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Sanford family readies for trip amid questions


COLUMBIA --- While Gov. Mark Sanford prepared Wednesday for a two-week trip to Europe with his family, lawmakers still have questions about his rendezvous last month in Argentina.

Mr. Sanford said he's leaving today for a long-planned vacation with his wife and four sons in an effort to "get some things right in the family."

The two-term Republican governor declined to say where in Europe he'll be but said this time, the State Law Enforcement Division knows his schedule "every step of the way." And he pledged to contact his office at least daily.

Mr. Sanford has insisted he was reachable in Argentina through "a back channel way" by an adviser, who was not his spokesman or chief of staff.

Sen. Larry Martin has said he believes no such arrangement existed.

"If the person had existed, he would've been contacted by that back channel person more quickly than he was. It had already hit the international wire" that he was missing, said the Pickens Republican.

Attorney general wants Craigslist suit tossed

COLUMBIA --- The South Carolina attorney general who has threatened to prosecute Craigslist for prostitution-related ads wants a federal judge to dismiss the company's complaint against him, according to court papers filed this week.

"The conduct targeted by the Attorney General enjoys no constitutional protection," Attorney General Henry McMaster said in federal court papers filed Tuesday.

Mr. McMaster says the company had not proved that he violated employees' constitutional rights by threatening to prosecute prostitution-related ads.

"Neither Plaintiff nor the users of its websites have a constitutionally protected right to post such advertisements," Mr. McMaster wrote.