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Philadelphia, PA – Family Battles US Over 10 Coins Worth $80 Million

July 9, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Philadelphia, PA - A federal jury in Pennsylvania began hearing a tale Thursday that has long fascinated coin collectors: how a Philadelphia family ended up with a stash of exquisitely rare $20 gold coins from 1933 that the U.S. Mint never circulated. The 10 coins could bring $80 million or more at auction. But it's not clear that day will ever come. Federal attorneys told the jury in...

Oak Park, MI – Orthodox Woman Faces Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

July 9, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Oak Park, MI - The price of fresh vegetables has reached a new high in Michigan. Julie Bass, of Oak Park, is facing up to 93 days in jail for -- yes -- planting a vegetable garden in her front yard. Bass planted the raised vegetable beds in her front yard, ostensibly because the price of organic food his so high. But the city booked Bass under a regulation that says a front yard has to have...

New York, NY – Class Action Against NYPD’s Checkpoints

July 9, 2011 at 11:15 PM
New York, NY - Public housing residents can proceed with a class action lawsuit claiming that New York City and the New York City Housing Authority allowed the police to set up "checkpoints" that routinely violated tenants' rights in front of their homes, a federal judge ruled. A city attorney defended the program. "We are disappointed with the decision, but continue to believe that we will...

Jerusalem – Israel Detains 120 Foreign Activists, Government Official Says

July 9, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Jerusalem - Some 120 foreign activists were being held in Israeli jails Saturday, awaiting possible deportation, after arriving at Tel Aviv's airport over the weekend as part of a solidarity mission with the Palestinians, a government official said. Others who managed to get through Israeli border controls travelled to the West Bank where some joined a demonstration against Israel's separation...

New York – Schindler’s List Heiress in Battle to Keep Document Sold at Auction

July 9, 2011 at 10:31 PM
New York - A legal battle has been sparked by plans to auction off the one of Oskar Schindler's original lists for £2million. An original version of the document, which saved some 1,200 European Jews from the Nazi gas chambers, has gone up for sale on the website of a U.S. memorabilia dealer. But Erika Rosenberg, an heiress of the Schindlers, says the historic document should be in a...

New York – GOP Taps Retired Exec to Run for Weiner Seat

July 9, 2011 at 10:14 PM
New York - Republican leaders have chosen a candidate to compete in a special New York election to replace Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner. Robert Turner, a retired media executive, will be the party's nominee in the Sept. 13 contest. Turner ran unsuccessfully against Weiner in the general election last year. Democrats nominated state Assemblyman David Weprin as their candidate on Friday...

Palm Springs, CA – Former First Lady Betty Ford Has Died at Age 93

July 9, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Palm Springs, CA - Betty Ford, the outspoken and much-admired wife of President Gerald R. Ford who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in the nation, died Friday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 93. The news of her death at Eisenhower Medical Center brought statements of condolence from President Obama, former Presidents...

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