Prices have doubled and supplies tightened: Whether it’s spiced in the Spanish style or sliced as Japanese sashimi, octopus as a dish is becoming a victim of its own popularity. Prices for the tentacled mollusk have about doubled in the past two years due to a global boom in appetite for these classic dishes. And supplies have tightened, with fisheries not yet able to farm octopus and relying on ocean currents to yield a good harvest. READ MORE
Criminal charges: Ignoring food safety can lead to criminal charges, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) latest enforcement report clearly indicates. In the past quarter, the agency brought criminal actions in federal courts in Florida and Georgia. Later this month, one defendant will be sentenced and another will participate in his defense during an upcoming pre-trial hearing. READ MORE
Taught to kill teachers: The children discovered at an “extremist Muslim” compound in New Mexico earlier this month were both trained to use firearms and taught multiple tactical techniques in order to kill teachers, law enforcement and other institutions they found corrupt, state prosecutors said on Monday. READ MORE
Another car attack: British authorities said Tuesday they were treating a car ramming outside of Parliament as a terror incident and that a male suspect has been arrested. The suspect was described to be in his late 20s and he was arrested on suspicion of terror offenses. He was driving a silver Ford Fiesta that collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into the barriers during the morning commute. READ MORE
Rampage in Sweden: Dozens of cars were set alight and stones thrown at police as gangs of masked youths went rampaging across Sweden on Monday evening. Fires were reported in Malmö, Gothenburg and Helsingborg as dramatic footage showed youths targeting vehicles in a shopping centre and hospital car park at Frölunda Torg in the west of the country. Police were last night investigating whether the various blazes which broke out across the country were related. Read more HERE and HERE.
Another fireman dies: California authorities late Monday said a firefighter died battling the massive Mendocino Complex fires that have burned 336,399 acres in the state. The firefighter is the sixth fatality in a matter of weeks. About 3,900 firefighters, including a crew of 40 volunteers from New Zealand, had been battling the fire, contending with temperatures in the high 90s and winds gusting to 25 mph. READ MORE
Project fast-tracks climate action in Caribbean: A total of 26 Caribbean countries (so far) and more than 40 private sector partners are part of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, a project to fast track climate action in the Caribbean. The coalition was first announced in Paris last December and since then it has grown from 11 to 26 Caribbean countries, creating a “climate-smart zone” that will not only protect the region but will create jobs in climate-smart infrastructure. READ MORE
Restaurant faces backlash: A popular Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston is facing backlash after it posted a photo of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has pushed for a wide crackdown on immigration. El Tiempo Cantina was targeted by hundreds of tweets and Facebook posts after Roland Laurenzo, president of the company that operates the chain, posted a photo Friday with Sessions. READ MORE
Banks warned about mass-hack of ATMs: Banks have been warned of an imminent threat that their cash machines could be mass-hacked by cyber criminals. In a confidential alert on Friday, America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation told international banks that criminals are plotting a concerted global malware attack on cash machines in the next few days. The FBI issued a warning about a highly choreographed fraud scheme known as an ATM “jackpotting”, in which crooks hack a bank or payment card processor and use cloned cards at cash machines around the world to take out millions in just a few minutes. READ MORE
Long-lived computer viruses: There are zombies on the internet – odd, undead lumps of code that roam endlessly seeking and finding fresh victims to infect that help keep the whole ugly horde staggering on, and on. Most of these shambling data revenants are computer viruses and the most long-lived of all are worms. READ MORE
Chinese surveillance: Filip Liu, a 31-year-old software developer from Beijing, was traveling in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang when he was pulled to one side by police as he got off a bus. The officers took Liu’s iPhone, hooked it up to a handheld device that looked like a laptop, and told him they were “checking his phone for illegal information.” Such surveillance technologies, tested out in the laboratory of Xinjiang, are now quietly spreading across China. READ MORE
More on Florida’s ‘red tide’: With its long, white, sandy beaches, Sanibel Island off the coast of southwestern Florida is usually a perfect place for families to enjoy these last days of summer. This year, however, 267 tons of marine life, including thousands of small fish, 72 Goliath groupers, and even a 21-ft whale shark have washed up on the beach since July – thanks to a a disastrous “red tide” of toxic algae. READ MORE
Turkish president threatens ‘economic terrorists’: The Turkish lira currency has lost more than 40 percent against the U.S. dollar this year, and now President Tayyip Erdogan has accused “economic terrorists” of plotting to harm Turkey by spreading false reports. Erdogan said they would face the full force of the law, as authorities launched investigations of those suspected of involvement, including authors of both news reports and social media posts. Read more HERE, HERE and HERE.
A Scottish oasis for Venezuelans: Aberdeen and other places in Scotland have quietly become a tiny oasis for refugees fleeing the social strife and economic collapse back home in Venezuela. The influx started over a decade ago, the first refugees drawn by one thing the two very different countries have in common — the oil industry. READ MORE