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U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is home from treatment for depression at the Mayo Clinic, said an aide.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is home from treatment for depression at the Mayo Clinic, said an aide. (AP, file)
Posted: September 08, 2012

Schwarzenegger's action ruled legal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Sacramento County superior court judge ruled Friday that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't break any laws when he cut the manslaughter sentence for the son of a political ally just hours before leaving office last year.

Judge Lloyd Connelly said that Schwarzenegger's decision to cut the sentence of Esteban Nunez from 16 years to seven was distasteful and "repugnant to the bulk of the citizenry of this state," but within his executive powers as governor. Nunez is the son of the governor's political ally, Fabian Nunez.

Esteban Nunez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a 2008 attack on an unarmed group of young men after he and some friends were turned away from a fraternity party. Three others pleaded guilty to various charges in the attack that killed 22-year-old college student Luis Santos.

- AP

Aide: Jackson home after care

CHICAGO - An aide to U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says the congressman is home in Washington after treatment for depression at the Mayo Clinic.

Jackson aide Rick Bryant said Friday that Jackson was convalescing with his wife and children at his home.

Bryant says he's not sure exactly when the Illinois congressman was discharged. He says he hopes Jackson will be back at work Monday.

Jackson went on a secretive medical leave in June, when family members said he collapsed at home in Washington. He was being treated for bipolar disorder at the clinic in Rochester, Minn.

His office said in August that he was being treated at Mayo because of depression, after a transfer from the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in Arizona.

- AP

Rescuers seek Ariz. woman

MARANA, Ariz. - Rescuers were searching for a 52-year-old woman who was apparently swept away in a flooded southern Arizona wash as heavy monsoon rains led to flooded roadways in several parts of the state.

Several drivers had to be pulled from their cars in the metropolitan Phoenix area.

Scores of searchers from multiple law enforcement and fire agencies were on the ground and using helicopters to search for the woman south of Marana at midday Friday, said Deputy Tom Peine, a Pima County sheriff's spokesman.

Deputies got a call from a motorist stuck in a wash about 4:30 a.m. Friday, Peine said.

The man was able to get out but heard another man yelling for help and saying his legs were broken.

Rescuers in the community north of Tucson found that man on a bank surrounded by water around 6 a.m. He told them he had been there for hours but his wife, Angelina Carrasco, had been swept away.

The man in his 60s was taken to a hospital for treatment.

"Every street out here is completely flooded," Colin Williams, a Rural Metro spokesman, told the Arizona Republic.

- AP

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