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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.

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