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Fort Jackson inquiry finds no misconduct


NEW YORK - Five soldiers at Fort Jackson, S.C., have been investigated on suspicion of making threats against fellow service members, but officials have found no substantive evidence of misconduct, U.S. military spokesmen said early Friday.

The Christian Broadcasting Network, founded by evangelist Pat Robertson, has reported that soldiers were suspected of plotting to poison the food supply at the Army base. The report said the soldiers were part of an Army translation program that includes Arabic speakers.

Army investigators have been conducting an investigation since December, but "we have not found any credible information to substantiate the allegations," said Christopher Grey, a spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command.

It is unusual for the agency to comment on the preliminary findings of an ongoing investigation.

A statement released by authorities at Fort Jackson also said no credible evidence has been found to support the allegations.

"At no time was there any danger to the Fort Jackson community," the statement said.

Charleston judge will hear Sanford divorce

CHARLESTON - Family Court Judge Jocelyn Cate of Charleston was assigned Friday to preside over the hearing ending the marriage of Gov. Mark Sanford and his wife, Jenny - the first time a sitting South Carolina governor has divorced.

A court roster published Friday shows Cate, who has served on the family court bench for eight years, will preside over the final divorce hearing set for Friday.

Jenny Sanford filed for divorce in December on the grounds of adultery. In a reply to the filing last month, the governor, representing himself without an attorney, admitted to an affair and asked the court to approve his wife's request to end their 20-year marriage.

No South Carolina governor has divorced in office, according to University of South Carolina historian Walter Edgar. He said the state, in 1949, became the last to allow divorce.