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Rep. Trey Radel to take leave of absence

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and tearfully told his constituents that he "let down our country" and willtake a leave from office. Radel, who was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, said at an emotional news conference in Cape Coral, Fla., that he will donate his salary to a charity during his leave. But he stopped short of saying he would resign.

Shellie Zimmerman talks to Katie Couric

George Zimmerman's estranged wife will appear on Katie today. "Shellie Zimmerman exposes the truth about her estranged husband's latest news, and shares the important message she has for Trayvon Martin's mother," according to the show's website. George Zimmerman was freed on bail in connection with a domestic dispute involving his girlfriend, who told police he had pointed a shotgun at her. He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 7 on domestic-violence charges involving aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, and misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief.

Lance Armstrong settles $3M lawsuit

Hours before he was scheduled to testify under oath about his doping practices, Lance Armstrong reached a settlement in a lawsuit against him and has canceled his deposition scheduled for Thursday in Austin. The scheduled deposition was part of the pretrial discovery process in a civil fraud lawsuit filed against him by Acceptance Insurance, which sought to recover $3 million on bonuses it paid him for winning the Tour de France from 1999 to 2001.

Lindsey Vonn suffers partial ACL tear in right knee

With 78 days until the start of the Sochi Olympics, Lindsey Vonn's next race is against the clock. After suffering a partial tear to the ACL in her surgically repaired right knee will she be healthy enough to compete in her fourth Olympics? The injury came during training on Tuesday, nine months after tearing the ACL and MCL in her right knee and fracturing her tibia in a brutal crash in Austria. The most successful female ski racer in American history will rest for a few days and then will pursue aggressive physical therapy, her publicist Lewis Kay said in a statement.

Internet gambling in New Jersey

New Jersey begins a five-day trial run of Internet gambling today, with a full launch scheduled for next Tuesday. Existing Atlantic City casinos will be licensed to offer electronic versions of all casino games online to people within the borders of the Garden State. USA TODAY's editorial board thinks online gambling is a very bad bet.

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