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Pierce, Allen lead Celtics to 3-0 lead over Knicks
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 9:49:00 PM
  • NEW YORK - Paul Pierce scored 38 points, Ray 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 also 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.
  • They will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon, and no NBA team has ever lost a series after winning the first three games.

Sony investigating PlayStation Network outage
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 8:32:00 PM
  • LOS ANGELES - Sony Corp. is investigating the outage of its PlayStation Network, a system that links gamers in live play worldwide.
  • Posts on a PlayStation message board on Friday afternoon indicated the system was still down.
  • Sony representatives did not return messages left seeking comment.

Wash. considers annual flat fee for electric cars
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 8:18:00 PM
  • OLYMPIA, Wash. - Drivers of electric cars may have left the gas pump behind, but there's one expense they may not be able to shake: paying to maintain the roads.
  • After years of urging residents to buy fuel-efficient cars and giving them tax breaks to do it, Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to charge them a $100 annual fee - what would be the nation's first electric car fee.
  • "Electric vehicles put just as much wear and tear on our roads as gas vehicles," said Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the bill's lead sponsor.

Dozens killed in bloodiest day of Syria uprising
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 7:59:00 PM
  • BEIRUT - Syrian security forces fired bullets and tear gas Friday at tens of thousands of protesters across the country, killing at least 75 people in the bloodiest day of the monthlong uprising and signaling that the authoritarian regime was prepared to turn more ruthless to put down the revolt against President Bashar Assad.
  • Footage of the scene was posted on the protest movement's main Facebook pace.
  • The rallies, most marching out from mosques after Friday's noon Muslim prayers, erupted in towns and cities stretching along the breadth of the country, including in at least two suburbs of the capital, Damascus.

Lohan gets jail sentence for probation violation
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 7:37:00 PM
  • LOS ANGELES - A judge has sentenced Lindsay Lohan to 120 days in jail for a probation violation after hearing evidence against the actress in a theft case.
  • Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, says she will appeal the ruling, which will allow the actress to post bail.
  • The ruling came after Sautner reduced Lohan's grand theft case down to a misdemeanor and after prosecutors gave their case against the actress.

Timing of Sen. Ensign resignation raises questions
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 7:14:00 PM
  • LAS VEGAS - U.S. Sen. John Ensign's decision this week to resign marked a mysterious change of heart for the Nevada Republican, raising 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.
  • 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.
  • Ensign's looming departure also casts a new sense of urgency over Nevada's closely watched Senate race to replace him.

Charlie Sheen's police escort investigated in DC
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 6:56:00 PM
  • WASHINGTON - Charlie Sheen is fond of boasting about his "winning" ways, but D.C. authorities are now investigating how he won a high-speed police escort on his way to a show in downtown Washington this week.
  • Sheen included a picture of a speedometer reaching about 80 mph and a message that read: "In car with Police escort in front and rear!
  • D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a statement Friday that the escort, conducted by the department's Special Operations Division, appeared to violate police protocol in multiple ways and was being investigated by the internal affairs division.

Michelle Obama's plane flew closer to big jet
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 6:56:00 PM
  • WASHINGTON - Safety investigators say a plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama this week came closer to a big military cargo jet than previously reported.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday that the distance between the two planes closed to 2.94 miles before air traffic controllers at Andrews Air Force Base directed the first lady's plane to abort a landing.
  • Obama's plane, a Boeing 737, was considerably smaller than the 200-ton C17.

McCain wants increased support for Libya's rebels
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 6:17:00 PM
  • BENGHAZI, Libya - U.S. Sen. John McCain called for increased military support for Libya's rebels Friday, including weapons, training and stepped-up airstrikes, in a full-throated endorsement of the opposition in its fight to oust Moammar Gadhafi.
  • The apparent change in tactics came a day after the U.S. began flying armed drones to bolster NATO airstrikes, and having the tribesmen take up the fight could make it harder for the Predators to distinguish them from Misrata's civilians or the rebels.
  • McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the United States and other nations should recognize the opposition's political leadership as the "legitimate voice of the Libyan people."

New photos show best view yet of Colo mall suspect
Publish Date : 4/22/2011 6:12:00 PM
  • LITTLETON, Colo. - Authorities investigating a fire that led to the discovery of a pipe bomb and propane tanks in a Colorado mall released three new surveillance photos Friday of a man who officials say is now considered a suspect in the case.
  • The new photos of the man show him riding a public bus away from Southwest Plaza Mall on Tuesday evening, the night before the fire.
  • The latest photos show a University of South Carolina logo on his baseball hat.