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Archive for January, 2012

Exclusive: Gingrich lacks moral character to be president, ex-wife says

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

By BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
ABC News

Newt Gingrich lacks the moral character to serve as President, his second ex-wife Marianne told ABC News, saying his campaign positions on the sanctity of marriage and the importance of family values do not square with what she saw during their 18 years of marriage.

In her first television interview since the 1999 divorce, to be broadcast tonight on Nightline, Marianne Gingrich, a self-described conservative Republican, said she is coming forward now so voters can know what she knows about Gingrich.

CLICK HERE to see a preview of ABC News’ exclusive broadcast interview with Marianne Gingrich and then catch the full interview tonight on ABC News’ Nightline at 11:35 p.m. ET.

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

Click here to read the rest of the story and see a preview of ABC News’ exclusive broadcast interview with Marianne Gingrich, and then catch the full interview tonight on ABC News’ Nightline at 11:35 p.m. ET.

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Diligence returns home after spending holidays at sea

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is back home. After a 45-day deployment, the Diligence docked back in Wilmington this morning.

The cutter was in the Caribbean Sea for important drills and training over the holidays, so family members say this tour was rough. Family and friends waited patiently at the dock for their loved ones to get home after a long couple of months.

“These are shorter deployments that he’s on now. They’re 45 days out, but it can be a long 45 days when they’re way out to sea. A lot can happen,” said Diane Sharp, whose son serves on the Diligence. “So we heard this trip was a little more tumultuous than some. The ship was listing quite a bit, so we prayed a lot for him, and we’re so glad he’s home!”

The Diligence returned early to the Port City because the ship needs repairs. It will be docked in Wilmington until March when it will head back out for another mission.

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Man surrenders after 13-hour standoff in Wilson

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

WILSON, NC (AP) — Wilson County sheriff’s deputies say an armed man has surrendered after a 13-hour standoff at his home.

Deputies say no one was hurt.

Officers went to the home of Eric Radke late Wednesday afternoon to serve involuntary commitment papers. Deputies say Radke came outside, fired a shot into the air and went back inside.

Officers say Radke surrendered early Thursday morning.

Some neighbors were evacuated during the standoff while others were told to stay inside their homes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Chimp gives birth at North Carolina Zoo

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

ASHEBORO, NC (AP) — A chimpanzee has given birth to a female at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, raising the zoo’s chimp population to a dozen.

The zoo said Wednesday that 41-year-old Tammy gave birth to an infant named Ebi. It’s the second birth of a chimp at the zoo since August 2010.

Zoo officials say mother and child are doing well. They say the mother is caring for the infant without any intervention from zoo staff members.

Curator Ken Reininger says it will be at least summer before they go on exhibit.

Seventeenth-month-old Nori can be seen daily, weather permitting.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Diocese takes up Wilmington man’s sainthood cause

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The Raleigh diocese will work to get the first N.C. native ordained to the priesthood declared a saint.

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