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ROME (Reuters) - Italians are used to buying bogus Gucci bags or Rolex watches to look stylish but police found a new height of craftsmanship and cunning when they broke up a ring selling fake Ferrari cars for a fraction of the real price.Police accused 15 people of building the blood red sports cars and selling them to car fanatics on a budget, most of whom knew they were buying a counterfeit classic. Car body workers who police called “very able” cobbled together mostly fake parts and a few original components. They used body parts from other makes of automobiles, such as chassis, roofs, hoods, trunks and doors.The body parts were modified to look like Ferrari classics such as the 328 Gtb, which went out of production in the late 1980s. Some of the cars sold for about 20,000 euros, about a tenth of the going price for some versions.

Feds to Raid Isolated, Black-Robed California Sect by Scott Ott for ScrappleFace (2008-05-16) — Federal agents and National Guard troops surrounded the gleaming white temple-like San Francisco enclave of an isolationist sect after the black-robed “high priests” of the group yesterday declared themselves to be above the laws of the state of California. In a move reminiscent of recent raids on polygamist compounds elsewhere, authorities prepared to seize documents and computers, and to rescue any young interns or clerks who might have fallen victim to the cult’s bizarre, extra-legal rituals. Yesterday, the “Supreme” leaders of the sect briefly emerged from hiding to issue a declaration overriding two state laws and loosening the definition of marriage to include “any practice or lifestyle the prohibition of which might make one feel discriminated against.” “We’d like this siege to end peacefully,” said a Justice Department spokesman, “but these people need to know that this is still the United States of America. You can’t set up your own sovereign nation within its borders, and make up your own set of rules that counter the will of the people and violate the law of the land.”
McCain: GOP Mississippi Loss Bodes Well for Him (2008-05-14) — An ebullient Sen. John McCain told a crowd of supporters today that the Republican loss

of a Mississippi Congressional seat Tuesday bodes well for his presidential hopes in November. “Travis Childers, who beat the Republican in Mississippi, ran as a conservative Democrat and will now join the liberal Democrat coalition in the House,” said the presumptive Republican nominee. “What does that signal if not the triumph of the McCain strategy?” Sen. McCain said Mr. Childer’s wide margin of victory in a district that George Bush won decisively in 2000 and 2004 shows that “Happy days are here again for the party of Nelson Rockefeller, Lincoln Chafee, Arlen Specter and Jim Jeffords.”