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Ireland releases American woman, 3 others without charge

Ireland

American, three others released without charge

Irish police said an American woman and three others arrested in Ireland over an alleged plot to assassinate Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks have been freed without charge. Seven people — the American woman, three Algerians, a Libyan, a Palestinian and a Croatian — were arrested Tuesday in Ireland. In Leadville, Colo., a woman identified the American as her daughter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 31. Christine Mott said she was informed of Paulin-Ramirez's arrest by the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies. Irish police said Saturday that three others who were also arrested remained in custody. After the arrests, U.S. authorities unsealed terror charges against Colleen LaRose of Pennsylvania. She allegedly went by the name "Jihad Jane" to recruit others online to kill Vilks, whose 2007 sketch depicted the head of the prophet Mohammed on a dog's body.

Salt Lake City

Legislator in hot tub incident quits

Utah's House majority leader resigned from the Legislature on Saturday, two days after acknowledging he paid a woman $150,000 to keep quiet about a nude hot-tubbing incident that took place a quarter century ago when she was a teenager. Republican Rep. Kevin Garn's Thursday night confession came in a speech before House colleagues and stunned the conservative state of Utah. On Saturday, Garn, 55, apologized in an e-mail to House Speaker David Clark for becoming a distraction. "After discussing this matter with my family, I have decided that it is in the best interests of them, my colleagues and the people of Utah," he wrote.

FALLS CHURCH, Va.

Reid's wife out of ICU after crash

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's wife has been transferred out of a Virginia hospital's intensive care unit and is improving after she was seriously injured in an accident on an interstate highway near Washington. Jon Summers, a spokesman for the senator, said Landra Reid's condition was upgraded on Saturday to good, two days after a semitrailer truck rear-ended the minivan she and their daughter were riding in on Interstate 95. Landra Reid, 69, underwent surgery Friday to stabilize her broken neck. Summers said doctors had indicated that she is on a fast track for recovery.

Israel

Gaffe during Biden visit spurs inquiry

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered an investigation into how government officials announced plans for a new Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden. While Biden was visiting last week, Israel's Interior Ministry said it approved plans to build 1,600 homes for Jews in disputed east Jerusalem. Biden condemned the announcement, which overshadowed his visit.

Poland

Vandals desecrate Holocaust memorial

Vandals sprayed anti-Semitic graffiti on Holocaust memorials at a former Nazi concentration camp in Poland, desecration that authorities discovered Saturday and are investigating. Words including "Jude Raus" — German for "Jew Out" — and "Hitler Good!" in English were found in red paint Saturday on a large monument at the former Plaszow camp near Krakow. A smaller memorial plaque was also painted with a swastika and "Jude Raus."

Times wires

Ireland releases American woman, 3 others without charge

03/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 10:36pm]
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