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Man back in U.S. to face murder charge

LOS ANGELES — An Alabama man who served prison time in Australia for his wife's drowning death during their honeymoon returned Thursday to the U.S., where he faces murder charges that could carry a much stiffer punishment.

Gabe Watson, 33, arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday morning after he was deported on a commercial flight from Melbourne, Australia. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said Watson was accompanied by two Immigration Department staff and three Queensland state police officers.

He was booked at a local police substation after his arrival, said Los Angeles police Lt. Aaron McCraney.

Thanksgiving at White House a quiet one

WASHINGTON — President Obama celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House, telephoning U.S. servicemen and women stationed around the world and dining on his favorite holiday food with family and friends.

The White House says Obama made calls thanking two members each from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy for their service and sacrifice. He wished them and their families a happy Thanksgiving, before joining his own for the holiday.

The president, his wife Michelle and their daughters Malia and Sasha were expecting family, friends and staff to join them for a dinner of turkey, ham, potatoes — sweet and mashed — green bean casserole and macaroni and cheese.

Ex-madam's house damaged in fire

PAHRUMP, Nev. —A Thanksgiving Day chimney fire has ravaged part of the Nevada home of former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.

The 44-year-old Fleiss tells KVVU-TV she was at the house in Pahrump, west of Last Vegas, when the fire broke out, but was unharmed.

KVVU-TV reports the fire started in a chimney that lacked a "spark arrestor," a device that prevents sparks from escaping the fireplace.

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