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Bessemer City is a city located in Gaston County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,119. (More Info and Source) Bessemer City Real Estate

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Indian man ate gold to get through customs

​For a couple of days, an Indian businessman was sitting on gold, albeit a little unusually and painfully. 

The 63-year-old businessman swallowed 12 small gold bars, weighing nearly 1 pound, in an attempt to smuggle the precious metal past Indian customs. The Guardian reports the man checked himself into a hospital after a few days of vomiting and trouble defecating, according to his doctor. After a three-hour surgery doctors called "tedious," the nearly $16,000 worth of gold was safely removed from the man's stomach and promptly confiscated by the police. (Via The Guardian)

The man's doctor at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital says it was one of his strangest operations. "I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable." (Via BBC)

Believe it or not, gobbling gold isn't unheard of in south Asia. Because India imports the most gold in the world, its 15 percent import tax on the metal is one of the highest and spurs many to go "bottoms up" with their bars. (Via YouTube / Periodic Videos)

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The hike has caused gold imports to plummet nearly 90 percent in the past year. But the element remains popular for Indians of all areas and classes, according to the BBC.

"Shops sell it from north to south India. The rich buy it more, but even those people who generally struggle to meet their basic day-to-day needs don't hesitate to buy it whenever they possibly can."

And smuggling is on the rise, due to the tax increase. In September, two Sri Lankan men were caught with several kilograms of gold biscuits concealed in their rectums before a flight to India. It was the most gold Sri Lankan officials had ever found in a human body, according to source.

The Air Intelligence Unit at a Mumbai airport says concealing gold bars inside the body can lead to infections, pain and rashes.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:51:13 -0400

NBA Playoffs will start without Craig Sager

The NBA playoffs start Saturday, but one of the flashiest people in and around the NBA will be notably absent from the coverage. 

NBA on TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager is reportedly battling leukemia and began treatment Friday. (Via YouTube / Foot Locker)

Sager's son, Craig Sager, Jr., broke the news on Twitter saying his father will undergo three to four weeks of acute leukemia treatment. 

A writer for Deadspin notes if the timeline of Sager's treatment and the younger Sager's follow-up tweets are any indication, the questionably dressed veteran sports reporter will miss the NBA playoffs this season. 

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Sager is probably best known to sports fans and athletic novices alike as the man with the eclectic wardrobe. And over the years, he's taken some serious flack for his sartorial selections. (Via Bleacher Report)

But Sager's resume is long and storied — he's worked for CNN and TBS, worked the 1990 World Cup and several Olympic Games. (Via Flickr / Keith Allison)

On his show Thursday night, Keith Olbermann said it's all of that hard work — not the outfits — that makes Sager such an powerful presence. 

"Craig Sager has worked, has worked from any angle and worked hard all the damn time. Leukemia picked the wrong opponent." (Via ESPN / "Olbermann")

Sager's son responded to the deluge of messages of support on his Twitter feed, saying he and his father will be watching basketball together during the playoffs while brainstorming some new outfits. 

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:14:27 -0400

NC fugitive on the run for 40 years believed to be in custody

A North Carolina fugitive on the run for more than 40 years is believed to have been captured in Iowa.
 
Ronald Carnes was serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery at the Mecklenburg Correctional Center in Huntersville when he escaped in 1973.
 
Carnes had been on the run ever since until a possible breakthrough out of Iowa earlier this week.
 
Authorities said facial-recognition software led them to where Carnes was living in Waterloo, Iowa after his driver's license picture matched an already existing template in the state's system. 
 
Federal and state officials searched his home and Carnes was taken into custody.
 
“This technology stores every photo taken for ID cards and passports," said Chris Swecker, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director who currently lives in Charlotte. "It allows authorities to compare different facial features, biometric features to a flat photograph. Officials can compare photographs with others photographs and make matches."
 
Swecker said 37 states in the United States are using the technology and the majority of those states allow access to law enforcement.
 
"People who are concerned with privacy shouldn't worry," said Swecker. "They are only running photos of people who have committed or suspected of committing crimes."
 
Investigators are waiting on fingerprints to confirm Carne's identity.
 
Carnes can be extradited to North Carolina once he resolves charges he is facing in Iowa.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:33:27 -0400

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