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CALIFORNIA

Sheen fired from sitcom

LOS ANGELES | The makers of top-rated TV comedy “Two and a Half Men” said Monday they had ended actor Charlie Sheen’s contract with the show.

“After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on 'Two and a Half Men' effective immediately,” Warner Bros. Television said.

Mr. Sheen is the highest-paid actor on U.S. television, and “Two and a Half Men” is the most popular comedy for network CBS, which broadcasts the series.

But the remainder of the season was canceled in February after Mr. Sheen made a series of insulting remarks about producer and co-creator Chuck Lorre in radio and Internet interviews.

Mr. Sheen has since given several rambling interviews despite insisting he is drug-free after a period of at-home rehab in January.

A spokesman for Warner Bros. Television said Monday that no decision had been made about the future of “Two and a Half Men.”Mr. Sheen had a contract with the TV show that runs through to the end of the 2012 TV season.

FLORIDA

Foreclosure firm closes amid probe

PLANTATION | A law firm that once led Florida in foreclosures is shutting down amid an investigation into “robo-signing” and other questionable practices.

A Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday indicated that David Stern’s Plantation-based practice will end operations March 31. The firm once had more than 1,200 employees and handled tens of thousands of foreclosures each year.

Mr. Stern’s firm is one of several under investigation by Florida’s attorney general. The probe focuses on whether false or improper affidavits were filed in foreclosures and whether employees were robo-signers who signed documents without reading them.

A broader national probe is examining how foreclosures were handled during the economic downturn.

ILLINOIS

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