WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF: Norway killer given the chance to explain his actions, Warren Buffett has prostate cancer

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 9:40 p.m. CDT; updated 11:17 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Accused Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik arrives at the courtroom, in Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday. The anti-Muslim fanatic who admitted to killing 77 people in a bomb-and-shooting massacre is set to take the stand in his terror trial. Anders Behring Breivik will have five days to explain why he set off a bomb in Oslo's government district, killing eight, and then gunned down 69 at a Labor Party youth camp outside the Norwegian capital. (AP Photo/Heiko Junge/Scanpix Norway, Pool)

Norwegian mass murderer explains his motives in court: OSLO, Norway – Anders Behring Breivik was given the chance in court to explain why he detonated a bomb outside government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people, then drove to a nearby resort island, where he massacred 69 others, mostly teens, at a summer youth camp run by the governing Labor Party.

The 33-year-old far-right militant gave a rambling hour-long address to the court Tuesday, reading from a statement that essentially summarized the 1,500-page anti-Islamic manifesto he posted online before his bomb-and-shooting rampage nine months ago.


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Bin Laden's family to leave Pakistan overnight: ISLAMABAD — Osama bin Laden's three widows and their nine children were scheduled to be deported to Saudi Arabia overnight, almost a year after U.S. Navy SEALs killed the al-Qaida chief at a compound in northwest Pakistan, their lawyer said Tuesday.

The family was detained by Pakistani authorities immediately after a pre-dawn raid on May 2 in Abbottabad. They were interrogated by Pakistani officials and eventually charged last month with illegally entering and living in the country. They were convicted April 2 and sentenced to 45 days in prison, with credit for about a month served. Their prison term, which was spent at a well-guarded house in Islamabad, ends Tuesday.

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Space shuttle Discovery enters Washington D.C.: CHANTILLY, Va. — The world's most traveled space ship took victory laps around Washington D.C. bolted to the top of a jumbo jet in celebration of a great career.

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Warren Buffett says he has early prostate cancer: OMAHA, Neb. – Warren Buffett told his company's shareholders in an open letter Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

The 81-year-old billionaire investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said his condition is "not remotely life-threatening" or debilitating. He said he and his doctors have decided on a two-month treatment plan that is to begin in mid-July.

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