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Friday, January 14, 2011; A03

LOUIsIANA
Former La. governor Edwards out of prison

Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards was released from federal prison Thursday after serving eight years on a corruption conviction.

The four-term governor, a Democrat, will complete his sentence in home detention.

Upon arriving Thursday morning at a Baton Rouge halfway house, Edwards, 83, was asked how it felt to be out of prison. "I don't know yet," he quipped, refusing to comment further.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Edwards was granted home confinement rather than having to serve his remaining term at a halfway house. He will be monitored and be required to stay in close contact with the halfway house and federal corrections officials.

Edwards went to prison in October 2002 on a 10-year sentence for a bribery and extortion scheme to rig Louisiana's riverboat casino licensing process during his final term in office, which ended in 1996. He has maintained his innocence and blamed his conviction on former friends who he said turned against him and lied in their testimony - and on misinterpreted, secretly taped conversations.

- Associated Press

PENTAGON
Retirement deferred as Navy probes videos

The Navy said Thursday that it has deferred the retirement of the officer who commanded the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise when lewd videos were made, pending the outcome of an investigation.

Rear Adm. Lawrence Rice was the commanding officer on the Enterprise when videos that included slurs against homosexuals, simulated masturbation and toilet humor were made several years ago and shown to sailors as entertainment.

Rice's retirement had been planned for Feb. 1.

Capt. Owen Honors was removed from command of the Enterprise last week over his role in the videos.

Honors had been second-in-command when he produced, starred in and circulated the videos.

- Reuters

NEW ENGLAND
Winter-hardy region digs out from storm

New Englanders dug out from under more than two feet of snow Thursday, while children in hundreds of communities enjoyed a second day off from school.

Power companies worked to restore energy to homes and businesses darkened by the region's third snowstorm in three weeks.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) lifted a state of emergency, and major highways in the state were cleared, though mountains of snow obstructed views at many intersections.

- Associated Press

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