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NEW JERSEY

Commuters sound off on city toll hikes

JERSEY CITY — New York commuters are complaining they’re getting stuck with the bill for the new World Trade Center and post-9/11 security projects as authorities moved to double the cost of entering New York City from $8 to $17 per car.

At crowded hearing rooms on both sides of the Hudson River on Tuesday, angry commuters traded turns at the microphone with labor union members who are eager to keep toll money flowing into ground zero and other construction projects managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Entering New York City would cost motorists $17 by 2014, up from $8 now, if the toll increases are approved. The fare for the PATH trains would rise from $1.75 to $2.75.

Much of the money is going to fund the $11 billion World Trade Center.

The Port Authority’s board is to vote on the plan on Friday. Either New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, or New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, could veto it within 10 days.

OHIO

Court rejects appeal in Iraq rape, slaying

CINCINNATI — A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of a former U.S. soldier serving five consecutive life sentences after being found guilty of crimes committed while he was on active duty in Iraq.

Three judges on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in the case of former Pfc. Steven Dale Green.

A federal district court jury in Paducah, Ky., convicted Green in 2009 of sexually assaulting and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering three of her family members while serving with Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division three years earlier.

Green was discharged from the Army with a personality disorder in May 2006, before the full scope of the crime became known to the Army. He is being held in a federal prison in Tucson, Ariz.

PENNSYLVANIA

Target of Facebook hit fatally shot

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