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CHICAGO | An FBI agent says former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich told agents in a March 2005 interview that he never gave out state jobs and contracts as a reward for campaign contributions.

Supervisory Special Agent Patrick Murphy said at Mr. Blagojevich’s corruption trial Tuesday that in the interview Mr. Blagojevich insisted that he maintained what he called a firewall between campaign fundraising and his official actions as governor.

That contrasted with testimony from Chicago lawyer Joseph Cari that the governor once told him state contracts were available to those who helped with fundraising.

Mr. Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to charges that he schemed to launch a racketeering operation in the governor’s office and to sell or trade President Obama’s former Senate seat.


Government OKs first telescope for vision

Health officials have approved a first-of-its-kind technology — a tiny telescope implanted into the eye — to counter a leading cause of old-age blindness.

The telescope aims to help people in the end stages of an incurable, creeping disease called age-related macular degeneration — a loss of central vision that blocks reading, watching TV and eventually even recognizing faces.

It is implanted into one eye to ease that blind spot, while patients learn to use the other eye for peripheral vision.

Because of safety risks — and the challenge of learning to see that way — the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday that only patients 75 or older with severe macular degeneration who also have a cataract that needs removal will qualify.


Fiorina completes reconstructive surgery

SACRAMENTO | Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina on Tuesday completed reconstructive surgery after her battle with breast cancer.

Mrs. Fiorina is resting after completing her final surgery, according to a statement released by her chief of staff, Deborah Bowker.

“Carly is in good spirits and is happy to have concluded this difficult chapter in her life,” Miss Bowker said. “She is thankful to her family, friends and the many people who have supported her throughout this successful battle.”

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