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Clark Gable grandson gets jail for pointing laser

Clark Gable's grandson gets 10 days in jail for pointing laser at LAPD helicopter
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Clark Gable's 23-year-old grandson has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for pointing a green laser at a Los Angeles police helicopter as it flew 800 feet over Hollywood.

City News Service says the judge, who gave Clark James Gable credit for one day already served in jail, also placed him on three years' probation. He was sentenced Thursday.

Gable pleaded guilty last month to felony discharge of a laser.

He flashed the laser three times at the helicopter while riding as a passenger in a car on July 28.

Judge declares Natalee Holloway legally dead

Judge signs order declaring Natalee Holloway, teen missing in Aruba, legally dead
Phillip Rawls, The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A judge signed an order Thursday declaring Natalee Holloway dead, more than six years after the American teenager vanished on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Judge Alan King signed the order at the end of a hearing in a Birmingham courtroom that was attended by the missing woman's divorced parents, David and Beth Holloway.

Suspended sentence for Pole in martial law case

Communist-era official gets suspended 2-year prison term over martial law in Poland
Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland - A Polish court on Thursday handed a two-year suspended prison term to a communist-era interior minister for his role in implementing martial law in Poland in 1981.

The verdict is the latest effort by democratic Poland to hold communist-era officials accountable for abuses during their rule.

Big storm hits Alaska as weary residents dig out

Anchorage, snow-weary Cordova hit with what they already have a lot of - deep snow
Mark Thiessen,Rachel D'Oro, The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Weary Alaskans woke up to another big dump of snow on Thursday, adding to what already has been the snowiest period on record in Anchorage and causing more headaches in coastal areas struggling to dig out.

The snow started falling shortly before midnight, and meteorologists warned Anchorage residents the heaviest snowfall — up to 16 inches — could come later Thursday.

Army officer recommends trial in WikiLeaks case

Army officer recommends court-martial trial for soldier charged in WikiLeaks case
David Dishneau, The Associated Press

An Army officer recommended a general court-martial Thursday for a low-ranking intelligence analyst charged with causing the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Jury will hear Gibson deputy's case

Judge says jury to decide if deputy who arrested Gibson suffered discrimination
Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A jury should decide whether the sheriff's deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunken driving suffered workplace discrimination, a judge ruled Thursday despite expressing serious concerns about whether the man can win his case.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper said James Mee should be allowed to argue to jurors that he suffered discrimination and a hostile work environment after arresting Gibson in Malibu in 2006.

South Africa loses 8 rhinos in 1 day

South Africa loses 8 rhinos in 1 day, following record losses for 2011
The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - South African rangers say they have found eight dead rhinos that had been stripped of their horns, an unprecedented one-day toll.

Reynold Thakhuli, South African National Parks spokesman, said rangers found the rhinoceros carcasses Tuesday at two sites in Kruger, the country's flagship national park.

Thakhuli said Wednesday, "This is the first time that we've had so many in one day, and it's really a concern for us."

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

Bomb kills Iranian nuclear expert

Iranian nuclear expert killed by magnetic bomb attached to his car
Ali Akbar Dareini, The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran - Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and his driver Wednesday, reports said. The slayings suggest a widening covert effort to set back Iran's atomic program.

Doctors to examine ex-Notre Dame coach

Doctors to evaluate mental status of former Notre Dame assistant Brown
Tom Coyne, The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A northern Indiana judge has appointed a psychiatrist and a psychologist to evaluate the mental status of a former Notre Dame assistant football coach accused of striking his wife and holding her hostage in their home.

Corwin Brown's family has said they believe his actions leading to a seven-hour standoff with police last August might stem from brain trauma he suffered while playing college and pro football.

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