Bloomberg Criticizes

Proposed Camera Ban

NEW YORK -- A proposed ban on cameras in subways to prevent terrorism was overzealous and would affect mostly tourists, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

"If somebody's there with a high-powered camera at the front of the train trying to photograph switches and signal boxes, maybe there is something going on," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show.

"But if there are some tourists and they want to take pictures of each other on the subway train -- come on, get real," he said.

NYC Transit, a division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, proposed the ban Thursday to deter terrorists from conducting surveillance of the nation's largest mass transit system.

* McALESTER, Okla. -- The judge presiding over the state murder trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols says jurors won't be able to consider less serious charges when they begin their deliberations next week. Judge Steven Taylor ruled that jurors can consider only two possible verdicts in the 161-count case: guilty of first-degree murder or not guilty. Nichols is charged with the deaths of 160 people and one fetus. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

* INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana should not execute anyone who was not condemned by a jury, the state Supreme Court said. The high court overturned the death sentence of one man, imposing a 100-year prison sentence instead. The ruling apparently would apply to two other men who also were condemned by judges despite jury recommendations against the death penalty. The court cited a 2002 change in state law that requires a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed.

* ORLANDO -- Wearing a Muslim hijab, or head scarf, cost a woman both her jobs at Walt Disney World, she says in a lawsuit. Disney policy generally prohibits any headwear but Disney-issued hats and visors. Disney spokeswoman Veronica Clemons said exceptions to the dress code for religious reasons are made on a case-by-case basis.

* TOPEKA, Kan. -- A former minister who killed his wife and solicited the murder of the husband of his church secretary will be a free man soon. Thomas Bird was granted parole after serving 20 years of a life sentence for killing his wife, Sandra, in 1983 while having an affair with his secretary, Lorna Anderson. He was convicted in 1984 of solicitation of first-degree murder for trying to get someone to kill Anderson's husband, Martin Anderson. A year later, he was convicted of first-degree murder in his wife's death.

* CORONA, N.M. -- Firefighters battled a blaze that charred a ranch home and nearly 4,000 acres in central New Mexico, but afternoon wind made the fight more difficult. The state's first big wildfire of the season was reported Friday morning in the Cibola National Forest near Corona, about 85 miles southeast of Albuquerque.

* Federal regulators are alerting consumers that raw basil and spring mix salad may be linked to food-poisoning outbreaks that reportedly sickened more than 90 people in Illinois and Texas. The Food and Drug Administration has been working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the source of the outbreaks of cyclosporiasis, an infection in the small intestine. Cyclosporiasis can cause flu-like symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, muscle aches and fever.

-- From News Services