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Penny the Pa. political pup Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett gets a kiss from Penny, one the new ‘first puppies,’ during an informal session Wednesday at the governor’s residence in Harrisburg. The dogs’ names are Penny, short for Pennsylvania, and Harry, for Harrisburg. The names were chosen from 548 entries submitted by children across the state. The 11-week-old puppies arrived at the governor’s residence last month.

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ORLANDO, Fla. No-show for Anthony OK’d

Casey Anthony can continue her undercover life for now, after a judge ruled Wednesday she does not have to immediately return to Florida to start serving her probation for check fraud.

A hearing on her probation was set for Friday, Judge Belvin Perry said. Anthony won’t have to show up for that either.

A different judge ordered Anthony to report to Florida on Thursday for her probation, but the judge later recused himself and turned the case over to Perry, who presided over Anthony’s murder trial.

WASHINGTON Child porn network busted

Seventy-two people have been charged with participating in an international child pornography network that prosecutors say used an online bulletin board called Dreamboard to trade tens of thousands of images and videos of sexually abused children.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday a 20-month law enforcement effort called Operation Delego targeted more than 600 Dreamboard members around the world for allegedly participating in the private Internet club.

Numerous participants in the network sexually abused children ages 12 and under, produced images and video and then shared it with other club members, according to court papers.

BOSTON Cops: Mom punched toddler

A mother accused of punching her toddler son in the mouth on a city bus and shouting expletives at him was surrounded by a “hostile” crowd of passengers until police arrived, authorities said Wednesday.

Erica Ryan pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Roxbury District Court to a charge of assault and battery on a child causing injury. Prosecutors requested bail be set at $25,000; a judge set bail at $500 and ordered Ryan to stay away from the boy.

Transit police say the 25-year-old Ryan punched her 1-year-old son and called him names for refusing to eat Tuesday on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus. A “hostile” crowd of passengers surrounded her and wouldn’t let her off the bus, police said.

WASHINGTON Rumsfeld can be sued

A federal judge says former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld can be sued personally for damages by a former U.S. military contractor who says he was tortured during nine months in prison in Iraq.

The court kept the identity of the contractor — an Army veteran in his 50s — confidential for fear of retaliation. His attorneys say he was repeatedly abused during detention at Camp Cropper, a U.S. military facility in Baghdad, after he worked as a translator for Marines.

His lawsuit says Rumsfeld violated his constitutional rights by personally approving torturous interrogation techniques on a case-by-case basis and controlling his detention without access to courts.

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