NY REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLYMAN FACES MARIJUANA CHARGE: ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state police say an assemblyman stopped for speeding on the state Thruway has been charged with marijuana possession.
WOMAN JAILED OVER STICK UP KIDZ TATTOO: ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A northwestern Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on charges she tried to help an alleged robbery and burglary ring avoid detection - by telling one of its accused members to remove a tattoo that says "Stick Up Kidz" from his arm.
VETS SAVE NYC DOG WHO SWALLOWED 111 PENNIES: NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City dog has undergone emergency surgery to remove more than 100 pennies from his stomach.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The rubber duck squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the ancient game of chess in the 2013 class inducted Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily suspend a program that requires more than 10,000 disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki saying Thursday he had to be careful not to burn out his workforce.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth- and eighth-graders still lack basic skills in math and reading despite record high scores on a national exam.
WOMAN IN STALKING CASE BANNED FROM TWITTER: NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction.
MIAMI (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in Florida has returned to the classroom after a suspension for requiring one of her students, a Jehovah's Witness, to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance on 9/11, school district officials said Thursday.