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In brief: Gingrich edging closer to ’12 run

Mon., Feb. 28, 2011

WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich intends to take a formal step toward entering the 2012 presidential race within the next two weeks, Republican officials said Sunday, after months spent traveling to important primary and caucus states.

These officials declined to say precisely what type of announcement the 67-year-old former Georgia lawmaker would make, but added they expect him to make clear his determination to run.

Gingrich became the first Republican speaker in 40 years after he led his party to control of the House in the 1994 elections. He left Congress two turbulent terms later, intensely controversial and under pressure from disillusioned one-time supporters in the rank and file.

Charges planned in day care fire

HOUSTON – Prosecutors say they plan to file charges against a woman who ran a Houston home day care center where a deadly blaze last week killed four children.

Harris County district attorney’s office spokeswoman Donna Hawkins said Sunday that Jessica Tata will be charged with reckless injury to a child involving serious bodily injury.

If convicted, Tata would face from two to 10 years in prison. Hawkins declined to say if additional charges would be filed.

Investigators have been examining whether seven preschoolers in the day care center at the time of the fire may have been left alone there.

The blaze also injured four children, with two of them still hospitalized in critical but stable condition.


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