Nation, World Briefs: Cancer kills husband of high court justice

  • Sun Jun 27th, 2010 10:02pm
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WASHINGTON — Martin Ginsburg, the husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a prominent lawyer in his own right, died Sunday from complications of metastatic cancer. He was 78. The Supreme Court said Ginsburg died at home. The Ginsburgs celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last week. They met on a blind date as undergraduates at Cornell University. Martin Ginsburg was an expert in tax law and taught at New York University, Columbia University and Georgetown University over the course of his career.

Cheney may go home today

One of Dick Cheney’s daughters said the hospitalized former vice president could go home today after receiving medication to treat a fluid buildup related to his aggressive form of heart disease. The 69-year-old, who has had five heart attacks, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Friday after experiencing discomfort. His last heart attack — described as a mild one — was in February. Liz Cheney told “Fox News Sunday” that her father is feeling better and hopes to be released today.

Michigan: Campground death

Authorities said one person is dead and at least four others injured after severe storms moved through a campground. The sheriff said a “massive” storm moved through the Fort Trodd Family Campground in St. Clair County’s Clyde Township shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday. Several trailers were overturned by strong winds and the sheriff said one was blown into a pond on the campground. No one was in that trailer. He did not release details about how the person was killed.

Massachusetts: Drowning

A medical examiner has determined that state Rep. Robert Nyman died in an accidental drowning. The Plymouth County district attorney announced the cause of death Sunday. The 49-year-old Nyman was found unresponsive Friday night in the swimming pool at his Hanover home. His neighbors pulled him out of the pool as his family called 911. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. A Democrat, Nyman was first elected to the Massachusetts House in 1999. He represented Hanover, Norwell and Rockland.

Libya: BP to begin drilling

Libya will allow BP to begin drilling in its offshore deepwater region next month, despite the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the head of Libya’s National Oil Co. said Sunday. Libya’s de facto oil minister said the April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, and the subsequent spill, were “tragic,” but the oil industry is also moving into “new frontiers.” “An accident will not stop us from digging in this new frontier,” he said. “Life must go on, but we will learn a lot of lessons.” His comments are the latest confirmation by the OPEC nation that it was planning to honor the contract it signed with BP in 2007 to drill in the Libyan deepwater region of the Mediterranean Sea.

Britain: British Airways pact

The union representing British Airways’ cabin crews says a new ballot on strike action will likely be postponed so its members can consider an offer from the airline. The Unite union general secretary told Sky News on Sunday that “it would be suicidal, indeed inexplicable, if we didn’t put this offer to our members at this stage.” The voting was scheduled to begin Tuesday. BA’s new offer includes a top-up payment to guarantee that existing crew won’t lose out on route allowances and guaranteed raises in basic pay for two years starting in February.

Georgia: Stalin monuments

Authorities have torn down another monument to Soviet dictator and native son Josef Stalin. The monument in the town of Tkibuli was taken down two days after authorities tore down a bigger and more famous monument to Stalin in his hometown of Gori. Both statues were brought down in the middle of the night in an apparent bid to avoid protests and media attention. The Georgian government said a younger generation who have embraced Western ideals of freedom favors the dismantling of Stalin’s monuments.

China: 11 killed in bus crash

State media said an overloaded bus traveling to a funeral veered off a mountain road in northwestern China and plunged into a ravine, killing 11 people and injuring 31. Xinhua said 42 people were in the 19-seat bus when it crashed Saturday in Ningxia region’s Haiyuan county. It said the injured people ranged in age from seven months to 77 years. Thirteen were in critical condition. It said the county’s top traffic regulator was fired and three other officials were suspended after the accident.

From Herald news services