Digest: Mob scheme lures rich and famous; Bush faulted for torture policy

April 16, 2013
south carolina
Ex-wife says Sanford intruded at her home

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) must appear in court two days after running for a vacant congressional seat to answer a complaint that he trespassed at his ex-wife’s home, according to court documents acquired by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

The complaint says Jenny Sanford confronted Sanford leaving her Sullivans Island home on Feb. 3 by a rear door, using his cellphone as a flashlight. Her attorney filed the complaint the next day, and Jenny Sanford confirmed Tuesday that the documents are authentic. The Sanford campaign had no immediate comment on the court documents.

The couple’s 2010 divorce settlement says neither may enter the other’s home without permission.

Mark Sanford is trying to revive a political career derailed by an extramarital affair that ended the couple’s marriage. He faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch on May 7 as he tries to regain the congressional seat he held in the 1990s.

— Associated Press

new york
Russian mob scheme lured rich, famous

Dozens of people were charged Tuesday in what investigators said was a Russian organized crime scheme that included illegal, high-stakes poker games for the rich and famous.

Federal authorities in New York City weren’t naming names, but they said the poker players included pro athletes, Hollywood celebrities and Wall Street executives. None of them were facing charges.

The money-laundering investigation led to arrests Tuesday in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. There also were FBI raids at an apartment in the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and a Madison Avenue art gallery owned by two of the defendants.

Among those named in an indictment filed in federal court was a wealthy Russian fugitive, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov. He was already under indictment in a separate U.S. case accusing him of bribing figure skating judges at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

— Associated Press

national security
Report blames Bush
for ‘torture’ policies

An independent review of the U.S. government’s anti-terrorism response after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks reported Tuesday that it is “indisputable” that the United States engaged in torture and that the George W. Bush administration bears responsibility.

The report by the Constitution Project, a nonpartisan Washington-based think tank, is a review of the Bush administration’s approach to the problems of holding and interrogating detainees after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

— Associated Press

health
Colic babies may be
suffering migraines

The distressing nonstop crying in babies with colic is often blamed on tummy trouble, but a new study says the problem could be linked with migraine headaches in at least some infants.

Children and teens treated for migraine headaches at three hospitals in Italy and France were much more likely than other children to have had colic in infancy.

The study appears in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association. An editorial in JAMA says that if colic really is an early form of migraines, it might explain why digestive treatments typically don’t affect colic.

— Associated Press

Man sentenced for torching mosque: A former Marine from Indiana was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after admitting he started a fire inside a Toledo mosque because he wanted revenge for the killings of American soldiers overseas. A federal judge in Toledo also ordered Randy Linn, 52, of St. Joe, Ind., to pay $1.4 million for the damage to the mosque.

Nun guilty of illegal voting: A southwest Ohio nun who cast a ballot on behalf of a nun who died before last year’s presidential election pleaded guilty in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Bill Anderson said. Defense attorney Ralph Kohnen had earlier said that Sister Marguerite Kloos, 55, tried to fulfill her friend’s wishes by forging her signature on an absentee ballot.

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