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Edwards pleads not guilty to finance charges in NC

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Former presidential hopeful John Edwards pleaded not guilty today to federal charges that he solicited and secretly spent more than $925,000 to hide his mistress and their baby from the public at the height of his 2008 White House campaign.

In a 30-second statement to dozens of reporters and television news cameras that surrounded him outside the courthouse, he said he never thought he was breaking the law.

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