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American adoptive parents detained in Ghana

Published Jun. 27, 2012

Adoptive parents detained in Ghana

An American couple, who used their popular blog to chronicle their journey to adopt four children from Ghana, was detained by Ghanaian authorities and forced to spend a night in detention as they tried to take the children back to the United States, according to officials. Sol and Christine Moghadam of Irvine, Calif., were traveling with their two biological children as well as the four adopted siblings. They were stopped Friday at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, after the government received a phone call from an anonymous tipster who accused them of child trafficking, according to a statement posted on the website of AdoptTogether. As of Tuesday, they had still not been allowed to leave the country. Their biological children had been returned to them, but the four adopted siblings were still at the orphanage, said Frank Kwofie, director of operations of the police's criminal investigations department.

Mobster's cache of gems to be sold

Jewelry collectors who don't mind if their gems have a shady past will soon get the chance to bid on a stash of valuables found in the home of reputed mobster Frank Calabrese Sr. Federal agents raided Calabrese's home in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook two years ago and found a hoard of jewelry, guns and cash in a secret compartment behind a family portrait. Now, the Chicago Sun-Times reports an online auction house in Texas plans to sell the items, which are valued at more than $500,000 and include more than 250 loose diamonds, earrings, engagement rings, luxury watches and other jewelry.

Times wires