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Suspicious object turns out harmless

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Authorities in Washington say a suspicious object found in a park near the White House turned out to be harmless.

U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser says he did not have a description of the object or why it was deemed suspicious. But he says the object has been determined not to pose a threat.

The object was found about midday Sunday in Lafayette Park near the White House.

The discovery comes amid heightened vigilance prompted by a package that ignited at a government mail facility in Washington on Friday and two packages that ignited Thursday in Maryland state government mailrooms.

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Bailey paper defends Simpson acquittal

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) -- Former O.J. Simpson defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey is defending Simpson's 1995 acquittal on charges of murdering his ex-wife and her friend.

In his first written account of the trial, Bailey has posted a 46-page paper on his website in which he presents evidence he says proves Simpson's innocence.

The 77-year-old Bailey tells the Portland Press Herald that the document, called "The Simpson Verdict," is an effort to reveal evidence not heard before and to explain why he has maintained Simpson's innocence in the face of criticism.

Bailey was part of Simpson's defense team when the former NFL football star was found not guilty in Los Angeles in the 1994 slayings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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Man says he paid for car with meth

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia state police say they pulled over a man who told them he used methamphetamine to pay for the car he was driving.

State police in South Charleston say Jerry Wayne Means said he gave a woman two grams of meth for the car.

WSAZ-TV reports that Means was pulled over Saturday night in the car, which police said had been reported stolen. He was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, delivery of a controlled substance and other counts.

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