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Former South African President Nelson Mandela, leaves the the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Mandela was discharged from the hospital Friday after suffering an acute respiratory infection that has responded well to treatment, officials said. Surgeon-General Vejaynand Ramlakan told reporters that after three days in Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital, the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon would now receive home-based care. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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Thousands of Egyptian anti-government protesters clashed Friday with police in Cairo, who fired rubber bullets into the crowds and used tear gas and water cannons to disperse them. It was a major escalation in what was already the biggest challenge to President Hosni Mubarak's 30 year-rule. Police also used water cannons against Egypt's pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei and his supporters as they joined the latest wave of protests after noon prayers. Police also used batons to beat some of ElBaradei's supporters, who surrounded him to protect him.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela went home from the hospital Friday after suffering an acute respiratory infection. Officials said the 92-year-old was joking with his wife and nurses, and handling the difficulties of old age "with the greatest of grace." Surgeon-General Vejaynand Ramlakan told reporters that the anti-apartheid icon would now receive care at home after about 48 hours in Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans likely spent more freely and U.S. companies sold more abroad, giving the economy solid momentum at the end of last year. That's boosting hopes for a stronger 2011. Economists expect the government to report Friday that economic growth rose at an annualized rate of 3.5 percent in the October-December quarter.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday signed the ratification of a nuclear arms cut pact with the United States, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to reset ties with Moscow. The treaty, known as New START, limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200, and also re-establishes a system for monitoring that ended in December 2009 with the expiration of a previous arms deal.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — About a half-hour past midnight Friday morning in Egypt, the Internet went dead. Almost simultaneously, the handful of companies that pipe the Internet into and out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of demonstrations calling for the end of President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule, experts said.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For many, no single word evokes as much pain. Challenger.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin has issued a scathing response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, attacking his economic policies and "recycled rhetoric," which she says no longer inspires hope. In a lengthy missive on Facebook, Palin didn't mention the call for unity that Obama made in his speech Tuesday.

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford earned its largest profit in more than a decade in 2010, as demand for its cars and trucks rose and it benefited from years of restructuring. It was the company's best performance since 1999 and the first time it has earned back-to-back annual profits in six years.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Sheen's publicist says the actor has been hospitalized with severe abdominal pains. Publicist Stan Rosenfield says Sheen has had a history of hernia problems and that the unidentified woman who made the early morning 911 call on Sheen's behalf "said he had severe stomach pains and said it was from a hernia condition." The 45-year-old actor was taken by ambulance to a Los Angeles hospital early Thursday morning.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves hope that the key to the Western Conference coaches' All-Star vote is through their noses. Introducing "Numb?rs," the new fragrance by Kevin Love.

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