A New York City cab driver is facing criminal charges after prosecutors say he snuck past toll booths on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge more than 3,000 times.
The Queens District Attorney’s office alleges Rodolfo Sanchez tailgated other, paying drivers as they entered the bridge so he could pass the toll plaza before the gates dropped.
“Sanchez says he did it to save money for his family. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.” (Via WABC)
The New York Times explains investigators discovered Sanchez thanks to an expired E-ZPass transmitter in his cab.
Authorities matched the tracking data from the transmitter to video footage of taxi cabs ducking tolls and to cab company records of when Sanchez was driving.
“He is charged with grand larceny, theft of services and criminal possession of stolen property.”(Via MSNBC)
Sanchez was arraigned Thursday and released on bond. His next court date is May 22.
In with one blonde singer and out with another. If the rumors are true, everyone’s favorite Hollaback Girl could be headed to “The Voice.”
The timing makes sense — Aguilera announced she was pregnant with her second child in February, meaning she’d be eight or nine months along by the time the new season kicks off in June. (Via NBC / "The Voice")
As for Stefani, she too has been busy with her family. In February, she gave birth to her third child with hubby Gavin Rossdale. (Via CoolNews.TV)
And assuming the rumors are true, she won’t be the only new addition to “The Voice.” It's rumored Pharrell Williams has been tapped to replace CeeLo Green. (Via Columbia Records / Pharrell Williams)
It would be something of a reunion for the duo. They collaborated on Stefani’s hit single “Hollaback Girl” back in 2004. (Via Interscope Records / Gwen Stefani)
The No Doubt singer will also join coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — both of whom are expected to return. (Via YouTube / Celebified)
According to TMZ, Stefani is reportedly only signed on for one season. Aguilera will be back for Season 8.
There's still no official confirmation from NBC — even though many outlets say Stefani’s contract is a done deal. A rep for the network told Us Weekly "We haven't made any decisions at this point."
A Loch Ness Monster enthusiast claimed Friday that he found proof of the monster’s existence in the one place nobody thought to look: Apple Maps.
So, yeah. That’s it. The mighty Nessie — the famed, majestic sea monster! Or just the wake from a speed boat.
After monster hunter Andy Dixon told the Daily Mail of his discovery, it was soon confirmed with an "objective" analysis by Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club.
Campbell added, "Unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie."
And Dixon told the Mail he was excited to collect further proof. "I was a believer in Nessie even before this but I had never been. Now I am so excited, I can't wait to get up north and pay a visit - with a camera of course."
And you can count Google in on the Loch Ness conspiracy as Nessie does not appear on Google Maps satellite images. But some are citing the fact that Dixon found the image on Apple Maps as proof that… there is no proof.
The inconsistent app endured a famously tortured rollout in 2012, leading drivers in all the wrong directions and featuring some hilarious visual gaffes. The reaction was so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an apology to customers. (Via Fox News, Tumblr)
But… maybe this is Maps’ turning point? As BGR says, "While you may curse at Apple Maps for giving you the wrong directions to your local pizza joint, you’ll find that it’s all worthwhile once it helps you find Bigfoot or the lost city of Atlantis."
Dixon’s Nessie sighting breaks up a drought for fans of the mythical beast — last year, for the first time in 90 years, there were zero viable sightings of the monster. And Dixon, who also records sightings, tells the BBC that the monster has been “seen” over 1,000 times in the last 1,500 years.
But in 2013, the three most prominent Nessie reports were dismissed as a wave, a photo not actually taken at Loch Ness and a duck.
For a couple of days, an Indian businessman was sitting on gold, albeit a little unusually and painfully.
The 63-year-old businessman swallowed 12 small gold bars, weighing nearly 1 pound, in an attempt to smuggle the precious metal past Indian customs. The Guardian reports the man checked himself into a hospital after a few days of vomiting and trouble defecating, according to his doctor. After a three-hour surgery doctors called "tedious," the nearly $16,000 worth of gold was safely removed from the man's stomach and promptly confiscated by the police. (Via The Guardian)
The man's doctor at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital says it was one of his strangest operations. "I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable." (Via BBC)
Believe it or not, gobbling gold isn't unheard of in south Asia. Because India imports the most gold in the world, its 15 percent import tax on the metal is one of the highest and spurs many to go "bottoms up" with their bars. (Via YouTube / Periodic Videos)
The hike has caused gold imports to plummet nearly 90 percent in the past year. But the element remains popular for Indians of all areas and classes, according to the BBC.
"Shops sell it from north to south India. The rich buy it more, but even those people who generally struggle to meet their basic day-to-day needs don't hesitate to buy it whenever they possibly can."
And smuggling is on the rise, due to the tax increase. In September, two Sri Lankan men were caught with several kilograms of gold biscuits concealed in their rectums before a flight to India. It was the most gold Sri Lankan officials had ever found in a human body, according to source.
The Air Intelligence Unit at a Mumbai airport says concealing gold bars inside the body can lead to infections, pain and rashes.
Officers are looking for a silver sedan missing its driver’s side rear-view mirror after the driver allegedly hit a CHP officer on Highway 101 in San Jose Friday night.
Officials say two officers had made a traffic stop along northbound Highway 101 near the McKee Road exit when the driver of the silver sedan crossed the median, to take the exit, and hit one of the officers before driving off.
The officer was taken by ambulance from the scene but CHP officials say his injuries were minor.
Officials say they found the driver's side rear-view mirror at the scene of the crash.