Blagojevich SAYS HE DIDN'T ACT ON WORDS
In a second day on the witness stand at his corruption retrial, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich began to give jurors on Friday his explanation for secretly recorded conversations of him allegedly scheming to leverage the powers of the governor's office for campaign cash. "A lot of times my words outpace my ideas and good judgment," testified Blagojevich, who contended, though, that he would quickly correct himself and not act out on his initial thoughts. He is set to return to the stand after the Memorial Day holiday.
Loughner goes to Mo. for treatment
The suspect in a Tucson shooting rampage was flown from Arizona to a Missouri prison facility where mental health experts will try to make him psychologically fit to stand trial. U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said Jared Lee Loughner arrived in Springfield, Mo., on Friday. A judge ruled Wednesday that he was mentally unfit to assist his lawyers in his defense. He is charged in the shooting that killed six and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.
Lebanon: A roadside bomb ripped through a U.N. convoy carrying Italian peacekeepers in southern Lebanon on Friday, wounding six in the first such attack since 2008, officials said.
China: American Eddie Jun of California arrived in Beijing today after being released by North Korea. He was detained for six months, reportedly for proselytizing.