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Massachusetts OKs bill outlawing ‘upskirt’ photos



Published: Fri, March 7, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Massachusetts OKs bill outlawing ‘upskirt’ photos

BOSTON

Massachusetts lawmakers approved legislation Thursday to crack down on those who secretly take photographs of “the sexual or other intimate parts” of women or children in public.

Approval of the bill, which also would apply to male victims, came a day after the state’s highest court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of female passengers riding the Boston subway didn’t violate state law.

Top lawmakers said the bill will send a clear message to those who take so-called “upskirt” photos.

The legislation says anyone who “photographs, videotapes or electronically surveils” another person’s sexual or intimate parts without that person’s consent would face a misdemeanor charge and a maximum penalty of two-and-a-half years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

El Nino expected

WASHINGTON

Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that likely will change weather worldwide. But it won’t be for the better everywhere.

The warming, called an El Nino, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and southern states, and even a milder winter for the nation’s frigid northern tier next year, meteorologists say.

Though it could be good news to lessen the southwestern U.S. drought and shrink heating bills next winter in the far north, “worldwide, it can be quite a different story,” said North Carolina State University atmospheric sciences professor Ken Kunkel. “Some areas benefit. Some don’t.”

Globally, it can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions of dollars in losses for food crops.

Netanyahu speaks in LA about Iran

LOS ANGELES

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jewish community leaders Thursday that he was determined to contain Iran’s nuclear program and protect the state of Israel from Iran.

The prime minister spoke at the Museum of Tolerance, where exhibits document how 6 million Jews and Europe’s lively Jewish culture was destroyed in the Holocaust. He drew a parallel between a 1919 letter on display at the museum in which Adolf Hitler laid out his plans for an “uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.”

Similarly, the Iranian regime calls for the annihilation of the state of Israel “openly and unabashedly,” only 70 years after the Holocaust, Netanyahu said.

Gadhafi son is extradited to Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya

One of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, al-Saadi, was extradited Thursday to Libya from Niger, where he had taken refuge as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011, bringing cheers from Libyans as the government prepares to prosecute him for his alleged role in trying to suppress the uprising against Gadhafi’s rule.

Al-Saadi becomes the second son of the ousted and slain leader to be held in custody in Libya. His brother Seif al-Islam was captured in 2011 and has been held in a western mountain prison by a militia that is putting him on trial, refusing to hand him over to the central government for trial.

Associated Press


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