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ElBaradei suggests war crimes probe of Bush team
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 3:11:00 PM
  • NEW YORK - Former chief U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei suggests in a new memoir that Bush administration officials should face international criminal investigation for the "shame of a needless war" in Iraq.
  • Freer to speak now than he was as an international civil servant, the Nobel-winning Egyptian accuses U.S. leaders of "grotesque distortion" in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, when then-President George W. Bush and his lieutenants claimed Iraq possessed doomsday weapons despite contrary evidence collected by ElBaradei's and other arms inspectors inside the country.
  • The Iraq war taught him that "deliberate deception was not limited to small countries ruled by ruthless dictators," ElBaradei writes in "The Age of Deception," being published Tuesday by Henry Holt and Company.

Fans stunned by the dark days of Dodgers baseball
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 2:54:00 PM
  • LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers haven't always made it easy for their fans to root for them.
  • They were left in tears when Bobby Thomson from the hated crosstown Giants ended the then-Brooklyn Dodgers' 1951 season with his home run, "the shot heard `round the world."
  • The Dodgers, the storied franchise that integrated the sport with Jackie Robinson and pioneered baseball's move to the West, had become so ineptly run that Major League Baseball took over day-to-day control.

McCain: Increase military support to Libyan rebels
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 2:36:00 PM
  • BENGHAZI, Libya - U.S. Sen. John McCain called for increased military aid Friday for Libya's rebels, including weapons, training and close air support for the opposition's battle to oust Moammar Gadhafi.
  • A day after the U.S. began flying armed drones to bolster NATO firepower and try to break a battlefield stalemate with Gadhafi's forces, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee gave a full-throated endorsement of the rebels.
  • The United States and other nations should recognize the rebels' political leadership as the "legitimate voice of the Libyan people," McCain said.

Senate committee: Ensign resignation 'appropriate'
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 2:27:00 PM
  • LAS VEGAS - The Senate Ethics Committee said scandal-scarred Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign made the right decision to turn in a letter of resignation Friday as he faced an unrelenting, but as yet unfinished, two-year probe of his conduct.
  • The committee cannot take disciplinary action against Ensign once he is no longer a senator, and, with the Senate in recess, it is unlikely that the committee will be able to do so before Ensign's May 3 resignation.
  • "The truth no one is likely to admit is that Sen. Ensign is being pushed out to give the Republican party a leg up in the 2012 election."

They're not guys: New gear to fit female soldiers
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 2:12:00 PM
  • WASHINGTON - Throughout history, military gear has been made with the male physique in mind.
  • But for women in today's combat or close-to-combat jobs, that can mean body armor that fits so poorly it's tough to fire a weapon, combat uniforms with knee pads that hit around mid-shin and flight suits that make it nearly impossible to urinate while in a plane.
  • Seven hundred female Army troops are testing a new combat uniform for women with shorter sleeves and with knee pads in the right place for their generally shorter legs.

Lohan at LA court hearing that could end with jail
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 1:26:00 PM
  • LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors are trying to convince a Los Angeles that Lindsay Lohan should be tried on charges she stole a necklace from an upscale jewelry store, laying out evidence in a hearing expected to last all day.
  • The preliminary hearing Friday is expected to feature testimony about Lohan's actions and the necklace, which the jewelry store reported the actress took without permission in January.
  • Prosecutors and the store, Kamofie & Co., have said the necklace is worth $2,500, although Lohan's attorney has indicated she plans to challenge its value.

49 killed in deadliest day of Syria uprising
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 1:22:00 PM
  • BEIRUT - A prominent Syrian human rights group says at least 49 people have been killed during pro-democracy protests - making Friday the deadliest day of the uprising.
  • Protesters flooded into the streets after Muslim prayers in at least nine major areas across the country.
  • The demonstrations are a sign that President Bashar Assad's attempts to quell the monthlong protests with a deadly crackdown and promises of reform have all but failed.

Lohan arrives at court for hearing in theft case
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 1:16:00 PM
  • LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan has arrived for a court hearing during which prosecutors will lay out their evidence in a felony grand theft case filed over a necklace.
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner will determine whether there is enough evidence for Lohan to stand trial.
  • She has pleaded not guilty to taking a necklace valued at $2,500 from a jewelry store in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles in January.

Colo. person of interest now possible suspect
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 1:13:00 PM
  • LITTLETON, Colo. - A man labeled as a person of interest in a fire that forced the evacuation of a Colorado mall is now being called a possible suspect.
  • The FBI issued a statement Friday saying the change was the result of the continuing investigation but didn't provide any details.
  • Authorities also released three more surveillance photos of the man riding a public bus away from Southwest Plaza Mall on Tuesday evening, the night before the fire.

Lohan due in court for key hearing in theft case
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 12:30:00 PM
  • LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan is facing a crucial court hearing during which prosecutors will lay out some of the evidence they have to support a felony grand theft case over a necklace.
  • Prosecutors and the store, Kamofie & Co., have said the necklace is worth $2,500, although Lohan's attorney has indicated she plans to challenge its value.
  • This week, the makers of a pair of films announced they have cast Lohan in two movies, one of which will begin production later this year.