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CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban district attorney has asked a neighboring county to handle a child rape case because he is acquainted with the suspect.

Putnam County prosecutor Adam Levy said Thursday in an emailed statement that he knows 35-year-old Alexandru Hossu of Southeast. His spokeswoman would not elaborate, but The Journal News reported that Hossu is the district attorney's personal trainer.

A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end.

Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race" and was running third on the last lap, but slipped to eighth in the late push for position.


 Republican Linda McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy are facing off in their second debate in Connecticut's close race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Thursday's hour-long event will be held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, beginning at 7 p.m. It will air live on FOX CT, as well as some radio stations.

It is sponsored by the Hartford Courant, FOX CT and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association.

A western New York social studies teacher is the state's Teacher of the Year.

The state education department says Gregory Ahlquist has been teaching in the Webster Central School District, near Rochester, for 12 years. He teaches high school history and is also an adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York at Geneseo, teaching humanities, history and Latin courses.

Ahlquist was recognized Wednesday for his work helping students understand how history shapes today's world and events.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are hoping to use the momentum of their third debate to reach out to undecided voters as they head into the final weeks of Massachusetts' hard-fought Senate race.

Warren is planning to visit a bakery and fire station in Holyoke on Thursday before visiting a second fire station in Worcester.

Brown's public schedule wasn't immediately available.

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Long before the current rash of fungal meningitis, the compounding pharmacy suspected in the outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man's death in 2004.

Officials have identified Framingham, MA, based-New England Compounding Center as the source of steroid shots suspected in the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis that has killed at least 12 people and made more than 130 others sick in 11 states.


 Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are set to square off for their third debate in Massachusetts' U.S. Senate race.

The debate takes place at Springfield Symphony Hall at 7 p.m. It's the only debate in the western part of the state.

The face-off comes a day after Brown received the endorsement of former Republican New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Warren met with construction workers at a Boston work site.

As the candidates gear up, outside groups are, too, hoping to affect the outcome of the high-profile race.


The Vermont city of Burlington has mailed corrected city election ballots to 523 voters who had asked for absentee ballots or voted early at City Hall.

Votes on any city ballot that is gray will not be counted. Those ballots contained an error. The city says the new corrected ballots are either ivory, salmon or cherry colored.

Voters who have already returned their gray city ballot must vote again with a new ballot if they want their vote to count.

The error does not affect general election federal or state ballots.


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It was John Boehner versus Big Bird as both presidential campaigns tried to attract attention in New Hampshire with less than a month to go before the election.

Boehner, the Republican speaker of the U.S. House, rallied Mitt Romney supporters Monday at the campaign's office in Derry. Outside, President Barack Obama's campaign staged a small protest featuring someone dressed up as Big Bird, holding a sign accusing Romney of being "soft on Wall Street — tough on Sesame Street." The gimmick was meant to highlight comments Romney made in last week's debate about defunding PBS.

The House chairman of the Massachusetts Legislature's Public Health Committee says lawmakers are keeping a close eye on the outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a steroid distributed by a Framingham pharmacy.

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez says legislative leaders are monitoring the latest developments from the federal Food and Drug Administration and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Boston Democrat said Monday he's hasn't ruled out the possibility of public hearings, but said right now he has more questions than answers.