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- U.S. wine dealer's 'magic cellar' filled with lies: prosecutors
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Indonesian man, once considered one of the top five wine collectors in the world, made millions of dollars selling counterfeit vintages to unsuspecting collectors, U.S. prosecutors told a jury on Monday. Rudy Kurniawan, 37, operated what prosecutors called a "fake wine factory" out of his home in California, obtaining empty rare bottles, printing fake labels and spending thousands on traditional French wax to produce hundreds of counterfeit bottles he sold to finance an extravagant lifestyle. "The magic cellar - that's where Rudy Kurniawan, the defendant, said he found the seemingly endless stash of rare wines he sold for years," Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Facciponti told jurors in New York federal court at the end of a week-long trial. Among his purported victims was the billionaire industrialist William Koch, who has spent years pursuing those who sold him counterfeit wines and who testified last week for the prosecution.
- Okla. Supreme Court shoots down income tax cut
A sweeping agreement among Republican leaders to slash the state's personal income tax rate and provide $120 million for repairs to the Capitol is unconstitutional because the bill passed by the Legislature ...
- Hilarious video leads to unexpected sale of 17-year-old car
Here's proof that a good pitch can sell anything... even a 17-year-old Nissan sedan.
- Kelly Rowland Got Engaged Over Skype
Today in celebrity gossip: Everyone's second-favorite member of Destiny's Child experienced a life-changing moment via Wi-Fi, Miley Cyrus' family has started a YouTube channel, and Target declines to sell the new Beyoncé album. The Artist Presently Known as Beyoncé has had a BIG few days (don't worry, we'll be talking about her again in a second), but let's do a nice thing for Kelly Rowland and talk about her big news first. As we all know, the former Destiny's Child had a rough summer during which she was nearly eaten by whales, but now it seems congratulations are in order as she is officially engaged to be married! Except, what's this? Maybe Kelly Rowland has always dreamed about having her life changed via webcam.
- More snow, cold take aim at New England, Northeast
- EPA: Chevron violated law at California refinery
Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. The EPA ...
- Neandertal Grave Attests to Complex Cognition
- Harvard Student Charged for Bomb Threats That Cancelled Exams
Federal prosecutors have a Harvard student over yesterday's bomb threats that cancelled the semester's first morning of exams. Four Harvard buildings shut down Monday and a morning's worth of final exams were cancelled after officials received a series of bomb threats. Kim allegedly "emailed several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard," according to WBZ's Peter Wilson. His first court appearance is set for Wednesday. He works as a research assistant on campus, writes for the Harvard International Review, and dances with the Harvard Breakers.