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Maryland

City fails to break bikini parade record

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) – A city in China still holds the bikini parade record after a failed attempt in Maryland.
Organizers of Saturday’s effort in Ocean City to take the title from Huludao City in China fell short. Only about 325 women turned out under rainy skies. Brad Hoffman, who organized the parade for the North Ocean City Business Alliance, blamed the rain for the poor turnout.
Organizers were trying to attract more than 1,085 to break the record set in China earlier this month.
The 25-block parade included women of all ages.
The $10 registration fee for the event benefited charities including the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
California

Harmless quakes shake stretch of state

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A series of earthquakes has rattled California, from rural Imperial County all the way to the San Diego County coast.
Paul Caruso with the U.S. Geological Survey says the first quake, magnitude 3.9, struck at 10:02 a.m. Sunday, about three miles north-northwest of Brawley.
It was followed by a 3.4 quake about 90 seconds later in the same area near the southern end of the Salton Sea about 16 miles north of El Centro. Magnitude 2.2 and 2.0 quakes followed minutes later.
A sheriff’s dispatcher says there have been no reports of damage or injuries.
Texas

Jailed prostitutes raise political questions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas may be forced to reconsider a state law that allows prosecutors to charge prostitutes with a felony and send them to prison after three misdemeanor convictions.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that more than 350 prostitutes occupy bunks in state prisons, and now some officials wonder whether that makes sense.
State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, says “it’s nuts” that Texas has so many prostitutes in prison. All the state is doing is “warehousing” people who would be better served getting treatment, he says.
South Carolina

Sanford is engaged to Argentine mistress

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford confirmed Sunday that he is engaged to the Argentine woman he secretly left the state to visit under the cover story that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Sanford said a statement announcing his engagement provided to CNN is accurate.
“The only comment I’ll stand by is that there was a statement sent to CNN and I stand by its accuracy. I don’t know anything beyond that,” Sanford told the Associated Press on Sunday. “I’d love to talk, but we’re going to end up in no-man’s land.”
Sanford was a rising Republican political star before he vanished from South Carolina for five days in 2009. Reporters were told he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. But when he returned to South Carolina, the father of four admitted that he was instead in Argentina with Maria Belen Chapur, whom he called his soul mate.