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HARRISBURG | The state takeover of Pennsylvania’s financially troubled capital city received a fresh challenge Thursday as three Harrisburg residents filed a federal lawsuit calling it an unconstitutional violation of their rights and asking for it to be stopped.

The suit names Gov. Tom Corbett, who signed a law on Oct. 20 enabling an unprecedented takeover of Harrisburg, and the Corbett appointee who, if confirmed, would have broad authority to force the city to pay down a massive debt tied to its trash incinerator.

The lawsuit was filed by a former mayoral candidate, a firefighters union president and a religious leader. It alleges that the law and the state’s takeover violate the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to due process and equal protection.

A Corbett administration spokeswoman said she had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment.


Man arrested in college student’s death

NEW YORK | A man claiming to be under an evil spell went to the home of an acquaintance, a college student from Italy, and stabbed and choked her to death, then made a cryptic 911 call to authorities about the body, police said Thursday.

Bakary Camara, 41, was arrested on a murder charge Wednesday evening in the death of Rita Morelli, 36, of Spoltore, Italy.

Miss Morelli’s live-in boyfriend found her body in a pool of blood on Nov. 23. Miss Morelli, who was studying at Hunter College and also waiting tables, had been stabbed twice, and her throat was slashed.

There was no sign of forced entry. The killer had left the door ajar, ransacked her apartment and taken off with some of her belongings, police said.

Two days after the body was found, police received a 911 call from a man talking about the killing. Detectives traced the number to Mr. Camara, and when they arrived at his Bronx home, he had a knife to his chest.

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Mr. Camara told officers he had committed the crime and then stabbed himself in the chest. He was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition, he said.

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