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Mr. Edwards faces 30 years in prison after pleading not guilty to six campaign finance corruption charges. The jury began considering its decision Friday, after nearly four weeks of testimony.

The jurors ended their talks Tuesday shortly after requesting access to notes from Alex Forger, the lawyer for Rachel “Bunny” Mellon. The 101-year-old heiress provided most of the nearly $1 million in secret payments prosecutors say Mr. Edwards used to help hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Mr. Edwards also faces up to $1.5 million in fines if convicted on all counts.


‘Mountain man’ arrested after extended search

HELENA — Police arrested notorious “mountain man” Dan Nichols Tuesday on drug charges after a months-long search that came nearly three decades after he and his father kidnapped a world-class athlete.

Nichols was taken into custody after phoning the U.S. Marshals Service and saying he would be in a Walmart parking lot in Butte.

Nichols, wanted on drug charges in connection with a marijauna-growing operation, was paroled in 1991 after serving several years for helping his father, Don Nichols, in the kidnapping of biathlete Kari Swenson.


Silicon Valley executive accused in Lego thefts

SAN JOSE — A Silicon Valley software executive put fake bar codes on Lego sets at various Target stores, bought the toys at a steep discount, then sold them online for thousands of dollars, authorities said.

Authorities said Thomas Langenbach, 47, bought Lego sets at Target stores but covered their original bar codes with his own bar-code stickers to get a cheaper price.

A search of the man’s posh home south of San Francisco uncovered hundreds of sets of the colorful toy bricks. Eight bags of bar code stickers were found in his car, police said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports