NATION IN BRIEF: IMF ex-leader released from jail

NEW YORK -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released from a New York City jail.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund posted $1 million cash and $5 million bond Friday.

The city Department of Correction said in a statement at 5:15 p.m. that he was no longer on Rikers Island. He was released into custody of the security company that will be monitoring his house arrest.

Strauss-Kahn will be housed in lower Manhattan after his initial arrangement hit a snag. Prosecutors said objections from within the apartment building where he was initially to stay.

The 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn had been jailed since Sunday after he was accused of trying to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel.

Ohio mom gets life in baby's microwave death

DAYTON, Ohio -- An Ohio woman convicted of killing her month-old baby daughter in a microwave oven was spared the death penalty and sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman sentenced China Arnold, 31, of Dayton, who psychologists testified showed no signs of serious mental illness. Arnold declined to make a statement during her sentencing.

Arnold was convicted last week of aggravated murder by the same jury that recommended her punishment. Jurors deliberated about six hours Thursday and Friday.

Prosecutors said Arnold intentionally put 28-day-old Paris Talley in a microwave and turned it on after a fight with her boyfriend. The couple had argued over whether the boyfriend was the infant's biological father.

Trial of Kerrigan's brother nears end

WOBURN, Mass. -- Testimony in the manslaughter trial of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother ended Friday after a defense cardiologist said he believes her father's heart began to fail before he and his son got into a physical altercation.

Mark Kerrigan, 46, is charged in the January 2010 death of his 70-year-old father, Daniel Kerrigan, at the family's home in Stoneham, just north of Boston.

Prosecutors allege that it was the physical altercation that triggered Daniel Kerrigan's heart failure. Mark Kerrigan is accused of grabbing his father around the neck with such force that he broke cartilage in the elder man's larynx.

3 Somalis plead guilty to piracy in hijacking

NORFOLK, Va. -- Three Somali men have pleaded guilty to piracy for their roles in the hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead.

Two of the men also pleaded guilty to hostage taking Friday during hearings in Norfolk. Those men were considered leaders among the crew.

Each of the men face mandatory life sentences, although they struck deals with prosecutors that could allow them to receive lighter sentences and eventually be deported to Somalia.

The men are among 15 who have been charged for their roles in the February hijacking of the yacht Quest.

The owners of the Quest, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death several days after being taken hostage several hundred miles south of Oman.

Calif. carjacking suspect ran out of gas

BELMONT, Calif. -- California prosecutors said a man who carjacked a vehicle in Belmont was arrested while he was sitting in the car after it ran out of gas about eight miles away.

Twenty-year-old Stephan Allen, of Rohnert Park, pleaded not guilty to a felony carjacking charge.

He's accused of stealing a Honda Civic from the parking lot of a pizzeria Monday evening after a woman and her 5-year-old daughter got out. The driver was apparently waiting for her husband to return with pizza.

Shuttle crew to take closer look at damaged tile

HOUSTON -- NASA has decided to take a closer look at a damaged thermal tile on the space shuttle's underbelly.

The shuttle crew will use a laser-tipped boom early this morning to inspect the gouge -- which is about the size of a deck of cards.

A NASA official said Friday that he's not overly concerned. Similar damage to the same shuttle in 2007 did not cause problems.