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The Water Bowl: Charities Want More of Helmsley's Money; Plus, House Cat Has the Plague

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On Monday, three of the country’s largest animal welfare groups – the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and Maddie’s Fund – accused trustees of Leona Helmsley’s estate of a “scheme to deprive dog welfare charities” of their stake in the late hotel queen’s billions. They filed a petition in Manhattan Surrogate Court arguing that Helmsley’s will specified that her money should be used to help dogs.– Associated Press

Rescuers were unable to save a beached baby whale whose mother died near Miami Monday. The baby, who was about 6 months old, followed its ill mother to shore and had to be euthanized because it was too young to survive in the wild, officials said.–Miamiherald.com

Colorado state officials have confirmed that a house cat near Eagle, Colo., has tested positive for the pneumonic plague. No human cases have been identified.–Vaildaily.com

A source familiar with Michael Vick’s talks with the NFL say that at least five teams are interested in him. Tony Dungy, an adviser to Vick, told NBC on Sunday that the football star could sign with a team soon.–Washington Post