National Briefs: House suit has high cost

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WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., law firm BakerHostetler will handle the House Republicans’ lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., said Tuesday the firm has been contracted to represent the House in the district court civil suit. According to the contract, the lawsuit will cost the House up to $350,000, billed at a rate of $500 per hour.

Crist wins Fla. primary

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist continued his political comeback Tuesday as Democratic voters selected him as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida, one of four states where voters were choosing candidates for statewide office.

Mr. Crist, 58, easily defeated former state Sen. Nan Rich, while Mr. Scott coasted in his own primary toward a general election matching the state’s last two Republican governors. Both have struggled with sagging approval ratings and run-ins with conservatives.

In Arizona, meanwhile, several Republicans are vying to succeed GOP Gov. Jan Brewer. Democrat Fred DuVal is unopposed in his primary and will face the GOP winner in November.

Louis Freeh crash

BARNARD, Vt. — Former FBI director Louis Freeh, now chairman of the Center City law firm Pepper Hamilton, was seriously injured Monday in the town of Barnard Vermont when the SUV he was driving swerved off the road and struck a tree.

Mr. Freeh, who led an investigation into the Penn State child abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. for treatment. There were no other injuries, police said.

Stephanie Brackin-Dasaro, a police spokeswoman, said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Casino closings

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — When gambling was being proposed for Atlantic City 38 years ago, most religious denominations opposed casinos. They viewed gambling as a vice that could destroy families and communities. Now, many of the same churches are standing firmly by the casino workers who are expected to lose their jobs in massive numbers, starting Labor Day weekend.

Two casinos, the Showboat and Revel are set to close this weekend. In addition, Trump Plaza plans to close Sept. 16.

Range shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. — An instructor at a shooting range in Arizona died Monday after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot him in the head with an Uzi he was showing her how to use, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said.

Charles Vacca, 39, was shot Monday morning, airlifted to a medical center in Las Vegas and pronounced dead shortly before 9 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.

Mr. Vacca was working at the Bullets and Burgers outdoor range in White Hills, about 60 miles southeast of Las Vegas, when the accident occurred. The girl and her parents were at the range while on vacation, a sheriff’s spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

Inflight feud

CHICAGO, Ill. — Two United Airlines passengers feuding about a reclining seat forced the airline to make an unscheduled landing at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Sunday, officials said.

The skirmish aboard United Flight 1462, which was headed from Newark to Denver, began when a man tried to use a gadget called the Knee Defender that blocked the seat in front of him from fully reclining, according to United Airlines. No arrests were made.

— Compiled from news services



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