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Jan. 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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Porn plays behind Swedish news anchor

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Swedish news channel said precautions are being taken after a pornographic film became part of a news broadcast.

Viewers of TV4 News, a 24-hour news station, said they noticed a pornographic film playing on a TV screen behind the anchor Monday morning while he was interviewing a correspondent in Moscow about Syrian President Bashar Assad's weekend speech, The Local.se reported Monday.

TV4 news editor Andreas Haglind said the 10-minute porn problem was likely related to a computer server in the studio connected to other networks operated by C More Entertainment, which owns TV4 News as well as networks broadcasting erotic content.

"It's not like we were directly broadcasting porn," he told the Swedish-language Expressen newspaper. "Put simply, it's crap that it happened. We're going to do everything we can so that it doesn't happen again."

$507 offered for info on stolen outhouse

LAMONT, Alberta, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The owner of an Alberta farm where thieves made off with an outhouse is offering a $507 reward for information on the theft.

Randy Nemirsky said he and his son dismantled and rebuilt the 1936 outhouse with improvements to the design during the summer and discovered in the fall the structure, which had been bolted into place, had been stolen, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

"I think at least four to six guys had to come here to do this ... two guys? No way they could do this," Nemirsky said.

He said he was baffled by the theft, which also targeted a picnic table on the farm. He said his offer of a $507 reward has failed to yield any leads in the case.

"You spent time building it, and where do you go now?" he asked. "I can build another one, but how low can you go to steal a man's privy?"

Man used dating site to get phone back

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A New York man said he recovered his stolen iPhone by posing as a woman on a dating website to ensnare the thief.

Nadav Nirenberg, 27, said his iPhone 4 vanished while he was out partying on New Year's Eve and he received an email the following day from dating site OKCupid revealing the phone was being used to send messages to girls, the New York Post reported Monday.

"I could log on and see everything he was sending. He was even using my photo," Nirenberg said.

Nirenberg said he created a fake profile as a 24-year-old girl and sent amorous messages to the thief in the hopes of scoring a date.

"As soon as he responded, it was pretty crazy. It was extremely surreal," Nirenberg said. "Afterwards, I was pretty giddy."

Nirenberg said he gave the man an address to visit the fictional woman that night, and he armed himself with a hammer to meet with the romantically inclined phone thief.

Nirenberg said he took his phone back and gave the thief $20 for his trouble.

"As he was walking away, I said, 'You smell great, though,'" Nirenberg said.

He said he did not want to involve the authorities in the matter, he just wanted his phone back.

Police: McD's robber returned for meal

PONTIAC, Mich., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Authorities in Michigan said a suspect in a McDonald's robbery was arrested three months later after returning to the same restaurant for a meal.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the 40-year-old man, whose name was not released, was going through the drive-through at the Pontiac fast food restaurant at 7:57 p.m. Saturday when a worker identified him as the same man who committed a robbery there Oct. 5, The Detroit News reported Monday.

The man was arrested near the restaurant and taken to the Oakland County Jail on pending charges, the sheriff's office said.

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