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U.S. to pay Navajo tribe $554 million in landmark settlement

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:00

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - The Obama administration has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle longstanding claims by America's largest Indian tribe that its funds and natural resources were mishandled for decades by the U.S. government. The accord, resolving claims that date back as far as 50 years and marking the biggest U.S. legal settlement with a single tribe, will be formally signed at a ceremony on Friday in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the sprawling Navajo reservation. ...

Tsarnaev trial delayed, but not moved

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:52

A two-month trial delay has been granted for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

GM compensation fund makes first offers to victims, gets more claims

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:51

DETROIT (Reuters) - The fund to compensate for deaths or injuries linked to General Motors Co vehicles with faulty ignition switches this week made its first cash offers to about 15 people, the office of the lawyer overseeing the program said on Wednesday. The fund will pay at least $1 million for each death claim or more if they had dependants. GM has set aside $400 million to cover the compensation costs. The total number of claims filed by Wednesday was up to 850 from the 675 claims through last Friday, including 150 death claims, said an official with the office of lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. ...

Man charged in disappearance of Va. student in custody

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:35

Police say they have captured the man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student.

New 'Bash' bug could be worse than 'Heartbleed'

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:02

Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Linux computers.

Tony Stewart cleared in race track death

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:40

NASCAR's Stewart will not be charged by a grand jury in Kevin Ward Jr.'s death.

Clemson Univ. halts fraternity activities after student death

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:40

Clemson University has suspended activities for its 24 fraternities following the death of a student and recent reports of inappropriate behavior, school officials said.

U.S., allies launch new airstrikes in Syria

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:12

Pentagon: U.S., Arab aircraft have resumed bombing raids against IS jihadists in Syria.

No death penalty for dad in hot car death

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:06

Man accused of leaving toddler son to die inside hot car won't face death penalty: report.

No charges for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart in fatal incident

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:39

(Reuters) - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been cleared by a grand jury investigating a dirt-track incident in upstate New York in August that killed a young driver, a county prosecutor said on Wednesday. Stewart, 43, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, during a non-NASCAR sprint-car race on Aug. 9 on a dimly lit part of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park track, about an hour's drive west of Syracuse. ...

Baseball legend Joe Torre on domestic violence and sports

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:35

Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric interviews Hall of Fame manager and current MLB executive Joe Torre about his domestic violence foundation, Safe at Home.

U.N. Security Council passes resolution on foreign jihadists

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:52

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday led the UN Security Council in unanimously approving a binding resolution on stemming the flow of foreign jihadists to Iraq and Syria.

Red Cross team attacked in Guinea

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:34

Incident occurred while group was collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola.

Wichita boxer crushed to death by six-ton tank: police

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:27
(Reuters) - A Kansas boxer with Olympic aspirations was killed when a six-ton steel tank he was sandblasting fell on him, police and local media said on Wednesday. Tony Losey, 22, who had been ranked third in USA Boxing's 152-pound (69-kg) weight class, died at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, said Wichita Police Lieutenant James Espinoza. Espinoza said the steel tank, which was 12 to 14-feet-high (3.6-4.3 meters), had been sitting on some support racks when the tank shifted and fell on Losey. The accident happened at Boardman, a steel plate fabricator. ...

French hostage beheaded by extremists, U.S. monitoring group says

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:24

PARIS (AP) — Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France carried out airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video that appeared online Wednesday.

Dutch to send fighter jets to strike at IS in Iraq

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:21

The Dutch government says it will send six F-16 fighter jets to strike at the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq.

Increase in train track worker deaths prompts NTSB safety study

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:19

An investigation into last year's spike in the number of deaths among track workers has concluded that some federal workplace safety standards should be extended to railroads.

Nigeria military claims Boko Haram leader dead

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:04

Nigeria's military on Wednesday claimed for the first time that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was dead, saying troops had shot a lookalike who had been posing as the militant commander.

3 surrender in Pa. gay beating case

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:44

The victims said a group hurled gay slurs, beat them when the 2 parties passed on the street.

NFL sponsors should sever ties over scandals, majority in poll says

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:38

By Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than half of Americans believe that brands should drop their sponsorship deals with the National Football League over its handling of players accused of domestic violence, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Among those surveyed, 30 percent said that the NFL's largest sponsors should sever their ties permanently with the league, while 24 percent said they should end their sponsorship for this season. ...