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Whoa there: N.Y.C. carriage horse ban is stalled
Written by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:10

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City's horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years.

A campaign pledge to take on the horses during his first week as mayor was eclipsed by other issues. And as he nears his fourth month in office, he has encountered enough resistance from the usually compliant City Council to slow his plans again, now saying an industry he calls cruel and inhumane will be gone by year's end.

What changed?

For one, a media blitz led by actor Liam Neeson has portrayed the horse-drawn carriage industry as an iconic, romantic part of New York that provides about 400 jobs, many to Irish immigrants. In a series of editorials and TV interviews, he has said the operators treat their 200 working horses like their own children.

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Texas search group sues FAA over drone use
Written by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:17

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work.

Texas EquuSearch had been ordered in February to stop using unmanned aircraft systems, commonly referred to as drones, in its searches. The suburban Houston group's fleet of four unmanned model aircraft that are equipped with cameras has been grounded since then.

The lawsuit filed in a Washington, D.C., appeals court says there is no basis in law to prohibit the operation of model aircraft for humanitarian search and rescue activities. The volunteer group is financed through private donations and has participated in such high-profile cases as the search for Natalee Holloway, the U.S. teenager who disappeared in 2005 in Aruba, and the search for 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Florida.

The lawsuit says that Texas EquuSearch's use of drones falls outside FAA restrictions that say model aircraft may not be operated "by persons or companies for business purposes."

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Prosecutors: Prep school graduates ran drug ring
Written by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:05

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Two prep school graduates sought to use their sports connections and business acumen to establish a monopoly on drug sales to high school students in the affluent Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, authorities said Monday.

Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, recruited and supplied dealers with marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and hash oil to sell to teens at five high schools in the tony bedroom communities, authorities said.

A four-month investigation revealed the pair also hired students at Haverford, Gettysburg and Lafayette colleges to peddle drugs at those Pennsylvania schools, authorities said.

Scott and Brooks are graduates of The Haverford School, a $35,000-a-year private institution where both played lacrosse. They tapped their sports and social networks to help further their enterprise, officials said.

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Louisiana lawmaker shelves bill to name Bible as state book
Written by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:10

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Shreveport lawmaker is scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.

Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody told the state House on Monday that he wouldn't pursue the measure. He said lawmakers had told him they were worried the bill was becoming a distraction from more important debates, like the state budget.

Carmody had said he sponsored the proposal after a constituent made the request. He insisted the bill wasn't designed to be a state-endorsement of Christianity or a specific religion.

But lawmakers said it raises questions about whether Louisiana would be violating the separation of church and state. Opponents said it could land the Legislature in a costly lawsuit.


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Washington mudslide death toll rises by two to 41
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:02

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington community of Oso has risen to 41 — and just two names remain on the list of people still missing.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office counted two more victims Monday, but said they have not yet been officially identified. The sheriff's office removed two names from its missing list, which had stood at four.

The March 22 landslide tore through about three dozen homes. Oso is about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

The search for bodies continues as President Barack Obama prepares to visit the site Tuesday and meet with victims' families and first responders. Obama is making the brief stop as he heads to Asia for an eight-day trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.


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