Lindsay Lohan ordered back to court – Lindsay Lohan allegedly failed a court-ordered alcohol test last week and will have to go before a judge for a probation violation hearing Thursday morning, according to a source close to the case. Lohan's failed test comes while the actress is confined to her Venice Beach, California, home after pleading guilty to stealing a necklace. The actress will appear before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, the same judge who sentenced her, a prosecution spokeswoman said.
Fugitive captured – Accused Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger is expected to be arraigned Thursday in Los Angeles. Bulger was arrested Wednesday by the FBI Fugitive Task Force in Santa Monica, California, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Bulger had been on the run since the mid-'90s after fleeing Boston as he was about to be arrested in connection with 19 killings, racketeering and other crimes. Bulger, 81, has been the subject of several books and was said to be the inspiration for the 2006 movie "The Departed."
Administration promotes Afghanistan plan – The day after announcing his decision to increase the pace of the troop drawdown in Afghanistan beyond the recommendations of his military commanders, President Barack Obama hits the road Thursday to sell the plan. He will meet with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, many of whom have just returned from Afghanistan. He'll also meet with Gold Star families and later speak at three fundraising events in New York. Also Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on evaluating goals and progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Senate tackles confirmation hearings – Senate committees will be busy with several confirmation hearings Thursday: William Burns to be deputy secretary of state, Gary Locke to be ambassador to China, Ryan Crocker to be ambassador to Afghanistan, and Gen. David Petraeus to head the CIA, replacing Leon Panetta, who becomes defense secretary.
Flooding, storms, fires rage – Water is overtopping dikes in Minot, North Dakota, where roughly 12,000 people live in the Souris River evacuation zone. In the Louisville, Kentucky, area, thousands of people were without electricity early Thursday after a powerful storm moved through. The storm damaged Churchill Downs, the world-famous horse track, officials said.
Meanwhile, crews are battling 58 large wildfires from Alaska to Florida, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center. All told, the fires have burned 2,166 square miles or 1.4 million acres – nearly the size of Delaware. The largest of the fires continues to be Arizona's Wallow Fire, which has burned 529,825 acres so far. Officials said it is about 58% contained.
Mystery surrounds Venezuelan leader's health – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been at an undisclosed location in Cuba for almost two weeks recovering from surgery for a pelvic abscess. Tables were turned when ailing former Cuban President Fidel Castro visited his bedside. But Chavez's unusual silence, with no tweets for 15 days and little public comment, is making noise at home.