Shortly after his landing yesterday, from his world-record solo flight of around-the-world without refueling, millionaire Steve Fossett was greated with champagne and marching bands. And two federal marshalls, who arrested Fossstt on security violations.
Homeland Security officials have charged Fossett with numerous infractions, including bypassing security screenings for himself and his luggage, carrying a knife, boxcutter, cigarette lighter and other sharp tools, ignoring flight rules and 'Fasten Seat Belt' signs, excessive drinking and unconfirmed reports of smoking on a No Smoking flight.
Officials are reviewing film and video of Fossett's flight for possible additional charges.
Late last night, Virgin Air founder Richard Branson, sponsor of Fossett's flight, posted bail for Fossett and both left without comment.
Charity Raises $650G For New Monkey Name
An online auction, run by Charity Folks in New York, to benefit a South American habitat, raised nearly $650,000 for the rights to name a new species of the titi monkey.
The winning bidder remained annoymous in the online event, that included TV host Ellen DeGeneres participating in the bidding
The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature will oversee the naming process, as rules are in place for the integrity of a unique and scientifically-accepted name.
Early reports have the new species being named 'Bernie Ebbers', 'Paris Hilton', 'Pauly Shore' or 'Jeff Gannon'. Both the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature and Charity Folks decline confirmation or comment