The Night Note: 12/10/09

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Thursday, Dec 10, 2009  |  Updated 8:45 PM EDT
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JEWELER: SALAHI WATCH A FAKE
Tareq Salahi's watch? It's a fake!

The one he tried to use to pay off debt last week is bogus, according to a Pennsylvania jeweler. And with that news, the alleged state dinner crashers become even more unbelievable.

This is an audition for reality TV?

Their party crashing -- or unwitting discovery of a national security soft spot -- at the White House's Nov. 24 state dinner has brought Salahi and his wife, Michaele, the attention they craved, though maybe not in the fashion they wanted. (NBC Washington)

MIDWEST CHILL
Frigid temperatures iced the Upper Midwest on Thursday as a massive storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in several states from Iowa to New England neared the end of its cross-country trek.

Commuters from Des Moines to Chicago were warned of morning temperatures reaching 10 degrees at best and icy roads. Wind chill values could dip to as low as minus 25 in parts of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, according to the National Weather Service. (MyWay.com)

RUSSIAN MISSILE FAILURE SPARKS UFO FRENZY IN NORWAY
Rather than signalling the arrival of alien lifeforms or a meteorite in the Norwegian city of Tromso, the spectacular plume of light was produced in the wake of Russia's nuclear-capable Bulava missile.

It was test-fired from a submarine in the White Sea before dawn on Wednesday. It was the 12th test launch of the Bulava and the seventh time the firing has ended in failure, the Interfax news agency said on Thursday. (The Telegraph)

COPS: WOMAN DOUSES MAN WITH GRITS
A 44-year-old woman was booked with second-degree battery after allegedly pouring a pot of boiling grits onto her sleeping boyfriend.

St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputies said Carolyn Brown caused second-degree burns on the man's face and arms. The man told deputies that he came home from work on Nov. 7, got into an argument with Brown, told her that he was breaking up with her, then went to bed. (MSNBC)

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