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Thompson gets key antiabortion nod

By Times wires
Published November 13, 2007


INDIANOLA, Iowa

Fred Thompson, the candidate billing himself as the most consistent conservative in the crowded Republican field, has won the presidential endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee, GOP officials said Monday. The nod by the prominent antiabortion group could boost the former Tennessee senator's lackluster campaign, but the endorsement drew ridicule and anger from others in the movement, underscoring deep divisions on the religious right. Thompson said recently he would not back a constitutional amendment criminalizing abortion - a plank of the Republican platform for more than a quarter century - but would leave each state to make its own abortion laws. "He's saying that states can allow the killing of the unborn. That's not acceptable," said Jim Sedlak, a Virginia antiabortion activist. 

MILWAUKEE

Nun pleads no contestin sex with boys

Norma Giannini, a 79-year-old Roman Catholic nun, pleaded no contest Monday to indecent behavior with a child in connection with dozens of alleged sexual encounters, including sexual intercourse, with two male students at a church convent and school where she was principal during the 1960s. Giannini and her attorney left the courthouse without comment after entering the pleas in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on the day her trial was to begin. She faces a maximum 10 years on each of two counts when sentenced Feb. 1.

WASHINGTON

Judge to White House: Don't destroy e-mail

A federal judge ordered the White House Monday not to destroy any backup computer tapes of its e-mail, pending civil litigation seeking to learn more about what happened to a trove of messages missing from a 21/2-year period earlier in the Bush presidency.

The Bush administration had opposed such an order, arguing that it is unnecessary because the White House administrative office already is preserving backup tapes in its possession. But U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. was not satisfied by that assurance and issued the formal order, which carries contempt penalties if violated.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.

Clinton: 'Those boys' getting tough on wife

It's a Southern thing, not a gender thing. That was the explanation from Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign for a new remark by former President Bill Clinton, who had this to say Monday about his wife's presidential rivals: "Those boys have been getting tough on her lately."

The gender dynamic of the Democratic contest has come into sharp relief since an Oct. 30 debate at which rivals and a moderator pounced on Sen. Clinton. Bill Clinton's "boys" remark came as he campaigned for his wife. Clinton advisers said it was simply Southern vernacular from an Arkansas native.