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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Helen Thomas retires after Israel remarks

WASHINGTON -- Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired Monday as a columnist for Hearst News Service following remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues.

The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, has been a fixture in Washington and has been lauded as a pioneering female journalist who has covered presidents since 1960.

Known for her confrontational questioning, Thomas apologized for comments that were captured on video and have spread widely on the Internet. On the May 27 video, Thomas said Israelis should ''get the hell out of Palestine'' and suggests they go to Germany, Poland or the U.S.

Hearst announced her retirement, effective immediately, shortly after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called her remarks ''offensive and reprehensible'' during his daily briefing with reporters. Thomas, who has had a front-row seat in the briefing room for many years, was not present.

Lawyer: Sheen to plead guilty to misdemeanor

DENVER -- Charlie Sheen has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in his domestic violence case and work at a Colorado theater company during a 30-day jail sentence, his wife's attorney said Monday.

In exchange, prosecutors would drop criminal mischief and felony menacing charges stemming from an argument Sheen had with his wife Brooke on Christmas Day at an Aspen home where they were on vacation, attorney Yale Galanter said.

The deal called for Sheen to serve a 30-day sentence and serve three months probation, Galanter said.

A judge must still approve the agreement. Sheen was expected to appear Monday in an Aspen court.

Tucci signs on to 'Captain America'

LOS ANGELES -- Stanley Tucci has signed on to help put Captain America in business.

The Academy Award-nominated actor has joined the cast of the superhero saga ''Captain America: The First Avenger.'' Tucci will play Dr. Abraham Erskine, who in the Marvel Comics series was a scientist behind a super-soldier program that gave the title hero his powers.

Due in theaters July 22, 2011, ''Captain America'' stars Chris Evans in the title role and also features Hugo Weaving and Hayley Atwell.