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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general's administration is facing yet another employee complaint - this time from her twin sister.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane's twin has filed a wage and gender discrimination complaint against her sister's office, The Morning Call of Allentown reported.
Ellen Granahan works as a chief deputy attorney general and says her $88,509 salary is 17 to 37 percent lower than what male and female agency lawyers with similar titles earn. She filed the complaint Dec. 30 with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission.
The agency gave Kane's administration until May 12 to respond. It wasn't clear if that happened, and neither Granahan nor Kane's office would comment on it.
Granahan has worked as a state prosecutor since 2008. After Kane was sworn in as attorney general in 2013, Granahan was promoted to chief deputy attorney general of the office's child predator section. Granahan's promotion came with a 20 percent raise, the newspaper reported.
The state Ethics Commission investigated Kane's promotion of her sister, acting on a request by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler. It found that Granahan's hiring broke no rules, according to records obtained by The Morning Call.
However, the Ethic Commission's chairman, John J. Bolger, wrote to Kane in January 2014 and told her that Granahan's selection created suspicion because Kane's office had not established criteria to fill the vacancy.
Four months after Granahan's promotion, the state Supreme Court threatened to suspend Granahan's law license unless she completed mandated education classes within 30 days, The Morning Call reported. Granahan complied.
Kane, a Democrat who is not running for re-election, faces an August trial on charges that she leaked secret grand jury material, allegations she denies.

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- In a Romanian town, Vasile Cepoi defeated Vasile Cepoi and Vasile Cepoi in a mayoral election.
The middle name made all the difference.
The victor told The Associated Press: "I added my middle name, and ran as Vasile Lica Cepoi. Anyhow, residents knew about the confusion before the vote."
He was also the incumbent, who secured his fourth term as mayor of Draguseni.
He said Tuesday that the coincidence of three candidates having the same name was an attempt by political parties to confuse residents in the northeastern town of 2,500 people.
Both names are common in Romania; Cepoi means "big onions." The mayor won 1,200 votes, Vasile Cepoi won 100 votes and Vasile Cepoi trailed with 10. The three are not related.
Two other candidates scored even less.

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STOUGHTON, Mass. (AP) -- A man suspected of stealing candy, energy drinks and razors from a Massachusetts pharmacy didn't have to break in.
Police tell The Enterprise of Brockton that the man simply slept in the Stoughton CVS store on Sunday night, then slipped out unnoticed on Monday morning after it reopened.
After reviewing surveillance video, police determined the man entered the store at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The store closes at midnight.
When an employee opened the store at 7 a.m. Monday, the man, who was still inside, fled.
It wasn't until Monday afternoon that store employees noticed that items were missing and called police, who reviewed surveillance video and determined the sequence of events.
Police released surveillance images of the man, hoping someone recognizes him.

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NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- An upstate New York production company's recording of a man threatening people with a gun has sent people scurrying for cover at its office building.
Police say office workers in the City of Newburgh reported hearing the voice in their building on Monday afternoon.
Police SWAT teams quickly converged on the scene. The surrounding buildings were evacuated. Traffic was blocked.
Police searched the building and discovered one of the office suites housed a production company that was doing voiceovers by playing recordings of a man threatening people with a gun.
Police say the production company staff had left the building just before police arrived.

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Authorities in Ukraine say they have foiled plans to ship bootleg alcohol from Moldova to Ukraine via a pipeline.
The SBU security service said on Tuesday that border guards in the country's west stopped works to lay pipes on the bed of the Dniester river at a point where it crosses the border.
The would-be bootleggers rented a house on the riverbank on the Ukrainian side and started to lay the pipe across the river, authorities said. The SBU released footage of the pipeline being dug up.
Smuggling has flourished between Ukraine and its western neighbors for years, and Moldova has been a major source of bootleg alcohol for other former Soviet republics.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Residents who live near Lake Horney in Lakeland, Florida, will be polled on whether they want to rename the lake to keep others from snickering.
The Lakeland Ledger reports that resident Barry Zimmerman, frustrated with salacious jokes connecting Lake Horney with its unfortunate homophone, petitioned the U.S Board of Geographic Names to rename it in honor of Alfred Lodwick. Lodwick was an aviation pioneer who built a military pilot training program in Lakeland during World War II.
Despite their affinity for Lodwick, most city commissioners didn't want to touch the thorny issue, concerned it would arouse other requests to rename civic monuments, landmarks and roads.
The city doesn't have authority to rename the lake. That's up to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names, which only asked the city's opinion.

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Middletown, CT - Firefighters come to the rescue on a daily basis, but the rescue of a dog in Middletown was out of the ordinary.
Firefighters responded to Hendley Street around 7:30 a.m. Friday after a resident spotted a Great Dane on a neighbor's roof.
Firefighters said the dog's owners were at work, so firefighter Mike Souza climbed a ladder to rescue the dog.
At first, the pup growled, but it soon warmed up to Souza, who guided the dog back through the open window.
"He had to really scooch to get back in because he was really tall," Souza said. "I think he was happy to be back inside!"
Souza, who has been on the job for 28 years, said this was a first for him.
"A really unique situation, a unique call," he said.
A woman who identified herself as the dog's owner responded to the Facebook post said the dog was in the basement with her other Great Dane and he is a "Houdini" who apparently pushed his way through a locked door and opened windows to get outside and "say hello to all the new neighbors."

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BOLIVIA - Two men from the Boston area on a mission to find missing planes and their black boxes have made a discovery in South America.
Dan Futrell of Sommerville and Isaac Stoner of Cambridge have a fascination with missing airplanes and their data recorders. After months of training and weeks of hiking in Bolivia, the two men discovered the missing black boxes of Eastern Airlines Flight 980.
Futrell and Stoner posted images of their find online -- images show a piece of wing frame and an apparent piece of the two recorders. One picture shows "CKPT VO RCDR" written on electrical wires, which the men say confirms the devices they found were data recorders.
In 1985, Flight 980 took off from Paraguay in route to Miami when it crashed into Mount Illimani in Western Bolivia. Crash investigators have long suspected that the plane's debris landed in a spot that was nearly in-accessible. Futrell and Stoner spent about a year searching mountain, which is the second highest peak in the Andes of Bolivia, to find the recorders. 
Futrell said in his blog that Flight 980 caught his eye and he and Stoner set out on this expedition to find the black boxes.
Since 1965, crash investigators have failed to recover the flight data recorders from almost 20 crashed aircraft, including both planes that crashed in to the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001.
Both men say the trip to Bolivia accomplished its goals.

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A Connecticut teen had a "chill" ride to his prom this year. 
The Bristol teen shocked classmates when he showed up to the senior prom in an ice cream truck. 
Zack Nichparenko said he wanted to take a "non-traditional" approach to prom. 
"I don't think anyone took me seriously at first," the teen said about his idea. 
The 17-year-old said he was outside his house about two weeks before Bristol Eastern High School's prom on May 27 when Daren's Ice Cream Truck stopped by. That's when he got the idea. 
Nichparenko said the ice cream man, Daren Carroll, has been a staple in his neighborhood since he was roughly 4 years old. 
Carroll said he's been asked to plenty of events in the past, like weddings or birthday parties, but never a prom.
"Never has anybody asked me to go the prom in the ice cream truck," Carroll told NBC Connecticut. "Never, ever."
The day of the prom, Carroll met with the high school senior at Slider's Grill and Bar parking lot to take some pictures with family before dropping Nichparenko off at the dance around the corner.
"At first I tried to talk him out of it," Carroll said, noting that at his own prom, no one was outside to see anyone arriving. "But he was right. When we showed up, about 200 people were there."
When Nichparenko and Carroll rolled up in the ice cream truck, they were stopped by security at the gate and asked what they were doing there. 
"I have a delivery!" Carroll told them. "I have a guest!"
No ice cream was sold to students outside the prom at Aqua Surf in Southington because the teens were about to go inside to eat, and Carroll said he didn't want to take away from that. 
"I wanted to do something that not only people will remember, but something that hasn't been done before," Nichparenko said.
An ice cream truck ride to prom in Connecticut is apparently a first, which comes as no surprise from the aspiring entrepreneur. 
Nichparenko said his plans after high school is to start a dryer vent company in Bristol and has started drafting business ideas with his dad. 

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Emporia, KS - A bible store in Emporia, Kansas apparently doesn't understand the meaning of a certain Mark Twain quote. 
When the author wrote "The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible" he most likely didn't mean it as a compliment towards the religion. However, that didn't stop employees at The Disciple Shoppe Bible Bookstore from writing the quote on a chalkboard and displaying it in their front window.  
Throughout Twain's life, he was a Presbyterian, but he was often highly critical of organized religion, including elements of Christianity. Another quote he was known for writing later in life on the matter, was "If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be - a Christian".
We're not sure if the Disciple Shoppe is aware of Twain's actual thoughts on religion, but as far as we know, they're still proudly displaying his anti Christianity quote in their window.

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