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NORTH CAROLINA: Edwards accused as liar

The speechwriter called him a liar. The campaign flack did, too. Even John Edwards' own defense attorney repeatedly told a packed federal courtroom Wednesday that his client had lied. The one person who struggled most to come to grips with Edwards' mendacity was a headstrong woman who could not be there as prosecutors neared the conclusion of their federal election law case against the former presidential candidate: his wife, Elizabeth, who died of cancer in December 2010. Elizabeth Edwards "did not want to believe" that her husband fathered a child with mistress Rielle Hunter, said Jennifer Palmieri, a close friend of the former senator's wife who is now deputy communications director in the Obama White House. In those painful days, Elizabeth Edwards would sometimes allow herself to wonder whether her husband wasn't lying to her, Palmieri said. "I would always respond, 'No, no, I think he's lying to you,' " Palmieri testified.


ILLINOIS: Triple slaying goes to jury

Jennifer Hudson wept and buried her face in her fiance's shoulder Wednesday as prosecutors implored jurors to use their common sense when deciding whether William Balfour killed the singer's mother, brother and young nephew in October 2008. Acknowledging the largely circumstantial case, Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Bagby said witness testimony, firearms evidence and cellphone technology presented during the 11-day trial all pointed toward Balfour. A one-time gang member, Balfour, 30, is accused of fatally shooting Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her nephew Julian King, 7.


MISSISSIPPI: Abductor now 'Most Wanted'

A Mississippi man killed a Tennessee mother and her teenage daughter so he could abduct two young sisters, according court documents filed Wednesday, and a relative says the suspect thought the younger girls might be his daughters. The case that began in southwest Tennessee led the FBI to put Adam Christopher Mayes, 35, on its 10 Most Wanted list. The girls, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, are believed to be still with Mayes nearly two weeks after he took them.

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