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That’s Comtastic: The state attorney general’s office has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Comcast, claiming the cable giant violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act by charging improper service call fees (Page A7).

Alarmed by the lawsuit, Comcast contacted its attorneys, who said they’d send a lawyer between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday.

Junior Birdman: The FAA has issued Virgin Galactic an operating license for its space tourism rocket. SpaceShipTwo is now undergoing testing (Page A7).

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, picked out a space for the license on his office wall, next to his Bikini Inspector permit and his ordained minister certification from the Universal Life Church.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1776, members of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence (Today in History, Page B4).

The delay in gathering signatures was blamed on John Hancock, who spent nearly a month practicing his. “I’ve got to get this right, guys. People are going to be putting their John Hancocks down on papers for hundreds of years after this.”

­—Jon Bauer, Herald staff

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