In a noisy warehouse a mile from the Pennsylvania Capitol, workers push sheets of steel through giant machines that turn the slices of metal into polished wheelbarrows. A new one rolls off the assembly line every six seconds.
The operators of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus have agreed to pay the largest-ever fine levied against an animal exhibitor to settle a probe into violations of the federal animal cruelty law. The $270,000 settlement, announced last week, covers the period between 2007 and 2011.
In an interview aboard his campaign bus, Romney said he plans to run full-tilt in Pennsylvania, which has voted Democratic in the last five presidential elections. "We're all in," he said, expressing confidence that his emphasis on the economy would overcome the drift of voters in the Philadelphia suburbs away from the GOP in national elections, due in part to the party's emphasis on social issues.