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Submitted by Newsroom on January 4, 2011 – 8:39 amNo Comment

 Latest World News: 8:39 a.m. mst
 
 
 LEWD NAVY VIDEO
     Commander expected to be relieved
 
     WASHINGTON (AP)
– Defense officials say the Navy is expected to
relieve the commander of an aircraft carrier from his command in
the wake of reports about sexually explicit videos on ship.
     A senior defense official says the announcement on Capt. Owen
Honors of the USS Enterprise, currently stationed in Norfolk, Va.,
is expected Tuesday afternoon. The officials said the Navy has
chosen a commander to replace Honors on the nuclear-powered ship
which is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East this month.
     The officials revealed plans for Honors only on the grounds of
anonymity because no official announcement has yet been made.
     Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, the former supreme commander of NATO,
told ABC that the raunchy videos that Honors made for his crew were
“incompatible with the climate of command.”
     But a woman who served on the Enterprise says Honors is someone
who “knows when to be serious and when it’s time to unwind.”
 
 ECONOMY
     Factory orders post 0.7 percent gain
 
     WASHINGTON (AP)
– Businesses ordered more factory goods in
November, responding to stronger demand from consumers. Excluding a
drop in demand for airplanes and autos, factory orders jumped by
the largest amount in eight months.

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     The Commerce Department says that total orders rose 0.7 percent
in November, rebounding from a 0.7 percent drop in October.
Excluding transportation, orders were up 2.4 percent.
     The November increase left total orders at $424.5 billion.
Economists consider that a healthy range for manufacturing
activity. That’s 20.4 percent above the recession low, hit in March
2009.
 
 

 

WALL STREET
     Stocks extend rally in early trading
 
     NEW YORK (AP)
– After starting 2011 with solid gains yesterday,
stocks are extending their rally today.
     Automakers including General Motors, Ford, and Toyota will
report December and year-end sales figures throughout the day.
Analysts are forecasting a modest increase that could show that the
car business is improving.
 
 AFGHANISTAN
     Karzai complains about interference
 
     KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)
– President Hamid Karzai says foreign
powers should stop interfering in Afghanistan’s internal affairs
and the implementation of its laws and constitution.
     Karzai’s comments on Tuesday came on the day Afghanistan
commemorated the constitution’s seventh anniversary. Karzai did not
elaborate or provide details, but he has in the past complained of
international interference and heavy handedness in Afghanistan’s
political affairs. The United States in particular has pressed him
to crack down on corruption in his government and has at times
threatened to withhold millions of dollars in aid.
 
 MOM SLAIN-CHILD SUSPECTED
     Authorities say 10-year-old may have argued with mom before
shooting
 
     HOLMESVILLE, Ohio (AP)
– A sheriff’s deputy says a 10-year-old
Ohio boy suspected in his mother’s shooting death may have argued
with her beforehand about whether to carry firewood into the home.
     The boy is charged with murder as a juvenile and has entered the
equivalent of a not guilty plea.
     Chief Deputy Nathan Fritz of the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office
said Tuesday authorities found one shotgun, three rifles and a gun
rack in the boy’s bedroom. Fritz says the .22-caliber rifle
authorities believe was used in the shooting was found on the bed.
     Relatives have told authorities the weapons were a gift from the
boy’s now-deceased grandfather.
     The child’s mother was found dead Sunday of a gunshot wound to
the head at home in Big Prairie, about midway between Cleveland and
Columbus.
 
 BRITAIN-ROYAL SECURITY
     UK police release video of royal car attack
 
     LONDON (AP)
– British police have released a video of a mob
attacking a limo carrying Prince Charles and his wife during
student protests last month.
     The closed-circuit security camera video shows several people
kicking and hitting the Rolls-Royce after the car was forced to
slow down during the violent central London demonstrations.
Thousands of students took to the capital’s streets on Dec. 9 to
protest university tuition fee hikes.
     The future king and his wife Camilla, who were on their way to
the theater, were photographed looking shocked by the incident.
Critics call the attack one of the worst royal security breaches in
recent years.
     Police say thet hope the video released Tuesday can help them
trace witnesses and people believed to have broken the law.
 
 BODIES IN TREE
     Man charged in deaths of 3
 
     COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP
) – The only suspect in a kidnapping and
triple-slaying in Ohio has been indicted on charges of aggravated
murder and rape.
     The indictment alleges that 30-year-old Matthew Hoffman killed
Tina Herrmann, Herrmann’s son Kody Maynard and neighbor Stephanie
Sprang during a Nov. 10 burglary. Their dismembered bodies were
found days later inside a tree using information provided by
Hoffman.
     Hoffman is also accused of kidnapped a 13-year-old girl during
the burglary and raping her at his home.
     The indictment issued in central Ohio’s Knox County on Tuesday
carries a possible penalty of life in prison without parole.
     Hoffman’s lawyer said last month that his client had been taken
off suicide watch in jail and was maintaining a positive attitude.
 
 HOLLYWOOD KILLING
     Man arrested in Hollywood apartment slaying
 
     LOS ANGELES (AP)
– Los Angeles police say a man has been taken
into custody after an hours-long standoff that forced the
evacuation of an apartment building along the Hollywood Walk of
Fame.
     Officer Norma Eisenman says officers were called to the Hudson
Apartments on Hollywood Boulevard at about 3 a.m. Tuesday and found
the body of a woman lying in a third-floor hallway.
     Eisenman says the woman appeared to be about 25 years old and
had been shot several times.
     Police evacuated some people from the building and a SWAT team
was called.
     Lt. Robert Binder tells KTLA-TV that the man was peacefully
taken into custody in the apartment more than four hours later.
     Authorities say it may have been a domestic violence killing.
 
 LINDSAY LOHAN
     Sheriff’s investigators want Lindsay Lohan charged with
battery
 
     RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP)
– Sheriff’s investigators in California
want Lindsay Lohan charged with battery for last month’s skirmish
with a Betty Ford Center rehabilitation technician.
     A riverside sheriff’s sergeant says a two-week investigation
shows Lohan violated her probation during the Dec. 12 altercation.
Results will be sent to the probation department and prosecutors.
     Lohan returned to the center after curfew and refused rehab
worker Dawn Holland’s request to take a Breathalyzer test. Lohan is
accused of pushing Holland, who then dialed 911, and Lohan ripped
the phone away and injured Holland’s wrist.
     A Beverly Hills judge has said Lohan will be jailed if she
violates probation.
     Lohan was scheduled to get out of rehab yesterday but it’s not
clear she’s still there.
 
 OJ SIMPSON-CO-DEFENDANT
     OJ co-defendant due for plea deal in Vegas heist
 
     LAS VEGAS (AP)
– A former O.J. Simpson co-defendant is due to
take a plea deal that will free him from prison after more than two
years and avoid a retrial in their 2007 Las Vegas armed robbery and
kidnapping case.
     Clarence “C.J.” Stewart’s lawyer said Monday that Stewart will
plead an equivalent of no contest Tuesday to felony robbery and
conspiracy charges.
     A defense attorney says his 56-year-old client is expected to
get nine months of house arrest and an unspecified additional term
of probation.
     The Nevada Supreme Court granted Stewart a new trial last
October. It ruled he didn’t get a fair trial due to Simpson’s
notoriety.
     The state high court upheld Simpson’s conviction and
nine-to-33-year prison sentence. It’s considering Simpson’s request
for a rehearing. 
     
     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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