The Associated Press. Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett addresses media at a news conference Tuesday in Harrisburg, Pa., to announce that Pennsylvania is among states suing the federal government, claiming the landmark health care overhaul is unconstitutional.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law.
The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic president signed the 10-year, $938 billion bill the House passed Sunday night.
''The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and legal residents have qualifying health care coverage,'' the lawsuit says.
Legal experts say it has little chance of succeeding because, under the Constitution, federal laws trump state laws.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is taking the lead and is joined by attorneys general from South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Michigan, Utah, Pennsylvania, Alabama, South Dakota, Idaho, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana. All are Republicans except James ''Buddy'' Caldwell of Louisiana, a Democrat.
Load of baked goods dumped along Ind. river
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Need some dough? Police said someone dumped hundreds of breads, bagels and buns along a river in Muncie, Ind.
Sanitation workers spotted the mess on the central Indiana city's east side. City police Sgt. Bruce Qualls recognized the baked goods as the product of Panera Bread. The chain cafe has a location on the city's north side.
Qualls said restaurant managers assured him they would look into what happened. The unsold baked goods are usually given each day to charitable organizations. Panera Bread spokeswoman Linn Parrish said managers didn't immediately know how the bread got to the river bank.
Gun in campus shooting bought two decades ago
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The gun used to kill three people during a faculty meeting at an Alabama school was bought for the suspect's husband two decades ago when he said he was having problems with a neighbor, an investigator testified Thursday.
The investigator told a judge that an acquaintance bought the gun in New Hampshire for Amy Bishop's husband to skirt a waiting period where the couple lived in Massachussetts.
Huntsville police investigator Charlie Gray also testified that Bishop denied to officers that she had anything to do with the rampage at a biology department faculty meeting Feb. 12, which also wounded three others.
Murder charges announced in '78 case of 5 NJ teens
NEWARK, N.J. -- On an August night 32 years ago, authorities say, three men who believed five teenage boys had stolen their drugs herded them into an abandoned house at gunpoint, tied them up and set the building on fire, burning them alive and leaving no trace.
Those details on one of the coldest and most baffling missing-persons cases New Jersey has ever seen became known Tuesday as prosecutors announced that two of the men had been arrested on a recent tip from a witness. A third suspect died in 2008.
Witnesses: Killing suspect had swastika tattoo
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- A teenager accused of murder in the hate crime stabbing of an Ecadorean immigrant had tattoos depicting a swastika and a symbol he said represented ''white power,'' witnesses testified Tuesday.
The defendant, Jeffrey Conroy, was watching the HBO prison drama ''Oz'' in April 2008 when he decided it would be cool to get tattoos, said Keith Brunjes, who described himself as Conroy's best friend. Over the course of several weeks, Brunjes applied a star tattoo to one of Conroy's arms, a lightning bolt on the other arm and the swastika on his upper right thigh.
Prosecutors to seek 25 years for TJX hacker
BOSTON -- A computer hacker who helped orchestrate one of the largest thefts of credit and debit card numbers in U.S. history faces sentencing this week for hacking into computer systems of major retailers, including TJX Cos., BJ's Wholesale Club and Sports Authority.
Prosecutors plan to ask for a 25-year prison sentence for Albert Gonzalez, a former federal informant from Miami who pleaded guilty last year in three separate hacking cases brought in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.