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POSTED February 8, 2013 8:36 p.m.

POPULARITY POLL: HILLARY CLINTON OUTRANKS OBAMA: HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Out of a job but still popular, Hillary Rodham Clinton tops President Barack Obama in a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Friday found the just-departed secretary of state is the most popular national political figure among a number of luminaries. Clinton's favorability rating of 61 percent compares to the 51 percent of respondents who viewed Obama favorably.

Clinton, who has been touted as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, topped a group including Vice President Joseph Biden, House Speaker John Boehner, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Clinton successor Secretary of State John Kerry.

The telephone poll was conducted Jan. 30-Feb. 4, as Clinton was leaving her job. Pollsters surveyed 1,772 registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

TRIAL SET FOR STARVATION DEATH ON OKLA. ARMY BASE: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Almost two years after a 10-year-old boy starved to death at an Oklahoma Army base, a soldier accused of first-degree murder is set to go on trial in a rare case in which federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday at the federal courthouse in Lawton for the trial of Pvt. Connell C. Williams, 33, who was indicted by a federal grand jury for the May 5, 2011, death of Marcus Holloway, the son of Williams' girlfriend, at Fort Sill in southwestern Oklahoma. He has pleaded not guilty.

A September 2011 indictment accused Williams and the boy's mother, Candice Holloway, 32, of depriving the boy of food over a period of about four months until he starved to death. Holloway pleaded guilty to first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement in which she will serve 30 years in federal prison and testify against Williams.

Since 1927, there have been only 37 federal executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Federal prosecutors filed to seek the death penalty last April because they claim Williams "committed the offense in an especially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner in that it involved torture and serious physical abuse to the victim

 

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