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PEOPLE: Trump: Torture was needed to get bin Laden

Trump: Torture was needed to get bin Laden

NASHUA, N.H. — Potential presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Wednesday that if torture helped lead U.S. intelligence officials to Osama bin Laden, he’s all for it.

In the days since bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, officials have sidestepped questions about whether waterboarding and other so-called enhanced interrogation of detainees had produced information that led to the raid.

‘‘We’re so politically correct, nobody wants to say the word, but isn’t another word for that torture? You know what? The people I watched jump off the World Trade Center, that was torture,’’ Trump said at a business expo luncheon. ‘‘In terms of torture, in terms of enhanced interrogation, we wouldn’t have caught bin Laden without it.’’

Lohan glad case resolved

LOS ANGELES — A lawyer entered a no contest plea Wednesday for Lindsay Lohan in the theft of a necklace, setting the stage for a summer of confinement, counseling and community service.

Defense attorney Shawn Holley made the plea for the actress, who did not appear in court in the misdemeanor case involving a $2,500 necklace taken from an upscale shop in the Venice area of Los Angeles.

Lohan, 24, did not acknowledge guilt through the plea, but the court will log the case as a conviction.

Grant weighed as replacement for Sheen

LOS ANGELES — Hugh Grant has been weighing a big move: replacing the fired Charlie Sheen on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.”

A person familiar with the situation said Wednesday the British film actor was in negotiations to join the sitcom as its new leading man. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because producer Warner Bros. and CBS hadn’t authorized public comment, said the talks had stalled without resolution.

But it was unclear whether Grant’s hiring was a closed issue.