City in Switzerland offers drive-in sex
Switzerland's largest city on Monday launched a new dimension in drive-through services: prostitution. In an effort to move the sex trade from central Zurich's banking and business districts, city officials have built a cluster of garagelike "sex boxes" at the edge of the city. A motorist in search of a tryst can troll past a sidewalk lined with licensed hookers and drive the one of his choosing to the relative privacy accorded by three wooden walls at the car-sex complex. Prostitution has been legal in Switzerland since 1942, and Zurich has long had an active flesh trade.
Gandhi in hospital after becoming ill
Sonia Gandhi, India's most powerful politician and the leader of the ruling Congress party alliance, was in stable condition Monday night after falling ill during a debate in Parliament. Press Trust of India, quoting unidentified sources at the hospital where Gandhi was taken, said she had complained of chest pain. Gandhi, 66, was flown to the United States for surgery in 2011, with some Indian news outlets saying she had been treated for cancer.
Deaths of big cats pile up in Texas
A tiger described as the "soul" of a North Texas animal sanctuary became the seventh big cat to die from an outbreak of a fatal virus, a spokeswoman for the refuge said Monday. Tacoma, who was 13 years old and weighed in excess of 400 pounds, died Sunday night at In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in the Dallas suburb of Wylie. Experts believe raccoons likely started the outbreak of canine distemper by crawling around the outdoor cages that house more than 50 lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats and other cats. Six tigers and a lioness have died.
By the numbers
44 Percent of school districts in the United States that banned junk food from vending machines in 2012, up from 30 percent in 2006, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
69 Of school districts selling sodas, the percent that received a portion of sales receipts in 2012, down from 82 percent in 2006.