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Blagojevich to testify at corruption trial

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will return to the witness stand with one of the most explosive allegations against him still unaddressed: that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. seat.

Blagojevich is expected to continue testifying Friday during his retrial on corruption charges.

The former governor spent hours testifying Thursday, clearly trying to connect with jurors. He detailed his life, from his upbringing through college, and described himself as a flawed dreamer grounded in working-class values.

Only later did he begin to talk about a few of his alleged crimes. He denied ever trying to shake down anyone for campaign cash.

During his first trial last year, jurors didn't hear from Blagojevich and they deadlocked on all but one of the charges against him.

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