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Retired justices sue over judge retirement age ballot question

HARRISBURG (AP) - Two retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices and a Philadelphia lawyer filed a lawsuit Thursday, asking the state courts to rework a November ballot question that would change the state constitution to give judges five more years before they are forced to retire.Ex-justices ...

Cardille, former TV host, dies

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Bill Cardille, a Pittsburgh TV personality nicknamed "Chilly Billy" who hosted late-night "Chiller Theater" as well as "Studio Wrestling," has died. He was 87.Lori Cardille, his actress daughter, announced on Facebook that Cardille died early Thursday in his home in McCandless ...

Judge: Forcibly medicate Pa. mom accused of drowning sons in bathtub

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A judge wants a Pennsylvania woman accused of drowning her two young sons in a bathtub to be forcibly medicated at a state hospital for 60 days.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning issued the order Thursday after hearing from the ...

Officers called heroes after fake bomb scare

NEW YORK (AP) - When a passing driver hurled a flashing, clicking object into their police van in Times Square, it looked like danger to Sgt. Hameed Armani and Officer Peter Cybulski."Boss, this is a bomb," Cybulski said.But rather than run to safety, Armani hit the gas, determined to get the ...

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NY sales tax on tampons repealedALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has repealed its tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products, a move expected to save purchasers $10 million a year.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Thursday.The measure passed in the Legislature ...

Police: Ex-Marine, 81, held hostage in motel for 4 years

HIGHLANDS, N.Y. (AP) - A man held an 81-year-old Marine Corps veteran hostage in his squalid motel room for at least four years in order to steal his benefits checks, authorities said Thursday.Perry Coniglio was arrested Tuesday in his room adjoining the victim's at a motel in Highlands. The ...

Fed rulings may make voter ID laws presidential race nonfactors

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Federal courts have reined in strict voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin, while a legal battle continues to rage over North Carolina's rules mandating showing identification at the polls - even after lawmakers there took pre-emptive steps to soften them.The court ruling ...

Florida mosquito control officials: Even Zika suspicions are costly

MIAMI (AP) - Florida mosquito control officials worry they won't be able to keep up their efforts to contain the bugs that carry Zika without federal funding, even as concern mounts that the first infection from a mosquito bite on the U.S. mainland is near.On Thursday, fogging trucks drove ...

Condemnation after Trump questions NATO commitments

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alarm and condemnation erupted Thursday from European capitals, the White House and leaders of Donald Trump's own party after the Republican presidential nominee suggested the United States might abandon its NATO military commitments if he were elected president.Senate ...