HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — Roger J. Miner, a federal court appeals judge in Manhattan for nearly three decades, has died. He was 77.Miner's wife says he died of heart failure Saturday at his home in Hudson. Miner was appointed to the federal bench in Albany in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan. He was elevated to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1985.His wife, Jacqueline, recalled that he was one of three finalists for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. She says he was not chosen after telling the administration that he supported a woman's right to have an abortion. She says he said afterwards that he answered the question directly because his reputation was too big a price to pay for a seat on the Supreme Court.