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By Compiled from wire service reports by Ross Atkin / March 24, 2008



The California Department of Corrections said it erred in releasing former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson from prison last week and is returning her to the same prison in central California from which she was paroled. Before her arrest in 1999, Olson had spent many years as a fugitive in Minnesota for her role in attempted bombings and a botched bank robbery. She was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army at the time.

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice apologized to the three major presidential candidates for a subcontractor's improper invasion of their passport records. The company involved in the breach said that four workers who gained access to the documents were fired or otherwise punished.

Having completed the installation of a laboratory and robot during 33 hours of spacewalks, shuttle Endeavour astronauts rested Sunday ahead of Monday's undocking from the International Space Station and mid-week return to Florida. NASA plans to fly 10 more missions to the station before the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010.

During their spring breaks, about 500 college students have volunteered their efforts to rebuild damaged homes and neighborhoods in the Lower Ninth ward of New Orleans, one of the hardest hit by hurricane Katrina in 2005. Charities and community groups spent months preparing for the influx of free labor.

A Marine fighter pilot who nursed an abused mongrel dog in Iraq was reunited with "Nubs" in San Diego Saturday. The family and friends of Maj. Brian Dennis raised $3,500 to have the dog flown to San Diego about a month ago. Dennis discovered the dog after it had been stabbed with a screwdriver.

The Chino, Calif., slaughterhouse worker caught abusing sick cows on an undercover video filmed by the Humane Society has been sentenced to six months in jail. The footage showed cows being shocked with electric prods and dragged with chains and forklifts. The evidence led to the largest recall of beef in US history.

Newly installed Gov. David Paterson of New York threw his support behind a bill that would charge motorists $8 to enter Manhattan during the workday. The objective is to reduce congestion and pollution and raise revenue for mass transit improvements.

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