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Bill signed to limit public-worker benefits

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday signed landmark legislation that increases pension and health contributions paid by a half-million teachers, police and other public workers and removes the issue from collective bargaining for four years.

Christie said public-employee benefits have been more generous than the state can afford and need to be scaled back.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan said the Republican governor divided Democrats and weakened unions to achieve his goal. "Crushing collective bargaining was the culmination of a premeditated crusade pitting neighbor against neighbor in an effort to drive a conservative agenda that would appeal to even the most ardent national Republicans," he said. "Mission accomplished."


Man hit by car lands in seat; driver charged

HOUSTON (AP) -- Authorities said Tuesday a suspected drunken driver struck and killed a pedestrian on a Houston freeway, then drove several miles after the victim had crashed through the windshield and landed next to him in the passenger's seat.

A spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney's Office said James Onak, 49, faces a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid in a fatality and a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

The name of the 32-year-old male victim was not released.

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