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NEW JERSEY

Christie plans to create a PAC

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday will make his most decisive moves yet toward a presidential run by creating a political action committee, hiring eight experienced campaign aides and outlining plans for a spree of fundraising events across the country.

Christie’s PAC, to be called “Leadership Matters For America,” will allow the New Jersey governor to raise and spend the money necessary to woo Republicans across the country over the next year. It will employ several of his closest political advisers and aides, said a person briefed on the plans.

The aides will also serve as a skeletal campaign-staff-in-waiting. He is not expected to make a final decision until spring.

The PAC’s finance chairman will be Ray Washburne, former chairman of the Republican National Committee; its senior advisers will be Phil Cox, former executive director of the Republican Governors Association, and Mike DuHaime, a top strategist on Christie’s two successful campaigns for governor.

– New York Times

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Small drone found on White House grounds

WASHINGTON – The small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn of the White House early Monday was operated by a government employee who has told the Secret Service that he did not mean to fly it over the White House fence and near the president’s residence, according to law enforcement officials.

The employee – who does not work for the White House – told the Secret Service he was flying the drone for recreational purposes at about 3 a.m. in the area around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. when he lost control of it.

So far, the Secret Service said it believed the man’s account. The Secret Service said an individual called them at about 9:30 a.m. Monday to report he was the one controlling the drone.”The individual has been interviewed by Secret Service agents and been fully cooperative. Initial indications are that this incident occurred as a result of recreational use of the device.” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary who is traveling with President Obama and Michelle Obama in India, said the drone did not appear to be dangerous.

– New York Times

Location

Florida woman arrested in puppy’s drowning

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Central Florida woman arrived at a Nebraska airport on Friday with three puppies and two dogs but grew desperate when she was told she couldn’t fly with the pups because they were too young.

Then Cynthia Anderson, 56, of Edgewater allegedly drowned one of the puppies – a Doberman – in an airport bathroom in Grand Island, Neb., after trying to conceal the pooch in her carry-on luggage, according to Grand Island Police.

The puppies, all believed to be three weeks old or less, were too young to fly, said Captain Dean Elliott.

“Their eyes weren’t even open,” added Elliott. Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old to fly on an aircraft under U.S. travel regulations. The other two puppies were picked up by the woman’s parents, Elliot said.

It’s unknown why the third puppy wasn’t also picked up, he said. Anderson, who has a criminal record involving theft, is being held at Hall County Jail in Nebraska on charges of animal abuse.

– Orlando Sentinel