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Legislation restricts phony census mailings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Misleading mailings that appear to be from the Census Bureau, such as fundraising letters recently sent by Republican groups, will be more tightly restricted under legislation passed Congress by Congress.

The Senate approved by unanimous consent a bill that requires mailings marked "census" to state the name and address of the sender and to contain an unambiguous disclaimer that the survey is not affiliated with the federal government. Earlier this month, the House passed the same bill, 416-0.

The legislation now goes to President Obama to become law with his signature.

Earlier this year, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP campaign arm, mailed letters labeled "census document." The mailings pleaded for money and asked recipients to identify their political leanings and top issues.



Second TSA nominee out of the running

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Obama's second choice for transportation security chief has withdrawn from consideration because of questions over his background as a defense contractor.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding took himself out of the running Friday night as head of the Transportation Security Administration, another setback for Obama after his first choice withdrew in January.

Harding said the distractions caused by his work as a defense contractor would not be good for the administration or the Homeland Security Department. The TSA is part of that department.

Harding has extensive intelligence experience that Obama hoped to tap in shoring up airport screening and other anti-terrorism transportation fronts.



Man allegedly tried to revive dead opossum

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) -- Police say they charged a Pennsylvania man with public drunkenness after he was seen trying to resuscitate a long-dead opossum along a highway.

State Police Trooper Jamie Levier says several witnesses saw 55-year-old Donald Wolfe, of Brookville, near the animal Thursday along Route 36 in Oliver Township, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The trooper says one person saw Wolfe attempting to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the rotting animal.

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