Former governor charged
Federal prosecutors have charged a former governor with money laundering and embezzling millions of dollars from state coffers in a case that has outraged Mexicans because of reports of his extravagant spending. The federal Attorney General’s Office says former Tabasco state governor Andres Granier is at a hospital in Mexico City. A statement on Monday from the office says Granier also faces state charges and it will be up to a state judge to decide where he will go next. Ganier was hospitalized 10 days ago because of chest pains.
Lewinsky items on auction
A collection of items used in the investigation of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky’s sexual encounters with then-president Bill Clinton is being auctioned online, Nate D. Sanders Auctions said on Monday. The 32-item collection was submitted by Lewinsky’s former lover Andy Bleiler to special prosecutor Kenneth Starr during his investigation of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal in the 1990s, the auction house said in a statement. Lewinsky’s affair with married man Bleiler came to light during the investigation that led to Clinton’s impeachment by the House of Representatives in 1998 on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. Among the items up for auction is a signed Clinton letter to the Bleilers, photographs and cards from Lewinsky, and clothing gifted by Lewinsky to Bleiler’s wife, Kate Nason, who is putting them up for sale, the auction house said.
McDonald’s drops halal food
The only two McDonald’s restaurants in the country that were serving food prepared according to Islamic law have stopped several weeks after a US$700,000 settlement over a lawsuit that alleged the items were not consistently halal. The fast-food giant said in a statement on Monday that the locations in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, which has a large Muslim population, are no longer offering a halal McChicken sandwich or Chicken McNuggets in order “to focus on our national core menu.” The lawsuit was brought by customer Ahmed Ahmed in 2011.
Fungus forces inmates move
A federal judge on Monday ordered California state to move several thousand inmates out of two prisons because they are at a high risk of contracting a potentially deadly airborne fungus. US District Judge Thelton Henderson instructed corrections officials to transfer most black, Filipino and medically at-risk inmates because they are more vulnerable to health problems from valley fever. The fungal infection originates in the soil of the San Joaquin Valley, where Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons are located. About 3,250 of the two prisons’ 8,100 inmates fall into the categories covered by the judge’s ruling, but Henderson said inmates among those groups who have already had the disease do not have to be moved. Henderson gave the state seven days to begin moving the inmates and 90 days to finish the transfers.
Daredevil masters canyon
Daredevil Nik Wallenda completed a historic high-wire walk on a 5cm steel cable over the Grand Canyon on Sunday and was greeted by wild cheers after his hair-raising stunt. Wallenda, the self-described “King of the High Wire,” took 22 minutes, 54 seconds to walk 3,474m across the crimson-hued canyon with just a distant ribbon of the Little Colorado River beneath him.