COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford has left the governor's mansion and is on his way to visit his family in Florida, his office said Friday.
Sanford departed the mansion, where he has spent much of the last 48 hours, in the passenger seat of a state vehicle.
Sanford will spend the holiday weekend with his wife and their four boys.
"The Sanford family asks members of the media to respect their privacy while they are together this weekend," his spokesman said in a statement yesterday. "The Sanford's also hope to take a longer family vacation toward the end of July."
The trip marks the first time Sanford has spent time with his wife since he revealed to the Associated Press that his mistress is a "soul mate" and that he had "crossed lines" with other women.
Jenny Sanford released a statement Thursday calling Sanford's actions "inexcusable," but she left the door open to reconciling with her husband.
"The real issue now is one of forgiveness," she said in a statement. "I am willing to forgive Mark for his actions."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – Here come the California IOUs.
Unable to meet its bills for the second time this year, the state started printing IOUs on Thursday. Some 28,750 IOUs worth $53.3 million will be issued initially, mainly for personal income tax refunds.
The IOUs helps the state controller stave off a deficit of nearly $3 billion for July. The state plans to send the IOUs to certain county agencies, small businesses and taxpayers owed billions of dollars.
The state's fiscal condition is disastrous. Officials passed a budget in February, but declining tax revenues have opened up a $26 billion deficit.
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(CNN) - A new poll of Ohio voters indicates that the recession is taking a toll on Gov. Ted Strickland's approval rating, and could make his bid for re-election next year more difficult.
Forty-six percent of those questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Friday say they approve of how Strickland's handling his duties as governor of Ohio, 4 points higher than the 42 percent who disapprove. The 46 percent approval rating is down 11 points from two months ago, and marks the lowest approval rating for Strickland since February 2007, one month after he took office.
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) – Russia will allow the United States to ship weapons across its air space to Afghanistan, Kremlin spokesman Alex Pavlov said Friday.
Pavlov said he doesn't know when the policy will take effect, but imagines the details will come out when presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev meet Monday and Tuesday in Moscow.
A senior official in the Obama administration told CNN the men are expected to sign an agreement to allow the transit of U.S. military equipment to Afghanistan for use in American military operations.
The two countries already have an agreement allowing rail transportation of non-lethal supplies across Russian territory.
On Thursday, Medvedev said Obama's new administration has shown a willingness to "build more effective, reliable, and ultimately more modern relations. We are ready to play our part."
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, on a visit to Pakistan, discussed with Pakistani leaders the fight against terrorism, as well as how the two countries share information, she said Friday.
"The key concept is, you just can't start protecting the homeland at the borders of the United States," she said.
Napolitano has met with President Asif Ali Zardari and was to meet with the country's prime minister and interior minister.
(CNN) - Jenny Sanford, wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, is speaking out in a new statement about her husband's affair.
"Mark showed a lack of judgment in his recent actions as governor. However, his far more egregious offenses were committed against God, the institutions of marriage and family, our boys and me," Mrs. Sanford said in a statement. "Mark has stated that his intent and determination is to save our marriage, and to make amends to the people of South Carolina. I hope he can make good on those intentions, and for the sake of our boys I leave the door open to it."
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"He was a great entertainer and he crossed so many lines with his skill and the skill of his brothers," Powell says, "I always remember him most vividly as a young boy with his brothers - the Jackson 5. These fresh, exciting kids with the 'fro's in the early '70s and singing those wonderful songs."
"But that is what I remember about Michael. During the heyday when he was doing 'Thriller' and the other things I was either in Vietnam or Korea or somewhere. So he's not quite of my generation, but his art spanned three generations and is worthy of all the tribute that he is receiving for his art.
"Yes, there were some challenges in his life. Yes, there was a great deal of controversy about him. But he's now passed on. Let's celebrate his art."
"July 4th still represents a remarkable date for us to stall or stop and reflect on what our founding fathers achieved on July 4 of 1776," says the former general, "And the noble sentiment they gave to the rest of the world that all men are created equal and that governments serve the people. And the people serve the nation."
"So, on July 4th, let's as we were told by our founding fathers, shoot rockets and celebrate and let the bombs go off and celebrate and praise our flag," he says. "But let's not forget that the freedom we enjoy, the freedom that we declared that we would have in 1776, still has to be won every single day and it's won by all of us, but especially by these young men and women in uniform."
ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) – He looks like President Barack Obama, speaks like him, and even gestures like him, but he is not exactly the President of the United States.
This president is an audio-animatronic Obama surrounded by the 42 other U.S. presidents at Walt Disney World's newly re-vamped Hall of Presidents in Orlando, Florida.
Disney gathered a team of what they call "Imagineers," each trained in various disciplines such as artistry, design and engineering, to update the attraction that has been around since 1971.
It's hard to believe the figures are not real people and according to Disney officials, that's the goal.