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Governor fires official over prison sex scandal

COLUMBIA, S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges fired South Carolina's prisons chief yesterday after two guards were charged with letting inmates have sex at the governor's residence.

The charges deepened a prison sex scandal that began last summer when child killer Susan Smith told investigators she had sex with two guards. A total of 13 guards and other prison employees have been charged since the investigation began.

Mr. Hodges fired William "Doug" Catoe and named former FBI Agent Dodge Frederick to head the Corrections Department.

Mississippi to vote on Confederate symbol

JACKSON, Miss. In a 42-10 vote that split along racial lines, the state Senate approved a bill yesterday to hold a statewide referendum April 17 on whether to keep the Confederate symbol in Mississippi's flag.

Gov. Ronnie Musgrove has said he will sign the bill, approved Tuesday by the state House. Voters would choose between the current flag and a proposed design that replaces the Confederate battle emblem with a circle of 20 stars.

Feed makers violate 'mad cow' regulations

Hundreds of animal-feed producers have violated regulations meant to keep "mad cow" disease out of the country, the Food and Drug Administration said.

No cases of "mad cow" disease have been found in U.S. cattle after intense monitoring, the FDA stressed yesterday.

The FDA warned that companies face seizures, shutdowns and even prosecution if they continue to violate rules meant to keep American livestock from eating animal parts linked to the deadly brain disease.

School band declines inaugural invitation

One of the high school bands invited to perform at the inaugural celebration of President-elect George W. Bush has declined the invitation in a huff.

The award-winning Westbrook (Maine) High School marching band decided not to come to Washington because it was not given a spot in the parade, but instead was offered a spot as a warm-up act.

Ex-Mafia hit man faces drug charge

NEW YORK Turncoat mobster Salvatore Gravano, nicknamed "Sammy the Bull", returned yesterday to the same Brooklyn courthouse where his testimony helped convict Gambino crime family boss John Gotti nine years ago, this time on drug charges.
Former Mafia hit man Gravano, 55, extradited from Arizona for reportedly buying 40,000 tablets of the drug known as "ecstasy" from a New York dealer, appeared pale and emotionless as he looked around the courtroom, watched by relatives of some of his murder victims.
It was not clear whether Gravano will be returned to Arizona, where he is being held on a $5 million bond, or remain in New York pending a Jan. 26 hearing on the federal charges.

Researchers modify DNA of a monkey

PORTLAND, Ore. Researchers have created the first genetically modified primate in the world, a baby rhesus monkey whose name ANDi stands for "inserted DNA" spelled backward.

Born in October, the male monkey carries a tiny extra bit of DNA in a gene introduced as a marker that can be seen under a microscope because it actually glows green, researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University said.

The creation of ANDi was described in today's issue of the journal Science.

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