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NEW YORK (AP) — Evan Rachel Wood is going to be a mom. Wood's publicist, Amanda Silverman, said Friday the 25-year-old actress and her husband, Jamie Bell, are expecting their first child later this year. She said Wood and Bell are "thrilled." The couple married last year. They first dated in 2005 but broke up the following year. Wood's breakout role was in 2003's gritty film "Thirteen." In 2011, she co-starred with Kate Winslet in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce." Both roles earned her Golden Globe nominations.
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Shiite Muslims hit by a twin bombing that killed 86 people refused to bury their dead Friday, demanding the Pakistani government do more to protect them from increasing violence against the minority sect. The attack on a billiards hall Thursday night in the southwestern city of Quetta marked a bloody start to the new year after a human rights group said 2012 was the deadliest ever for Shiites in the majority Sunni Muslim country.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday they have agreed to speed up slightly the schedule for moving Afghanistan's security forces into the lead across the country, with U.S. troops shifting fully to a support role. The leaders also said Obama agreed to place battlefield detainees under the control of the Afghan government.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new study from the University of Minnesota says the state's open enrollment policy may have an unintended consequence. The study says it has increased racial segregation in Twin Cities area and St. Cloud school districts. The study doesn't question the policy itself, but says Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud school districts have lost a substantial number of students under open enrollment. And the majority of the students leaving for nearby districts are white. The study's authors examined enrollment patterns over a decade in 11 counties.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota activist's father has pleaded guilty in Iowa to bumping a federal prosecutor in anger after his son was sent to prison for animal enterprise terrorism. Timothy DeMuth of Minneapolis pleaded guilty Thursday to obstructing Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford Cronk after his son's 2011 sentencing. A plea agreement says DeMuth was upset a judge ordered his son, Scott, taken to prison rather than letting him surrender later. DeMuth bumped shoulders with Cronk and stood in his way so the prosecutor couldn't leave the courtroom.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities on Friday identified a 24-year-old man discovered living in Minnesota under an assumed name, nearly two decades after his grandparents abducted him from Indiana. The paternal grandparents could face federal charges in the case, a Minnesota sheriff said. The Todd County Sheriff's Office said Richard Wayne Landers Jr. now lives in the small northern Minnesota town of Long Prairie under the name Michael Jeff Landers.
SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — Blood alcohol results show country star Randy Travis was legally drunk when he was arrested naked following a traffic accident in Texas. Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown says Travis was formally charged Wednesday with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.15. The legal limit for driving in Texas is 0.08. The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to two years in jail and a $4,000 fine.
HARTBEESPOORT, South Africa (AP) — Do you remember your first kiss? If you have a few years under your belt, maybe you stole it in the back of the movie theater, the projector whirring in the darkness. Or rather, back of the "bioscope," a word for the cinema in South Africa in the old days. The fantasy world of "Pretville," a Grease-style film musical in the Afrikaans language, celebrates 1950s Americana, the thrill of first love and foot-tapping classics that evoke innocence and discovery.
NEW YORK (AP) — Philanthropist and former Wall Street money manager Michael Steinhardt began collecting objects of Jewish history and culture three decades ago, eventually amassing a trove of manuscripts, textiles and art worth millions of dollars. Now, the 72-year-old wants to sell his more than 500-piece collection so others can enjoy it. Sotheby's will auction the collection in New York on April 29 after exhibiting it in Moscow and Jerusalem and offering special presentations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil and several European and U.S. cities.
PONEMAH – A 46-year-old Ponemah man faces a federal charge of involuntary manslaughter for a death last summer on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, according to papers unsealed Thursday in federal court. Gordon Dean Johnson faces the charge for the Aug. 19, 2012, death of 17-year-old Kaishauna Thunder of Redby. She was struck about 3 a.m. while walking alongside Minnesota Highway 1.