Wednesday, January 17, 2018

San Francisco nudity ban upheld in federal court

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.

Associated Press

BY THE NUMBERS

$2.5M

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.

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Democrats flip traditionally conservative Wisconsin district

A historically red district in Wisconsin that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2016 has voted in a Democrat in a special election
Updated: 4 minutes ago

Democrats flip traditionally conservative Wisconsin district

A historically red district in Wisconsin that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2016 has voted in a Democrat in a special election
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Rep. Matt Gaetz: Conditions in Haiti are ‘disgusting’

Rep. Matt Gaetz: Conditions in Haiti are ‘disgusting’

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz says President Donald Trump is essentially right: Haiti is a dump."I would not pick those terms, but I would say that the conditions in Haiti are deplorable, they are disgusting," Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said Tuesda...
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Christie ends term unpopular, but with legs left unbroken

Christie ends term unpopular, but with legs left unbroken

Republican Chris Christie left office Tuesday as the first elected New Jersey governor not to have broken a leg while in office in more than two decades
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Palestinian teen to be held until trial for slapping troops

Palestinian teen to be held until trial for slapping troops

An Israeli military court has denied bail for a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, ordering her held until her trial on charges that she slapped and pushed two Israeli soldiers
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Palestinian teen to be held until trial for slapping troops

Palestinian teen to be held until trial for slapping troops

An Israeli military court has denied bail for a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, ordering her held until her trial on charges that she slapped and pushed two Israeli soldiers
Updated: 6 minutes ago

Technology companies lead US stocks higher in early trading

U.S. stocks are edging higher in early trading, recouping some of the market's losses from a day earlier
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50 shows, 5 days: Fashion says

50 shows, 5 days: Fashion says "bonjour" to Paris menswear

The travelling fashion press bid "ciao" to Milan and said "bonjour" to Paris on Wednesday - kicking off 50 fashion shows, endless parties, million-dollar business deals and menswear mania that will sweep the French capital for five days
Updated: 7 minutes ago

AP Top News at 10:27 a.m. EST

AP Top News at 10:27 a.m. EST
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50 shows, 5 days: Fashion says

50 shows, 5 days: Fashion says "bonjour" to Paris menswear

The travelling fashion press bid "ciao" to Milan and said "bonjour" to Paris on Wednesday - kicking off 50 fashion shows, endless parties, million-dollar business deals and menswear mania that will sweep the French capital for five days
Updated: 7 minutes ago