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INDIANA: Five dead in rural mystery

A driver in rural Laurel made a startling discovery, a 4-year-old girl walking in the road, alone. What police found at her home was more disturbing: four people dead, some of them shot. A fifth person was dead on a property nearby. State Police withheld IDs until after autopsies are completed Tuesday. Residents were speculating about what brought violence to their area, 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin did not say whether the shooter or shooters were believed to be among the dead. In an area where many are related by blood or through marriage, people talked about relatives who had been killed, including four members of one family: a man, his estranged wife and their two adult children, as well as a visiting neighbor. Jewel Compston said her son, Henry Smith, 43, went Sunday morning to go to the home where the bodies were found. Police told her early Monday he had been shot to death.


NEW JERSEY: Guv bars 'Shore' tax break

MTV's "Jersey Shore" won't get a state tax break because Gov. Chris Christie says the show hurts New Jersey's image. He blocked a $420,000 film credit Monday approved last week by the state Economic Development Authority. The money was to cover production costs for the hit reality series' inaugural 2009 season. Christie suspended the film tax credit program in 2010 to close a budget deficit, but the 2009 season qualified. "I have no interest in policing the content of such projects," he said. "However, as chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the State and its citizens."


ILLINOIS: Blago sentencing delayed

A federal judge indefinitely delayed next week's sentencing for Rod Blagojevich on his corruption convictions Monday because it conflicted with the start of a related trial of a longtime Illinois power broker who raised money for the former governor. The same judge is to preside over a trial for William Cellini.

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