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Police Say McCain Volunteer Admits Making Up Story About Attack

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police in Pittsburgh say they had to waste a
lot of time investigating a story that they suspected was false
from the start.
They now say the McCain campaign volunteer who told them she'd
been robbed and pinned to the ground by a black man who scratched
the letter "B" on her face because she was a McCain supporter
made the whole thing up.
They say Ashley Todd admitted it today. She's being charged with
making a false report to police. Police say they're concerned about
her mental health, so they're consulting with prosecutors. And Todd
remains in custody.
One reason police suspected all along that she might not be
telling the truth is that the "B" that was scratched onto her
cheek was backward.
A police official says, "We had some serious cases going on,
and this wasted so much time."
      
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