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Kennedy items to be auctioned

– The family of a former special assistant to President John F. Kennedy is auctioning hundreds of photographs, documents, gifts and other memorabilia that once belonged to the late president.

David Powers, who died in 1998, was a close personal friend to Kennedy and his wife, Jackie. Powers’ family found “an extraordinary collection” of memorabilia locked away last year as they prepared to sell the family home, according to John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury.

The collection includes the president’s Air Force One leather bomber jacket; photos of the baptism of his only surviving child, Caroline Kennedy; pictures of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s birthday party taken in December 1963; and a birthday card that JFK Jr. sent to his father a few months before he was assassinated.

Court overturns 2 Anthony charges

A Florida appellate court on Friday set aside two of the four convictions Casey Anthony faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing 2-year-old daughter.

Judges on the 5th District Court of Appeals agreed with Anthony’s attorneys that two of the charges constituted double jeopardy, or being convicted or punished more than once for the same crime.

“We cannot conclude that the Legislature intended to authorize separate punishment for each false statement made during a single interview,” the judges said in their ruling.

Sheriff: Residents need gun training

A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.

In the 30-second commercial, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says personal safety is no longer a spectator sport.

“I need you in the game,” he says.

“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” he adds.

The ad has generated sharp criticism from other area officials and anti-violence advocates.

9-year-old brings gun to school

Authorities say a third-grade student brought a loaded handgun to his Detroit-area school but was stopped before he walked through the doors.

School district spokeswoman Val Hughes says the principal at Daly Elementary School in Inkster was tipped by a phone call before school started Friday morning.

She says the principal met the boy at the school’s entrance. The boy and weapon were removed from school grounds about 9 a.m.

No details were released about how the boy got the gun or why he took it to school.

Ship to search for missing Missoni CEO

Venezuela’s government says a ship specialized in deep-water searches will help scan the seafloor for a plane that disappeared carrying the CEO of Italian fashion house Missoni.

The BN-2 Islander plane dropped off radar screens soon after takeoff on Jan. 4 from the resort islands of Los Roques.

It was carrying two crew members and four Italian tourists, including Vittorio Missoni, CEO of his family’s fashion company.

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