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Lohan may spend only two weeks in jail

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (UPI) -- Lindsay Lohan Tuesday began serving her 90-day jail sentence for skipping an alcohol education class following a court appearance in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Lohan hires lawyer Robert Shapiro

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- Celebrity lawyer Robert Shapiro said Friday he has agreed to help U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan fight her legal battles.
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NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist disagrees with the widely held theory that life began with a spontaneous appearance of a large, replicating molecule such as RNA.

Phil Spector loses a round in case

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A deposition legendary "Wall of Sound" creator Phil Spector gave in a suit against his former attorney may be used in his upcoming murder trial.

Spector murder trial pushed back to April

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler Friday rescheduled the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector for April 24, 2006.

Spector lawyer withholds mystery evidence

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Snake speaks with forked head

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Robert Shapiro

Robert Shapiro is professor emeritus of chemistry at New York University. He is best known for his work on the origin of life, having written two books on the topic: Origins, a Skeptic’s Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth (1986) and Planetary Dreams (2001). He opposes the RNA world hypothesis, holding that the spontaneous emergence of a molecule as complicated as RNA is highly unlikely. Instead, he proposes that life arose from some self-sustaining and compartmentalized reaction of simple molecules: "metabolism first" instead of "RNA first". This reaction would have to be able to reproduce and evolve, eventually leading to RNA. He claims that in this view life is a normal consequence of the laws of nature and potentially quite common in the universe.

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