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Mr. Barbour is a likely candidate to run for the Republican nomination for president.

Dan Turner said he made poor decisions and does not want to reflect poorly on the governor.

The comments were parenthetical remarks about events from a website listing daily historic events.

About Otis Redding’s posthumous gold record for “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” Mr. Turner wrote “(Not a big hit in Japan right now.”)

About Janet Reno’s confirmation as the first female U.S. attorney general, he made a joke that talked about her gender.

Mr. Turner says the governor never saw the jokes.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Lawmaker quits after Siberia quip

CONCORD | A 91-year-old freshman Republican lawmaker who suggested the mentally disabled should be shipped to Siberia has resigned from the New Hampshire House.

State Rep. Martin Harty of Barrington said in his resignation letter Monday that he was sorry his “big mouth caused this furor.” He said with all the “slightly unfavorable publicity,” he couldn’t be effective.

Mr. Harty’s comments came to light last week during testimony at a hearing on proposed cuts to the state budget. When confronted about the comment, Mr. Harty was unapologetic. He said he was kidding around with a female caller who supported funding for the homeless when he raised the issue of eugenics and the world’s population growth.

He said he didn’t know what to do with mentally disturbed people and suggested renting a spot in Russia.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama seeks stricter gun laws

Two months after the shooting of a congresswoman, President Obama called Sunday for more stringent enforcement of existing gun laws, citing the “awful consequences” of gun violence in American society.

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