China Punishes 8 People in Railway Scandal
China's anti-graft authorities have punished eight people in a scandal involving spending at a railway construction company.
Officials did not detail Monday what punishment the eight received, but said 57 other people have been criticized and one other sent for prosecution.
The China Railway Construction Corporation admitted earlier this year that it spent $135 million on receptions for guests last year, sparking public outrage.
Investigators also found problems with invoices and accounting.
A Beijing court gave former railways minister Liu Zhijun a two-year suspended death sentence in July for his role in corruption.
In China, a suspended death sentence is usually commuted to life in prison.
Smog Shuts Down Chinese City
Choking clouds of pollution have virtually shut down the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, forcing schools to suspend classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport.
Weather officials said Monday that concentrations of tiny airborne particles considered the most harmful to health were about 40 times higher than safe levels set by the World Health Organization.
The official Xinhua news agency blamed the emergency on the first day of the heating being turned on in the city for winter.
Pollution from rapid development and heavy coal use plagues wide areas of China, prompting pledges from the country's leadership to make improvement. The government has promised for years to tackle the pollution problem, but has made little progress.
Officials said Monday the heavy smog is expected to continue for 24 hours.