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Mom Has 6th-Grade Son Locked Up for Jewel Theft

Sixth grader gave away $7,000 worth of rings

(Newser) - A Florida sixth-grader is facing grand theft charges after his mother and stepmother had him arrested for stealing their jewelry and giving it away to his classmates. The boy gave away at least five rings worth $7,000 in all, authorities say. He managed to get only one piece back—... More »

Madoff Victims Peddle Jewels to Pay Bills

Brokers report heavy traffic in heirlooms, other baubles, to recoup losses in investment scandal

(Newser) - Victims of investment scammer Bernard Madoff are selling off the family jewels—and sometimes their houses, too—to stay solvent. Jewelry buyers report steady traffic since the scandal, from a Beverly Hills woman sacrificing a 9-carat diamond to pay her bills to Palm Beach residents unloading more than $250,000... More »

CIA Dirty Deeds Detailed in Documents

Illicit 'family jewels' of Watergate era declassified

(Newser) - Assassination plots, illegal wiretapping and spying at political conventions were among the lowlights illuminated in hundreds of pages of CIA documents from the Watergate era declassified yesterday. Illicit acts known in the agency as the "family jewels" included a $150,000 CIA payment to a mobster to kill Fidel... More »

CIA Set to Let Skeletons Out of Closet

Agency prepares to declassify docs showing decades of abuses

(Newser) - The CIA is about to release secret records of its illegal activities from the '50s to the '70s, reports the Washington Post. Known as the "family jewels," the long-sought documents detail assassination attempts, kidnappings, wiretaps, drug tests on civilians, monitoring of journalists (including muckraking columnist Jack Anderson), and... More »

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