Rep. Jackson investigated on use of funds
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who has stayed out of public view for much of the past four months while undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder, is being investigated by federal authorities for the possible misuse of campaign money, a federal official said Monday. The FBI inquiry began before Jackson, D-Ill., went on medical leave in June, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing. Jackson allegedly misused campaign funds to decorate his Washington home. Frank Watkins, a spokesman in Jackson's congressional office, declined to comment.
Prison sentence in 'Fast and Furious'
The first of 20 individuals indicted in 2011 on charges of buying high-powered firearms in Arizona to be used by Mexican drug gangs was sentenced Monday in San Diego federal court to 57 months in prison. Danny Cruz Morones, 24, of Phoenix is the first of the so-called Fast and Furious defendants to be sentenced. He pleaded guilty to acting as a "straw purchaser" of weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, and to recruiting others to buy the weapons. Fast and Furious was a failed gun-tracking operation run from fall 2009 until January 2011. The idea was to allow weapons to be illegally sold in the United States so they could be tracked over the border to Mexican drug cartels, and to arrest top members of the cartels. Most of the weapons vanished.
Sept. 11 suspects back in courtroom
Pretrial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged top al-Qaida terror operatives in the Sept. 11 attacks opened Monday with a ruling that the defendants cannot be forced to attend the legal proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision by Judge James Pohl came after Mohammed and his comrades sat quietly and respectfully during the opening day of hearings at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo, sharply different from their courtroom protests during arraignment last spring.
Envoy seeks pause in Syria conflict
The new Syria peace envoy from the United Nations and the Arab League enlisted Iran's help Monday in an effort to negotiate a cease-fire in observance of a forthcoming three-day Muslim holiday, hoping such a reprieve could become the basis for a dialogue. The effort by Lakhdar Brahimi, a veteran Algerian statesman, is his first specific proposal for a pause in hostilities.
Pierre, S.D.: Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972, has moved into hospice, his family said Monday.
Washington: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Arizona may require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote in federal elections. A federal appeals court has blocked the state law, saying it conflicted with a federal one.
Miami: Tropical Storm Rafael reached hurricane strength Monday in the Atlantic Ocean south of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said. Rafael was centered about 560 miles south of Bermuda.
San Diego: Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, the daughter of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been charged with trying to enter the United States on someone else's passport, U.S. officials said Monday.