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Nation Briefs: Smart set to testify

Oklahoman Published: September 29, 2009

Smart set to testify
SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Smart can testify in competency proceedings for the man charged with her 2002 abduction. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball said Smart’s testimony is relevant to the issue of Brian David Mitchell’s competency for trial.

Evaluation to begin
BUTNER, N.C. — James von Brunn, an 89-year-old white supremacist charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, has arrived at a prison for an evaluation of whether he’s competent to stand trial.


Palin finishes work on book
NEW YORK — Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, has finished her memoir just four months after the book deal was announced, and the release date has been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17, her publisher said.


Whale death investigated
GLOUCESTER, Va. — Biologists are trying to figure out what killed a humpback whale found floating in a Virginia river. Officials say the 25-foot whale was first sighted Saturday.

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