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Judge says she'll approve SC gov's divorce

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's divorce will become final next month, just over a year after the first lady discovered his affair with an Argentine woman he later called his soul mate....

Haley weathers tryst accusations in SC gov race

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's Nikki Haley entered a runoff for the Republican gubernatorial primary with a substantial edge over her GOP rival, deflecting attacks on her marriage and her ethnicity using an antiestablishment message that resonated with the state's voters....

Cold weather returns to the South; snow possible

ATLANTA (AP) -- Cold weather has been making a comeback in the South this weekend, after what's been a very mild winter so far....

Police: Mistakenly released inmate caught in W.Va.

BALTIMORE (AP) -- An inmate serving three life sentences for attempted murder who conned his way out of a Baltimore prison by impersonating his cellmate was captured Friday morning in West Virginia, authorities said....

After drop in poll, AG recuses himself in NY probe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- In recusing himself after two weeks of investigating Gov. David Paterson, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said there was no "technical conflict" but described the probe thus far as preliminary and bowed to pressure that included sinking approval ratings for the man widely expected to run for governor....

Former professor pleads not guilty in Ala shooting

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Pale, thin and dressed in a red jail uniform, a Harvard University-educated biology professor pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to capital murder charges Thursday in the slayings of three colleagues killed during a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville....

NH hotel fire fanned by strong wind destroys block

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- A fire that started in an unoccupied oceanfront hotel was fanned by winds of near hurricane force and spread to adjacent buildings, engulfing and destroying an entire block of businesses, firefighters said. No injuries were reported....

Stroke study finds neck stents safe, effective

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A big study finds that people with narrowed neck arteries that could lead to a stroke can be safely treated with a less drastic option than the surgery done now....

Ex-Detroit mayor freed after 14 months in prison

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walked out of prison early Tuesday offering big smiles and a bear hug for a relative there to greet him. He's free on parole but facing a federal corruption trial that could send him back behind bars....

3 found dead after fire at duplex in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee fire officials say the bodies of a woman and two young children were found following an early morning fire at a duplex....

Whale that killed trainer returns to SeaWorld show

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The killer whale that drowned a female trainer at Orlando's SeaWorld flawlessly performed Wednesday for the first time since last year's death, wowing thousands amid heightened safety that included a steel bar protecting the orca's trainers....

California man convicted of 5 serial slayings

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Robin Samsoe was a passionate and thoughtful friend - so much so that when she sang a duet of the 1970s hit "You Light Up My Life" at a drama club event, she dedicated the song to her singing partner....

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