Fake Amazon boxes and doorbell cameras to catch would-be thieves. Ex-Baylor frat president won’t go to prison. Stephen Curry Doubts Moon Landings [r/news, Episode #11]


Fake Amazon boxes, GPS, and doorbell cameras to catch would-be thieves.

The explosion in online shopping has led to porch pirates and stoop surfers swiping holiday packages from unsuspecting residents. The cops in one New Jersey city are trying to catch the thieves with some trickery of their own.

Police in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from New York, is teaming up with Amazon to install doorbell cameras and plant dummy boxes with GPS tracking devices at homes around the city.

“We had a box out on the street for three minutes before it was taken,” said police Capt. James Crecco, who is overseeing the mission. “We thought it was a mistake at first.”

The suspect was caught, Crecco added.

Amazon declined to answer questions about the anti-theft program but said in a statement, “We appreciate the increased effort by local law enforcement to tackle package theft and remain committed to assisting however we can.”

Similar programs have been tried in other cities including Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Hayward, California.


Ex-Baylor frat president indicted on 4 counts of sex assault won’t go to prison

Even though Jacob Walter Anderson was indicted on four counts of sexual assault, the ex-fraternity president won’t spend a single day in prison.

Instead, a plea agreement allowed the former Baylor University student to plead no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint.

That means if the 24-year-old successfully completes three years of deferred probation and pays a $400 fine, his criminal record will be wiped clean of the charge, CNN affiliate KWKT said.

Anderson will have to complete alcohol, drug, and psychological treatment plans. But he won’t have to register as a sex offender in Texas.

One of the Redditors asks why it is only $400?!! I’ve had parking tickets cost more than that!!


TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year: ‘The Guardians and the War on Truth’

A group of journalists whose work has landed them in jail — or cost them their lives — has been named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018.

“Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay about the selection. “This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment: Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler, and the former Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex were also among this year’s “Person of the Year” finalists.

The magazine revealed its choice of “The Guardians and the War on Truth” on Tuesday on TODAY, along with the four magazine covers featuring Khashoggi, Ressa, the Gazette staff and the wives of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

The Person of the Year title is not necessarily an honor or award, but representative of the influence the person — or idea — has had on the news within the past year, for better or worse.


Gunshots fired in center of the French city of Strasbourg, Gunman at large after three killed and 12 injured

Hundreds of police officers are hunting a gunman after three people were killed and 12 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.

The suspect, who is known to security services, escaped after exchanging fire with soldiers and armed police on Tuesday. He is believed to be injured.

The shooting happened close to a popular Christmas market near one of the central squares, Place Kléber.

France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation.

There were reports on Wednesday morning that a police operation had been launched around the cathedral area in the city.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

“He fought twice with our security forces,” French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.


Stephen Curry Doubts Moon Landings. NASA Offers to Show Him the Rocks.

The space agency invited the Golden State star to visit the Johnson Space Center, “perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets.”

“We ever been to the moon?” he asked.

The others, in unison, agreed that the answer was no.

“They’re going to come to get us,” Curry replied. “Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies.”

Feinberg expressed some skepticism, asking Curry to clarify, and he said he did not believe the United States had landed on the moon, leading to a short discussion of some of the more popular conspiracy theories, including one asserting that the film director Stanley Kubrick had staged the entire thing.

In fact, NASA landed humans on the moon six times from 1969 to 1972, putting a total of 12 astronauts on the lunar surface. It was the only space agency to pull off a piloted mission to the moon, and, after a request from President Trump, NASA is working on plans for another piloted mission in the future.

“We’d love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” said Allard Beutel, a NASA spokesman. “We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.”

Curry is far from being alone in expressing skepticism that the moon landing actually occurred, but NASA has worked hard to show through scientific evidence that it accomplished a feat that no other country could. And it is that competitive spirit among countries that the agency says should help confirm that it could not have faked the endeavor.

“There are answers to all the questions raised by the nonbelievers,” the agency says on its website, “but one of the strongest arguments is that all the Apollo missions were independently tracked by England and Russia (our allies and enemies), both of whom sent letters of congratulations after the moon landings. In the midst of a heated space race, the Russians would have called our bluff if the landings had not actually happened.”