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But a Jindal spokeswoman said Tuesday that the draft effort would distract from Mr. Jindal’s work as governor.

And the man listed as treasurer of the Jindal for President Draft Council announced late Tuesday that he was stepping down from the group. Dan Kyle also issued a letter asking his group to halt its activities until after the 2011 governor’s race.

MASSACHUSETTS

Abandoned kitten found in mailbox

BOSTON — A kitten was found abandoned inside a street mailbox in Boston, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.

Society spokesman Brian Adams said the abandoned kitten was affectionately named Postina by a member of the animal rights group after society officials took possession of the animal, the Boston Globe said Wednesday.

“She thought it was appropriate, being that she was somewhat mailed,” Mr. Adams said, referring to the unidentified society assistant manager who named the 8-week-old kitten.

Mr. Adams said a number of people have already contacted his organization in hopes of adopting the kitten, which was discovered Saturday.

The Globe reported the 2-pound animal was found visibly shaken and malnourished inside the mailbox, but has since been nursed back to health.

MICHIGAN

Judges granted say in witnesses’ dress

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday voted to give judges authority over how witnesses dress in court after a Muslim woman refused to remove her veil while testifying in a small claims case.

A statewide court rule letting judges regulate the appearance of witnesses, such as asking them to remove face coverings, was approved by a 5-2 vote. The dissenters said there should be an exception for people whose clothing is dictated by their religion.

Justices heard last month from a Muslim woman who sued because her small claims case was dismissed when she refused to remove her veil.

Some Muslim leaders interpret the Koran to require that women wear a headscarf, veil or burqa in the presence of a man who is not their husband or close relative.

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