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Emanuel ruled eligible to run for mayor

CHICAGO (AP) -- Rahm Emanuel forged ahead Thursday with his campaign for Chicago mayor after an elections panel ruled his name can appear on the Feb. 22 ballot. The board rejected arguments the former White House chief of staff forfeited his city residency when he went to work for President Obama in Washington.

The decision of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners removed a major obstacle to Emanuel's ambitions to succeed retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Emanuel said it allowed him to "turn the page" and focus on issues more important to voters.

More than two dozen people had challenged Emanuel's candidacy, contending he didn't meet a requirement that he be a resident of Chicago for a year before the election.


Death probed at home of ex-brewing executive

HUNTLEIGH, Mo (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the death of a 27-year-old woman whose body was found at the suburban St. Louis home of August Busch IV, former Anheuser-Busch CEO.

Police and the St. Louis County medical examiner's office Thursday identified the victim as Adrienne Martin of St. Charles. An autopsy has been conducted, but results could take four to six weeks.

Police were called Sunday afternoon to the home in the St. Louis suburb of Huntleigh and found Martin's body. Suzanne McCune, St. Louis County forensic administrator, says the body showed no signs of trauma.

An attorney for Busch described Martin as a friend who was visiting the home.


Army widens probe of WikiLeaks episode

WASHINGTON -- The Army has launched a wide-ranging investigation into how a private suspected of downloading thousands of secret reports and diplomatic cables and handing them over to WikiLeaks was able to do so and whether other soldiers should face criminal charges in the case, McClatchy Newspapers has learned.

The Army confirmed the investigation, but wouldn't release details. An Army official familiar with the investigation told McClatchy that the six-member task force has been given until Feb. 1 to complete a report that will look at everything from how Pfc. Bradley Manning was selected for his job and trained to whether his superiors missed warning signs that he was downloading documents he had no need to read.

Manning was working as an intelligence specialist in Baghdad during 2009 and the early months of 2010 when he allegedly downloaded hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

Those documents reached WikiLeaks -- Army officials have said they're not certain how -- and have been published by the website in four separate bursts.

-- McClatchy Newspapers


Aide denies Robertson favors looser drug law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson told his "700 Club" audience that harsh penalties for marijuana possession are costly for the nation and damaging to young people, but a spokesman said Thursday he was not calling for decriminalizing the substance.

Robertson, 80, made the comments on the Christian Broadcasting Network in the context of faith-based approaches to treating offenders, the spokesman said.

"Dr. Robertson unequivocally stated that he is against the use of illegal drugs," Chris Roslan wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press.

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