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Consultant Guilty Of Conspiracy In Robocalls Case

A jury has found a Republican campaign consultant guilty of conspiracy for 2010 robocalls that prosecutors say were aimed at keeping black voters from the polls during Maryland's 2010 gubernatorial election.

The jury considering the case of Julius Henson, who worked for Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's campaign during his rematch with Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, handed up the verdict Friday after deliberating for three days.

Henson testified that the call was a counterintuitive attempt to motivate voters, and campaign manager Paul Schurick told him it didn't need an authority line, noting that Ehrlich's campaign was paying for the calls.

Last December, a jury found Schurick guilty of election fraud. The sentence included 30 days of home detention and 500 hours of community service.

Henson was acquitted of three other charges.

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Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Took Unlikely Path To Hollywood Royalty

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood knows tough times. A single mom at 17 who once worked at a French fry factory to make ends meet is Hollywood royalty today. A favorite of director Tim Burton, Atwood is now costume designer for his adaptation of the darkly comic, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
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Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli's home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.
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The VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families, after mounting political pressure.
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The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

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