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Pryor on Wednesday denied a claim that the winner of a contest put on by the “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis will intern in Mr. Pryor’s office for four weeks this summer. Mr. Pryor’s office later said it believed someone was fraudulently impersonating a senator to offer the internship.

Mr. Francis announced the internship would be part of the prize package for the winner of “The Search for the Hottest Girl in America” after bidding on it at an online charity auction for a Los Angeles temple last weekend.

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TSA screeners charged in drug trafficking probe

LOS ANGELES — Two former and two current Transportation Security Administration employees have been arrested on federal drug trafficking and bribery charges for allowing large amounts of cocaine and other drugs to pass through X-ray machines at security checkpoints in exchange for cash, authorities said.

A 22-count indictment unsealed Wednesday outlined five incidents during which the employees took payments of up to $2,400 to provide drug couriers unfettered access at Los Angeles International Airport over a six-month period last year.

“The allegations in this case describe a significant breakdown of the screening system through the conduct of individuals who placed greed above the nation’s security needs,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said.

Among those arrested and charged are Naral Richardson, 30, of Los Angeles, who was fired by TSA in 2010 and accused of orchestrating the scheme; John Whitfield, 23, of Los Angeles, a current TSA screener; Joy White, 27, of Compton, who was terminated last year; and Capeline McKinney, 25, of Los Angeles, also a current screener.

It wasn’t immediately known if any of the four had retained attorneys. Authorities became aware of the smuggling scheme in February 2011.

From wire dispatches and staff reports