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The ads — reading, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” — went up in 10 stations across Manhattan after a court victory by a conservative commentator who once headed a campaign against an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site.

CALIFORNIA

San Francisco considers allowing tiny apartments

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco may soon give new meaning to the word “downsizing.”

Supervisors are set to vote Tuesday on a proposed change to the city’s building code that would allow construction of some of the tiniest apartments in the country.

Under the plan, new apartments could be as small as 220 square feet (a little more than double the size of some prison cells), including a kitchen, bathroom and closet, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Current regulations require the living room alone to be that size.

Schematics for 300-square-foot units planned for San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood include window seats that turn into spare beds and beds that turn into tables.

WASHINGTON

‘Zombie bees’ make first reported appearance in state

SEATTLE — Washington state has its first “zombie bees.”

Novice beekeeper Mark Hohn in Kent found that his bees are infected with a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die.

The Seattle Times reported that it’s the first time the bee infection has been found in the state, according to tracking by San Francisco State University biologist John Hafernik through his website ZombeeWatch.org.

Zombie bees were first discovered in California in 2008.

Bee populations have been dropping in recent years because of another ailment called colony collapse disorder, in which all the adult honey bees in a colony die suddenly.

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