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Shortly after the judge’s order, Mr. Nixon added the online communications law to the agenda of a special session that began Sept. 6. Mr. Nixon’s written message to lawmakers specifically limited them to repealing the law, not replacing it with new wording, as they did.

NORTH CAROLINA

Police probe slaying of Fort Bragg soldier

FAYETTEVILLE — North Carolina police continue looking for clues in the off-post shooting death of a Fort Bragg soldier from Illinois.

Fayetteville police found Pfc. Chad Patrick Dellit lying between two cars near a hotel. He had been shot in the head. Fort Bragg said Friday that the 22-year-old Pfc. Dellit was from Fulton, Ill., and enlisted in September 2008.

Police spokesmen did not return calls Sunday to the Associated Press.

Officers were called to the same area about two hours earlier Wednesday after someone reported hearing gunshots. The caller reported seeing someone running behind a nearby toy store.

UTAH

Man survives in desert after breaking leg

SALT LAKE CITY — A North Carolina man crawled four days across the Utah desert after breaking his leg on a solo hike, inspired by a movie about a man who cut off his own arm to save himself after being trapped by a boulder in the same canyon.

Amos Wayne Richards, 64, of Concord, N.C., is now recovering at home. He said he was inspired to hike Little Blue John Canyon after he saw the Oscar-nominated movie “127 Hours” but fell 10 feet during his trek on Sept. 8.

Canyonlands National Park rangers found Mr. Richards four days later. Along with the leg injury, he dislocated his shoulder but was able to work it back into place. Without cellphone service and only two protein bars to eat, Mr. Richards began crawling back to his car across the rocky terrain. He filled his water bottles with rain as he painstakingly retraced his steps, eventually dragging himself almost five miles.

“I was actually following my GPS, crawling right on top of my feet print that I had hiked in on,” he told WBTV in Charlotte.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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