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NA­TIONAL

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Traf­fic in the Los An­ge­les area was flow­ing freely Satur­day morn­ing fol­low­ing the shut­down of a 10mile stretch of one of the nation's busiest free­ways.

But of­fi­cials warned the real test was likely to be­gin around mid­day, af­ter the coun­try's sec­ond-largest city fully awak­ened.

"So far we're still Satur­day morn­ing light," said Mike Miles, a Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion district di­rec­tor. "We don't know if that's just be­cause it's Satur­day morn­ing, or if in fact mo­torists are lis­ten­ing to the mes­sage that has been put out about not driv­ing this week­end."

He said traf­fic was ex­pected to pick up as the day pro­gressed.

STATE

MA­CON, Ga. (AP) — Ma­con po­lice are wait­ing for the re­sults of a lab test that could help de­ter­mine who slayed and dis­mem­bered a re­cent law school grad­u­ate.

Po­lice spokes­woman Jami Gaudet said the FBI is con­duct­ing lab tests of blood, fiber, fin­ger­prints and other ev­i­dence linked to the death of 27-year-old Lau­ren Gid­dings.

Po­lice have charged Gid­dings' neigh­bor and class­mate, 25-year-old Stephen Mark McDaniel, on un­re­lated bur­glary charges. He has been named a per­son of in­ter­est in Gid­dings' slay­ing but has not been charged in the death.

WORLD

NEW DELHI (AP) — In­dia brushed off spec­u­la­tion ty­ing the Mum­bai bomb­ings to Pak­istan and said Fri­day it re­mained com­mit­ted to re­cently re­newed peace talks with its ri­val neigh­bor.

The moves showed how lit­tle ap­petite New Delhi has for es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions in the re­gion while it fo­cuses on main­tain­ing eco­nomic growth in the South Asian nation of 1.2 bil­lion peo­ple.

While fu­ture rev­e­la­tions about the cul­prits in the blasts that killed 17 peo­ple Wed­nes­day could still sab­o­tage re­la­tions be­tween the coun­tries, the In­dian gov­ern­ment so far has re­jected op­po­si­tion de­mands for a heavy re­sponse against Pak­istan.

On Fri­day, In­dia said it was work­ing out dates for the next round of ne­go­ti­a­tions ex­pected this month be­tween top of­fi­cials from both coun­tries.

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

PLON­DON ( AP) — Ru­pert Mur­doch ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tions of The Wall Street Jour­nal's pub­lisher and the chief of his Bri­tish op­er­a­tions on Fri­day as the once-de­fi­ant me­dia mogul strug­gled to con­trol an es­ca­lat­ing phone hack­ing scan­dal, of­fer­ing apolo­gies to the pub­lic and the fam­ily of a mur­dered school­girl.

The scan­dal has knocked bil­lions off the value of Mur­doch's News Corp., scut­tled his am­bi­tions to take con­trol of a lu­cra­tive satel­lite TV com­pany, with­ered his po­lit­i­cal power in Bri­tain — and is threat­en­ing to desta­bi­lize his globe­span­ning em­pire.

The con­tro­versy claimed its first Mur­doch ex­ec­u­tive in the United States as Les Hin­ton, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Mur­doch-owned Dow Jones & Co. and pub­lisher of the Wall Street Jour­nal, an­nounced he was re­sign­ing with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Mur­doch's Bri­tish lieu­tenant, Re­bekah Brooks, stepped down ear­lier Fri­day.

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