the Internet, too.

Also on the &aposgram, a couple accused of stealing 700,000 identities had an illicit meeting at a Morton&aposs steakhouse. In a bit of enterprising sleuth work, IRS investigators tracked the couple from a bit of Instagram food porn they had labeled "Morton&aposs." It is unclear why they felt compelled to take the risk it&aposs kind of a gross-looking photo.

In a grislier turn, police caught a break in the recent four-person murder in a DC neighborhood𠅍NA was found on a pizza crust left at the crime scene. Authorities caught up with the suspect and arrested him, but according to his attorney, the accused murderer doesn&apost even like pizza. (Side note: Pizza crust DNA was also used to nab the Grim Sleeper serial killer in 2010.)

A 62-year-old Chinese woman tried to steal 20 buns from a Hong Kong cake shop last year. When spotted by store employees, she frantically tried to wolf down the evidence the woman made it through three buns before police arrived. She ended up getting violent, lashing out at staff and leaving one cop with a "sore face." Even during the altercation, she kept trying to eat the buns.

Three Icelandic men were arrested with tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese, and Mr. Kipling cakes (French Fancies!), taken from a supermarket last January. Thing is, they had actually nicked the food out of a "skip" (British for dumpster) behind the shop they protested their actions weren&apost criminal. "A dishonest action would be wandering into a store and filling your pockets with what is on the shelves," said Paul May, one of the men. "We didn&apost do that." Mercifully, charges were later dropped.

Lesson to would-be criminals? Eat the evidence.


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