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Hospital releases Dodd after surgery

Associated Press / August 16, 2009

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Connecticut
HARTFORD - Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. A statement from his office said the 65-year-old was released yesterday from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Bryan DeAngelis, Dodd spokesman, said the senator is recovering well and is at home in East Haddam with his family. The Democrat expects to return to a full Senate schedule later this month. Dodd has said the cancer will not affect his plans to seek a sixth term.

California
Governor tours wildfire-hit areas
DAVENPORT - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged residents to heed mandatory evacuation orders yesterday as 6,800 firefighters battled to control nearly a dozen blazes across the parched state. Schwarzenegger met with firefighters battling the Lockheed Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Lockheed Fire has blackened about 8 square miles of wilderness since Wednesday and prompted mandatory evacuations of Swanton and Bonny Doon. Crews have nearly 30 percent of the fire contained, said a CalFire spokeswoman. No homes had been destroyed, and no injuries were reported.

Mississippi
Suspect in killings in rights case dies
JACKSON - Federal authorities will continue to investigate the 1964 Mississippi killings of three civil rights workers, despite the death of a key suspect, the Justice Department says. Billy Wayne Posey, 73, died Thursday. Federal investigators were looking into his possible involvement in the June 21, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, who had been working to register black voters.