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Lindsay Lohan checks into Betty Ford Center

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After skipping out on entering a Newport Beach rehabilitation facility and facing the prospect of arrest for violating her probation, Linsday Lohan has checked into the Betty Ford Center to begin a 90-day court-mandated stay in her reckless driving conviction, reported Los Angeles Times.

The 26-year-old actress was supposed to start her recover on Thursday morning at Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., according to TMZ, reported Huffington Post.

But she instead boarded a private plane Wednesday evening and flew to California. Once there, Lohan headed to Morningside recover in Newport Beach, Calif., but then left and shortly leaving, reported Huffington Post.

Lohan also rehired her former attorney Shawn Holley, who represented her for several years, and the lawyer arranged for the "Mean Girls" star to enter the Ranho Mirage facility, reported Los Angeles Times.

Why do so many people want cosmetic procedures?

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Cosmetic procedures including breast implants and Botox are becoming increasingly popular despite the lack of regulations, reported news sources.

Anti-wrinkle treatments are a "crisis waiting to happen" and should be available on a prescription-only basis, a wide-reaching report on the cosmetic surgery industry had said, reported The Telegraph.

It warned that dermal fillers, which are injected to plump up lips and skin, were "no more controlled than floor cleaners," reported The Telegraph.

The availability of non-surgical treatments had helped to normalize cosmetic procedures, fuelled by the celebrity culture, which pervades much of the media, reported BBC News.

The review from the cosmetic surgery industry, let by Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS medical director, called for a host of recommendations to become enshrined into law in order to regular the industry and protect patients undergoing cosmetic procedures from face lifts to laser hair removal, reported The Telegraph.

The cosmetic procedures industry is booming. It had undergone an estimated five-fold increase in turnover in a decade. At any period that would be astounding growth - the teeth of a recession it is all the more astonishing, reported BBC News.

While surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing lay hospitalized under heavy guard, Boston Mayor Tom Menion said authorities may never be able to question him, reported news sources.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in "very serious" condition at a Boston hospital after being captured Friday night, Menion told ABC. "And we don't know if we'll ever be able to question the individual," he said without elaborating, reported The Globe and Mail.

The suspect was being treated in hospital for a reported bullet wound to the through and was unable to speak, reported The Guardian.

Officials believe that he tried to kill himself, based on the extent of the gunshot wound to his neck. The injury "had the appearance of a close rang, self-inflicted style," a senior law enforcement official told the New York Times. "He's not in good shape," reported The Globe and Mail.

Dan Coats, a Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee, told ABC: "The information that we have is that there was a shot to the throat. It doesn't mean he can't communicate, but right now I think he's in a condition where we can't get any information from him at all," reported The Guardian.

Minnesota stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in federal medial research funds this year as a result of the congressionally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration, reported news sources.

Research directors at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic say they'll muddle through the rest of the year, but they warn that funding shortfalls will stunt some ongoing medical experiments and may derail promising projects that could save lives and alleviate suffering in the years ahead, reported the Star Tribune.

The National Institues of Health (NIH) has announced that it will cut spending by 5.1 percent in fiscal year 2013, which ends Sept. 30., reported the Star Tribune.

At the University of Minnesota, sequestration will reduce the money available to support students and postgraduate scholars who work on medical research projects, according to Dr. Brian Herman, vice president of research at the U and a professor of cellular and structural biology, reported the Start Tribune.

The U should be able to reallocate resources to get through this fiscal year, Herman told the Start Tribune.

Caribou to close 80 stores, rebrand 88 others

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Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee is closing 80 locations next week and plans to convert 88 others to Peet's Coffee & Tea shops, the company announced Monday, reported CNN.

The 80 stores closing are "underperforming" and will close for good on Sunday, reported CNN.

Caribou says it is making the changes after several months of consideration to better position the coffee company for long-term grown, reported Huffington Post.

When the closings are complete, Caribou plans to continue to operate 468 locations in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, western Wisconsin, North Caroline, Denver, Colorado, and 10 international markets, reported CNN.

New coach, Richard Pitino, for Minnesota basketball

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The University of Minnesota announced Richard Pitino as the new head coach of the Gophers basketball program Friday morning, reported news sources.

The hiring of Pitino was confirmed Wednesday, but Friday's press conference was the first chance for fans and the media to hear from the 30-year-old coach, reported KMSP-TV.

Pitino led Florida International University as a rookie head coach in 2012-13 to its first winning season since 2000, reported The Minnesota Daily.

He stated one promise for Gopher fans.

"Our style of play is going to be fun for you to watch," Pitino told KMSP-TV. "It will be a lot of press - we're going to press on every possession, we're going to try to create offence from our defense. It's going to be a great brand of basketball."

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu found in Shanghai, China has risen to six this week, reported news sources.

The Chinese government staged a cull of about 20,000 birds in a thriving poultry market to prevent a potential spread of the disease, reported The Huffington Post.

By Friday morning, authorities in Shanghai had already closed the Huhai agricultural market, where the H7N9 avian flu virus had been found in pigeons, state-run media outlet Xinhua reported, according to CNN.

The cull at the Shanghai poultry trading zone came at researchers in the United States said they had started work on developing a vaccine for H7N9, reported CNN.

The World Health Organization have said that they believe the new strain can not be transmitted from person to person but the WHO are actively monitoring 400 people who have been in direct contact with the 14 patients, reported The Huffington Post.

"Oz: The Great and Powerful" took a major lead at the weekend box office Friday, reported news sources.

The film stars James Franco as a carnival magician swept into the land of Oz by a tornado, a prequel to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," reported CNN.

The film opened at 3,912 theaters and brought in $24.1 million, with some sources expecting to reach $80 million by the end of the weekend, reported The Huffington Post.

The remake of the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale also stars Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz, and has reportedly already been approved for a sequel, reported The Huffington Post.

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