Capitol Police were not amused when The Onion
posted an article and tweets in September last year saying that members of Congress had taken a group of schoolchildren hostage.
A police spokeswoman said an investigation had been launched into the website's reporting, which included tweets and an article that spoke of congressional leaders, "brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols," taking a class of schoolchildren hostage and threatening to kill them if they didn't get $12 trillion in cash.
It showed a doctored picture of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holding a gun to a child's head and reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was firing a handgun and wearing black pantyhose over his head. The story and tweets came a day after the FBI arrested a Massachusetts man accused of planning to bomb the Pentagon and the Capitol with explosive-filled model airplanes.
Image: Officers Yogananda "Yogi" Pittman, left, and Monique Moore, right, the first two African-American women to be promoted to the rank of captain on the U.S. Capitol Police force.