September 24th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

On the radar: Hiker pleads, comedian takes Capitol Hill

Freed hiker wants audience with Ahmadinejad - Sarah Shourd, the American hiker recently released from an Iranian prison, told CNN's "American Morning" on Friday that she would like to speak to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

Shourd said she would like to appeal to the Islamic republic's president to release her fiancée, Shane Bauer, and friend, Josh Fattal, who are still being held there. She would ask him to show the same mercy he showed in releasing her earlier this month.

Ahmadinejad told CNN's Larry King on Wednesday that he suggested Shourd be released but that he had no influence over the legal process. He said there was a chance Bauer and Fattal could be released, but it would be up to a judge to make that decision.

Japan to release Chinese captain - The fishing captain whose arrest set off a diplomatic impasse between Beijing and Tokyo will be released, Japan's Coast Guard says. Japan said it could take several days to free the captain, and China's foreign ministry said it will send a private plane to pick him up. Japan arrested the captain and his crew of 14 after his vessel crashed into two Japanese patrol boats off the disputed Diaoyu Islands. The captain was charged with obstructing public officers, but China was incensed by the arrest and Premier Wen Jiabao threatened that Tokyo would "bear all the consequences that arise."

Funnyman takes stand on immigration - Comedy Central comedian Stephen Colbert is scheduled to appear before the House subcommittee on immigration at 9:30 a.m. ET Friday. Colbert has used his mock news show "The Colbert Report" to take on the issue of immigration, and Thursday's show featured him [sort of] packing corn and picking beans as part of a challenge from a pro-immigrant labor group. Colbert will appear Friday with United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez, whose group has launched a campaign challenging U.S. citizens to replace immigrants in farm work.

Lohan back in court - Actress Lindsay Lohan is slated to appear in court at 11:30 a.m. ET Friday after Judge Elden Fox revoked her probation this week and signed a bench warrant for a probation violation. Lohan served 13 days in jail and 23 days in rehab for a 2007 drunk driving conviction. Her supervised probation requires counseling, behavior therapy and random drug tests. The 24-year-old tweeted last week that she had "regrettably" failed her most recent drug test and was prepared to go before Fox.

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  1. TexVet

    I used to like Colbert. But he obviously doesn't live in a state where English has become second language to spanish because of all the illegals.

    September 24, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. stillin

    Notice no mention of any health issue, supposedly there was a health crisis, I don't see it. She says she wants us " all t meet these wonderful people" well le't s all go on a field trip! It will be fun! Beautiful area...and after that let's tour the refugee camps around Darfur and then onto the Congo...really, there's nothing wrong with this at all. Click your heels Dorothy and I mean d as in dumb.

    September 24, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Leon

    why is colbert relevant? :D

    September 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pancho villa

    TexVet 1. ur patriots take money n lets us come in greed,2.ur patriots hire us cuz is cheaper n doesnt need to provide health care greed,3. we get sick or need help cause of low pay n no health care so ur patriots help us,4. dey cannot make no more money so its off to china wer dey can pay 100 of dem to work d pay of 1 american greed,greed deport us all 70 percent aprove arizonas law make it better deport us all start with agricoltural

    September 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Sallam wr wb, I actully Take the Tiem and read all the Comments as I can.
    Take aGood Look What americans and thes eothers are saying.
    this is how much THEY Care.
    Ahaki Ihaminndinjad is only a President, All He can do Is Make an Appeal oN Her Be half.
    She Needs To Find " Jill Carol" and have a " Chat ".
    Her mOther And Lawyer Lied ot Get he released.
    They Too now face charges as well.
    Have Sarah and Jill " Chat " Then get back to me, INshallah.

    September 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      Alhumadilliah I se JOrdan has accpted mY offer, Welcome Queen Rania, And Jordan, INshallah.

      here is a Message for " MY Women", God willing,

      Sallam wr wb, I actully Take the Tiem and read all the Comments as I can.
      Take aGood Look What americans and thes eothers are saying.
      this is how much THEY Care.
      Ahaki Ihaminndinjad is only a President, All He can do Is Make an Appeal oN Her Be half.
      She Needs To Find " Jill Carol" and have a " Chat ".
      Her Mother And Lawyer Lied ot Get he released.
      They Too now face charges as well.
      Have Sarah and Jill " Chat " Then get back to me, INshallah.

      oh great just what i need, 2 more damn women,,, *sighs*

      ***://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-wJNpWgss8

      September 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |