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WEST CHESTER — Police are seeking information about three briefcases with attached handwritten signs that were left outside an Ohio office of U.S. House Speaker John A. Boehner. The briefcases were demolished by a bomb squad as a precaution.

West Chester Township police say the cases found Sunday morning appeared to have been meant as a political statement. Each had a single handwritten sign. One read “Jobs,” the second “Oil” and the third “Gas.” There was nothing dangerous inside them.

Police say they don’t have any suspects and are working with Mr. Boehner’s office.

The district office has been the site of several protests about various issues in recent weeks.

Boehner spokeswoman Brittany Bramell says that investigators’ “vigilance and efforts” are appreciated, but she declined Monday to discuss details of the incident and investigation.


Cost of governor’s flights add up to about $13,000

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s use of state aircraft to or from his Westchester home and the flights required by state police to return the plane or helicopter to Albany likely cost more than $1,300 an hour.

That’s according to an aviation industry analysis. The Cuomo administration says that’s too high, but won’t offer its own estimate.

The administration said Mr. Cuomo’s use of the aircraft to go to or from home three times in six months was because of pressing business in Albany and at home. A spokesman wouldn’t elaborate.

The estimated $13,000 cost over that period is a fraction of the state’s $132 billion budget. But the use of state aircraft has dogged several governors. Rules require a state official to reimburse the state for “mixed use.”


O’Donnell book goes on sale this week

WILMINGTON — Christine O’Donnell, the conservative activist and former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Delaware, is about to get a new title: author.

Miss O’Donnell’s first book is scheduled to go on sale Tuesday. It’s titled “Troublemaker: Let’s Do What it Takes to Make America Great Again.”

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