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The world keeps turning. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening from the Associated Press.
ORLANDO: Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. She was charged with first-degree murder, which could have brought the death penalty if she had been convicted. Instead, she was convicted of only four counts of lying to investigators looking into the June 2008 disappearance of her daughter Caylee. Her body was found in the woods six months later and a medical examiner was never able to determine how she died. She will be sentenced by the judge on Thursday and could receive up to a year in jail for each lying count.
ATLANTA — Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them, according to a state investigation made public Tuesday. An 800-page report released to The Associated Press by Gov. Nathan Deal's office through an open records request shows several educators reported cheating in their schools. But the report says Hall and other administrators ignored those reports and sometimes retaliated against the whistleblowers.
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Nearly 200 African migrants were feared drowned Tuesday after a boat carrying them to Saudi Arabia caught fire off Sudan's northeastern coast, a semiofficial news agency reported.
The Sudan Media Center said three migrants were rescued. The boat had launched from Red Sea State, one of Sudan's 26 states, and sailed for four hours in Sudanese territorial waters before the blaze broke out, according to the news agency.
The report said the owners of the boat, all Yemenis, have been arrested, although it gave no more details about them.
AUGUSTA — The original "Big Three" will be together again on the first tee at Augusta National next year. Gary Player has agreed to join Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as an honorary starter at the Masters. They have 13 green jackets among them. The last time they were on the opening tee together was in 2001, when they played in the same group over the first two rounds. Next year, they will hit only one shot in a ceremonial start to the tournament. The tradition of an honorary starter at the Masters began in 1963.
LONDON — Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said he has given up drinking alcohol after realizing he was partying too hard. The 21-year-old actor says he began to drink too much while filming "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," the sixth movie in the Harry Potter series, in 2009.
He said; "I became so reliant on (alcohol) to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person's lifestyle that really isn't suited to me."
Radcliffe was speaking to GQ magazine in an interview. The last movie in the series "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II" premieres on Thursday and is set for release on July 15.
COLLEGE PARK — Police say someone with a chainsaw tried to carve their way into a home south of Atlanta, but the hole was too small for a person to get inside. A south Fulton County homeowner told authorities that a gaping hold was found Monday in the back of the house. A police report said authorities believe the burglary would have been successful if the suspect or suspects had cut a larger hole in the house.