US$1 million falls from sky
Suspected drug traffickers tossed a bag containing more than US$1 million from a low-flying airplane, but the loot missed its mark and was seized by police, officials said on Wednesday. “A white bag containing, it later became evident, 26 bundles of cash, was thrown from the aircraft” on Tuesday as it made a low pass over a clandestine airstrip in Santa Cruz Province, the Bolivian Interior Ministry said in a statement. Anti-drug police raided the airstrip, seizing the money along with an automatic rifle and other weapons, cellphones and two vehicles. Police said the money, all in US currency, was in denominations of from US$20 to US$1,000, and was probably proceeds from drug trafficking. Police believe that it was delivered from Paraguay, because it was wrapped with a seal from an unidentified bank in that country.
‘Revenge porn’ outlawed
Posting naked pictures of an ex-partner online can now land you in jail for up to six months in California, after a bill against so-called “revenge porn” was signed into law. The legislative bill went into effect immediately after state Governor Jerry Brown signed it on Tuesday. Anyone convicted of “illegally distributing private images with the intent to harass or annoy” could also face a fine of up to US$1,000. “I want to thank Governor Brown for recognizing that this bill was needed,” said state senator Anthony Cannella, who proposed the legislation including an “urgency clause” to fast-track it into force. “Until now, there was no tool for law enforcement to protect victims... Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted,” he said. Legislation already exists against posting unauthorized pictures of other people which invade their privacy, but the new California law covers pictures that were taken with consent, for example when a couple was together, but which are later posted online without the ex-partner’s agreement. “Revenge porn often begins when relationships end,” Cannella said.
‘Dirty money’ reimbursed
A man who painstakingly gathered and reassembled parts of five US$100 bills eaten by his golden retriever has been reimbursed by the US Treasury for the damaged currency. The Independent Record reports Wayne Klinkel received a US$500 check on Monday. His 12-year-old dog, Sundance, downed all but half of one of the bills in December. Sundance snacked on the cash in the family vehicle while Klinkel and his wife ate at a restaurant. Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog’s droppings to recover parts of the bills and his daughter recovered more when the snow melted. Klinkel cleaned and reassembled the bills, put them in plastic bags and sent them to the US Treasury in April.
Mayor’s driver arrested
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said on Wednesday he is surprised and shocked that his friend and occasional driver has been arrested on drug charges. Alexander Lisi, 35, has been charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana, Toronto police say. Ford grabbed international attention earlier this year over allegations that he was caught on video smoking crack cocaine. Ford has said the video does not exist. He acknowledged Lisi is a friend and said he does not abandon his friends. “He’s a friend. He’s a good guy. I don’t throw my friends under the bus,” Ford said. “I’ve never once seen him drink. I’ve never seen him once do drugs so I’m surprised. I’m actually shocked.”