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Court hears arguments that chimps have legal rights

Do chimps have legal rights?

A New York appeals court will decide in coming weeks whether chimpanzees are entitled to "legal personhood" in a case that could lead to expanded rights for animals such as gorillas, elephants and dolphins, according to the lawyer advocating for a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy. Attorney Steven Wise argued before a five-member appeals court Wednesday on behalf of Tommy, who lives alone in a cage in upstate Fulton County. A trial-level judge refused a request by Wise and his Nonhuman Rights Project to have Tommy released to join other chimps at a Florida sanctuary that mimics their natural habitat. Wise argues that animals with human qualities, such as chimps, deserve basic rights, including freedom from imprisonment.

1914 time capsule unsealed

A century-old time capsule filled by Wall Street businessmen celebrating New York as a pioneering commercial hub has been unsealed. Spectators gathered around the mysterious bronze box as it was opened Wednesday at the New York Historical Society. Inside were documents depicting life in 1914, from the tea, coffee and spice business to baseball and bull fights.

By the Numbers

$486B The total the recovering economy and spending curbs have shrunk the government's 2014 budget deficit to, the lowest of President Barack Obama's six years in office.

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