February 3, 2010 in Nation/World

Nation in brief: Groundhog sees more winter ahead

From Wire Reports
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Punxsutawney Phil is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow in Punxsutawney, Pa.
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Punxsutawney, Pa. – The groundhog has spoken. And it’s bad news.

Punxsutawney Phil emerged Tuesday to see his shadow before chilly revelers in Pennsylvania, meaning winter will last another six weeks.

German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2 – the Christian holiday of Candlemas – winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.

The Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club annually announces Phil’s forecast.

No grand jury for Jackson’s doctor

Los Angeles – Prosecutors investigating Michael Jackson’s death plan to file a criminal complaint charging the singer’s doctor with involuntary manslaughter rather than seek a grand jury indictment, the Associated Press learned Tuesday.

While there is no public timetable for charges to be filed against Dr. Conrad Murray, there are strong indications the move is imminent. Murray and lawyer Edward Chernoff traveled to Los Angeles from Houston, where Murray practices, and the attorney said his client is prepared to turn himself in.

Jackson’s death on June 25 came after Murray, tending to the pop star in his rented mansion, administered the powerful anesthetic propofol and two other sedatives to get the chronic insomniac to sleep, authorities allege.

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