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Former Va. governor shifts attention to wife at trial

Richmond, Va.

Ex-Governor turns focus to wife at trial

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday he sensed that his wife was worried about the pressure of living in the public spotlight as first lady the day after his 2009 election. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling. McDonnell also testified that the CEO of a dietary supplements maker who gave him thousands of dollars in gifts and loans did not get any special treatment. The former governor and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in cash, goods and trips from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting the company's products.

Washington

Obama looking at immigration

President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. The move could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the United States illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. After recent White House meetings, top officials compiled recommendations from business groups and other advocates, including a change in the way green cards are counted that would free up some 800,000 additional visas the first year.

Elsewhere

Los Angeles: A California Highway Patrol officer videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney.

Japan: At least 36 people were killed and seven left missing in Hiroshima on Wednesday after heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides that buried victims alive as they slept in their homes, police said.

Washington: A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide to Congress by Oct. 1 a list of documents at the center of a long battle over failed law enforcement program Operation Fast and Furious.

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