'Dog the Bounty Hunter' finally free of charges

HONOLULU - Duane 'Dog' Chapman cannot be extradited to Mexico to face criminal charges in his capture of serial rapist and fugitive Andrew Luster in 2003, a three-judge panel in Mexico has ruled.

The unanimous ruling was handed down Tuesday. The TV bounty hunter, his son Leland Chapman and associate Tim Chapman faced being sent to the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, where they captured Luster, who had jumped a $1 million bond on charges that he drugged and raped three women.

'He's a free man,' Chapman's San Francisco-based attorney, James A. Quadra, said in a telephone interview late Tuesday.

Senator to be married at 83

HONOLULU - Sen. Daniel Inouye, the 83-year-old who ranks No. 3 in seniority in the chamber, is getting married.

The Hawaii Democrat said Tuesday he is engaged to Irene Hirano, the president and chief executive officer of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. They plan to marry May 24 in Los Angeles, Inouye said in a news release.

The release from Inouye's office did not give Hirano's age, and museum officials could not be reached by telephone after hours.

Margaret Awamura Inouye, Inouye's wife of nearly 60 years, died in March 2006 of complications from colon cancer at age 81.

Ethan Hawke and his girlfriend are expecting a baby

NEW YORK - Ethan Hawke and his girlfriend, Ryan Shawhughes, are expecting a baby.

'I can confirm and they are thrilled,' Hawke's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

'No further details will be made available,' Buxbaum said in an e-mail.

Hawke, 37, has two children from his marriage to Uma Thurman.

His screen credits include 'Training Day,' 'Dead Poets Society,' 'Great Expectations' and 'Before Sunset.'