• New Yorkers can be buried with pets
    September 15,2013

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New regulations will allow New York animal lovers to spend eternity with their pets.

    The Daily News reports that officials have finalized rules allowing pet cemeteries to accept the cremated remains of humans.

    The cemeteries can bury pet owners’ ashes as long as they don’t charge a fee for it and don’t advertise human burial services.

    New York’s Division of Cemeteries put a halt to human burials at pet cemeteries in 2011 after an Associated Press story about the practice. It later relaxed the ban on a limited basis.

    Vets finish hiking

    Appalachian Trail

    MILLINOCKET, Maine — After six months, four U.S. military veterans have completed their hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, ending with a celebration at the summit Mount Katahdin.

    The 2,185-mile Warrior Hike, called “Walk Off The War,” gives veterans a chance to process their wartime experiences while hiking with others who have been through the same thing. It is designed to help them transition from military to civilian life.

    “They are changed people,” Marine Capt. Sean Gobin said of the veterans who completed the hike.

    Fourteen started the hike in Georgia.

    NY law targets

    ‘bath salts’ drug

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is cracking down on the newest form of the “bath salts” drug that has been linked to deaths on New York City’s nightclub scene.

    The law prohibits the sale, use and possession of the drug and addresses new compounds used to make it on the state’s banned substance list. Under the law signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, selling the stimulant to children on school grounds is a felony.

    — The Associated Press

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