- - Monday, March 26, 2012

PENNSYLVANIA

HARRISBURG — An organization that includes atheists and agnostics is suing over a Pennsylvania House resolution that declares 2012 the “Year of the Bible,” saying the measure violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the measure’s main sponsor, the House clerk and the House parliamentarian Monday over the resolution, which passed unanimously in January.

The foundation is asking a federal judge to order the defendants to stop publishing and distributing the resolution and to rule that state government is not Judeo-Christian.

The resolution notes the Bible’s “formative influence” and says there’s a “national need to study and apply” Scripture.

The prime sponsor is Allegheny County Republican Rep. Rick Saccone. He said his resolution recognizes the important role the Bible has played in state history.

HAWAII

Cops: Speed, alcohol factors in fatal crash

KIHEI — Police suspect speeding and alcohol were factors in a crash that killed five people ages 19 and 20 on a Maui highway over the weekend.

Police say a car driven by a 21-year-old man and carrying five passengers lost control Sunday and spun into oncoming traffic on Kula Highway. It collided with a sedan carrying three people.

The impact of the collision tore the car in half, and all five passengers were ejected and killed. Police say only the driver was wearing a seat belt.

Those killed were identified as Remington Taylor, Steven Shaw, Annastachia Cruz-Kalua, Ambrose Momoa and Karl Barrack. All were ages 19 and 20.

The driver is hospitalized in stable condition, as is a 55-year-old passenger in the sedan.

NEW YORK

Judge: City overreached in transgender case

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