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Posted at 5:13 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Escondido 'bomb house,' Anonymous on attack, and Bendable desk in evening round-up

By Melissa Bell
Bomb house
Neighbors look on during the controlled burn of a home in Escondido, Calif., that was so packed with homemade explosives that authorities say they had no choice but to burn it to the ground. (Denis Poroy/AP)

National news talker: Bombs make bad neighbors:

A rented home with the largest cache of bombs every discovered in the U.S. was set on fire Thursday afternoon by police. The police said they had no choice but to burn it to the ground, as it was too dangerous to enter.

Two weeks earlier, a gardener working in a neighbor's yard stepped on a hidden explosive device buried in the property. He survived, but was severely injured. The homeowner, George Jakubec, was arrested, but no one knows what his reasons were for stockpiling and building the bombs. He has been charged with robbing two banks and building explosive material.

Here's the back story:

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National news talker: DADT

Despite 67% of the United States supporting the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the Senate blocked access to move forward with debate on a bill to end the law.

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Tech watch: In Anonymous news today...

Even though Amazon.com stopped hosting WikiLeaks, it still was selling a collection of leaked cables on the Amazon UK site up until Thursday afternoon when the page started showing an error message, Greg Mitchell noted at the Nation. It isn't clear whether Amazon pulled the book or whether it is a successful attack by Anonymous, the online group of WikiLeaks supporters responsible for crippling the Visa and Mastercard Web sites. The group did single out Amazon as its main target, early Thursday but switched to Paypal.com.

In other Anonymous news, a 16-year-old Dutch boy was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the 1,000-strong group, the Guardian reports.

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Oddity of the day: Bendable Desk


By Melissa Bell  | December 9, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
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