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  • ‘Kony 2012′ filmmaker detained in San Diego

    Jason Russell, the filmmaker behind the mega-viral "Kony 2012" documentary, was hospitalized after being detained by San Diego police Thursday, the San Diego Police Department said.

    Russell, 33, the co-founder of the San Diego-based advocacy group Invisible Children, was detained on San Diego's Pacific Beach after police responded to reports from several callers that a man "was running through the street in his underwear,...interfering with traffic, banging his hands on the sidewalk," and behaving irrationally, a San Diego Police Department spokeswoman said.

    Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey released a statement Friday saying Russell had been suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, malnutrition and stress in the aftermath of the extraordinary amount of attention the advocacy group's film on Lord's Resistance Army guerrilla leader Joseph Kony received.

    "Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better," Keesey said in a statement released to NBC News Friday. "The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday."

    "Several callers called the police department [Thursday] to report the bizarre behavior from a gentleman, white male, age 33, who lived in the Pacific Beach Area," San Diego Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown told Yahoo News Friday. "Callers said he was running through the street in his underwear, ...someone said he was naked and masturbating. Officers could not confirm that."

    "He was interfering with traffic, banging his hands on the sidewalk, yelling and screaming, people were trying to calm him down," Brown said.

    Officers who responded to the scene determined that "the best course of action was to transport him to a local medical facility for evaluation and treatment," Brown said. "There are no charges at this time."

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  • The U.S. soldier suspected in the killing of 16 Afghans in a shooting rampage last week was being flown from Kuwait to the military's maximum security prison in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas Friday, as more details emerged about his state of mind when the massacre occurred.

    The transfer of the chief suspect in the March 12 shooting rampage came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai slammed the United States Friday for its handling of the case, saying he was "at the end of the rope," the Associated Press reported. The Afghan leader, meeting with relatives of those killed in southern Afghanistan Friday, also alleged that more U.S. soldiers may have been involved in the massacre.

    The victims in one family were shot in four separate rooms, "and then they were all brought together in one room and then set on fire," Karzai said at the emotional meeting with family members Friday, according to the AP. "That, one man cannot do."

    President Obama called Karzai Friday morning to try to defuse tensions over the massacre as well as smooth differences over the transition timetable signaled by Karzai's surprise request Thursday that U.S. troops be pulled from Afghan villages.

    In the call, "the two leaders took the opportunity to reaffirm our shared commitment" to a transition process under which Afghan forces would "have full responsibility for security across the country by the end of 2014," the White House said in a readout of the call, in which Obama also congratulated Karzai on the birth of a new daugther.

    A Seattle defense attorney for the still unnamed U.S. staff sergeant said that a day before the incident, his client had witnessed a friend and fellow soldier lose his leg in an explosion, which upset the unit.

    "His leg was blown off, and my client was standing next to him," Seattle attorney John Henry Browne told the Associated Press.

    Browne described his client as a decorated soldier and happily married father of two children, ages 3 and 4, whose extended family had been "totally shocked" by the allegations about their relative.

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  • Actor George Clooney was one of several protesters arrested outside of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Video showed a smiling Clooney and his 78-year-old father, Nick, arrested by park police outside of the embassy. The pair were handcuffed and taken into custody along with U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), Rep Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), former Rep. Tom Andrews (D-Mass.), Martin Luther King III and NAACP president Ben Jealous.

    The group had planned the protest to draw attention to Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir's rocket attacks on his people in Nuba Mountain region.

    "[We want] the (Sudanese) government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children," Clooney said before being led away with the others in a Secret Service van. "Stop raping them, and stop starving them."

    Clooney testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday about the Sudanese government's bombing and violence against civilians near its border with South Sudan.

    "I want to separate what is fact and what is fiction," Clooney, who just returned from an eight-day trip to Sudan with human-rights activist John Prendergast, told the committee. "The government of Sudan, led by Omar al-Bashir, Ahmed Haroun and defense minister Hussein, the same three men who orchestrated the atrocities in Darfur, have turned their bombs on the Nuban people. Now, these are not military targets. These are innocent men, women and children. That is a fact."

    Clooney, Rep. Jim Moran (back) and George's father Nick Clooney (right) are arrested at the Sudanese Embassy, March 16, 2012. (AP/Cliff Owen)

    "When we got there," Clooney said, "we found children filled with shrapnel, including a nine-year-old boy who had both of his hands blown off."

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