From AP REPORTS
65-million-year-old duckbilled dinosaur coming back to North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Dakota the duckbilled dinosaur is coming home.
The 65-million-year-old fossilized hadrosaur found in North Dakota's Badlands a decade ago has been studied by paleontologists, had its innards scanned by NASA and starred in a National Geographic television documentary.
The dinosaur, expected to arrive Friday in a big truck, will be ready for public display in the State Historical Society of North Dakota in Bismarck in early June.
The body portion weighs 8,000 pounds, and another portion weighs 1,500 pounds, including the tail. A third part, including a leg, is much smaller.
Unlike most collections of bones found in museums, this hadrosaur came complete with fossilized skin, ligaments, tendons and possibly some internal organs, according to researchers.
"To have something that was found here in North Dakota come back here to the Heritage Center is so great to have happen," said Merl Paaverud, the center's director. "It'll be wonderful for our kids."
The dinosaur was discovered in 1999 near Marmarth by Tyler Lyson, 24, who spotted its bony tail while hiking on his uncle's ranch in the Badlands.
Lyson, then a high school sophomore, noted the location of his find but didn't come back until five years later, when he discovered the rest of the creature.
Didja hear the one about the wisecracking politician? Vt. lawmaker takes comedy seriously
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – How many politicians does it take to draw a laugh?
At least one in Vermont, where state Rep. Jason Lorber does standup gigs, produces comedy shows and runs improv workshops when he's not making laws.
"When I first came here, people said 'You're the first comedian to come to the Statehouse.' I say 'I'm the first PROFESSIONAL comedian to come to the Statehouse,'" he said.
He says legislating and performing are both passions for him.
"Politics is about changing society and trying to make the world a better place. And performing makes me feel so alive. I love the creative aspect of it," he said.
Lorber grew up in California, making him a "flatlander" or non-native to Vermonters. That gives him an outsider's view on things New Englanders take for granted, like coping with winters:
"I have a regimen for keeping warm: I get up, I put on a tank top, T-shirt, flannel shirt, sweater, jacket and scarf. Then if it dips below 50, I put on more clothes."
Or the state's quirky fondness for the good old days:
"I'm used to directions based on what street you're supposed to turn on. In Vermont, directions are based on landmarks that burned down 15 years ago."
He also isn't shy about basing humor on his personal life — he's gay, in a civil union, and has a 1-year-old son.
"The thing about my partner is, he's gay. Which I'm fine with. Growing up, I never pictured myself being with a gay guy. Now, I've come to realize that I could never be happy being with a straight guy."
While standup comedy isn't exactly big business in Vermont — the state has no comedy clubs — some of Lorber's fellow lawmakers have an appreciation for what he's doing.
"Anybody who can stand up in front of a group of people and try to elicit laughter, maybe being a legislator is the easy part of his life," said state Rep. Floyd Nease.
Led Zeppelin guitarist ready to take band on world tour
TOKYO (AP) – Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said Monday he was ready to take the iconic band on a world tour after burning up the stage at last month's reunion concert in London. But it probably won't be before September.
"The amount of work we put into O2 was what you would normally put into a world tour anyway," Page, 64, said of the intense rehearsing the band did for the Dec. 10 concert at London's O2 Arena.
The band's three surviving members — Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones — were joined at the sold-out benefit show by the late John Bonham's son Jason on drums.
Page, who was in Japan to promote the new Zeppelin release, "Mothership," said the two-hour-plus concert was proof that Led Zeppelin can still perform at its best.
He said the band, which formed in 1968, was ready musically to get back together and take it out on a wider run, but it was not clear when it would go on tour as the singer had other plans.
"Robert Plant has a parallel project and he is busy with that until September," Page said.
Plant and bluegrass star Alison Krauss will begin their world tour with a run of shows in the southern U.S. this spring. The two released an album in October called "Raising Sand" that debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart in the U.S. The duo will tour Europe in May before returning for North American shows still to be announced for June and July.
Page said the band set their standards very high before agreeing to do the reunion, their first in 20 years. Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980 after the elder Bonham's death.
Page said they rehearsed for weeks, apprehensive that the cohesion they had in the 1970s when they were at their peak might be hard to rediscover.
"We wanted people who might not have even been alive in 1980 when we finished to understand what we were," he said.
Page said all went well until he broke a finger in three places, forcing the band to postpone the show for several weeks.
"But we did the show, and it was great," he said. "It was instant in terms of chemistry."
Rival Kenyan tribes face off with machetes, clubs and rocks in once quiet tourist town
NAIVASHA, Kenya (AP) — Hundreds of people from rival tribes confronted one another on a main road in this western Kenya town Monday, hefting machetes, clubs and rocks and retreating only when a handful of police between them fired live bullets into the air.
Violence also broke out Monday in another western town, Kisumu, where similarly armed mobs set some houses ablaze. Gangs set buses ablaze at the main downtown bus station, and one driver was burned alive in his minibus, according to witness Lillian Ocho.
A month of ethnic clashes roiling Kenya have claimed the lives of 800 people. The fighting began after President Mwai Kibaki's Dec. 27 re-election, which international and local observers say was rigged. About 255,000 people have been forced from their homes.
The bloodshed has transformed this once-stable African country, pitting neighbors against one another and turning towns where tourists used to gather for luxury holidays into no-go zones.
In Kisumu on Monday, young men blocked roads out of the town with burning tires and rocks.
Tens of thousands of Indonesians mourn ex-dictator Suharto despite his tarnished rights record
SOLO, Indonesia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Indonesians mourned former dictator Suharto during his state funeral Monday, a striking display of affection for the U.S. Cold War ally whose brutal military regime killed hundreds of thousands of left-wing political opponents.
As mourners watched a motorcade carry the former dictator's body to the Suharto family mausoleum, many sobbed and called out the name of the man whose rule, though harsh, brought economic growth and stability to Indonesia.
"He was a great man," said Sumartini, a 65-year-old woman. "His death touched us deeply."
The former president died Sunday of multiple organ failure after more than three weeks on life support at a Jakarta hospital. He was 86.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the funeral, which began just before noon at the mausoleum near the city of Solo, Suharto's hometown, some 250 miles east of the capital. After a reading of Suharto's military accomplishments, a shot was fired in his honor and Yudhoyono saluted.