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MAINE

4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles New England

PORTLAND — An earthquake that hit southern Maine Tuesday night has rattled nearby New England states as far as Connecticut, including the Boston area.

The U.S. Geological Survey at first estimated 7:12 p.m. quake as a 4.6 magnitude, but later downgraded that to 4.0.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency had no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

TEXAS

Man convicted in killing of pastor gets death sentence

FORT WORTH — A convicted felon was sentenced to death Tuesday for killing a pastor and severely beating the pastor’s secretary during a robbery in their North Texas church.

A jury in Fort Worth deliberated for a little more than an hour before deciding the sentence for Steven Lawayne Nelson, 25. He was convicted last week of killing the Rev. Clint Dobson at the North Pointe Baptist Church in nearby Arlington in March 2011.

LOUISIANA

After spat, state to have 1st black chief justice

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Supreme Court has resolved a racially tinged power struggle within its own ranks by ruling that its next chief justice should be Bernette Johnson. She will be the state’s first black chief justice.

The court said Tuesday that Judge Johnson’s years of appointed and elected service give her the seniority to succeed Chief Justice Catherine Kimball early next year. Justice Jeffrey Victory, who is white, had argued that Judge Johnson’s appointed service shouldn’t count and that he deserved to be named chief justice.

Voters elected Judge Johnson in 1994 to a seat on a state appeals court.

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