CLEARED. DAN BROWN, 41, author of The Da Vinci Code, of copyright infringement; by London's High Court. Authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh had claimed that Brown had copied the "central theme" of their nonfiction book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Both books propose that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a child and that their bloodline lives on today.

RESIGNED. DAO DINH BINH, 61, Vietnamese Transport Minister, after failing to prevent corruption amid a scandal in which ministry officials stand accused of embezzling up to $7 million in government funds to bet on soccer matches; in...

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