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  |   Nov. 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM
Police: Fake cop scammed ex-girlfriend

SAINT-BRIEUC, France, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Police in France allege a man posed as a police officer to con an ex-girlfriend out of her monthly salary.

Investigators said the 50-year-old suspect, a security guard from the Cotes-d'Armor region in the northeastern part of the country, convinced the ex-girlfriend to give him her monthly salary by claiming he was a police officer taking a few months off work to cope with the death of his son, The Local.fr reported Thursday.

Police said the man also posed as an officer to berate a noisy neighbor. Investigators said he used a fake police badge and a uniform he purchased via the Internet to aid in his ruse.


Romney transition website briefly posted

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. blogger captured screenshots of a briefly live website apparently created by Mitt Romney's staffers in case he won the presidential election.

Taegan Goddard, proprietor of the Political Wire blog, said the transition website created by the Romney campaign was apparently put online inadvertently and was only available for a few minutes before it was removed, NBC News reported Thursday.

Goddard was able to take screen captures of the site before it was taken down.

"I'm excited about our prospects as a nation," reads a quote on the main page attributed to the Republican nominee. "My priority is putting people back to work in America."


Cheap flights crash airline website

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Airline Norwegian Air Shuttle said its website had to temporarily shut down due to customers rushing to get cheap tickets from Sweden to New York.

The carrier said the tickets, which the airline announced would start at less than $150 Thursday, led to an influx of customers overloading the website's capacity, The Local.se reported Thursday.

"Dear customer, due to extreme demand, we are closing our website for a short time in order to increase capacity and stability," the airline said in a statement.

The airline said Thursday the budget flights to New York, which will begin in May, will be followed by cheap flights to Bangkok.

Topics: Mitt Romney
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