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■ UNITED STATES

Jesus sealant sold on eBay

A smudge of driveway sealant resembling the face of Jesus Christ has fetched US$1,525.69 in an online auction. The family that found the image on its garage floor in Forest, Virginia, sold it on eBay on Wednesday, more than a week after the slab of concrete was put on sale. "I really never thought I'd get any, to be honest," said Deb Serio, a high school teacher. "It's fun to see what people say and think about it," said Serio, who has gotten hundreds of messages from around the world. The family has hired a contractor to remove the section of concrete.

■ UNITED STATES

Marines cleared of charges

Two Marines facing charges in connection with the alleged massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha two years ago were cleared of wrongdoing on Thursday, the military said. In rulings released at the Marines Camp Pendleton base in southern California, Lieutenant General James Mattis announced that charges against Lance Corporal Justin Sharratt and Captain Randy Stone had been dropped. Sharratt had been charged with three counts of murder while Stone was accused of failing to properly investigate the incident, the most serious case of alleged war crimes involving US forces in Iraq. Prosecutors allege Marines went on a rampage, shooting men, women and children after a bombing that tore a comrade in half.

■ UNITED STATES

Spears hits Benz, splits

The owner of a parked Mercedes-Benz that was scraped up when Britney Spears smashed her car into it said she only found out about the incident because it was caught on camera by paparazzi. Kim Robard-Rifkin, 59, told an entertainment Web site on Wednesday that nobody from Spears' camp contacted her about the car. "It's sad because I was really hoping she'd step up and be a mensch, be a human being," Robard-Rifkin said. A video on CelebTV.com, taken Monday, shows the 25-year-old pop star -- with a puppy on her lap -- attempting to pull her black convertible into an empty parking space when she hit Robard-Rifkin's car.

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