Actress Lindsay Lohan must remain in a drug rehabilitation program until January 3, 2011, instead of going to jail for violating her probation with a failed drug test, a judge ruled Friday.
If Lohan violates the rules of her rehab program or fails a drug test before her next court date on February 25, she will be sent to jail for 180 days, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox told her.
Staying clean and sober until then would end Lohan's supervised probation and she can "put this long episode behind you," Fox said.
A tour bus was stuck on a cliff, with the driver and a passenger suspected still trapped inside, according to the Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan. It was not immediately clear whether they were injured or dead. Another tour bus, with 19 people aboard, was missing.
Soldiers were deployed to rescue those trapped, including about 200 visitors from China, said Cai Min, a spokesman for Taiwan's National Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission. More than two dozen travelers had been rescued by Friday afternoon, officials said.
Megi, which killed at least 11 people in the Philippines, is expected to reach southern China early Saturday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.
Cholera outbreak in Haiti - A fast-moving cholera outbreak north of the Haitian capital has killed at least 138 people, a U.N. official said Friday.
A California judge has set bail for actress Lindsey Lohan at $300,00, a few hours after another judge ordered her into jail for failing a court-ordered drug test, a Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman said.
Earlier Friday, Judge Elden Fox ordered Lohan jailed for four weeks without bail while she awaited a probation revocation hearing scheduled for October 22.
Lohan was led out of Fox's courtroom in handcuffs.
In response to a writ of habeas corpus filed on Lohan's behalf, Judge Patricia Schnegg set bail at $300,000, Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said.
Lohan must wear an alcohol-detection device after bail is posted, Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said.
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4 dead in Seattle shooting: Five people were shot - four fatally - at a Seattle, Washington, home Thursday, police said.
Virginia executes woman who hired killers: Teresa Lewis, called the mastermind in the murder-for-hire deaths of her husband and stepson, was executed Thursday night.
Lindsay Lohan was taken out of a Los Angeles courtroom in handcuffs after a judge ordered she be returned to jail until late next month.
The 24-year-old actress is scheduled to remain in jail until her probation violation hearing October 22.
Lohan served 13 days in jail and 23 days in rehab for a 2007 drunk driving conviction and was released on probation last month.
Her supervised probation required counseling, behavior therapy and random drug tests, and Lohan tweeted last week that she had "regrettably" failed her most recent drug test.
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.
Lindsay Lohan is a changed woman after her 13 days in jail and 23 days in a drug rehab program, her lawyer asserted Wednesday.
"She has learned her lesson," defense lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley told
the judge at a Wednesday morning hearing.
"She's very serious about her sobriety," Holley said. "She looks forward to proving to the court that she is taking this seriously. She has learned her
Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:
Putting a ring on it: It was quite the celebrity wedding weekend, with former first daughter Chelsea Clinton marrying longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky in a lavish ceremony in Rhinebeck, New York. (After midnight, late-night munchies stole the show.) Recording artist Alicia Keys married hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz at a private residence overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Atlanta rapper T.I. married longtime fiancée Tiny Cottle in a glitzy soiree in Miami Beach, Florida.
Gulf oil disaster: The spill continued to make news Monday, with the dispersants used by BP coming under increased scrutiny. The Environmental Protection Agency said tests prove that the oil, not the dispersants, remain "the No. 1 enemy." The oil disaster seems to have leaked into the real estate market as well. For many residents, discovery of oil on their land used to mean guaranteed big bucks (Black gold? Texas tea?). But because of the spill, waterfront residents say home sales may be especially cruddy. In fact, the BP oil spill could cost homeowners $68 million in lost property value over the next year, according to a report released Monday.
#jailbreak: The iPhone 4 “jailbreak,” finally legal, is getting a lot of clicks. The hack - available at jailbreakme.com - installs a program that lets iPhone 4 owners and others purchase apps from stores other than Apple's. But be careful! It's still a risky proposition.
Lindsay's out: Speaking of jail, Lindsay Lohan has been released from prison after 13 days in the pokey. It’s on to rehab for the actress and singer.
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Couple wanted for abandoning boy, dead sister: Arrest warrants have been issued for a southern California couple who may have fled to Mexico after authorities found a dead child in their home, a police spokeswoman told CNN Tuesday.
NAACP 'snookered' over ex-USDA employee video: The NAACP has retracted a statement condemning comments made by a former Agriculture Department official who resigned after a video clip surfaced of her discussing a white farmer. NAACP President Benjamin Jealous posted on his Twitter account that he "spoke to Ms. [Shirley] Sherrod earlier today and personally apologized." The NAACP said it was "snookered by Fox News" and conservative website publisher Andrew Breitbart.
Lindsay Lohan begins probation violation jail term: Actress Lindsay Lohan showed little emotion as a deputy put her in handcuffs in a Beverly Hills, California, courtroom Tuesday morning to take her to jail to begin what is expected to be a two-week stay. Lohan was "cooperative" during booking, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Lesbian teen wins $35k from school over prom dispute: A school district in Mississippi has agreed to pay a recent high school graduate $35,000 in damages and adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a statement Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU sued the school district in Fulton, Mississippi, on behalf of Constance McMillen, a lesbian teen who was told by school officials she and her girlfriend would be ejected if they attended the school-sponsored prom.
Mexican police arrest man hiding 18 monkeys under clothes at airport: Mexican authorities at the airport in the nation's capital ran into some unexpected monkey business while searching a man with a bulge under his shirt: 18 monkeys. Roberto Sol Cabrera Zavaleta, 38, became "markedly nervous" when asked what he was transporting, Mexico's Public Safety Department said. Two of the titi monkeys were dead, and 16 of them survived the journey from Lima, Peru, the department said.
USDA controversy - Monday, no one had heard of Shirley Sherrod. Tuesday, she was one of the most Googled people in the world. She resigned from her Georgia-based job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture after a video of her speaking about a white farmer surfaced on a conservative blogger's website.
Sherrod is vehement that she's been misunderstood. She told CNN that she tried to tell her bosses the full story, but they didn't want to listen.
The Washington Post is asking: Is Sherrod a racist or a scapegoat?
LL off to the clink - Long ago, a Hollywood ingenue of natural beauty dazzled audiences with her portrayal of identical twins. The actress was fair and lovely, innocent and sweet. But no longer does she stare into the stage lights. As of late, her star on free-fall, she has been staring at her attorney (whoever is representing her at that moment). Fade to black. And scene. So went Lindsey Lohan Tuesday, at least for 90 days, as she began her jail stint in California for probation violation. At a Beverly Hills courthouse Lohan turned herself in, and cameras were ordered to darkness after deputies handcuffed Lohan. She was reportedly wearing black.
That's more than 3.4 ounces - Let's continue with the circus theme. Imagine carrying one monkey under your shirt? Slightly uncomfortable. Now, two. What about three? Super fun. Let's do 18! A man in Mexico City was arrested after airport authorities discovered he was hiding that many titi monkeys in his shirt. He told police the animals were "pets" that he had purchased for $30. Titi monkeys are protected endangered species and you've got to have a permit to have them. Does that mean that if he had his paperwork in order, we'd have "Monkeys on a Plane?"
Resignation amid racism charges - There's much controversy swirling around the resignation of a black U.S. Agriculture Department employee. A recent video clip shows Shirley Sherrod discussing how she treated a white farmer who was in danger of losing his property. Some interpreted her comments as racist. But Sherrod contends that's not true, and that the video has been taken out of context. Until her resignation, she was the USDA's state director of rural development for Georgia. The incident described in the video occurred in 1986, when she was working for a nonprofit, she said Tuesday.
"I was telling the story of how working with him helped me to see the issue is not about race," Sherrod explained to CNN's "American Morning." "It's about those who have versus those who do not have."
"Static kill" - July 20 marks the three-month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. As tests continued on BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil giant and the Coast Guard announced that yet another method might be used to stop the gusher for good. "Static kill" involves pumping mud into the well to force oil back into the reservoir below. But that won't happen Tuesday, said BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells, who cautioned that the idea is "very much in its infancy." Relief wells, Wells said, are "still the ultimate solution."
Kagan vote - It's a big day for Elena Kagan. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The nomination requries approval by the full Senate, and a vote is expected before the chamber goes on its August recess. Kagan would become the fourth female justice in the history of the nation's highest court.
Just In, 12:35 p.m. ET: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Kagan.
Lohan to jail - Ninety days. That's the sentence Lindsay Lohan will begin serving Tuesday. The troubled movie star is expected to appear in court in Los Angeles, California, at 8:45 a.m. (11:45 a.m. ET). TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Lohan's lawyer Robert Shapiro had quit. He is expected to appear in court with her anyway.
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Person of interest in girl's abduction kills self: A man sought questioning in the abduction of a 4-year-old Missouri girl shot and killed himself as investigators approached him, authorities in St. Louis said.
Lindsay Lohan gets 90 days in jail: Actress Lindsay Lohan was ordered Tuesday to serve 90 days in jail for missing alcohol counseling sessions in violation of her probation.
A judge on Tuesday ordered actress Lindsay Lohan to serve 90 days in jail for missing alcohol counseling sessions in violation of her probation.
The judge also ordered Lohan to spend 90 days in a drug and alcohol rehab program after her jail term is completed.
The actress must begin serving her sentence on July 20, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel said.
After Revel ruled that Lohan had violated her probation in a 2007 drunken driving conviction by missing weekly alcohol counseling sessions, Lohan began sobbing as she addressed the court. "I did do everthing that I was told to do and did the best I could," she said.