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WASHINGTON: Orszag to step down

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag plans to leave his job in a few weeks, making him the first senior member of President Barack Obama's economic team to step down, Democratic sources said Monday. Orszag, who plans to be married in September, had intended to stay no more than two years and wants to leave before the next budget season begins in July, the sources said. Potential successors include Laura D'Andrea Tyson, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley, and Gene Sperling, counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.


SOUTH CAROLINA: Thurmond's son challenged

An African American conservative is running against the son of onetime segregationist Strom Thurmond in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff, and he is expected to win. Paul Thurmond, the youngest child of the former U.S. senator, would seem an easy choice in a state where Republicans still revere his father. But the national GOP, hoping to elect its first black congressman since J. C. Watts of Oklahoma left office in 2003, has thrown its support behind state legislator Tim Scott. Former Arkansas governor and presidential contender Mike Huckabee endorsed him Friday. Sarah Palin jumped in the next day. And although the National Republican Congressional Committee is officially neutral in the race, two of its top leaders, have given money to Scott's campaign. After placing first in the primary two weeks ago, Scott faces a runoff with Thurmond, a member of the Charleston County Council.


TEXAS: Police chief's son suspect

Investigators said Monday they believe the 27-year-old son of Dallas Police Chief David Brown shot and killed a man at a suburban apartment complex and opened fire on responding officers, killing one, before being shot to death. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez said it appeared David Brown Jr. shot Jeremy McMillan, 23, on Sunday evening and fired at Officer Craig Shaw and others when they responded. Shaw, 37, was killed, the first officer to die in the line of duty in Lancaster, a city of 35,000 about 15 miles south of Dallas. Brown died after officers returned fire.


PENNSYLVANIA: Plane hits home, killing 3

A small plane chartered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture crashed into a home Monday, killing three people aboard and narrowly missing a couple in the house. The Cessna 210 was on final approach when it went down west of Lock Haven's William T. Piper Memorial Airport about 1 p.m. and struck the house, a utility pole and three vehicles, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said. Three Forest Service workers were killed, but there were no reports of injuries on the ground. Donald Probst, 81, said he and his wife, Shu Yaun, 75, were getting ready to leave the house when he heard the crash. "If that would have happened three or four minutes later, we would have been out the door headed for the car," Probst said. The plane was owned by a Colorado company.

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