Nudity ban near in San Francisco
A judge cleared the way Tuesday for San Francisco to ban most displays of public nudity, ruling that an ordinance set to take effect Friday does not violate the free speech rights of residents and visitors who like going out in the buff. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen refused to block the ban temporarily or to allow a lawsuit challenging it to proceed. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 last month to prohibit residents and visitors over age 5 from exposing their genitals on public streets, in parks or plazas or while using public transit. The measure was in response to a group of nudists that regularly gathers in the city's predominantly gay Castro District.
New Zealand may cut mail delivery
Snail mail may be about to get even slower in New Zealand. The country's postal service is considering cutting delivery from six days a week to three to cut costs as people increasingly turn to the Internet to pay bills and communicate. The island nation of 4.5 million is among many countries struggling to sustain a viable postal service. Mail volumes in New Zealand dropped by 24 percent in the past 10 years and are forecast to drop by another 25 percent in the next five years. A proposal by the U.S. Postal Service to cut its delivery obligation from six days a week to five to reduce costs has proved contentious and has not been passed by Congress.
BY THE NUMBERS
Amount that a 1913 Liberty Head nickel is expected to fetch at an auction April 25 in suburban Chicago. The nickel is one of only five known to exist.