Detainees’ suit rejected
The administration of President Barack Obama on Friday told a federal judge it would not deviate from the former administration’s position that detainees held at a US air base in Afghanistan have no right to sue in US courts. Obama has ordered the closure within one year of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, but has not decided what to do about the makeshift prison at the US military base in Bagram, where the US government is holding more than 600 prisoners, or whether to continue work on a US$60 million prison complex there. The administration faced a Friday deadline to tell US District Court Judge John Bates whether it would “refine” the former administration’s position on four men being held at Bagram who have filed suit against their detention.
Library restricts sex book
The public library in Topeka, Kansas, will restrict access to four books about sex, including The Lesbian Kama Sutra, after a woman complained about them being available on the shelves with other health books. The library’s Board of Trustees voted on Thursday night to prevent minors from having access to the books after reviewing the complaint. Topeka resident Kim Borchers called the books “harmful to minors.” The staff of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library must now develop a plan for handling the books. The other three are The Joy of Sex, The Joy of Gay Sex and Sex for Busy People: The Art of the Quickie for Lovers on the Go.
Court under mouse attack
There are so many mice in one Florida county courthouse that they’ve been seen falling from ceiling tiles. One judge at the Palm Beach County Courthouse told the Palm Beach Post newspaper that it’s an infestation. Some staffers say they check their handbags for stowaways before leaving the building each day. Court employees and lawyers say the rodents scuttle down corridors, munch legal papers and scratch behind the walls. Last week, one mouse ran around a courtroom floor for an hour during a burglary trial. The courthouse facilities manager says he’s put out a few dozen traps to capture the rodents. He says he’s not sure if there has been an uptick in mice lately, but that they’re getting more press than they deserve.
Candy trail leads to ‘crooks’
Five Florida teenagers face burglary-related charges after police followed a trail of candy wrappers from the crime scene back to the house of one of the teens. Officers responded to a break-in on Tuesday in Palm Bay. An officer then followed a trail of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups packages in the backyard. The officer noticed another wrapper on the front porch of a house near the victim’s house. Officers found several juveniles at the other house. Police say the teens confessed to the burglary and informed officers that the stolen property was in the attic. Three of the teens face armed burglary charges and two others face charges of resisting arrest without violence and tampering with evidence.
Socks passes away
Socks, the White House cat during the administration of president Bill Clinton and who waged war on Buddy the pup, has died. He was around 18. Socks had lived with Clinton’s secretary, Betty Currie, in Hollywood, Maryland, since the Clintons left the White House in early 2001. Currie confirmed Socks’ death on Friday and said she was “heartbroken.”