Daily Digest: Secret Service investigation continues

Matt Herbert

Daily Digest: Thursday, April 19

–The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations involving several agents within the department who allegedly bought prostitutes prior to President Obama’s visit to Cartagena, Colombia earlier this week, reports the Washington Post.

Although prostitution is legal in Colombia, soliciting women for paid sexual behavior is against Secret Service rules.

The prostitute became upset after a Secret Service member failed to pay her the requested amount, which was around $800. Instead he offered her 50,000 pesos or $30 in U.S. currency. The woman said she did not know the men were Secret Service members.

The agency revoked top-security clearances on all 11 men being investigated earlier this week and placed them on administrative leave. On Wednesday, the Secret Service announced the departure of three employees linked to the scandal. Additionally, ten military personnel are also under investigation.

The investigation is developing.

–Billionaire Warren Buffett announced he has prostate cancer on Monday. Buffett, 81, was diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer and will be undergoing a two-month treatment beginning in July according to the Wall Street Journal.

Buffett made no indication of stepping down from his post at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. conglomerate.

State 1 prostate cancer is contained within the prostate gland and is usually very curable. Men diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer often have higher recovery rates. The American Cancer Society says about 242,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2012, with an estimated 28,000 dying from the disease.

–On Thursday, India announced it had successfully tested a missile that has a range of around 3,100 miles and capable of striking many major Chinese cities, according to CNN.

The missile was tested in the eastern state of Orissa and its intent was to show India’s technological capabilities, according to Indian officials. India borders two nuclear-armed states – Pakistan and China.

Last November, India successfully tested a previous version of the missile.

–Today in history:

1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days.

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

1958 – The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers played the first major league baseball game on the West Coast.

1982 – The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business traval to Cuba. The U.S. charged the Cuban government with subversion in Central America.

1994 – A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.