World briefs – August 4

Alaska officials have dismissed an ethics complaint filed against former Gov. Sarah Palin that alleged she violated state law because the TLC docu-series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” took advantage of a state film production program she signed into law.

Ethics complaint against Palin dismissed

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska officials have dismissed an ethics complaint filed against former Gov. Sarah Palin that alleged she violated state law because the TLC docu-series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” took advantage of a state film production program she signed into law.

Malia Litman of Dallas filed the complaint. She also alleged Palin benefited from the production of the eight-part series in violation of a two-year moratorium that bars former officials from being compensated for assisting others in dealing with the state.

Film office documents show producers of the reality program received nearly $1.2 million in tax production credits after spending about $3.6 million in the state.


Device attached to teen harmless: police

SYDNEY, Australia — Australian police say a suspicious device that was attached to a Sydney teen contained no explosives.

New South Wales state Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch said Thursday that someone attached the device to 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver as part of an elaborate hoax.

Pulver spent 10 horrifying hours attached to the device in her suburban Sydney home as a bomb squad tried to figure out if it contained explosives.

No one has been arrested.


‘Miracle’ turtle returned to sea after recovery

JUNO BEACH, Fla. — A badly injured sea turtle that underwent a year of rehabilitation and innovative surgeries was released Wednesday by caretakers hoping he finds a mate and helps his endangered species prosper.

Andre, as the 177-pound (80-kilogram) green sea turtle is known, crawled into the water and swam out of sight before a crowd of hundreds of raucous supporters.

He was near death when he was found split open and stranded last year.

“He has overcome obstacles, predators, food scarcities, cold winters — any number of things that may have ended his life — and he has survived,” said Dr. Nancy Mettee, a veterinarian at Loggerhead Marinelife Center who cared for Andre. “He’s really a miracle turtle.”

When Andre was found stranded on a sandbar on June 15, 2010, he had gaping holes in his shell, the result of two apparent boat strikes. More than three pounds (1.4 kilograms) of sand were inside him, along with at least a couple of crabs, a raging infection and a collapsed lung. His spinal cord was exposed, pneumonia was plaguing him and death seemed certain.


Dozens charged in child exploitation ring

WASHINGTON — Seventy-two people have been charged with participating in an international child pornography network that prosecutors say used an online bulletin board called Dreamboard to trade tens of thousands of images and videos of sexually abused children.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday a 20-month law enforcement effort called Operation Delego targeted more than 600 Dreamboard members around the world for allegedly participating in the private, members-only Internet club created to promote pedophilia.