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John Edwards Has ‘Serious’ Heart Condition, Trial Delayed

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- The criminal trial of John Edwards that was set to begin Jan. 30 will be delayed at least two months because the former Democratic presidential candidate has a “real and serious” heart condition that requires medical intervention.

Federal Judge Catherine Eagles granted the delay after noting that she had received two letters from Edwards’ cardiologist detailing the nature of the heart trouble.

While the precise condition was not discussed in open court, it was revealed that Edwards has had three “episodes” in recent weeks and that he is scheduled to undergo a procedure next month. Edwards has also been advised to avoid driving.

Edwards appeared “a little pale and gaunt” during a brief interaction inside the courthouse, where cameras are not permitted, according to Ed Crump, a reporter for ABC’s Raleigh affiliate WTVD who attended the court hearing Friday.

Edwards  apparently managed to evade photographers on the way in and out of court Friday afternoon. At previous court appearances, Edwards has used the front entrance and has made no obvious effort to avoid being photographed.

A two-time presidential candidate and the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, Edwards was charged in June in a six-count federal indictment alleging that he was complicit in an illegal scheme to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars from two wealthy supporters to help support and seclude his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, during the 2008 presidential campaign. Prosecutors allege those payments were intended to influence the election and therefore violated federal campaign laws.

Edwards pleaded not guilty to all the charges and his lawyers have described the government’s case as “crazy,” and that prosecutors are employing a radical interpretation of election law.

In requesting the delay, the defense team argued that Edwards has been unable to participate in trial preparations in the past month, resulting in their falling behind in their case work.

The judge has asked all parties to report back to her at the end of February for an update. The trial is now set to begin March 26, but might be subject to further delay.

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Troy Davis Execution Delayed

ERIK S. LESSER/AFP/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Troy Davis' execution was delayed Wednesday night as the Supreme Court weighed arguments by Davis' legal team and the state of Georgia over whether he deserves a stay.

At 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, five minutes after his scheduled death, Davis' supporters erupted in cheers, hugs and tears outside the jail in Jackson, Ga., as supporters believed Davis had been saved from the death penalty. But the Supreme Court only granted a temporary reprieve as it considers the decision.

The Supreme Court could decide at any time Wednesday night or in the next seven days whether to go through with his execution.

Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah cop Mark MacPhail, and had his execution stayed four times over the course of his 22-year stay on death row, but multiple legal appeals during that time failed to prove his innocence.

Public support grew for Davis based on the recanted testimony of seven witnesses from his trial and the possible confession of another suspect, which his defense team claims cast too much doubt on Davis' guilt to follow through with an execution.

Davis has spent 22 years on death row and in recent years support for his plea of innocence has grown as several witnesses recanted their testimony that he fired the shot that killed MacPhail. His impending execution has brought those efforts to a head.

A growing tide of celebrities, politicians, and social media users called for the execution to be delayed because of "too much doubt" present in his case.

At a protest in front of the White House Wednesday at least 12 Howard University students were arrested for failing to move off the White House sidewalk, according to ABC News affiliate WJLA. The protest there is expected to last until 7 p.m.

A flurry of messages on Twitter using the hashtags #TroyDavis and #TooMuchDoubt showed thousands of supporters of Davis were intent on flooding the Jackson Distirct Attorney's office, Georgia Judge Penny Freezeman's office, and the U.S. Attorney General's office with phone calls and emails to beg for a stay on the execution.

Some users accused Twitter of blocking the topic from trending on Tuesday, though a representative from Twitter told ABC News there was no such action taken. The hashtags were trending today in cities around the US as well as Germany, the UK, Sweden, and France. Many Tweets called the case a symbol of a return to Jim Crow laws and racial inequalities in the justice system.

The NAACP and the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson held a news conference today calling for the execution to be halted.

Others who have voiced support for Davis include former president Jimmy Carter, the pope and a former FBI director.

Davis's execution has been stayed four times for appeals since his conviction in 1989, and the Supreme Court gave him a rare chance to prove his innocence last year, but rejected his plea.

A Georgia board of pardons and paroles rejected Davis's plea for clemency on Tuesday.

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Pilot Delays Takeoff for Dying Two-Year-Old's Grandfather

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A desperate Arizona man praised a Southwest Airlines pilot Thursday for displaying an act of human kindness some say is rare in the airline industry. The pilot delayed a takeoff so Mark Dickinson could reach the bedside of his dying two-year old grandson.

Dickinson was in Los Angeles on a business trip last week when he learned that his grandson Caden Rodgers was lying in a Denver hospital, brain dead and about to be taken off life support.

A few days earlier the boy had suffered terrible head injuries, allegedly at the hands of Theodore Madrid, the boyfriend of Dickinson's daughter Ashley Rogers. Madrid, now charged with first-degree murder, was watching the boy while Rogers was at work when Caden was injured.

Dickinson arrived at Los Angeles International Airport to find a long, slow-moving security line. He says airport workers weren't buying his story about Caden and refused to let him jump to the front of the line.

"I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm not going to make my flight.' I didn't know when I was going to get the next one. I resigned myself to the fact that it was my fault," said Dickinson.

He called his wife Nancy back home in Palominas, Ariz., for help. She called Southwest Airlines customer service to plead Mark's case and beg them to hold the plane until Mark could get there.

By the time he got through the security checkpoint, his departure time had already passed. He grabbed his belongings and made a mad dash for the gate, convinced he'd never make his connecting flight in Tucson.

"I was running in my socks through the terminal," said Dickinson, an engineer for Northrop Grumman.

When he got to the gate, Dickinson was shocked to find the plane was still there, the door to the jetway still open.

"I looked over by the jetway and there was the pilot," Dickinson said. "He said, 'Are you Mark?' I said, 'Yeah' and he said, 'Well, we're holding the flight for you.'"

Southwest spokesperson Marilee McInnis said the airline has identified the pilot but according to policy is holding off releasing his name to reporters until he gives permission. He was flying Thursday and could not be immediately reached.

A Southwest spokesman said the pilot is a veteran who is also a member of Southwest's "Corporate Culture Committee."

The pilot held the packed flight for 12 minutes at LAX, which ABC News aviation consultant John Nance calls "an eternity."

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More Delays: NASA Says No Discovery Launch Before Feb. 3

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | NASA(WASHINGTON) -- After a series of delays, managers at NASA have set a new target launch date for the Discovery space shuttle of no earlier than Feb. 3 at 1:34 a.m. ET.  Managers say that more tests are needed before Discovery's launch to the International Space Station.

The Program Requirements Control Board met Thursday to review the integrity of repairs made to cracks found on the shuttle's external tank.  Managers then determined that more instrument tests were necessary concerning the external fuel tank.
Shuttle engineers plan to continue searching for the root cause of the cracks that were found. 

Officials say that only after careful review and analysis of data from the tests will they set an official launch date.

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Airline Passenger Complaints Up in 2010

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – The number of complaints from airline passengers to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rose 32 percent from 2009, according to a report by the department.

In the first nine months of 2010, the DOT received 8,811 overall complaints from passengers. That figure includes 440 complaints regarding treatment of the disabled and 111 complaints over discrimination, both up from last year.
Meanwhile, long delays on the tarmac were down in September compared to the same period in 2009, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Tuesday by the DOT.

The nation’s largest airlines reported four flights in September with delays that exceeded four hours, down from six such flights in 2009.

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