Chili mystery thickens
The week's news at a glance.
A Las Vegas woman who said shed bitten into a human fingertip in a bowl of Wendys beef chili was arrested last week. A coroner said the finger, complete with a well-manicured nail, was not consistent with an object that had been cooked in chili at 170 degrees for three hours. The woman, Anna Ayala, 39, had a history of suing big companies, and police concluded shed planted the finger herself. Ayala was charged with grand larceny; the Northern California restaurant where she dined has lost half of its business since the March 22 incident. Police said they still didnt know where the finger came from. Ayala called the charges against her ridiculous.