• Alvin Tan sparks ire again with ‘R&B cover’ of Muslim call to prayer

    Fugitive Alvin Tan is under the spotlight again, this time with a video on his official Facebook page lampooning the azan, or the Muslim call to prayer, with an “R&B cover”. In the two-minute-and-50-second video, Tan appears topless with a pair of sunglasses on, and plays a keyboard while reciting the azan in full. “My latest goal is to get all mosques in Malaysia to play my cover instead of having them old geezers hunched over the mics, straining their vocal chords and cracking their voices,” Tan said in the sarcastic status update that accompanied the video. At the time of writing, the video has received over 100 likes and over 700 shares, nine hours after it was published.

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  • Appeals court upholds RM100,000 award in damages to comedian | theSundaily

    PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here today upheld a high court decision to award RM100,000 in damages to actor and comedian Johan Raja Lawak who sued a drama film director and his company for injuries sustained by the entertainer. The three-member panel chaired by Justice Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus however, set aside the RM20,000 damages awarded by the high court to Johan's wife, Rozlinawaty Ismail. The panel, also comprising justices Datuk David Wong Dak Wah and Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, unanimously allowed the appeal by director Mohd Javed Mohd Nizar and his production company, Juara Filem Sdn Bhd on liability and damages awarded to Rozlinawaty, but dismissed their appeal on liability and quantum of damages to Johan.

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  • Bomoh rapes bride-to-be instead of restoring her virginity - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A bride-to-be was so worried that her fiancé would reject her if he found out she was not a virgin that she sought a bomoh’s help to fix her hymen. Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said the woman, who works as a secretary, was engaged to be married this month. On March 27, she sought help from the bomoh in Semenyih to “repair her hymen”. “The bomoh offered her three ways to heal her hymen,” ACP Abdul Rashid told reporters at the Kajang police headquarters yesterday.

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  • Solved Cheryl’s birthday? Here’s the answer to the math puzzle

    See the solution to Cheryl’s birthday, the Singaporean logic problem that had the Internet twisted into knots.

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  • Beware your wife’s behaviour, mufti warns country’s leaders - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has warned the country's leaders of the behaviour and the "trickery" of their wives if they did not want to be scorned by the people, as this could lead to the destruction of their political careers. However, it was not clear to whom it was directed although Asri had used the term "first lady" and had mentioned several names of wives of world leaders. "In certain countries, the behaviour of a woman carrying the title of 'first lady' can destroy the careers and political future of a world leader. "So it was not surprising when Elena Ceausescu, the wife of Romania's former president Nicolae Ceausescu, was sentenced to death along with her husband because they had wasted away the country's wealth and had abused their power.

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  • Cross protesters had ‘extreme ideas’, local Umno chief says

    — Picture by Melissa ChiPETALING JAYA, April 20 — The protest to demand the removal of a cross outside a Taman Medan church would have escalated if police and Umno members did not intervene, Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar said today. The Taman Lindungan Jaya Umno branch chief and elder brother to the Inspector-General of Police said the residents had reached out to him because of his seniority and because he has lived in the area since 1976. He was accompanied by Munaliza Hamzah, 52, Harun Ismail, 58 and Datuk Mad Shah Abu Anas, 54 — all Umno members and residents of the area who helped mediate the issue. Abdullah, who is also the chairman at a security firm, was present along with Munaliza, Harun and Mad Shah at the protest to speak to a church representative to communicate the protesters’ grouses.

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  • Overturned trailer causes massive crawl in Johor Baru - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: An overturned trailer along one of the busiest roads here has caused a bumper-to-bumper crawl. Traffic was backed up from around 6am on Tuesday after a trailer rammed into an overhead road sign and crashed into a divider before overturning at KM8.5 of Jalan Johor Baru-Ayer Hitam. “The trailer slid to the right side of the road, causing the signboard's pole to break and collapse to the ground,” Johor Baru North deputy OCPD Supt Beh Eng Lai confirmed. The accident has caused an 8km crawl from Skudai heading in and out of the city, he said.

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  • Rafizi challenges constitutionality of Bafia | theSundaily

    SHAH ALAM: Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli and former bank employee Johari Mohamad are challenging the constitutionality of the repealed Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 (Bafia). Both of them who are charged under the Bafia act for allegedly revealing confidential banking information in the National Feedlot Corporaton (NFC) issue, filed an application to refer questions of law to the High Court, through their lawyer N.Surendran at the Shah Alam High Court registry today. The application was made under Section 30 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964.

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  • New basic salary for lowest-paid civil servants by end of year – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.The government will announce a new basic salary for 3,072 civil servants in the Grade 11 group who are currently earning a monthly salary of between RM823 to RM850 by the end of this year, said Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal. He said those in this grade, the lowest in the public service, comprised people who entered it with a Penilaian Menengah Rendah qualification, including general office assistants, operations assistants, and drivers, whose total take-home salary and allowance amounted to between RM1,257 and RM1,275. "The government is aware of the group with the low minimum salary.

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  • MAS revises excess baggage fee - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said its revised excess baggage fee structure will come into effect on April 22. Previously applied regional rates per blocks of…

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  • EPF looking for feedback on full savings withdrawal age | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) yesterday opened consultations on several proposals designed to address issues related to the inadequacy of retirement savings among members for the long term. EPF chief executive officer Datuk Sharil Ridza Ridzuan said through the members consultation exercise, the fund is seeking a consensus on the issue concerning the alignment of the retirement age determined by the government and the age for full withdrawal of savings. » to maintain the current withdrawal age at 55 years and introduce 60 years for those working past the age of 55.

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  • Service charge: It’s entirely up to customer

    The GST, effective April 1, was fixed at six per cent. With the introduction of GST, sales tax rated at 10 per cent and service tax (six per cent) have been abolished. However, along with the implementation of the new tax system, many issues have been raised that need to be addressed, one of them regarding service charge. Some might not be aware that service charge has nothing to do with the authorities. While generally, customers did not seem to object to paying service charge, there have been abuses.

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  • Oil falls on strong dollar as Saudi output remains near record high - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.Oil prices fell towards US$62 (RM225) a barrel today on a strong dollar and as Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi said, production would stay around 10 million barrels per day (bpd) in April. Brent crude was trading down US$1.20 at US$62.25 by 1147 GMT (7.47pm Malaysian time), down from an intraday peak of US$64.34. Production in the world's biggest crude exporter would stay near record peaks around 10 million bpd in April, Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi told Reuters today in Seoul, where he is due to attend a board meeting of the state oil firm Saudi Aramco.

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  • Josh Hartnett 'regrets saying no to people' | theSundaily

    The 36-year-old actor has admitted he regrets not accepting the chance to star as Batman in the Christopher Nolan-directed reboot of the series, and thinks the decision led to him being overlooked for other coveted roles. Josh thinks the decision caused him to miss out on a role in the 2006 film 'The Prestige', which starred Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and his ex-girlfriend Scarlett Johansson.

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  • Sultan of Johor coronation celebrations conclude | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: The ceremony to bring down the flag signifying the conclusion of celebrations in conjunction with the coronation of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, since last month, was carried out today. The ceremony, beginning at 9am at the Istana Besar Memorial, was witnessed by the President of the Johor Royal Council, Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli. The ceremony began with the reading of prayers by Johor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tahrir Shamsudin shortly after the Head of Ceremonies Datuk Abdul Latiff Yusoff called for the commencement of the ceremony. The flag was then handed over to Abdul Rahim.

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  • China’s biggest auto show opens as economy slows - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 20, 2015.Global carmakers including Volkswagen, Ford and GM showed off hundreds of vehicles in Shanghai Monday, adamant that China remains the promised land even though sales growth has hit the brakes. At China's premier auto show, foreign carmakers admitted an economic slowdown in the world's second largest economy had taken its toll, but said the market was simply too big – and too important – to ignore. China's economy expanded 7.4% last year, the slowest in nearly a quarter of a century. "It is still growing and the market is the largest market in the world," Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing at Germany's BMW, told reporters.

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  • Keep withdrawals at 55, ASLI urges EPF as it hails enhanced measures

    The Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) welcomes the Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) newly proposed enhancement and improvement initiatives as long as the pension fund provide the flexibility for members to withdraw their savings at the age of 55. ASLI director Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam said with the flexibility, EPF members should be able to opt out at the age of 55 or later at their own choice.

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  • Ferrari to play ‘carrot and stick’ with Raikkonen - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.Ferrari are prepared to play a game of “carrot and stick” with Kimi Raikkonen to keep Formula One's top Finn performing at his best. The 2007 world champion, still Ferrari's most recent title winner, is out of contract at the end of the year although the Italian team have an option of keeping him alongside Sebastian Vettel. Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, who took on the job last November, told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix that the decision would depend on the 35-year-old's performance on the track. Raikkonen responded immediately by finishing second on Sunday for his first podium finish since he was at Lotus in 2013 and first for Ferrari since 2009.

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  • China to launch 3 new free-trade zones - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 20, 2015.China will launch three new free-trade zones on Tuesday, official media said today, building on a project that began in Shanghai to much fanfare but has so far undershot expectations. The free-trade zones (FTZs) will be opened in the southern province of Guangdong, the northern port of Tianjin and the eastern province of Fujian, reported the website of the People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece. Each will cover around 120 sq km, the State Council, China's cabinet, said.

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  • Indonesian president to investors: if you have a problem, call me - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.President Joko Widodo urged investors on Monday to come to Indonesia, promising "incredible profits" and assuring them that if they run into any problems they can give him a call. Widodo, who was elected president six months ago amid hopes that he would bring much-needed reform to Asia's fifth-largest economy, has come under fire recently for failing to deliver radical change and a series of policy reversals. Addressing a World Economic Forum meeting in Jakarta, he conceded that Indonesia now faced significant challenges, and compared them to the country's over-reliance on crude oil exports when oil prices crashed after the 1970s boom. "Today we are in the same situation," he said, referring to the push needed after the collapse of oil prices to build industries from textiles and garments to paper and palm oil.

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  • EPF made hefty profit from sale of London property, says CEO

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The sale of One Sheldon Square in London to British Land, the UK’s largest real estate company, for £210 million (RM1.13 billion) is a record for a property in that area of the city, the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) said. EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said the EPF made a hefty profit from the sale as the property was purchased at £150 million in 2010.

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  • Sony plays it safe with new Xperia Z4 smartphone

    — AFP picTOKYO, April 20 — The Japanese brand has just revealed the specs of the Xperia Z4, the successor to the Z3. Due to go on sale in Japan this summer, the new smartphone seems to be far less innovative than the latest models from Samsung or Huawei. The Sony Xperia Z4 reprises the basic format of the original Z3, with its 5.2-inch (15.2-cm) screen (1920x1080 pixels) but is slightly thinner (6.9mm compared to 7.3mm). Shipped with the latest version of Android (5.0), the Z4 packs a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (expandable through a microSD).

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  • KPDNKK records 16 cases, seizures worth RM1 million in Tawau

    Its enforcement director, Mohd Roslan Mahayudin said the seizure was the result of a large-scale operation conducted within 24 hours at several areas and premises following a three-month intelligence work.

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  • Penang’s sanctity disrespected — S.M. Mohamed Idris

    APRIL 20 — The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are disappointed with the Penang State Planning Committee (SPC) chaired by the Chief Minister for approving conversion of hill reserve land to residential

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  • MCA slams Jakim's gender segregation guidelines | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun has deemed the Malaysian Islamic Development Department's (Jakim) guideline that imposes gender segregation would not be well for Malaysia's development creative and entertainment industry. Concert-goers normally attend with family members, friends or colleagues and it is a good occasion to build fellowship," Chew, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister, said in a statement. MCA Deputy President Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong had also frowned upon Jakim's guidelines as it was not a suitable move in a multi-cultural country like Malaysia.

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  • Gerakan seeking solution to hudud issue | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A legal team of five lawyers from Gerakan today attended a court hearing on a case filed on March 19 to challenge the constitutionality of the Syariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (Amendment 2015). Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said in a statement that the move made in the hope of finding a permanent solution to the hudud issue. "Our legal team is well prepared and we have a strong locus standi in mounting a legal challenge against the constitutionality of hudud. It is our fervent hope to seek a permanent solution to this (issue)," he added.

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  • Toe the line, PAS sec-gen tells dissenting Permatang Pauh division

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The national PAS leadership has decided on supporting PKR’s candidate for Permatang Pauh, the Islamist party’s secretary-general said today amid threats by its division there to boycott the campaign. Datuk Mustafa Ali added that the party has discussed and unanimously agreed to support the candidate put forth by PKR, overruling the Permatang Pauh PAS division’s threatened boycott. “The decision of the central PAS leadership overrides the decision of PAS Permatang Pauh. Central PAS leadership has made the decision to support the candidate by PKR,” he said during a press conference at the PKR headquarters today.

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  • AirAsia activates ‘Home Tag’ feature in Senai - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic supplied, April 20, 2015.Those travelling on AirAsia out of Senai International Airport in Johor can now use the “Home Tag” feature which allows guests to print their bag tags at home together with their boarding pass. Activated today, the feature allows bag tags to be printed onto a standard A4 sheet of paper and guests simply has to fold the paper and place it into a "Home Tag Sleeve" (plastic cover) provided at the airport, which is then attached to the bag, a statement from the airline said. This first-of-its-kind option in Malaysia are now available for flights from Johor Baru to Kuching and also Johor Baru to Kuala Lumpur. The feature will subsequently be implemented for all flights departing Johor Baru.

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  • Ivory-smuggling destination Thailand makes ‘biggest seizure’ of tusks - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.Thai customs officials have seized four tonnes of ivory worth US$6 million (RM21.6 million), authorities said on Monday, in what the department called the largest bust of its kind in Thailand's history. The elephant tusks were hidden in bags containing dried beans in containers originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Thai Customs Department said in a statement, and were bound for Laos. The seizure comes as Thailand – a top destination for African ivory smuggling in Asia – is under increasing pressure to crack down on its illegal ivory trade.

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  • Ringgit closes firmer in line with regional currencies

    At 5pm, the ringgit was quoted at 3.6200/6230 against the greenback from 3.6240/6270 recorded last Friday. A dealer said most regional currencies rose as the regional market reacted positively towards the People’s Bank of China’s move to lower the reserve requirement ratio for all banks by 100 basis points. On the local front, the dealer said the ringgit’s weakness against the US dollar had been largely priced in for now, possibly indicating that the worst could be over for the local note. Meanwhile, the ringgit was also traded higher against other major currencies.

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  • Lawmaker urges Penang state administration to gazette Middle Bank patch | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: A Penang government lawmaker has urged the administration to gazette the Middle Bank, a patch of rare seagrass just off the first Penang Bridge, a protected area. Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu said the move to identify the 125ha site as an area for reclamation in the Penang Structure Plan 2020 (PSP) was a regrettable one. Chiding the state for seemingly dragging its feet in reviewing the PSP which began in 2012 after it was gazetted in 2007, he said three years was long and any move to reclaim the area could jeapordised marine life as seagrass beds were the habitat and breeding grounds for various marine animals.

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  • Mother of autistic child creates ‘Talk Different’ universal language app

    — AFP picPARIS, April 20 — The French mother of an autistic child has created what is believed to be the world’s first smartphone application allowing people speaking different languages — or those incapable of speech at all — to communicate together, French company Sogeti said today. Marie Spitz developed the “Talk Different” app that uses 700 images, colours, icons and sounds to create messages based on alternative communication techniques she practised to interact with her daughter Pauline, whose autism severely limits her speech capacity. The key to “Talk Different,” Spitz says, is the ease and accessibility that allows lost travellers, the vocally- or hearing-impaired or other verbally isolated users to construct messages on smartphones or pads that virtually anyone else will understand. It was introduced for purchase and downloading on Google Play and Apple Store in nine international languages today by Sogeti, an affiliate of French computing service giant Capgemini.

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  • Indonesian brewer Multi Bintang says investment hinges on regulation - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.PT Multi Bintang Indonesia Tbk is in talks with the government over a new ban on alcohol sales at minimarts and a planned 40 million euros (RM155 million) investment hinges on regulatory certainty, the brewer's top executive said today. Multi Bintang, majority-owned by Dutch brewer Heineken, had previously allocated the money over the next three years to raise its production capacity, president director Michael Chin said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jakarta.

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  • KL stocks beat weak regional sentiment as ringgit, crude oil gain - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, April 20, 2015.The FBM KLCI eked out a last minute rise as ringgit and crude oil gains supported sentiment. At 5pm, the KLCI rose 2.8 points or 0.15% to close at 1,848.66 points, led by gains in stocks like Sime Darby Bhd and IHH Healthcare Bhd. The ringgit strengthened against most currencies as crude oil prices rose. The ringgit appreciated against the US dollar at 3.6215 and was firmer versus the Singapore dollar at 2.6897.

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  • MAS union: We support restructuring exercise for airline - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Airlines Employees Union has pledged its support for the restructuring of the airline, saying it would work towards ensuring its impact would be mitigated with compassionate packages for those leaving MAS. As for employees who stayed on, the union hoped that there would be “attractive packages and terms of conditions”. In a statement yesterday, its president Alias Aziz said the union was grateful for the setting up of the Corporate Development Centre (CDC), which would provide re-skilling and placement services for employees who were leaving the airline. Alias said the union wanted the employee migration to be conducted in stages so that the staff would have sufficient time to cope with the transition.

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  • Iggy Azalea axed from Steve Madden collaboration | theSundaily

    STEVE Madden have ended their collaboration with Iggy Azalea (pix). The Fancy hitmaker - who made headlines earlier this year after she criticised an advertising campaign by the brand in which she sported her designs for the label - has now been axed from the partnership altogether despite a spokesperson brushing off the incident as a "lover's quarrel" at the time. The blonde beauty infuriated Steve Madden bosses further following her initial tweet when she attacked the "god awful" campaign for a second time after discovering it on a Tumblr blog.

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  • US re-balance to Asia begins with major military drill in Philippines - The Malaysian Insider

    – April 20, 2015.Philippine and US soldiers began their biggest combined military exercise in 15 years on Monday, in a demonstration of Washington's commitment to its long-time ally as it re-balances to Asia in the face of China's expansion in the South China Sea. The annual "Balikatan" (shoulder-to-shoulder) war games are part of a new US military initiative known as Pacific Pathways, involving a series of drills across the Asia-Pacific as America deploys more troops, ships and aircraft in the region. "The exercises this week are part of a US rebalance to Asia starting with Balikatan in the Philippines," Major-General Raul del Rosario told Reuters as more than 1,000 US Army troops joined the drills at a jungle army base.

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  • Uber must face lawsuit claiming bias against blind riders - Tech News | The Star Online

    Uber Technologies Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, a federal judge ruled.

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