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Louisiana judge to stop jailing defendants over fees

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana judge accused by a rights group of running a modern-day debtors prison agreed Monday to temporarily stop jailing defendants for nonpayment of fees and assessing certain costs on defendants, according to a court filing.

The court filing outlines an agreement between Judge Robert Black in Bogalusa and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Liberians eager to welcome ‘sister’ Michelle Obama

MONROVIA, Liberia — First lady Michelle Obama, her mother and her daughters are arriving Monday afternoon in Liberia, where they will kick off an overseas trip promoting education for girls.

The first lady is scheduled to meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state on the continent.

GOP Sen. David Perdue: Pray that Obama’s ‘days be few’

WASHINGTON — A Republican senator told conservatives Friday they should pray for President Barack Obama and suggested a biblical passage that says, “Let his days be few.”

Georgia Sen. David Perdue told a gathering of religious conservatives that “we need to be very specific about how we pray.” He suggested using , which reads: “Let his days be few, and let another have his office.”