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Elon Musk: Rogue Employee Wrought 'Extensive Sabotage'

He says Tesla workers should be extremely vigilant

(Newser) - Never a dull moment for Elon Musk: The Tesla CEO warned all employees Monday that a saboteur inside the company had caused "quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations," reports Reuters . "This included making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false usernames... More »

Cops: NY Woman Admitted Sabotaging Lover's Kayak

She was strangely calm after capsizing, officer testifies

(Newser) - The New York woman accused of murder in her fiance's kayaking death confessed to sabotage even before the body of Vincent Viafore was found, a police investigator testified at a pretrial hearing. Senior investigator Aniello Moscato told the hearing Monday that during a trip to lay a wreath for... More »

Hearst's 'Dark' Plot Against Orson Welles, Citizen Kane

Upcoming book says media mogul tried everything he could to discredit director

(Newser) - Orson Welles may not have thought William Randolph Hearst himself was out to directly sabotage Citizen Kane, the movie partly based on the tycoon's life, but documents never before published appear to show what the Guardian labels a seedy scheme against Welles and RKO pictures, including "extortion, media... More »

UT Fears ... Flower Sabotage

Texas A&M maroon is infiltrating campus' bluebonnets

(Newser) - There's a devious plot afoot, or, as the Houston Chronicle cheekily puts it, "a scandal of potentially epic proportions." The University of Texas in Austin has noticed some maroon bluebonnets popping up in flowerbeds beneath the UT Tower, a place where only traditional bluebonnets (that is, blue... More »

Scuba Divers Arrested for Trying to Sabotage Internet

May be connected to massive slowdown in Egypt

(Newser) - The Egyptian navy yesterday captured three scuba divers who were attempting to cut an undersea Internet cable , the AP reports. The military posted a photo of the three men, who were caught on a fishing boat near Alexandria in the Mediterranean Sea; it did not further have details on who... More »

Bangladesh Fire Was No Accident: Report

Inquiry concludes it was an act of sabotage, and that factory was negligent

(Newser) - The fire that killed more than 110 workers at a Bangladesh textile factory last month was the result of a deliberate act of sabotage, an official inquiry into the incident has concluded. Investigators have also concluded that the factory's owners were seriously negligent, and that mid-level factory officials prevented... More »

Not a Peep From Tweeters as Twitter Crashes

Hacker group UGNazi boasts it gummed up works

(Newser) - Tweeters were squawking yesterday when Twitter crashed hard. The system was down from noon to 1 pm ET, but then crashed again an hour later and intermittently throughout the afternoon when Twitter admitted the "issue in ongoing," reports CNN . Most service was restored by late afternoon. The problem... More »

Nurse Arrested Over Hospital Sabotage Deaths

British nurse faces murder charges over insulin poisoning deaths

(Newser) - A nurse has been arrested on suspicion of murdering three patients who died after vials of intravenous saline solution were tampered with . The 27-year-old suspect worked in the two wards in a British hospital where a total of 14 patients fell ill after receiving solution contaminated with insulin, the Telegraph... More »

Sabotage Blamed for Hospital Deaths

2 die in UK hospital after drips tampered with

(Newser) - Police fear that a killer member of staff could be on the loose in a British hospital. After a nurse noticed that several patients had unexpectedly low blood sugar levels, the hospital found that vials of intravenous saline solution appeared to have been injected with insulin. A dozen patients were... More »

Half-Naked Nazis Sneaked Into US: WWII Files

British spy documents reveal Germans' silliest moves

(Newser) - The Nazi war effort wasn’t limited to the battlefield: Hitler’s Germany also attempted an unorthodox campaign against the US that involved poison sausages, trick cigarettes, and swimsuit-clad saboteurs. Newly declassified British documents show that two teams of four Germans were dropped off on the shores of Long Island... More »

Spectator Death, Squabbles Rock Tour de France

No one has tested positive for drugs, but spirits are still low

(Newser) - Cycling can't seem to catch a break. Despite a clean record on drug tests, this year's Tour de France will be wrapping up under dark clouds. Between the death of a 61-year-old spectator, a pellet-gun attack on riders, and accusations of sabotage between teams and individuals, the race itself has... More »

Edwards Staff Planned to Sabotage Him

Affair rumors inspired 'doomsday' scheme if he led Dems

(Newser) - Suspicious that John Edwards was having an affair, several of his campaign staffers drew up a “doomsday” plan to take him down if he seemed likely to win the Democratic nomination, George Stephanopoulos blogs for ABC News. Most staffers dismissed the rumors, but a few close advisers saw the... More »

Police Hunt Silicon Valley Phone Vandals

50K lose service in attack that highlights systems' vulnerability

(Newser) - Authorities in Silicon Valley are hunting for saboteurs who cut fiber-optic telecom cables, leaving more than 50,000 customers—including police and hospitals—in parts of three counties without phone and internet service, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Ten cables were severed, crippling 911 operations, cellphone service, and businesses depending... More »

GPA, Personal Essay, SATs ... and Sabotage?

Anonymous smear letters on the rise, say admissions officers

(Newser) - With competition for college admissions ever rising, some students are aiming to get ahead by trashing their rivals. Admission officials around the US have reported receiving newspaper clippings, references to Facebook pages, and, in one case, a letter written in crayon pointing out other applicants' false claims or unseemly behavior.... More »

Blogfather to Mich. Dems: Vote Romney

Sabotaging GOP primary could pay off down the campaign trail

(Newser) - Left-wing netroots tastemaker Markos Moulitsas Zúniga is endorsing Mitt Romney in next week’s Michigan primary. You read that right. In Michigan's open primary system, any registered voter can cast a Republican ballot, and the blogger calls for strategic sabotage. With the Democratic race uncontested, the Michigan left can... More »

Beauty Pageant Turns Ugly

Would-be Miss Universe overcomes pepper spray sabotage

(Newser) - Ingrid Marie Rivera looked hot at the Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant—but not in the good way. Pageant officials are investigating who doused the eventual winner's gowns and makeup with pepper spray, the AP reports. Rivera kept her composure before the judges, but once backstage she ripped off her... More »

Nader Sues Dems, Claiming '04 Conspiracy

Suit says Dems and Kerry-Edwards blocked him from state ballots

(Newser) - Ralph Nader jumped into the political fray today, suing the Dems for a "vast Democratic Party conspiracy" to block his 2004 election, McClatchy Newspapers reports. He accused the Democratic Party, Kerry-Edwards 2004, and other groups of keeping him from state ballots "as a means to drive into deep... More »

Sabotage Eyed In Outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth

Investigators target 'bio security' at labs making vaccine

(Newser) - British officials are pursuing the possibility that latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease could be the result of sabotage, the Times reports. They've ruled out water leaks spreading the virus from a research lab to nearby farms,and have concluded that "release by human movement must be considered a real... More »

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