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Clinton challenger's husband served time for tax fraud

By wire services
Published August 10, 2005

ALBANY, N.Y. - Jeanine Pirro's campaign Web site announcing her bid to challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton features more than 100 photos - none of which include her husband.

There's Pirro with singer Tony Bennett and the late actor Ossie Davis; with Republican Govs. George Pataki of New York and Arnold Schwarzenegger of California; and with Democrats including Bobby Kennedy Jr. and the Rev. Al Sharpton. There's even one of Pirro with a monkey.

But none shows the Westchester County district attorney with her husband, Albert, a lawyer-lobbyist who spent 11 months in federal prison on a tax fraud conviction.

"This campaign is about Jeanine Pirro and her experience, qualifications and willingness to serve as New York's full-time senator," campaign spokesman Michael McKeon said Tuesday when asked why Albert Pirro wasn't included in photos on www.jeaninepirro.com

Albert Pirro also isn't mentioned in his wife's biography posted on the Web site.

Pirro was re-elected district attorney in 2001 while her husband was in prison on the tax fraud conviction, and he has been an issue in most of her campaigns.

In 1997, he was fighting a paternity suit, which was ultimately successful. In 1986, he refused to release information about his law practice and she had to withdraw as the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor.

U.S. to begin issuing electronic passports

WASHINGTON - The United States will begin issuing electronic passports in December to help tighten border and identity security, the State Department said Tuesday.

A computer chip will be embedded in passport covers and will hold the same information that is written on the inside: name, date of birth, gender, place of birth, dates of passport issuance and expiration, passport number and a photo. The chip will also have a unique digital signature designed to protect against tampering.

By October 2006, all U.S. passport agencies will issue the electronic passports.

Police laud girl after "home alone' turns real

SACRAMENTO - Police are crediting a 12-year-old girl with taking all the right steps when she was left by herself and three burglars came to her Roseville, Calif. house.

Lt. Mike Blair said the girl called her grandmother when she heard someone trying to break into the home on Melanzane Road shortly before 11 a.m. Friday. The girl hid in a closet in an upstairs room while her grandmother contacted police, Blair said.

Officers arrived to find one suspect sitting in a car in front of the house, Blair said. The other two were inside the residence and ran away when police arrived, but were captured nearby, he said.

Critics seek probe of FDA breast implant plans

Consumer advocates asked Congress Tuesday to investigate the Food and Drug Administration's plans to return silicone gel-filled breast implants to the market, contending the agency is violating its own safety standards.

Last year, the FDA told implant manufacturers to provide long-term data on the durability of implants prone to breaking and on the consequences of silicone leaking into women's bodies if they wanted to lift a decade-plus near-ban of the devices.

But last month, the FDA said it would approve Mentor Corp.'s implants if the company met certain conditions - not publicly disclosed - even though Mentor's main study tracked implant recipients for only three years.

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