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Limits on feeding homeless are suspended for now in US city MIAMI: A judge on Tuesday suspended a local bylaw that limited how people could feed the homeless in the US city of Ford Lauderdale, Florida, local media reported.It was a partial victory for a 90-year-old activist, Arnold Abbott, who had been arrested for feeding the homeless.Abbott was detained on two separate occasions last month along with two pastors from local churches in Fort Lauderdale for handing out food.The activists were arrested after violating a city ordinance that restricted distribution of food to the homeless in public places, for example to one location on any single block.Broward county judge Thomas Lynch suspended the measure for 30 days and asked the city and Abbot to negotiate an agreement, the local CBS affiliate reported.Homeless rights activists say the case highlights an increasing trend by local governments across the United States to crack down on food distribution networks for the needy.Some 39 US cities ...

Drought-stricken California doused with storms LOS ANGELES: Torrential rain deluged swaths of drought-hit California on Tuesday, bringing floods and traffic accidents across the state and prompting evacuations amid fears of destructive mudslides.After a scorching drought which is the worst in California since records began, a powerful storm front lashed the region from the southern border with Mexico to the northern boundary with Oregon.A large truck was left dangling over a highway overpass in one accident while the celebrity enclave of ...
NASA's Orion capsule poised for first test launch MIAMI: NASA's multi-billion dollar Orion capsule is poised for its first test launch Thursday, in a demonstration flight that aims to propel it higher than any spacecraft meant to carry humans in 40 years.After launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida atop a powerful Delta IV rocket at 7:05 am (1205 GMT), the unmanned spacecraft should circle the Earth twice and reach a height of 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers), more than 15 times the altitude of the ...
NASA to study climate change from the sky ISLAMABAD: Starting 2015, NASA will send five new airborne field campaigns to the skies to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters and fires in Africa affect our climate.This is NASA's second series of "Earth Venture" sub-orbital investigations, as NASA began soliciting bids for these projects in 2007 at the behest of the National Research Council.The first series of five projects was selected in 2010."These new investigations address a variety of key scientific questions ...
Obama to meet with Cabinet, civil rights leaders on Ferguson WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will meet at the White House on Monday with Cabinet members and civil rights leaders on issues related to Ferguson, Missouri, where a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black teenager.The meeting with Cabinet members will include a discussion of a review Obama ordered in August of federal programs that provide equipment to local law enforcement agencies, the White House said ...
Mayor vows to rebuild riot-torn US town of Ferguson WASHINGTON: The mayor of the US city at the center of a deadly police shooting that sparked repeated nights of racially charged unrest pledged Sunday to rebuild.Looting erupted and businesses were set ablaze in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson after a grand jury on November 24 said white police officer Darren Wilson would face no criminal case in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black.Sporadic protests continued across the US on Sunday."We ...
US top court weighs if online death threats protected by free speech WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court will consider a groundbreaking case Monday about whether death threats posted on Facebook are liable to prosecution or whether threatening comments are protected by constitutional rights to free speech.It will be the first time the top court's nine justice -- who are not known to have Facebook accounts of their own -- will consider the limits of First Amendment protections on free speech on social media. The case involves Anthony ...


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