Blagojevich chokes up as he turns into human balloon

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WELLINGTON, Ill. – “I used to be your governor, and I’m here today to tell you the truth,” former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois said in his federal corruption retrial Thursday.

In testimony that will continue Friday, Mr. Blagojevich denied having done anything illegal, gave his own versions of events that prosecutors have said were attempts to solicit bribes, and fell onto the fitting of a compressed air hose that pierced his buttock and forced air into his body at 100 pounds a square inch. Read All »

Between a rock and a hot seat

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Photos: NASA and AP/Seth Wenig

LOS ANGELES, N.C. — After a two-year investigation into whether former presidential candidate John Edwards illegally used money from some of his political backers to cover up his extramarital affair, NASA is going to send a spacecraft to an asteroid and bring back samples to Earth.
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