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■ United States

Court nixes jailcam feed

A federal appeals panel upheld a lower court's decision to stop cameras from transmitting live video of inmates at an Arizona jail to the Internet. One of the judges from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said the practice at "constitutes a level of humiliation that almost anyone would regard as profoundly undesirable." The ruling came on an appeal by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who challenged a US District Court judge's decision to stop the cameras. Twenty-four former inmates at Phoenix's Madison Street Jail -- which exclusively holds people awaiting trial -- filed the lawsuit in May 2001 against Arpaio and Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix area. The inmates said the use of the jail cameras amounted to unconstitutional punishment of people who had not been convicted of a crime.

■ United States

Dolphins beached again

More than 30 dolphins have beached themselves in southeastern Florida after being pushed back to sea by dozens of beachgoers at an earlier stranding site. The 34 roughtooth dolphins swam about 6.5km north of where they originally stranded, then returned to the shore Friday, said Steve McCulloch, executive director of the Division of Marine Mammal Research and Conservation at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Fort Pierce. Veterinarians and rescuers on the scene planned to try to rehabilitate some of the animals, but were expecting to have to euthanize others, he said. Roughtooth dolphins, found in tropical and temperate seas around the world, usually stay far offshore. When the animals first stranded Friday, workers from Harbor Branch and Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center and volunteers covered the dolphins with towels, keeping them wet while working to get them back in the water.

■ United States

Disney employee returns

A Walt Disney World employee acquitted of charges he fondled a 13-year-old girl while dressed as Tigger can return to work, company officials said Friday. Michael Chartrand had been on unpaid administrative leave since his arrest. A jury found him not guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation earlier this week. Chartrand, who has worked at Disney for less than a year, was reinstated after meeting with Disney entertainment officials Friday, said Donna-Lynne Dalton, an official of the union that represents the park's costumed workers. Chartrand, 36, was accused of fondling the girl while posing for a photo with her and her mother. The acquittal followed a three-day trial in which Chartrand's defense attorney donned a Tigger costume in an effort to show jurors how difficult it is to maneuver and see in the outfit.

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