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The world keeps turning. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening from the Associated Press.
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.
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.
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.
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.