The latest from the Political Grapevine:
Soldiers Stealing Organs?
A major, government-controlled newspaper in Saudi Arabia is claiming that U.S. soldiers in Iraq are killing Iraqis to steal their organs and then selling the organs to hospitals in the U.S.
The paper, Al-Watan, says each kidney is worth at least $40, and each eye is worth $25. The paper then claims, "A secret team of American physicians follow the troops during their attacks ... to ensure quick [medical] operations for extracting some organs ...
"[European troops] have noticed the absence of organs from the cadavers that were dealt with by the Americans, and have reported to their high command, which instructed them to maintain silence."
The paper cites not one source by name, only saying that it got its information from "secret European military intelligence reports." A Pentagon official calls the story "ludicrous."
Los Angeles County officials this summer decided to remove a tiny cross from the county's 47-year-old official seal, fearing the cross could be an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity.
They then decided to remove the cross from county buildings by just covering the old seals with large decals of the new one -- at a total cost of about $700,000.
This past week officials began gluing the decals onto the old seals. But there's a problem: The cross is clearly visible through the decal.
So now the old seals have to be physically removed -- frame and all; sent to a sign shop for repairs; and then put back up... all at the taxpayers' expense.
Claus for Concern?
The principal of Hampton Academy Junior High in Hampton, New Hampshire, has kicked a student out of the school's holiday party for dressing up like Santa, insisting it violates the separation of church and state.
Principal Fred Muscara says, "It was a holiday party ... not a Christmas party. ... We have a lot of students ... that have different religions. We have to be sensitive to that."
The student had to go home and change to get back into the party. His parents say Muscara is just a "Scrooge."
Nude in Home Not OK
The city council in Villahermosa, Mexico has made it a crime to be nude inside your own home.
City councilwoman Blanca Pulido says most homes in the hot and humid city have good ventilation, so many locals go naked at home.
But, she says, "[When] we walk past the windows, you see a lot of things," and the city is now taking a "zero tolerance" stance against immorality.
The new law goes into effect January 1, and violators face up to 36 hours in jail or a fine equal to $121.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report