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Archive for December, 2011

Judge: Former FEC heads may testify for Edwards

Friday, December 16th, 2011

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A federal judge will not rule out two former Federal Election Commission members from testifying for former Democratic presidential contender John Edwards, who’s defending himself against campaign finance violations while hiding his mistress.

US District Judge Catherine Eagles in Greensboro said Friday she will decide later whether the commissioners could testify as experts on campaign finance law. She says she wants to hear the prosecution’s case at Edwards’s upcoming trial.

Those commissioners are expected to say Edwards did not violate the law when he failed to report nearly $1 million in payments from two wealthy friends to hide and care for his pregnant mistress during his 2008 White House run.

Federal prosecutors wanted to disqualify the commissioners’ testimony.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Trader Joe’s coming to Port City

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Trader Joe’s has submitted preliminary plans to build a store in Wilmington.

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New council members restore Navassa mayors authority

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Athelston Bethel and Frank Willis joined Milton Burns in reversing a decision to strip Eulis Willis of authority.

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NC serial killer’s lawyer says confession coerced

Friday, December 16th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Defense attorneys are asking a North Carolina appeals court to reconsider the life prison sentence for a serial killer.

Lawyers for 34-year-old Samuel Cooper of Raleigh told the state Court of Appeals that police pressured Cooper into telling investigators what they wanted to hear by holding his father on a weapons charge.

Defense attorney Mark Montgomery says Cooper confessed after four days in jail because he has a strong attachment to his father and thought his confession would free his dad.

Cooper was convicted last year on five counts of first-degree murder.

He was arrested in 2007 and accused of robbing a Garner bank. Investigators found a 9 mm handgun that was linked to a string of seemingly unrelated slayings over a 17-month period in 2006 and 2007.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Pedestrian hit and killed by tractor-trailer on MLK Parkway identified

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The police have identified the man struck and killed as Errol Dano Hosein, 23, of Hoboken, N.J.

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