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He says that U.S. leaders need to address issues such as parenting and mental illness as well as laws on firearms when discussing ways to reduce gun violence.

Mr. Schwarzenegger’s comments come as American politicians are under pressure to respond to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman last month killed 20 students and six adults.

ILLINOIS

King of Clout reports to prison for extortion

CHICAGO — A man once known as the King of Clout for the enormous behind-the-scene influence he yielded in Illinois politics reported to prison Tuesday to start a yearlong sentence for trying to extort a Hollywood movie producer.

William Cellini reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Ind., around 1 p.m. local time, said Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said. It’s the same prison where former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is completing a 61/2-year corruption sentence.

Mr. Cellini, 78, will stay in the minimum-security section of the facility.

Jurors convicted the multimillionaire Springfield businessman in 2011 of trying to shake down Thomas Rosenberg for a $1.5 million political contribution that was intended for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign. Mr. Rosenberg is the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby.”

Cellini, a longtime Republican, joins an ignominious list of prominent Illinois residents imprisoned for corruption.

Blagojevich, a Democrat, is serving a 14-year sentence for multiple corruption counts in a Colorado prison. Ryan, Blagojevich’s Republican predecessor, is wrapping up his sentence.

Cellini had asked to go to a prison in Montgomery, Ala., in part because it was thought to have good medical facilities to deal with his illnesses, including heart ailments. It wasn’t immediately clear why Cellini was assigned to the prison in Indiana.

NEW YORK

Hospitalized ex-Mayor Koch is cracking jokes

NEW YORK — A spokesman says former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is feeling “much better” and cracking jokes.

George Artz said Tuesday it’s still not clear when Mr. Koch will go home. The former mayor was hospitalized Saturday night with fluid in his lungs and swollen ankles.

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