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Rangel Withdraws Divorce Petition

This Daily News scoop popped over the weekend:

"Rep. Charles Rangel may have a few things to worry about right now, but divorce isn't going to be one of them. The embattled Harlem congressman this week withdrew a petition to divorce his wife of more than 40 years - just as jurors were set to be picked for a public trial."

The Ways and Means chairman cited Alma Rangel's handling of his finances as one reason he may not have paid the appropriate taxes on his Dominican rental unit.

The back-burner divorce proceeding had been going on since early 2007. In the course of the initial filing Rangel had to disclose details about his income and net worth -- similar to the material that made it into New York Times and New York Post investigative stories.