links for 2011-01-12

  • A judge has dismissed copyright lawsuits between an artist who created the Barack Obama "HOPE" image and The Associated Press but has left a March trial date in place for related claims between the news service and companies that sold merchandise using the artist's image.
  • New York State tobacco control advocates, including representatives of Colleges for Change at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), are descending on Albany to educate New York leaders about the important role tobacco use prevention and cessation have in preventing youth initiation and reducing healthcare costs.
  • The poll also shows that while three in four Americans say violence against the government is never justified, 16 percent say it can be justified — the same percentage that said as much in April. Twenty-eight percent of Republicans said such violence can be justified, compared with 11 percent of Democrats and independents.
  • State governments and Indian tribes across the country were watching this week when the U.S. Supreme Court tossed a case about foreclosure on Oneida Indian Nation land back down to a lower court.
  • Sheila Smolinski isn’t convinced that the 28 starlings found dead in front of her property Friday were “road kill” as officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation are saying.