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Feb 19, 201304:54 PM

Cheat Sheet: February 19, 2013

Robbers make out with diamonds worth $50 million

A huge diamond heist occurred at a Belgian airport last night in Brussels. Eight armed robbers managed to drive two black cars with police lights flashing onto the tarmac of the airport a few minutes before a flight's 8 p.m. departure, just as an armored car had transferred $50 million worth of diamonds into the airplane. The hooded robbers held up the pilots and transport crew with machine guns and stripped the plane of the diamonds, never firing a shot or injuring anyone. The suspects made a high-speed getaway, and so far nothing has been discovered to track them down besides the charred remains of a van possibly used by the robbers. (Source)

Perjury suspect will face trial in May

The 22-year-old woman charged with felony perjury for fabricating a sexual assault in 2000 has waived her right to a preliminary hearing today. Elizabeth Coast is charged with perjury for lying about being sexually assaulted by Johnathon Montgomery, who has been in prison for this charge since 2008. At the time of the alleged assault, Coast was 10 and Montgomery was 14. Montgomery was exonerated for the crime but remains in prison until the case can move to a Court of Appeals. (Source)

California freeway shooting leaves four dead

A California man began a shooting spree today in the early hours of the morning. A woman was found shot multiple times in a home in Ladera Ranch around 4:45 a.m. The shooter headed north along the freeway and killed two others. Their bodies were discovered in Tustin and Santa Ana, and they appear to be the victims of carjackings. The shooter then shot himself in an intersection in Tustin as officers closed in on him. There are two other wounded victims, and so far there is no link between any of the victims. (Source)

Newport News Shipbuilding faces possible layoffs

Newport News Shipbuilding is Virginia’s largest industrial employer, but its workers may soon be experiencing the devastating effects of military budget cuts. President of the shipyard’s parent company Mike Petters is concerned that if a resolution does not take place by March, it will affect the workforce across the entire business. These federal spending cuts will take place on March 1 unless Congress comes up with an alternate plan. Newport News Shipbuilding employs more than 21,000 people. (Source)

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