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NATION: John Edwards pleads not guilty

John Edwards pleads not guilty

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Former presidential hopeful John Edwards pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges that he solicited and secretly spent more than $925,000 to hide his mistress and their baby from the public at the height of his 2008 White House campaign.

In a 30-second statement to dozens of reporters and television news cameras that surrounded him outside the courthouse, he said he never thought he was breaking the law.

''There is no question that I have done wrong,'' he said. ''And I take full responsibility for having done wrong. And I will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I have caused to others. But I did not break the law.''

Edwards did not have to post bond, but he had to surrender his passport and is not allowed to leave the continental U.S. He also can't have contact with one of the wealthy benefactors who gave him money that prosecutors say was used to hide the affair.

The indictment contained six felony counts, including conspiracy, four counts of receiving illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements for keeping the spending off the campaign's public finance reports.

Rabid beaver attacks three

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania wildlife officials said a rabid beaver attacked three people in Philadelphia.

The Game Commission reported Friday that an animal blamed for attacking a couple on Wednesday and a child on Thursday tested positive for rabies.

The attacks happened on or near Pennypack Creek in northeast Philadelphia. Authorities are warning people to be on the alert for animals acting unusually in the area.

Twin friars die on same day at 92

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Identical twins Julian and Adrian Riester were born seconds apart 92 years ago. They died hours apart this week.

The Buffalo-born brothers were also brothers in the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor. Professed friars for 65 years, they spent much of that time working together at St. Bonaventure University, doing carpentry work, gardening and driving visitors to and from the airport and around town.

''It was fun to see them, just quiet, gentle souls,'' Yvonne Peace, who worked at the St. Bonaventure Friary for nearly 21 years, said Friday.

They died Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., Brother Julian in the morning and Brother Adrian in the evening.

Both died of heart failure, said Father James Toal, guardian of St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, where the inseparable twins lived since moving from western New York in 2008.

Obama: Economy still challenged

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Faced with a dismal new jobs report, President Barack Obama said Friday that the economy faces challenges ahead and ''bumps on the road to recovery.'' But at an event to celebrate the resurgence of the auto industry he made no mention of the dour economic news that threatened to obscure his optimistic message.

Obama's visit to a Chrysler plant in politically important Ohio came after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employers in May added the fewest jobs in eight months -- a meager 54,000 -- and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent.

Normally Obama talks about the monthly jobs numbers the day they're released, but he never mentioned them directly Friday -- an omission immediately noted by Republicans who see the economy as Obama's greatest weakness heading into the campaign.

Girl dies in fall from Ferris wheel

WILDWOOD, N.J. -- An 11-year-old girl has died after falling from a Ferris wheel on the Wildwood boardwalk in New Jersey.

Capt. Lynn Frane of the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office confirmed the girl died Friday after she was brought to a local hospital.

Wildwood Police Capt. Robert Regalbuto told The Press of Atlantic City the ride was in motion at the time, and the girl fell from its upper half.

The incident happened at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier. Morey's said in a statement the cause was being investigated but did not appear to be mechanical. Meanwhile, the Ferris wheel and a few rides were closed.

Woman sues over sugar in coffee

PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia woman is suing Dunkin' Donuts, saying a worker mistakenly put sugar in her coffee, which ultimately caused her to go into diabetic shock.

Danielle Jordan's lawsuit claims she asked for artificial sweetener to be added to her coffee during a June 2009 visit. Jordan claims she downed the drink and experienced dizziness, light-headedness and ended up making an emergency trip to the hospital.