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  • A man holds a handful of gold dust found inside a California home in November. (CBS13)Police in Missouri are trying to determine if hundreds of thousands of dollars in gold dust missing from a Pfizer medical research lab was stolen or simply misplaced.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police in Chesterfield began their investigation after the gold dust turned up missing during an annual inventory of the lab. Pfizer Inc. had purchased the gold dust for $700,000 in 2011 to be used for research.

    And while small amounts of gold dust may technically be light, it's unlikely that a light breeze blew away the entire supply. The Dispatch notes that $700,000 in gold dust would weigh between 30 and 70 pounds.

    "We're not even sure if they just didn't account for it and it was used naturally, or if it was stolen or misplaced," said police Capt. Steven Lewis. "Some of it is gone and some isn't."

    Pfizer said it's cooperating with law enforcement on the investigation. "We are taking this matter very seriously and working closely with local law enforcement authorities," reads a

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  • New Mexico police say this pistol was found in a case of frozen meat. (via KRQE-TV)UFOs aren't the only unexplained oddity happening in Roswell these days. A worker at an Albertsons grocery store in the New Mexico city found a loaded pistol inside a package of frozen meat.

    So far, law enforcement officials tell local affiliate KRQE-TV that they have no idea where the gun came from. The Albertsons employee turned over the .38 Super, which was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition.

    "I have personally never heard of this," Sgt. Jim Preston of the Roswell Police Department told the station.

    Police say the frozen meat came from the Swift meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colo., and is dated June 8, 2011.

    "We could speculate on a lot of things," Preston said. "It could have been someone just dropped it there, or it could have been something that someone put in there trying to hide it for 100 different reasons."

    Both Colorado and New Mexico police say the gun has not been reported stolen. Unfortunately, the Albertsons employee wiped down the gun before handing it over, meaning

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  • Child joins street singer, steals the show

    Parents always have extreme confidence in their kids' talents. But here's the surprise: The kid is good and actually outshines the singer in the video.

    It's a mystery how this adorable child bundled up in a stroller ended up joining a street performer in a duet. But the toddler can belt out a tune and, thanks to the video filmed by Kamil Litwinowicz, is now catching the attention of the Web.

    Someone, probably dad, is seen at the beginning of the clip positioning the stroller next to the singer, who is performing on the main square in Krakow, Poland. He then walks off camera to enjoy the show, which quickly becomes a duet—and a Web hit.

    Even though the tyke doesn't know the words to the operatic melody—they come out as basically "goo goo ga ga"—the kid is in tune and even overshadows the professional.

    The video of the child's musical stylings, posted on Dec. 2, have hit a high note, with more than 620,000 views on YouTube.

    Next time we'd like to see this budding crooner team up with

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  • Dutch anger over MH17 crash aftermath could swing EU sanctions

    The missile that most likely brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, killing nearly 200 Dutch citizens, “was fired indirectly from the Amsterdam Zuidas.” Zuidas is the city's business district – and the top story in De Volkskrant, a leading Dutch newspaper, alleges that the missile was supplied by a Russian company registered there to take advantage of Dutch tax breaks. Until now, the Netherlands has advised European caution in pressing Moscow to dial back tensions in Ukraine. Ko Colijn, the director of the Clingendael Institute of International Relations in The Hague, says the tragedy has moved the Dutch from the “Italian” to the “Polish” camp – in other words, from cautious to hardline players on Russia.  “I think the Dutch can convince at least some of the foot-dragging members in the EU to follow a more severe line now,” he says.

  • FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report
    FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report

    The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday. "Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats," said the report by Human Rights Watch. Aided by Columbia University Law School's Human Rights Institute, Human Rights Watch examined 27 cases from investigation through trial, interviewing 215 people, including those charged or convicted in terrorism cases, their relatives, defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges. "In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report said.

  • Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties
    Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

    JERUSALEM (AP) — For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground and from the sea, and the conflict with Hamas was causing almost no casualties in Israel.

  • Obama voices concern about casualties in Gaza
    Obama voices concern about casualties in Gaza

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expressing serious concern about the rising number of casualties in the Gaza Strip.

  • Here's what will hold back housing for the next two years

    Home-building rates will remain low over the next couple of years as the population only slowly expands and it remains tough to get a mortgage, among other market challenges.

  • U.N. calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine
    U.N. calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

    The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the downed plane in Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a reluctant Russia to support the measure.

  • Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar
    Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.

  • US says recordings of Ukraine rebels admitting MH17 downing 'authentic'
    US says recordings of Ukraine rebels admitting MH17 downing 'authentic'

    Alleged intercepted phone conversations released by Ukraine’s security service of pro-Russian rebels discussing how they shot down Malaysian airliner MH17 are genuine, the US embassy in Kiev said Sunday. Ukraine's SBU security agency on Thursday released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military intelligence officer admitting that they had hit the passenger jet after mistaking it for a military aircraft.

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