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S.C. Gov. Sanford backs out of vow to release records

Columbia, S.C.

Sanford backs out of vow to release records

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has backed out of a promise to release personal financial records that he said proved he did not use state money for trips to see his mistress. A day after Sanford declared in an emotional interview that his mistress is his soul mate, spokesman Joel Sawyer said the governor does not want to discuss personal matters in the media any more. Sanford is providing the records to law enforcement as part of an investigation of his travel to see the Argentine woman.

New York

Salinger spin-off book is blocked

U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts ruled Wednesday that a Swedish author cannot publish in the United States a book he wrote that was advertised as a sequel to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye. Batts issued her ruling in Manhattan after hearing arguments in a lawsuit brought by the 90-year-old reclusive author against the publishers of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. Batts said Swedish author Fredrik Colting's claim that he wrote the new book to critically examine Salinger's most famous character, Holden Caulfield, was "lacking in credibility." She also rejected arguments that a character in Colting's book that was meant to represent Caulfield 60 years later was a parody.

Phoenix

Bill allowing guns in bars approved

The Arizona Senate has given final approval to a bill that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry a gun into a business that serves alcohol. The 19-8 vote completes legislative action on the bill and sends it to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. She has not said whether she will sign it, but she has long been a supporter of gun rights. The measure has pitted groups representing gun and bar owners against each other, sparking a debate about whether guns and alcohol can coexist. Forty other states have approved similar measures, according to the National Rifle Association.

Cape Canaveral

NASA sets launch date for shuttle

A fueling test on space shuttle Endeavour uncovered no hydrogen gas leaks Wednesday and paved the way for another launch attempt late next week for the delayed mission. Last month, potentially dangerous leaks of hydrogen gas thwarted back-to-back launch attempts. Because of the successful test, NASA is now shooting for a launch attempt July 11. Endeavour is set to deliver one last piece of a Japanese space station lab. Commander Mark Polansky, who monitored the test from Houston, was pleased with the results. He his crew will return to Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday for the start of the launch countdown.

Washington

Lawmaker faints, taken to hospital

Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman remained in the hospital in his home state of California on Wednesday, a day after fainting in his office. Waxman, 69, was not feeling well Tuesday and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for "routine testing," spokeswoman Karen Lightfoot said. Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, last week finished steering climate change legislation through the House.

Times wires

S.C. Gov. Sanford backs out of vow to release records 07/01/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 11:55pm]

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