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2013-04-17T00:00:00Z Around the nationWire Reports Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
April 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

South Carolina

Ex-Gov. Sanford again finds trouble

CHARLESTON - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford must appear in court two days after running for a vacant congressional seat to answer a complaint that he trespassed at his ex-wife's home, according to court documents acquired by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The complaint says Jenny Sanford confronted Sanford leaving her Sullivans Island home on Feb. 3 by a rear door, using his cellphone for a flashlight. Her attorney filed the complaint the next day, and Jenny Sanford confirmed Tuesday that the documents are authentic.

The couple's 2010 divorce settlement says neither may enter the other's home without permission. Mark Sanford lives about a 20-minute drive away in downtown Charleston.

California

'Family Guy' episode pulled after bombings

LOS ANGELES - Fox Broadcasting on Tuesday yanked a recent episode of "Family Guy" from websites after edited clips of the animated series appeared to portray a bombing, mayhem and deaths at a Boston Marathon.

Fox pulled the episode, which was titled "Turban Cowboy," from fox.com and the Hulu online video site, which Fox's parent company, News Corp., co-owns. Fox has no immediate plans to air the episode again, a network spokesperson said Tuesday. The episode originally ran on the broadcast network in March.

'Leave It to Beaver' actor Frank Bank dies

LOS ANGELES - Frank Bank, who played oafish troublemaker Lumpy on the sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," has died. He was 71.

A spokesman for the Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles said Bank died Saturday. No other details were provided. Bank played Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the popular sitcom, which ran from 1957 to 1963.

Lumpy served as the series' loveable bully. He usually hung out with Wally Cleaver and often pushed around young "Beaver" Cleaver.

Florida

Teachers file suit over job evaluations

GAINESVILLE - Teachers in Florida filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday, claiming the state's new teacher-evaluation system is unfair because it partly rates their job performance on test scores of students they don't know and subjects they don't teach.

The lawsuit - backed by local teachers unions and their parent organization, the National Education Association - is the first time teachers have brought a legal challenge to new evaluation systems that base compensation and job security on student scores.

Since 2009, 36 states and the District of Columbia have required that teachers be evaluated in part based on student scores on standardized tests. The idea has received a boost because of Obama administration policies, particularly Race to the Top.

New York

Russian mob accused in illegal poker games

NEW YORK - Nearly three dozen people were charged on Tuesday in what investigators said was a Russian organized crime operation that included illegal, high-stakes poker games for the rich and famous and threats of violence to make sure customers paid their debts.

Federal authorities in New York City weren't naming names but said the poker players included pro athletes, Hollywood celebrities and Wall Street executives. None of them was charged.

The money-laundering investigation led to arrests Tuesday in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and elsewhere around the country. There also were FBI raids at a $6 million apartment in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and a prestigious Madison Avenue art gallery owned by two of the defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Harris Fischman told a U.S. magistrate judge in Manhattan that Vadim Trincher, 52, directed much of the international racketeering enterprise from his $5 million apartment at Trump Tower.

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