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McCain lauds anti-Gadhafi force during Libya visit
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 7:11:00 AM
  • BENGHAZI, Libya - U.S. Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, said Friday that Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's troops are his heroes.
  • The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee made the remark after arriving in Benghazi, a city that has been the opposition capital in the rebel-held eastern Libya.
  • McCain said he was in Benghazi "to get an on the ground assessment of the situation" and planned to meet with the rebel National Transition Council, the de-facto government in the eastern half of the country, and members of the rebel military.

Japan plans disaster budget, building 100K homes
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 6:57:00 AM
  • TOKYO - Japan's government proposed a special $50 billion (4 trillion yen) budget to help finance reconstruction efforts Friday and plans to build 100,000 temporary homes for survivors of last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
  • The government said the damage could cost $309 billion, making it the world's most expensive natural disaster.
  • More than 27,000 people are dead or missing after the earthquake and tsunami hit northern Japan on March 11.

Obama's deficit plans run into economic reality
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 6:47:00 AM
  • LOS ANGELES - President Barack Obama headed west to sell his big picture deficit-reduction plan.
  • But many people are waiting for a quick fix to their own economic problems caused chiefly by persistent unemployment and the crippled housing market.
  • Audiences in California and Nevada understood why it's important to get a handle on the deficit over the long term.

US missiles kill 25 people in Pakistan tribal area
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 6:28:00 AM
  • ISLAMABAD - U.S. drones fired a volley of missiles into a militant-held Pakistani region close to the Afghan border on Friday, killing 25 people, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
  • The strike came a day after Pakistan's army chief denounced such attacks, and could further sour deteriorating relations between Washington and Islamabad.
  • Ten missiles hit a house in Spinwam village in North Waziristan, a region home to Taliban militants targeting American and NATO troops just across the border in Afghanistan, as well as international al-Qaida terrorists, three intelligence officials said.

Christian pilgrims fill Jerusalem for Good Friday
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 5:49:00 AM
  • JERUSALEM - Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of old Jerusalem to mark Good Friday, commemorating Jesus' crucifixion in the city two millennia ago.
  • Thousands of international visitors and local Christians retraced Jesus' last steps down the Via Dolorosa, which is Latin for "Way of Suffering."
  • The route ends at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered as the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and his resurrection two days later on Easter Sunday.

Lohan due in court for key hearing in theft case
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 5:40:00 AM
  • 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.

Toyota: Car production disrupted until Nov or Dec
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 5:38:00 AM
  • TOKYO - Toyota's global car production, disrupted by parts shortages from Japan's earthquake and tsunami, won't return to normal until November or December - imperiling its spot as the world's top-selling automaker.
  • President Akio Toyoda apologized to customers for the delays due to the March 11 disasters that damaged suppliers in northeastern Japan, affecting automakers around the world.
  • Toyota Motor Corp. earlier said it has suffered a production loss of 260,000 cars.

Japan to build 100,000 homes for tsunami survivors
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 5:26:00 AM
  • TOKYO - Japan's prime minister says the country plans to build as many as 100,000 temporary homes to house the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that pummeled the country last month.
  • Prime Minister Naoto Kan told reporters Friday the government hoped to finish 30,000 of the homes by the end of May.
  • Earlier Friday, Kan approved an extra budget worth $50 billion (4 trillion yen) to help finance the disaster reconstruction efforts.

Fans stunned by the dark days of Dodgers baseball
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 5:11:00 AM
  • LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers haven't always made it easy for their fans to root for them.
  • They were left in tears when Bobby Thompson 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.

Nevada's Ensign to resign amid Senate ethics probe
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 4:13:00 AM
  • LAS VEGAS - Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada is turning in his official resignation letter Friday, a day after announcing he would step down amid a developing ethics probe he feared would result in further "wear and tear" on himself and his family.
  • Ensign insisted that he's done nothing wrong.
  • Senate Ethics Committee named a special counsel in February to look into the matter, after the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission investigated and then dropped their cases.