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IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

IMF chief Lagarde under official investigation in France for 'negligence' in corruption case
Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press

PARIS - Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.

After a fourth round of questioning before magistrates on Wednesday, Lagarde said she was returning to her work in Washington, and called the investigation "without basis." She is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal troubles.

Newborn found in trash on ventilator; mom arrested

Newborn baby found in Utah trash remains in critical condition; mother, 23, arrested
The Associated Press

KEARNS, Utah - A newborn baby girl was expected to remain in critical condition for several days after Utah police say her mother dumped her in a neighbour's trash can in a Salt Lake City suburb.

The 2-day-old girl was still on a ventilator and fighting for her life in a hospital, Unified Police Detective Jared Richardson said Wednesday. The girl's mother, 23-year-old Alicia Marie Englert, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted murder.

VENICE WATCH: Fest supports imprisoned filmmakers

VENICE WATCH: Empty chairs for imprisoned filmmakers; Korean director backs ferry families
The Associated Press

VENICE, Italy - VENICE, Italy — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red-carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:

FESTIVAL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR IMPRISONED FILMMAKERS

There were two empty chairs at Wednesday's news conference to introduce the jurors who will be handing out the festival's coveted Golden Lion and other prizes.

Mother of newborn baby found in trash arrested

Police: Mother accused of putting baby in trash was trying to hide pregnancy from parents
The Associated Press

KEARNS, Utah - A Utah woman accused of dumping her day-old baby in a neighbour's trash can told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and hoped the newborn's death would solve her problems, a probable cause statement shows.

Alicia Marie Englert, 23, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder.

The baby girl was in critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital on a ventilator and fighting for her life, authorities said.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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.

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."

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