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Posted: September 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA

Another main breaks

The city's trouble with water-main breaks continued Friday with the rupture of a 12-inch pipe under Roosevelt Boulevard at Woodward Street in Bustleton.

Laura Copeland, a spokeswoman for the Water Department, said the main broke at 1:30 a.m. It took about 90 minutes to turn off the water. In that time an estimated 700,000 gallons of water was released, undermining the street, Copeland said.

Service to 16 customers had to be turned off to make repairs. Service was restored by 1:30 p.m., Copeland said.

One of the two inner southbound lanes for Roosevelt Boulevard will be closed until the Streets Department can complete repairs on the roadway. That work will start Monday.

The city suffered three water- main breaks in 10 days over the summer in North Philadelphia, Southwest Center City and Northeast Philly.

NEW JERSEY

Horse law signed

Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed a bill that outlaws slaughtering horses for human consumption in the Garden State.

The law also bans the transport of horses out of state for slaughter and the transport of horse meat for human consumption.

The horse is New Jersey's state animal.

The bill did not get much attention when it was passed in June, but it got a boost later from the daughter of one of Christie's idols.

Bruce Springsteen's 20-year-old daughter, Jessica, was among those who signed a letter urging Christie to enact the law. She is an accomplished equestrian, but her father's liberal politics often clash with Republican Christie's.

ELSEWHERE

Mitt unveils tax return

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, paid $1.94 million in federal taxes on last year's income of $13.7 million, for an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, his campaign said Friday. That's slightly above the 13.9 percent rate the couple paid in 2010. Most of the 2011 income was from investments.

Campaign officials said the couple filed the return Friday with the IRS, after receiving an extension.

Romney's taxes have emerged as a key issue during the 2012 presidential race. He released his 2010 tax returns and a 2011 estimate in January, but he has declined to disclose his returns from earlier years.

More riots over film

ISLAMADBAD, Pakistan - Violent protests broke out across Pakistan on Friday as people vented their fury over a YouTube video that they believe is blasphemous. At least 15 people died amid widespread destruction.

The primary targets of the leaderless mobs were the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and U.S. consulates in the provincial capitals of Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar, but violence spanned the country.

Police and paramilitary forces managed to keep the protesters from entering any of the diplomatic compounds, but many cities were virtual war zones, suffocating under blankets of tear gas. Dozens of police officers were among the wounded as the enraged crowds hit back, burning buildings and ransacking shops and vehicles.

"Our religion is not the sort that you can make fun of," said one marcher, Muhammad Adil, 24. "We will not tolerate it."

Members of the crowd seemed sure that the American government was behind the amateurish video, "Innocence of Muslims," or that Washington could stop its distribution on the Internet.

Huge lines for iPhone

Apple fans queued around city blocks worldwide on Friday to get their hands on the new iPhone 5, pointing to a strong holiday season for the consumer device-maker despite grumblings about the mapping app in the new smartphone.

About 100 people were lined up Friday morning outside the Apple store in Center City, which opened early to accommodate them.

- Staff and wire report

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