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Rembrandt stolen at hotel

A drawing by Rembrandt valued at $250,000 (¤174,900) was stolen from a hotel in southern California in what sheriff's investigators said was a well-planned heist.

The pen-and-ink drawing, believed to be called The Judgment, was snatched while a curator was distracted by a guest at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman said.

Detectives believe the theft occurred during a 15-minute window starting at 10.20pm.

Duff expecting her first baby

Hilary Duff and her husband are expecting their first child.

The 23-year-old singer and actress announced the news on her website, after noting that she and Mike Comrie (30) are celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary.

"We also want to share the exciting news that baby makes three," Duff wrote on her site.

"We are extremely happy and ready to start this new chapter of our lives."

Japan marks end of WWII

Japan has marked the 66th anniversary of its surrender in the Second World War with sombre remembrances across the country and a memorial in Tokyo led by the emperor.

The ceremonies come as the country struggles to recover from this year's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Emperor Akihito, whose father made the unprecedented 1945 national radio address announcing the war could not be won, offered prayers for the dead and hopes for peace at today's memorial in Tokyo.

Dog back after a year missing

A Maltese dog that disappeared more than a year ago after a fatal car crash in New Mexico has been returned to surviving family members in Michigan.

The crash in June last year killed Gary Benson and his daughter, Emily.

Afterwards, his wife and four surviving children searched unsuccessfully for the family pet, named Caesar.

A volunteer at a shelter in Tucumcari contacted Ms Benson after scanning a microchip in Caesar earlier this month.