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Lohan quickly released from jail in theft case
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 5:17:00 AM
  • LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan was released from a Los Angeles County jail Friday night, just hours after she was sentenced to 120 days for violating her probation by taking a designer necklace.
  • It was a deja vu day for the starlet, who was admonished by a judge - the fourth she's faced in nearly a year - who said she thought the actress had intentionally taken the $2,500 necklace from an upscale Venice store and shown poor judgment in not trying to return it until police became involved.
  • But by reducing the actress' charge from felony grand theft to a misdemeanor, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner may have set in motion what has become a familiar cycle for Lohan - being sent to jail only to have the sentence cut short due to jail overcrowding.

Timing of Sen. Ensign resignation raises questions
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 5:17:00 AM
  • LAS VEGAS - The resignation this week by U.S. Sen. John Ensign raised questions about what an ongoing Senate ethics probe has uncovered, while also muddling the field of candidates for congressional seats now held by the GOP headed into a key election year.
  • The decision to step down marked an unexpected change of heart for the Nevada Republican who as recently as last month said he would remain in office until his planned retirement from politics because he had not violated ethics rules.
  • Leaders of the Senate Ethics Committee noted tersely that Ensign made the proper decision in turning in a letter of resignation amid their unfinished two-year probe of his conduct.

Thailand, Cambodia clash 2nd day; toll rises to 10
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 5:03:00 AM
  • PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Renewed fighting between Thai and Cambodian troops on the countries' disputed border has killed at least 10 soldiers and kept thousands of civilians out of their homes.
  • Officials from both countries said fighting that lasted several hours Friday resumed Saturday, and at least 10 soldiers had died over the two days.
  • The fighting continued most of the morning and involved mostly long-distance shelling but also use of small arms.

In Turkey, surveyors map a WWI battlefield
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 4:51:00 AM
  • ISTANBUL - The World War I battlefield of the Gallipoli campaign, where throngs gather each April to remember the fallen, is a place of lore, an echo of ancient warfare that took place on the same soil.
  • Armed with old maps and GPS technology, the experts from Turkey, Australia and New Zealand have so far discovered rusted food cans, unused bullets and their shell casings, and fragments of shrapnel, Ottoman-era bricks with Greek lettering, ceramic rum flagons of Allied soldiers and glass shards of beer bottles on the Turkish side.
  • "It will hasten a broader understanding of what went on at Gallipoli," Richard Reid, a researcher and author of the book "Gallipoli 1915" said of the government-funded investigation.

Nigeria violence an echo of nation's bloody past
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 4:31:00 AM
  • KAFANCHAN, Nigeria - Whole sections of towns are burned out, the smell of rot is in the air, and people are escaping with whatever they can carry across the rural lands that separate Nigeria's Christian south and Muslim north.
  • The religious rioting that swept Africa's most populous nation days after its presidential election likely killed hundreds of people, though government officials remain hesitant to offer death tolls for fear of sparking more violence.
  • Then a 1966 coup led primarily by army officers from the Igbo ethnic group of Nigeria's southeast shot and killed Tafawa Balewa, a Muslim northerner, as well as the premier of northern Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello.

Gulf disaster renews debate over Arctic oil spill
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 4:21:00 AM
  • WASHINGTON - A year after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, some experts are pondering the next doomsday scenario - a massive oil well blowout in the icy waters off Alaska's northern coast.
  • Like the deepest waters of the Gulf, the shallow but frigid seas off Alaska are a new frontier for oil and gas exploration.
  • Unlike the Gulf, where tens of thousands of oil wells and runoff have tainted the waters for decades, a spill in the Arctic risks tainting a pristine and sensitive landscape, one that has not been as well studied and where drilling in federal waters is limited.

Crews clean after tornado hits St. Louis airport
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 4:18:00 AM
  • ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis airport is shut down as crews clean up after an apparent tornado ripped away a large section of the roof of the main terminal.
  • Louis International Airport as people ran for shelter amid shattering glass.
  • Flights into St. Louis were diverted to other locations, and it's not yet known when Lambert will reopen.

Japan recovery slowed by search for mementos
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 4:18:00 AM
  • KESENNUMA, Japan - Sakuji Funayama watched intently as a giant steel claw tore chunks off the remains of his two-story home, ripped open like a dollhouse by last month's tsunami and washed up onto a pile of debris.
  • The claw froze and a half dozen construction workers scrambled into the wreckage, emerging a few minutes later with a battered backpack that belonged to Funayama's son, who moved away years ago.
  • With more than 10,000 people missing or suspected dead across Japan's eastern coast, demolition crews and teams of soldiers are trying to search through and clear the rotting debris summer's heat and humidity begin in about a month.

Pierce, Allen lead Celtics to 3-0 lead over Knicks
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 4:12:00 AM
  • NEW YORK - Ray Allen noticed the sea of orange surrounding the court, not that it affected his shot.
  • Pierce scored 38 points, Allen added 32, and Rajon Rondo had a Celtics playoff-record 20 assists as Boston beat the New York Knicks 113-96 on Friday night to take a 3-0 in their first-round playoff series.
  • Rondo had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who pulled out two close games in Boston but never trailed in this one, dominating the first playoff game at Madison Square Garden in seven years.

'Birther' claims force GOP leaders to take a stand
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 3:37:00 AM
  • WASHINGTON - It's the conspiracy theory that won't go away.
  • And it's forcing Republican officials and presidential contenders to pick sides: Do they think Barack Obama was born outside the United States and disqualified to be president?
  • In recent days several prominent Republicans have distanced themselves, with varying degrees of emphasis, from the false claim that Obama was born in a foreign country.