Corzine says he won't run for N.J. governor

Thursday, August 19, 2004

TRENTON, N.J. -- Sen. Jon Corzine said Wednesday that he will not actively seek to run for governor in a special election, dashing hopes by some state Democrats that he would help pressure Gov. James E. McGreevey to resign earlier than planned. Corzine said McGreevey has assured him that he intends to serve through Nov. 15, in which case a special election would not be held. The Democratic governor gave that resignation date last week, when he announced he is gay and had an affair with another man. He said he would resign because the affair left his office open to threats.

FAA: Flight-reduction deal reached for O'Hare

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials have reached a temporary agreement to ease congestion at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport by an estimated 20 percent by the end of the year. The deal calls for a reduction of 37 daily arrivals -- 20 by United Airlines and 17 by American Airlines, officials said Wednesday in a conference call with congressional aides. Federal Aviation Administration official Sharon Pinkerton said the order would be in effect from Nov. 1 through April.

Judge holds five reporters in contempt over sources

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge held five reporters in contempt Wednesday for refusing to identify their sources for stories about Wen Ho Lee, a former nuclear weapons scientist once suspected of spying. U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson imposed a fine of $500 a day for Associated Press reporter H. Josef Hebert; James Risen and Jeff Gerth of The New York Times; Robert Drogin of the Los Angeles Times; and Pierre Thomas of ABC, who was at CNN when the stories were done. Jackson said the fines would be delayed pending appeals.

Judge in Peterson murder trial sends jurors home

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- In a surprise move Wednesday, the judge in Scott Peterson's murder trial postponed the cross-examination of Peterson's former mistress and sent the jury home for the rest of the week because of an undisclosed "potential development." Judge Alfred A. Delucchi emerged from a 45-minute closed-door meeting with lawyers and apologized for the delay. "There's been a potential development in this case that has to be checked out before we can go any further," he told the jury. Groans could be heard in the packed courtroom.

Man who gunned down neighbors executed

JARRATT, Va. -- A man who pleaded guilty to killing three neighbors in a long-running dispute over a shared driveway was executed Wednesday night. James Bryant Hudson, 57, died by lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center. When asked if he had any final words, Hudson said in a clear voice, "No sir." The inmate did not meet with any family or his attorneys beforehand.

-- From wire reports

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