Longtime NYC councilman Herbert Berman dies at 80

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:46
NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City councilman who later served as Gov. George Pataki's ambassador to the city's Jewish community has died. Herbert Berman was 80. He died Sunday at his Manhattan home after a long illness, according to his son, Russell Berman. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says Herbert Berman will be remembered for his tenacity, spirit and dedication to improving the lives of New Yorkers. Berman represented southern Brooklyn on City…
Judge says he'll decide ag filming lawsuit soon
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:46
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's law punishing those who secretly film agricultural operations doesn't limit free speech because the First Amendment right does not exempt trespassing on private property, state attorneys argued. They made the argument in front of U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill during a Wednesday hearing. Attorneys representing a coalition of free speech, environmental and animal right activists countered that deception is protected speech as long as it doesn't directly cause harm. The…
Maine town at odds with farmer over highway goats
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:46
SIDNEY, Maine (AP) — A Maine town is having problems with goats repeatedly escaping from a farm and grazing on the side of Interstate 95. The Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1wW6Rbn) reports Sidney, Maine officials say Mark Gould's goats were seen grazing astride the highway near mile marker 122 on Sunday and Monday. State law says a domestic animal cannot trespass on government-owned property and the animal's owner could be subject to a fine. Sidney officials say…
Rosie O'Donnell to return to TV talk show "The View"
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:46
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell is returning to ABC's long-running morning talk show "The View" to co-host it with Whoopi Goldberg, the television network said on Thursday. The outspoken talk show star and Emmy winner will rejoin "The View' in the fall. "ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18," the Walt Disney Co.-owned network said in a tweet. O'Donnell, 52, was a…
Suspected Auschwitz guard dies in US
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:45
23 July 2014Last updated at 19:47 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint Johann Breyer admitted he was a guard at Auschwitz but said he had nothing to do with thousands of deaths Continue reading the main story Related StoriesGermany pursues Auschwitz guardsPoland reopens Auschwitz probes An elderly man in the US accused of Nazi war crimes has died while awaiting extradition to Germany.
Wildfire season off to slow start in some areas of West, expected to get more intense
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:42
GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Despite widespread drought in the West, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Wednesday that largely has been a matter of luck, with the hot, windy weather known as "red flag" days not lining up with the lighting strikes that start fires, particularly in California. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But he says that is changing.
'NATIONAL HERO' Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:18
Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said. The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country.
GRIM TASK MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands to be ID'd
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:18
July 22, 2014: Police officers secure a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as it arrives in a Kharkiv factory. (AP Photo/Olga Ivashchenko) The first bodies of victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 will be flown to the Netherlands Wednesday for formal identification and forensic examination, six days after the Boeing 777 fell out of the sky and into a field in eastern Ukraine, near…
Fire erupts at substation near Seattle Center
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:45
SEATTLE (AP) — Firefighters are pumping foam on a fire at a City Light substation near the Seattle Center. Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says there were multiple reports of the fire at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, and firefighters arrived to find a large plume of black smoke. He says 13 firefighters are trying to smother the fire with foam. Moore says City Light says all of its workers are accounted for, so there are no…
Miami Beach offers plastic foam cooler swap
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:45
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Miami Beach officials are offering new reusable coolers to beachgoers instead of issuing violations for plastic foam coolers. The city banned Styrofoam and other plastic foam products on its beaches in 2012 to reduce litter and pollutants. Anyone caught with glass, cans or plastic foam products on the beaches are subject to fines up to $500. On Friday and Saturday, Miami Beach officials and local environmental advocacy groups will be…

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