Dalai Lama OK being low-key

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. —The Dalai Lama says he isn't offended by the low-key reception he received from President Obama during his visit to the White House earlier this week.

The exiled spiritual leader said on Saturday that he understands Obama must be practical in juggling his desire for human rights in Tibet, while not angering China, a growing economic power.

Obama hosted the Dalai Lama on Thursday but kept the get-together off-camera and low-key to avoid inflaming tensions with China.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to remove Tibet from Chinese rule and objects strongly to all his contact with foreign leaders.

The Dalai Lama says that in the "last six decades my heart hardened" and he considers a face-to-face meeting more important than diplomatic stagecraft.

Former Madoff aide helping investigators

NEW YORK — A man who helped Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff steal billions of dollars has earned himself friends in the Justice Department.

In a letter made public Friday, federal prosecutors said Madoff's former chief aide Frank DiPascali had provided "substantial assistance" to investigators.

They said they anticipated writing an "extraordinary" letter recommending leniency when he is sentenced for crimes including securities fraud and money laundering.

The memo to the judge was initially written in December but remained sealed until Friday.

DiPascali pleaded guilty in August to helping Madoff implement his massive Ponzi scheme. DiPascali's bail had been set at $10 million.