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A Chinese military buff inadvertently buys 4 books of military secrets for under $1

2024-06-13 21:07 Last Updated At:21:10

BEIJING (AP) — A military history buff in China appears to have made an alarming discovery after picking up four books for less than $1 at a neighborhood recycling station: they were confidential military documents.

The country's Ministry of State Security told the story in a social media post on Thursday, lauding the retired man for calling a hotline to report the incident. It identified him only by his family name, Zhang, and did not say what the documents were about.

“Mr. Zhang thought to himself that he had ‘bought’ the country’s military secrets and brought them home," the post reads, "but if someone with ulterior motives were to buy them, the consequences would be unimaginable!”

The post, which was reposted on at least two popular Chinese news websites, was the latest in a series by the powerful state security agency that appear to be trying to draw in new audiences with dramatic — and in this case quirky — stories. Some tales have been told in comic-book style.

The campaign seems designed to raise awareness of the importance of national security at a time when confrontation with the U.S. is rising and both countries are increasingly worried about the possible theft or transfer of confidential and secret information.

The post describes Zhang as a former employee of a state-owned company who likes to collect military newspapers and periodicals. It says he found two bags of new books at the recycling station and paid 6 yuan (about 85 cents) for four of them.

State security agents rushed to the station after Zhang reported what had happened, the post says. After an investigation, they found that two military employees charged with shredding more than 200 books instead sold them to a recycling center as paper waste — 30 kilograms (65 pounds) in all — for about 20 yuan ($2.75).

The agents seized the documents and the military has closed loopholes in the handling of such documents, the post says.

China’s opaque state security bodies and legal system often make it difficult to tell what is considered a state secret.

Chinese and foreign consultancies operating within the country have been placed under investigation by state security bodies for possessing or sharing information about the economy in an apparent broadening of the definition of a state secret in recent years.

A municipal worker collects scrap cardboard near a mural calling for Military and Civilian Unity in Beijing, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Chinese state media say that a military history buff found a collection of confidential documents related to the country's military in a pile of old papers he bought for under $1. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A municipal worker collects scrap cardboard near a mural calling for Military and Civilian Unity in Beijing, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Chinese state media say that a military history buff found a collection of confidential documents related to the country's military in a pile of old papers he bought for under $1. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A man past by a mural calling for Military Civilian Unity in Beijing, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Chinese state media say that a military history buff found a collection of confidential documents related to the country's military in a pile of old papers he bought for under $1. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A man past by a mural calling for Military Civilian Unity in Beijing, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Chinese state media say that a military history buff found a collection of confidential documents related to the country's military in a pile of old papers he bought for under $1. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

FILE - Military delegates chat before the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, March 11, 2024. Chinese state media said Thursday, June 13, 2024, that a military history buff found a collection of confidential documents related to the country's military in a pile of old papers he bought for under $1. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

FILE - Military delegates chat before the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, March 11, 2024. Chinese state media said Thursday, June 13, 2024, that a military history buff found a collection of confidential documents related to the country's military in a pile of old papers he bought for under $1. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

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It's been almost a half-century since a Pittsburgh pitcher started the All-Star game

2024-07-16 02:29 Last Updated At:02:30

Paul Skenes is set to start the All-Star game, the first time since 1995 that a rookie pitcher has that honor.

It's been even longer since a Pittsburgh player has been in that spotlight.

The last pitcher from the Pirates to start the All-Star game was Jerry Reuss in 1975, in the middle of a decade when Pittsburgh won two World Series. That's the second-longest active drought without a pitcher starting the All-Star game. The Chicago Cubs have not had one since Claude Passeau in 1946. (The Miami Marlins have never had the starting pitcher for the National League, but they've only been playing since 1993.)

The longest drought in the American League belongs to the Baltimore Orioles, who have not had the All-Star starter since Steve Stone in 1980. But that's about to change as well after Corbin Burnes was named this year's AL starter Monday.

This stellar beginning to Skenes' career — in 11 starts, he's 6-0 with a 1.90 ERA — has made his outings must-see TV and brought a bit of buzz to Pittsburgh. The Pirates are 48-48, which puts them in the mix for a wild card. Skenes and outfielder Bryan Reynolds are both All-Stars. The team hasn't had more than two in a season since 2015, when Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole were both in Pittsburgh.

Now McCutchen is back with the Pirates as his career winds down, and with Skenes, Reynolds and 6-foot-7 shortstop Oneil Cruz, Pittsburgh has a chance to turn some heads the rest of the way.

TRIVIA TIME

Name the record 13 different pitchers from the Brooklyn or Los Angeles Dodgers who have started the All-Star game.

A-PLUS OFFENSE, OCCASIONALLY

The Oakland Athletics pummeled Philadelphia 18-3 on Sunday. Although the A's are 24 games under .500, they're also responsible for the three highest-scoring games in baseball this year. Oakland also beat Miami 20-4 on May 4 and routed Baltimore 19-8 on July 6.

The A's have 390 runs so far. Nearly 15% of them were in those three games.

Oakland is also one of just five teams in the majors to be shut out at least 10 times already. The Chicago White Sox are atop that list with 12.

LINE OF THE WEEK

It belongs to Skenes, who pitched seven no-hit innings at Milwaukee on Thursday before being removed after 99 pitches. The Pirates won 1-0. Opponents are batting just .202 against Skenes.

Skenes also had a six-inning start with no hits allowed in May against the Cubs. The Pirates are 8-3 in games he's started.

COMEBACK OF THE WEEK

The Los Angeles Dodgers could use a break right now. After being swept in a three-game showdown at Philadelphia, the NL West leaders went to Detroit and dropped two of three, giving away ninth-inning leads in both losses. Saturday's 11-9 defeat was particularly troubling. Los Angeles was up 9-4 in the ninth — its win probability maxed out at 99.5% according to Baseball Savant — before a dramatic rally by the Tigers.

It was still 9-6 with Detroit down to its last out, but then Carson Kelly hit an RBI single and rookie Colt Keith tied it with a two-run homer. Gio Urshela than hit a two-run shot in the 10th to end the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER

Whit Wyatt, Ralph Branca, Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres, Sandy Koufax, Andy Messersmith, Don Sutton, Fernando Valenzuela, Hideo Nomo, Brad Penny, Zack Greinke, Hyun Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw.

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, July 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Kayla Wolf)

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, July 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Kayla Wolf)

It's been almost a half-century since a Pittsburgh pitcher started the All-Star game

It's been almost a half-century since a Pittsburgh pitcher started the All-Star game

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, July 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Kayla Wolf)

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, July 11, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Kayla Wolf)

It's been almost a half-century since a Pittsburgh pitcher started the All-Star game

It's been almost a half-century since a Pittsburgh pitcher started the All-Star game

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