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Jury selection under way in John Edwards trial

greensboro, n.c.

Jury selection begins in john Edwards trial

After years of investigation, denials and delays, jury selection began Thursday for the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards. From a pool of about 180 potential jurors, a jury of 12 and at least four alternates will be seated next week. Edwards, 58, faces six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments made by two campaign donors to help hide the married Democrat's pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

new orleans

Oil sheen in gulf dissipating

A 10-mile sheen of oil off Louisiana's coast appeared to be dissipating, a federal agency and Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Thursday. The sheen — estimated to be about six barrels of oil, or 252 gallons — was spotted a day earlier in the area of two Shell production platforms. The company was aiding federal agencies by using two remote-controlled underwater vessels to check for leaks or seepages.

anchorage, alaska

2 killed at Coast Guard station

Two Coast Guard members were fatally shot at a communications station on an island off Alaska in what officials said appeared to be a double homicide. Another Coast Guard member found the two early Thursday at their work areas inside the Kodiak Island station, officials said. FBI agents arrived from Anchorage.

cairo

Vote aimed at presidential bid

Egyptian lawmakers voted Thursday to disqualify presidential candidates who were top officials in deposed President Hosni Mubarak's regime. The vote is unlikely to be ratified by Egypt's ruling military council, but it's a clear warning to Omar Suleiman, onetime spy chief and vice president, that his bid for the presidency will meet obstacles. Thousands of Egyptians are expected to protest today what they consider his attempt to steal back the government.

Elsewhere

Kentucky: Two men have been charged with a federal hate crime in a beating attack on a gay man in an Appalachian park, marking the first time the law has been applied because of sexual orientation, authorities said.

Times wires

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    Columns

    This column was written to coincide with the International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11. It comes on the heels of an announcement from the Boy Scouts of America that the organization will begin accepting girls.

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    Local Government

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    Business

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    Perspective

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    Religion

    Times Staff Writer

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