Judge orders Casey Anthony to report for probation

Posted Aug. 01, 2011, at 8:30 p.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Casey Anthony, whose whereabouts have been a secret since her dramatic murder acquittal last month, may have to report to a probation officer in central Florida this week under a judge’s order Monday in another case against her.

The Orlando judge who sentenced Anthony last year for fraudulent check writing signed a “corrected” version of Anthony’s probation order that made clear she was supposed to start the one-year term after her release from jail, not while she was detained waiting for her murder trial.

Her attorneys are likely to challenge the revised order.

Strickland sentenced Anthony in January 2010 to probation for using checks that Anthony had stolen from a friend. The state Department of Corrections had interpreted Strickland’s sentence to mean that Anthony could serve the probation while she was in jail for her murder trial, but the judge said last week that he intended the probation to be served after her release.

Anthony left prison last month after a jury acquitted her of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. She was convicted of lying to detectives but released from jail because of time served. She has since disappeared from public view.

Data: July hottest month on record in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — July has set a record as the hottest month ever recorded in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey said Monday the average temperature in the state in July was 89.1 degrees, breaking the record of 88.1 degrees set in July 1954. The normal temperature is 81. 6 degrees, according to the survey. Its records date to 1895.

National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Curl in Norman says this week could be the hottest of the year, and temperatures could get close to 110 degrees or even a little warmer. Curl says it may be September before the state sees any relief.

The heat has been blamed for at least 10 deaths in Oklahoma this year, with eight other possible heat deaths pending.

Iraq government declares a holiday as temperatures reach 120

BAGHDAD — Iraq declared a government holiday Monday after temperatures soared above 120 degrees in the midst of a summer electricity crisis that has sparked public protests.

While the mercury has passed 120 degrees before, this year the scorching temperatures coincide with the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims refrain from eating or drinking water from dawn until dusk. With Ramadan falling in the middle of summer this year and dawn coming just after 4 a.m., those fasting will go more than 14 hours without water.

The electricity shortages, which have deprived even government ministry buildings of their air conditioning, have become a politically explosive issue.

Amid protests sweeping the Arab world, those in Iraq have focused on poor public services, particularly electricity shortages. With billions of dollars poured into reconstructing the electricity sector by the United States and Iraq, most people blame the continuing shortages on corruption as well as incompetence.

Iraqi officials say the electrical grid is providing eight hours a day of electricity to Iraqis and that full electrical service will take several years to establish. In reality, most people receive four or five hours a day, with electricity on for 15 minutes to an hour at a time and then off again.

German brewers told they can’t claim beer is good for your health

BERLIN — German breweries were ordered by a Berlin state court Monday to stop advertising beer as something good for people’s looks and health.

In a ruling in favor of a suit by consumer advocacy groups, the court told the German Breweries Association they cannot advertise the claimed beneficial health effects of their brews.

The court said such claims were not in harmony with European-wide regulations covering nutrition and health aspects of foods and beverages.

The suit was filed to challenge German brewers’ various claims that beer promoted good looks and helped to ward off heart, gall bladder, kidney stone and osteoporosis ailments.

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