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In brief: Five killed by bomb on lorry

a remote-controlled bomb exploded near a police vehicle in Peshawar, Pakistan killing five people and wounding dozens. Four police officers are among the dead.

The blast occurred in the Lahori gate area of the city early today.

Senior police official Imtiaz Khan said the lorry that was hit was carrying police constables heading to start their shift for the day.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Peshawar lies near Pakistan's tribal areas where Taliban and al-Qa'ida fighters operate. The city has endured numerous bombings in recent years, many of them aimed at security forces.



Football star's pimp is jailed

A man who pleaded guilty to arranging a sexual encounter between an underage prostitute and American football star Lawrence Taylor has been sentenced to seven years in prison in New York.

Before Rasheed Davis was sentenced, the teenager told the federal court that the ex-con beat her, then drove her to meet Taylor when she was 16. Cristina Fierro is now 18.

Davis pleaded guilty to transporting a minor for paid sex but has objected to being called a pimp.



Lopez is back as Idol judge

celebrity judge Jennifer Lopez will return for another season of American Idol, show bosses have said.

Lopez hasn't said anything herself.

But executive producer Nigel Lythgoe made the announcement on radio. He acknowledged it wasn't official.

But he added he was "delighted to say that all three judges" and the show's "brilliant host" are back for the next season.



¤19m Statue of Liberty revamp

The Statue of Liberty will close for a year as it undergoes a $27.25m (¤19m) renovation that officials said will make the interior safer and more accessible.

The monument will stay open until October 28.

It will be closed the following day, though Liberty Island will be open as contractors make repairs.

Visiting to the crown has been restricted since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.


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