U.S. deports first Haitians since quake
Immigration authorities repatriated 26 Haitians previously convicted of crimes on Thursday, plus another man who was acquitted in a 2007 terror plot, the first such deportations since the Obama administration halted them after the devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. The deportations were criticized by members of the Haitian-American community and immigration advocates who say the Haitians will face dire, inhumane conditions on their return. An attorney for Lyglenson Lemorin, who was acquitted in 2007 of a plot to destroy the Sears Tower in Chicago, confirmed the 35-year-old man was among those deported.
NASA adds June shuttle flight
NASA doesn't know yet where it will get the money, but the space agency officially added another space shuttle launch to its schedule. It set a target launch date of June 28 for Atlantis and started preparations for the 135th and final shuttle flight. Discovery's last mission is slated for Feb. 24, Endeavour's in April. Meanwhile, the largest rocket ever launched from the West Coast, a 235-foot-tall Delta 4 Heavy Launch Vehicle, blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base with a classified defense satellite as its payload.
'Don't ask, don't tell' policy costly
The U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military cost the Pentagon more than $193 million over six years, the Government Accountability Office reported. In the first-ever public accounting of the cost of the Clinton-era policy, which remains in effect despite its December repeal, the GAO determined that the bulk of that expenditure, $185.7 million, went toward recruiting and training replacements for the 3,664 gay service members expelled during those years. The Pentagon spent another $7.7 million on administrative costs.
Women tell premier: 'Enough'
More than 2,000 women — mothers and daughters, politicians, artists and others — have signed an online petition telling Premier Silvio Berlusconi that not all women in Italy are prostitutes or showgirls, in response to his encounters with a teenage Moroccan girl. The campaign, entitled "Basta!" or "Enough!" is being coordinated by the leftist L'Unita newspaper, which is close to Italy's center-left opposition. Prosecutors have placed Berlusconi and three associates under investigation, alleging he paid for sex with the 17-year-old and used his office to cover it up.
California: Charles Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel, 63, one of two surviving women convicted in the 1969 murder of Sharon Tate and six others, was denied parole.
Ivory Coast: The United Nations warned that violence is spreading, citing nearly two dozen rapes in the country's west and one case where a political opponent was sexually tortured.
Missouri: A winter storm that blew across the Midwest was blamed for at least six traffic deaths, as it dumped more than a foot of snow in some parts.
Tunisia: The country's former ruling party announced the dissolution of its leadership committee and threw its lot in with the new government as thousands rallied against it in Tunis and other cities.
Compiled from Times wires.