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Anti-Islam trailer to stay

LOS ANGELES -- A U.S. judge Thursday refused to order YouTube to take down the anti-Islam film trailer that led to sometimes deadly protests across the Muslim world, rejecting a plea from an actor who says she was tricked into appearing in the project.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin turned down Cindy Lee Garcia's request in part because the man behind it was not served with a copy of the lawsuit. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has gone into hiding since the clip drew worldwide attention last week.

Also, Garcia wasn't able to produce any agreement she had with the filmmakers, Lavin said.

The judge also cited a federal law that protects third parties from liability for content they handle.

The ruling means the 14-minute trailer for Innocence of Muslims can continue to be viewed online in much of the world.

YouTube has blocked users in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Egypt from viewing the clip. It also has blocked the video from being viewed in Indonesia and India because it violates laws in those countries.

Endeavour's farewell tour

LOS ANGELES -- Space shuttle Endeavour landed in California, where it will spend its retirement in a Los Angeles museum.

The baby of the shuttle fleet touched down shortly after noon Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, 160 kilometres north of Los Angeles. It was to spend the night in the Mojave Desert before taking to the skies early today on an aerial tour of California and landing at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Endeavour left Florida Wednesday and made a layover in Houston. En route to California, it flew over Tucson, Ariz., home of ex-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She's married to Mark Kelly, Endeavour's last commander.

Preacher challenges N.O.

NEW ORLEANS -- A street preacher is challenging an ordinance in New Orleans that restricts religious or political speech on the city's famous, raucous Bourbon Street after dark.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday by pastor Paul Gros claims the city's "aggressive solicitation" ordinance sets unconstitutional limits on free speech.

Gros says a police officer threatened him with arrest in May while he was preaching on Bourbon Street with his wife, another pastor and a friend.

Less than a month ago, police arrested several other street preachers on Bourbon Street during a gay pride festival. Gros wasn't among them.

Pussy Riot help sought

WASHINGTON -- The husband of one of the imprisoned members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot wants U.S. sanctions against Russian officials involved in prosecuting the musicians.

Petya Verzilov met on Thursday with U.S. lawmakers and aides involved in drafting legislation that would target Russian officials linked to human rights abuses. Verzilov is married to band member Nadia Tolokonnikova.

Verzilov said he hopes the legislation could be used to pressure Russia to release his wife and others. He says: "They are greatly afraid of having their bank accounts shut off."

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 21, 2012 A18

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