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Woman who fed vultures, gators settles lawsuit for $53,000

Jan. 16, 2020 8:02 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who fed vultures, alligators and other wildlife behind her gated-community home has agreed to pay $53,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by homeowners association. Palm Beach County Judge Scott Kerner on Wednesday permanently enjoined Irma Acosta Arya from feeding...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Orthodox Jewish men pass New York City police guarding a Brooklyn synagogue prior to a funeral for Mosche Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who was killed in a shooting at a Jersey City, N.J. market. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019, a group of security experts recommended that Jewish congregations opting to deploy armed security personnel in the wake of deadly attacks on synagogues should — if possible -- use uniformed law enforcement officers rather than private guards or volunteers from the community. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Experts advise synagogues on use of armed security personnel

Jan. 15, 2020 5:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jewish congregations opting to deploy armed security personnel in the wake of deadly attacks on synagogues should — if possible -- use uniformed law enforcement officers rather than private guards or volunteers from the community, a group of security experts recommended Wednesday....

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

Duke Energy agrees to remove coal ash in North Carolina

Jan. 2, 2020 9:56 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state of North Carolina says it has secured an agreement with Duke Energy to excavate nearly 80 million tons (72.5 million metric tons) of coal ash at six facilities. The Department of Environmental Quality said in a Thursday press release that it will be the largest coal ash...

University giving away seed packets across Northeast

Dec. 21, 2019 11:23 AM EST

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island plans to give away hundreds of thousands of seed packets throughout the Northeast. URI's cooperative extension and master gardener program have worked with Ocean State Job Lot for two decades to give away seeds to schools, youth groups, community...

FILE- In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, George Zimmerman smiles as he testifies in a Seminole County courtroom in Orlando, Fla. Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the 2012 killing of an unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, has filed a lawsuit, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, against the teens' parents, family attorney and prosecutors who tried his case, claiming they coached a witness to give false testimony. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin's family, attorneys

Dec. 4, 2019 6:20 PM EST

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, is suing the teen's parents, family attorney, the attorney's book publisher and prosecutors who tried his case, claiming he was defamed when they allowed a witness to give false...

UK group: Rabbi badly beaten in London, hate crimes on rise

Dec. 2, 2019 9:18 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A neighborhood watch group that protects largely Jewish neighborhoods in London says a visiting rabbi has been badly beaten by men shouting anti-Semitic abuse. The security group Shomrim said Monday that the rabbi was left “bleeding and dazed” after an assault by men who shouted...

Hasan and Mary Smith stand cheek to cheek outside their newly rehabbed home in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood of Chicago on Sept. 11, 2019. The home is one of dozens of

Inspiring tale of a Chicago neighborhood that would not die

Nov. 25, 2019 4:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — With the echo of African drums, Fairfield Avenue comes alive. Men, women and children, drawn to their front porches by the pulsing beat, witness an impromptu parade led by 60-year-old Hasan Smith. A long line of well-wishers follows him to the home that he helped rebuild — the first...