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Bloomberg named U.N. climate envoy

Bloomberg named U.N. climate envoy

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was appointed Friday to be the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, a position that will give the billionaire businessman and philanthropist an international stage to press for action to combat global warming. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon chose Bloomberg, who made combating climate change a major focus of his 12 years as mayor. Bloomberg, 71, tweeted that he was "honored" by the appointment.

Editor fined for gay teacher piece

A court in Russia's Far East has fined a newspaper editor for publishing an interview with a gay schoolteacher who defended homosexuality as normal. Alexander Suturin, editor of the Molodoi Dalnevostochnik weekly in Khabarovsk, was ordered to pay a 50,000-ruble ($1,400) fine on charges of violating a controversial law banning gay "propaganda" among minors, according to the Interfax news agency. Suturin published an interview with Alexander Yermoshkin, who lost his job because he is gay. Suturin said he would appeal the ruling.

Lab retriever sets record as top dog

The Labrador retriever was the United States' most popular dog breed last year for a record 23rd year in a row, the American Kennel Club announced Friday. That surpasses the poodle's 22-year reign. The top 10:

1. Labrador retriever. .

2. German shepherd.

3. Golden retriever.

4. Beagle.

5. Bulldog.

6. Yorkshire terrier.

7. Boxer.

8. Poodle.

9. Rottweiler.

10. Dachshund.

Associated Press

Bloomberg named U.N. climate envoy 01/31/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:45am]
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    Nation

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    Politics

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    Bucs

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