PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Charlie Sheen released from LA hospital

Charlie Sheen released from LA hospital

LOS ANGELES — Charlie Sheen is out of the hospital and back home.

Publicist Stan Rosenfield said Sheen left a Los Angeles hospital Thursday night. Sheen had been taken to the hospital earlier in the day complaining of severe stomach pains. Rosenfield said the 45-year-old actor has a history of hernia problems.

Rosenfield said Friday that Sheen will be back on the set of CBS’ ‘‘Two and a Half Men’’ when a filming hiatus ends Tuesday.

Sheen has been dogged by personal problems and apparent health issues, with three hospitalizations in three months. Two weeks ago, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said the network has a ‘‘high level of concern’’ about its hard-partying star.

NBC News’ Whitaker named CNN editor

NEW YORK — NBC News’ Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker is leaving the network for a key management role at CNN.

CNN said Friday that Whitaker will become its executive vice president and managing editor, responsible for editorial coverage at CNN, HLN, the CNN website and international network and other news properties. It’s a newly created position.

Whitaker has had an occasional on-air role at NBC as the successor to the late Tim Russert, most recently during State of the Union coverage. Before taking the NBC job, he was editor of Newsweek from 1998 to 2006.

Jury finds no wrongdoing by ‘Gladiators’ cop

DENVER — A Denver police officer who was a contestant on the TV show ‘‘American Gladiators’’ has been cleared in a civil lawsuit alleging excessive force and illegal arrest.

A jury Thursday found no merit to allegations that Officer Vicki Ferrari roughed up the manager of a Grease Monkey auto services store and placed handcuffs on him so tight that he was in pain. The manager in June 2007 had asked Ferrari to move her police cruiser that was blocking traffic.

— From wire reports